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Digital Currencies

Central Banks Remain Cautious on Digital Currencies: BIS

A survey of central banks by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) finds that while a majority are collaboratively looking at the implications of issuing a central bank digital currency (CBDC), indeed many have reached the stage of considering practical issues, they are proceeding cautiously with few reporting plans to actually issue a digital currency in the short or medium term.
The survey had 63 respondents, which the BIS says represents around 80% of the world’s population, and asked about central banks’ current work on CBDCs, what motivates that work, and how likely their issuance of a CBDC is.

Survey Finds Increasing Support for CBDCs

A new survey from the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) and IBM finds increasing support for central bank issued digital currencies (CBDC).
OMFIF describes itself as “an independent think tank for central banking, economic policy and public investment” and says the new report describes potential use cases for central banks to support central bank digital currencies.
A CBDC is a digital form of fiat money, which is a currency established as money by government regulation. It differs from digital currencies, which are not issued by the state and lack the regulations of a government.

FSB: Cryptoassets Not a Risk to Financial Stability

In a new report to the G20, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) has concluded that “cryptoassets do not pose a material risk to global financial stability at this time”.

While this is a welcome boost for the crypto industry, the FSB does make clear that these assets should be vigilantly monitored by authorities going forward.

As such, the FSB has requested that the Standing Committee on Assessment of Vulnerabilities (SCAV) and the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) work jointly to develop a framework for monitoring the financial stability risks related to cryptoassets with a focus on identifying potential metrics that can be used to measure these risks.

Genesis Launches Crypto Lending Service

Genesis Trading, which offers two-sided liquidity for digital currencies, has today launched a new affiliate, Genesis Global Capital, an institutional digital currency lending business. 

Genesis Capital will allow institutional investors the opportunity to borrow bitcoin, ether and other digital currencies in large quantities over fixed-terms.

“Having been incubated by our affiliated company, Genesis Trading, we feel we’re in a great position to truly understand the pulse of the market and identify evolving industry needs quicker than most. We believe now is a great time to offer an institutional-focused lending service because it will increase general li

R3 Reveals New Payments Solution

R3 and 22 of its member banks have developed a new international payments solution that leverages distributed ledger technology (DLT). 

A protoype of the solution – which is being built on R3’s Corda platform – is due to be released by the end of 2017.

In a release issued today, R3 notes that domestic payment systems have advanced in many countries to the point of providing real-time funds transfer for customers, highlighting by contrast the extremely inefficient, expensive and slow experience businesses encounter with international payments. 

No Answer to the Bitcoin KYC Problem in Sight Yet

Despite a growing desire from some mainstream regulated financial services firms to trade bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that are based off a public blockchain, there doesn’t seem to be many solutions on the horizon for the Know Your Customer (KYC) challenges this presents.

At the Sibos conference being held in Toronto this week, Elisabeth Rochman, financial services chief technologist at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, noted that a lot of the “BigTech” firms – such as Google and Facebook – are behind the curve compared to banks when it comes to looking at use cases for blockchain.