US Lawmaker Calls Libra’s Revamp Insufficient

The Libra Association’s watered-down plan to issue digital versions of existing currencies has failed to appease at least one U.S. lawmaker. Rep. Sylvia Garcia, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, said Thursday that the consortium’s revised roadmap “does not address the concerns I raised” in the past. “There are simply too many questions […]

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‘Crucial’ for Central Banks to Consider Digital Currencies: Bank of England Exec

The Bank of England’s (BoE) chief cashier, Sarah John, has said it is “crucial” that central banks research digital currencies so they can strike a balance with private issuers. John said it was “really important” BoE and other central banks considered whether digital currencies could form the basis of a new payment system and, if […]

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Why High-Profile Defections Aren’t Libra’s Biggest Challenge

Libra has lost another Association member, but according to @nlw that’s likely low on its worries list, plus Square’s LN efforts & TON’s SEC support. News broke yesterday the Libra Association had seen its eighth high-profile defection, this time from the telecom giant Vodafone. In today’s episode of The Breakdown, @nlw argues Association membership is […]

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It’s Not Time to Write Libra’s Crypto Obituary Just Yet

To paraphrase Mark Twain, rumors of the nation-state’s demise are greatly exaggerated. The exits of Mastercard, Visa, Paypal and four other firms from the Libra consortium came after France and Germany moved to block the global “stablecoin” cryptocurrency project and after U.S. lawmakers delivered stern warnings to Libra members. This was more than a major […]

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Swiss Regulator FINMA Won’t Impede Libra’s Development

As European watchdogs send troubling signals towards the Facebook-led Libra cryptocurrency, Switzerland remains willing to listen. According to a Reuters report on Tuesday, Mark Branson, CEO of the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA), said, “We are not here to make such projects impossible.” “We will respond to them with an open mind, with an attitude that […]

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WATCH: Lukka CEO Believes in a Future Full of Corporate Tokens

Jake Benson is a long-time industry entrepreneur and the CEO and Founder of Lukka, a comprehensive tool for calculating capital gains taxes for cryptocurrency. In this clip he and CoinDesk Editor Pete Rizzo talk about a future where corporate tokens aren’t a “surprise.” “It’s not a surprise to me that inevitably corporations they’re going after […]

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US Might Have Already Lost Crypto Innovation Race

As U.S. lawmakers wrestle with what to do with Facebook’s Libra, they are being forced to confront another digital currency that they’ve been trying to avoid like the plague – bitcoin. Unfortunately, the longer lawmakers wait, the more left behind the U.S. becomes as crypto innovation goes elsewhere. Even Facebook chose Switzerland for its Libra […]

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Germany’s Finance Chief Joins Slew of Financial Leaders Scoffing at Libra

Germany joined the chorus of countries offering stiff resistance to Libra, Facebook’s new digital coin. German Finance Minister, Olaf Scholz, expressed concerns about the coin’s consumer privacy issues and potential for disruption. Reuter’s released a report which quoted him saying,  “The issuance of a currency does not belong in the hands of a private company […]

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