• Levey to lead Libra
    Cryptocurrencies,  People,  Politics

    Stuart Levey to lead Libra Association, comfort critics

    A top HSBC executive and Treasury Department official in charge of financial crimes and sanctions, a big part of the new CEO’s role is to reassure central bankers, regulators, and elected officials

    By hiring Stuart Levey the Facebook-founded Libra Association is announcing that compliance—with central bankers, financial regulators, tax authorities, and criminal and intelligence investigators—will be a prime driver as it moves forward.

  • 1.5 billion to use digital currency by 2023
    Cryptocurrencies

    A fifth of the world’s population to use CBDCs in 3 years, says BIS

    The Bank for International Settlements surveyed 66 of the world’s central banks

    The Bank for International Settlements, a consortium of banks based in Basel, Switzerland, polled 66 central banks last year. The results? One fifth of the world's population will use central bank digital currencies by 2023. CBDCs are a new type of digital money. They can be used for interbank settlements or as a type of general purpose “digital cash,” meant as a stand in for regular bank notes.

  • The French Army couldn't beat China in the Tonkin War of 1884-5. Can it beat China's central bank to a to a digital currency in 2020? (via Banque de France)
    Cryptocurrencies,  People,  Politics

    France: 2020 national digital currency bridge to e-euro

    François Villeroy de Galhau appoints Nathalie Aufauvre to build a French national digital currency leading to an e-euro

    Banque de France Governor François Villeroy de Galhau is planning to test a central bank-issued digital currency by 2020 to do it. Along the way, he’s making a play for French leadership of the European economy.

  • Cryptocurrencies,  Europe,  Libra,  Regulation,  United States

    Overwrought vs. overhyped: From France and America, dueling views of digital currencies

    Whether issued privately by Facebook’s or publicly by a central bank, digital currencies bring strong opinions and flights of rhetoric

    Flights of rhetoric surrounding Facebook’s Libra stablecoin and other digital currencies has reached impressive heights at times. But former U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo took it beyond the stratosphere in an October 15 editorial, comparing the launch of an American central bank-backed digital currency to the Apollo 11 mission.

Subscribe to MODERN CONSENSUS Newsletter