The tech giants are coming for the banks. If there’s one message to be taken out of Facebook’s aggressive push into blockchain-based payments via its new cryptocurrency, libra, it’s that Facebook is now also a FinTech company.
Facebook has begun talking to U.S. regulators about getting approval for its forthcoming stablecoin cryptocurrency, said to be referred to as “GlobalCoin” at Facebook.
Financial authorities across Southeast Asia are embracing blockchain technology and digital currencies as a way of helping the poor get better access to banking services that can help lift them out of poverty, as well as speeding and improving interbank payments and cross-border settlements.
In the wake of JPMorgan’s February launch of its Ethereum-based JPM Coin digital currency, Citi let it be known why it had killed the Citicoin project its innovation lab discussed—but never formally announced—back in 2015.