China’s Foreign Exchange Regulator Piloting Blockchain in Trade Finance

The agency that regulates and manages China’s foreign exchange reserves has developed a blockchain system aimed to address inefficiencies in cross-border trade finance. As reported by local financial news source CNStock, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) worked with the Hangzhou Blockchain Technology Research Institute to build the open blockchain platform, which uses multi-signature technology to keep transaction content private, revealing details only to the firms involved and regulators such as those relating to customs, taxation, industry and commerce. Traditionally, China’s import and export financing uses a manual, paper-based operation for…

China’s Forex Regulator Develops Blockchain Trade Finance Solution Pilot

China’s foreign exchange reserve regulator, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), is set to pilot a cross-border trade finance blockchain platform. The news was reported by local financial news agency CNStock on April 24. According to the report, the development of the platform was initiated by SAFE and completed in collaboration with the Hangzhou Blockchain Technology Research Institute. The latter, also known as China Banknote Blockchain Technology Research Institute, has reportedly completed the technical undertaking of the project under the China Banknote Printing and Minting Corporation, which is directly…

Bitcoin Price Retesting Mean Levels Per Behavioral Finance

The previous bitcoin bubble has popped, and a new one is already forming, at least according to the Crypto Monk. The hugely-followed bitcoin and altcoin trader today compared bitcoin’s price performance to the classic lifecycle of a stock bubble. Just like its traditional counterparts, the bitcoin price bubble too had begun with a stealth phase, when the new money entered the market. It then penetrated the awareness phase, in which more investors started taking notice of bitcoin’s price rise. $BTC despair? pic.twitter.com/nXJPAdnpbJ — The Crypto Monk ⛩ (@TheCryptoMonk) April 15, 2019…

Blockchain Use in Finance Still Faces Major Challenges: Chinese Researcher

The use of blockchain technology in the financial sector still face many challenges according to a major Chinese researcher, local news agency Sohu reports on April 12. Wei Kai, head of blockchain research at the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), described roadblocks to the technology’s further adoption at a 2019 meeting of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission. According to Wei, despite blockchain’s potential to transform a number of industries, tech disruptors have not solved three major problems in regard to the financial sector at…

Bermuda Ministry of Finance Approves Velocity Ledger ICO

The Bermuda Ministry of Finance has approved the initial coin offering (ICO) of trading company Velocity Ledger Holdings Limited (VLHL), according to a press release published on April 10. VLHL’s subsidiary VL Financial is now in the application process with the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA) to obtain the relevant licenses to operate. If approved by the BMA, the company will operate a digital asset exchange in Bermuda. The release notes that the company can use VL tokens for payment for licensing VL technology platforms and services. Commenting on the development,…

Cashaa Hopes to Bridge Crypto and Traditional Finance

Cashaa is on a mission to bank the unbanked and wants to leverage Bitcoin to accomplish it. Bitcoin has long been touted as a way that anyone can “be your own bank.” But such promises can be misleading: Although bitcoin itself provides some opportunities for individuals and businesses to manage their own money in ways that are not possible with fiat, it doesn’t provide access to the full suite of services that a traditional bank provides. Cashaa was launched in June 2016 and rolled out its full suite of banking…

Lithuanian Finance Ministry to Introduce Legal Amendments for Crypto-Related Firms

The Republic of Lithuania’s Ministry of Finance plans to release legal amendments for operating crypto-related businesses in the country, Riga-based newspaper The Baltic Times reports on April 8. According to the report, the Lithuanian finance ministry wants to bring more legal certainty to the operation of companies relating to cryptocurrency exchanges, crypto wallet operators, as well as initial coin offerings (ICOs). By enforcing legal requirements in the industry, the authority reportedly seeks to ensure an efficient policy against money laundering and terrorism financing, as well as to guarantee a due…

Corda Blockchain Trade Finance Platform Marco Polo Sees First Transactions

Blockchain consortium R3’s trade finance platform Marco Polo has completed its first real transactions, a press release from Commerzbank, one of the participants, confirmed on March 28. Marco Polo, which is built on R3 enterprise blockchain platform Corda, successfully facilitated a trade between Germany and China, involving two German firms. Tech group Voith and pump manufacturer KSB SE were the initiators of the transactions, which constituted a pilot scheme for Marco Polo. One transaction saw couplings delivered from Germany to China, while a second was based on hydraulic pumps delivered…

Startup Finturi Raises $2.2 Million for Its Blockchain-Based Invoice Finance Platform

Dutch blockchain startup Finturi has secured 2 million euro ($2.2 million) to enable businesses to secure loans against invoices via blockchain tech, the company tweeted on March 12. Founded in September 2018, Finturi aims to help businesses finance invoices by linking them with financiers to borrow money against invoices, using blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI), according to a report by startup-focused publication EU-Startups.com on March 11. Finturi has reportedly raised its first investment via an angel round led by NetSam Participaties BV, which evidently participated in an investment round for…

Japanese Banks Unite to Launch Blockchain Finance Platform Services

Five Japanese banks have collaborated to launch blockchain-based financial services infrastructure, the finance platform confirmed in a press release on March 1. Bank of Iwate, Bank of Yokohama, Aomori Bank, Akita Bank and Yamanashi Chuo Bank will work together on the platform, dubbed “Fitting Hub.” The first service available on the platform — electronic delivery service — should launch in April, the press release notes. Previous information had given a timeline for testing to begin in July 2018 and full deployment within a year, as local news agency Nikkei reported…