The Chinese state-owned Bank of Communications (BoCom) has successfully issued $1.3 billion of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) using blockchain technology, national securities outlet China Securities Times writes Wednesday, September 27. BoCom — the fifth largest bank in China according to S&P Global recent stats — used an independently developed platform...
Austria’s government is set to use the Ethereum (ETH) public blockchain to issue €1.15 billion ($1.35 billion) of government bonds in an auction next week, local news outlet Kleine Zeitung reports September 25. Oesterreichische Kontrollbank (OeKB) — one of Austria’s biggest banks with $26 billion in assets in 2017 —...
An investigation by the Xinhua News Agency has shown it is possible to bypass China’s Initial Coin Offering (ICO) ban, according to an article published September 26. The investigation has shown that despite the government’s efforts to crack down on “ICO illegal financing,” investors can circumvent the law by using...
Switzerland-based startup SEBA Crypto AG has raised 100 million Swiss francs ($103 million) to set up a bank offering cryptocurrency-related services, Reuters reported September 26. SEBA is reportedly headed by former UBS bankers — Guido Buehler as chief executive and Andreas Amschwand as chairman — and plans to apply for...
The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) is considering launching a state-owned digital currency based on blockchain, local news outlet Vesti Ukraine reported Tuesday, September 25. NBU says that the blockchain-based hryvnia, or e-hryvnia, has to be centralized and remain under government control, Vesti Ukraine writes. The state-backed coin is expected...
JPMorgan has expanded its blockchain payment platform to over 75 multinational banks. The goal of the participants’ combined efforts is to fight off competition from outside of the banking sector, Financial Times reports September 25. Speaking to the publication, analyst Jason Goldberg said the Interbank Information Network (IIN), under development...
South American cryptocurrency exchange Buda.com has requested Colombian President Iván Duque to help reopen its operations in the country, local news outlet La Republica reported September 21. Digital currency exchange Buda.com — which boasts around 35,000 accounts in Colombia — ceased its operations on June 20 after the country’s banks...
Thailand’s fourth largest bank, Kasikornbank, has recently joined the blockchain-based Visa B2B Connect program for cross-border payments, local newspaper The Nation reported Thursday, September 20. According to The Nation, Kasikornbank is the “first” bank in the country to use the technology, setting the stage for a more widespread use of...
A Russian subsidiary of Raiffeisen Bank International has issued an electronic mortgage using local blockchain platform Masterchain, local business newspaper Kommersant reports Monday, September 24. The document containing data on the parties in the transaction, the credit loan and its duration, and the property purchased was published in a decentralized...
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