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Fed testing FooWire blockchain with Hyperledger

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News Date: August 15, 2020

Federal Reserve detailed FooWire distributed ledger experiment designed to test whether the technology is suited for payments application.
The team built the system using Hyperledger Fabric, a popular DLT platform, because it generally met the team's design requirements of a closed network, mature technology, and enterprise readiness. The experiment highlighted the potential of DLT for certain payment uses, the quick speed with which a system could be implemented, the potential simplicity of smart contracts, and the range of functionality offered by such platforms. It further highlighted the need for more experimentation to better understand the possibilities for wide-scale adoption and use of any DLT platform for payments.
Source:www.federalreserve.gov

The big switch to yuan and National Currencies

Putin, Xi Vow to Use Yuan as Russia and China Move to Settlements in National Currencies.
Russia has vowed to move to use the Chinese yuan as a settlement currency with countries in Asia, Africa, and Latam.
Putin expressed that using national currencies for international trading 'should be encouraged further.'
Source: news.bitcoin

Central banks chiefs out

With Angela Merkel on her way out as Chancellor, her former chief economic advisor, Jens Weidmann, announced plans to step down at the end of the year as head of Germany's Bundesbank after a decade at the helm of the national central bank.
Dallas Fed President Kaplan and Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren To Retire After Ethics Issue.
Former Iranian Central Bank Chief Handed 10-Year Prison Sentence.
Slovakia's central bank chief and European Central Bank governing council member Peter Kazimir has been charged with corruption.
Philippine central bank Governor Benjamin Diokno said he is with "team transitory" and that it is more prudent for the country to delay monetary tightening.
The Turkish lira hit a record low overnight after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered a new round of dismissals at the country's central bank.
So, central bank are starting to worry. They were wrong about inflation because they were wrong about supply chains, and they were perhaps wrong about labor markets, which they had just taken years to learn had no serious bargaining power.
To be continued... Stay Tuned!.
Sources: www.cnbc.com ,gesara.news

Russia issued Gold-Backed Crypto Coins

The largest bank in Russia, Sber Bank, just announced that it has issued gold-backed digital assets on its own blockchain.
It is expected that this will attract a lot of new investors and institutions especially as there is a lot of concern about inflation for fiat currencies.
After all, many of the citizens in the country have started to use the blockchain as a method to preserve wealth and to transfer wealth without having any interference from a bank or government.
Sources: procoinnews

Judy Shelton Restoring Order to the Global Currency System

President Donald J. Trump Announced Intent to Nominate Individuals to Key Administration Posts,
Judy Shelton of Virginia, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for the remainder of a 14-year term expiring January 31, 2024.
She is author of:
The Coming Soviet Crash: Gorbachev's Desperate Pursuit of Credit in Western Financial Markets.
Money Meltdown: Restoring Order to the Global Currency System.
Source:www.whitehouse.gov
Judy Shelton interview on gold standard:
"I like the idea of a gold backed currency, it could even be done in a Cryptocurrency sort of way.
A unified money system, so when you talk about the international marketplace, everyone is playing on a level monetary playing field.
I don't see it so much as returning [to the gold standard], more like 'back to the future.' I think that what a gold standard stands for is monetary discipline for its own sake. Money is supposed to be a unit of account, a reliable measure and a dependable store of value. It really shouldn't be subject to who's the chairman of the Federal Reserve.
How can a dozen [...] people meeting eight times a year, decide what the cost of capital should be versus some kind of organically, market supply determined rate? The Fed is not omniscient. They don't know what the right rate should be. How could anyone? [...] If the success of capitalism depends on someone being smart enough to know what the rate should be on everything we're doomed. We might as well resurrect Gosplan.
A linked system could allow currency convertibility by individuals (as under a gold standard) or foreign central banks (as under Bretton Woods). Either way, it could redress inflationary pressures.
Source:twitter.com

World Bank Looking to Trim Poor Nations Debt

The World Bank is looking at ways to reduce the amount of debt owed by poor countries, rather than simply delaying payments, to attract more investors in the wake of the global pandemic and recession, President David Malpass said.
President of the WorldBank Group remarked to G20 Finance Ministers & Central Bank Governors: I emphasized the need for further progress on Debt Suspension, Debt Reduction, Debt Resolution, Debt Transparency.
Sources:gesara.news, finance.yahoo.com

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