• Mario Draghi, President, European Central Bank, Frankfurt during the special address session at the Annual Meeting 2013 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 25, 2013. . . Copyright by World Economic Forum. (via Wiki commons, swiss-image.ch/Photo Remy) Steinegger
    Cryptocurrencies

    Outgoing ECB president (somewhat) optimistic on stablecoins

    European Central Bank President Mario Draghi says crypto-assets are not yet ‘suitable substitutes for money’ but have potential

    The biggest obstacle to a European Central Bank-issued digital currency is not the technology, according to departing European Central Bank President Mario Draghi. Rather, he said, the “key issue is … its utility in terms of costs and benefits to the public.”

  • The Bank of International Settlements (BIS) building in Basel Switzerland sure doesn't look like a dreary place to work every day, right? (Photo by Mario Botta via Wiki commons).
    Libra,  Regulation

    Libra Association and major banks grilled on stablecoins

    Stablecoin creator JPMorgan and a consortium of major financial institutions aiming to launch its own payment coin face the Bank for International Settlements

    Facebook once again defended its Libra cryptocurrency, this time in front of a group of central bankers at a conference on the regulation of stablecoins held in Switzerland on September 16.

  • It's all rainbows and alpacas for eToro CEO Yoni Assia at the Ethereal Summit in Tel Aviv, September 15, 2019 (photo by Molly Jane Zuckerman for Modern Consensus).
    Technology

    How blockchain will ‘eat’ finance: An interview with eToro CEO Yoni Assia

    Modern Consensus sat down with Yoni Assia, the CEO and founder of social trading network eToro, at this weekend’s Ethereal Summit in Tel Aviv

    Yoni Assia is quite confident that traditional finance will eventually fully transition over to blockchain—in his oft-repeated words, “it's going to eat their existing financial systems.” Having begun trading at just 13 years old, the eToro CEO brought the social trading platform into the crypto space in 2010, with a further step towards adoption in the launch of the eToroX crypto exchange earlier this year.

  • DJ D-Sol, who also goes by the name of David Solomon, moonlights as CEO of Goldman Sachs (via instagram.com/djsolmusic).
    Cryptocurrencies,  Libra,  Technology

    Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon says bank payments will be tokenized on a blockchain

    All major banks are looking at the potential of stablecoins

    The world’s banking payment system is going to be tokenized on a blockchain, according to the head of Goldman Sachs. In a discussion of Facebook’s new Libra cryptocurrency with the French news site Les Echo on June 28, Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon said he finds the “principle interesting” and the fifth-largest American bank, does “extensive research on the concept of tokenization.”