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PayPal to open up network to cryptocurrencies

PayPal Holdings Inc PYPL.O said on Wednesday it will allow customers to hold bitcoin and other virtual coins in its online wallet and shop using cryptocurrencies at the 26 million merchants on its network.

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The Bahamas Launches Its Central Bank Digital Currency

Project Sand is a digital simulacrum of the Bahamian dollar.

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Goldman Poised to Pay More Than $2 Billion in DOJ’s 1MDB Probe

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has reached a long-awaited pact with the U.S. Department of Justice to pay more than $2 billion for the bank’s role in Malaysia’s 1MDB scandal


Japanese messaging giant Line developing CBDC platform

The platform would aid central banks in Asia with developing a central bank digital currency.

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Bank of Russia Considers Issuing Digital Ruble, Starts Public Consultations

The Bank of Russia – the central bank of Russia – said it’s exploring the possibilities of issuing the central bank digital currency (CBDC), a digital ruble.

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A New Bretton Woods Moment

Today we face a new Bretton Woods “moment.” A pandemic that has already cost more than a million lives. An economic calamity that will make the world economy 4.4 % smaller this year and strip an estimated $11 trillion of output by next year. 

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BOK to virtually test distribution of digital currency next year

South Korea’s central bank said Wednesday that it plans to start testing the distribution of its digital currency next year.

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Fed Chair Powell calls for more help from Congress

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell called Tuesday for continued aggressive fiscal and monetary stimulus for an economic recovery.


All stocks could become tokenized, says SEC chairman Clayton

Jay Clayton, chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), appears to believe in blockchain technology's power and thinks that all stocks could become tokenized one day.


Fidelity, Vanguard, Schwab Funds Have Been Loading Up on Crypto Mining Stocks

Three of the largest asset managers are diversifying their funds to hold blockchain stocks, throwing more establishment financial might behind bitcoin’s technology.

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FCA Bans Crypto Derivatives for Retail Consumers in UK

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published final rules banning the sale of derivatives and exchange-traded notes (ETNs) that reference certain types of crypto assets to retail consumers.

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CFTC charges BitMex with illegally operating derivatives exchange

The United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission, or CFTC, has charged derivatives exchange BitMEX with operating an unregistered trading platform and violating Anti-Money Laundering regulations.


European Central Bank Moves to Trademark ‘Digital Euro’

The European Central Bank (ECB) has applied for a trademark on the phrase “digital euro,” according to a Bloomberg report.

JPMorgan Paying $920 Million to Resolve Market Manipulation Probes

JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to pay $920 million and admit misconduct tied to manipulation of precious-metals and Treasury markets, regulators said Tuesday.


The Fed Could be Preparing To Deposit "Digital Dollars" Directly To "Each American"

Over the past decade, the one common theme despite the political upheaval and growing social and geopolitical instability, was that the market would keep marching higher and the Fed would continue injecting liquidity into the system. 

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Bahamas to Roll Out 'Sand Dollar' Digital Currency Next Month

The Central Bank of the Bahamas has confirmed it is moving ahead with the nationwide launch of its digital currency sometime in October.


BlackRock, Vanguard, and Norway Indirectly Own $110 Million of Bitcoin Ahead of Stock Sell-Off

This huge acquisition of the world’s largest cryptocurrency enabled the Norwegian Government Pension Fund, the Vanguard Group, and BlackRock Fund Advisors to indirectly own more than 10,000 Bitcoin (BTC) altogether.


Delta will use frequent-flyer program to back
$6.5 billion in debt

Delta Air Lines said Monday that it will borrow $6.5 billion backed by its frequent-flyer program, the third airline to tap its loyalty platform to shore up liquidity during the coronavirus crisis.

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The Fed could be locked into zero rates for five years, or even longer

Interest rates near zero likely will stay in place not for months but years as the Federal Reserve seeks to reengineer an economy characterized by low inflation and an uneven labor market.


Mastercard Releases Platform Enabling Central Banks to Test Digital Currencies

Payments giant Mastercard has released a platform that allows central banks to test how proposed central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) would work in real life.

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