Fearing USD Decline, Ex-CFTC Heads Propose a Blockchain-Based Digital Dollar

Two former heads of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) are offering up a plan for a government-sanctioned, blockchain-based digital dollar. In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal published Oct. 15, J. Christopher Giancarlo, former CFTC chair, and Daniel Gorfine, former director of LabCFTC, the watchdog’s experimental initiative, proposed a blockchain protocol to digitize cash To allow the dollar to compete “in the new digital era.”

Read More
French Central Banker: The World Needs to Standardize Crypto Regulations

A French central banker is calling for a global regulatory framework on crypto assets. In a speech at an Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) meeting in London on Tuesday, Denis Beau, a deputy governor of Banque De France, said: “There is indeed a need for overall consistency to prevent regulatory arbitrage under the ‘same activities, same risks, same rules’ principle.”

Read More
Top Fed Official Says US Central Bank ‘Actively’ Debating Digital Dollar

A top Federal Reserve official said Wednesday that the U.S. central bank is “actively looking at and debating” issuance of a digital currency, amid growing worries among current and former regulators that the dollar might be at risk of losing its status as the world’s reserve currency.

Read More
SEC Restarts Clock on Proposed ‘Bitcoin and T-Bills’ ETF

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is again soliciting comments on a proposed exchange-traded fund (ETF) based around bitcoin and Treasury bonds. According to a public filing published Tuesday, investment management firm Wilshire Phoenix and NYSE Arca filed an amendment to their ETF proposal earlier this month to address issuance and redemption for the securities and the listing/trading of the fund’s shares.

Read More
Foxconn Founder: Libra Can ‘Converge’ With China’s Digital Currency in Taiwan

Terry Gou, Taiwan’s richest man and the founder of manufacturing giant Foxconn, wants the island to roll out the red carpet for Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project. In a recent, little-noticed speech, the billionaire and one-time presidential candidate said Taiwan could boost its status as an international financial hub by embracing Libra, rather than approaching the project with skepticism as other governments have done. Gou also suggested the island could connect Libra, if and when it launches, with the digital currency being developed by the People’s Bank of China.

Read More
CipherTrace’s Blockchain Forensics Service Now Covers 700 Crypto Assets

The transactions of over 700 cryptocurrencies are now searchable via the blockchain analytics offering from CipherTrace. That means more than 87 percent of the top 100 cryptocurrencies by volume can now be traced through the API service, the company said Tuesday. Backed by notable firms like Galaxy Digital, CipherTrace has most recently been involved in the push towards addressing regulatory guidance issued by the Financial Action Task Force in June.

Read More
Ford Test Driving Blockchain for Energy-Efficient Vehicles

Ford is giving a little more road to a blockchain pilot program aimed at improving fuel efficiency. On Tuesday, the auto-giant said it will use blockchain to monitor and automatically implement fuel efficient driving modes for a fleet of vehicles in Cologne, Germany. This is part of a wider pilot program also happening in London and Valencia, Spain.

Read More
eToro Launches Crypto Portfolio Weighted by Twitter Mentions

That notorious abyss of Crypto Twitter – where the XRP Army patrols, altcoins flourish and falter, and @Vitalik99832182 promising you infinity ETH – got a new plaything today: an eToro crypto portfolio calibrated to the tenor of its tweets. The new financial instrument is called TheTIE-LongOnly CopyPortfolio, and, as of Tuesday morning, it was live on eToro’s trading platform with a minimum $2,000 buy-in. It’s a partnership between eToro exchange and The TIE data analysis firm, who sources their tweets – about 850,000,000 daily – from Social Markets Analytics.

Read More
China Kills Rumor of Hasty Central Bank Digital Currency Launch

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) has no timetable on when it will launch its digital currency. This is according to the bank’s governor, Yi Gang, who revealed that the bank was taking its time to research, test, evaluate, and prevent related-risks before releasing the digital currency to the public. First reported by The Global Times, an English daily under the state-run People’s Daily, the statement effectively stamps out rumors of China hastening the launch of its digital currency ahead of Facebook’s much-publicized cryptocurrency, Libra.

Read More
CEO of Crypto Lending Platform Urges Followers to Buy the Bitcoin Dip

Buying the dip is easier said than done. When an asset moves lower, the tendency for those who were waiting for the breakdown is to freeze and fail to press the buy button. However, Alex Mashinsky, chief executive of Celsius Network, strongly urged his followers to go out and buy the big bitcoin dip.

Read More