Israel to Issue Digital Currency

Israel intends to create a faster payments system as well as reducing the amount of cash in the economy
25 December 2017   1006

The Bank of Israel is considering issuing digital currency in order to create a faster payments system as well as reducing the amount of cash in the economy, a central bank source said on Sunday. The source added that no decision had yet been made and the Bank of Israel declined to comment on the issue.

The Israeli government has been seeking to limit the amount of cash in the economy for a few years since the black economy is estimated at some 22 % of national output.

The source said that the government was ready to legislate or include the issue in its 2019 budget and economic package if the central bank gave the green light. The source added that any digital currency introduced by the country’s central bank would be centralized, safe and abide by money laundering rules.

Recently, we have reported that Israel Securities Authority chief said that cryptocurrency companies should be banned from entering the exchange via a “back door”, or through the activities of an existing company that is already listed on the exchange until a proper regulatory process is in place for dealing with these kinds of companies.

Japanese 'Money Forward' to Launch Crypto Exchange

Money Forward Financial is going to launch a media crypto platform this summer, and afterwards - a digital assets exchange
24 May 2018   63

The operator of the popular application for personal finance management Money Forward Inc intends to launch a cryptocurrency exchange this year, BC Focus reports.

Japanese fintech-company has been working in this direction since December last year. To implement the plans, the company has already registered a subsidiary division called Money Forward Financial.

Money Forward Financial is going to launch a media cryptocurrency platform, and afterwards - a digital assets exchange. In the future, the company plans to create a number of more advanced solutions for working with crypto-currencies, including automated payment systems and various analytical tools.

Currently, the customer base of the company has about 5 million users. The cloud application of Money Forward Inc for tax accounting and financial management is used by 500,000 Japanese companies and 2,400 accounting firms.

Big Japanese financial institutions are making steps to cryptocurrency business. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), world's 5th biggest bank has announced plans to introduce own cryptocurrency by 2019.