Bank of Thailand Is Open to Discuss Libra, Concerned Over Security

Bank of Thailand governor Veerathai Santiprabhob said that the institution is open to discussing Facebook’s Libra stablecoin with the company, local media Xinhuanet reported on July 19. Per the report, Santiprabhob made his remarks at the Bangkok FinTech Fair on July 19, pointing out that Facebook had already contacted the central bank many times. He also noted that the institution had established a new team to study Libra’s whitepaper, but their analysis will take time. “We are not going to rush into a decision of Libra as yet,” Santiprabhob reportedly…

European Central Bank Policymaker Says Stablecoins Not Cause for Alarm

A European Central Bank (ECB) official has stated that users should be aware of the risks associated with the stablecoins use, but not to be alarmed. As Reuters reported on July 18, member of the ECB’s governing council and president of the Deutsche Bundesbank, Jens Weidmann said that stablecoins — digital currency designed to minimize price volatility by being pegged to another asset — offer users opportunities for prosperity, however users should be vigilant in regards of the associated risks. Weidmann delivered his comments at a news conference at a…

Samsung, Dutch Bank, Rotterdam Port Send Blockchain-Tracked Shipment

Samsung SDS, Dutch bank ABN AMRO and the Port of Rotterdam have jointly conducted a proof-of-concept (PoC) shipment from South Korea to the Netherlands in which they tracked a container exclusively using an interoperable blockchain platform, according to a report by The Maritime Executive on July 1. According to the announcement, the container was tracked via the blockchain platform “DELIVER,” which allowed for the shipment to be instantly financed, fully tracked, and conducted paperlessly.  According to Port of Rotterdam CFO Paul Smits, the traditional process of shipping is usually paper-heavy…

Bank of England Governor on Libra as a Solution to Financial Problems

Bank of England governor Mark Carney said that people need to acknowledge the issues Facebook is attempting to solve with Libra, regardless of the project’s potential downsides. Carney delivered his remarks at the Financial Stability Report press conference as seen on the Bank of England’s YouTube channel on July 11.  Carney said: “It’s way too expensive to do domestic payments. It’s way too slow, and that hurts consumers and businesses. It stifles innovation, and it’s far too expensive to send money cross-border, and there are huge financial inclusion issues related…

The Provident Bank Now Offers Deposit Services for Crypto-Related Entities

American community bank The Provident Bank has begun offering deposit services to digital currency-related customers, according to an announcement published on July 9. The Provident Bank now offers deposit and other banking services to cryptocurrency issuers, exchangers and investors. The bank deploys Bitfury’s blockchain analytics tool Crystal that maps cryptocurrency transactions and related entities to reveal suspicious funds and parties. Crystal will purportedly ensure that the bank’s new clients are compliant with the Anti-Money Laundering and Know Your Customer procedures. Additionally, the bank claims to provide full insurance to customers’…

Poloniex Crypto Exchange Users Can Now Use Cards and Bank Accounts

Major cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex announced that it now allows its customers to use credit cards and bank accounts on the platform in a Medium post published on July 9. Per the release, exchange users from 80 countries can now directly move funds to and from their bank accounts, which will be automatically converted into stablecoin USD Coin (USDC) on Poloniex.  Initially, the weekly limits are $50,000 for deposits and $25,000 for withdrawals, but the exchange admits that those limits can be increased to fit the needs of specific customers.  Customers…

Metropolitan Commercial Bank Shuts Down Tether’s Accounts

New York-based Metropolitan Commercial Bank has shut down accounts associated with stablecoin issuer Tether, Coindesk reported on July 10. Tether and its affiliated companies reportedly had accounts with Metropolitan Commercial Bank for almost half a year, and now the financial institution has reportedly closed those accounts following a request in 2018. A bank spokesperson told Coindesk that Tether has not shown much activity with the accounts since their establishment: “Metropolitan Commercial Bank had limited, corporate operating accounts with Tether Holdings LTD, iFinex Inc, and Digfinex Inc, all with negligible activity,…

Bitcoin’s Clobbering Bank Stocks So Badly It’s Not Even Funny

According to data published by crypto research firm Messari, bitcoin has massively outperformed the largest banking stocks in the world over the past five years. In fact, the cryptocurrency is pummeling them so badly it’s not even funny anymore. They say a picture is worth a thousand words But this is worth 5: “Long bitcoin, short the bankers” pic.twitter.com/HI2DdO6ria — Jack Purdy (@jpurd17) July 10, 2019 JPMorgan, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, and Wells Fargo have recorded total returns in the range of -89 percent to -99…

European Central Bank Exec Calls for Fast Regulatory Action Regarding Libra

European Central Bank executive board member Benoit Coeure said that financial regulators must act fast to prepare for Facebook’s Libra stablecoin, Bloomberg reports on July 7. Per Bloomberg, Coeure argued on Sunday in Aix-en-Provence in southern France that allowing for the development of new financial services and asset classes in a regulatory void is irresponsible. He concluded: “We [financial regulators] have to move more quickly than we’ve been able to do up until now.” According to Coeure, the development of digital assets has exposed gaps in current financial regulations, and…