Bank of China to See Crypto as Risk to Yuan

PBoC said cryptocurrencies will be one of its top priorities this year, in an effort to protect the national currency
29 March 2018   437

The People's Bank of China said that working with crypto-currencies is one of the priorities of the department for the current year as part of its policy to protect the national currency.

The People's Bank of China held a conference this Thursday, which discussed the development of the country's monetary system.

Although the vice-governor of the PBoC, Fan Yifei, positively comments on the bank's success in researching and developing its own digital currency, at the same time he calls crypto-currencies one of the three biggest risks to the integrity of the yuan.

To implement its policy in this area, the PBoC intends to strengthen the regulatory requirements for representatives of the cryptocurrency industry both inside and outside the country.

Although Yafei did not name specific measures that his department is going to undertake, the corresponding decision fits into the broader program of China to combat financial products that could shake the country's financial stability.

It agrees with the comments of the previous head of the PBoC, Zhou Xiaochuan, who in early March criticized the market speculation using the crypto-currency and the risks they bear for China.

Barclays to Freeze Crypto Trading Project

This is reported by two anonymous sources to Financial News London
15 October 2018   100

One of the largest UK bank Barclays has suspended work on its own crypto-trading project, Financial News reports citing two sources familiar with the situation.

Earlier this year, the bank gathered a high profile team to explore opportunities for cryptocurrency trading as part of its own business. However, according to one source, the initiative was “frozen”.

The former head of Barclays for energy trading, Chris Tyrer, who headed the “digital assets project,” left the bank in September after management decided to freeze the initiative.

Together with Tyrer, the macro-strategy in the field of foreign exchange and emerging markets was Marvin Barth, Senior Technical Specialist Lee Brain, and Consultant Matthew Jobb Duval.

Their task was to determine whether cryptocurrencies are an asset class with far-reaching prospects, whether Barclays customers are interested in them and what type of IT infrastructure will be needed to work with them, the source said.