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Central Bank of Jamaica invites Tech Experts to Develop digital Currency

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The central Bank of Jamaica has invited tech savvy companies to develop a potential Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) and test it.  Interest companies have been asked to submit their proposed solutions to the bank. 

The bank assured that there would be full consumer protection and data protection and privacy as the solutions will be tested within Sandbox; a Fintech regulatory, before it is introduced to the Jamaican economy.

The Central bank noted that the CBDC should not be confused with cryptocurrencies as the bank issued digital currency would be a fiat currency that could be exchanged with other local currencies.

The bank gave a distinction between the proposed digital currency and cryptocurrencies, stating that crypto don’t perform all the functions of fiat currency and that it isn’t backed by a central authority. However, the bank didn’t specify which technology this digital currency would be built on.

The bank included that the digital currency would be a legal tender that could be exchanged for physical cash. The CBDC would also be used by households, businesses, individuals in their daily transactions as well as it could be saved as a valuable asset as they currently did with cash. It was noted that the CBDC is backed by the issuing of the Central bank and its to be accepted by licensed deposit-taking institutions.

The bank of Jamaica noted that the introduction of the CBDC will see to a more secure and efficient way of making payments. It included that the digital currency will improve cash managements processes for banking institutions.

 However, this development won’t affect the issuing of cash and coins, the bank assured the public. It also stated that this development was the latest step on the road to providing a digital economy payment structure that would allow citizens receive and make payments seamlessly.

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Dapper Labs raises $12M from Blockchain firms and NBA players

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Dapper Labs Says it has raised $12 million from its latest investors for its flow blockchain. Dapper Labs are the masterminds behind the CryptoKitties and the NBA Top Shot project. Pro NBA players as well as notable blockchain companies were part of the investors that raised the $12 million fund.

The NBA players Andre Iguodala of Miami Heat, Spencer Dinwiddlie and Garrett Temple of the Brooklyn nets, JaVale McGee of Los Angeles Lakers, and Aaron Gordon of the Orlando magic were one of the new investors. Coinbase ventures and BlackTower capital were as well part of the investors.


Dapper Labs has now raised an approximate of $38 million dollars all together. Roham Gharegozlou, Dapper’s founder and Chief Executive officer has said that the funds secured will be monitored to make “sure Flow can scale to the size of projects appealing to fan bases as big as NBA.”

$1.2M in token sales
Dapper also stated that it has sold crypto-collectibles worth $1.2 million dollars to a number of early users on the two-month old experimental version of its NBA Top Shot platform. Top Shot players can buy non-fungible tokens (NFTs) used to depict certain moments in basketball history. Over 22,000 packs of these NFTs worth $1.2 million dollars have been sold on the beta platform.


Each NFT token represent a significant moment and they offer players an experience to see data and videos that each token depicts in multimedia form.


The CEO, Roham noted Flow blockchain can host tokens that feature 3DI animation. He stated it was built to ensure any of the token (NFT) has access to topnotch environments wile talking to Cointelegraph – “to make sure that any NFT has a chance to be able to access a high-throughput environment, have people build applications for them, [and] scale to billions of users”.

Notable raise in Blockchain gaming firms
Blockchaingamer.biz data together with the recent fund raise of Dapper, a total whooping sum of $550 million dollars have been raised by Crypto gaming firms. This total comes from $336 million in sale of tokens, Initial Coin offerings (ICOs), $189 million from stocks and capital offerings in form of traditional investments and other fundraising techniques.


Last month, about $18 million was raised in total. Sorare, a fantansy soccer game raised $4 million in seed fund raise and Animoca Brands got $4.1 million from specific investors. DMarket was able to raise $6.5 million in June. Other companies like Horizen Blockchain Games and SuperTree raised $5 million and $2.5 million respectively in the first quarter of the year.


However, CEO of Animoca, Yat Siu has said the $550 million mark is just the inception as it is quite small compared to the current worth of gaming which is a $150 billion industry. He said while speaking to cointelegraph – “Gaming today is a $150 million industry and $500 million invested today is still a small amount, given both the potential in games as well as, we belive, the most viable path to mass adoption of blockchain, we think this will only grow more significantly”.

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Japan’s FSA Commissioner advises to develop Digital currency

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One of the Japan’s high-ranked financial regulators, Ryozo Himino, advised the nation to develop a Central Bank Digital Currency according to Reuters report. The pandemic might make states of the world adopt digital currency economy. Himino noted that Japan should have a plan to create a digital currency first before worrying about challenges that a digital currency might encounter.

He stated that Japan should weigh the benefits and demerits of a digital currency issued by the government and make sure all essentials for building a CBDC are available when it’s time to develop one-


“in the end, Japan must think really hard about whether to issue CBDCs because there are merits and demerits in doing so”.


It was said that Coinfomania reported last year that research on digital currency has started in Japan. A group of researchers from Apex bank were said to have released a paper on the benefits and shortcomings of issuing a CBDC according to the report.


The commissioner stated that the country’s stance on making cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) illegal might backfire on technical innovation –


“Deregulating bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies may not necessarily promote technical innovation. If doing so simply increases speculative trading, we are not taking special steps to promote cryptocurrencies”.


The effect of the Covid-19 pandemic has seen to financial institutions globally finding solutions to ease the economic wreck. Research are being made also to cushion any economic problems that might arise in the future.


Himino has a track record of heading different notable financial organizations globally including the Basel Community on Banking Supervision and Japan’s Financial Service Agency. He is currently the Japan’s Financial Service Agency Commissioner. He was also the secretary-General of the Basel committee on Banking Supervision.

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Japan’s FSA Commissioner advises to develop Digital currency

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One of the Japan’s high-ranked financial regulators, Ryozo Himino, advised the nation to develop a Central Bank Digital Currency according to Reuters report. The pandemic might make states of the world adopt digital currency economy. Himino noted that Japan should have a plan to create a digital currency first before worrying about challenges that a digital currency might encounter.

He stated that Japan should weigh the benefits and demerits of a digital currency issued by the government and make sure all essentials for building a CBDC are available when it’s time to develop one-


“in the end, Japan must think really hard about whether to issue CBDCs because there are merits and demerits in doing so”.


It was said that Coinfomania reported last year that research on digital currency has started in Japan. A group of researchers from Apex bank were said to have released a paper on the benefits and shortcomings of issuing a CBDC according to the report.


The commissioner stated that the country’s stance on making cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) illegal might backfire on technical innovation –


“Deregulating bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies may not necessarily promote technical innovation. If doing so simply increases speculative trading, we are not taking special steps to promote cryptocurrencies”.


The effect of the Covid-19 pandemic has seen to financial institutions globally finding solutions to ease the economic wreck. Research are being made also to cushion any economic problems that might arise in the future.


Himino has a track record of heading different notable financial organizations globally including the Basel Community on Banking Supervision and Japan’s Financial Service Agency. He is currently the Japan’s Financial Service Agency Commissioner. He was also the secretary-General of the Basel committee on Banking Supervision.

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Millennials Opt for Tech Securities while Generation X Investors Go for Gold

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JPMorgan Chase & Co. discovered interesting distinctions in trading patterns between two markedly different generations. It appears that the older generation X Investors would rather go for less volatile securities like bonds while millennials or the generation Y explore tech securities like Bitcoin, Ethereum and other digital assets.

The pandemic induced lockdown revealed the behavioral pattern of investors across different generations and age groups although leaving a few exceptions. The lockdown showed that investors are seeing the need for substitute securities. A team of strategists led by Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou discovered that while the younger investors are exploring the world of Bitcoin and other Altcoins,the older generations are purchasing gold.

It appears that the Generation Y is crazy about tech shares by buying into testnets and what have you, whereas the older investors are still very much on selling traditional equities.

The strategists stressed in an Investment Analysis Report on August 4 that:

“The older cohorts continued to deploy their excess liquidity into bond funds, the buying of which remained strong during both June and July,” 

A 46% global surge in stocks shows an increased retail investor demand this year. This is a sharp contrast against March’s lows. 

The global gold-backed exchange-traded funds is experiencing a positive turn of events. The Blockchain space is also undergoing  augmented rallies in cryptocurrencies due to the activities of enthusiastic Millennial investors. Many of these investors understandably show amateurish moves in trading which is obvious in their smoothed trading choices and increasingly volatile  options.

Nevertheless,  Bitcoin has been compared and contrasted with gold. The team of strategists made a point of highlighting that both the older and younger generation understand that there’s a gradual shift to alternative “currency” and this has impacted positively in investments in Gold and Bitcoin Exchange Traded Fund over the last 5 months. Meanwhile the Dollar appears to be going south as the Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index has plunged by approximately 1.7% over the same 5 months. This has instigated controversies as to whether the Dollar is going to experience a continual downturn.

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