Bank of England’s Chief Economist Thinks Bitcoin Could Replace Cash

It took bitcoin an 85 percent crash followed by a 135 percent recovery to convince a prominent financial expert about its underlying potential. Andrew G Haldane, the chief economist of the Bank of England, said bitcoin is on its way to replace cash, according to an eyewitness’s account. The 51-year academic made the statement when he was interacting with an audience of students. One of them asked Haldane about his thoughts on the future of cryptocurrencies. Haldane replied that he believed bitcoin, in particular, would become as relevant as cash…

Bank of England’s Chief Economist Thinks Bitcoin Could Replace Cash

It took bitcoin an 85 percent crash followed by a 135 percent recovery to convince a prominent financial expert about its underlying potential. Andrew G Haldane, the chief economist of the Bank of England, said bitcoin is on its way to replace cash, according to an eyewitness’s account. The 51-year academic made the statement when he was interacting with an audience of students. One of them asked Haldane about his thoughts on the future of cryptocurrencies. Haldane replied that he believed bitcoin, in particular, would become as relevant as cash…

Reserve Bank of India Urged to Reconsider Banning Crypto From Regulatory Sandbox

Lobbying groups are urging the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to allow crypto-related products to be tested in its regulatory sandbox, Indian daily The Economic Times reported on May 16. The RBI’s proposed framework, unveiled last month, would allow blockchain technology to be tested on a small number of consumers — but cryptocurrencies, exchanges and initial coin offerings are excluded. Nasscom, a trade association of Indian IT companies, is calling for the regulator to rethink, and argues the RBI would better understand the risks associated with crypto by including it in the sandbox. The organization…

World Bank Leads Secondary Market Phase of Bond-I Blockchain Bond

The World Bank and Commonwealth Bank have successfully enabled secondary market trading of a blockchain bond, the institutions confirmed in a press release on May 15. The bond, known as bond-i, uses the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain and was the first in the world to leverage the technology fully when it debuted in August last year. Now, a three-way partnership which also included market maker TD Securities delivered what the participants consider a similar first and a further metamorphosis for blockchain bonds. “Enabling secondary trading recorded on the blockchain is a…

European Central Bank Policymaker Backs Stablecoins over Bitcoin

European Central Bank policymaker Francois Villeroy de Galhau believes that stablecoins can play an important role in the financial system as they aren’t as volatile as Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, reported Bloomberg, May 15, 2019. What’s Not Understood is Often Feared In the past seven days, Bitcoin’s price has reached from $5,000 to almost $8,000 at the time of writing. While this is exciting for the crypto community, it only creates more doubt for those in the traditional financial system. The growth of Bitcoin as well as other cryptocurrencies is…

Crypto Prime Dealer SFOX Partners With New York Bank to Offer New FDIC Protection

Institutional cryptocurrency prime dealer SFOX has partnered with a New York bank to offer state-insured bank accounts for traders, the company confirmed in a blog post on May 14. SFOX, which says the move is an industry first, stated the deal with M.Y. Safra Bank primarily targeted institutional investors and funds. The company has been active in the trading space since 2014, and counts businesses such as Blockchain.com and Overstock subsidiary tZero among its clients. With Safra, SFOX traders will now have access to insurance through the United States government’s…

Bank of France is Closely Watching Stablecoin Developments, Says Governor

The Bank of France has taken an interest in stablecoins, as indicated by the bank’s governor Francois Villeroy de Galhau in a Bloomberg report on May 14 . Villeroy has said that the bank is “observing with great interest” growing networks that allow members to exchange stablecoins for tokenized securities, goods, and services. He makes a point to distinguish stablecoins from cryptocurrency tokens at large, however, saying that stablecoins “are quite different from speculative assets like bitcoins, and more promising.” Villeroy has been an outspoken critic of bitcoin in particular,…

Major Brazilian Bank Brodesco Joins R3 Corda-Powered Global Trade Finance Network

Prominent Brazlian bank, Banco Bradesco, has become the latest institution to join R3’s Marco Polo blockchain network for trade finance, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on May 14. Banco Bradesco is among Brazil’s leading banks, with total assets worth $338.2 billion and a market capitalization of $49.1 billion, the press release states. The Marco Polo network implements R3’s Corda enterprise blockchain technology together with a distributed trade finance platform from TradeIX. It is designed to provide greater cost and time efficiencies — as well as transparency —…

Bitcoin Price Will Triple to $20,000 by 2021: Investment Bank Canaccord

By CCN: Bitcoin is 2019’s best-performing asset thanks to the massive rise in the price of the cryptocurrency, and a growing chorus on Wall Street proclaims that BTC’s terrific momentum won’t be dying out anytime soon. Bitcoin price has breached the $6,000 mark and is on its way higher | Source: CoinMarketCap Canaccord Genuity, an investment banking and wealth management company based out of Vancouver, published a research note predicting that the price will gradually climb back to $20,000 by March 2021. “Bitcoin has started to form the spring 2019…

Binance-Backed Crypto Bank Appoints Deutsche Bank Executive as New CEO

Malta-based cryptocurrency bank Founders Bank has appointed former executive of Deutsche Bank as its new CEO, according to a Bloomberg report on May 9. Backed by major global crypto exchange Binance, Founders Bank plans to assist blockchain and crypto-related firms in securing financial services from traditional banking institutions, the report notes. The new CEO, Kenan Altunis, will reportedly join Founders Bank’s team in June. Prior to the crypto bank, Altunis reportedly served as a co-head of the institutional client group at Deutsche Bank’s corporate and investment bank, where he was…