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BIS invites comments on ISO 20022 harmonisation proposals

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News Date: March 2, 2023

With most of the world's payment systems adopting the ISO 20022 messaging standard by 2025, the coming years will be crucial for converging on its harmonized use to fully leverage its full potential to make cross-border payments faster, cheaper, and more transparent.
The Bank for International Settlements' Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) has worked with financial industry representatives to facilitate a harmonized adoption and use of ISO 20022 for cross-border payments.
The CPMI invites comments on this consultative report.
Source: bis.org

Trump vows tax cuts and debt relief

President Trump made a campaign stop in Durham, N.H., on Saturday.
Donald Trump: "Here is my pledge to every New Hampshire family: I will never let the Trump tax cuts and they are the biggest tax cuts in the history of our country. I will never let them be taken away from you and with your vote in this election we will cut your taxes even further."
He also promised to take economic measures to get rid of the massive national debt.

FED explores XRP For Instant Settlements

The US Federal Reserve is carefully examining XRP's feasibility and possible role in facilitating quick settlements within the financial environment after receiving many recommendations supporting XRP for instant settlements.
Concurrently, there are debates and investigations into the viability of pegging XRP to gold, which might open up new avenues for stability and value for the cryptocurrency.
This is an interesting possibility since it means that XRP might become physically connected to gold, which would have a big influence on its value and reputation in the QFS.

US House Passes Anti-CBDC Bill

The US House of Representatives passed the CBDC Anti-Surveillance State Act, which aims to ban the Federal Reserve from creating a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC).
The bill, passed with a vote of 216 to 192, saw support from 213 Republicans.
It prevents any pilot programs for a CBDC before they are proposed and restricts the Federal Reserve and the Department of Treasury from issuing a CBDC without Congressional approval.
Additionally, the bill ensures that the Fed cannot issue a retail digital currency that could be used for citizen surveillance.
Majority Whip Emmer emphasized that the bill is a response to the current administration's lack of clarity and guidance on digital assets, arguing that an improperly managed CBDC could significantly impact American lives.

What is the Gold Standard

Gold standard, monetary system in which the standard unit of currency is a fixed quantity of gold or is kept at the value of a fixed quantity of gold. The currency is freely convertible at home or abroad into a fixed amount of gold per unit of currency.
In an international gold-standard system, gold or a currency that is convertible into gold at a fixed price is used as a medium of international payments. Under such a system, exchange rates between countries are fixed; if exchange rates rise above or fall below the fixed mint rate by more than the cost of shipping gold from one country to another, large gold inflows or outflows occur until the rates return to the official level.
President Franklin Roosevelt suspended the gold standard in 1933, a move which is widely credited with helping the country climb out of the Depression.
Sources: youtube.com, www.cbsnews.com

Swiss Banks Launch Cryptocurrency Trading and Custody After Gaining Regulatory Approval

Switzerland's financial regulator, FINMA, has approved two Zurich-based banks to offer a range of cryptocurrency services, including trading and custody. Maerki Baumann Bank subsequently announced the launch of its trading platform for major cryptocurrencies while Incore Bank is offering a range of crypto services.
Source:bitcoin.com

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