Bitcoin News — Bank of Canada

Central Bank Crypto Could Bring Economic Gains: Bank of Canada Paper

Posted by Wolfie Zhao on

Central bank-issued cryptocurrency could bring economic welfare gains for Canada and the U.S., according to a researcher from Canada's central bank. 

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Canada Central Bank: Bitcoin Safe From 51% Attack, Double Spending

Posted by C. Edward Kelso on

Canada Central Bank: Bitcoin Safe From 51% Attack, Double SpendingCanada’s Central Bank (BOC) released a working paper this month, Incentive Compatibility on the Blockchain. In it, BOC seems to argue the world’s most popular cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, is safe from a 51% attack, double spend scenario through the right incentive structure and proof of work (POW). Also read: Coinbase Flexes Muscle, Creates Political Action Committee […]

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85% Of Canadians Are 'Aware' Of Bitcoin, Says Bank of Canada

Posted by Christine Kim on

The results of a nationwide bitcoin survey conducted December by the Bank of Canada are now in.

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Money20/20: Central Bank Execs Conclude Crypto Is No Threat to Fiat, Yet

Posted by Molly Jane Zuckerman on

Representatives from several central banks in Europe and one in Canada spoke at Money20/20 today about why fiat is not particularly threatened by crypto.

Representatives from multiple central banks discussed whether or not cryptocurrency could spell the end of fiat currencies during the Money20/20 conference in Amsterdam today, June 5.

During a panel talk titled “Cryptocurrency, the Central (Bank) Question”, representatives from the Swiss National Bank, the Bank of Lithuania, the Bank of England, and the Bank of Canada took turns responding to the question “Can cryptocurrencies spell the end of fiat currencies?”.

Bank of Canada executive James Chapman stated that cryptocurrencies are only a threat to fiat currencies in a “situation of hyperinflation”. Thomas Moser, an alternate member of the governing board at the Swiss National Bank, agreed with Chapman, adding that they are also a threat when a currency “is not performing well.” Moser also noted:

“As long as central banks do a good job, there is no real for central banks to disappear.”

Moser mentioned during the panel that “cryptocurrency is very well tolerated in Switzerland so far.” The country, and in particular its Zug “Crypto Valley,” has been touted by some as an attractive place for crypto companies, due to its balanced approach to Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) and its status as a crypto tax haven.

Martin Etheridge, Head of Division at the Bank of England, called the question of what a currency is and how important cryptocurrencies will be in society “totally relevant.” Addressing the question at hand, Etheridge said he doesn’t “see much prospect of the current iteration of crypto assets in replacing fiat currencies,” though he added “who knows what the future will hold.” He concluded:

“[But] I think the odds are stacked very much in favor of fiat currencies. I think it would take a pretty fundamental shift of public perception or the existing market system for it to happen.”

At the end of June, Bank of England governor Mark Carney said the bank was open to the idea of a central bank-issued digital currency, but added that the adoption of digital currency won’t happen soon and that cryptocurrencies are not currently considered money.

Dr. Marius Jurgilis of the Bank of Lithuania clarified that a central bank-issued cryptocurrency and a cryptocurrency are two separate things, adding that the main product of central bank is “a matter of trust”:

“If our product is good, we don’t need to talk about the cryptocurrencies. It’s a matter of trust [...] but if the society starts questioning, or it if it thinks that the things we are selling could be got in a cheaper, more convenient way, other things will appear.”

However, Jurgilis did mention that the bank is not “sitting entrenched in our positions,” but that they are hesitant to let something in that “could lead to a major collapse of trust.”

In mid-April, Lithuania’s central bank reportedly began looking into cryptocurrencies, initiating a roundtable with members from commercial banks, government regulators, as well as crypto traders.

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Bank Of Canada Says Blockchain Effective For Securities Settlements, Questions ‘Benefits’

Posted by Marie Huillet on

Canada's Central Bank and Toronto Stock Exchange operator have reported positive results from piloting a blockchain-powered securities settlement platform.

Canada’s central bank, Toronto Stock Exchange operator TMX Group, and non-profit organization Payments Canada, completed tests showing blockchain can be used for instantaneous securities settlements, Reuters reports today, May 11.

The three companies concluded that blockchain, the technology originally developed for cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC), is usable for automating securities settlements in real time. Both cash and assets can effectively be “tokenized” for instant exchange. Gerry Gaetz, president and CEO of Payments Canada, told Reuters:

“This shows that it is possible to deliver payments in a way that has never been done before – by directly swapping cash from buyers to sellers, resulting in instant settlements.”

The blockchain pilot, dubbed “Project Jasper,” was first announced in 2016, and its latest phase launched late last year. However, Bank of Canada Senior Special Director Scott Hendry, has voiced doubt as to the advantages the system could offer in terms of cost savings. Reuters quotes Hendry at a conference in Toronto on Thursday as saying:

“We’re still uncertain after doing this work that there are significant savings possible for participants. It’s not clear that all the participant dealers and banks are going to get a significant benefit out of this settlement system.”

This week, a pilot of Ripple’s Xrapid liquidity solution for its blockchain-powered real-time gross settlement system received positive results from financial institutions, who reported transaction savings of 40-70 percent and improved transaction speeds. JPMorgan has also just filed a patent in the U.S. for a peer-to-peer payments network, which would use blockchain technology for intra- and inter-bank settlements.

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