• The Bank of England (George Rex via Flickr, CC-BY-SA).
    Politics

    6 central banks team up to explore digital currencies

    England’s apex bank is joining forces with the Bank of Canada, the Bank of Japan, the European Central Bank, and others to study use cases for central bank digital currencies

    The Bank of England’s statement said the group will explore “CBDC use cases; economic, functional and technical design choices, including cross-border interoperability; and the sharing of knowledge on emerging technologies.”

  • Think your Thanksgiving family dinners are awkward? This is a "family photo" taken at the G20 summit earlier this year in Japan (via G20.org).
    Libra,  Regulation

    With stablecoin ban, G20 deals Facebook’s Libra ambitions another blow

    Unanimous decision effectively halts the social media giant’s goal of creating an international digital currency by 2020

    The G20 dealt Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency ambitions another blow on October 18, agreeing to a ban stablecoins until global regulations are in place.

  • Facebook's chief seems to be losing, for once. (Anthony Quintano via Wikimedia Commons)
    Libra

    Despite being called ‘global threat’, Libra Association launches

    A signing ceremony by the cryptocurrency’s members was overshadowed by dropouts and a report calling stablecoins a threat to the global economy

    Facebook’s wounded Libra Association formally voted itself into existence on October 14, electing a board and choosing officers. The ceremony was overshadowed by the loss of seven original members including Mastercard and Visa.

  • Not even a few hours after it was announced and there's already stock photos of Facebook's libra cryptocurrency (via Shutterstock).
    Europe,  Libra,  United States

    From Europe and America, Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency faces suspicion

    The social media giant will also have a high regulatory hurdle to jump before launching the digital asset

    Less than 12 hours after it was announced, Facebook’s new libra cryptocurrency was already causing the kind of concern in European financial circles that even Bitcoin has not been able to generate.