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Digital currency or digital money is an Internet-based medium of exchange distinct from physical (such as banknotes and coins) that exhibits properties similar to physical currencies, but allows for instantaneous transactions and borderless transfer-of-ownership. Like traditional money these currencies may be used to buy physical goods and services but could also be restricted to certain communities such as for example for use inside an on-line game or social network. In this series, we cover stories and provide insightful analysis of the digital currencies such as bitcoin with no central point of control over the money supply.

Digital Currency Revolution

Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency can still take off and revolutionise money

Oct 20, 2019 10:29 am UTC| Technology Insights & Views Digital Currency

Facebooks Libra cryptocurrency has suffered a few setbacks recently. As well as facing pressure from global regulators, seven of its 28 founding members have left the project including high profile firms PayPal, Visa,...

Digital Currency Revolution

Cryptocurrency Derivatives Series: Binance Making Abuzz With XRP-BF2 Listing and Mounting Volumes of BTC Futures

Oct 11, 2019 11:09 am UTC| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views

Binance DEX, the decentralized exchange driven by the Binance-Chain blockchain, today announced its listing of XRP (XRP-BF2). Backed by real XRP assets and issued on Binance Chain, XRP-BF2 is a token pegged to ripple (XRP)...

Digital Currency Revolution

Digital Currency Revolution Series: US-CFTC Chair Clarifies Ether’s Status as a Commodity

Oct 11, 2019 06:52 am UTC| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views

While SEC maintains the conservative approach on cryptocurrencies by constantly declining bitcoin ETF proposals and by stating Bitcoin and Ethereum Are Not Securities, the new Chair of the CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading...

Digital Currency Revolution

Cryptocurrency Derivatives Series: UK-based ‘B2C2’ Unveils Gold-Derivatives Against Bitcoin

Oct 11, 2019 06:10 am UTC| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views

The UK-based crypto liquidity provider and OTC platform, B2C2 has announced the launch of a gold derivatives product that synthetically trades against bitcoin. The firm enables their clients to trade gold against...

Digital Currency Revolution

Cryptocurrency Derivatives Series: Can Much-Hyped Bakkt’s Bitcoin Futures Trading Pick-Up Volumes?

Oct 11, 2019 05:47 am UTC| Research & Analysis Digital Currency Insights & Views

We have noted the gradual maturing of the cryptocurrency gamut as the influence of institutional investors has grown in the aftermath of the listing of bitcoin futures since December 2017. Indeed, a few months ago we...

Digital Currency Revolution

Buyer beware: How Libra differs from Bitcoin

Sep 20, 2019 02:53 am UTC| Insights & Views Digital Currency

Facebook, the largest social network in the world, stunned the world earlier this year with the announcement of its own cryptocurrency, Libra. The launch has raised questions about the difference between Libra and...

Digital Currency Revolution

The answer to forecasting Bitcoin may lie in artificial intelligence

Jul 03, 2019 21:05 pm UTC| Insights & Views Digital Currency

As Bitcoin tries to regain some of the lustre it held in late 2017 when it nearly reached US$20,000 in value, investors are still questioning how to predict such a volatile currency. As a cryptocurrency, there is no...

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Economy

UK gilts fall ahead of November manufacturing, services PMI

The United Kingdoms gilts fell during European trading hours Monday as investors remained side-lined amid a muted trading session that witnessed data of little economic significance. However, attention might turn...

German bunds flat in silent trading ahead of Q3 GDP, November manufacturing PMI

The German bunds remained flat during European session Monday amid silent trading hours that barely witnessed any data of major economic significance ahead of the countrys gross domestic product (GDP) for the third quarter...

Thailand 2019 growth downgraded to 2.7 pct, 2020 constant at 2.9: OCBC Treasury Research

Thailands full-year 2019 growth has been downgraded to 2.7 percent by OCBC Treasury Research, a shade lower than the previous estimate of 2.8 percent, while the 2020 GDP growth rate remained unchanged at 2.9...

BI likely to leave policy rate unchanged on Thursday, keep door open to additional rate cuts: Scotiabank

Bank Indonesia (BI) is expected to leave its policy rate unchanged at 5 percent at its monetary policy meeting on Thursday afternoon, but leave the door open to additional rate cuts to prop up the nations economic growth,...

Australian bonds slightly gain in muted session ahead of November meeting minutes

The Australian bonds slightly gained during Asian session of the first trading day of the week Monday amid a muted day that witnessed data of little economic significance ahead of the Reserve Bank of Australias (RBA)...

Politics

What happens to the East Wing if Donald Trump and Melania Trump get divorced

Even before winning the election, Donald Trumps statements and actions during campaign rallies were enough to cause a string of controversies. It was then not surprising that it continued even after he won the 2016...

Donald Trump reportedly implies Melania Trump would not cry if he got shot

Melania Trump and Donald Trump have been relentlessly hounded by divorce rumors after the latter was elected the President of the United States. They have denied such claims and insisted their marriage is going well, but a...

What a minority government could mean for affordable housing in Canada

Along with climate change, affordable housing was one of the big issues of the recent Canadian federal election, with political parties scrambling to catch up with public opinion. The widespread concern among the...

Will Canada finally get pharmacare?

When I had lymphoma 12 years ago, I needed to take the drug filgrastim (Neupogen) to get my white blood cell count high enough that I could take my next chemotherapy treatment on time. Before prescribing it, my oncologist...

Government to announce more home care packages for aged before Christmas

More federal government money will be announced within weeks for home care for the aged, after a damning royal commission finding that many people die before their packages arrive. Scott Morrison on Friday said he had...

Science

Nearly all your devices run on lithium batteries. Here's a Nobel Prizewinner on his part in their invention – and their future

British-born scientist M. Stanley Whittingham, of Binghamton University, was one of three scientists who won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work developing lithium-ion batteries. L-R: John Goodenough;...

Advances in anti-ageing research: how chemistry could hold the key to better health

Given the opportunity to live much longer lives, many of us might feel less than thrilled at the prospect. After all, you might think, who would want to live an extra 20 years dealing with arthritis, dementia or heart...

Dark energy: new experiment may solve one of the universe's greatest mysteries

As an astronomer, there is no better feeling than achieving first light with a new instrument or telescope. It is the culmination of years of preparations and construction of new hardware, which for the first time collects...

Predicting research results can mean better science and better advice

We ask experts for advice all the time. A company might ask an economist for advice on how to motivate its employees. A government might ask what the effect of a policy reform will be. To give the advice, experts often...

Asteroid impact that could end humanity is happening, space nation leader claims

Asteroids are the most common space objects that fly by Earth almost daily. Some of them were detected too close to the time of their close approach, but there has never been an impact that took place in modern history....

Technology

‘PUBG Mobile’ update 0.15.5 marks start of a new season

Within the past month, a couple of important updates have been released for PUBG Mobile. They did not only arrive with changes and performance improvements because the recent updates also added new gameplay features and...

iPhone 12 could be Apple’s first 5G-enabled smartphone

Whether or not Apple went all-out with its iPhone 11 series is still a debatable topic, and one aspect that makes it so is the absence of 5G support. Now, when looking forward to what iPhone 12 could offer, the upgrade to...

iOS 14 is anticipated with new screen modes, 5G support

If there is one thing that tech fans can certainly count on for 2020, it is the announcement and later release of iOS 14. Apple has not missed a year without announcing new operating systems for its products, and it is...

Pixelbook Go: Is it more priceworthy than the 2017-released Pixelbook?

This year, Google updated its lineup of Chromebooks with the launch of the Pixelbook Go. One of the most noticeable differences it has, then the 2017-released Pixelbook, is its price. However, it might also not be too...

AirPods Pro: Is it time for a costly AirPods upgrade?

Many were surprised when Apple was heavily rumored to release an all-new wireless earbuds just several months since the launch of the AirPods 2. But the company actually did when it announced AirPods Pro in October...
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