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What is an emerging market?

It may be a term which is often used, but there is no simple definition of an emerging market. The category now includes huge countries like China, India and Indonesia, but also others like Malaysia, Thailand Ethiopia and Cambodia. CNBC’s Xin En Lee finds out what’s behind the term. SOURCE: CNBC     (8)

The Case for Digital Asset Regulation: Case studies from Thailand and Abu Dhabi

Progressive regulation has helped the digital asset market thrive in countries like Japan. This is despite setbacks, such as the Mt Gox hack, that had many people calling for an outright ban. Like Japan, Thailand’s Central Bank, the Bank of Thailand (BOT), was reacting to market demand for digital assets when it moved decisively in […]

Vo1t: Inside the secret bunker where billions in crypto is stored

So, you’ve become a bitcoin billionaire, with a fast car, luxury mansion and jet-setting lifestyle. There’s just one problem: How on earth are you going to keep your newfound digital fortune safe? At the end of a dark corridor, behind blast doors buried some 60 feet underground in the bowel of an abandoned nuclear bunker, […]

Anybody want Bitcoin futures? Anybody?

Ten months after its launch, some of the hopes for Bitcoin futures look more like pipe dreams. Cboe and CME combined traded about 9,000 contracts a day in the third quarter of 2018. “It has not been what you would call a roaring success,” says Craig Pirrong, a finance professor at the University of Houston […]

Using the blockchain to increase the ‘velocity’ of trade: HSBC

Vinay Mendonca of HSBC discusses how the Voltron platform can “digitize trade” to improve the speed and volume of trade. SOURCE: CNBC   (17)

What’s the cost of corruption?

Bribery costs the world an estimated $1.5 to $2 trillion annually – and that’s just one of the many aspects of corruption. What’s corruption costing the world? CNBC’s Xin En Lee explains from the annual IMF-World Bank meetings in Indonesia. SOURCE: CNBC (20)

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner says the biggest skills gap in the US is not coding

As head of the world’s largest professional-networking site, Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, presumably has access to more, and more detailed, employment information than any government. He knows what jobs people post, what jobs people have, and what jobs people want. And the biggest skills gap he says he sees in the United States is […]

Asian territories retain unassailable lead in container shipping connectivity

China remained the trading nation best connected to others by sea in 2018 according to UNCTAD’s latest Liner Shipping Connectivity Index (LSCI), released alongside the Review of Maritime Transport 2018. The country’s LSCI number has increased by 88% since UNCTAD first compiled the index in 2004. The best-connected territories for seaborne trade were all in […]

Carrefour to use blockchain to track all fresh products by 2022

Europe’s largest retailer Carrefour has adopted blockchain ledger technology to track and trace chicken, eggs and tomatoes as they travel from farms to stores, and will deploy it across all of its fresh product lines in coming years. Julian Satterthwaite reports. SOURCE: Reuters (23)

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