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Jan 28 2020 00:01
John Kiff wrote a new blog post titledKiffmeister's Fintech Daily Digest 01/27/2020

From ICOs to STOs and IEOs. What is next in the evolution of crypto fundraising? To make investors feel comfortable again, we need more than ease and accessibility, that ICOs and IEOs offer. We also need to offer IPO-grade regulation and compliance. But most startups are not able to do that. So what’s the middle ground? Well, maybe the solution is STOs, tokenized securities that comply with regulations. But for now STOs are still a hard route, that lacks liquidity and regulatory clarity. tags: Fintech IEOs STOs ICOs...

Jan 28 2020 00:01
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Jan 27 2020 00:02
John Kiff wrote a new blog post titledKiffmeister's Fintech Daily Digest 01/26/2020

Blockchain Association, Chamber of Digital Commerce support Telegram The two advocacy groups submitted amicus briefs to the court. One opposes the SEC’s lawsuit; the other asks the agency to do a better job defining digital assets. tags: Fintech CryptoAssets Telegram PaymentSystems How much can we really trust the blockchain? "If we are supposed to trust whatever is on a blockchain, then we are in trouble indeed. After all, the blockchain is only as good as the data we put on it."tags:...

Jan 27 2020 00:02
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Jan 27 2020 00:02
John Kiff wrote a new blog post titledKiffmeister's Financial Plumbing Weekly Digest

At CCPs, sovereign bonds are top IM collateral Government debt makes up the largest chunk of initial margin held by most top clearing houses, Risk Quantum analysis shows. Across 10 top clearing houses, sovereign bonds made up 48% of total held IM on average at end-September 2019. Domestic government debt made up 26% on average, and foreign 22%. LCH Ltd had 71% of IM in sovereign bonds, the most of the set, followed by CME, with 66%.tags: Plumbing Derivatives Margin ClearingEU council dials back on margin haircuts for CCP...

Jan 27 2020 00:02
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Jan 27 2020 00:02
John Kiff wrote a new blog post titledKiffmeister's Alternative Risk Transfer Weekly Digest

Longevity swap market forecast for record £25bn+ year in 2020The longevity swap market is forecast to experience record levels of activity in 2020, with availability of reinsurance capacity likely to be a key consideration for pensions looking to offload the risk of their members living longer. Willis Towers Watson says that it expects to see longevity swap volumes surpassing UK £25 billion, which would be more than double the market activity seen in 2019. 2019 saw £12 billion of longevity swaps completed, as well as £41 billion of bulk annuities.tags: Pensions ART Longevity...

Jan 27 2020 00:02
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Jan 26 2020 00:01
John Kiff wrote a new blog post titledKiffmeister's Fintech Daily Digest 01/25/2020

Bahamas Sand Dollar CBDC pilot enrollment at 1,200 participants The Central Bank of the Bahamas announced that its Sand Dollar CBDC pilot project has ‘exceeded’ its expectation of 500 participants with enrollment currently at 1,200.tags: Fintech CryptoAssets CBDCCBDC | Central Bank Digital CurrencyThe MIT Digital Currency Initiative "Redesigning Digital Money" paper considers three important features from crypto-asset design - decentralization, programmability and privacy - and assesses their applicability to a central bank digital...

Jan 26 2020 00:01

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