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Regulation

Budget 2020: Chancellor Set to Protect Access to Cash Under New Laws

“The chancellor is set to commit to new laws to protect the future of cash in next week’s budget, which comes as bank branches and free-to-use ATMs are disappearing from the high street. Rishi Sunak’s measures will aim to ensure people who rely on cash, including vulnerable groups and local communities across the UK, can […]
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Systems

Aruba’s Banks Switch to Instant Payments

“All the banks in Aruba, an island in the Caribbean Sea, have switched to Instant Payments (IP) utilising the central bank’s Clearing and Settlement Mechanism (IP CSM). The transition was implemented by Worldline-subsidiary equensWorldline. With this move, the islands payment infrastructure changes from batch payments to instant payments. All interbank payments in Aruban currency initiated […]
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Systems

Central Bank Digital Currencies: the Cross-Border Dimension

“On January 21, 2020, the BIS (Bank for International Settlements) announced that a group of central banks (Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland and the European Central Bank) will share their experiences as they assess the different cases for launching central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) in their home jurisdictions. This announcement illustrates the growing importance […]
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Bitcoin Hits 10-Month Low Below $6K As Stocks Plunge in Massive Sell-Off

“The top cryptocurrency by market value plunged to as low as $5,678 – the lowest level since May 2019 – soon before press time. That represents a 25 percent drop on a 24-hour basis, according to CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index . However, just as quickly, prices rebounded to over $6,550. Meanwhile, major European equity market indices […]
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Bitcoin Sinks Below $5K Despite Fed Reserve’s Slashing of Interest Rates

“The cryptocurrency slumped below $5,000 as the European trading day got underway, according to CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index . After breaching the psychological milestone at just before 07:00 UTC, the largest cryptocurrency by market cap was coming close to falling past $4,500 at 08:00 at press time, down 16 percent over 24 hours. Other cryptocurrencies […]
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7-Eleven Partners With Arcus to Launch Modern Fintech Payment Solutions

“- Arcus , a leading fintech platform, today announced a partnership with global retail chain 7-Eleven to introduce a suite of modern fintech payment solutions to their mobile app, focused on cash-centric consumers. 7-Eleven is leveraging Arcus’ technology to power a more seamless, integrated payment experience for Latin American customers paying with cash.”