Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20231129)*

Project Tourbillon explores cyber resiliency, scalability and privacy in a prototype CBDC

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) published an update on Project Tourbillon, which explores privacy, security and scalability for retail central bank digital currency (CBDC). The experiment proposes a concept of payer anonymity, providing cash-like anonymity to the payer, combining proven technologies such as blind signatures and mix networks with the latest research on cryptography and CBDC design suggested by David Chaum and Thomas Moser’s eCash 2.0 platform. Project Tourbillon explored not only current, but also quantum-safe blind signatures, an important cryptography used in both designs to guarantee privacy and future security. Tourbillon also demonstrated that implementing quantum-safe cryptography is possible, but it severely limits performance. [Read more at the BIS]

Bank of Canada publishes report on digital dollar consultations

The Bank of Canada published a report on the feedback it has received to date about a potential digital Canadian dollar. It confirmed that Canadians place a high value on central bank-backed cash and want to maintain access to bank notes. Also, Canadians value their right to privacy and many expressed concerns that a digital dollar could compromise that right. In addition, they don’t want a digital dollar that will add to financial stability risks. The Bank reconfirmed that likelihood of a digital loonie being needed is still uncertain, and the ultimate decision whether to go ahead with one depends on the Parliament. [Read more at the Bank of Canada]

IMF, World Bank and BIS in first ‘tokenisation’ collaboration

The BIS, IMF, World Bank, and Swiss National Bank have launched a project aimed at applying tokenization to the paper-based processes used when richer countries donate into some of the World Bank’s funds to support poorer parts of the world. The idea is to tokenize the original paper-based “promissory notes” to make it easier to transfer when required. [Read more at the BIS]

Central Bank of Solomon Islands to start CBDC proof of concept

The Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) started a retail CBDC (“Bokolo Cash”) proof-of-concept (PoC) on November 1, 2023. The CBSI has been testing the Soramitsu-provided system for domestic and foreign payments, including simulated international remittances. Within the PoC, users will be able to seamlessly scan a QR code with their Bokolo Cash wallet to send instant cash payments to selected merchants or make peer-to-peer transfers. [Read more at Finextra]

Rwanda’s CBDC development process still underway

The National Bank of Rwanda (NBR) reportedly has determined that a retail CBDC is needed in the country. However, the central bank is still in the early stages of its CBDC research, and it will take about two years before it would ready for launch. [Read more at allAfrica.com]

Retail CBDC implications for banking and financial stability

The U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) published a review of the literature that examines the risks to the banking sector associated with retail CBDC introduction. These include the possibility of bank disintermediation and associated contraction in bank credit, as well as potential adverse effects on financial stability. The recycling of the new CBDC liability through asset purchases or lending by the central bank plays an important role in determining the economic consequences of the introduction of a CBDC. Ultimately, the effects of a CBDC depend critically on its design features, of which remuneration is the one discussed most often in the literature. [Read more at the Fed]

FYI here are some of my upcoming speaking engagements:

– Currency Research Americas Cash Cycle & Payments Seminar (Orlando Florida on November 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: https://www.diigo.com/user/kiffmeister/ART.

Kiffmeister’s 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 (only) if you work at a central bank, ministry of finance or international financial institution (e.g., the BIS, IMF, OECD, World Bank) and 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 (20231126)*

Canton of Zurich issues digital bond settled with wholesale CBDC

The Canton of Zurich issued a CHF 100 million digital bond via the SIX Digital Exchange (SDX) that will settle on December 1, 2023 using a wholesale central bank digital currency (CBDC) issued by the Swiss National Bank (SNB), marking the launch of the SNB’s Project Helvetia pilot. The pilot will run to June 2024, and according to the SNB “does not constitute a commitment on its part to introduce wholesale CBDC on a permanent basis. Rather, the SNB aims to test the various models for settling tokenized assets”. [Read more at Ledger Insights and the SNB]

UK funds given the green light for tokenization development

The Technology Working Group of the U.K. Government’s Asset Management Taskforce gave authorized investment funds the green light to develop tokenization. According to the announcement, “fund tokenization has the potential to improve operational efficiency, transparency, and international competitiveness… The first stage provides a baseline model for the implementation of tokenization that can be used within the existing legal and regulatory framework, and which investment management firms can implement immediately. [Read more at the U.K. Investment Association]

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: https://www.diigo.com/user/kiffmeister/ART.

Kiffmeister’s 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 (only) if you work at a central bank, ministry of finance or international financial institution (e.g., the BIS, IMF, OECD, World Bank) and 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 (20231120)*

Central bank digital currency—Initial considerations

The IMF published a summary of the first five chapters of its forthcoming central bank digital currency (CBDC) handbook. These cover a framework to guide countries’ CBDC exploration, as well as implications for monetary policy transmission, capital flow management measures, and financial inclusion. [Download the summary at the IMF]

Trust in government and anti-CBDC sentiment

In yesterday’s Daily Digest I reported on a Bank for International Settlements (BIS) survey of Koreans’ that found that privacy-preserving variations of CBDC design have significant effects on willingness to use CBDC. These effects were found to vary with respondents’ trust in public or private institutions with regard to privacy protection and their demographic characteristics. However, the BIS paper cautions about generalizing its findings across countries with different institutional settings and political climates. I’ve looked for cross-country comparisons of residents’ trust in government, and so far this OECD metric is the best I’ve found, and the range is quite significant from Switzerland at the very trusting end (84% responding “yes” to the question of confidence in the government) to 31% from Americans, which could explain their tendency to be anti-CBDC. [See the data at the OECD]

CBDCs will further fragment the global economy—and could threaten the dollar

The Atlantic Council published an article that argues that if the U.S. Federal Reserve doesn’t initiate a digital dollar strategy domestically there is a significant risk that the United States will be missing in action regarding cross-border payments interoperability. “Driving digital dollar policy through a tokenized banking system and bank-issued stablecoins will do little to address the frictions and costs discussed [in the article]. Markets and central bank reserve policies could easily shift to least-cost alternatives, leaving the Fed with oversight of a smaller universe of economic activity. Actively and publicly exploring CBDC architecture and policy options will at least ensure that U.S. priorities are part of the global conversation – if you are not at the table, you are on the menu!” [Read more at the Atlantic Council]

Philippines sells $270 million tokenized treasury bonds for the first time

The Philippines Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) sold 15 billion pesos ($270 million) one-year tokenized treasury bonds for the first time after canceling the traditional auction scheduled for November 20, 2023. The bonds, which were issued by the state-owned Development Bank of the Philippines and the Land Bank of the Philippines, were sold to institutional buyers at minimum denominations of 10 million pesos with increments of 1 million pesos. The bond auction was oversubscribed by more than three times (PHP31.426 billion), pushing the BTr to upsize the offering from the original 10 billion pesos ($179 million). [Read more at the BTr]

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: https://www.diigo.com/user/kiffmeister/ART.

Kiffmeister’s 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 (only) if you work at a central bank, ministry of finance or international financial institution (e.g., the BIS, IMF, OECD, World Bank) and 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 (20231115)*

National Bank of Kazakhstan launches digital tenge pilot

The National Bank of Kazakhstan (NBK) kicked off a central bank digital currency (CBDC) pilot involving second tier banks and their clients. The architecture of the platform allows the use of digital tenge by opening a digital account in the mobile application of the banks, between which users can make payments and money transfers. Also, Almaty city administration will distribute automated social support payments using smart contract technology. Also, participating banks have issued digital cards in cooperation with international payment systems like MasterCard and Visa, so that . holders can make digital tenge payments and transfers with familiar form factors. [Read more at the NBK]

IMF launches Central Bank Digital Currency Virtual Handbook

The IMF launched its Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Virtual Handbook, a reference guide for policymakers and experts at central banks and ministries of finance. It also serves as the basis for the IMF’s engagement with country authorities and other stakeholders. The CBDC Handbook aims to collect and share knowledge, lessons, empirical findings, and frameworks to address policymakers’ most frequently asked questions on CBDCs. As the IMF’s body of knowledge and analysis grows, it will continue to add about five chapters every year aiming to provide about twenty chapters by 2026. Moreover, chapters will be periodically updated, reflecting evolving views. [Read more at the IMF]

MAS kickstarts new round of asset tokenization pilots

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will commence a new series of asset tokenization pilots in collaboration with 17 international banks. The initiative is an extension to MAS’ Project Guardian, in which the central bank collaborated with 15 financial institutions to carry out industry pilots on asset tokenization in fixed income, foreign exchange, and asset management products. The five new pilot projects explore a new set of use cases including listing, distribution, trading, settlement, and asset servicing. Additionally, MAS is collaborating with international policymakers and financial institutions to create an open digital infrastructure called Global Layer One (GL1) to facilitate seamless cross-border transactions and enable trading of tokenized assets across global liquidity pools while adhering to regulatory requirements. Furthermore, MAS is working with the financial industry to develop an Interlinked Network Model (INM) as a common framework for exchanging digital assets across independent networks, enabling transactions among financial institutions without the need for all to be on the same network. [Read more at MAS]

Fnality adds Goldman, BNP Paribas, DTCC in $95m funding round

Goldman Sachs, BNP Paribas and DTCC joined Fnality’s £77.7 million Series B funding round. Formerly called Utility Settlement Coin, Fnality plans to offer a wholesale payment and settlement platform using stablecoins backed by deposits at central banks. So far it’s operational only in the U.K., where banks can transfer money from their Bank of England accounts to the Fnality UK central bank account where it’s tokenized. Because the money is tokenized it enables instant atomic securities transaction settlement. One of the intended use cases is cross currency payments, but that will need the cooperation of other central banks, which has been slow in coming. [Read more at Fnality]

Alipay+ now integrated with Cambodia’s National QR code KHQR

The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) and Ant International have partnered to promote efficient and secure cross-border mobile payments via QR code. The partnership, signed at the Singapore Fintech Festival, will enable users of Alipay+ payment partners to easily make payments at any KHQR merchants across Cambodia, and vice versa. KHQR, launched by the NBC in 2022, is a QR code-based payment solution designed to facilitate retail payments within Cambodia and cross-border transactions within ASEAN. [Read more at Fintech Singapore]

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: https://www.diigo.com/user/kiffmeister/ART.

Kiffmeister’s 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 (only) if you work at a central bank, ministry of finance or international financial institution (e.g., the BIS, IMF, OECD, World Bank) and 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 (20231031)*

BIS mBridge cross border CBDC project has 23 central banks, IMF and World Bank as observers

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Innovation Hub published an update on its mBridge multiple central bank digital currency (multi-CBDC) common platform for wholesale cross-border payments. Project mBridge supports real-time, peer-to-peer, cross-border payments and foreign exchange transactions using wholesale CBDCs, focusing on the use case of international trade. In 2022, a pilot involving real corporate transactions was conducted on the platform among participating central banks, selected commercial banks and their corporate customers in four jurisdictions. A minimum viable project (MVP) will be launched in the middle of next year. The project is a collaborative effort of the BIS Innovation Hub, four founding central banks and over 25 observing members. [Read more at the BIS]

Singapore tokenization trials: England, Japan, Swiss regulators join

The Financial Services Agency of Japan, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority and the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority are joining the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s (MAS’s) Project Guardian. The initiative explores digital assets and tokenization using public blockchain with financial institutions and the BIS Innovation Hub. The current focus is on fixed income, foreign exchange (FX) and asset management. [Read more at the MAS]

Singapore to test interoperable QR Code scheme

The MAS will conduct a proof of concept (POC) for an interoperable Singapore Quick Response Code Scheme (SGQR+) in November 2023. It will explore the feasibility of enabling merchants in Singapore to accept QR payments from a variety of payment schemes through a single financial institution. SGQR+ will be rolled out with 23 payment schemes , across more than 1,000 merchant acceptance points at the Singapore FinTech Festival and in the Changi district. [Read more at the MAS]

Most Spaniards don’t want digital euro, 65% would not use it

The Banco de España published the results of a survey that revealed the low preference that a potential digital euro would have compared to other payment alternatives. 65% of the Spanish population using cash daily. Credit and debit cards follow while payment apps and electronic payments are marginally used but growing in use. Only 20% of those surveyed had heard about a possible digital euro, and 65% said they would not use the digital euro as they feel comfortable with today’s available payment methods. [Read more at the Banco de España]

*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: https://www.diigo.com/user/kiffmeister/ART.

Kiffmeister’s 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 (only) if you work at a central bank, ministry of finance or international financial institution (e.g., the BIS, IMF, OECD, World Bank) and 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 (20231025)*

World Bank is the first issuer on Euroclear’s new digital securities platform

The World Bank issued the first digital securities on the new Euroclear R3 Corda-based Financial Market Infrastructure (D-FMI) distributed ledger technology (DLT) platform. The three-year Digitally Native Notes raised EUR 100 million to support the financing of World Bank’s sustainable development activities. [Read more at the World Bank]

Southern Cross University and ANZ test digital currency

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) wrapped up a central bank digital currency (CBDC) pilot that successfully tested offline functionality. Ten students at Southern Cross University received NFC-enabled smart cards loaded with eAUD for spending at designated merchants within the campus. [Read more at Lismore City News]

The digital euro: what is it and what’s in it for us

Banco de España published an article that explains what a digital euro would be and its advantages if eventually adopted. The bottom line is that digital euro would be an additional option, ensuring that citizens also have access to public money, with all its guarantees, in an increasingly digital environment. [Read more at Banco de España]

*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: https://www.diigo.com/user/kiffmeister/ART.

Kiffmeister’s 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 (only) if you work at a central bank, ministry of finance or international financial institution (e.g., the BIS, IMF, OECD, World Bank) and 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 (20231005)*

Bank of Canada: Central banks will face unfamiliar challenges to achieve CBDC inclusivity

The Bank of Canada published a paper that explores quantitative and qualitative information about Canadians who face barriers to making digital payments, and implications for a potential central bank digital currency (CBDC). It identified three types of inclusion necessary for a universally accessible payment method: financial inclusion, digital inclusion and practical accessibility. The challenge is in the delivery of services rather than product design, and private financial institutions may not be incentivized to address the needs of those who are underserved. However, overcoming those challenges will require central banks to face problems that would otherwise be considered far from their scope of interest. [Read more at the Bank of Canada]

Project Mandala: shaping the future of cross-border payments compliance

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and the central banks of Australia, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore launched Project Mandala, which explores the feasibility of encoding policy and regulatory requirements into a common protocol for cross-border use cases such as foreign direct investment, borrowing and payments. It aims to ease the policy and regulatory compliance burden by automating compliance procedures, providing real-time transaction monitoring and increasing transparency and visibility around country-specific policies. [Read more at the BIS]

Hong Kong Stock Exchange launches settlement platform powered by smart contracts

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) is launching “Synapse,” a platform that will utilize smart contracts to streamline post-trade flows and enhance operational efficiencies. It will be deployed on Stock Connect, an HKEX channel that enables international investors to access more than 1,000 mainland Chinese stocks through routing in Hong Kong. HKEX will be linked to Hong Kong’s Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation through its Institutional Trade Processing service, allowing for the central matching of cross-border transactions. Settlement instructions are then automatically generated and sent back to the Synapse platform, thus enhancing the trade confirmation workflow. [Read more at Coin Telegraph]

Project Atlas: mapping the world of decentralized finance

The BIS Innovation Hub, De Nederlandsche Bank and the Deutsche Bundesbank jointly launched Project Atlas, which creates a data platform that sheds light on the macroeconomic relevance of crypto-asset markets and decentralized finance (DeFi). A first proof of concept of Project Atlas was developed focusing on international flows of crypto-assets. The initial findings indicate that, although relatively small compared with total on-chain network traffic, identified flows between crypto exchanges are significant and substantial economically. Attributing geographical areas to exchanges (where possible) lays out the structure of cross-border flows. Thus, Project Atlas provides a starting point for structural analysis across jurisdictions. [Read more at the BIS]

*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: https://www.diigo.com/user/kiffmeister/ART.

Kiffmeister’s 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 (only) if you work at a central bank, ministry of finance or international financial institution (e.g., the BIS, IMF, OECD, World Bank) and 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 (20231004)*

I’m currently in Bhutan as part of an Asian Development Bank (ADB) team advising the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) on the next steps in its central bank digital currency (CBDC) explorations.

Bank of Korea to start CBDC infrastructure pilot

The Bank of Korea (BOK) is launching a CBDC pilot that will include private banks and public institutions, while the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) providing technical support. It will assess the viability of a future monetary system grounded on wholesale CBDCs, with key motivations to include testing wholesale CBDC as a settlement asset for commercial bank tokenized deposits, and exploring the BIS Unified Ledger concept. Banks will issue payment instruments in the form of tokenized deposits – that will be accessible to the general public – within the “CBDC network” established by the BOK, using distributed ledger technology (DLT), and managed by the BOK, Financial Services Commission, and the Financial Supervisory Service. [Read more at the BOK]

Bank of Ghana announces the launch of an eCedi hackathon

Bank of Ghana (BoG) in collaboration with EMTECH has launched an eCedi hackathon, to provide opportunities for Fintechs, developers and innovators to design innovative solutions that explore various use cases of a CBDC. The event is set to run for 12 weeks, during which innovators will brainstorm to come up with solutions to address financial inclusion challenges in Ghana. The proposed innovations are expected to leverage eCedi tokens and APIs to prototype solutions or develop tools that address various use cases. [Read more at the BoG]

SEC’s motion to appeal loss in Ripple case Is denied

District Judge Analisa Torres has rejected the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) bid to appeal its loss against Ripple. The judge had previously ruled in July that while Ripple violated federal securities laws in selling XRP to institutional investors directly, it had not done so by making XRP available to retail customers through programmatic sales to exchanges. Torres said that the SEC’s appeal had failed to meet its burden under the law to show that there were controlling questions of law or that there are substantial grounds for differences of opinion. The judge set an April 2024 trial date for other issues that still need resolution. [Read more at Coindesk]

*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: https://www.diigo.com/user/kiffmeister/ART.

Kiffmeister’s 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 (only) if you work at a central bank, ministry of finance or international financial institution (e.g., the BIS, IMF, OECD, World Bank) and 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 (20231003)*

Digital ruble pilot project to be expanded in 2024

The digital ruble pilot is going as planned and the Russian central bank is preparing to expand it in 2024 adding new participants and widening its functions. The pilot, which started in August, is testing operations, the opening of wallets, transfers between citizens, and QR codes payments. 13 banks are actively participating in the pilot and preparations are being made to expand the project next year by adding new participants and new clients, including transfers between legal entities. [Read more at Tass]

UAE issues stablecoin and new digital asset regulations and legislation

Dubai’s Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority (VARA) and Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) published updates to their crypto regulations. VARA updated its virtual asset rulebook and added new fiat-referenced virtual asset (FRVA) (or fiat-referenced stablecoin) regulations. VARAs exclude stablecoins pegged to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) dirham, which will remain under Central bank of the UAE regulation, and crypto-assets that reference central bank equity claims, central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), or tokenized bank deposits for interbank settlement purposes. [Read more at VARA] DIFC proposed a new securities digital asset law in a new consultation paper. [Read more at the DIFC]

UBS pilots tokenized money market fund on public blockchain

UBS Asset Management issued a pilot tokenized money market fund on the Ethereum public blockchain. It is one of the controlled pilots that are part of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) Project Guardian. During the first pilot transactions, UBS Asset Management executed fund subscriptions and redemption of the tokenized fund represented as a smart contract. It plans to work with more partners and explore other investment strategies in further live pilots. UBS used its own UBS Tokenize platform. [Read more at Ledger Insights]

*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: https://www.diigo.com/user/kiffmeister/ART.

Kiffmeister’s 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 (only) if you work at a central bank, ministry of finance or international financial institution (e.g., the BIS, IMF, OECD, World Bank) and 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 (20230926)*

Binance exploring stablecoin issuance on MUFG Progmat Coin platform

Binance is exploring issuing stablecoins on the “Progmat Coin” tokenization platform founded by Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation (MUFG). The Progmat Coin platform allows for transfers and exchanges of stablecoins on various blockchains, including public permissionless blockchains such as Ethereum, in accordance with Japan’s revised Payments Services Act enforced in June 2023. For such stablecoins, issuers and intermediaries are required to take measures to prevent a transfer of such stablecoins to customers whose identity has not been verified, even though I assume they’re not responsible for off-platform transfers between customers. [Read more at PR Newswire]

More specifically, stablecoins that can be redeemable in fiat currencies are regulated as electronic payment instruments (EPIs). Direct-to-Japanese-resident issuers are limited to banks, funds transfer services providers, trust banks or trust companies that are licensed in Japan. Only licensed EPI business providers (EPIBPs) can sell or purchases EPIs, act as an intermediary for EPI issuance, sales and purchases, or provide EPI custody services. EPIBPs are subject to AML/CFT regulations, including a travel rule. In other words, EPIBPs are required to provide the customer’s identification information when transferring EPIs to any other EPIBPs. [Read more at Mondaq]

(Am I correct in assuming that in other G20 countries, banks are not permitted to issue stablecoins on unpermissioned networks?)

mBridge CBDC project preparing for new members, launch of minimum viable product

According to the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) the latest Project mBridge proof-of-concept (PoC) test has demonstrated that the wholesale central bank digital currency (CBDC) platform can speed up cross-border payments at reduced cost and with better transparency. Project mBridge is a collaboration between the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), HKMA, and the central banks of China,  Thailand, and United Arab Emirates, and commercial banks from each of those jurisdictions. More central banks are slated to join the platform, and a minimum viable product, with the aim of paving the way for the gradual commercialization will soon be launched. [Read more at the BIS]


*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: https://www.diigo.com/user/kiffmeister/ART.

Kiffmeister’s 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 (only) if you work at a central bank, ministry of finance or international financial institution (e.g., the BIS, IMF, OECD, World Bank) and 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]