Fidelity Digital Assets’ Testing Opens to More Qualified Investors

Fidelity Digital Asset Services (FDAS) is “now engaged in a full rollout” of its custody and trading services, expanding from the limited trial users in the platform’s final test stage, according to a Financial Times interview. A spokesperson said Monday that FDAS’  license application with New York State is still pending while more clients are being added to test the platform. The business had initially been expected to be open in the first quarter of 2019. In an interview published Friday with Fidelity Investments CEO Abigail Johnson, the FT said: “Fidelity started adding clients in…

Fidelity Digital Assets Opens to All Qualified Investors

Fidelity Digital Asset Services (FDAS) is “now engaged in a full rollout” of its custody and trading services, expanding from the limited trial users in the platform’s final test stage, according to a Financial Times interview. The business had initially been expected to be open in the first quarter of 2019. In an interview with Fidelity Investments CEO Abigail Johnson, the FT said: “Fidelity started adding clients in the first quarter and is now engaged in a full rollout of its custody and trading services for digital assets — a boon to what is…

UK-Based Digital Exchange to Use R3’s Corda for Post-Trade Processes

Archax, a London-based digital securities exchange, will use blockchain software firm R3’s Corda technology to manage post-trade activities. On Oct. 18, Archax announced in a press release that its post-trade processes will now run on distributed ledger technology. Archax will use a private version of Corda Enterprise within its own ecosystem. Graham Rodford, CEO of Archax, said that current post-trade processes in traditional financial markets involve many intermediaries, making them highly inefficient. Rodford said that using blockchain technology will make markets more efficient. Post-trade processes occur after a trade is…

Digital Securities Exchange Taps R3’s Blockchain for Post-Trade Activities

Digital securities startup Archax has inked a deal to use blockchain firm R3’s Corda Enterprise solution for handling post-trade activities on its exchange. Revealed Friday, Corda Enterprise was chosen for mopping up trades using distributed ledger technology to “reduce friction in the post-trade process.” Post-trade activities normally include the changing of ownership records, transfer of securities and cash to settle the trade, and reporting. Based in London and founded in 2018, Archax’s front-end trade activities will remain “blockchain agnostic,” the firm said, but a private, permissioned version of Corda was needed for…

Bank of Canada Exploring Possibility of Launching a Digital Currency

Bank of Canada, the Canadian central bank, is exploring the possibility of launching a digital currency that would replace cash and track how people spend their money. The aim of the proposed currency would be to mitigate the “direct threat” posed by cryptocurrencies to the economic sovereignty of governments and central banks, an issue that has featured prominently in the headlines recently amidst intense regulatory pushback on Facebook’s proposed coin, Libra. The proposal was pitched to Stephen Poloz, Governor of the Bank of Canada, and its board of directors in…

Top Fed Official Says US Central Bank ‘Actively’ Debating Digital Dollar

A top Federal Reserve official said Wednesday that the U.S. central bank is “actively looking at and debating” issuance of a digital currency, amid growing worries among current and former regulators that the dollar might be at risk of losing its status as the world’s reserve currency. Speaking at a local business event in Austin, Texas, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Rob Kaplan said: “We have not at the Fed decided to pursue or drive to develop a digital currency, but it’s something we’re actively looking at and debating.”…

Fearing USD Decline, Ex-CFTC Heads Propose a Blockchain-Based Digital Dollar

Two former heads of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) are offering up a plan for a government-sanctioned, blockchain-based digital dollar. In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal published Oct. 15, J. Christopher Giancarlo, former CFTC chair, and Daniel Gorfine, former director of LabCFTC, the watchdog’s experimental initiative, proposed a blockchain protocol to digitize cash To allow the dollar to compete “in the new digital era.” Their USD-backed stablecoin is envisioned for daily transactions both domestically and abroad. Created and administered by a non-governmental group, the program would be dependent…

Foxconn Founder: Libra Can ‘Converge’ With China’s Digital Currency in Taiwan

Terry Gou, Taiwan’s richest man and the founder of manufacturing giant Foxconn, wants the island to roll out the red carpet for Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project. In a recent, little-noticed speech, the billionaire and one-time presidential candidate said Taiwan could boost its status as an international financial hub by embracing Libra, rather than approaching the project with skepticism as other governments have done. Gou also suggested the island could connect Libra, if and when it launches, with the digital currency being developed by the People’s Bank of China. “I know [Facebook…

Squashing Libra Could Boost China’s Digital Currency

Analysts at RBC Capital Markets have suggested that stifling Facebook’s Libra may leave the field open to China’s central bank digital currency (CBDC) to dominate in emerging economies. China shifts development of digital currency in extra gear On Oct. 15, financial news outlet Markets Insider reported that RBC analysts believe that once Facebook announced its Libra stablecoin plans, China shifted development of its own yuan-backed CBDC into the next gear. RBC wrote to clients: “If US regulators ultimately dismiss Libra and decide not to draft regulations to encourage crypto innovation…

Grayscale Wins Approval for First Public Digital Currency Index Fund

Grayscale Investments has received regulatory approval to list what it calls the first publicly-traded digital currency index fund. Following assent from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Digital Large Cap Fund (DLC) will be listed on over-the-counter markets and trade under the initials GDLCF.  The DLC is Grayscale’s fourth publicly-quoted investment product, after Bitcoin Trust (OTCQX: GBTC), Ethereum Trust (OTCQX: ETHE), and Ethereum Classic Trust (OTCQX: ETCG). Eventually, Grayscale aims to list on the public market all ten of its investment products that are currently open to accredited investors.…