World’s 2nd-Largest Bank CCB Launches Blockchain Refactoring: Report

China Construction Bank (CCB), the world’s second-biggest bank by operated assets, has officially launched its blockchain-based refactoring platform. Targeting commercial factoring business, CCB aims to bolster operations and reduce major risks in its refactoring business while providing shared data access by multiple participants, Chinese news outlet Sina Tech reports Dec. 6. As reported, factoring firms represent third parties that buy businesses’ invoices at a discount in order to help those businesses raise funds. CCB’s blockchain trading platform reached $50 billion in cumulative volume in October The news comes after CCB…

Bank of China Uses Blockchain to Issue $2.8B Worth of Financial Bonds

The adoption rate of blockchain technology in China continues to impress as the Bank of China has reportedly issued 20 billion yuan ($2.8 billion) in blockchain-based special financial bonds for small and micro-enterprises. According to local news outlet Sina Finance in early December, the funds are specifically used to issue loans to these Chinese small and micro-sized companies to support their continued development in the economy. As of the end of September, the Bank of China issued around 404 billion yuan ($57.7 billion) to 410,000 small and micro enterprise customers,…

China’s Central Bank Uses Blockchain to Issue $2.8B Worth of Financial Bonds

The adoption rate of blockchain technology in China continues to impress as the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) has reportedly issued 20 billion yuan ($2.8 billion) in blockchain-based special financial bonds for small and micro enterprises. According to local news outlet Sina Finance in early December, the funds are specifically used to issue loans to these Chinese small and micro-sized companies to support their continued development in the economy. As of the end of September, the PBoC issued around 404 billion yuan ($57.7 billion) to 410,000 small and micro enterprise…

2020 Could See First Central Bank Digital Currencies

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Lithuanian Central Bank Announces Blockchain Collector Coin

The Bank of Lithuania announced that it will release a digital, blockchain-based collector coin in the spring of 2020, according to a press release on Dec. 9. The coin is dedicated to the Act of Independence of Lithuania on Feb. 16, 1918, and its 20 signatories. In homage to the year of the act, the coin will bear a denomination of 19.18 euros, while its size and form will resemble a credit card. Bank of Lithuania board member Marius Jurgilas said they chose the theme because of the significant role…

China’s Central Bank to Lead Real-World Pilot of Digital Yuan: Report

China is at last planning to conduct the first real-world test of its central bank digital currency (CBDC), fresh reports claim.  According to local news outlet Caijing on Dec. 9, the initial pilot for the CBDC is set for the city of Shenzhen before the end of 2019, and may possibly include the city of Suzhou.  Banks in a digital currency “horse race”  Under the auspices of China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), four major banks and major economic participants such as China Telecom will test digital…

No More Bitcoin for Nordea Bank Employees, Experts Question the Motive

An act of paternalism or a case of generic Bitcoin (BTC) distrust? It is hard to make out the exact reasons for Nordea Bank’s ban on its 31,500 employees trading in Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies — even on their own time — a prohibition that was upheld on Dec. 2 by a Danish court. In a press release posted by the court following its ruling, Nordea Bank noted that, “Employees are permitted to keep any existing [crypto] holdings,” though it added that they were encouraged to sell them. As reported…