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Student debt relief announcement

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News Date: August 24, 2022

The Biden administration is canceling up to $20,000 in student debt for Pell Grant recipients, up to $10,000 for individual borrowers who make under $125,000 per year, and extending the pause on repayments by four months, the White House announced on Wednesday.
Sources: axios.com

Reducing record debt, priority for Trump

White House says reducing record debt will be big second-term priority for Trump.
The accumulated debt is on track to surpass the size of the entire economy next year for the first time since World War II, and breach its all-time record in the coming years.
On the 2016 campaign trail, Trump promised to wipe out the nation's debt altogether over the course of his presidency.
Sources:thehill.com

ISO 20022 implementation for Fedwire Funds Service

The FederalReserve Board of Governors is seeking industry feedback by December 11 on a revised plan to implement ISO 20022 message format for the Fedwire Funds Service.
Recently, the Federal Reserve Banks announced the message specifications for the FedNow Service. While both the Fedwire Funds Service and the FedNow Service plan to use ISO 20022 messages, the implementations of the ISO 20022 standard for these services are separate initiatives.
Sources: www.frbservices.org, gesara.news

Somalia secured the debt relief from IMF and World Bank

Following Ethiopia's $1.5 billion agreement in November, the IMF and World Bank recently granted $4.5 billion to Somalia in debt relief, which represents a significant step toward reducing financial pressures in the region.
This show of unity denotes a deliberate attempt to tackle the economic difficulties these countries are facing.
It seeks to strengthen Somalia's faltering economy and promote stability and long-term growth in the region by reducing debt.
These programs highlight the value of international collaboration in supporting poor countries, highlighting the critical role these organizations play in enabling economic recovery and supporting important developmental projects.

Australia closer to a cashless society

Australia's big four banks remove thousands of ATMs and shut down hundreds of branches as the coronavirus crisis pushes nation closer to a cashless society.
Sources:www.dailymail.co.uk, www.atmmarketplace.com

Quantum information science to change the world

Trump administration establishes $75 million quantum computing centers.
Trump: Quantum information science has the potential to change the world. But to realize that potential, we must first answer some fundamental research questions.
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced Tuesday the establishment of three quantum computing centers across the nation, involving an investment of $75 million.
The establishment of the centers stems from a provision in the National Quantum Initiative Act: www.congress.gov
Source:thehill.com

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