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What China’s Cashless Revolution Can Teach the West About Crypto

Michael J. Casey is the chairman of CoinDesk’s advisory board and a senior advisor for blockchain research at MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative. The following article originally appeared in CoinDesk Weekly, a custom-curated newsletter delivered every Sunday exclusively to our subscribers. Cash appears to be disappearing from China’s teeming cities. Foreign tourists talk of struggling to buy things because… Read More »

Biggest Bank in Nordic Region Bans Bitcoin, Gets Caught for Money Laundering

Advertisement Nordea Bank, the largest financial group in the Nordic countries, which banned Bitcoin in January, has been caught in a major money laundering scandal for allegedly receiving dirty money from two banks in the Baltics. Yle, a state-owned publication in Finland with over 3,500 employees, reported that finance authorities in Sweden received a report with evidence to… Read More »

Tether ‘Didn’t Do a Great Job on Transparency,’ Claims Investor Mike Novogratz

Stablecoin Tether (USDT) should create more “transparency” about its operations, cryptocurrency investor and entrepreneur Michael Novogratz told Bloomberg Oct. 18. Speaking in an interview, Novogratz, whose Galaxy Digital investment company is active in the cryptocurrency space, said he favored alternative stablecoins pegged to the U.S. dollar with known U.S. banking connections. “I think Tether didn’t do a great… Read More »

Gates Foundation to Partner with Ripple and Coil to Support ‘Pro-Poor’ Payment Systems

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is partnering with Ripple Labs Inc. and digital payments firm Coil to implement the Interledger Protocol, the Foundation’s Deputy Director and Principal Technologist Miller Abel tweeted Oct. 17. The Foundation itself has not made a formal announcement regarding the partnership. Apart from the implementation of Ripple’s Interledger Protocol, which is designed to… Read More »

Cryptocurrency Fever is Starting to Fade: Russian Central Bank

Advertisement Elvira Nabiullina, the head of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, claimed that investors’ excitement toward cryptocurrency has begun to cool. Her remarks came at the FINOPOLIS innovative financial technology forum. Cryptocurrency Fever ‘Beginning to Disappear’ The famed Russian economist and former economic advisor to the Russian President Vladimir Putin represented businesses’ point of view to the… Read More »

Asian Development Bank Paper Touts Blockchain in Government Procurement

A new paper authored by World Bank Group-linked experts proposes development of a blockchain network to boost efficiency across government procurement systems worldwide. Authored by Dr. Ramanathan Somasundaram and S. M. Quamrul Hasan, both researchers specializing in government procurement, the consultation report was published Thursday, touting blockchain tech in a technological proposal for the Asian Development Bank. Currently, there… Read More »

Billionaire Mike Novogratz’ Crypto Fund is Fidelity’s First Custodian Client

Advertisement Galaxy Digital, a crypto merchant bank operated by billionaire investor Mike Novogratz listed on Toronto-based stock exchange TSX-V, has become the first alpha crypto custody client of Fidelity Digital Assets. This week, Fidelity, the world’s fourth-largest asset manager with $7.2 trillion in assets under administration as of October 2018, launched Fidelity Digital Assets, a subsidiary of Fidelity… Read More »

UK Banking Giant Barclays’ Cryptocurrency Project ‘Put on Ice’: Report

Advertisement Major investment bank Barclays has reportedly put its cryptocurrency trading project “on ice” amid a prolonged bear market that has dampened interest in the asset class among many investors. According to a Financial News report, the London-based financial institution shelved the project in September, leading to the departure of Chris Tyrer, the bank’s former head of energy… Read More »

Bitcoin is Not a Legal Tender in Zambia, Says Central Bank

Advertisement Zambia’s central bank has said that cryptocurrencies like bitcoin aren’t legal tender in the country. The Bank of Zambia (BoZ), responsible for creating and implementing monetary policies for the world’s 105th largest economy, explained their stance against the use of cryptocurrencies in contrast to the growing public interests in the field. The central bank admitted that it… Read More »