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Blockchain Brings Monetary and Financial Freedom

Blockchain Brings Monetary and Financial Freedom

We look at three key aspects (money form, money issuance, and the flow of money) of our monetary and financial system where the blockchain technology may have a major impact

Fighting for Monetary and Financial Freedom

Fighting for Monetary and Financial Freedom

We look at three key aspects (money form, money issuance, and the flow of money) of our monetary and financial system where the blockchain technology may have a major impact

New Money Theory Research: Blockchain to Usher in the New Age of Monetary and Financial Freedom

New Money Theory Research: Blockchain to Usher in the New Age of Monetary and Financial Freedom

New Money Theory Research: Blockchain to Usher in the New Age of Monetary and Financial Freedom

Stablecoins Could Threaten Monetary Sovereignty and Financial Stability, Says ECB’s Christine Lagarde

Stablecoins Could Threaten Monetary Sovereignty and Financial Stability, Says ECB’s Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde, the president of the European Central Bank (ECB), has highlighted that stablecoins could pose a serious threat to monetary sovereignty and financial stability.

How Far Away is Japan’s CBDC? Bank of Japan Meets with Monetary Authorities on Potential Digital Yen Issuance

How Far Away is Japan’s CBDC? Bank of Japan Meets with Monetary Authorities on Potential Digital Yen Issuance

Japan’s Monetary Authorities Get Serious About CBDC Research and Roll Out

China’s DCEP Aims to Restructure the Payment Network While Maintaining a “Normal” Monetary Policy

China’s DCEP Aims to Restructure the Payment Network While Maintaining a “Normal” Monetary Policy

A Chinese senior central bank official said China should maintain a “normal” monetary policy as the country has been recovering from COVID-19 smoothly.

Bitcoin Can Be Used by Corporate Investors to Manage the “Impact of Monetary Inflation"- MicroStrategy

Bitcoin Can Be Used by Corporate Investors to Manage the “Impact of Monetary Inflation"- MicroStrategy

MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor explains that firms are acquiring Bitcoin as a strategy to hedge against the impacts of monetary inflation.

Federal Reserve Votes to Keep Inflationary Monetary Conditions as US Economy Heals

Federal Reserve Votes to Keep Inflationary Monetary Conditions as US Economy Heals

Federal Reserve officials voted at the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting to maintain the same monetary conditions that have aided Bitcoin's 2020 price surge.

List of Important Resources on Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC)

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.

Composite Interest Rate Drops to 2.65% in April 2024, Announces HKMA

Composite Interest Rate Drops to 2.65% in April 2024, Announces HKMA

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority reveals a decrease in the composite interest rate for April 2024.

Hong Kong Monetary Authority's Project mBridge Achieves MVP Milestone

Hong Kong Monetary Authority's Project mBridge Achieves MVP Milestone

Project mBridge reaches MVP stage, exploring CBDCs for cross-border payments.

Hong Kong Monetary Authority Announces Results of RMB Bills Tender

Hong Kong Monetary Authority Announces Results of RMB Bills Tender

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority revealed the results of the People’s Bank of China RMB Bills tender held on June 19, 2024.

Hong Kong Monetary Authority Releases Reports on DeFi and Metaverse in Finance

Hong Kong Monetary Authority Releases Reports on DeFi and Metaverse in Finance

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority has published reports on DeFi and the metaverse, analyzing their impact and regulatory landscape in the financial services industry.

Hong Kong Monetary Authority Reports 1.1% Increase in May 2024 Deposits

Hong Kong Monetary Authority Reports 1.1% Increase in May 2024 Deposits

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority reported a 1.1% increase in total deposits for May 2024, with notable rises in both Hong Kong dollar and foreign currency deposits.

HKMA Announces Senior Staff Changes: Raymond Li to Retire, Colin Pou to Succeed

HKMA Announces Senior Staff Changes: Raymond Li to Retire, Colin Pou to Succeed

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) announces the retirement of Raymond Li and the succession by Colin Pou. Open recruitment for the Executive Director role will follow.

Singapore Financial Regulator Says Crypto Rules Must Be Strict but Clear

Singapore Financial Regulator Says Crypto Rules Must Be Strict but Clear

Singapore Central Bank calls for clarity but maintains strict crypto regulations.

Hong Kong Embraces Virtual Asset Spot ETFs

Hong Kong Embraces Virtual Asset Spot ETFs

Hong Kong is set to become the first market in Asia to allow Virtual Asset Spot ETFs, with around ten fund companies preparing for launch. This move signifies a major shift in the region's approach to virtual assets.

The Top 10 Bitcoin Exchanges for Casino Players

The Top 10 Bitcoin Exchanges for Casino Players

Exploring the 10 best Bitcoin exchanges for online casino players, mostly looking for newcomer-friendly sites and a couple of more advanced propositions.

Turkey Names Blockchain Expert to Central Bank Committee

Turkey Names Blockchain Expert to Central Bank Committee

Turkey's central bank embraces blockchain with the appointment of crypto expert Prof. Fatma Ozkul to its monetary policy committee.

MAS Proposes Open and Interoperable Framework for Digital Asset Networks

MAS Proposes Open and Interoperable Framework for Digital Asset Networks

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has unveiled a comprehensive report introducing a framework for the design of open and interoperable networks for digital assets.

G7 Set to Release the Guidelines for the Creation of CBDCs

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.

Ripple Gains Major Payments Institution License from Singapore's Monetary Authority

Ripple Gains Major Payments Institution License from Singapore's Monetary Authority

Ripple, a leading enterprise in blockchain and crypto solutions, has secured a Major Payments Institution (MPI) license from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). This follows the in-principle approval granted to Ripple in June 2023. The license will enable Ripple to continue offering regulated digital payment token services in Singapore, a key market for the company.

IMF Educational Cryptocurrency Video Receives Backlash from Bitcoin and Crypto Experts

IMF Educational Cryptocurrency Video Receives Backlash from Bitcoin and Crypto Experts

A video posted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on its social platform has generated a lot of criticism from the cryptocurrency community.

Singapore Regulator Considers Strengthening Safeguards on Crypto Access to Retail Trading

Singapore Regulator Considers Strengthening Safeguards on Crypto Access to Retail Trading

Singapore Central Bank considers updating its crypto regulations to strengthen system safeguards that financial firms must put in place to protect users.

Seven Key Takeaways You Need to Know About Central Bank Digital Currencies

Seven Key Takeaways You Need to Know About Central Bank Digital Currencies

Why are Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) important? Do we really need them? What are the implications? How will they be designed? Here are seven key takeaways you need to know.

BitGo Secures MPI License Approval in Singapore

BitGo Secures MPI License Approval in Singapore

BitGo has received in-principle approval for a Major Payment Institution (MPI) license from Singapore's MAS, allowing it to expand its crypto services in the region. This aligns with Singapore's robust regulatory standards and BitGo's commitment to security in digital asset transactions.

Fidelity Reiterates Bitcoin's Unique Value as a Primary Investment Choice

Fidelity Reiterates Bitcoin's Unique Value as a Primary Investment Choice

Fidelity Digital Assets revisits Bitcoin's unmatched value proposition in a recent study, emphasizing its secure, decentralized nature. Shared by MicroStrategy's Michael Saylor, the study advocates for Bitcoin's primary consideration by investors venturing into the digital asset sphere.

MAS Announces Project Ubin’s Successful International Settlement Network in its Final Phase Report

MAS Announces Project Ubin’s Successful International Settlement Network in its Final Phase Report

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and government-owned conglomerate Temasek released the final report of the Singaporean CBDC project, Project Ubin. The report is the fifth and final phase of Project Ubin, Singapore’s blockchain-based multi-currency payments network prototype that was built for the financial industry and blockchain ecosystem.

Bitcoin and Bad Guys

Bitcoin and Bad Guys

With Bitcoin a growing number of people have been choosing to opt-out of the traditional financial system, and others have even chosen to use the cryptocurrency to circumvent regulation altogether, leading to its unfortunate connection with illegal activity and shady characters.

New Zealand Eyeing the Possibility of Rolling Out a CBDC

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.

Are Institutional Investments Fueling Correlation Between Crypto and Stock Markets?

Are Institutional Investments Fueling Correlation Between Crypto and Stock Markets?

With macroeconomic factors like interest rate hikes affecting both stocks and crypto, this begs the question: are institutional investments propelling the correlation between the two markets?

Coinbase Secures Major Payment Institution License from Singapore's Monetary Authority

Coinbase Secures Major Payment Institution License from Singapore's Monetary Authority

Coinbase has obtained a Major Payment Institution (MPI) license from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), marking a significant milestone in its expansion into the Asian market. The license will enable Coinbase to offer digital payment token services to both individual and institutional clients in Singapore. This move aligns with the company's strategy to tap into Singapore's growing crypto and Web3 ecosystem.

MAS Completes CBDC Project Ubin Phase 5, Blockchain Sector Sees Major Growth Despite COVID-19

MAS Completes CBDC Project Ubin Phase 5, Blockchain Sector Sees Major Growth Despite COVID-19

Sopnendu Mohanty, the Chief FinTech Officer at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced that Phase 5 of Project Ubin has been completed, and partners of the project are already working on a production in the payments space. A new report is to be expected in the next few days, which will “articulate the last phase of experimentation of Project Ubin.” He hinted that the production is related to exchange, settlement, and will be working on releasing production inspired by Project Ubin Phase 5.

US States Challenge CBDC as Legal Tender

US States Challenge CBDC as Legal Tender

Four U.S. states - Utah, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Tennessee - have filed bills to exclude Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) from their legal definitions of money, reflecting rising state-level resistance and concerns over privacy and federal overreach.

Sygnum Singapore Secures MPI License from MAS

Sygnum Singapore Secures MPI License from MAS

Sygnum Singapore’s acquisition of a Major Payment Institution Licence from the Monetary Authority of Singapore comes amidst a wave of similar regulatory approvals by entities like Coinbase, Blockchain.com, and Crypto.com. This development broadens Sygnum's service offerings and positions it strongly in a competitive yet regulated digital asset market landscape in Singapore, thereby potentially attracting a wider segment of institutional clientele.

G20 Announces Standards for Global Crypto Regulation

G20 Announces Standards for Global Crypto Regulation

G20 countries have announced that the Financial Stability Board, the International Monetary Fund, and the Bank for International Settlements will release recommendations on global crypto regulation by July.

Singapore's Central Bank Paves the Way for Regulatory Oversight of Cryptocurrency Derivatives Trading

Singapore's Central Bank Paves the Way for Regulatory Oversight of Cryptocurrency Derivatives Trading

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has revealed regulatory plans to permit the trading of cryptocurrency derivatives on select platforms. This oversight strategy is being fronted because investors are considerably favoring these products.

Hong Kong Monetary Authority Emphasizes AI and DLT in Fintech Roadmap

Hong Kong Monetary Authority Emphasizes AI and DLT in Fintech Roadmap

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has released a Fintech Promotion Roadmap, aiming to promote fintech adoption in the financial services industry. The roadmap includes key fintech sectors like Wealthtech, Insurtech, and Greentech, and introduces AI and DLT. It aligns with HKMA's "Fintech 2025" strategy.

GSR Secures Major Payment Institution Licence from Singapore's MAS

GSR Secures Major Payment Institution Licence from Singapore's MAS

GSR, a global cryptocurrency trading firm, has received In-Principle Approval for a Major Payment Institution licence from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). The approval allows GSR's Singapore subsidiary, GSR Markets Pte. Ltd., to better serve the cryptocurrency community. The news comes a day after Coinbase Singapore announced its full licence, highlighting the competitive yet regulated crypto landscape in Singapore.

China and Malaysia discuss Asian Monetary Fund

China and Malaysia discuss Asian Monetary Fund

China and Malaysia are discussing the creation of an Asian Monetary Fund as a way to move away from U.S. dollar hegemony. The fund was proposed at a forum in Hainan, China, and Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has stated that China is open to the proposal.

Upbit Singapore Acquires Preliminary MAS Approval for Major Payment Institution Licence

Upbit Singapore Acquires Preliminary MAS Approval for Major Payment Institution Licence

Upbit Singapore has received an in-principle approval for a Major Payment Institution licence from the Monetary Authority of Singapore, a significant step towards establishing a stronger digital asset business in Singapore. This provisional approval will enable Upbit Singapore to continue offering regulated Digital Payment Token services as per the Payment Services Act 2019 while awaiting the full license.

Coinbase and Binance Amongst the 70 Crypto Firms Awaiting Licensing, Said by MAS

Coinbase and Binance Amongst the 70 Crypto Firms Awaiting Licensing, Said by MAS

American cryptocurrency trading platform, Coinbase and Binance exchange, two of the world’s largest digital currency brokerages are notably amongst the few platforms awaiting license approval from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

Singapore’s Financial Regulator Puts Binance On Investor Alert List

Singapore’s Financial Regulator Puts Binance On Investor Alert List

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has placed Binance exchange on investor alert list, a measure that aims to tell consumers that the exchange is not authorized to offer trading services in the country.

Monetary Authority of Singapore Sets Up New Institute of Digital Finance for Boosting Fintech and Digital Asset Research

Monetary Authority of Singapore Sets Up New Institute of Digital Finance for Boosting Fintech and Digital Asset Research

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has teamed up with the National Research Foundation, and the National University of Singapore to set up a research institute that will develop and support the needs of digital financial services in Asia.

Facebook’s Libra Creating Shadow Monetary Ecosystem Warns FAC

Facebook’s Libra Creating Shadow Monetary Ecosystem Warns FAC

Facebook’s creation of cryptocurrency Libra will spawn a ‘shadow banking’ system outside of sanctioned financial markets according to US banks.

China Declares Bitcoin as Virtual Property with Monetary Value

China Declares Bitcoin as Virtual Property with Monetary Value

China has taken a new step with an important legal precedent regarding Bitcoin in a property dispute case in Hangzhou. Read more about how this case affirmed the legal status of Bitcoin as a virtual property with protection under Chinese law.

AmeriCoin - The Pathway to Monetary Freedom, Tokenization and the American Dream?

AmeriCoin - The Pathway to Monetary Freedom, Tokenization and the American Dream?

Is cryptocurrency the tool to achieve the “American Dream”? Adam Kokesh, the leading libertarian candidate of the 2020 U.S. presidential race has revealed the plan to develop AmeriCoin cryptocurrency. The development of AmeriCoin will be led by Alastair Caithness, the Chief Blockchain Policy Advisor appointed by Kokesh.

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