PBoC to create state-sponsored cryptocurrency

Director of the Digital Currency Research Institute at PBoC makes some remarks regarding a centralized  state-sponsored cryptocurrency
14 October 2017   1279

PBoC's relatioships with cryptocurrencies have been quite tough lately. Thus, due to the whole China-against-Bitcoin thing, the top cryptocurrency price has fallen. On top of that, according to undisclosed sources, the Chinese government has officially decided to crack down on all Bitcoin and cryptocurrency trading, not just commercial exchanges.

For now, it seems like China is going to go in another direction. On October 12th, Director of the Digital Currency Research Institute at the People's Bank of China (PBoC), Yao Qian, made remarks regarding a centralized  state-sponsored cryptocurrency. Please, note, that  this is Yao's personal opinion and should not be interpreted as an official stance of the PBoC.

Based on a translation of the report provided by ethnews.com, the man claims that a legal digital currency has a stable monetary value function, and a state-backed currency would provide advantages over Bitcoin, which he referres to as a "private currency." He speculates that a state-sponsored cryptocurrency would create tangible economic values, helping to stabilize the relative position of fiat currencies in the marketplace.

The value of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin primarily comes from market speculation. It would be a disaster to recognize it as a real currency. And the lack of an anchoring value inherently determines that bitcoin can never be a real one.
 

Yao Qian
Director of the Digital Currency Research Institute at PBoC

Yao also argues that the inherent volatility of Bitcoin "diminishes its capacity to serve as feasible currency".

According to Yao, by creating what would effectively be negative interest rates, it may be possible for the PBoC to reduce its target inflation rate to zero, rather than using an inflation buffer (typically 2 percent).

The whole crytpocurrency society continues to wait and see whether the opinions of Yao will result in policies to be handed down by regulators and the PBoC.

Coinbase to Expand Services for Asia

Among the services available now there are Coinbase Prime, Pro and Custody
22 January 2019   120

Coinbase, the leading US cryptocurrency company reported that from now on its professional trading and custodial platforms are available to institutional clients and investors with large volumes from the Asian region.

In particular, according to the Coinbase blog, users of Asia will have access to the option of depositing accounts and withdrawing funds using SWIFT transfers through non-US bank accounts.

In the past 12 months, hundreds of crypto-first hedge funds have launched around the world, and many hundreds more traditional institutions such as proprietary trading firms, family offices and endowments have begun actively trading digital assets. Coinbase’s suite of professional products — Coinbase Prime and Pro, Coinbase Custody — serves these customers, along with other participants in the market, like asset issuers, crypto exchanges, and miners.
 

Elliott Suthers

Coinbase

Among the services available there are Coinbase Prime, Coinbase Pro and Coinbase Custody, which also supports the steamer USDC.

In December 2018, Coinbase began to provide services to residents of the islands of Guernsey and Maine, as well as Lithuania, Iceland, Andorra and Gibraltar.