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Bank of England, HM Treasury establish new taskforce to explore digital currency

Bank of England, HM Treasury establish new taskforce to explore digital currency

The Bank of England and HM Treasury have jointly created a taskforce to explore a potential central bank digital currency (CBDC) in the U.K. Announcing the news on Monday, the two government authorities said they have not yet decided whether to introduce a CBDC in the U.K. but will explore its use cases and risks. They will …

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Rep. Waters calls on Biden to reverse policies that let banks custody cryptocurrencies and stablecoin reserves

Bank of Japan forms committee to share details on CBDC proof-of-concept

The Bank of Japan said Friday that it has created a “liaison and coordination committee” intended to support its planned efforts to test a central bank digital currency (CBDC) in the coming weeks. As previously reported, Japanese central bank officials said this month that its experiments would begin in the spring. The purpose of the …

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Bank of Japan to begin central bank digital currency experiments later this year

Bank of Japan to begin central bank digital currency experiments later this year

The Bank of Japan (BOJ) will start experiments on a central bank digital currency (CBDC) this spring, according to central bank governor Haruhiko Kuroda. Reuters reported today that Kuroda said the bank must “prepare thoroughly” to issue a CBDC. That includes experimenting with how it would operate a digital yen during the course of this …

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Deutsche Bank Quietly Plans to Offer Crypto Custody, Prime Brokerage- CoinDesk

Deutsche Bank Quietly Plans to Offer Crypto Custody, Prime Brokerage- CoinDesk

Deutsche Bank has joined the growing ranks of large financial institutions exploring cryptocurrency custody, with aspirations to offer high-touch services to hedge funds that invest in the asset class. The Deutsche Bank Digital Asset Custody prototype aims to develop “a fully integrated custody platform for institutional clients and their digital assets providing seamless connectivity to …

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Binance Suspends Deposits in Nigeria Following Central Bank Directive

Binance Suspends Deposits in Nigeria Following Central Bank Directive

Binance has temporarily suspended deposits in Nigerian naira – the country’s local fiat currency – in response to a Friday letter from Nigeria’s central bank (CBN) instructing local banks to identify and close all accounts tied to cryptocurrency platforms or operations. The CBN letter told local banking institutions that dealing in cryptocurrencies or facilitating payments …

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OCC grants conditional bank charter to another U.S. digital asset-focused company

OCC grants conditional bank charter to another U.S. digital asset-focused company

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) granted another crypto-focused firm conditional approval to operate as a national bank. Protego will join Anchorage as a banking editor with approval from the federal government, according to a new announcement from the U.S. banking regulator. Protego aims to serve institutional clients interested in digital assets. …

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India's central bank says it is exploring the possibility of digital currency

India’s central bank says it is exploring the possibility of digital currency

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the country’s central bank, has said that it is exploring the need for digital currency. In a booklet on payment systems published Monday, the RBI said if there is a need for a digital rupee, it will explore how to operationalize it. “Private digital currencies (PDCs) / virtual currencies …

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Vladimir Putin signs order requiring Russian public officials to disclose crypto holdings

Sberbank seeks central bank approval for blockchain platform: report

Major Russian state-owned bank Sberbank has sought approval from the country’s central bank for a blockchain-based financial platform, local Russian news outlet Interfax reported on Thursday.  According to the report, the bank has submitted an application to the Central Bank of the Russian Federation to register a blockchain platform, with plans to launch in the …

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Deltec, the bank for stablecoin issuer Tether, bought ‘large position’ in Bitcoin for clients

Deltec, the bank for stablecoin issuer Tether, bought ‘large position’ in Bitcoin for clients

Deltec, the Bahamas-based bank that holds the reserves for stablecoin giant Tether, holds a “large position in bitcoin” according to its chief investment officer. CIO Hugo Rogers disclosed the investment during a year-in-review video published on January 14. Specifically, the comments about the bitcoin position were in the context of a question about Deltec’s “high …

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