World Gold Council The two most significant events for gold demand in 2023 were the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and the Hamas attack on Israel, the World Gold Council (WGC) said, estimating that geopolitics added between 3% and 6% to gold’s performance over the year. The WGC estimated thatRead More →

European Central Bank

Fear or Fact? European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde on Friday 17th November 2023 reportedly said that Europe is now at a critical juncture, with deglobalization, demographics and decarbonization looming on the horizon. Fragmentation ‘There are increasing signs that the global economy is fragmenting into competing blocs’, she said at theRead More →

Central Bank digital money to replace cash

IMF’s Kristalina Georgieva reportedly said that the public sector should keep preparing to deploy central bank digital currencies (CBDC’s) and related payment platforms in the future. But according to data from the Atlantic Council, only 11 countries have adopted CDBC’s thus far. Alternative to cash Central bank digital currencies (CBDC’s)Read More →

Digital Dollar

New FED Payment System The FEDNOW payment system is a new instant payment infrastructure developed by the Federal Reserve that allows financial institutions of every size across the U.S. to provide safe and efficient instant payment services.  Live system It went live on July 20, 2023 and enables individuals and businesses to send andRead More →

XRP Ripple

SEC Ruling – July 2023 XRP, the native token of the blockchain company Ripple, soared more than 60% on Thursday after a U.S. judge delivered a major victory to the firm in its legal battle with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The SEC had sued Ripple in December 2020,Read More →