Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20231109)*

Large fiat-backed stablecoins depegged 600+ times in 2023

There have been 609 depegs among large cap fiat-backed stablecoins so far this year, according to Moody’s Analytics. Depegs are defined by the price of stablecoins fluctuating by more than three percent in a day against their fiat currency peg. Among a total of 1,914 depegs up to mid-September 2023, large cap stablecoins represented 609 depegs. By comparison, in 2022, there were 707 large cap depegs (including the top five stablecoins by market cap, including Ethereum blockchain’s DAI) and a total of 2,847 depegs. [Read more at Moody’s Analytics]

Ripple unveils enhanced cross-border payments solution

Ripple unveiled an enhanced version of its blockchain-based cross-border payments solution, Ripple Payments, formerly known as RippleNet. Among several key updates, the solution now provides nearly 100% global payout coverage through single onboarding, giving businesses access to over 70 crypto and traditional payout markets. With over 30 licenses, including a MAS Major Payments Institution license and Money Transmitter Licenses (MTLs) across the United States, Ripple is expanding its reach to include SMEs. [Fintech News Singapore]

European digital identity wallet in banking: a look at the law

The legislation of the European Digital Identity Wallet is finalized. The wallet can be used to store credentials like government IDs, drivers licenses, diplomas and insurance policies in a mobile app. It can, for example, be used as identification when opening bank accounts, or use any government service anywhere in Europe. It can also be used to log in and sign contracts, or present selected attributes like age threshold compliance. The wallet is planned to be available in 2025 or 2026. [Read more at the European Commission]

FYI here are some of my upcoming speaking engagements:

Currency Research Americas Cash Cycle & Payments Seminar (Orlando Florida on November 27-30)[Register here]

Digital Euro Conference 2024 (Frankfurt on February 29)[Register here]

*For those interested in intra-day updates, check out my searchable Diigo Fintech developments database, which is also a good place to go to query for past developments:

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