monetary

The Tightrope of Regulation

In a significant move at the recent G20 meeting in India, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Financial Stability Board (FSB) released a joint paper outlining a framework for the global regulation of cryptocurrencies. While the proposals mostly tread familiar territory, what’s new is their conviction in crypto’s unstoppable growth and success. A flurry of optimism greeted the G20’s endorsement of the report because it advocates that countries don’t ban crypto. Hidden in its text, however, are some worrying signs. For example, on the first page, they state, “Widespread

Ex-Singapore Parliamentarian’s Swiss Company Launches Swiss Franc and Euro Stablecoins

Singapore investor and former parliamentarian Calvin Cheng's newly rebranded Swiss company, Anchored Coins, was granted membership in the Swiss VQF in early 2023. VQF is the largest and oldest cross-industry self-regulatory organisation in Switzerland and is officially recognised by FINMA, the country's financial services watchdog. Anchored Coins is launching a Swiss Franc-backed stablecoin (ACHF) and a Euro-backed stablecoin (AEUR), and will be issued on the Ethereum and BNB Chain blockchains. DCS Card Centre in Singapore is planning to issue credit cards collateralised by AEUR and ACHF. ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, Aug 16,

Bridging Real and Virtual Economies

In an era where decentralized finance (DeFi) promises revolutionary, permissionless, and credit-check-free access to financial services, the limitations to its application lie in the narrow range of digital assets it encompasses. But industry pioneers are working to widen its scope by introducing real-world assets (RWAs) to the digital realm. For instance, in collaboration with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), Ripple is embarking on a research project to try and tokenize real estate. This venture was made public about seven weeks ago as part of a broader initiative, the digital

GroundUp Studios Launches Creative Council of Producers to Accelerate Web3 Music and Art in Asia

Award-winning producers Derrick Sepnio, Fergus Chow and Jae Chong join Creative Council - with more to come Creative Council's main goal is to support member community in their music career development Producers aim to share professional tips on the music industry; provide insights and mentorship on music creation and production; identify and recruit member artists for potential collaborations and more HONG KONG, May 17, 2023 - (ACN Newswire) - GroundUp Studios, a forward-thinking, web3-focused music label today announced its Creative Council of professional veterans in the music industry, to accelerate

Crypto Chaos

Despite the second-largest bank failure in US history, the Federal Reserve continued its interest rate hike strategy last week. This caused markets to react by pricing in continued monetary tightening, pushing back their expectations of rate decreases to 2024. Some have perceived this move as necessary to combat inflation, even if it comes at the cost of breaking the banking sector. Unfortunately, this sober outlook suggests that the rest of the year may be marked by more sideways action in the markets rather than a steady recovery. Meanwhile, in the

Paribus: Next Steps

Now that our Mainnet V1 is live some people may be thinking that it’s time for the team to put their feet up and enjoy a well earned rest. They couldn’t be further from the truth. Rather than this huge milestone signifying the end, it marks the beginning of our main work. Over the coming weeks we’ll be continuing our marketing and development at pace. As we progress we’ll be sharing more details of the next features and iterations we’ll be adding to the protocol. When we launched on mainnet

Paribus: Measure Twice, Cut Once.

Measure Twice, Cut Once It was with a heavy heart that we decided this week to reschedule our MVP launch to early March. It wasn’t a decision we took lightly, knowing full well that it would cause ripples of disappointment throughout our community. As many people know we’ve been working closely with auditors at Hacken to ensure that the MVP is as secure as possible. Our decision to reschedule the launch is to allow the team at Hacken to work directly with our developers next week. Chris, our security advisor

Paribus: How loans work.

How Loans Work A surprising number of people worldwide have little understanding of how the modern monetary system works. This lack of financial literacy can have significant impacts on individuals and their ability to become more productive members of society. For instance, many people think that debt is bad without understanding that it’s an essential ingredient for growth. All of the world’s major economies operate a debt-based model which is paramount to ensure continued growth and expansion. Without the ability to create debt, growth is dictated by the current level

Passport of the Future

A few years ago if you were to talk about governments being able to control your money and impose travel restrictions on their citizens most people would roll their eyes and ask where your tin foil hat was. These days however the dystopian future dreamt of by science fiction authors is rapidly becoming a reality. When it comes to dystopian visions of society and governmental overreach, most people’s first thoughts turn to China. Although they may be ahead of the curve at the moment, their path to a digital future