Searching for: "

CBDC

"


CBDC

 
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.

Sort By: Relevance | Latest

Albania to Begin Levying Crypto Tax Next Year, Report says
Southern European country Albania is reportedly on track to begin taxing digital currency earnings as of 2023. Individual miners could be charged up to 15% of capital gain tax.

Ripple Labs Inc Floats CBDC Innovate Challenge
Digital currency payments company Ripple Labs Inc has announced a new hackathon dubbed the CBDC Innovate Challenge for developers who can build XRP Ledger-powered payment solutions bordering on Central Bank Digital Currency technology

HKMA Announces Joint Research with Bank of Israel, BISIH for Retail CBDC
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority announced joint research with the Bank of Israel and the Bank for International Settlements Innovation Hub Hong Kong Centre for retail CBDC.

Jamaica on Track to Launch CBDC, says Jam-Dex
The Jamaican Decentralized Exchange (Jam-DEX), the official name of the Jamaican CBDC is set to go live for domestic use later this month, according to Bank of Jamaica Governor Richard Byles.

Brazil Considers CBDC Project as a Means to Innovate Digitally: Economist
The development of CBDC means several things to several people, and for Brazil, it is a broad complement to its already transforming payment ecosystem.

Fireblocks Taps Former BoE Fintech Head as its CBDC Director
Digital assets infrastructure provider Fireblocks has announced the onboarding of Varun Paul, the former head of fintech at the Bank of England (BoE) as its new Central Banking Digital Currency (CBDC) and Market Infrastructure Director.

$30m e-CNY Airdropped in Shenzhen to Boost Consumer Spending
The use of China’s Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) is currently being boosted by the city of Shenzhen which according to reports has airdropped 30 million Digital Yuan (e-CNY) to its residents.

Mercado Bitcoin, Stellar Team Collaborate on Brazil’s CBDC Project
Mercado Bitcoin and the Stellar Development Foundation will explore the possibility of developing CBDC solutions to meet Brazilian future payments needs in a digital economy.

American Bankers See No Compelling Case for Digital Dollar
The ABA said that it has not seen a compelling case for the pursuit of the Digital Dollars as any attempt to float the new form of money will undermine the role of banks and private financial institutions in the country.

The ECBs digital euro is on its way. How will it affect crypto?
Governments reject the concept of decentralization, claiming that cryptocurrencies are unreliable, unsafe, and therefore shouldn't be used. Instead, they advocate centralized CBDCs. Those motives are understandable; cryptocurrencies allow citizens of a country to bypass capital controls imposed by their government. The elimination of intermediaries might destabilize existing financial infrastructures, which is why governments are taking these steps.

Bahamas’ Sand Dollar CBDC Begins Facial-Recognition Rollout to Authorize Mobile Payments
Millions of Bahamas smartphone users have started using facial recognition technology to authenticate Sand Dollar CBDC payments made through smart devices.

E-HKD’s Development in Hong Kong- The Future Way of Currency?
Exclusive: a study shows that 90% of surveyed central banks worldwide are exploring the future issuance of CBDCs. Blockchain.News interviewed industry experts to find out the outlook of e-HKD and its potential adoption.

Chile's Central Bank Wants More Time to Study CBDCs
Chile’s apex bank, Banco Central de Chile is exploring more research options to determine whether it will issue a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) or not

Nigerian Government Enhances eNAIRA to Draw Financial Inclusion
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced the upgrade to its Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) dubbed the eNAIRA.

The Bank of Tanzania to Introduce CBDC, Strengthening Domestic Payment System
The Bank of Tanzania is actively introducing a CBDC to strengthen the domestic payment system.

9 in 10 Central Banks are Eyeing CBDCs, BIS Study Shows
90% of apex banks have shown intentions of rolling out central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), according to a study by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

The Central African Republic adopts Bitcoin as legal tender. How will this affect the country and the crypto industry?
The Central African Republic’s adoption of Bitcoin as legal tender – a vain hope or a lifeline?

HKMA Seeks Public Consultation for e-HKD Development
In Hong Kong, the local financial regulator has issued a discussion paper to the public, asking for the public opinions about introducing domestic retail central bank digital currency.

DTCC to Build Prototype Supporting US Digital Dollar in Clearing & Settlement Process
The prototype aims to examine the ability of US clearing and settlement infrastructure to support the US central bank digital currency using a DLT platform.

Swedish Central Bank Completes Second Phase Testing of E-Krona
The Riksbank, Sweden's central bank, said it completed the second phase of the e-krona test, known as the e-krona, ready to be integrated into the banking network and facilitate transactions.

Singapore and Cambodia to Explore CBDC to Boost Payments Ecosystem
Singapore and Cambodia are notably exploring the use of CBDCs and digital currencies to improve their payment ecosystem efficiency and bolster the growth of startups aboard.

Bank of England Teams up with MIT on CBDC Research Project
To delve deeper into the opportunities, risks, trade-offs, and potential technical challenges faced when developing a CBDC system, the Bank of England has joined hands Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a year-long research project.

BIS Identifies Three Key Factors as Challenges of Wholesale CBDC
The Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) project of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) is generating more questions than answers as the multinational banking institution weighs in the technical and governance challenges that embody the attempt to create a multi-platform CBDC product.

Qatar to Explore CBDC
Qatar is exploring use cases of introducing a CBDC, including all aspects, the pros and cons of the digital currency as well as digital banking.

Canadian Central Bank Partners with MIT for CBDC Research
Although the Bank of Canada still has no plans to issue a Central Bank Digital Currency, it has accelerated its research on such a project.

CBDCs Will Not Change the Role of Stablecoins, Says Tether CTO
The subject of CBDCs has garnered a lot of thoughts from experts in the cryptocurrency ecosystem; one of them is Tether CTO Paolo Ardoino.

Indian Finance Minister Sees "Clear Advantages" in CBDC
India’s Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, has hailed the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) being developed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

Bank of Russia Commences Digital Ruble Trials
The Bank of Russia (BoR) has announced the commencement of its Digital Ruble trials, making the most ambitious push for a functional CBDC in the country.

Digital Yuan Transactions Overtakes Visa during Beijing Winter Olympics
According to a Wall Street Journal, at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, the number of transactions using the digital yuan greatly exceeded that of Visa.

Kenyan Central Bank Seeks Public Opinion concerning CBDC
As a change of tune about crypto assets, the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), Kenya’s apex bank, seeks to know the public's view about the potential introduction of CBDC.

U.S. Should Examine Chinese Digital Yuan Rollout during Winter Olympics: Senator Toomey
Senator Pat Toomey, a senior member of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, urges the Treasury and State Departments closely examine Beijing’s CBDC rollout during the Olympic Games.

Russia's Crypto Ban Will Ease Risks But Limit Tech Diffusion: Fitch
The proposed attempt by the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) to ban digital currencies and related operations in the country has been identified by Fitch Ratings as a double-edged move that has its ups and downs.

Mutual Efforts with Europe, U.S. Key for CBDC Issuance: Bank of Japan Governor
Joining hands with the United States and Europe is fundamental when meeting technical issues needed in the issuance of a central bank digital currency (CBDC).

BIS to Explore Potential Advantages of Defi on Small & Medium Enterprises in H.K.
As part of its research plans, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) will explore if decentralized finance (DeFi) technologies can enhance financing for small and medium enterprises in Hong Kong.

South Korea's Digital Won Project Sees First Trial Stage Completed
The Bank of Korea (BOK) announced that it has completed the first stage of its Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) or Digital Won trials, according to its official press release.

Bulgaria to Introduce Crypto Payment Options
The Bulgarian government is currently in discussion with industry stakeholders and the Bulgarian National Bank with respect to its crypto payment initiative.

Digital Dollar's Benefits Could Affect Financial Stability & Privacy: US Fed
The US Federal Reserve said that the introduction of an official digital version of the US dollar could benefit Americans but it may also potentially affect financial stability and privacy.

Four Years Down the Line, Iran's Pilot National CBDC is Ready
The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) is taking its favour for digital innovation to a new level with the possibility of introducing its Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) within a short time.

China's e-CNY is Growing, despite Local Payment Options Lack behind
China’s CBDC is growing at a fast pace as data released official from the PBOC financial markets department revealed the new legal tender has inked a total of 87.57 billion yuan ($13.68 billion) in transactions since public trials began.

Economic Affairs Committee Unsure UK Needs Retail CBDC
The United Kingdom’s Economic Affairs Committee has shared its views on the proposed plans by the country to launch a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) or digital Pound.

China Launches Digital Yuan Pilot Wallet for Android and iOS Users
The People’s Bank of China has extended its pilot tests for the country’s Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) or digital Yuan with the launch of a new mobile wallet for Android and iOS users.

Mexican Central Bank Reveals CBDC Distribution in 2024
Banco de México, the Central Bank of Mexico has revealed that its projected CBDC will be up for public distribution by 2024.

RBI Says India Will Initially Go for Basic Model For CBDC
India’s central bank plans to launch a basic model of the CBDC before implementing a more sophisticated version.

Thai Delays Testing Its Retail CBDC Until Late 2022
Thailand will be slow but prudent in testing its CBDC to ensure that it does not have problems with funder transfers and other payments.

Crypto Review 2021: Full of Uncertainty and Volatility
Before the end of 2021, Blockchain.News summaries serval key events and milestones that the crypto sector has witnessed this year.

France & Switzerland Central Banks Succeed Pilot CBDC Trials in Conjunction with BIS
The trio of the Central Banks of France, Switzerland, and the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) has successfully conducted a wholesale Central Bank Digital Currency (wCBDC) trial involving both country’s fiat notes.

America to Build its Digital Dollar Based on General Consensus
The US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said that the move by the American Federal Reserve to develop a Digital Dollar or Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) can only take place following a general consensus amongst all parties of interest.

Bank of Tanzania Preparing for the Launch of CBDC
The Bank of Tanzania is preparing to start exploring a possible launch of a central bank digital currency (CBDC). The central bank termed the move inspired by Nigeria’s central bank launch of its national digital currency.

Japan’s Major Banks Join Consortium of Private Firms to Launch Yen-Based Digital Currency
The private sector in Japan has joined forces to examine the trial and launch of a CBDC as a way of streamlining large funds transfers and settlements among financial firms.

India Reportedly Postpones to Test Digital Rubee in Q1 in 2023, Amid Banning Private Cryptos
Reportedly, the Indian government has postponed the trial date of testing digital Rubee until Q1 of 2023, the digital form of central bank digital currency (CBDC), according to local media outlets.

Nigeria's E-Naira Gains Momentum, Tackles Influence of Volatile Cryptos
Nigeria's further efforts to curb the influence of cryptocurrencies have begun to bear fruits as its introduction of a centralised digital currency eNaira has lured about half a million users within three weeks.

Digital Rubble Prototype to be Introduced in Early 2022
In line with the development of its Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) dubbed the Digital Rubble, the Central Bank of Russia is set to launch a prototype platform for the new form of money in early 2022.

European Digital Currencies Soon to Become Legal Tenders, ECB Says
Central Bank Digital Currencies may soon become legal tenders in their jurisdictions as planned by major central banks in Europe as officials are currently studying such initiatives.

MAS Sees Potential in Retail-CBDC for the City-State
Despite its plans to float Project Orchid, the technology infrastructure, and the technical competencies necessary to issue a digital Singapore dollar, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is not in a hurry to follow the bandwagon.

Banks Will Start Mulling the Possibility of Crypto Trading in 3 Years: Former Citi CEO
According to Vikram Pandit, most financial institutions are likely to integrate digital currency trading services within the next one to three years

HK FinTech Week: China’s eCNY Wallet Registers 140M Users, Rises 6 Times More, says PBoC Official
China’s digital yuan wallet has witnessed its user base rise six times more just after the past four months to hit 140 million active accounts.

Mastercard Reveals to Develop CBDC as The Private Payment Provider
Digital payment Mastercard CEO Michael Miebach expresses his strong support for CBDC on the Q3 earnings conference call.

eNaira: Nigeria Rolls Out Africa’s First Central Bank Digital Currency
Nigeria has become the first nation in Africa to officially launch a CBDC.

Burnt Ether Tops $2B as Ethereum 2.0 Deposit Contract Continues to Grow
Burnt Ether stands at 608,567 ETH worth $2.089 billion since the London Hardfork or EIP 1559 upgrade went live on August 5.

Chinese Authorities Wants McDonald's to Expand its Digital Yuan Acceptance
Chinese authorities are reportedly mounting pressure on McDonald’s as well as other American firms to expand their acceptance of the e-CNY

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

HKMA Releases Whitepaper on Proposing the issue of CBDC: e-HKD
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has published a Whitepaper to discuss the technical consideration of its proposed CBDC dubbed the e-HKD.

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.

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.

PayPal, Visa, Amazon Named as Core Members to Help Bank of England Work on Developing UK’s CBDC
The Bank of England has announced the members of the technology and engagement forums, which will help the central bank coordinate exploratory work on a potential UK’s CBDC.

Ripple Labs to Provide Infrastructure for Establishing Bhutan’s Digital Ngultrum
Bhutan has tapped the services of blockchain payments firms Ripple Labs Inc to design its Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), the Digital Ngultrum.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Ukraine Plans to Pilot CBDC Digital Hryvnia for Salary Payments
Ukraine has announced pilot testing plans for central bank digital currency to pay the national digital currency (CBDC) to its workers' salaries.

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.

Bank of Korea Initiates CBDC Pilot Plan on Samsung Galaxy Smartphones
Samsung Electronics will participate in South Korea’s Central Bank Digital Currency pilot project. The electronics tech giant will help to determine whether CBDC transactions could be conducted on smartphones without the availability of an internet connection.

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 Jamaica Mints First Tranche of CBDC
The Bank of Jamaica has minted its first batch of its CBDC, the Digital Jamaican Dollar, and has entered a pilot testing phase.

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.

China Continues to Influence Crypto Activities Worldwide, Study says
Blockchain data platform Chainalysis published a report Wednesday, indicating China remains one of the largest cryptocurrency markets worldwide and continues to influence crypto activities worldwide.

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.

About 90 Percent of Countries Representing the Global Economy Exploring CBDCs, Report says
A recent testimony by Julia Friedlander to Congress has revealed that more countries are exploring CBDCs, however, the US is lagging behind.

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.

GOP Senators Urge US Olympic Committee to Bar Athletes from Using Digital Yuan, China Rebukes Criticism
Three U.S. Republican senators urged United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) to ban American athletes from acquiring or using digital yuan (e-CNY) in the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022. China rebukes their criticism.

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.

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.

French Central Bank Succeeds in CBDC Experiment in the Issuance of a Government Bond
The Banque de France or Bank of France, the central bank of France, has prospered in undertaking an experiment on using a central bank digital currency (CBDC) to issue a French government bond.

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.

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.

Bank of France Conducts CBDC Test to Settle Listed Securities
The French central bank has conducted an experiment involving digital MNBC and the settlement of securities.

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.

Digital Euro is Designed to "Protect Consumer Privacy"- says ECB Board Member
ECB Board Member Fabio Panetta said Digital Euro will offer a good level of privacy to consumers.

Digital Euro Will Pull Out Traditional Bank Deposits by 8%, Says Morgan Stanley
The advent of the Digital Euro may spark a reduction in cash deposits by 8%, estimated by Morgan Stanley.

France and Switzerland Launches Cross-Border Central Bank Digital Currency Trials
The Central Bank of France and Switzerland have launched a joint cross-border CBDC trial.

Hong Kong Lists CBDC Development as Strategy Fintech 2025 Roadmap
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority has enlisted its e-HKD development as part of its Fintech 2025 strategy.

China's CBDC Testing Advances along 19.25M Yuan Distribute to Residents
The Digital Yuan testing is extending to Shanghai as residents will be given free money worth 19.25 million yuan.

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.

Russia’s Tinkoff Faces Regulatory Challenges to Offer Crypto Investments
Tinkoff's CEO complained that Russia's biggest online bank is unable to offer cryptocurrencies for clients due to the tough stance from Russia's central bank.

$6.2 Million Worth of Digital Yuan is Officially Piloted in Beijing
The Chinese digital renminbi is officially piloted in the capital of China-Beijing. The authority plans to issue a total of $6.2 million worth of digital currency to Beijing residents through a lottery, totaling 40 million RMB.

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.

CSRC Director Yao Qian: CBDCs Can Run on Ethereum and Diem
China Securities Regulatory Commission Director suggests that China can utilize the BaaS infrastructure of public blockchain networks for CBDCs establishment.

OKEx Allows Traders to Purchase Tether through Brazilian Reals via PIX
OKEx exchange officially announced establishing a strategic partnership with CuboPay, a local payment processor in Brazil. Exchange users are now allowed to use Brazilian real through PIX in exchange for Tether purchases.

Bank Indonesia Plans to Launch its Central Bank Digital Currency
Bank Indonesia is planning to launch its central state digital currency in response to the increasingly prosperous cryptocurrency market.

South Korea Seeks Tech Partner to Build the Pilot Program for CBDC
South Korea's central bank on Monday said it would choose a technology supplier to build a pilot platform for a digital currency, moving a step closer to creating a central bank-backed digital currency.

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.

US Fed Aims To Publish Discussion Paper on CBDC This Summer
The US Federal Reserve will issue a discussion paper about CBDC this summer.

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

Kazakhstan Launches Public Consultation for Its Proposed CBDC
Kazakhstan is advancing its digital tenge project with a use case design and stakeholder consultation.

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.

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.

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.

ECB Publishes Results of Its Digital Euro Public Consultation
The ECB has released the result of its Digital Euro public consultation. Among many things, respondents demand for privacy and offline usability.

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.

ECB to Announce by Mid-2021 Whether It Will Move Forward with CBDC Issuance
European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde said that a decision on whether or not to launch a CBDC will be made by the middle of this year.

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.

Coinbase Crypto Exchange to Support CBDCs in the Future as Long as They Meet Listing Standards
Brian Armstrong, Coinbase's CEO, has stated that the crypto exchange was open to the idea of supporting central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) on its network in the future.

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.”

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?

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.

Thai Central Bank Issues Stern Warning about Thai Baht Digital (THT) Stablecoin
The Bank of Thailand is warning citizens against using the illegal THT stablecoin.

BOJ Governor: Japan Should Prepare "Thoroughly" for the Issuance of its Digital Currency
Haruhiko Kuroda, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) governor, has highlighted the need for the nation’s central bank to prepare thoroughly for the rollout of its digital currency with initial experiments expected for this spring.

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 India Has its Eyes on CBDC
The Governor of the Reserve Bank of India says the monetary authority is “very much in the game” to launch a CBDC.

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.

Bitcoin Will Not Likely Be Held by Central Banks in the Future, Says ECB President Christine Lagarde
Christine Lagarde, the President of the European Central Bank, has once again made her stance on Bitcoin clear.

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.

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.

Ripple Operations Expand in Asia as it Looks to Explore CBDCs with Central Banks despite SEC Legal Pressure
Despite the Securities and Exchange Commission’s lawsuit against its firm, Ripple has continued to expand its services as a fintech firm.

BOE Governor: Bitcoin and Trending Cryptocurrencies May not be Viable in the Future but Stablecoins Are the Exception
Speaking at the World Economic Forum, the Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey discussed how cryptocurrencies would fit in the current governance system.

Former Canadian Prime Minister Sees Bitcoin As A Potential Future Reserve Currency
Stephen Harper, the former prime minister of Canada, has named Bitcoin as a possible reserve currency in the future.

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).

CBDCs Are Bad News to European Banks, says Bank of America Analysts
Bank of America analysts have made important revelations concerning the launch of CBDCs. They recently disclosed that CBDCs are bad news to European Banks.

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.

Swiss Central Bank Announces its Central Bank Digital Currency Trial a Success
The digital franc trial entailed settling large scale transactions between financial institutions through an experiment dubbed Project Helvetia.

German Finance Minister Calls for Speedy Interventions in the Rollout of a Digital Euro
German Finance Minister, Olaf Scholz, sees the digital euro as an ideal innovation to meet the high demand for digital money from businesses and consumers in Europe.

Suzhou Next City in China to Test Digital Yuan DCEP in Red Envelope Event
China’s central bank is scheduled to test its digital yuan dubbed the Digital Currency Electronic Payment (DCEP) in a second red packet lottery event in Suzhou on December 12.

PayPal CEO Dan Schulman Says He is Bullish on Bitcoin As a Currency
PayPal CEO Daniel Schulman noted in an interview with CNBC that he is bullish on the future of Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and Central Bank Digital Currencies

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.

Over 30 Japanese Firms to Conduct Digital Yen Pilot Test
Major Japanese companies from various sectors will collaborate to engage in a pilot test to issue a private digital currency or Digital Yen.

Japan May Take Several Years To Issue a CBDC says Former BoJ Executive
Hiromi Yamaoka, a former executive of the Bank of Japan believes the central bank will need several more years before it can issue its proposed CBDC.

Bank of England Reveals How Banks Can Adjust to Cryptocurrency Growth
The Deputy Governor of the Bank of England Jon Cunliffe has said that it is not the bank's job to protect commercial banks from the impact of cryptocurrencies.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Do Europeans Want a Decentralized Digital Euro? Asks ECB Survey
Do Europeans want a decentralized digital euro that does not rely on a central intermediary? The European Central Bank is asking for public opinion on CBDC with a new survey.

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?

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).

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.

Cambodia Officially Launches Its State-Backed Digital Currency “Bakong”
The National Bank of Cambodia has announced an official launch of a national digital currency that would operate via smartphone apps.

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.

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 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

Bank for International Settlements to Issue a PoC CBDC With the Swiss Central Bank Before the End of 2020
The Bank for International Settlements is set to issue a CBDC at the Proof of Concept stage in conjunction with the Swiss National Bank before year-end.