IMF Head Makes Case for Central Bank Digital Currencies In Recent Speech

With contributing reporting from Jimmy Aki. Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), suggested a new course of action for central banks around the world: turn their fiat currencies digital. The IMF chair gave a speech at the Singapore Fintech Festival on November 14, 2018, titled “Winds of Change: The New Case for Digital Currency.” In it, Lagarde stated, “I believe we should consider the possibility to issue digital currency. There may be a role for the state to supply money to the digital economy.” She continued to…

Canadian Bank Announces Digital Safety Deposit Box for Crypto Exchanges and Investment Funds

VersaBank, formerly Pacific & Western Bank of Canada, announced one of its subsidiaries has completed beta testing for its digital safety deposit box and is now entering the commercialization phase, which will include the offering of digital safe keeping as well as multi signature services for cryptocurrency exchanges and crypto-based investment funds. Canadian VersaBank Announces Digital Safety Deposit Box for Cryptocurrency Holdings The testing phase of the company’s digital safety deposit box was conducted to ensure the product’s design would meet the specific requirements of cryptocurrency exchanges and crypto funds. Target clients…

New York Digital Investment Group Subsidiary Acquires New York BitLicense

The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has granted a BitLicense to NYDIG Execution, according to an official DFS announcement published Nov. 14. NYDIG Execution, a subsidiary of the New York Digital Investment Group LLC (NYDIG), is now legally authorized to operate cryptocurrency-related business and to conduct money transmissions. Through the recent license, the firm is permitted to offer crypto custodial and trade execution services in the jurisdiction of New York state. NYDIG will be allowed to operate as a crypto custodian for five cryptocurrencies; Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin…

Central Bank Digital Currencies Could Have Legitimate ‘Role,’ Says IMF’s Lagarde

The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said the international community should “consider” endorsing central bank issued digital currencies (CBDCs) in a speech at the Singapore Fintech Festival Nov. 14. IMF managing director Christine Lagarde said that despite being “not entirely convinced” on the concept of cryptocurrencies more generally, there may be a case for states to issue government-backed tokens or similar assets. “I believe we should consider the possibility to issue digital currency. There may be a role for the state to supply money to the digital…

$3 Billion Deleted From Crypto Market as Big Digital Assets Perform Poorly

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Over the last 24 hours, the crypto market has seen a drop of $3 billion from $212 billion to $209 billion, as major cryptocurrencies including Stellar (XLM) and Cardano (ADA) have fallen by 3 to 6 percent. Peculiarly, Stellar and Cardano are amongst three cryptocurrencies alongside Zcash that are expected to be integrated into Coinbase, the world’s fourth-largest fiat-to-crypto exchange behind Bitfinex, Bithumb, and Upbit. Why are Stellar and Cardano Falling? Prior to their listing, Basic Attention Token (BAT) and 0x (ZRX) recorded gains in the range…

Venezuela to Present Petro at OPEC as the ‘Digital Currency for Oil’

Venezuela is hoping the world’s oil markets will start using its controversial national cryptocurrency, the petro. Manuel Quevedo, the country’s minister of petroleum and the president of state-owned oil company PDVSA, announced in a tweet on Wednesday, that Venezuela will take petro to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in 2019, as the “main digital currency backed by oil.” Another PDVSA tweet shows a news clip of Quevedo talking on the subject, captioned with the quote: “Petro will become the digital currency of oil transactions worldwide; we will present…

Russian Stablecoin Would Be Equivalent to Fiat Ruble in ‘Digital Space’

The chairman of Russia’s State Duma Committee on Financial Markets has said that a state-backed stablecoin would be a complete equivalent to the Russian fiat ruble in a digital space, state-operated Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported Nov. 7. Chairman Anatoly Aksakov said that the “crypto ruble,” which may appear after the adoption of laws regulating the cryptocurrency industry in Russia, would be “the same ruble, just in encrypted form.” The State Duma chairman explained that it would be possible to change the Russian stablecoin for the equivalent in fiat…

Israel’s Central Bank ‘Not Recommended’ to Issue Own Digital Currency

An Israeli study group exploring digital currency options has recommended that the country’s central bank not issue its own token, a press release confirmed Nov. 6. The interdepartmental team, set up in November 2017 by the governor of the Bank of Israel to “examine the issue of central bank digital currencies [CBDCs],” revealed its findings in a full report this week. “Central banks around the world are examining the possibility of issuing digital currency and/or using distributed technologies in the payment systems, but no advanced economy has yet issued digital…

Announcing the GDAX Digital Asset Framework – The Coinbase Blog

We are excited to release the GDAX Digital Asset Framework. We believe the number of digital currencies and tokens will continue growing and contribute to creating an open financial system. To support this growth, GDAX will add assets which align with this framework and promote our mission of creating an open financial system for the world. The digital asset ecosystem has experienced significant growth over the last year. Since January 1, 2017, the total market capitalization of all digital assets has increased nearly 10x to reach a current valuation of…

Bytom Is Connecting Physical and Digital Assets

Assets of all stripes have long been recognized for their value in building wealth, paying debts and meeting both short- and long-term commitments. But now, with the exponential growth of computing power and big data, the value of strictly digital assets has all but eclipsed the traditional physical assets that were long the cornerstone of personal wealth. As such, there is a growing need for projects that can connect the worlds of traditional physical assets and cutting-edge digital ones, thus providing the best of both worlds. A key player in…