Blockchain 

Coinbase Custody Adds New York Banking Regulatory Experts to Its Board

Coinbase Custody Trust Company has appointed two new members, previously of the New York State Banking Department and the New York Department of Financial Services, to its Board of Directors. Welcoming banking regulatory veterans Per a blog post published on Aug. 8, New York banking regulatory experts Richard Neiman and Robert Easton will now be a part of Coinbase Custody’s Board of Directors. The company claims Neiman and Easton to be particularly important for its further development as Coinbase Custody is regulated by the New York Department of Financial Services…

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Ethereum 

Crypto Banking Firm FairX Shuts Down Due to Lack of Financing

FairX, a financial services company involved with banking and digital assets, has shut down its operations as it failed to establish a licensed national bank. According to a FairX Twitter thread on July 19, the company has fallen short of setting up a licensed national bank due to a lack of funding. FairX was trying to raise funds for the planned bank over the past 14 months, which it described as: “… a new, licensed, fully regulated national bank, modeled as a financial market utility, that would work with individuals…

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Blockchain 

Share Internet Data Launches Banking App in Tandem With LDJ Capital

Internet crowdsourcing company Share Internet Data Ltd (SID) has partnered with private equity firm LDJ Capital to launch a blockchain-based digital banking solution. The new digital banking app is called LDJ Digital, according to a press release on July 16. According to the announcement, LDG Digital can function as a debit card and it supports both fiat money and cryptocurrencies. Moreover, the professed goal of LDJ Digital is to provide banking services to the unbanked, as per the report. LDJ Digital will reportedly be a part of the existing SID…

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Ethereum 

Bitcoin Suisse Applies for a Banking License in Switzerland

Swiss crypto broker Bitcoin Suisse has applied for banking and securities dealer licenses from Switzerland’s finance regulator, the company confirmed in a press release on July 16.  Bitcoin Suisse, which forms part of the country’s Crypto Valley Association, said it had submitted requests to the Swiss Financial Markets Supervision Authority (FINMA). The reason, it said, was in order to adapt to a rapidly-changing regulatory landscape vis-a-vis cryptocurrencies, even in Switzerland, which is known for its proactive stance on the industry. “These licenses would allow Bitcoin Suisse to further expand its…

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Ethereum 

Senate Banking Committee Sets Hearing on Facebook’s Crypto for July 16

The Banking Committee of the United States Senate will hear testimony on Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project on July 16, economic news site MarketWatch reports on June 19. The social media giant released the white paper for its Libra token yesterday.  The stablecoin, will operate on a native eponymous blockchain, and will be backed by a basket of reserve assets “designed to give it intrinsic value” and mitigate volatility fluctuations.   Following the release of the project, U.S. regulators expressed their concern about the project’s possible effects on financial stability. Rep.…

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Ethereum 

Reserve Bank of India Developing Blockchain Banking Platform

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is developing a blockchain platform for banking in its R&D branch, according to a report by BusinessLine on June 28 The blockchain platform will reportedly host a number of blockchain applications, and is slated to launch next year. This model platform is reportedly being designed to serve banks; according to the director of The Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology, RBI’s R&D branch, the platform is “for blockchain applications for the government in banking.” While RBI appears to be moving into the…

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Blockchain 

Crypto Projects Pose No Threat to Banking System

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon said that he does not think that cryptocurrency projects pose an existential threat to JPMorgan’s core business.  During an interview with Yahoo Finance on June 27, Dimon discussed crypto’s potential impact on the existing banking system: “We move $6 trillion a day around the world. It is very cheap, very secure, it works. And the banking system has already built Zelle, real time p2p, and TCH, the clearancing house, with the banking system built real time payments. We already have all that.” Dimon further stressed…

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Bitcoin 

Facebook’s Libra May Need Banking License

Bank of France Governor Francois Villeroy de Galhau said that Facebook’s Libra stablecoin must comply with anti-money laundering regulation and seek banking licenses if it offers banking services, Reuters reports on June 25. Per the report, while Villeroy admitted during an interview with French magazine l’Obs that there was room to improve cross-border money transfers. He also pointed out that Facebook’s libra project has to comply existing banking regulation because “the risks are increased by the anonymity that Libra users would have.”  Villeroy also touched on possible requirements for a…

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Blockchain 

Global Banking Giant HSBC Launches Tokenization-Based Receivables System for India

Major global banking group HSBC has implemented tokenization technology into its receivables infrastructure for corporate clients in India, according to an announcement on June 18. The British multinational financial services company has reportedly launched its Digital Accounts Receivable Tool (HSBC DART), based on tokenization technology developed by Australian blockchain-powered Fintech company Identitii Ltd., the firm said in the announcement. According to the statement, HSBC DART was developed for HSBC’s Global Liquidity and Cash Management (GLCM) business and deploys Identitii’s approach to tokenization within HSBC’s existing infrastructure of receivables to enhance…

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Blockchain 

USC Project Seeks to Disrupt Traditional Wholesale Banking

On June 3, the Utility Settlement Coin (USC) project, one of the most ambitious crypto-based initiatives in mainstream finance, announced that it had taken the next step in its progression: the creation of a new company called Fnality International and the completion of a 50 million British pound ($63.2 million) Series A financing round. The momentum for USC has been growing since 2015, when the initiative was launched by financial giants UBS, BNY Mellon, NEX, Santander and Deutsche Bank, along with blockchain startup Clearmatics. It’s important to note that USC…

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