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State Street Moves One Step Closer To Crypto With Latest Partnership

America’s long-serving financial provider State Street is looking to make a move into the crypto space after announcing its intention to provide its trading technology to a crypto startup. Currenex Tech To Power Pure Digital Crypto Platform According to the release, the US bank would partner with crypto startup Pure Digital to create a Bitcoin-focused trading platform for wholesale investors. State Street’s Currenex trading technology would provide the trading infrastructure, and investors will be able to exchange their fiat for crypto assets in the digital currency trading platform. Pure Digital is expected to launch in the middle of 2021 and…

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State Street to provide tech for institutional Bitcoin trading platform

State Street-owned FX platform Currenex will provide its infrastructure for the Pure Digital cryptocurrency exchange. State Street, the second-oldest operating bank in the United States, is moving into the cryptocurrency industry by agreeing to provide its technology for a new crypto trading platform. Currenex, a forex technology provider owned by State Street, has entered into an agreement with crypto firm Puremarkets to provide its trading infrastructure and tech for the new crypto trading platform Pure Digital. Announcing the news Thursday, Pure Digital said that it will also collaborate with State Street to further explore the digital currency trading industry. According…

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Citi and IADB complete cross-border payment pilot with blockchain tech

IADB disbursed tokenized funds to a recipient in the Dominican Republic using the LACChain blockchain network. Banking giant Citigroup has successfully completed a proof-of-concept for blockchain-based cross-border payments in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank, or IADB. According to a Thursday announcement, Citigroup’s Citi Innovation Labs and the IADB enabled several disbursements from the United States to a recipient in the Dominican Republic, using the LACChain blockchain network — a proprietary effort by IADB’s regional program LACChain. As part of the project, the IADB deposited tokenized funds denominated in U.S. dollars in a Citi account and transferred the funds using…

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America’s Second-Oldest Bank State Street to Enable Crypto Trading on its Platform

Shortly after the oldest US-based bank entered the cryptocurrency space, so has done the second-oldest – State Street Corporation. The banking giant with $3 trillion in assets under management will allow the London-based Puremarkets to use its Currenex platform for digital asset trading.  Launched by Puremarkets Ltd., Pure Digital is advertised as an “interbank marketplace for cryptocurrency price discovery and exchange of wholesale risk.”   According to an announcement from earlier today, the London-based company has partnered with the founded in 1792 US banking behemoth – State Street Corporation.  Through the collaboration, Pure Digital will utilize State Street’s bank-grade trading platform…

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Digital yuan campaign planned for contested island in the South China Sea

Participants will receive a discount for every central bank digital currency expenditure worth 100 yuan. South China’s Hainan Province, which administers the prefectural Sansha City on a disputed archipelago in the South China Sea, will run a two-week campaign later this month to promote the use of the digital yuan among island residents. The city, established in 2012, is on the front line of disputes over territorial claims in the South China Sea and is unusual in being both the People Republic of China’s smallest city by population and its largest by geographic reach — formally encompassing over 280 islands and their surrounding waters,…

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JPMorgan Boss Says ‘Emerging Issues’ Like Cryptocurrencies ‘Need to Be Dealt With Quickly’

JPMorgan’s boss Jamie Dimon has a bone to pick with cryptocurrencies, shadow banking, and the financial technology (fintech) economy. In a letter to JPMorgan shareholders, Dimon explained that banks are “playing an increasingly smaller role in the financial system” and there’s a list of items like digital currencies he’s named that needs to be “dealt with – and rather quickly.” Jamie Dimon’s Letter to JPMorgan Shareholders Says Banks Need to Focus on the Future Jamie Dimon has written a comprehensive letter to shareholders about the company’s accomplished goals and future concerns. Dimon’s letter, of course, meets the needs of his…

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Demand for Bitcoin Increases Despite Regulatory Restrictions: Goldman Sachs CEO

The existing regulatory framework around cryptocurrency restricts Goldman Sachs from implementing its projects covering digital currencies, said the bank’s CEO, David Solomon. He added that customer demand has skyrocketed in recent months, which is the reason behind GS’s proactive crypto approach. US Rules Bring Challenges for Institutions Engaging with BTC Founded in 1869, Goldman Sachs is a giant US multinational investment bank that has displayed a somewhat controversial approach towards bitcoin and the entire cryptocurrency space. Its previous actions included launching a cryptocurrency trading desk in 2017, halting it shortly after, and restarting it earlier this year. Before reactivating the…

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Sweden’s central bank completes first phase of digital currency pilot

The Sveriges Riksbank said that CBDC technology still requires further investigation. After completing the first phase of its digital currency pilot project, Sveriges Riksbank has found some critical issues that must be addressed before Stockholmers can buy coffee and kanelbullar with e-krona. In a recent study, Sweden’s central bank presented the first results of its central bank digital currency pilot on a network based on R3’s Corda blockchain. The Riksbank simulated core aspects of a potential CBDC system, including liquidity supply via the Riksbank’s settlement system, RIX, and network members serving as e-kronor distributors. The central bank also simulated participants, end-users and payment…

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How banks can identify money laundering involving crypto, explained

What are the tools that banks and financial institutions need to identify money laundering involving crypto? This explained guide reveals all. How does blockchain analytics software work for financial institutions exposed to crypto? They enable transactions to be monitored on all major blockchains — 24/7 and in real time. The risk associated with incoming and outgoing transactions can be determined — covering high value payments, transfers involving multiple digital assets and/or accounts, as well as transactions that appear to have no logical business explanation. A clearer picture can also be gathered over time by piecing together intelligence from entities making…

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After breaking $100 billion TVL, DeFi is now the equivalent of a top 40 U.S. bank

It's a long road to the #1 spot, but some ecosystem players think we'll get there eventually. According to decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem tracker DeFiLlama, early this morning the DeFi ecosystem breached $100 billion in total value locked for the first time — rising 7% from $94.7 billion yesterday to $101.33 billion at the time of publication. Aside from the psychologically significant 9th digit, the figure is notable both for the speed with which it was attained (the ecosystem sat at $20.74 billion total on January 1st, 2021) as well as the sheer quantity of assets the upstart financial vertical…

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Indian IT giant Tech Mahindra to launch stablecoin tool for banks

Tech Mahindra wants to provide U.S. banks with a stablecoin solution after the OCC authorized federally chartered banks to use stablecoins for settlement in January. Indian multinational technology firm Tech Mahindra is developing a new stablecoin service targeting banks and financial institutions. The tech giant announced Monday that it has entered into an agreement with Dutch blockchain application incubator Quantoz to launch a “stablecoin-as-a-service” tool to reduce transaction costs and processing times. The new collaboration targets potential clients from the banking and financial sector as the United States’ Office of the Comptroller of Currency officially allowed federally chartered U.S. banks to…

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Bank of Japan Begins Experiments on Issuing a Central Bank Digital Currency

The Bank of Japan has officially kicked off experiments on a proof of concept for its central bank digital currency. The first testing phase is already live and should be completed by March 2022. BOJ Takes a Swing at CBDC Development Japan’s Central Bank has put its mind into issuing its own digital currency. The trial will consist of two phases, according to a recent Reuters coverage. The initial steps should continue until March 2022. They will concentrate on testing the technical feasibility of how to issue, distribute, and redeem a central bank digital currency (CBDC). The BOJ noted the…

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Banks Appetite for Bitcoin Increases as BTC Volatility Declines, JPMorgan Says

Large banking organizations and institutional investors could reinvigorate their demand for bitcoin soon, commented researchers from JP Morgan Chase & Co. They reasoned that BTC volatility levels have been decreasing in recent weeks, which could be the primary benefit for institutions. BTC’s Volatility Plays a Role for Institutions Analysts representing the giant US multinational investment banks, led by Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou, have been increasingly interested in reporting various BTC-related aspects lately. While some included bitcoin’s performance against gold, others highlighted the cryptocurrency’s notoriously high volatility. However, the researchers have blasted the asset in the past for its considerable fluctuations that could…

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Ray Dalio Warns Governments May Try to Ban BTC

Ray Dalio has become a bitcoin fan in recent months. Following the cryptocurrency’s meteoric surge beyond $50,000, the economist from Bridgewater Associates believes that the currency is making serious waves in the financial industry. Why then does he suddenly feel it’s at risk of getting banned? Ray Dalio: The Government May Try to Outlaw Bitcoin In a recent interview, Dalio claimed that bitcoin could incur the same “outlaw status” that gold did in the early 1930s, and that the government could eventually decide against its usage. He comments: Every country treasures its monopoly on controlling the supply and demand. They…

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Bahamas’ Sand Dollar nears commercial rollout as interoperability completed

Following cybersecurity assessments, commercial institutions are being cleared to issue the world's first CBDC — the Bahamas' Sand Dollar. The Central Bank of the Bahamas has announced that its central bank digital currency, the Sand Dollar, is expected to achieve full interoperability between its various wallet providers within the week. A recent statement released by the CBoB revealed that Authorised Financial Institutions such as payments service providers are expected to be finalized within the coming days. Essentially acting as wallet providers and prospective issuers of the Sand Dollar, the AFIs in question have been subject to rigorous cybersecurity assessments, the…

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BNY Mellon Refers to S2F Model and Gold Comparison to Determine Bitcoin’s Value

A few months after launching Bitcoin custodial services in the US, the nation’s oldest bank, BNY Mellon, has doubled-down on its interest and involvement with the first-ever cryptocurrency. It has published a report attempting to determine bitcoin’s value by comparing BTC with gold and referring to the popular stock-to-flow model. BNY Mellow Evaluates BTC It wasn’t that long ago that giant banks steered clear from the entire cryptocurrency industry while only making brief and rare comments bashing bitcoin. However, the trend has changed significantly in the past few years. Such is the example coming for America’s oldest bank – BNY…

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Chinese Citizens Can Now Apply for the Digital Yuan Wallet Through 6 State-Owned Banks

Following the interview with Ma Changchun, the head of the People’s Bank of China-run Digital Currency Research Institute, a recent report indicates that residents from Beijing and Shanghai can now apply for a digital yuan wallet. According to the report, six different Chinese banks will participate in the process. Beijing and Shanghai Residents Can Apply to Test the Digital Yuan Wallet A recent report published by China’s Securities Times, explains that residents from China are now able to apply for the digital yuan wallet. The wallet is compatible with the People’s Bank of China’s digital currency project. The report indicates…

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Major South Korean Bank BNK Busan Plans to Offer Banking Services to Domestic Crypto Exchanges

The South Korean crypto frenzy among the banking industry remains on fire, as another major bank is treading waters to offer banking services for crypto exchanges. The BNK Busan Bank launched a program that consists of visiting competitors’ banks that already offer it. BNK Busan Is Visting Its Competitors to Conduct the Research According to the Busan.com news outlet, the bank researches how these financial institutions deal with the crypto exchanges amid the forthcoming regulation. As the banks provide fiat services to the crypto businesses, the legislation set to promulgate on Friday will force them to use the Information Security…

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European Central Bank tries to quell Germans’ doubts about digital euro

A future digital euro wouldn't be a threat to savers, say officials from the European Central Bank. The European Central Bank, or ECB, has been investigating the possibility of launching a digital euro project within five years to complement existing central bank money. But whereas high-profile leaders such as ECB president Christine Lagarde have been largely positive about the prospect, officials from Germany's Bundesbank have remained unconvinced. In a new op-ed for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, ECB board member Fabio Panetta and fellow official Ulrich Bindseil attempted to tackle some of the Germans' misgivings head on: “The ECB is by no…

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Banning Bitcoin is like rejecting the US dollar, entrepreneur warns India

Rejecting crypto as a reserve currency will lead to an Indian currency devaluation of the worst kind, warns blockchain entrepreneur Raj Chowdry. An Indian cryptocurrency ban would have grave implications for the future of the country’s economy, and would result in currency devaluation “of the worst form,” says blockchain entrepreneur and HashCash CEO Raj Chowdry. Chowdry, also the managing director of the United States-based PayBito cryptocurrency exchange, said India’s rejection of Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies would be the equivalent of rejecting the U.S. dollar. Without regulating and eventually adopting cryptocurrency as a reserve currency, Chowdry believes India’s economy would…

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