Blockchain Bites: OCC’s Stablecoin Guidance, EU’s Digital Euro Plans, Chamath’s Bitcoin

The OCC published guidance clarifying that federally-regulated banks can work with stablecoin issuers, the ECB thinks stablecoin is a “misleading” term and a group of banking veterans has spun up a new crypto fund.

Top shelf

Bitcoin funds
Banking veterans who have steered divisions at HSBC, Barclays, Citigroup and Merrill Lynch in the Asia-Pacific region are ditching traditional finance to invest in cryptocurrencies. Their new crypto fund, Liquibit Capital, will manage assets worth $50 million and will arbitrage a portfolio of bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ether, litecoin and eos, custodied with Fireblocks, with an eye to expand into derivatives trading. Elsewhere, tech legend and part-owner of the Golden State Warriors, Chamath Palihapitiya’s Social Capital invested in bitcoin (BTC) in 2013, when it was trading around $10. Palihapitiya disclosed the holdings in an investment call as he mulls taking the fund public. The exact amount of bitcoin Social Capital has bought and sold is unknown.

National security? 
The United States Space Force (USSF), the newest branch of the U.S. military, is looking to blockchain to render its computer systems, on earth and in space, unhackable. Xage Security, which is currently working with the U.S. Air Force, won a contract for a data-encryption system. Meanwhile, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) launched a new R&D laboratory on Monday to study blockchain technology, along with wireless telecommunications, quantum computing and artificial intelligence.

MicroStrategy effect
Coming on the heels of publicly-traded MicroStrategy’s multi-million dollar investment into BTC, financial services firm Unchained Capital has released an “advanced business account” for firms that want to hold bitcoin and handle their own private keys. “We have companies that you wouldn’t expect, like your local bakery or your local liquor store that hold bitcoin in treasury,” Parker Lewis, Unchained’s head of business development,…

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