Reserve Bank of Australia Is ‘Closely Watching’ CBDC Research, Despite A ‘No Rush’ Attitude

Barely a month after saying it sees no rush in launching a central bank digital currency (CBDC), the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has confirmed that it is still following closely on the developments in this space. RBA’s head of policy payments, Tony Richards, said that the monetary authority is also considering going the ‘wholesale’ way where the CDBC would be limited to particular financial institutions.

Richards spoke at a Blockchain, Crypto, and FinTech conference held at the University of Western Australia. He highlighted some of the considerations that RBA will focus on as it continues to deliberate on the CBDC proposition,

“We will be continuing to consider the case for a CBDC, including how it might be designed, the potential benefits and policy implications, and the conditions in which significant demand for a CBDC might emerge.”

While RBA’s mid-September report was skeptical about issuing a CBDC, Richards noted that a public policy case for its issuance is yet to be made. He went on to add that the bank is currently looking at the design options that it could take if it eventually launches a CBDC. Unlike Bitcoin, whose foundation is on the blockchain, Richards anticipates that an Aussie CBDC will take the form of a centralized & permissioned digital ledger.

Other consideration factors include whether to develop the CBDC as a token-based or account-based ecosystem. The RBA is also looking at the retail case as part of its ongoing research on the policy and technological effects of launching a CBDC. Richards confirmed that they would continue to follow closely what CBDC advanced jurisdictions are doing,

“If some jurisdictions do move towards full implementations of CBDC, there will be many central banks like us who will be closely watching.”

With the current CBDC developments, it appears that these digital assets may soon become part of legal backed tenders in global circulation. The Bank of International Settlements (BIS) recently released a CBDC report in collaboration with seven major central banks. Russia has also issued a consultative paper on CBDCs, while Japan’s central bank is set to pilot its digital yen in 2021.

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Author: Edwin Munyui

After CFTC Files Charges, Chainalysis Labels BitMEX Crypto Exchange as a ‘High Risk’

BitMEX is set to be classified as a ‘high risk’ exchange by crypto intelligence firm Chainalysis; barely a week since its officials, including CEO Arthur Hayes, were indicted by the U.S Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

Chainalysis advised its clientele, which includes government agencies, financial institutions, and crypto exchanges that it would consider BitMEX a ‘high risk’ label as of October 13 onwards.

This risk classification update on BitMEX means that Chainalysis clients who leverage the platform’s ‘KYT’ monitoring tool will be able to see both historical and future trigger alerts from the now haunted crypto derivatives exchange. Chainalysis shared the client advisory email with TheBlock,

“Any transfers from October 1st and later should be considered high risk. Compliance teams should also look back at older transfers, but given this change may trigger alerts on thousands of older transfers, it is reasonable to do that incrementally,”

However, a Chainalysis spokesperson said that the company’s clients could opt for their own risk tolerance levels and adjust accordingly. That said, they were keen to highlight it is their duty as a crypto intelligence firm to protect its clients, hence the consideration of ‘high risk’ based on criminal charges filed against a specific firm or its ownership/leadership.

Meanwhile, Arthur Hayes remains at large as BitMEX’s parent firm, HDR Global Trading Ltd, vows to take on the government against the recently filed charges. The accused are being pursued on grounds of violating KYC/AML rules and running an unregistered trading service. While it might be early to predict the future of BitMEX, the exchange is already taking a hard hit on its business. In fact, brutal skeptics like LMAX Group CEO, David Mercer, are of the opinion that recent developments will ultimately affect BitMEX’s going concern,

“I can’t see any significant institution wanting to continue to trade there.”

Also Read: ‘Warning Shot’ for DeFi: Here’s Why BitMEX Charges are ‘Incredible Bearish’ for this Burgeoning Sector

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Author: Edwin Munyui

Tesla Reigns Supreme as Abra’s Bitcoin-Based Stock Trading Heats Up

Tesla Reigns Supreme as Abra’s Bitcoin-Based Stock Trading Heats Up

Barely a month after launching a crypto trading app for its global clients, Abra is back with lots of eye-opening information. The investment firm has been busy collecting reviews and responses to its Bitcoin-powered stock and ETF site. And the outcome so far is positive, highlighting a massive demand for timely and affordable investment solutions.

Exclusively Serves Traders Located Outside the US

The whole concept Abra employ for its non-US based clients is simple and super-effective. First, the firm opted for Bitcoin when trading stock and ETF trading. It then embarked on launching the app, ensuring it goes live in more than 150 countries.

Since rolling it out, the investment company has immensely eased the overall stock trading procedure. It has also decentralized how financial services could be accessed while bringing on board active users in more than 82 countries.

Interestingly, the app enables its users to invest in popular traditional stocks, including that of Tesla, Uber, Facebook, and Alibaba, besides going for ETFs such as gold SPDR. They do this conveniently and off their smartphones using Bitcoin.

Abra, excited by the findings, couldn’t remain silent about them. The firm’s Twitter outlet posted a series of tweets on how the app had faired on after a month’s use by traders from across the world. The tweets told the whole journey, from Abra launching Bitcoin-based stock and ETF investing for its non-US based traders.

Everything aside, the whole service now highlights how Bitcoin can help bypass borders while allowing crypto traders to markets that are geographically impossible to reach. According to Abra, 43% of its client base said that BTC had eased the overall process of investing in financial markets. A further 35% said they now invest in all popular stocks without breaking a sweat.

Speaking to BitcoinMagazine, the platform’s founder and CEO, Bill Barhydt, was equally elated by the findings. He spoke of how they launched their wait-list in February, but had to wait till May before rolling out the app for their international clients. Yet, despite the app going live for such a short time had it reached about 14,000 equity wallets.

From the Statistics, Millennials love Tesla

According to the survey, the most sought after stock among investors using the app is Tesla. The Global Investor Insights further reported that the world is crazy over tech and immensely loves Tesla, as evidenced by the firm’s findings. Generally, the statistics revealed that any medium investment in Tesla was comparatively higher, unlike investing the same in a different platform.

The phenomenon, according to Barhydt, is because of the vast millennial investors. He added that the whole scenario was a testament to their vibrancy in investing in whatever they believed on. The project that Elon Musk is creating clearly endears many millennial’s to Tesla’s stocks.

Five countries where Tesla is trending hot, according to the statistics are his birthplace; South Africa, Argentina, France, the Philippines, and Austria. Besides Tesla, top ranking stocks include e-commerce giants Amazon and Alibaba as well as tech behemoths Apple and Google.

Ultimately, the findings highlight what many probably see across the world; preference for tech stocks.

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Author: Lillian Peter