Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20230519)*

NY Fed, MAS verify CBDC interoperability, payment speeds in latest test

According to a report published by New York Federal Reserve (NY Fed) and Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), wholesale central bank digital currency (CBDC) systems operating on different types of networks can be used for cross-border and cross-currency payments. The study, which used simulated CBDCs and hypothetical payments, found that cross-border transactions could be conducted across different distributed ledger (DLT) and hashed timelock contract (HTLC) technology stacks, with near real-time settlement finality. [Read more at the NY Fed]

Ripple improves the capabilities of its CBDC platform

Ripple has enhanced its CBDC Platform launched in March 2022, that is based on the private ledger private version of the public, open-source XRP Ledger. The enhancements enable issuers to manage the full life cycle of their fiat based digital currency, from minting and distribution to redemption and destruction, taking advantage of the XRP Ledger’s built-in multi-signing capabilities. It’s billed as a “full stack” platform in that it manages the full CBDC lifecycle, including the provision of end-user wallets. [Read more at Business Wire]

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