Category: Banks

Crypto Exchange Bitfinex Suspends Fiat Deposits, Expects to Resume ‘Within a Week’

Major crypto exchange Bitfinex has temporarily suspended all fiat wire deposits for the Euro, U.S. Dollar, Japanese Yen and Pound Sterling. This is according to several reports today, Oct. 11. While the exchange has not specified a reason for the suspension, it states that deposits are “expected to resume within a week.” As reported Oct. […]

Major Thai Bank to Test Visa Blockchain Solution for Cross-Border Payments

Thailand’s fourth largest bank, Kasikornbank, has recently joined the blockchain-based Visa B2B Connect program for cross-border payments, local newspaper The Nation reported Thursday, September 20. According to The Nation, Kasikornbank is the “first” bank in the country to use the technology, setting the stage for a more widespread use of blockchain in the country’s banking […]

China’s Central Bank Warns Investors of ICO, Crypto Risks

China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), has today, September 18, issued a new public notice “reminding” investors of the risks associated with Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and crypto trading. The notice, released from the bank’s headquarters in Shanghai, reiterates the severe line that has been adopted by the country’s Office for Special […]

IBM Reveals Stellar-Based ‘Near Real-Time’ Blockchain Payment Network

IBM has brought its Blockchain World Wire (BWW) payment network out of beta this week, according to a ?? post on IBM’s website. BWW, which uses digital currency on Stellar’s blockchain to facilitate international settlements between banks in “near real-time,” is the latest step forward for IBM and Stellar, which have been eyeing blockchain payment […]

State-Backed Crypto Draft is Ready, Central Bank to Soon Announce Stance on Crypto

Iran’s National Cyberspace Center has revealed that the draft of the state-backed cryptocurrency project is ready, local news outlet Financial Tribune reports August 25. According to the article, the national digital currency project was developed on instructions from President of Iran Hassan Rouhani. Saeed Mahdiyoun, the deputy director in charge of drafting regulations for Iran’s […]

Central Bank, Gov’t Caution Public Over Fake Cryptocurrency Schemes

Multiple Chinese authorities issued a stark warning about illegal fundraising attempts claiming affiliation with the cryptocurrency industry in a bulletin Friday, August 24. Sounding the alarm on “lawless entities” attempting to amass funds “using the banner of ‘financial innovation’ and ‘blockchain’” and distributing “so-called ‘virtual currency,’ ‘virtual assets’ and ‘digital assets,’” the document urges the […]

World Bank and Australia’s Largest Bank Issue Bond Exclusively Through Blockchain

The World Bank and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), the country’s largest bank, have issued a public bond exclusively through blockchain technology, Reuters reports August 23. The World’s Bank official mandate for the project was first unveiled August 10. The A$100 million ($73.16 million) deal entails two-year bonds that will settle August 28 and […]

Bank of China Partners With China UnionPay to Explore Blockchain for Payment Systems

The commercial, state-backed Bank of China (BOC) and financial services corporation China UnionPay (CUP) have entered into a partnership, according to an August 15 announcement. Per the terms of the agreement, the two parties will jointly explore blockchain technology applications for payment system development. The partnership comes in response to market demand and regulatory requirements, […]

KB Financial Group Report Finds Only 2% of South Koreans Interested in Crypto Investing

South Korean financial holding company KB Financial Group Inc. has released an Aug. 6  report on crypto investments in 2018, finding the majority of domestic respondents revealed no intention to invest in crypto. KB Financial Group Inc. is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea and focuses on a range of banking and related financial services. Their […]

Despite NYSE’s ‘Biggest News of the Year’ for Bitcoin, Crypto Markets Plummet in a Blink

Crypto markets have taken a vertiginous plunge today, August 4, with Bitcoin (BTC) losing almost $500 in the six hours before press time to dip below $7,000, and all of the top ten cryptocurrencies by market cap in the red, as data from Coin360 shows. Market visualization from Coin360 Bitcoin (BTC) is trading around $7,028 […]