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Bank of Finland Advisor Calls Cryptocurrencies an “Illusion,” States Distributed Ledgers Are Irrelevant

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Bank of Finland Advisor Calls Cryptocurrencies an “Illusion,” States Distributed Ledgers Are Irrelevant

In line with strict global sentiments over cryptocurrencies, an advisor to the Bank of Finland (BoF) released a report in June 2018 titled “The Great Illusion of Cryptocurrencies,” elaborating on why cryptocurrencies are a “fallacy” and an “illusion” of money. Blockchain Payment Systems “Irrelevant” Written by BoF’s Adviser on Digitalization and Head of the Digital Central Bank, Aleksi Grym, the…

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Swiss Banking Authority Warns that Bitcoin Is Impractical and an Environmental Disaster

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Swiss Banking Authority Warns that Bitcoin Is Impractical and an Environmental Disaster

In its latest warning about the burgeoning cryptocurrency sector, the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) stated on June 17, 2018, that cryptocurrencies are not scalable and “are likely to face a breakdown in trust” as the number of people using digital currencies increases. Other concerns revolve around their inherently self-limiting design flaws, and the fact that they can neither handle…

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Rural Banks in the Philippines to use ConsenSys’ Ethereum Blockchain System to Facilitate Real-time Transactions

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Rural Banks in the Philippines to use ConsenSys’ Ethereum Blockchain System to Facilitate Real-time Transactions

On May 27, 2018, ConsenSyS announced the selection of five rural banks in the crypto-friendly Philippines to try out its blockchain-based real-time payments solution. Banking the Unbanked The Union Bank of the Philippines has joined forces with the ConsenSyS blockchain startup to change the faces of five rural banks in the Mindanao region. The project dubbed “i2i,” shorthand for “island-to-island,”…

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Largest Cryptocurrency Exchange in Zimbabwe Sues the Nation’s Central Bank and Wins

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Largest Cryptocurrency Exchange in Zimbabwe Sues the Nation’s Central Bank and Wins

It’s now becoming quite common for apex banks to take the law into their own hands and place blanket bans on cryptocurrencies even though they have little or no legal rights to make such drastic decisions. On May 11, 2018, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) barred citizens from owning, trading or transferring bitcoin. The country’s cryptosphere refused to go…

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Union Bank of Philippines Set to Do More with Blockchain and Bitcoin

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Union Bank of Philippines Set to Do More with Blockchain and Bitcoin

More financial institutions are warming up to blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies even with the largely unregulated nature of the digital currency space. In another similar development, the UnionBank of Philippines may be looking to integrate Bitcoin mining into its operations, as the financial institution recently displayed its cryptocurrency miners at a business summit in the nation. The Philippino Bitcoin Craze…

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The UK Has the Most Crypto Exchanges, Accounts for Only One Percent of Global Trading Volume

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The UK Has the Most Crypto Exchanges, Accounts for Only One Percent of Global Trading Volume

Morgan Stanley, the investment giant, has published a report that examines the global cryptocurrency trading landscape. The report is part of the detailed research carried out by the company on the online exchange market of which has been in the midst of a resurgence since recent weeks. This revival comes after a difficult start to 2018 where regulatory crackdowns led…

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Iran Develops Own Cryptocurrency After Central Bank Bans Bitcoin Trading

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Iran Develops Own Cryptocurrency After Central Bank Bans Bitcoin Trading

Iran has developed its own blockchain-based cryptocurrency, just days after the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) banned bitcoin trading amid escalating concerns about money-laundering and bitcoin’s erratic price swings. Iran’s Bitcoin Ban Doesn’t Apply To Local Crypto Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi, Iran’s information, and communications technology minister said the experimental cryptocurrency is now ready, ahead of a possible return of U.S….

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National Bank of Egypt Joins 200 Financial Institutions in the ‘R3 Blockchain Alliance’

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National Bank of Egypt Joins 200 Financial Institutions in the ‘R3 Blockchain Alliance’

In a bid to encourage cryptocurrency and blockchain adoption in Egypt, the National Bank of Egypt (NBE) announced that it has joined the R3 Blockchain Consortium on April 22, 2018. R3 is a software enterprise firm that is working closely with over 200 financial institutions to develop its blockchain platform designed specifically for commercial use. Benefits of collaboration With the…

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Is There a Relationship Between Gold, Bitcoin and the Recent Fed Rate Hike?

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Is There a Relationship Between Gold, Bitcoin and the Recent Fed Rate Hike?

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 25 basis points Wednesday, March 21, 2018, taking the benchmark funds rate from a target of 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent. This was the first rate hike under the chairmanship of the new governor, Jerome Powell, who was handpicked by President Trump. The rise in interest rates will increase short-term lending rates for…

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Chinese Bitcoin Mining Giants Bitmain Set to Fund 30 Blockchain Private Central Banks

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Chinese Bitcoin Mining Giants Bitmain Set to Fund 30 Blockchain Private Central Banks

Bitcoin mining heavyweights Bitmain, which controls over 60 percent of the entire Bitcoin network hashrate, has hinted towards funding the creation of blockchain-centric private central banks. Blockchain Powered Central Banks In a keynote speech at the DC Blockchain Summit organized by the Chamber of Digital Commerce and Georgetown University’s Centre for Financial Markets and Policy, the mining manufacturer disclosed that…

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