• Crypto Must-Reads
    Cryptocurrencies,  Politics,  Regulation

    Crypto Must-Reads for June 26, 2020

    These Are the Crypto Stories You Should Be Following: Bitcoin ends a week-long bear run; China places $14,000 limit on “anonymous” digital yuan transactions; two analyses show bitcoin heading for a big bull market

    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.

  • Bank of International Settlements backs CBDCs
    Politics

    CBDCs could be a ‘sea change’ for payments, Bank of International Settlements says

    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.”

  • China testing digital yuan
    Cryptocurrencies,  Politics

    China testing digital yuan in four cities

    European and Asian countries have been scrambling to catch up in the race for a digital currency, even as the U.S. drags its heels; annoucement suggests no 2022 Winter Olympics roll-out

    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.

  • KPMG Pulse Fintech blockchain 2019
    Cryptocurrencies

    KPMG: Fintech boom but blockchain bust in 2019

    Despite 30% fewer deals than 2018, the auditing and advisory firm predicts blockchain will ‘remain robust well into 2020’

    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.