Cryptocurrency 

North Korea Needs Its Own National Crypto, CBDC Fever Spreads in Asia

It seems that a movement to create a national cryptocurrency is gaining momentum in Asia. Following China, the North Korean authorities announced their readiness to issue digital money and even indicated the availability of all required resources — both technical and human — to implement this task.  Will the government of the most isolated country in the world go further than its Asian neighbor, or is this just another attempt to scare the United States? Among the reasons for issuing a North Korean digital coin, experts name the circumvention of…

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Cryptocurrency 

Libra Seen as Threat to National Currency Sovereignty, Pleads With G-7

Public authorities across the globe continue to press the developers of Libra, Facebook’s proposed stablecoin-like digital asset.  On Sept. 16, Libra representatives met with the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructure (CPMI), a part of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) — an umbrella group for 60 central banks and monetary authorities — to discuss the regulatory hurdles around stablecoins developed by large financial institutions and tech companies.  Members of blockchain-powered digital cash system firm Fnality International and JPM Coin — another stablecoin-like project, hosted by one of the largest…

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Cryptocurrency 

Binance Venus Aims to Outshine Libra and Chinese National Crypto?

Within the past 12 months, stablecoins have transformed from a niche idea to tackle the issues of a volatile market into methods of payment championed by some of the world’s biggest and most powerful tech companies.  Facebook’s announcement that it would be supporting the launch of a reserve-backed stablecoin played a vital role in turning around the so-called “crypto winter” by boosting Bitcoin (BTC) prices above $10,000 for the first time in over two years. Since then, the world’s number one cryptocurrency exchange, Binance, has thrown its hat into the…

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Ethereum 

Seychelles to Host First Regulated Tokenized Security on a National Stock Market

Seychelles-based securities exchange MERJ will purportedly list the first regulated security token on a national stock market, according to a report by Bloomberg on June 25. As per the report, these security tokens are digital asset shares that will trade alongside stock for MERJ Exchange Ltd, the company behind the MERJ exchange. The report notes that no specific date has been given for a planned listing, but the MERJ website says that it will add markets for security tokens, digital assets, and hybrid options in H1 2019. According to its…

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Cryptocurrency 

The Benefits and Drawbacks of National Cryptos, According to Different Jurisdictions

This month alone, at least three separate countries have reported on their prospective central bank-issued digital currencies (CBDCs): The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) announced the creation of a specially dedicated nonprofit organization to support its digital currency that is already being developed. Meanwhile, the central bank of Russia said it was considering its own cryptocurrency (albeit not in the near future), while the National Bank of Ukraine released a report on the matter. The concept of CBDCs has been steadily drawing the attention of numerous jurisdictions worldwide, but…

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