Swissinfo Weekly

How Much Blockchain Does the Financial World Need?

Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) is the buzz-phrase of the moment. But the Swiss National Bank (SNB) says producing digital Swiss francs for the general public would create many problems with unclear benefits. The Swiss government has backed up the

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How the Crypto Nation Switzerland Dealt with Covid

The Swiss blockchain industry appears to be in rude health despite the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. The number of new companies and jobs produced by the sector increased in the first six months of the year. Is this

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The Swiss National Cyber Security Centre, the Trust Valley and Autonomous Bubbles

Cybercrime is a growing menace, affecting one in seven people in Switzerland. Reported attacks have risen threefold since the onset of coronavirus. The Swiss National Cyber Security Centre, officially born this month, has its work cut out even with the imminent arrival

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Swiss Fintechs Get Creative at Raising Fresh Capital

Fintechs are finding it harder to attract funding this year compared to last. Venture capital fell by more than a third in the first six months of 2020 compared to 2019, with investors preferring medtech, biotech and cleantech projects over

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A Week of Fintech Firsts in Switzerland

It’s been an interesting few days for digital payments, blockchain finance and cryptocurrencies in Switzerland, with several companies and projects announcing developments. At the tail end of last month, budding crypto bank Mt Pelerin said was applying for a Swiss

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Central Bank Digital Currencies and Libra in the Spotlight

It appears that central banks are devising a response to decentralised money, such as bitcoin – by contemplating new centralised digital versions of their own currencies. This goes by the name of Central Bank Digital Currency, or CBDC. Libra’s stablecoin project launched

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