Digital Assets

Digital assets are about more than just Bitcoin. The global adoption of blockchain, expansion of cross-border payments, new investment vehicles tied to intellectual property, and more, could one day establish a global market of digitized assets worth $50 trillion. This channel provides access to the latest developments, opportunities, risks, and thought leaders in the growing Digital Assets space.

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HSBC World Bank Taps Blockchain to Transfer $20 billion in Digital Assets

HSBC World Bank will track $20 billion in digital assets on a blockchain storage platform in 2020. The company plans to initiate the platform Digital Vault by March.

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Ex-CFTC Heads Warn of Digital Challengers; Propose A Blockchain Dollar
October 17, 2019

Could a new-fangled digital currency move the US dollar’s cheese? “Complacency in the face of this threat risks lasting damage to the U.S. economy,” warn the former CFTC officials. In…

Bitcoin ETFs and SEC: ‘Last Man Standing’ Wilshire Phoenix Amends Bitcoin Filing
October 16, 2019

The Wilshire Phoenix Bitcoin ETF has amended its Bitcoin ETF Filing with the SEC. The SEC has invited public comments on the bitcoin exchange-traded fund proposal filed by Wilshire Phoenix…

Peter Thiel and Others Pony Up $50M for Wind and Solar Powered Crypto Mining in Texas
October 16, 2019

Layer1 is building a chips-to-substation crypto mining facility in Texas that will run on renewable energy. Never mind that crypto mining is best undertaken in cool climes – Iceland, for…

New International E-Registry of Shipping to Reside on The Blockchain
October 15, 2019

An advanced new blockchain-based ship registration system is under development. The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Singapore tech startup Perlin are jointly going to…

More Defections from the Libra Cryptocurrency Project
October 14, 2019

The Libra cryptocurrency project has lost another major partner on Monday over regulatory scrutiny around the stablecoin. Today, Booking Holdings – the company behind Priceline, Kayak, and Booking.com – dropped…

Libra Association Dealt A One-Two-Punch: Defections, And Now, The G7
October 14, 2019

Last week, eBay, Visa, Mastercard, and Stripe followed PayPal out of the Libra Association; now, the G7 warns against digital currencies. Last week, fears of regulatory uncertainty (and repercussions) probably…

Ripple’s Blockchain to Support Finastra’s Cross-Border Payments
October 11, 2019

Enterprise blockchain provider and payment network Ripple has tied-up with giant fintech Finastra. The latter’s users can utilize Ripple’s blockchain based network and its RippleNet partners for cross-border payments. RippleNet,…

Bitcoin Options to be Highly Popular with Asian Traders, Miners: CME Group
October 10, 2019

CME Group’s forthcoming launch of Bitcoin options will likely be lapped up by Asian crypto players. Asian crypto traders and miners, along with European speculators and hedgers, already account for…

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Will Testify Before House Financial Services Committee
October 10, 2019

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress about his firm’s cryptocurrency project. Zuckerberg will speak before the House financial services committee on the launch of Libra.

CFTC Chairman: Ethereum is a Commodity
October 10, 2019

CFTC Chairman Heath Tarbert has said that Ethereum is a commodity. During a talk at the Yahoo! Finance All Markets Summit, the CFTC chair said he doesn’t think ether is…