Iran Central Bank Branch Set on Fire, Crypto Community Follows Events

Iranian protesters have set the building of the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the city located in the city of Behbahan on fire, as the cryptocurrency community closely follows the developments. The official twitter profile of libertarian media company BeingLibertarian published a video of what is presumably a branch of Iran’s central bank in Behbahan, in the southwest of the country, being set on fire amid protests. Interestingly, the reaction to the tweet was overwhelmingly positive, with one user saying: “We might consider trying that here!!…

Central Bank of China Starts Trials to Restrict Large Cash Transactions

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) announced that it will pilot a restriction on large-scale cash transactions in three different regions across the country, with one expert calling the move paving the way for its upcoming digital Renminbi token (RMB). On Nov. 14, local news outlet Xinhuanet reported that the PBOC intends to carry out a large-scale cash management trial that will last for 2 years and will be implemented in phases in the Hebei Province, Zhejiang Province and Shenzhen City. Guide customers to non-cash payment tools The PBOC explained…

China Central Bank Official: Digital Yuan Should Have ‘Controllable Anonymity’ 

China’s proposed new stablecoin project should strike a balance between protecting privacy and regulatory enforcement, China’s Digital Currency Research Institute said Tuesday. Within the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), the Digital Currency Research Institute is part of the central bank’s payments division. Speaking at a conference in Singapore, Changchun Mu said the central bank will not seek full control of users’ personal details, while fulfilling authorities’ need for information, according to a report by Reuters. “We know the demand from the general public is to keep anonymity by using paper money…

Regulated Swiss Crypto Bank SEBA Opens Doors

Switzerland-based cryptocurrency bank SEBA has launched its services for professional investors and enterprise clients, according to an official news release published on Nov. 12. As reported, SEBA Bank AG (formerly SEBA Crypto AG) is a fully-regulated institution, having secured a banking and securities dealer license from the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) in August of this year. A fully-fledged, regulated crypto bank According to the announcement, the bank’s services are now fully operational for a range of prospective clients, including corporates, asset managers and professional private investors. SEBA will…

Canada’s Largest Bank Mulls Crypto Exchange After Bitcoin Ban — Report

A Canadian bank, which banned its clients from buying Bitcoin (BTC), could now become the first in the country to launch a cryptocurrency exchange.  As innovation economy news outlet The Logic reported on Nov. 11, the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is now rumored to be considering the plans. RBC reportedly planning multifunctional exchange RBC is the largest bank in Canada by market capitalization, with $661 billion CAD ($499 billion) in assets under management. According to The Logic, the bank is entertaining the possibility for the exchange to function both…

China Digital Currency ‘Not Seeking Full Data Control’ — Central Bank

China is not launching a war on cash by introducing its own digital currency, a senior official from the central bank has said.  As Reuters reported on Nov. 12 quoting Mu Changchun, head of the digital currency research institute at the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), Beijing still intends for the new currency to complement the paper yuan.  PBoC “knows” public wants notes and coins Mu was speaking at a conference in Singapore, as speculation swirls the digital currency could appear within the next three months. China would be one…

French Central Bank Job Posting Reveals Digital Currency Program

The central bank of France, Banque de France, is seeking a blockchain analyst who will help the bank define a program for implementing digital currency. In a job opening posted on October 16th and listed under the Financial Stability and Operations branch of the bank, the bank called for an analyst with experience in crypto-economics, game theory and public or private blockchain. The bank is also hiring a development engineer to study the application of blockchain to key banking functions. Banque de France declined to comment. For the analyst position,…

Bitcoin Advocate Calls For Ban On Gold Amidst Danske Bank Scandal

Bitcoin advocates call for a ban on gold as on-going investigations into Danske Bank reveal the lender offered gold bars to clients as an off-the-table service. This bypassed money laundering checks and was sold based on helping to keep the fortunes of wealthy clients hidden. At the height of the Danske Bank dirty-money scandal, the lender started offering gold bars to wealthy clients to help them keep their fortunes hidden, sources say https://t.co/r0c0BnC7m9 — Bloomberg (@business) November 10, 2019 Danske Bank Laundered $220 Billion Authorities in both the US and…

Bitcoin ‘Is Not Real,’ Says Former European Central Bank Chief

Bitcoin (BTC) lacks the characteristics of a currency and is purely speculative, according to the European Central Bank’s former president Jean-Claude Trichet. Chinese news outlet South China Morning Post reported on Nov. 10 that Trichet made remarks at Caixin’s conference in Beijing. “I am strongly against Bitcoin” During the event, Trichet also expressed doubt that cryptocurrencies could ever become the future of money. He said that Bitcoin lacks the characteristics of a real currency: “I am strongly against Bitcoin, and I think we are a little complacent. […] The currency…

Argentina Sets New Trading Record After Central Bank Bans Bitcoin Buys

Bitcoin (BTC) trading set new records in two of its most keenly watched South American markets last week, new data has revealed. As monitoring resource Coin Dance confirmed on Nov. 10, the seven days ending Saturday saw more trading against BTC than ever before in both Venezuela and Argentina.  Argentina: central bank accidentally increases Bitcoin popularity Venezuela Localbitcoins weekly trading history. Source: Coin Dance Argentina Localbitcoins weekly trading history. Source: Coin Dance The statistics cover peer-to-peer platform Localbitcoins, which despite increasing user identification demands continues to see patronage in the…