British Lawmakers Say a CBDC Is Likely to Hurt Financial Stability — Digital Pound Benefits Overstated

According to British lawmakers, a central bank digital currency (CBDC) is likely to raise the cost of borrowing while hurting financial stability. They insist the touted potential advantages of a digital pound are being overstated. Erosion of Privacy British lawmakers have said the use of a central bank digital currency when making regular payments could potentially hurt financial stability and raise the cost of borrowing, a report has said. In addition, they insist the increasing use of the CBDC could also enable the central bank to monitor spending and therefore…

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FTX Launches $2 Billion Venture Capital Fund Focused on Bolstering Blockchain, Web3 Adoption

The cryptocurrency firm FTX has announced the launch of a $2 billion venture capital fund called FTX Ventures. The fund’s focus will be on advancing blockchain and Web3 technology alongside investments in “social, gaming, fintech, software, and healthcare.” FTX Reveals $2 Billion Venture Capital Fund, Hires Lightspeed Partner Amy Wu FTX Trading Limited has announced the launch of a new venture capital fund aimed at bolstering blockchain and cryptocurrency solutions that are applied to an assortment of different industries. In addition to launching FTX Ventures’ $2 billion venture capital fund,…

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Kingdom of Tonga May Adopt Bitcoin as Legal Tender, Says Former Member of Parliament

The Kingdom of Tonga may adopt bitcoin as legal tender, according to a former member of Tonga’s parliament, Lord Fusitu’a, who tweeted about a possible timeline for this event to occur. Fusitu’a believes that by next fall a bill will be passed by Tonga’s parliament and bitcoin could be legal tender in the region by November. Former Member of Tonga’s Parliament Lord Fusitu’a Claims Bitcoin Bill Could Be Passed in Order to Make the Crypto Asset Legal Tender Tonga’s chairman of the Commonwealth Pacific Parliamentary Group on Human Rights, Lord…

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Tesla Begins Accepting Dogecoin Payments — Some Merchandise Can Only Be Purchased With DOGE

Tesla now accepts dogecoin for some merchandise on its website. CEO Elon Musk delivered on the promise he made in December that his electric car company will accept DOGE. Meanwhile, Tesla still has not resumed accepting bitcoin. Dogecoin Now Accepted for Select Tesla Merchandise Elon Musk’s electric car company, Tesla, has begun accepting dogecoin payments for some merchandise. CEO Elon Musk announced early Friday morning on Twitter, “Tesla merch buyable with dogecoin.” He first tweeted in December last year that Tesla will accept DOGE. Following Musk’s tweet, dogecoin immediately surged…

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Swiss National Bank Trials CBDC in Transactions With Five Banks

The Swiss National Bank has successfully employed a wholesale CBDC to settle transactions with five commercial banks, the monetary authority announced. The tests are part of an experiment carried out together with the Bank for International Settlements and Switzerland’s financial services provider SIX. Swiss Central Bank Tests Integration of Wholesale CBDC Settlement With Private Banks A wide-range of transactions involving a wholesale central bank digital currency (CBDC) have been processed during the second phase of Project Helvetia, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) revealed in a press release issued on Thursday.…

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NYCB and Group of Banks Join to Launch USDF Stablecoin

A group of U.S.-based banks is launching their own stablecoin, USDF. The stablecoin will be issued by the USDF Consortium, which will allow its members (financial and banking institutions) to issue USDF. The proposed stablecoin will be the first currency of its kind to be minted by FDIC-insured institutions and compliant with the recommendations on the use of stablecoins made by the president’s working group. USDF Consortium to Launch Stablecoin The USDF consortium, a membership-based group of banks, is launching the first bank-minted stablecoin, also called USDF. According to a…

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Revolut Launches Banking Services in Spain Featuring Deposit Insurance

Revolut, a leading fintech platform and neobank, has received a special banking license to operate in Spain. User deposits are now insured up to €100K, with the coverage being provided by Deposit and Investment Insurance, a Lithuanian state company. The company, which now has over 800,000 customers in Spain, expects to grow its userbase with this new development. Revolut Customers in Spain Can Upgrade to Revolut Bank Revolut, one of the biggest fintech neobanks in Europe, has received a special banking license in Spain, and can now offer deposit insurance…

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Russia’s Tinkoff Bank Enters Crypto Space Through Swiss Company Acquisition

The Russian neobank Tinkoff is joining the world of cryptocurrencies with the purchase of a stake in Aximetria, a Swiss-registered and licensed company which provides clients around the world with services and solutions for digital financial assets. Tinkoff Bank Buys Stake in Aximetria TCS Group Holding, the owner of the Russian Tinkoff Bank, has reportedly acquired a controlling stake in the crypto company Aximetria. Official numbers are yet to be announced but according to The Bell, which broke the news quoting financial market sources, TCS Group may now control up…

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Near Foundation Raises $150 Million to Bolster Web3 Adoption

On Thursday, the Near Foundation announced the project has raised $150 million from strategic investors such as Three-Arrows Capital, a16z, Mechanism Capital, Dragonfly Capital, and Circle Ventures. Following the announcement, the Near protocol’s native crypto asset jumped more than 7% against the U.S. dollar. Near Foundation Gets a $150 Million Capital Injection The team behind the sharded Near blockchain protocol, a proof-of-stake (PoS) network, has raised $150 million in capital in a recent finance round led by Three-Arrows Capital. According to the funding announcement, Mechanism Capital, Dragonfly Capital, a16z, Jump,…

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Bitcoin ETF Launch Hype Fades as Funds Slip in Value, BTC Futures Open Interest Down 38% in 2 Months

Following the charged-up debut of the Proshares bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), Valkyrie’s bitcoin futures ETF and the Vaneck bitcoin strategy ETF, interest in these types of funds seems to have faded a great deal. After the Proshares bitcoin ETF BITO reached an all-time high on November 10, the ETF is down 39% over the last 64 days. Valkyrie’s bitcoin ETF has also shed 37% in value over the last two months. Bitcoin Futures ETF Lull Continues A large portion of the cryptocurrency community was very hyped up for years about…

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