The Bank of England has issued a staff working paper, which suggests that central bank digital currencies could pose a competition threat to commercial banks. ...
Swiss airport ground handling and cargo company Swissport is launching a blockchain pilot program for its cargo handling business, Air Cargo News reported May 29. The company is launching a pilot program in cooperation with Olam, a non-profit organization aiming to develop an open source platform for supply chain...
VPE WertpapierhandelsBank AG (VPE), a German securities trading bank, has partnered with Berlin-based technology company solarisBank to launch a cryptocurrency trading service for institutional investors, according to a VPE press release April 25. VPE is regulated by the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) and is purportedly the first bank in...
The Federal Council of the Government of Switzerland has requested a report on the risks and opportunities of introducing its own state-backed digital currency, or so called “e-franc”, Reuters reported May 17. The Federal Council moved to investigate the subject at the prompt of Swiss lawmaker and vice-president of the...
The Chief Scientist of Quebec Rémi Quirion says public concern that Bitcoin is being used for illicit activities like tax evasion and money laundering is largely overblown, Forbes reports April 18. The statement prepared by the l’Agence Science-Presse, which is a partner of Fonds de Recherche du Québec, said, “Bitcoin...
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) became the first global bank to issue a loan using Blockchain technology, FT reports April 25. The Spanish multinational bank said it conducted the entire loan process, from the negotiation of terms to the signing, on a mutually distributed ledger that informed both the bank...
Top Stories this week Ethereum—Security Or Not? In what could be some earth shattering news for Ethereum - the world’s second largest cryptocurrency - US regulators will apparently be discussing whether or not it should be classified as security next week on May 7. If yes—it should have registered with the...
According to a survey carried out by South Korean central bank the Bank of Korea (BOK), young citizens in their 20s and 30s are not only familiar with cryptocurrencies, but are also willing to invest in them amidst the country’s digital currency frenzy, local news outlet Yonhap reported Tuesday,...
WeChat, a Chinese messaging, social media, and payment application developed by Tencent, has suspended a third-party blockchain application that initiates contract agreements by app users, local news outlet Caijing reported May 9. Xiao Xieyi, a mini-program launched on Wednesday, was promoted as a service to allow users on WeChat to...
The Moscow Exchange (MOEX) is preparing infrastructure that will allow companies to conduct initial coin offerings (ICOs), which it expects to launch this year, Reuters reported June 8. The exchange is reportedly working on the development of basic infrastructure for companies to participate in ICOs and publish token sale data....