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After the US Senate Pros and Cons on Digital Money — What Do We Do With It?

The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly accelerated the digitalization of economies across the globe, opening up discussions on the future of digital financial services and whether our economy should advocate for the financial inclusion of Bitcoin (BTC) and other digital assets.Yet, despite the horror we have been seeing as our industries continue to suffer, the digital payments industry is expected to thrive, based upon recently reported data from the Consumer Confidence Index. Reaching a...

‘USDT Will Continue to Exist Alongside CBDCs’

Paolo Ardoino, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Bitfinex and Tether, says recent pushes for governments to adopt regulatory paths towards central bank digital currencies won’t adversely affect stablecoins like Tether.“In the long term, we believe that Tether will continue to exist alongside CBDCs,” the Tether CTO said to Cointelegraph, citing the token’s performance on several different blockchains including Algorand, Ethereum, EOS, Liquid Network, Omni and Tron. “Tether will remain in demand as it...

How Global Stablecoins Can Promote Financial Stability in the World

In the past year, three major financial oversight bodies have voiced concerns about threats to financial stability purported to be posed by stablecoins. While acknowledging the potential for enhanced payments efficiency, reports from the Bank for International Settlements, the United States Federal Reserve and, most recently, from the Financial Stability Board all emphasize numerous risks under the banner of “financial stability.” The concern is with global stablecoins, which the FSB defines as having...

WisdomTree Tests SEC’s Bitcoin Acceptance Threshold With Latest ETF Filing

Many investment firms have launched crypto exchange-traded funds, but so far, none has found favor with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Firms keep trying, though, and this past week, two more tendered applications for crypto ETF-like products — if not pure-play Bitcoin ETFs have emerged. WisdomTree, an asset manager and ETF specialist, filed an N-1A form registration statement on June 16 with the agency for an ETF that would invest up to...

Driven by Financial Institutions, Stablecoin Acceptance Turns a Corner

Major financial institutions love certainty, and that will help the crypto community immensely. Let’s get down to basics: A stablecoin is a type of digital asset designed to solve the problem of the hypervolatility of cryptocurrencies.This year is an exciting time for stablecoins as interest among financial institutions picks up speed. For example, Wisdomtree, a regulated money manager, has made plans to launch a stablecoin as an extension of its business in exchange-traded...

Stablecoin Race to Begin When Wall St Embraces DeFi

Investor, early crypto adopter, and CEO of Gemini exchange, Tyler Winklevoss, predicted that competition between stablecoins will really begin once Wall Street moves into decentralized finance, or DeFi, during a recent interview with The Defiant’s Camila Russo.However, despite his optimistic outlook for DeFi, the Gemini co-founder asserted that the crypto industry currently does not offer a killer app that is driving adoption from outside of the virtual currency community.Inter-stablecoin competition hasn’t even beganIn...

Amid Widespread Privacy Coin Delistings, Bitstamp Considers Zcash Support

Bitstamp, one of the longest-running active cryptocurrency exchanges, is considering launching a batch of new crypto asset listings.Curiously, Bitstamp is contemplating support for Zcash (ZEC), despite an increasing number of exchanges seeking to distance themselves from privacy coins due to associated regulatory risks.Bitfinex considers first new listings in 3 yearsOn March 31, Bitstamp announced it is “actively exploring” support for seven crypto assets, including two stablecoins and one privacy coin.The prospective listings...

Binance to Launch Crypto Exchange Supporting KRW-Backed Stablecoin

Crypto exchange Binance is preparing to enter the Korean market for the first time.According to a company blog post on March 31, the Malta-based exchange will soon open Binance KR for trading. The crypto-to-crypto exchange is so named for South Korean traders. Binance KR will be launched on Binance Cloud and offer the “market’s deepest spot trading liquidity, most robust matching engine, and most advanced state-of-the-art security, custody, and risk controls.”The exchange will...

Coinbase’s Retail Payment Portal Passed $200 Million in Transactions

Coinbase Commerce, a platform that supports cryptocurrency payments for internet retailers, just passed $200 million in total transactions processed over its two-year history.According to sources available to Cointelegraph, the wing of the largest crypto exchange in the U.S. reported on March 26 that the platform’s success was due in part to the 8,000 retailers currently using Coinbase for payment services.Bitcoin preferred for retail paymentsWhile the coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc with traditional...

AI Meme Content Creators Benefit From New DeFi Revenue Model

Alethea AI, a decentralized Synthetic Content Network which tracks the usage and intellectual property of AI-generated content, has officially launched a new revenue model leveraging Decentralized Finance(DeFi) for content creators on March 30. DeFi plays an important role Alethea AI’s users can now leverage a new smart contracts revenue model to support their favorite synthetic AI-generated memes creators, according to the announcement. Users staking Dai can generate interest through the Compound.Finance protocol. This revenue can...
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