Tanzania reportedly makes plans to launch CBDC

The Bank of Tanzania is reportedly planning to introduce a central bank digital currency, or CBDC, for the African nation after neighboring countries announced similar initiatives. According to a Friday Bloomberg report, Bank of Tanzania Governor Florens Luoga said on Thursday that Tanzania was planning to follow Nigeria’s example in rolling out its own CBDC. Luoga reportedly said that the central bank had “already begun preparations” for a digital shilling, Tanzania’s currency since 1966. In preparing to launch a CBDC, the governor said Tanzania is also planning to expand research…

Two MAS-regulated Bitcoin funds launch in Singapore

Singapore-based fund manager Fintonia Group has launched two institutional-grade Bitcoin (BTC) funds approved by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). The new funds, the Fintonia Bitcoin Physical Fund and the Fintonia Secured Yield Fund, are intended to provide simple and secure exposure to Bitcoin for professional investors, Fintonia announced on Nov. 25. The Fintonia Bitcoin Physical Fund targets institutional investors seeking direct exposure to Bitcoin, allowing them to buy, store and sell large amounts of the cryptocurrency. “The fund acquires physical Bitcoin, meaning we will buy the actual Bitcoin rather…

Sandbox token SAND rallies 260% in November ahead of play-to-earn metaverse launch

SAND, the native token of The Sandbox — a blockchain-based gaming platform owned by Animoca Brands — inched higher on Nov. 23, building on its gains made across November to reach another record high. The price of SAND rose to $5.64 after swelling 16.25% intraday, but it retraced some of those gains to trade at $5.54 at the time of writing. The move took the month-to-date and year-to-date gains of The Sandbox’s token to nearly 260% and over 14,700%, respectively, with its market capitalization crossing above $5 billion, making it the 41st-largest coin…

Bitso to assist the launch of El Salvador’s official Bitcoin wallet Chivo

Bitso, a major cryptocurrency exchange in Latin America, will be the core crypto service provider for El Salvador’s official Bitcoin (BTC) wallet known as Chivo. In conjunction with Bitcoin becoming legal tender in El Salvador, Bitso announced on Sept. 7 that the firm would assist El Salvador in launching the state-supported BTC wallet alongside companies like Silvergate Bank, digital currency company Athena Bitcoin and blockchain firm Algorand. Silvergate Bank, a California state-chartered commercial bank and a United States Federal Reserve member, will work with Bitso to facilitate U.S. dollar transactions…

SBI reportedly looks to launch crypto fund in Japan by December

Japanese financial conglomerate SBI Holdings is reportedly planning to set up one of the first funds in the country giving investors exposure to crypto.  According to a Thursday Bloomberg report, SBI, aiming to have a crypto fund available by the end of November, will offer residents of Japan the opportunity to invest in Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Litecoin (LTC), XRP, and others. Tomoya Asakura, a director and senior managing executive officer at SBI, said the company could see the fund growing to several hundred million dollars, with…

Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa launch joint CBDC pilot

The central banks of Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa have announced a joint initiative to trial international settlements using central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). The initiative, dubbed Project Dunbar, will prototype shared platforms enabling direct transfers between institutions using digital currencies issued by multiple central banks. The pilot’s findings will be used to inform the “development of global and regional platforms” in addition to supporting the G20’s roadmap for improving cross-border payments. Project Dunbar will be carried out in partnership with the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Innovation Hub…

Three Arrows Capital execs launch NFT fund

Executives hailing from Singapore-based fund manager, Three Arrows Capital (3AC), have launched a fund focused on collecting premium digital art in the form of nonfungible tokens (NFTs). The fund, dubbed Starry Night Capital, was founded by Three Arrows Capital’s CEO, Su Zhu, 3AC co-founder, Kyle Davies, and the pseudonymous NFT collector, Vincent Van Dough. Van Dough announced the fund via an Aug. 31 tweet, stating: “Our thesis is simple, we believe the best way to gain exposure to the cultural paradigm shift being ushered in by NFTs is owning the…

CELO, Fantom and Keep3rV1 rally after liquidity mining programs launch

The cryptocurrency market once again finds itself waiting for some form of catalyst to get the prices moving and this week commenced with the market moving sideways as Bitcoin struggles to find its footing near $48,000.  Several altcoins have managed to break free of the wider market malaise and post impressive gains, giving credence to Cointelegraph’s Markets Pro data intelligence service which is now indicating that altseason has arrived. Top 7 coins with the highest 24-hour price change. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows…

Leading DeFi projects launch $100M global adoption initiative

A consortium of leading decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols today announced a collaborative $100 million financial inclusion venture titled “DeFi for the People.” The DeFi applications involved in the project — AAVE, SushiSwap, Curve, 0x and PoolTogether, amongst others — will together provide up to $100 million in educational initiatives, grants, and incentives in an effort to educate individuals globally about decentralized finance. The initiative — built on the Celo ecosystem — identified the lack of inclusivity and accessibility in the traditional financial markets, and in turn, aims to utilize the…

Cardano chart painting a bull flag for $3 ADA price ahead of ERC-20 converter launch

Cardano (ADA) appears to be heading towards a new record high as its downside move takes the shape of a bull flag. In detail, the ADA/USD exchange rate plunged 16.91% to $2.47. But the pair’s decline came after a strong move higher, wherein it surged over 120% month-to-date to reach an all-time high of $2.97 on August 23. Therefore, the latest declines gave an impression that Cardano is undergoing a brief pause before it resumes its uptrend. Part of the upside analogy stems from the downward sloping channel itself—two parallel trendlines…