• FBI Director Christopher Wray testifying before the U.S. Senate discussing Bitcoin on November 7, 2019 (screenshot via C-SPAN).
    United States

    FBI director passes on calling for cryptocurrency tracking law

    Christopher Wray avoided Mitt Romney’s question about tracking Bitcoin, turning instead to the need for messaging service ‘back doors’

    FBI Director Christopher Wray declined to swing at a gentle pitch over the plate for more regulation of cryptocurrency anonymity at a recent Senate Homeland Security hearing.

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    United States

    Finance professionals predict US first to global digital currency

    China’s digital yuan has a big lead, and a central bank representative called the creation of the first global stablecoin ‘a horse race.’

    China has spent five years preparing to launch the digital yuan, which might happen in a matter of months. But bankers and financial industry professionals surveyed at an industry conference in October still believe the United States will be the first to create a global digital currency.

  • All the most important people together: G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting, Spring 2019 (via the Japanese Ministry of Finance).
    Cryptocurrencies,  Regulation

    Beware of central bankers bearing crypto

    Central bank digital currencies are all the rage, but a new report finds they pose serious risks to financial stability in bad times—and to privacy at all times

    Central bank digital currencies are all the rage, but making them work is far easier said than done, according to a new report. While there are many potential benefits from a central bank digital currency (CBDC), they also bring serious financial risks, according to IBM Blockchain and the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF).

  • President Xi Jinping of China, speaking to G20 summit in Hamburg on July 7, 2017 (via Wiki commons).
    Asia & Australia,  Bitcoin

    No, China’s President Xi Jinping didn’t cause a Bitcoin rally

    Pundits and maximalists are just trying to see what they want to see

    Like 1960s campus radicals, Bitcoin maximalists are enthusiastically praising the wisdom of a leader of Communist China. That’s because President Xi Jinping called for his country to “take the leading position in the emerging field of blockchain.”