Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20230913)*

SWIFT begins beta tests of CBDC connector

SWIFT is working with three central banks and 30 financial institutions on beta tests of an experimental method for interlinking central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) with existing fiat infrastructures. In addition, SWIFT has started a second phase of sandbox testing, with commercial banks, central banks and financial market infrastructures exploring uses such as trigger-based payments for digital trade platforms, foreign exchange models, delivery vs. payment and liquidity saving mechanisms. [Read more at SWIFT]

Telegram integrates TON-based crypto wallet for its 800 million users

Telegram Messenger has reportedly integrated The Open Network-based self-custodial (TON Space) crypto wallet for its over 800 million monthly active users. All Telegram Wallet users can now access TON Space. Telegram Wallet is a bot that allows users to buy and sell crypto. Then, beginning in November 2023, all global Telegram users will be able to access the self-custodial wallet — excluding the U.S. and some other countries. In 2020, Telegram abandoned TON after the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sued Telegram for raising $1.7 billion through an initial coin offering (ICO) which they claimed was an unregistered security. [Read more at The Block]

World Bank study reveals key Fintech growth enabling factors

The World Bank published a paper that found that countries with less developed and less competitive banking systems exhibit higher levels of Fintech activity, in part explained by lower barriers to entry and more opportunities for digital financial services in such countries. It also found that Fintech activity is positively correlated with capital market development that may reflect a more favorable investment climate that fosters the emergence of fintech companies by providing the funding they need to develop. [Read more at the World Bank]

BCG Global Payments Report 2023

The Boston Consulting group (BCG) published its 2023 Global Payments Report, that takes deep dives into four payments industry subsectors: acquirers, issuers, wholesale transaction banks, and payments infrastructure providers. Total payments revenues grew at an annual rate of 8.3% from 2017 to 2022, taking the revenue pool to $1.6 trillion at the end of 2022. However, revenue growth is expected to slow as the retail payments mix shifts from cards to account-to-account transactions, and card margins shrink in some markets. [Read more at BCG]

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