Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20220926)

Australian CBDC Pilot for Digital Finance Innovation

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and the Digital Finance Cooperative Research Centre (DFCRC) published a white paper that explains in detail the objectives and approach of their eAUD central bank digital currency (CBDC) project. They also invited interested industry participants to make submissions on CBDC use cases, and offered participants the chance to express interest in operating their use case in a pilot (or proof of concept?) project to test and demonstrate the value proposition. The DFCRC will develop and install the eAUD platform as a private, permissioned Ethereum (Quorum) implementation, and the eAUD ledger will operate as a centralised platform, under the management and oversight of the RBA. [Read more at the RBA]

Nomura invests in Fnality institutional blockchain payments platform

Nomura is investing in Fnality, the interbank payment and settlement platform that uses “synthetic” wholesale CBDC to settle transactions on distributed ledger technology (DLT) based financial market infrastructures (FMIs). (A “synthetic CBDC” is essentially a stablecoin backed by central bank deposits.) Fnality reportedly says it will launch its first such synthetic CBDC in October 2022, pegged to the British Pound (GBP) and backed by deposits at the Bank of England. [Read more at Ledger Insights]

Demystifying wholesale central bank digital currency

According to European Central Bank (ECB) executive board member Fabio Panetta, the ECB is looking at the potential of DLT in improving the efficiency of interbank settlements. However, after listing the many benefits of DLT, Panetta highlighted some drawbacks, and made a case for a system that builds on the ECB’s existing infrastructure for wholesale settlements, instead of building a new one based entirely on DLT. [Read more at the ECB]

DTCC’s DLT stock settlement system live in parallel production

In August the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) DLT-based Project Ion platform for stock settlement went into production. The R3 Corda-based platform runs in parallel with the DTC’s classic settlement system, which remains the definitive record. At this stage, Project Ion is designed to only deal with bilateral equity transactions but is already processing an average of 100,000 transactions per day. [Read more at DTCC]

Tickets available for CBDC Think Tank masterclass

The CBDC Think Tank, in partnership with the IMF and George Washington University, is hosting a full-day in-person CBDC Masterclass on October 12 in Washington DC for “official sector” staff and academics active in the CBDC / digital currency space only. The sessions are designed as instructional deep dives with full presentations and Q&A components.  Tickets are $99. [Register here]

Also, the CBDC Think Tank, in partnership with Georgetown University and the DC FinTech Week, is hosting a FREE (also in-person) Digital Currency Lecture Series, a set of digital currency lightning talks delivered by subject matter experts, on October 14 in Washington DC. [Request an invite here]

Kiffmeister’s Global Central Bank Digital Currency Monthly Monitor

Just a reminder that I produce a monthly digest of central bank digital currency (CBDC) developments exclusively for the official sector. So for any of you out there who work for a central bank, ministry of finance or international financial institution who would like to receive it by email on the first business day of every month, please DM me on LinkedIn or email me at chronicles@kiffmeister.com.