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In the thick of payments

Europe’s introduction over two decades ago of a legal framework for new payments technology and electronic forms of money has been credited with making the region a global hotbed of financial technology […]

Gold or bitcoin—which store of value?

One has been around for three billion years, the other for only twelve. Yet supporters of the upstart—bitcoin—say it can beat gold as a vehicle for long-term savings. In the […]

Central banks brace for stablecoin explosion

Central banks are braced for a world in which digital dollar tokens called stablecoins explode in value, posing a threat to governments’ ability to monitor the financial system. That’s one […]

A money revolution is going on

The increasing adoption of cryptodollars—digital dollar tokens that can be passed hand-to-hand—is a sure sign of the revolution that’s taking place in money, says Nic Carter, our guest on the […]

Stablecoin design is difficult and dangerous

Too strict a reserve policy makes asset-backed money of limited use. But too lax a policy may be the first step on a slippery path to destruction. Since US President […]

WhatsApp gets green light for payments in India

Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp said that from today it is rolling out a payments option for its 400m users in India. The new feature will enable Indian users of the […]

US seizes over $1bn in bitcoin from Silk Road hacker

The US government disclosed today that it had seized over $1bn of bitcoin from an unidentified individual who had stolen the cryptocurrency by hacking the Silk Road dark net website […]