Sunday ended a bad week for bitcoin, with a dip below $9,000 kept to a brief flirtation—investors hope. But there’s plenty of optimism to go around, as two models predict big bitcoin price increases coming—possibly mirroring or surpassing the 2017 bubble’s $20,000 mark. And China surprised absolutely no one by announcing that it will be tracking large(ish) digital yuan transactions by default.
The Bank of International Settlements has come out firmly in favor of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) in a new report—calling them a potentially evolutionary change that can “set high standards for safety and risk management and serve as a basis for sound innovation in payments.”
The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) said in an April 17 release that its prototype, central bank-issued digital yuan is being put through its paces in Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou, and Xiong’an, which lies about 60 miles from Beijing. It will also be tested at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Despite an overall blockbuster year for Fintech, there was a blockchain bust, with investment falling substantially in 2019, according to KPMG. Global private investment in blockchain and cryptocurrency dropped from $6.3 billion in 2018 to $4.7 billion last year.