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What is a CBDC?
A central bank digital currency (CBDC) is a new digital form of sovereign money. CBDCs are issued by the government, where monetary policies are still formed by the central bank.

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What is CBDC?
CBDC stands for Central Bank Digital Currency, and represents the digital form of a nation’s fiat money (currency backed by trust or faith in the regulating government).

Can CBDC Drive Financial Inclusion?
There are still 1.7 billion unbanked in the world. What are the reasons behind such a significant number of unbanked? Can CBDC drive their financial inclusion?

Bank of Japan Testing Digital Yen CBDC
The Bank of Japan (BoJ) has just announced that it will begin experimenting with a Digital Yen, its own Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) to test its technical application and feasibility.

Messaging Giant LINE is Developing a Platform for CBDC
Japanese messaging giant Line is developing a platform to aid Asian central banks in their pursuit of central bank digital currencies (CBDC).

Consensys Report: CBDC are Risk-Free Compared to Facebook Libra
In a recent white paper entitled Central Banks and the Future of Digital Money—Consensys offers an insightful and practical overview of the potential and risks of CBDC. The research paper also offers an example of how the Ethereum blockchain can be leveraged to design and build a CBDC and takes a deep dive into what the practical implementation of a CBDC would require.

Facebook's Libra Sparked CBDC Race, COVID-19 Made Central Banks Realize Its Necessity
Digital innovation and central bank digital currency adoption (CBDC) have been on the rise despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. What has driven CBDC forward?

Bank of Canada Governor Advocates Globally Coordinated Approach to CBDC
The governor of the Bank of Canada Tiff Macklem has advocated for a “globally coordinated” approach with respect to CBDC development.

Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Race: 2020 Year in Review
As 2020 comes to a close, we take a look back at the most important developments regarding the pursuit of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC).

US Federal Reserve Weighs the Pros and Cons of a Digital Dollar CBDC
The US Federal Reserve has continued to research the benefits and impact of implementing a central bank digital currency (CBDC).

Bank of Spain Plans to Look at Design Proposals and Economic Implications of a CBDC
Spain’s Central Bank mentioned that it would study the design proposals and economic implications of a CBDC in the country.

Reserve Bank of Australia May Still Have Its Eye on CBDC After All
Reserve Bank of Australia's Tony Richards has said that the RBA will continue to consider the potentials of issuing a CBDC.

South Korea’s CBDC Pilot to Enter into Distribution Phase Next Year
South Korea’s central bank is looking to start the testing of the distribution of its central bank digital currency (CBDC) next year.

Dutch Central Bank Grants First-Ever Crypto Service Registration
The Amsterdam Digital Asset Exchange (AMDAX) has secured the De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) in line with EU Anti Money Laundering guidelines.

Leaked EU Commission Draft on Crypto Assets Law: How Will Cryptocurrency be Regulated?
A leaked European Union legislative draft on digital assets reveals the country's plans for cryptocurrency trading and issuance across the nation.

UK Treasury Drafting Private Stablecoin Regulations and Researching CBDC with BoE
The United Kingdom’s Treasury Department has announced it is drafting private stablecoin regulation while it continues central bank digital currency (CBDC) research.

IMF to Play a Crucial Role in Monitoring Digital Money Evolution
The IMF is set to play a crucial role in monitoring the advancement of digital currencies.

G20 Lays Regulatory Foundation to Accept Digital Payments by November Summit
G20 officials have announced that they will begin the preliminary regulatory groundwork for the group to accept digital payments.

Singapore Payment Services Act Now in Effect For Crypto Firms
The Monetary Authority of Singapore now requires cryptocurrency providers and exchanges to be licensed under some of the same regulatory elements as traditional financial service providers.

ECB Report: Striking the Balance Between Allowing Privacy and Ensuring Compliance with CBDC
The European Central Bank has recently developed an “anonymity voucher” to safeguard potential central bank digital currency (CBDC) users’ privacy for low-value retail transactions, while ensuring that high-value transfers are subject to anti-money laundering (AML) approvals.

The Bank of Russia Wants Strict Limits for Non-Professional Russian Crypto Investors
Russia has published a proposal that sets strict limits on the amounts of digital assets acquired by non-professionals investors in a year.

Bank of Lithuania Calls For Uniform Regulation for Digital Financial Innovation Across Europe
Bank of Lithuania, Lietuvos Bankas, has proposed uniform regulations throughout the European Union in response to the European Commission’s consultations for the development of the digitalization of financial services in Europe.

Japan’s Financial Watchdog Believes Deregulating Crypto Does Not Necessarily Propel Technical Innovation
After assuming the helm of Japan’s Financial Services Agency mandated with overseeing the monetary sector in July, Ryozo Himino has voiced his reservation of promoting cryptocurrency trading.

G7 Will Meet to Discuss CBDC and Digital Tax this Week Says Japan’s Finance Minister
The Group of Seven (G7) will meet on Feb.12 to discuss central bank digital currencies (CBDC), digital taxation and global debt according to Japan’s Finance Minister Taro Aso.

Spanish Lawmakers Receive Bitcoin in Cryptocurrency Education Campaign
All 350 Deputies of the Spanish Congress have received Bitcoin as part of an educational campaign aiming to teach legislators about the uses and functions of crypto.

China's Central Bank Publishes Rules for Blockchain-Based Financial Applications
The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) has published a set of evaluation rules for blockchain-based finance applications. The published rules aim to provide regulatory oversight using three basic standards bordering on technical, performance, and security.

Hong Kong Securities Regulator Aims to Tighten Digital Asset Regulations Later This Year
The CEO of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) recently stated that security tokens must be regulated by the regulatory authority.

JP Morgan: Groundwork Now in Place for Mainstream Blockchain and Digital Currency Adoption
JPMorgan published a report showing a significant move towards blockchain, enormous growth of blockchain, and challenges hindering mainstream adoption.

Tencent, Huawei, and Baidu Executives to Join China’s New National Blockchain Committee to Set Industrial Standards
The Chinese central government has put together a national blockchain committee to work on setting industrial standards. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) issued a notice on April 13 of the “Public Notice on the Formation of a National Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology Standardization Technical Committee.”

eToro CEO: Central Banks will Inevitably Establish Digital Currencies
Yoni Assia, eToro’s CEO, recently weighed in on the issue of Central Bank Digital Currencies. He noted that this matter was no longer an issue of “if,” but of “how and when” because the development of digital currencies by central banks was inevitable.

Mauritius Jumps on Digital Currency Bandwagon
The issuance of Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) has been making airwaves with nations, such as China, leading the hype. The Bank of Mauritius, the central bank of the Republic of Mauritius, seeks to join this bandwagon based on an announcement that it wants to introduce a digital currency.

Canada’s Central Bank Considers Launching a Digital Currency to Combat the “Direct Threat” of Cryptos
Canada’s Central Bank, the Bank of Canada, is considering launching a digital currency that would enable the collection of how Canadians spend their money.

First Blockchain National Currency Platform Ready for Central Banks’ CBDC Issuance
The blockchain national currency platform issued by blockchain company Apollo Fintech was finalized and completed on August 12.

IMF Chief Economist Says Crypto Won’t Threaten Dollar Dominance Although Global Reserves Decline
The Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Gita Gopinath, expressed in an opinion piece in the Financial Times that digital currencies would not displace the US Dollar as the currency that dominates the global trade and finance.

Crypto Leaders Discuss Libra, China's CBDC and a Cashless Future at the Singapore Fintech Festival
A noteworthy panel followed on the topic of “defining the future of digital currency,” joined by Christian Catalini, co-creator of Libra and Head Economist of Calibra, Mu Changchun, Director-General of the Digital Currency Institute of the People’s Bank of China, HE Serey Chea, from the National Bank of Cambodia and Umar Farooq, Head of Blockchain at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

China’s Central Bank’s DCEP is Trying to Make WeChat Pay and Alipay Redundant
Mu Changchun, the Director-General of the Institute of Digital Currency of China’s central bank, People’s Bank of China spoke at one of the panels at the Singapore Fintech Festival held at the Singapore Expo on Nov. 12 regarding the future of digital currencies.

Six Leading Central Banks to Brainstorm the Issuance of Digital Currencies in Mid-April
The leaders of six major central banks are scheduled to meet in mid-April to conceptualize on creating their own digital currencies as they can be instrumental in substituting the digital yuan or Facebook’s Libra.

The End of Physical Cash is an Inevitable Reality and Not to be Feared Says Union Bank President
As the world tries to come to terms with the coronavirus outbreak, recently Edwin Bautista chief executive and president of UnionBank of the Philippines revealed how digital services could support consumers as they increasingly self-isolate themselves or have to work remotely for an extended timeframe. The fintech leader projected the end of cash as the coronavirus crisis provokes banks to fast track the shift towards digital. But will the end of physical cash become a reality? The trend towards cashless remains inevitable as the current events seem to accelerate this process.

The National Bank of Cambodia Looking to Launch New Centralized CBDC This Quarter
The National Bank of Cambodia digital currency, which is a central bank digital currency, called Bakong, was launched on a trial basis in Cambodia in July 2019.

Mainstream Adoption of DeFi and DLT Is Coming, It Will Replace Banks, Says US Currency Comptroller
The US acting Comptroller of the Currency disclosed that roles played by banks will soon change due to cryptocurrencies and decentralized finance (DeFi).

China’s Central Bank Partners with Commercial Banks and Telecom Giants to Test Digital Currency in Two Major Cities
New developments of China’s central bank geared towards testing its digital currency electronic payment (DCEP) in the cities of Shenzhen and Suzhou. The People’s Bank of China, the country’s central bank is on track to become the first central bank on the globe to issue a national digital currency.

China’s Central Bank Rolling Out DCEP National Currency, While Saying ‘Libra Won’t Succeed'
China has been reportedly developing its central bank-issued digital currency for a while and is believed to be ready to launch by China’s central bank, People’s Bank of China (PBoC).

PayPal CEO Announces Plans for Cryptocurrency Business Expansion to Reach More Users
PayPal CEO discussed the integration of cryptocurrency into its business and potential business partnerships with central banks.

China’s Central Bank Digital Currency Research Unit Signs Deal with Huawei
The Chinese central bank, People’s Bank of China’s (PBoC) Digital Currency Research Institute has signed an agreement with multinational telecommunications giant Huawei.

HSBC CEO: No Plans for Launching Crypto Trading
HSBC revealed that the bank has no plan to offer virtual currency as investments to their clients by starting cryptocurrency trading.

Ripple says XRP Can Be Used as a Bridge Currency for CBDCs, Will This Push XRP Higher?
Ripple released a new whitepaper that depicted XRP's utility as a bridge currency for CBDCs. XRP has broken through the key level of $0.50. What should be expected of the cryptocurrency in the short term?

Dr. Alicia Garcia-Herrero's Take on China’s CBDC and Facebook’s Libra
In Part 2 of the interview, Garcia-Herrero explained the disruption of China’s CBDC – digital currency electronic payment (DCEP) on China’s monetary system. She also commented on the basket of currencies that Facebook’s Libra supports and Libra’s potential threat to monetary sovereignty.

Mastercard VP On Blockchain, Digital Assets and CBDC: “Everything Ends in Transactions and Payments”
Ashok Venkateswaran, Mastercard’s Blockchain and Digital Assets Lead, Asia Pacific shares insights on the payment giant's new blockchain and digital initiatives.

R3 and Asian Central Banks Join Forces to Unravel Central Bank Digital Currencies
Blockchain.News spoke with Carl Wegner, the Head of Asia Pacific at R3, who has been with the company for over three years, with a major focus on developing business and partnership opportunities for the consortium. Having been in the trade finance industry for over 30 years, Wegner feels that it is an incredible opportunity for blockchain to help streamline processes.   

Fundstrat’s Thomas Lee Discusses: What Happens After the 10 Best Days for Bitcoin?
Thomas Lee, the Co-Founder, Managing Director, and Head of Research at Fundstrat Global Advisors, known for his opinions on the Bitcoin and crypto market has sat down with Blockchain.News to discuss his views on some macro trends and the Bitcoin industry we’re currently observing.

Hong Kong's Highest-Profile FinTech Consultant: Libra Puts CBDCs to the Top of the Central Banks' Agenda
Blockchain.News interviewed Arslanian at the Asian Financial Forum held in Hong Kong earlier this month, where he was invited to speak on the development of FinTech.

Central Bank Digital Currencies Unmasked by Dr. Alicia Garcia-Herrero at Natixis
Blockchain.News has been delighted to reach out to Garcia-Herrero for her to share some thoughts on central bank digital currencies around the world. Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) have increasingly sparked interest in recent years. With the notion of China’s central bank, People’s Bank of China (PBoC) announcing its plan to issue its digital currency (DCEP) and Facebook’s Libra stablecoin emergence, the world has been paying more attention to CBDCs.

Blockchain Asia: Technological Solutions to Cultural Mistrust
Jochen Biedermann is also the Founder and CEO of Blockchain Asia which was established in 2016. In this second installment, we discuss Blockchain’s applications throughout Asia, clashes in culture and China’s mission to be the first country with an operating central bank digital currency (CBDC).

Binance CZ: We Have No Immediate Plans for a Chinese Yuan-Based Stablecoin
Recent announcements have created waves in the blockchain industry. Binance has been making its way around the world, enabling better adoption and an overall understanding of crypto. With China’s President Xi Jinping urging its nation to use blockchain technology and its development, how is Binance leveraging on new collaborations around the world?

Hyperledger's Brian Behlendorf on Blockchain Interoperability, China's BSN, ID2020 and CBDC
Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director of Hyperledger discusses open-source software development and blockchain technology, China's BSN, ID2020, and CBDC.

Huawei Files Patent For Blockchain Ledger Storage and Device
Chinese technology giant Huawei has applied for a patent on a new blockchain-based storage systems.

Chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov Supports Bitcoin as Tool for Human Rights and Financial Autonomy
Chess Grandmaster and rising human rights advocate, Garry Kasparov, sees cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum as a way to fight tyranny and restore liberal democracies.

RBL Bank Partners with Accenture to Build A Digital Bank Infrastructure
RBL Bank announced that it will partner with Accenture, who envisions that it will enhance the bank’s information technology (IT) network and services.

Ripple to Build The Core Ledger that Will Power Central Bank Digital Currencies
Ripple has been making headway in pursuing projects involving central bank digital currency issuances.

Central Banks Doubt Cryptocurrency Limited Role in Reserve Operations
A survey conducted by UBS investment bank shows that central banks do not expect a cryptocurrency to replace gold as a digital reserve asset.

Fed Chair Powell: Cryptocurrencies not Useful Stores of Value and CBDC Issuance Will not be Immediate
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s stance on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies remains unchanged – he views them primarily as “a speculative asset.”

G20-Backed FSB Sets Out Roadmap for Stablecoins and CBDCs, Optimizing Cross-Border Payment System
The FSB, a G20-backed think tank, has cited the duo of government-issued CBDCs and stablecoins as key drivers in the pursuit of better cross-border payments.

Next 2-3 Years to be a Turning Point for Bitcoin, BTC to follow Tesla's Footsteps - Deutsche Bank Analyst
According to Deutsche Bank analyst and Harvard economist Marion Laboure, the next two to three years should be a turning point for Bitcoin.

Facebook and Calibra Head David Marcus: What Problems Would Wholesale CBDCs Even Solve?
During a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum which included the topic of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs), David Marcus, Head of Calibra, highlighted that digital currencies are the key to innovate cross-border payments and solve the issues of the unbanked—regardless of if that digital currency is Libra or not.

Ripple Co-Founder says US-China Tech Cold War Will Be Won and Lost on Crypto and Blockchain Battlefield
Ripple Co-Founder, Chris Larsen believes the Cold Tech War between China and the United States is going to be won and lost on the blockchain battlefield.

Ripple to Acquire 40% Stake in Asia Cross-Border Payments Firm Tranglo
Ripple announced its plans to take a 40% stake in Asian cross-border payments company Tranglo.

Bitcoin Can’t Drive Financial Inclusion for Unbanked But CBDC Can says Mastercard CEO
Ajay Banga, the CEO of Mastercard believes Bitcoin is unable to function as an inclusive currency for the world’s unbanked due to volatility, CBDCs are a different story.

China’s Central Bank Digital Currency DCEP Has Been Processed in Pilot Transactions Worth 1.1 Billion Yuan
In the race to be the first country to launch a functional CBDC, China appears to be in the lead, as it has begun experimenting with its digital currency.

Visa Blockchain Payments Will Help Promote Bank CBDC Integration
Visa is enhancing its blockchain payment drives among its merchants through research while forming partnerships with central banks for CBDC issuance

IMF Believes Central Banks Need Strong Legal Frameworks for CBDCs to Work
The issuance of CBDCs by apex global banks has become a hot topic in the crypto space, and the IMF has delved into it with some precautionary measures.

The Bank of Ghana Cooperates with German Giesecke+Devrient to Conduct its CBDC Pilot
The Bank of Ghana has launched cooperation with Giesecke+Devrient to conduct a pilot project for its Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) in West Africa Ghana.

Bank of France Tests Out Potential Central Bank Digital Currency by Launching Experiment Program
The Bank of France (Banque de France) is launching a program of experiments testing out a potential central bank digital currency (CBDC) aimed for interbank settlements. Potential participants are being invited to submit their applications, as the Bank of France is calling for applications to experiment with the use of a digital euro.

Central Bank Digital Currencies Are Not Like Bitcoin or Cryptocurrency
CBDC are digital assets, but they are not cryptocurrencies and in fact strike at the heart of the very philosophy that brought Bitcoin into existence.

UAE to Launch and Test in-house Digital Currency
The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates has plans to develop an in-house digital currency by 2026.

Ex-IMF Top Economist Shortlisted to Lead Roxe's CBDC Pursuit
Former IMF economist Andreas Jobst will lead Roxe's CBDC Solutions built to leverage the Bitcoin hashrate.

Visa Developing Interoperable Transfers among CBDC Payments
Visa is rolling out a new interoperability feature facilitating digital currency payments among different parties. Visa aims to establish a bridge payment between digital currencies on the blockchain ecosystem.

IMF Official Talks Benefits and Shortcomings of CBDCs, Proposes a Hybrid Solution
Tao Zhang, deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), acknowledges the tremendous promise that CBDCs hold and challenges lying ahead.

COVID-19 Pandemic-Induced Crisis is Pushing CBDC Adoption, says Bank of Russia
Financial regulators are keeping a keen eye on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) because they see them as silver linings.

The Bahamas Becomes First Country to Launch its CBDC, the ‘Sand Dollar’
The Bahamas has launched the Sand Dollar, making it the first country in the world to officially release a central bank digital currency (CBDC) beyond the testing phase.

National Bank of Georgia Considers Launching Its Own Central Bank Digital Currency
The National Bank of Georgia believes that the CBDCs have become essential for the financial ecosystem to improve financial inclusion and enhance domestic payment systems.

Turkish Central Bank Announces Partnership with Technology Firms to Develop CBDC
Turkey’s central bank has expanded its commitment towards launching a CBDC. The monetary authority has formed partnerships with technology firms to develop a prototype of a national digital currency.

Fed Reserve Chair Says Central Bank Needs to Issue Digital Currency Right not First
Jerome Powell, the Federal Reserve chairman, discussed digital currencies and cross-border payments on an IMF panel, revealing the United States' approach to CBDC.

G7 Set to Release the Guidelines for the Creation of CBDCs
The Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations are looking forward to accepting the proposals of a draft which seeks to enshrine some set of standards in the creation and issuance of CBDCs.

StanChart CEO Bill Winters: Mass Adoption of Digital Currencies is "Absolutely Inevitable"
Standard Chartered CEO Bill Winters delved into the issue of digital currencies and said that he believes their widespread creation and rollout was absolutely inevitable.

Bank of Russia Reveals the Possibility of Developing a CBDC in Public Consultation Report
In the recently published public consultation on the digital rubble, the Bank of Russia acknowledged it is considering the potentials of issuing a CBDC.

Chinese State-Owned Banks Start Exploring Digital Yuan Use-Cases for Buying Investment Funds & Insurance Products
Two Chinese state-owned banks have begun working to fund management and insurance companies to explore the use cases of digital yuan CBDC for purchasing investment funds and insurance products online.

Bank of Israel Has Conducted Digital Currency Shekel Crypto Testing
Israel announced that the country has already conducted a pilot test on its digital shekel as part of its efforts to issue the Central Bank Digital Currency for public use.

Ghana Apex Bank Says To Launch Central Bank Digital Currency
The Bank of Ghana Governor, Ernest Addison said the agency is now “in the advanced stages” of introducing its CBDC.

Bank of China’s Former President Lists Four Key Conditions For Digital Yuan to Replace Cash
The former head of the People’s Bank of China announced that the soon to be launched Digital Yuan will be able to replace cash if certain key conditions are met.

The Bank of Jamaica Suggests Court Order Approval Required for Tracking CBDC Transactions
The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) believes it must obtain a court order approval for tracking CBDC transactions, apart from wallet holders and issuers.

Venezuela to Launch its Central Bank Digital Currency in October
The Central Bank of Venezuela officially announced to launch central bank digital currency (CBDC) in October this year.

The Bahamas Racing Ahead with the Sand Dollar
The Bahamas are rolling out their Sand Dollar digital currency across the island chain and look to be ahead of some of the larger countries around the world.

France Central Commission Proceeds CBDC-Backed Treasury Bond Trials
The Central Bank of France commissioned a trial involving the settlement of treasury bonds by using Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs).

China to be First Cashless Society with Digital Yuan Launch in 2022, SCMP Report
China is poised to become the world’s first cashless society should roll out its Digital Yuan DCEP before it hosts the 2022 Winter Olympics according to the SCMP

China’s Central Bank Digital Currency DCEP to be Operational for Local Government Employees Starting in May
Local government employees in the city of Suzhou will be receiving China’s central bank digital currency, digital currency electronic payment (DCEP) in May, according to a local news outlet. China has been charging full speed with its digital currency development plans shortly after Facebook revealed its Libra stablecoin project.

World's First National Digital Currency to Be Built on Algorand
World’s First National Digital Currency to Be Built on Algorand

Federal Reserve Digital Dollar DLT Testing Underway But CBDC Monetary Policy Lags
Federal Reserve Board Governor Lael Brainaird announced that the United States Federal Reserve is currently experimenting with blockchain and DLT in pursuit of its central bank digital currency (CBDC) or digital dollar.

Can US Lawmakers Really Just Mint Two $1 Trillion Coins to Back a Digital Dollar COVID Stimulus with "No Additional Debt"?
As the economy continues to deteriorate in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic climate, US Lawmakers are once again pitching the creation of a sovereign digital dollar to quickly distribute the proposed stimulus packages. The bill further proposed the new minting of two trillion dollar coins.

Bahamas Ranks First as The Country with Most Advanced Retail CBDC Development
The Bahamas narrowly beats Cambodia because its CBDC is available to all citizens.

New Zealand Eyeing the Possibility of Rolling Out a CBDC
New Zealand is in the race of setting up a central bank digital currency (CBDC) because it sees it as a stepping stone towards attaining an efficient monetary policy tool.

Reserve Bank of Australia Will Explore Wholesale CBDC with ConsenSys Ethereum POC
The Reserve Bank of Australia has partnered with leading Australian banks and ConsenSys Software to explore wholesale CBDCs and distributed ledger technology (DLT).

ECB Member Says Should not Treat Banks as “Endangered Species” in CBDC Plans
ECB Governing Board member Jens Weidmann does not want banks to be pampered concerning CBDC development to fuel competition.

Advancing CBDC: Bank of Canada In Search of Digital Currency Economist
The Bank of Canada is in search of an economist with expertise in digital currencies and financial technologies to help advance its CBDC drive.

Governments Will Eliminate Bitcoin, Says Investor Jim Rogers
Will decentralized cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin—that are beyond the influence of Sovereign Governments—be allowed to survive? Not according to American investor and financial commentator Jim Rogers.

Jamaica to Launch Central Bank Digital Currency in 2022
Jamaica’s Minister of Finance Nigel Clarke has announced that the country intends to launch its central bank digital currency (CBDC) in 2022.

The Reserve Bank of Australia Refuses to Join the CBDC Bandwagon
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has refused to join the bandwagon with respect to the development and issuance of a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC).

BIS and Central Bank Research Identifies Principles and Core Features For CBDC Issuance
The BIS along with seven central banks has released a report identifying the principles necessary for CBDCs to help central banks meet their public policy objectives.

National Bank of Georgia to Launch CBDC Pilot Program in 2022
The National Bank of Georgia is set to launch a pilot program for its Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) dubbed the Digital Lari by 2022.

Six Central Banks Form Working Group to Assess Central Bank Digital Currencies
Six central banks around the world have come together to create a working group to share experiences on use cases on central bank digital currency (CBDC). With significant expertise in exploring digital currencies, these six central banks are the Bank of Canada, Bank of England, Bank of Japan, European Central bank, Sveriges Riksbank in Sweden, and the Swiss National Bank, and the Bank of International Settlements (BIS).

Sweden's Sveriges Riksbank Begins Testing Its Blockchain-Powered Central Bank Digital Currency
Sweden’s Riksbank announced that it had started testing an e-krona, taking one step closer to the release of a central bank digital currency.

Swedish Central Bank Delays CBDC Plans Again
The world’s oldest Central Bank, Sweden’s Riksbank, published results of its pilot project for its proposed central bank digital currency, the e-krona.

Japanese Lawmaker Urges Digital Yen Development to Curb China Dominance
Japanese Lawmaker, Kozo Yamamoto has called for the expedited development of Japan’s digital yen as the race to be the first nation with an operating central bank digital currency (CBDC) heats up.

Reserve Bank Of New Zealand Wants to Preserve Cash, Monitors CBDC Developments
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand—Te Pūtea Matua—is seeking to preserve the benefits of cash but is paying close attention to the future of money and CBDC development.

The Central Bank of Nigeria to Conduct its Central Bank Digital Currency Pilot on October 1
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) officially announced to pilot its central bank digital currency programme on the Hyperledger Fabric blockchain on October 1.

Hong Kong’s Central Bank and Bank of Thailand Announce Results of Blockchain-Based CBDC Study
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the Bank of Thailand published the results in a research report of the Project Inthanon-LionRock, by the two central banks on the application of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) on cross-border payments. In May 2019, the two authorities signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on fintech collaboration, as Thailand is one of Hong Kong’s top 10 principal trading partners.

Mastercard Launches Virtual Platform to Help Governments Test CBDCs
Payment giant Mastercard has unveiled a virtual platform that will enable central banks to assess and explore Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs).

The Issuance of China's CBDC On The Horizon, According to Insiders
The issuance of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) has been gaining traction as various nations have shown interest. The People’s Bank of China (PBoC), China’s central bank, has finished the development of a CBDC’s basic function and relevant laws are being drafted to set the ball rolling for its circulation.

Four Countries to Conduct Cross Border CBDC Payment Trials
The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has joined forces with the central banks of South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, and Australia to kick start a project dubbed Dunbar aimed at testing the use CBDCs in cross border payments.

McDonald's, Subway and Starbucks Among the First to Trial China's Digital Yuan
Mcdonalds has been named along with coffee giant Starbucks as one of the 19 restaurants that will be first to try out China’s Digital Yuan in the new district of Xiong’An.

Five Russian Banks Ready to Lead Russia's CBDC Pilot Test
Five Russian Banks will participate in the pilot test for the Bank of Russia’s proposed Digital Rubble following the release of its public consultation report.

Impending Central Bank Digital Currency: Data Shows Not All Central Banks Support the Move
The paradox of the situation is that banks with the capacity to push the world into the digital currency era are actually not showing much interest towards adoption; with the reason for their reluctance remaining a question with no answer.

China's Central Bank Says Digital Yuan Will Not Raise Inflation
Bank of China claims that the introduction of digital yuan will not cause the occurrence of inflation.

Ripple GM Reveals that the Blockchain Firm Is Actively Seeking to Partner with Banks for CBDC
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the SEC lawsuit, Ripple continues to thrive through partnerships with financial institutions leveraging their payment services.

The Bank of Israel to Accelerate Its CBDC Research for a Digital Shekel
The Bank of Israel is accelerating its CBDC research.

The Bahamas Central Bank Digital Currency Will Be Rolled Out in October
The Bahamas Central Bank has announced its CBDC, dubbed Sand Dollars, will be ready by next month for roll out.

Slow and Steady Wins the CBDC Race: Why the US is not Concerned with China's Speed
Slow and steady wins the CBDC Race: there are several reasons why the United States' digital dollar development has an edge over China’s speedy approach to its digital yuan.

The Bank of Russia Says CBDC Will Eliminate Challenges Caused by Cryptocurrencies
An executive working at Russia’s Central Bank has stated that a Central Bank Digital Currency could serve as a response to problems being created by cryptocurrencies.

Visa Crypto Executive: CBDC is the Most Important Trend for Future of Money
Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC) could be the most important payment trend in development with the most profound effects on our systems of payment and money issuance according to Cuy Sheffield, Visa’s head of cryptocurrency.

UK Announces the Launch of its CBDC Task Force
The UK has launched a CBDC task force where the Bank of England and the HM Treasury will collaborate to study CBDC.

Japan Aims to Curb the Potential Influence of China’s Digital Currency With Help From the US
Aiming to curb the potential influence of China’s digital currency electronic payment, its nation’s central bank digital currency, Japan is looking to release its own digital currency proposals today. According to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the country is also requesting support from the US Federal Reserve.

South Korea’s Central Bank Launches Central Bank Digital Currency Pilot Program in Case of Future Necessity
South Korea’s central bank recently announced that it has launched a pilot program assessing the issuance of a central bank digital currency (CBDC). The Bank of Korea has stated that there are no immediate plans to launch a CBDC, however, the pilot program will allow the central bank to be prepared in the future if the changing market conditions require its issuance.

MAS Shortlists 15 Firms to Help Pilot its CBDC Program
15 candidates have been chosen to continue vying for the role to help deploy Singapore's CBDC program

Ghana Examining Offline Use of Its “E-Cedi” CBDC
Ghana is exploring the ability to carry out secure offline transactions for its Central Bank Digital Currency.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Partners with MIT to Research How Crypto Can Co-exist with the Dollar
The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has partnered with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to research the feasibility of cryptocurrencies co-existing with fiat currencies

India’s Central Bank to Begin Testing Its CBDC in December
The governor of India’s central bank recently said that the regulator is preparing to start trial programs for its digital rupee by December. The central bank revealed that it will examine the functionality of the national central bank digital currency to ascertain the suitability of the underlying technology.

China's Pursuit of Digital Yuan "Unswerving" in Wake of COVID-19 Global Pandemic, says Central Bank
China’s central bank has further galvanised its public commitment to creating the first central bank digital currency (CBDC), a digital version of the Yuan, at an annual meeting hosted last Friday by the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) vice governor Yifei Fan.

Bank of International Settlement Revealed Positive Outlook on Central Bank Digital Currencies
The Bank for International Settlements (BIS), a coalition of 62 central banks, has weighed in on the trending topic of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). The global central bank noted a positive interest by central banks to develop their state-backed digital currencies.

Stablecoins Will See Bigger Adoption than CBDCs, says Circle Founder
Central bank digital currency (CBDC) across global economies appear to be inevitable, as central banks have been issuing their own pilot tests of CBDC.

CBDC Privacy and Transparency: Double-Edged Sword of Blockchain
Privacy and transparency of CDBC, to enslave us or free us? that's the question.

Bridgewater Associates’ Ray Dalio: China’s Yuan Will Become the Next World’s Reserve Currency
Ray Dalio disclosed that China’s yuan will become the global reserve currency sooner than expected and the digital yuan would be more competitive than the US digital dollar.

The Bank for International Settlements Gives CBDCs Full Backing
The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) announced its full support for developing central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) in pursuing financial and monetary stability through international cooperation with the mandate and support by central banks.

Regulated Blockchain Will Power Central Bank Digital Currencies
So far, the story of blockchain has been one of new financial services built on decentralised technology. As the continuing prominence of Bitcoin demonstrates, these decentralised finance, or DeFi, applications have built up a following amongst a band of loyal supporters.

China to Launch Its Own Digital Currency Later This Year
In order to remain ahead in the global competition, China plans to launch its own digital currency known as Digital Currency Electronic Payment (DCEP). The digital currency will stimulate daily banking activities like deposits, payments, and withdrawals from the digital wallet. Crypto news website Coin Journal shows that the People’s Bank of China, China’s central bank has initiated the efforts to roll out its very own digital currency. It is an effort aimed at staying ahead among all the central banks worldwide as well as preserving financial sovereignty.

List of Important Resources on Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC)
Blockchain has the potential to change the whole monetary and financial industry. But it still has a long way to go, as currently, the money issuance power is in the hands of central banks. The compromised way of welcoming blockchain technology in the monetary and financial industry are the central bank issued stablecoins - CDBC.

What is stablecoin? In terms of what we measure the "stability". Understand stablecoin in different features. Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC)

Bitcoin Transaction Fees as a Percentage of Total Miner Revenues Hit Lowest Point Since June 2020
BTC transaction fees have plunged based on the ongoing Chinese crackdown on Bitcoin mining facilities.

BIS Newest Quarterly Report: What Potentials Do CBDCs and Distributed Ledger Technology Hold?
The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has released its newest quarterly report on the changes in the payment industry, including the market impact of the recent coronavirus outbreak. Some of the trends mentioned in the report include stablecoins, tokenized securities, central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), cross-border payments, and peer-to-peer payments.

China to Build ‘Digital Central Bank’ Infrastructure, Striving to Become the World’s Leader in Digital Currency Development
China’s Central Bank, People’s Bank of China (PBoC) is planning to look into building a digital central bank infrastructure to improve the standards of financial services in the country. On May 18, the Chinese Central Bank’s 2020 video conference on scientific and technological work was held in its capital, Beijing. The meeting focused on the technological achievements made in 2019, an in-depth analysis of the current situation and challenges, and the upcoming key plans for 2020.

Digital Currency: Trust in Government or Elegy for Privacy?
Today, many countries are eagerly investing their resources to create a digital version of their currencies. Cryptocurrencies, once written off by the lawmakers are now inspiring the same authorities. What does Digital Currency mean to the governments, to the people and to the society?