• Hester Peirce crypto regulation urgent
    Regulation

    Clear crypto regulation urgent as big finance jumps in: SEC’s ‘Crypto Mom’

    Securities and Exchange Commissioner Hester Pierce believes that giants such as Tesla and MasterCard using crypto make regulating this asset class urgent

    Peirce pointed out that while “there have been calls for clarity for some time, a new administration brings the chance to take a fresh look, but it also is a moment where it seems others in the marketplace are also taking a fresh look.”

  • BNY Mellon and Mastercard enter crypto
    Bitcoin,  Cryptocurrencies,  Libra

    BNY Mellon and Mastercard become latest big brands to back crypto

    America’s oldest bank is launching a service for institutional investors, while the credit card giant plans to offer consumer-to-merchant transactions using digital assets

    What’s significant with BNY Mellon’s announcement is how the bank plans to ensure that digital assets aren’t treated any differently than stocks and bonds, meaning all of these holdings will be managed through the same infrastructure. And rather than solely focusing on the likes of Bitcoin and Ethereum, it appears that BNY Mellon has few limits on the types of digital assets that it’s willing to accept.

  • Mastercard GrainChain partner supply chain
    Technology

    Mastercard, GrainChain partner to track goods in the supply chain

    Mastercard will leverage the partnership to launch its ‘Mastercard Provenance Solution’ service

    Mastercard and GrainChain will jointly trace more than 24 different commodities across Latin and North America as part of the “Mastercard Provenance Solution” service. The system will use the payment processor’s own permissioned blockchain

  • Levey to lead Libra
    Cryptocurrencies,  People,  Politics

    Stuart Levey to lead Libra Association, comfort critics

    A top HSBC executive and Treasury Department official in charge of financial crimes and sanctions, a big part of the new CEO’s role is to reassure central bankers, regulators, and elected officials

    By hiring Stuart Levey the Facebook-founded Libra Association is announcing that compliance—with central bankers, financial regulators, tax authorities, and criminal and intelligence investigators—will be a prime driver as it moves forward.