Banque de France selected the firms for its announced CBDC trial . Four out of the eight companies chosen are old economy giants who are venturing into the brave new world, but the remaining four are more recent upstarts: Iznes, LiquidShare, ProsperUS, and SEBA Bank.
It is interesting how technology gives a new lease to old principles. The medieval banking systems relied heavily on bearer instruments to assert ownership of financial assets, and this has over time be replaced with centralised registers. Now we see the rise of a new class of bearer instruments, eg via Corda, or now via CloudCoin which uses a very different – and in many respects much more pedestrian – way of avoiding the double spend problem.
Before we start: this is not a financial promotion, I am in no way related to this token offering, and I have no views whatsoever of whether or not this token is a good investment. With this out of the way, I am excited that there is another major security token offering coming out of Germany, a $50m subordinated debt token for investing into green shipping assets.
The article announcing this is so far only available in German , but there is a lot of information on the sponsor’s page  and the subscription page . The prospectus has been approved by the FMA Liechtenstein .
After its acquisition of Swipe , Binance now announced details of the debit card it will be offering first in the EEA and later in the UK [1,2]. And Binance’s CEO is amongst the beta testers [3,4].
In the last days there were two Ethereum transactions  that paid about $2.6m in transaction fees each, which even for Ethereum is a bit on the high side . After the first transaction there were two major theories: fat fingers, and money laundering . Now a third one has been added . So what was it?
Securitize – the tokenisation platform – has announced that they effectuated the first dividend-like payment on-chain, as Cointelegraph reports . The payment was for the Lottery.com security token about which unfortunately apparently not much is in the public domain . So whilst the details are a bit scarce this is definitely an important step forward in the tokenisation world .
Cointelegraph has a very good article  that discusses a recent paper published by the Phildelphia Fed  on CBDCs and whether they are a threat to the commercial banking system. The article refers to a number of differing views on this topic, including that of Marshall Hayner, CEO of Metal, who is largely supportive of CDBCs, and that from IMF’s Tommaso Mancini-Griffoli who said CBDCs should be provided in public private partnership . It also provides a reference to important whitepaper  of the Digital Dollar Project . So what does this all mean?