Bank of America Files Patent for Settlement System Citing Ripple

Bank of America has filed for a patent for a settlement system citing the Ripple ledger, according to a filing on Google Patents. The patent in question — the application of which was published on June 6 — describes a system using distributed ledger technology (DLT) as an interbank communication tool. The proposed system would enable real-time settlement with transactions being communicated through a shared, decentralized ledger to which both the banks would have access. The decentralized network would both verify the identity of the payer and the payee and…

Bank of Thailand Is Open to Discuss Libra, Concerned Over Security

Bank of Thailand governor Veerathai Santiprabhob said that the institution is open to discussing Facebook’s Libra stablecoin with the company, local media Xinhuanet reported on July 19. Per the report, Santiprabhob made his remarks at the Bangkok FinTech Fair on July 19, pointing out that Facebook had already contacted the central bank many times. He also noted that the institution had established a new team to study Libra’s whitepaper, but their analysis will take time. “We are not going to rush into a decision of Libra as yet,” Santiprabhob reportedly…

European Central Bank Policymaker Says Stablecoins Not Cause for Alarm

A European Central Bank (ECB) official has stated that users should be aware of the risks associated with the stablecoins use, but not to be alarmed. As Reuters reported on July 18, member of the ECB’s governing council and president of the Deutsche Bundesbank, Jens Weidmann said that stablecoins — digital currency designed to minimize price volatility by being pegged to another asset — offer users opportunities for prosperity, however users should be vigilant in regards of the associated risks. Weidmann delivered his comments at a news conference at a…

Bank of English Governor on Libra as a Solution to Financial Problems

Bank of England governor Mark Carney said that people need to acknowledge the issues Facebook is attempting to solve with Libra, regardless of the project’s potential downsides. Carney delivered his remarks at the Financial Stability Report press conference as seen on the Bank of England’s YouTube channel on July 11.  Carney said: “It’s way too expensive to do domestic payments. It’s way too slow, and that hurts consumers and businesses. It stifles innovation, and it’s far too expensive to send money cross-border, and there are huge financial inclusion issues related…

Iran Plans to Allow Crypto Mining, Central Bank of Iran Governor Says

Iranian authorities are planning to authorize cryptocurrency mining, as the governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) declared, news agency PressTV reported on July 10. CBI governor Abdol Hemmati reportedly claimed that the Iranian government has approved some parts of an executive law that would authorize mining of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC) in Iran. Hemmati’s claim follows a lengthy back-and-forth on the legal status of cryptocurrencies in Iran. As Hemmati explained, the planned law will require crypto mining in Iran to abide with the price of electricity for…

Turkey Puts Central Bank Digital Currency on New Economic Roadmap

The government of Turkey has included a central bank-issued digital currency in its 2019–2023 economic roadmap published on July 9. As per the 11th Development Plan from the Presidency of the Turkish Republic, “Blockchain-based digital central bank money will be implemented.” In addition to a central bank digital currency, the development plan lists blockchain adoption in the operations of transportation and customs. It further notes that public services and administration can be improved by emerging technologies such as big data, artificial intelligence and blockchain. Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay presented…

Metropolitan Commercial Bank Shuts Down Tether’s Accounts

New York-based Metropolitan Commercial Bank has requested that stablecoin issuer Tether close its accounts with the bank has shut down accounts associated with stablecoin issuer Tether, technology-focused news outlet Coindesk reported on July 10. Tether and its affiliated companies reportedly had accounts with Metropolitan Commercial Bank for almost half a year, and now the financial institution has reportedly closed those accounts following a request in 2018. A bank spokesperson told Coindesk that Tether has not shown much activity with the accounts since their establishment: “Metropolitan Commercial Bank had limited, corporate…

Bitcoin’s Clobbering Bank Stocks So Badly It’s Not Even Funny

According to data published by crypto research firm Messari, bitcoin has massively outperformed the largest banking stocks in the world over the past five years. In fact, the cryptocurrency is pummeling them so badly it’s not even funny anymore. They say a picture is worth a thousand words But this is worth 5: “Long bitcoin, short the bankers” pic.twitter.com/HI2DdO6ria — Jack Purdy (@jpurd17) July 10, 2019 JPMorgan, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, and Wells Fargo have recorded total returns in the range of -89 percent to -99…

Bitcoin’s Clobbering Bank Stocks So Badly It’s Not Even Funny

According to data published by crypto research firm Messari, bitcoin has massively outperformed the largest banking stocks in the world over the past five years. In fact, the cryptocurrency is pummeling them so badly it’s not even funny anymore. They say a picture is worth a thousand words But this is worth 5: “Long bitcoin, short the bankers” pic.twitter.com/HI2DdO6ria — Jack Purdy (@jpurd17) July 10, 2019 JPMorgan, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, and Wells Fargo have recorded total returns in the range of -89 percent to -99…