Digital payments promise greater convenience and efficiency with lower cost but also carry substantial potential risk to the economy at large. The long-term success of this innovation will depend on the development of a top-down, holistic regulatory framework to securely govern digital payments, maximizing benefits while minimizing risks.
Valuable works of art have traditionally brought high prices, but the world of NFTs is giving this market a whole new avenue for jaw-dropping sales of assets that can be stored digitally. There are many advantages to buying NFTs and also some potential pitfalls. Investors should be wary but not overlook this developing profit opportunity.
The introduction of a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) is taking concrete shape in more and more countries economic and currency areas. The European Central Bank (ECB) is currently evaluating the specifications of a digital Euro, Sweden recently extended the test phase for its own CBDC and in China,
Cryptocurrencies have circulated for a while but are still plagued by scepticism. Recently, cryptos have received endorsements from high-profile advocates, and the credibility of this asset class is growing—along with its prices. What are the top cryptos, where are their prices heading, and are they worth serious investor consideration?
As a host of industry initiatives, innovative technologies and new digital forms of currency emerge, payments are rapidly evolving—with multiple routes emerging that each look likely to lead to a payment destination that is instant, 24/7/365 and fully transparent. With banks seeking to navigate this changing landscape, how is this payment destination being secured? Not with a one-size-fits-all remedy, but through a combination of developing technologies and solutions.
Thanks to key advances being made within the realm of fintech (financial technology), the term democratisation of finance has become perhaps the most important of all from a global-development perspective in recent years. But truth be told, the actual democratisation process can mean different things to different people.
It’s fair to say that 2020 has been among the most consequential years ever for the fintech (financial technology) industry. Thanks in no small part to a deadly pandemic that swept across much of the world, consumers, households and businesses alike have all had to depend on the digital world a whole lot more than at any time previously.
Middlemen. They have long played an important role in the sustained functioning and revenue-generating ability of the global finance industry. By operating as a crucial link between the providers of capital and the end-users of capital, these intermediaries have been pivotal in enabling financial and monetary systems to operate effectively.
To date, there have been several significant landmarks that have been achieved by cryptocurrency during its decade-long evolution into a legitimate asset class. US SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) regulation, token sales and coin offerings, derivatives-market maturation and development of government and central-bank digital currencies
At the end of July, it was announced that EQUOS is set to become the US’ first publicly traded cryptocurrency exchange, with a planned “backdoor listing” on the Nasdaq before year-end, having received approval from market regulators. As part of the blockchain-powered Hong Kong-based financial-services company Diginex