Tag: Libra

The Libra Hearings, Part Deux

So today it was the turn of the US House Committee on Financial Services putting Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency, libra, under the microscope, and it was a vast improvement on yesterday’s hearing in the Senate. If you haven’t read the key takeaways from that hearing, you can find them here. Full disclosure: I had to run […]

Key Takeaways from Day One of the Libra Hearings

The US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs today held a hearing examining Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency, libra, and I almost filled up a whole notebook taking notes, which I’ll try and distill into something coherent now. It was fairly compelling, although frequently frustrating and sometimes amusing, stuff. Firstly, it’s worth noting that the […]

New CFTC Chair Vows to “Hit the Ground Running”

As he begins his term today as the 14th chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Heath Tarbert says that he intends to “hit the ground running”. “America’s futures, swaps, and options markets are the global standard. Their integrity is essential to the economic security of every American, particularly our farmers and ranchers. […]

In the FICC of It

Colin Lambert is on the defensive from the start of this week’s podcast thanks to another disastrous prediction in the previous edition of In the FICC of It, so listen in to enjoy his discomfort as he and Galen Stops discuss the return of volatility to bitcoin and while doing so decide for yourself – […]

In the FICC of It

In this week’s lively and extended podcast Colin Lambert and Galen Stops mange to disagree on just about everything as they dig into the details around the announcement that Citi has given notice to four of the biggest non-bank market makers in FX and discuss the potential implications for the industry as a whole. They […]

Facebook’s Cryptocurrency: Standing on the Shoulders of Dwarfs

“We are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants. We see more, and things that are more distant, than they did, not because our sight is superior or because we are taller than they, but because they raise us up, and by their great stature add to ours” The above quote is widely attributed […]

Facebook Reveals Details of its New Cryptocurrency

Facebook has issued a series of whitepapers outlining its plans regarding the new cryptocurrency that it intends to launch in the first half of 2020. According to the materials released today, the underlying aim of the proposed cryptocurrency, called Libra, is to make moving money around globally as easy, cost effective and safe as sending […]