Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20230111)

Indians living in ten countries can now make payments through UPI

India’s National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has extended access to the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) to non-resident Indians from 10 countries (Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States). Indians living abroad comprise the world’s largest overseas remittance-sending diaspora.  Other countries like Nepal, Bhutan, and Singapore, have already signed deals with NPCI to integrate their payment networks with UPI, enabling seamless cross-border payments. [Read more at the NPCI]

ABN AMRO issues tokenized corporate bond on public blockchain

ABN AMRO issued a €450,000 bond on a public blockchain on behalf of APOC Aviation. The bond’s entire issuance process was digital, including the preparation, placement and documentation. Ownership of the digital asset was recorded on the blockchain after payment was received, but payment took place on conventional payment rails. Investors store the digital assets in a wallet. [Read more at ABN AMRO]

2nd Edition of DC³ Conference – From Cryptocurrencies to Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs)

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will hold (virtually) the second edition of its DC3 Conference – From Cryptocurrencies to Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs)​ from January 24 to 27 2023. On January 27 I will be moderating two panels on offline central bank digital currency (CBDC). Also, on January 24, Jacques Francouer and I will be providing an update to our ITU Digital Currency Global Initiative digital currency ontology work. [For more event detail go to the ITU DC3 conference site]

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 chronicles@kiffmeister.com.

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 (chris@sodapublicmoney.org).

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]

Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20221206)

I’ve updated my tabulation of wholesale central bank digital currency (CBDC) explorers to add the Banque de France and Banque Centrale du Luxembourg Project Venus. [Download the tabulation here]

The pandemic, cash and retail payment behavior: insights from the future of payments database

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) published a paper uses a new “Future of Payments” database to document a number of salient patterns of retail payment behavior during and after the pandemic. It finds that cash in circulation, use of card-not-present transactions and downloads of payment apps all spiked when the pandemic was more severe (ie during strict lockdowns, periods of restricted mobility and periods with higher numbers of new cases). However, changes were less pronounced in countries with higher mobile penetration, and recent data suggest that some effects reversed once lockdowns were eased, and mobility rebounded. [Read more at the BIS]

Fnality, HQLAX Demonstrate Cross-Chain Repo Swap Pilot

Fnality and HQLAX demonstrated together with Banco Santander, Goldman Sachs and UBS, the first cross-chain repo swap pilot across Corda and Enterprise Ethereum, paving the way for the settlement of intraday transactions. This is part of Fnality’s mission to provide its participants with a single pool of liquidity to facilitate payments (P), cross-currency payments (PvP) and delivery versus payment (DvP) use cases. This pilot also proves interoperability across the Fnality Payment System and HQLAX’s Digital Collateral Registry, bridging Corda and Enterprise Ethereum. Fnality was founded to create a network of decentralised financial market Infrastructures (dFMIs) to deliver the means of payment-on-chain in wholesale banking markets, based on wholesale stablecoins backed by central bank reserves. The HQLAᵡ operating model leverages distributed ledger technology to enable atomic delivery verses delivery (DvD) for baskets of securities residing at multiple custodians. [Read more at Fnality]

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 chronicles@kiffmeister.com.

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]

Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20221130)

Project Garuda: Navigating the architecture Of digital rupiah

Bank Indonesia issued a white paper on the high-level design considerations of a Digital Rupiah central bank digital currency (CBDC). Key drivers for this so-called “Project Garuda” include strengthening Bank Indonesia’s role in the international stage, and accelerating integration of the national digital economy and finance. There will be three phases, each starting with public consultations, followed by technological experimentation, and concluding with policy stance review. [Read more at Bank Indonesia]

Digital Dollar could streamline settlements, DTCC says

A digital dollar could streamline settlements to make post-trade financial markets more efficient, according to a report published by the Depository Trust & Clearing Corp. A CBDC could help speed up settlement, in part by automating reports the DTCC must send to the Federal Reserve. It cited evidence that distributed-ledger technology (DLT) could save billions of dollars per year by simplifying how trades are confirmed and reconciled. [Read more at FinExtra]

The Banque de France and the Banque Centrale du Luxembourg jointly conducted a successful wholesale CBDC initiative

The European Investment Bank (EIB) launched Project Venus, their second euro-denominated digitally native bond issue and first using private blockchain technology. The €100 million, two-year bond was issued, recorded and settled using private blockchain-based technology on Goldman Sachs’ GS DAPTM tokenization platform. Although investors purchased and paid for the security tokens using traditional currency, the transactions were settled in wholesale CBDC issued by the Banque de France and the Banque Centrale du Luxembourg. Société Générale Security Securities Services (SGSS Luxembourg) provided on-chain custodian services. [Read more at the EIB]

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 chronicles@kiffmeister.com.

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]

Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20221117)

I’ve updated my tabulation of retail central bank digital currency (CBDC) explorers. I still count 91 central banks that have recently issued, piloted, experimented with and/or researched retail CBDC not including two that started issuing retail CBDC and then shut the platforms down (Ecuador and Finland). [Check it out here]

Custodia Bank’s master account lawsuit against Fed advances

Judge Scott Skavdahl of the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming denied the Federal Reserve’s motion to dismiss the master account lawsuit brought by Custodia Bank, ruling the bank had sufficiently argued that the Kansas City Fed engaged in “unreasonable delay” in processing its master account application. Custodia, which was granted a special-purpose depository institution (SPDI) license in Wyoming in 2020, has been waiting two years for the Fed to approve its application for a master account, a delay the bank has called unlawful. [Read more at Banking Dive]

ASX reassesses CHESS blockchain replacement

The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) will reassess all aspects of its Clearing House Electronic Subregister System (CHESS) share trading software replacement project following completion of an independent review, conducted by Accenture, and its own internal assessment. The CHESS software enables ASX’s registry to manage settlement of transactions, and the exchange has strived since 2017 to replace it with Digital Asset’s blockchain-based technology in a bid to cut costs. The independent report identifies significant challenges with the solution design and its ability to meet ASX’s requirements. The CHESS replacement capitalized software will be derecognized in light of the solution uncertainty, resulting in a charge of about A$250 million pre-tax. [Read more on the ASX]

Digital Euro Association Digital Money Academy

I will be discussing global central bank digital currency (CBDC) developments at the Digital Euro Association’s Digital Money Academy on November 29. If you want to get into CBDCs, register for the Academy 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 chronicles@kiffmeister.com.

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]

Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20221104)

CBDCTracker.org has published its monthly global central bank digital currency (CBDC) developments update, and Atakan Kavuklu provides capsule summaries of the notable highlights here.

New York Fed on advances in digital currency experimentation

The New York Fed provided an update on its Project Cedar,  the inaugural project of the New York Innovation Center (NYIC). It built and tested a working prototype distributed ledger technology (DLT) solution for wholesale FX settlement that results in instant and atomic settlement in which a wholesale CBDC is the settlement asset. “Results from the experiment indicated that settlement could occur in fewer than 10 seconds on average and that horizontal scaling was possible. This indicates that a modular ecosystem of ledgers has the potential for continued scalability, and that DLT could enable settlement times well below the current industry standard of two days, with the added guarantee of atomic settlement.” [Read more at the New York Fed]

Call for interest: technical talks on programmable digital euro payments

The European Central Bank (ECB) is inviting experts from the payment industry to take part in technical talks, in order to explore options for the provision of programmable payment services in digital euro. The talks will center around the questions regarding retail payments use cases, standards, and back-end IT architecture core payment settlement capabilities. The talks are expected to take place in December 2022. They will be held at expert level as closed sessions with members of the ECB’s digital euro project team, and observers from euro area national central banks. [Read more at the ECB]

UBS Issues First Bond on Both Digital, Traditional Exchanges

UBS AG issued the first ever digital bond by a banking institution globally that will be listed, traded and settled on a regulated digital exchange (an SFR375 million three-year senior unsecured bond). The digital bond has the same instrument structure, legal status and rating as a traditional UBS AG senior unsecured note but will be dual listed at SIX Swiss Exchange where they will settle on the SIX SIS central securities depository (CSD) traditional rails, and SDX Trading where they will settle via the SIX Digital Exchange (SDX) distributed ledger-based central securities depository (CSD) network through atomic settlement technology. Settlement via SDX CSD is instant and automatic and does not require a central clearing counterparty. Investors will have the ability to automatically settle and clear the UBS digital bond on either SDX CSD directly or on SIX SIS via the operational link. [Read more at UBS]

HSBC, Visa, G+D winners of Hong Kong’s Global Fast Track CBDC competition

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) reportedly announced the six winners of its Global Fast Track CBDC competition, who will now work with the HKMA on central bank digital currency (CBDC) research projects: ARTA TechFin Corporation Limited (technology), Bank of China (Hong Kong) (use case), Giesecke+Devrient (G+D Filia) (technology), Hang Seng Bank (use case), HSBC (ecosystem) and Visa (ecosystem). [Read more at Ledger Insights]:

EU Delays Vote on MiCA Crypto Legislation Until February

“European Union (EU) lawmakers [reportedly] won’t vote on the Markets in Crypto Assets regulation (MiCA) until February, likely meaning further delays in the landmark licensing regime for crypto companies within the bloc. A previous tentative plan for the parliament to vote at its December plenary session has been abandoned given the length and complexity of the text. EU procedures require legal acts such as MiCA, which was negotiated in English, to be available in all the bloc’s 24 official languages.” [Read more at CoinDesk]

Swiss Financial Watchdog Releases Revised AML Ordinance, Clarifies Crypto Requirements

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has partially revised its Anti-Money Laundering Ordinance, clarifying the application of a maximum limit for unidentified crypto exchange transactions. The regulations, which will come into force on January 1, 2023, now reflect the latest amendments to Switzerland’s Anti-Money Laundering Act and the Federal Council’s Anti-Money Laundering Ordinance. [Read more at FINMA]

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 chronicles@kiffmeister.com.

The CBDC Think Tank is a New York-based technology- and vendor-agnostic digital currency knowledge-sharing hub for staff of central banks, international financial institutions (IFIs) and non-government organizations (NGOs). It runs webinars, workshops, and masterclasses to disseminate knowledge and facilitate communication. It also engages in advisory work, focusing on delivering impact that best aligns with the needs of its clients and the forward progress of human civilization. The CBDC Think Tank welcomes requests from central bank officials for CBDC advisory services.  [click here for more information].

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]

Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20221103)

Monetary Authority of Singapore launches Ubin+

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) launched Ubin+, an expanded collaboration with international partners on cross-border foreign exchange (FX) settlement using wholesale central bank digital currency (CBDC).  Ubin+ will develop technical standards and infrastructure to support cross-border connectivity, interoperability and atomic settlement of digital currency transactions across platforms using distributed ledger technology (DLT), and non-DLT based financial market infrastructures. It will also evaluate the efficiency and risk implications of such platforms, and establish the related policy frameworks. (The BIS Innovation Hub led Project Mariana that is investigating the use of decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols and automated market makers (AMMs) to automate FX trading and settlement announced yesterday, is part of Ubin+.) [Read more at the MAS]

Zimbabwe draws on Nigeria lessons in cryptocurrency plans

Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) Deputy Governor Innocent Matshe reportedly said the RBZ will proceed with plans to a CBDC, undeterred By the slow adoption of Nigeria’s eNaira. In addition to sending a team to learn from the Central Bank of Nigeria’s experiences, the RBZ has also reportedly sent teams with a similar mission to countries like China and Ghana. [Read more on Bloomberg]

It’s time to explore institutional decentralized finance (DeFi)

The Oliver Wyman Forum, in partnership with DBS, JP Morgan’s Onyx, and SBI, published a paper that makes the case for “institutional DeFi” , a system that combines the power and efficiency of decentralized finance (DeFi) software protocols with a level of protections and controls that regulators demand and customers expect. These include identity solutions to enable financial institutions to comply with anti-money laundering (AML) and know your customer (KYC) regulations, strong cybersecurity to minimize the threat of hacking incidents, and recourse mechanisms to make investors whole if something goes wrong. [Read more at Oliver Wyman]

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 chronicles@kiffmeister.com.

The CBDC Think Tank is a New York-based technology- and vendor-agnostic digital currency knowledge-sharing hub for staff of central banks, international financial institutions (IFIs) and non-government organizations (NGOs). It runs webinars, workshops, and masterclasses to disseminate knowledge and facilitate communication. It also engages in advisory work, focusing on delivering impact that best aligns with the needs of its clients and the forward progress of human civilization. The CBDC Think Tank welcomes requests from central bank officials for CBDC advisory services.  [click here for more information].

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]

Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20220929)

ECB provides update on its digital euro work

The European Central Bank (ECB) provided a status report on its central bank digital currency (CBDC) work. It confirmed that a digital euro would incorporate individual user holding limits to slow the possible conversion of bank deposits into digital euro  (disintermediation risk). A digital euro would also bear interest calibrated to make digital holdings above a certain threshold unattractive compared to other highly liquid low-risk assets.  Offline payments will only be allowed for low value, low risk, close proximity transactions. [Read the report here] In addition, ECB board member Fabio Panetta set out a plan for a digital euro scheme involving a set of rules, practices and standards with plans to start working on a rulebook. [Read the plan here]

Digital Currency: Yuan comes with an expiry date: Spend or it will vanish

China is reportedly exploring putting expiration dates on its e-CNY retail CBDC, which could force holders to use it up by a certain date. This idea has most recently been explored in a Celo working paper that advocated using expiration dates to increase the “velocity” of money, based on an an unconventional monetary policy instrument known as a Gesell money. [Read more at the Economic Times]

Bank of England: FMI Sandbox will start with DLT securities post trade

The Bank of England announced that the U.K.’s Financial Market Infrastructure (FMI) Sandbox would initially focus on distributed ledger technology (DLT) based securities settlement systems. The Sandbox is a joint initiative between HM Treasury, the Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority. [Read more at the Bank of England]

ERC-20R and ERC-721R: Reversible Transactions on Ethereum

This paper proposes reversible versions of ERC-20 and ERC-721, whereby a transaction is eligible for reversal for a short period of time after it has been posted on chain. After the dispute period has elapsed, the transaction can no longer be reversed. Within the short dispute period, a sender can request to reverse a transaction by convincing a decentralized set of judges to first freeze the disputed assets, and then later convincing them to reverse the transaction. The paper provides a prototype implementation. [Read more at arxiv.org]

Tickets available for CBDC Think Tank masterclass

The CBDC Think Tank, in partnership with the IMF and George Washington University, is hosting a full-day in-person CBDC Masterclass on October 12 in Washington DC for “official sector” staff and academics active in the CBDC / digital currency space only. The sessions are designed as instructional deep dives with full presentations and Q&A components.  Tickets are $99. [Register here]

Also, the CBDC Think Tank, in partnership with Georgetown University and the DC FinTech Week, is hosting a FREE (also in-person) Digital Currency Lecture Series, a set of digital currency lightning talks delivered by subject matter experts, on October 14 in Washington DC. [Request an invite 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 chronicles@kiffmeister.com.

Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20220926)

Australian CBDC Pilot for Digital Finance Innovation

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and the Digital Finance Cooperative Research Centre (DFCRC) published a white paper that explains in detail the objectives and approach of their eAUD central bank digital currency (CBDC) project. They also invited interested industry participants to make submissions on CBDC use cases, and offered participants the chance to express interest in operating their use case in a pilot (or proof of concept?) project to test and demonstrate the value proposition. The DFCRC will develop and install the eAUD platform as a private, permissioned Ethereum (Quorum) implementation, and the eAUD ledger will operate as a centralised platform, under the management and oversight of the RBA. [Read more at the RBA]

Nomura invests in Fnality institutional blockchain payments platform

Nomura is investing in Fnality, the interbank payment and settlement platform that uses “synthetic” wholesale CBDC to settle transactions on distributed ledger technology (DLT) based financial market infrastructures (FMIs). (A “synthetic CBDC” is essentially a stablecoin backed by central bank deposits.) Fnality reportedly says it will launch its first such synthetic CBDC in October 2022, pegged to the British Pound (GBP) and backed by deposits at the Bank of England. [Read more at Ledger Insights]

Demystifying wholesale central bank digital currency

According to European Central Bank (ECB) executive board member Fabio Panetta, the ECB is looking at the potential of DLT in improving the efficiency of interbank settlements. However, after listing the many benefits of DLT, Panetta highlighted some drawbacks, and made a case for a system that builds on the ECB’s existing infrastructure for wholesale settlements, instead of building a new one based entirely on DLT. [Read more at the ECB]

DTCC’s DLT stock settlement system live in parallel production

In August the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) DLT-based Project Ion platform for stock settlement went into production. The R3 Corda-based platform runs in parallel with the DTC’s classic settlement system, which remains the definitive record. At this stage, Project Ion is designed to only deal with bilateral equity transactions but is already processing an average of 100,000 transactions per day. [Read more at DTCC]

Tickets available for CBDC Think Tank masterclass

The CBDC Think Tank, in partnership with the IMF and George Washington University, is hosting a full-day in-person CBDC Masterclass on October 12 in Washington DC for “official sector” staff and academics active in the CBDC / digital currency space only. The sessions are designed as instructional deep dives with full presentations and Q&A components.  Tickets are $99. [Register here]

Also, the CBDC Think Tank, in partnership with Georgetown University and the DC FinTech Week, is hosting a FREE (also in-person) Digital Currency Lecture Series, a set of digital currency lightning talks delivered by subject matter experts, on October 14 in Washington DC. [Request an invite 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 chronicles@kiffmeister.com.

Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20220920)

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) e-HKD policy stance

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) released a position paper that sets out its policy stance on retail central bank digital currency (CBDC) and outlines its next steps. It was informed by two rounds of market consultation, one on high-level technical design and one on key policy and design issues. Taking into account the feedback received and further study by the central bank’s staff, the HKMA will start paving the way for possible implementation of e-HKD in the future. A three-rail approach will be adopted, one of which will be a pilot involving selected banks, payment companies and other technology firms, plus their staff and a small number of clients. [Read more at the HKMA]

Final Decision on Digital Tenge Still Pending in Kazakhstan

The final decision on the National Bank of Kazakhstan’s Digital Tenge project has reportedly not yet been made, but is expected to be announced by the end of 2022, the project’s head Ainur Kenzhayeva said in an interview with The Astana Times. The team is working now to expand the platform’s functionality. A pilot project with the participation of real users in a limited loop is also planned for this fall. [Read more at The Astana Times]

The Chainalysis 2022 Global Crypto Adoption Index

According to Chainalysis, global crypto adoption has leveled off in the last year after growing consistently since mid-2019. Emerging markets dominate the index. Out of the top 20 ranked countries, ten are lower middle income (:Vietnam, Philippines, Ukraine, India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Morocco, Nepal, Kenya, and Indonesia), eight are upper middle income (Brazil, Thailand, Russia, China, Turkey, Argentina, Colombia, and Ecuador) and two are high income (United States and United Kingdom). [Read more at Chainalysis]

Buy Now, Pay Later: Market trends and consumer impacts

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published research on the U.S. Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) market, based on data from Affirm, Afterpay, Klarna, PayPal, and Zip Co. It identifies several benefits of BNPL loans over legacy credit products (no interest and sometimes no late fees, and ubiquitous, easy to access, simple repayment structure) and a number of potential consumer risks (a requirement to use autopay for all loan payments, data harvesting and borrower overextension). [Read more at the CFPB]

Deutsche Börse to issue digital securities on DLT-ready D7 platform

“Last year, the Deutsche Börse unveiled the launch of D7, a digital securities post-trade platform. It is now taking its second step by issuing digitally native securities in the fourth quarter. While the latest phase uses smart contracts, the securities are not yet blockchain-based, which is planned for a third phase.” [Read more at Ledger Insights]

 

 

 

Tickets available for CBDC Think Tank masterclass

The CBDC Think Tank, in partnership with the IMF and George Washington University, is hosting a full-day in-person CBDC Masterclass on October 12 in Washington DC for “official sector” staff and academics active in the CBDC / digital currency space only. The sessions are designed as instructional deep dives with full presentations and Q&A components.  Tickets are $99. [Register here]

Also, the CBDC Think Tank, in partnership with Georgetown University and the DC FinTech Week, is hosting a FREE (also in-person) Digital Currency Lecture Series, a set of digital currency lightning talks delivered by subject matter experts, on October 14 in Washington DC. [Request an invite 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 chronicles@kiffmeister.com.

Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20220727)

Central African Republic begins public sale of Sango Coin

The national cryptocurrency of the Central African Republic, Sango Coin, is now on sale. People looking to buy the token need at least $100 in Bitcoin, Ethereum, BNB Smart Chain, Tether, USD Coin, Binance USD, or DAI. Buyers cannot withdraw or transfer their tokens until the lock-up period is over. However, only 5% of the tokens had been sold in the first 24 hours of the public sale. [Read more at the Block]

JAM-DEX officially launched through Lynk App

The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) officially launched Jamaica’s JAM-DEX central bank digital currency (CBDC)  through the Lynk app on July 11.  Lynk is currently the only transaction platform for Jamaicans to use their JAM-DEX. As part of the launch, the first 100,000 customers that signed up for JAM-DEX via the Lynk app were given an incentive bonus of J$2,500 JAM-DEX in their wallets by the Government of Jamaica. [Read more at the Lynk]

BME,  BBVA and IADB issue blockchain-registered regulated bond in Spain

Bolsas y Mercados Españoles (BME), through Iberclear, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), have completed the first bond issuance in Spain listed in a regulated market and registered using blockchain technology developed by ioBuilders. The blockchain platform allows the registration, trading in the secondary market and life cycle management of a bond issued in a regulated market. Smart contracts have been used for the execution of the distribution, purchase and sale, settlement and corporate events processes, using electronic money tokenized by BBVA for the management of cash throughout the term of the issuance. [Read more at BME]

Upcoming events I’m affiliated with:

The CBDC Think Tank, in partnership with the International Monetary Fund and George Washington University, is hosting a full-day in-person CBDC Masterclass on October 12 in Washington DC. The sessions are designed as instructional deep dives with full presentations and Q&A components.  [Register here]