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Payments are about politics

The ongoing revolution in payments merits everyone’s attention. That’s because it’s not just a question of winners and losers in the battle over payment technology or the societal impact of […]

Facebook scales back global currency plans

In an updated version of its white paper, released today, the Libra Association says it is scaling back its initial plans for a global payments medium and instead focusing on […]

Derivatives exchanges fed bitcoin crash

Leveraged trading platforms played a big part in driving last week’s price collapse in bitcoin and ethereum, says a cryptocurrency fund manager. On March 12th bitcoin dropped from $7,800 to […]

Ethereum collapse makes MakerDAO insolvent

According to CoinDesk, the MakerDAO protocol that underlies automated lending on the ethereum blockchain has run out of collateral, threatening its solvency. MakerDAO faces an emergency shutdown with $4 million […]

The cross-border payment challenge

Domestic payments—those within a single currency area—are becoming faster, easier and safer. But the opposite is true when payments go global. There are six deep-rooted reasons for the opacity, high […]