Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20230323)

Coinbase warned by SEC of potential securities charges

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued Coinbase a Wells notice, warning that it identified potential violations of U.S. securities law. Based on discussions with the SEC staff, Coinbase believes they relate to aspects of the Company’s spot market, staking service Coinbase Earn, Coinbase Prime and Coinbase Wallet, and the potential civil action may seek injunctive relief, disgorgement, and civil penalties. [Read more at Coinbase]

CBUAE Central Bank Digital Currency strategy launched

The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates (CBUAE) has engaged with G42 Cloud and R3 as the infrastructure and technology providers respectively for its central bank digital currency (CBDC) implementation. The first phase, which is expected to complete over the next 12 to 15 months, comprises (1) the soft launch of mBridge to facilitate real-value cross-border CBDC transactions for international trade settlement, (2) proof-of-concept (PoC) work for bilateral CBDC bridges with India, and (3) PoC work for domestic CBDC issuance covering wholesale and retail usage. [Read more at Emirates News Agency

Digital Currency and Banking-Sector Stability

According to a paper published by the Office of Financial Research (OFR), if a central bank digital currency (CBDC) or stablecoin became  fully integrated into the financial system, banking-sector stability may suffer, but household welfare may improve. The paper’s financial stability focus is on the risk that banks have insufficient equity capital following losses from their investments. [Read more at the OFR

Upcoming conferences, webinars and speaking engagements:

  • I’ll be on a “public finance and the digital future” panel at the March 23-25 Willamette College of Law “Our Money, Our Future” (Hybrid) Conference in Salem, Oregon on March 24. [Register here]
  • I’ll be moderating the “CBDCs, Stablecoins, Commercial Bank Money Tokens – What is the Future of Money?” panel discussion at the Digital Euro Association (DEA) Digital Euro Conference on March 31 in Frankfurt. [Register with this link and the DECKIFFMEISTER20 code and get a 20% discount]
  • I’ll be moderating a panel on “what happens when the lights go out…different schemes for offline functionality” at the in-person Digital Currency Conference (DCC) in Mexico City on May 18. [Register 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

The Sovereign Official Digital Association (SODA) is a technology-agnostic firm offering advisory services at the intersection of central banking, digital finance and the web3 industry, aiming to make public digital money a reality. SODA believes institutions in the existing financial ecosystem should have access to the tools and resources they need to move from discussion to action. SODA offers ‘real life’ use cases to help test digital money and drive adoption as central banks and other public institutions explore the future of a more financially inclusive world powered by interoperable blockchain-based networks. SODA would love you to join us on this journey – please get in touch (

Satoshi Capital Advisors is a New York-based, global advisory firm that works with central banks, governments, and the private sector to architect, implement, and operate varying initiatives. Satoshi Capital Advisors’ central bank work revolves around CBDC architecture and implementation, providing advisory services from research phase through to growth phase. Utilizing a product-market fit and technology agnostic approach to CBDC architecture and implementation enables Satoshi Capital Advisors to build tailored solutions, bespoke to local financial system nuances. Satoshi Capital Advisors welcomes requests from central bank officials for virtual and in-person CBDC workshops. [Click here for more information]

WhisperCash offers the first fully offline digital currency platform that has the same properties as physical cash. It can perform secure consecutive offline payments without compromising on security, privacy or accessibility. WhisperCash allows direct person to person offline payments without any server infrastructure or internet connectivity. It comes in various form factors including the self-contained credit card-sized “Pro” that sports an eInk screen and capacitive keyboard, and lasts for two weeks between recharges assuming a few transactions per day. [Click here for more information]