Shenzhen Special Economic Zone to Include Digital Currency Research

On Aug. 18, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China outlined the plans for the future development of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, including the research and promotion of digital funds and the national cryptocurrency based on the renminbi. According to Chinese news agency STCN: “Mutual recognition of fund products. Promote interoperability with Hong Kong and Macao financial markets and mutual recognition of financial (fund) products. In the promotion of the internationalization of the renminbi, we will try first and explore innovative cross-border financial supervision. Supporting innovative applications…

Japan to Solarize Its Burgeoning Digital Economy, Expert Take

Society is now witnessing the implementation of digital currencies, artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technology worldwide. These new digital technologies necessitate very high consumption of electric energy, which is currently produced with coal and fossil fuels that have adverse environmental effects. A global shift toward green energy will require the removal of the technological/infrastructural, financial and regulatory/tax-policy barriers. In this series, we evaluate the tax, digital technology and solar policies (including a space solar power satellite) of the top carbon dioxide-emitting countries. In 2009, Japan — the Land of the…

Swiss SIX Digital Exchange CEO Departs Due to ‘Strategic Differences’

The CEO of Switzerland’s SIX Digital Exchange (SDX), the cryptocurrency-focused arm of the the country’s principal SIX Swiss Exchange, is departing the company, local news outlet SwissInfo reported on Aug. 14.  CEO departs before SDX launch Martin Halblaub will step down after eight months into his job when his contract expires at the end of August following disagreements on how the trading platform should be run.  Halblaub reportedly wanted SDX to launch as an independent company, while the board of the parent company — SIX Group — disagreed. He commented…

China’s Digital Currency Is Ready, Central Bank Says

The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) has claimed that its digital currency “can now be said to be ready.” According to PBoC deputy director Mu Changchun, a prototype that adopts blockchain architecture has been successfully developed after five years of research. His announcement, made at the China Finance 40 Forum, was reported by local news site Shanghai Securities News on August 10. Two-tier operating system Mu said issuing a digital currency using a pure blockchain architecture would be difficult to achieve in a country as big as China because retailers…

Novogratz’s Crypto Bank Galaxy Digital Invests in Digital Asset Lender

Digital asset lender DrawBridge Lending (DBL) announced that it received funding from cryptocurrency commercial bank Galaxy Digital. A fiat-crypto lending and investing service DrawBridge announced in a press release published on Aug. 8 that it received funding from Galaxy Digital, further strengthen DBL’s fiat-crypto lending and investing capabilities.  Furthermore, the two firms reportedly plan to jointly develop a co-branded special-purpose loan funding vehicle to provide structured financing against institutionally held crypto assets. Michael Novogratz, CEO and founder of Galaxy Digital, commented on the development: “The institutionalization of digital assets is…

Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital Hires Former Cumberland Exec

Mike Novogratz’s crypto investment bank Galaxy Digital hired a former exec at crypto trading giant Cumberland as head of global sales. According to an internal notice to Galaxy Digital’s counterparties, Wall Street veteran David Gross joined the company, crypto media outlet The Block reports Aug. 6. In his new position, Gross will be working on boosting sales in three units of Galaxy’s business, and will be reporting to president Chris Ferraro, per the report. 15 years at Credit Suisse and Lehman Brothers Before joining Galaxy Digital, David Gross served as…

Circle CEO to Testify Before Senate on Blockchain and Digital Assets

Circle co-founder and CEO Jeremy Allaire is scheduled to testify before congress tomorrow as a representative of The Blockchain Association — a business organization comprised of blockchain industry advocates.  Allaire will testify before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs in an open session hearing called “Examining Regulatory Frameworks for Digital Currencies and Blockchain.” In his prepared testimony released on July 29, Allaire is prepared to discuss a number of relevant issues, including identity, privacy, data security, domestic and international approaches to regulation, as well as the potential…

Australian Draft Bill Excludes Digital Currency From New Cash Payment Limit

Australia’s government has delivered supportive statements on cryptocurrency as it looks to exclude the sector from new restrictions on cash payments. In an explanatory memorandum issued late last week, the country’s Treasury said it wished to ban cash payments for goods and services which exceeded 10,000 AUD ($6,900). However, a number of exclusions would apply, including transactions involving what it describes as digital currencies. The reason, lawmakers state, is in order to prevent the disappearance of such currencies from the local economy, which in turn would lead to a block…

Is Bitcoin a Store of Value? Experts on BTC as Digital Gold

It’s hard to tell who was the first to coin — pun intended — Bitcoin (BTC) as “digital gold,” underlining the idea that Bitcoin is a good store of value. The phrase possibly came into more widespread use after The New York Times journalist Nathaniel Popper’s book, “Digital Gold,” was published in 2015. Google searches for the term “Bitcoin digital gold” peaked in December 2017, when the leading cryptocurrency’s price hit record highs around $20,000 per coin.  For thousands of years of human history, people have used precious metals —…

Cash, Card or Crypto? — Platform Helps Stores Accept Digital Payments

A mobile crypto payment platform says its technology is transforming the retail business — and giving merchants an unprecedented opportunity to accept digital currencies as a method of payment. Eligma says Elipay, its flagship product, removes the hurdles that have been stopping brick-and-mortar stores from embracing cryptocurrencies. All too often, independent retailers have been dissuaded from accepting the likes of Bitcoin because it would take too much technical know-how. Volatility has been another concern, with small shops fearful that sudden price fluctuations could erase their razor-thin profit margins. However, the…