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Three Central Banks Explore Advantages Of Wholesale Central Bank Digital Currencies
11/27/2018On November 15, 2018, the Bank of England, the Bank of Canada and the Monetary Authority of Singapore published a joint report entitled, "Cross-Border Interbank Payments and Settlements." Referring to current industry projects to address existing problems in cross-border payments affecting end-users, commercial banks and central banks, the report analyzes these issues and discusses proposed new models for processing cross-border transactions. The report sets out three models for cross-border payments and settlements and discusses the key considerations and dependencies of each model. Each model is then assessed against the existing identified challenges in cross-border payments.
EU Supervisory Authority Reports on ICO and Crypto-Asset Risks and Potential Regulation
10/19/2018The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published an own-initiative report prepared by its Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group (SMSG). The purpose of the report is to provide advice to ESMA on steps it might take to contain the risks of initial coin offerings (ICOs) and crypto-assets, on top of existing regulation.