Blockchain/Bitcoin

APAC Leads the Way on Central Bank Digital Currencies

The global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly pushed many businesses into a digital world. Central banks are now also adapting the architecture of money to this new digital business reality, but some countries are more forward-thinking than

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SWIFT and Singapore’s IMDA to Accelerate Global Trade Digitalisation

SWIFT and Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has signed a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) to accelerate trade digitalisation globally. The MOI looks at offering SWIFT’s community a more efficient and cost-effective cross-border paperless trade, without the need for multiple

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Thailand’s Central Bank Issues Government Bonds on Blockchain

The Bank of Thailand (BOT) launched a new platform to issue government savings bond using blockchain technology with its DLT Scripless Bond Project. It is said that fifty billion Baht (approximately US$1.6 billion) of government savings bonds have been sold

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Mastercard Launches Central Bank Digital Currencies Testing Platform

Mastercard announced a proprietary virtual testing environment for central banks to evaluate Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC) use cases. The platform enables the simulation of issuance, distribution and exchange of CBDCs between banks, financial service providers and consumers. As every

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Banks View Digitising Trade Finance as a Top Priority

Around the world, banks are reconsidering their trade finance business model, viewing digitalization as one of the most important trends that will shape the industry in the coming years, according to a new survey. The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

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SGX Completes First Digital Bond with Temasek and HSBC using Smart Contracts

Singapore Exchange (SGX), working together with HSBC Singapore and Temasek, has completed its first digital bond issuance on SGX’s digital asset issuance, depository and servicing platform, successfully replicating a S$400 million 5.5-year public bond issue and a follow-on S$100 million

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DBS’ Report: Asia at the Forefront of the Digital Currency, Payments Revolution

Asia is the largest market for digital payments and will maintain its leading position with an estimated 16% compounded annual growth (CAGR) rate through the first half of this decade, according to a new report by Singapore’s DBS Bank. In

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Singapore’s BondEvalue Launches Blockchain-Based Bond Exchange

Singapore fintech BondEvalue has launched the BondbloX Bond Exchange (BBX), a blockchain-based exchange that makes possible fractional ownership of bonds by allowing them to be traded in smaller denominations of US$1,000. The company said that this paves the way for

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Philippines Central Bank Joins Digital Currency Race

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the Philippines’ central bank, has created a committee to look at the feasibility and policy implications of issuing its own digital currency, governor Benjamin E. Diokno said on July 29. “We have to first look

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Asia’s Crypto Derivatives Market Overview and Infographic 2020

2020 has seen a major surge in product offerings catering to sophisticated and institutional investors in the crypto space. Exchanges around the world have recognised the importance of services such as institutional-grade custody, research & data analytics, prime brokerage and

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