70% of Central Banks are Working on Digital Currencies, No Hurry to Issue Them: BIS

A survey commissioned by the bank of central banks, the Bank of International Settlements, has disclosed that even though Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC) are being researched by a big number of reserve banks, the work is mostly conceptual. Consequently, only a handful of them have any intentions of issuing a CBDC in the near

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Sweden’s Central Bank Warns of Scammers Selling National Cryptocurrency ‘e-krona’

Sweden’s reserve bank has warned that the individuals and firms purporting to sell the electronic version of the national currency, the e-krona, are fraudsters as the digital currency project ‘has not been concluded’. According to Riksbank, ‘no decision has been taken on issuing e-kronas’ and therefore claims to the contrary were false. Riksbank pointed out

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UAE and Saudi Arabian Central Banks to Jointly Launch a Cross-Border Cryptocurrency

It’s confirmed. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia will work on cross-border digital currency. The exact date when it would be issued is still unknown but we know one thing, the digital currency is not targeted at consumers. It’s strictly for banks. Arabian news outlet Gulf News reports that the central bank of

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Crypto to Get Regulatory Certainty in South Africa in Payment System Review

Authorities in South Africa are seeking comments on proposed policy changes that could, among other things, offer cryptocurrencies regulatory certainty. Per the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) and the National Treasury, an overhaul of the national payment system (NPS), a set of infrastructures and arrangements which allow the transfer of funds between individuals and entities,

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Singapore: Bill Tabled to Place Crypto Payment Services Under Central Bank Oversight

A new bill which will impact electronic wallets and digital payment tokens such as bitcoin has been tabled in Singapore’s parliament. The Payment Services Bill will place the providers of payment services that are not under the regulatory oversight of Money-Changing and Remittance Businesses Act and the Payment Systems Oversight Act under the umbrella of

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Central Bank has Final Say on Cryptocurrency Issuance: Malaysia’s Finance Minister

Malaysia has indicated that the country’s central bank has the last word regarding the introduction of new cryptocurrencies. According to the Minister of Finance, Lim Guan Eng, the country’s central bank Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), will have to be consulted regarding cryptocurrency projects as the final decision rests with the apex bank. “This is where

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Central Banks of Canada, Singapore and UK Propose CBDCs for Cross-Border Payments

The reserve banks of Canada, Singapore and the United Kingdom have singled out central bank digital currencies as being one of the solutions that can be implemented in order to solve the challenges encountered when making cross-border payments. The report by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Bank of England and Bank of Canada notes that

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Central Bank of Azerbaijan Rules Out Issuing Cryptocurrency

The Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA) has indicated that it does not intend to issue a state-backed cryptocurrency, also known as a central bank digital currency (CBDC). Speaking to reporters in Baku on November 15, CBA first Chairman Alim Guliyev stated that the Bank treats cryptocurrencies conservatively, based on a belief that the use of

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Singapore’s Central Bank, Stock Exchange Settle Tokenised Assets on a Blockchain

In a blockchain breakthrough, Singapore’s central bank and the country’s primary stock exchange have successfully developed an automated method for rapid settlements of tokenized assets. In an announcement on Sunday, the government of Singapore announced the successful development of a Delivery versus Payment (DvP) mechanism – powered by smart contracts – for settlement of tokenized

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New Bank of Israel Report Recommends Against Creating Digital Shekel

The Bank of Israel has released the results of a research study commissioned in late 2017 to examine the feasibility of issuing a cryptocurrency that would be equivalent in value to the shekel. Dubbed the ‘Digital Shekel’, the proposed cryptocurrency has been found to be unsuitable to the needs of Israel in a number of

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