Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20230126)

Crypto collapse: US banks leave crypto, how Genesis kept Gemini hanging on, FTX, Binance, Nexo

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Moody’s Is working on scoring system for stablecoins

Moody’s is reportedly working on a scoring system for stablecoins that will include an analysis of up to 20 stablecoins based on the quality of attestations on the reserves backing them. The project is still in early stages and apparently won’t represent an official credit rating. [Read more at Bloomberg]

ISDA launches standard definitions for digital asset derivatives

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published new standard digital assets derivatives definitions and documentation, to create an unambiguous contractual framework under the ISDA Master Agreement umbrella. The definitions initially cover non-deliverable forwards and options on Bitcoin and Ether, but could be expanded cover other distributed ledger technology (DLT) based digital assets. The definitions have been drafted to facilitate Common Domain Model integration and automation within smart contracts. [Read more at ISDA]

Navigating bankruptcy in digital asset markets: netting and collateral enforceability

ISDA also published a whitepaper that addresses some of the derivatives-related legal issues raised by the recent bankruptcies of major crypto exchanges and market participants. It focuses on the importance of close-out netting and collateral arrangements for derivatives referencing digital assets and identifies several areas of focus for policymakers and market participants to ensure greater certainty. This includes use of standardized contractual frameworks and further legal clarity from national authorities on the property status of digital assets. [Read more at ISDA]

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

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