Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20230325)

Fed explains why Custodia got an ‘F’ on its examination

The Fed’s Board of Governors released its final order on crypto-centric, Wyoming-based Custodia Bank’s application to become a member of the Federal Reserve system. The central bank raised strong doubts about Custodia’s management team, financial condition and business model in rejecting the application. [Read more at the Fed

The Bank of Japan’s framework for participation in the CBDC Forum

Norbert Gehrke has written up a summary of the terms of engagement for participating in the Bank of Japan’s (BoJ) central bank digital currency (CBDC) prototyping work. (The BoJ calls it a “pilot” but there are no end users taking part, so it sounds more like “prototyping” to me.) “The BoJ will select participants and contractors for developing the experimental system, proceeding with discussions and explorations with the participants and the development of the system.” [Read more at Medium]

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