• China's renmimbi looks like this right now (via Pixabay).
    Asia & Australia

    China ready to launch central bank cryptocurrency

    Facebook loses out to Chinese tech giants Alibaba and Tencent, which will join major banks in distributing the new digital asset

    Forbes’ Michael del Castillo reported on August 27 that the national bank’s digital currency will be a permissioned blockchain controlled by the central bank, and is intended to replace the bills and coins used in daily transactions rather than the renminbi itself.

  • Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, Canada's most important export after William Shattner (via Wiki commons).
    Europe,  Libra

    England’s central banker touts digital currencies over U.S. dollar

    Even Facebook’s Libra might be a good way to end America’s ‘domineering influence’ as the provider of the world’s reserve currency, said Mark Carney

    The governor of the Bank of England just touted digital currencies as a possible replacement for the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency. Such a digital asset, whether backed by central banks or even Facebook’s Libra stablecoin, would “dampen the domineering influence of the US dollar on global trade,” Mark Carney said in a speech on August 23 to the 2019 Economic Policy Symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

  • Christine Lagarde, when she was head of the IMF and before she became the ECB chief (via IMF.org)
    Europe,  Libra

    Christine Lagarde’s nomination to head the ECB is good news for Facebook’s Libra, says eToro’s Mati Greenspan

    The European Central Bank’s incoming leader will bring a positive outlook on digital assets

    Facebook’s new Libra stablecoin got a break in Europe last week with the announcement that Christine Lagarde has been nominated to be the new head of the European Central Bank, says eToro’s senior market analyst, Mati Greenspan.