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How VP Bank is tokenising collectibles for clients of its private banking services

How VP Bank is tokenising collectibles for clients of its private banking services Liechtenstein is one financial jurisdiction which has embraced the blockchain enthusiastically. It has since January 2020 had in place comprehensive legislation covering all aspects of tokenisation in the shape of the Token and Trustworthy Technologies Service Provider Act (TVTG). The Act is,Continue reading “How VP Bank is tokenising collectibles for clients of its private banking services”

KYC, AML, CFT and sanctions screening checks are a bad answer to a real problem

KYC, AML, CFT and sanctions screening checks are a bad answer to a real problem Many business decisions are baffling. But on the face of it none is as bewildering as the decision by banks, asset managers, wealth managers, private banks, insurance companies and FinTechs to spend hundreds of billions of dollars a year onContinue reading “KYC, AML, CFT and sanctions screening checks are a bad answer to a real problem”

It’s time to start thinking about CBDCs as an intelligent form of QE

It’s time to start thinking about CBDCs as an intelligent form of QE No one central bank digital currency (CBDC) is ever quite the same as another. But so far every CBDC project has focused largely on the technicalities of making payments – by or to unbanked consumers or businesses, or between counterparties across nationalContinue reading “It’s time to start thinking about CBDCs as an intelligent form of QE”

Are central banks thinking radically enough about CBDCs?

A summary of the webinar of May 18 2022 entitled Are central banks thinking radically enough about CBDCs? CBDCS are widely expected to be the key to unlocking the potential of tokenisation as a technique for transforming payments and securities issuance, trading, servicing and safekeeping, and for bringing a host of new asset classes –Continue reading “Are central banks thinking radically enough about CBDCs?”

Why the case for regulating cryptocurrencies is becoming unanswerable

A Future of Finance webinar with regulators, lawyers, cryptocurrency players, exchanges, banks, digital asset players and technology companies Thursday July 14 at 2pm UK time REGISTER HERE The peer-to-peer system of cash outlined by Satoshi Nakamoto in his famous paper of October 2008 did not mention regulators or regulations. But its ambition of dispensing withContinue reading “Why the case for regulating cryptocurrencies is becoming unanswerable”

The BSTX blockchain exchange is betting on a blend of the old and the new

The BSTX blockchain exchange is betting on a blend of the old and the new BSTX is the first exchange based on blockchain to be fully regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and licensed to operate on a national scale. It took the founders of the Boston-based exchange years to get there butContinue reading “The BSTX blockchain exchange is betting on a blend of the old and the new”

CBDCs are poised to administer the coup de grace to the payments business of the banks (22 June 2022)

A Future of Finance webinar with payments professionals, banks, payments infrastructure, regulators and technology companies Wednesday June 22 at 2pm UK time Cross-border payments are, in the now familiar mantra of the G20, slow, expensive, opaque and inaccessible. This matters because, despite a slowdown in the rate of growth of world trade, cross-border payments areContinue reading “CBDCs are poised to administer the coup de grace to the payments business of the banks (22 June 2022)”

Is the digital asset custody industry ready to grow up? (9 June 2022)

A Future of Finance webinar with custody banks, digital asset companies, regulators and technology companies on June 9 at 2pm UK time Safe custody is the crucial service for crypto-currency investors. The theft, loss or destruction of the unique private keys to the digital wallets in which cryptocurrencies are held is irreversible and – unlikeContinue reading “Is the digital asset custody industry ready to grow up? (9 June 2022)”

The growth of the Komainu custody service tracks rising institutional interest in digital assets

The growth of the Komainu custody service tracks rising institutional interest in digital assets Growing institutional interest in the largest and most liquid crypto-currencies is now spilling over into staking via Decentralised Finance (DeFi) protocols and into Non Fungible Tokens (NFTs). While widening institutional interest in digital assets is partly explicable as a search forContinue reading “The growth of the Komainu custody service tracks rising institutional interest in digital assets”

What AI is doing to asset management operations

What AI is doing to asset management operations Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are technologies subject to errors of pessimism as well as errors of optimism. Predictions of their eventual impact range from dystopias in which machines reduce human beings to helots, through mass, machine-led unemployment, to Utopias of universal leisure in whichContinue reading “What AI is doing to asset management operations”