Category: World Bank

Digital Remittances Reach Record High of $96 Billion, Fees Charged by Traditional Providers Open Door for Cryptocurrencies

Digital Remittances Reach Record High of $96 Billion, Fees Charged by Traditional Providers Open Door for CryptocurrenciesIn a globalized world where labor follows capital, the remittance industry has been growing constantly in both volume and users. Traditional providers like banks and money transfer companies have been charging high fees for their services which creates opportunities for alternative digital platforms and decentralized cryptocurrencies. Also read: Russians Can Use Qiwi, Sberbank, Yandex Money […]

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Low Interest Rates Provide Precarious Protection Against Crisis, World Bank Warns

Low Interest Rates Provide Precarious Protection Against Crisis, World Bank WarnsThe latest global debt wave is the largest in the past five decades, the World Bank has acknowledged in a new report. The international institution notes that previous waves of broad-based debt accumulation lead to widespread financial crises. Historically low interest rates this time might not be sufficient to avoid the next meltdown. Also read: […]

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Indian Finance Minister Answers Crypto Questions at IMF Meeting

Indian Finance Minister Answers Crypto Questions at IMF ConferenceAt an IMF and World Bank meeting, Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman talked about cryptocurrency and stablecoins when asked about Facebook’s Libra digital currency project. RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das also addressed the subject at the conference. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Postpones Crypto Case to November, New Date Confirmed Finance Minister Talks Crypto At the […]

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The World Bank’s Blockchain Bond Is Just a Fancy Way of Selling Debt

Last year the World Bank and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia announced a permissioned Ethereum-based blockchain to facilitate the end-to-end issuance of bonds between financial partners. The Bretton Woods-created financial institution hopes to make debt capital markets far more efficient with a bank-to-bank blockchain network. At the same time, the World Bank’s bond scheme has […]

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Crypto-Based Transfers Can Cut Remittance Costs in Africa by 90%

As Traditional Remittance Rates Soar, Crypto-Based Transfers Can Cut Costs in Africa by 90%Remittances have become a lifeline for many people in Sub-Saharan Africa, but the cost of sending money via banks and money transfer operators remains punitively high. On average, it costs 9.3% (of value transferred) to send the equivalent of $200 to the region, the highest remittance rates anywhere on the planet, according to the new […]

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Irresponsible Borrowing Leaves Africa on Brink of Debt Crisis – Again

Irresponsible Borrowing Leave Africa on Brink of Debt Crisis - AgainIrresponsible government borrowing has caused debt in many African countries to reach crisis level. Over the past 10 years, more than $80 billion in bonds have been issued to thirsty European investors by governments in Africa south of the Sahara, with public debt now making up about half of GDP. Bilateral loans, especially from China, add […]

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Pushing the Boundaries of Economic Change: Bitcoin as a Medium of Exchange in Africa

Pushing The Boundaries Of Economic Change - Bitcoin As A Medium Of Exchange In AfricaBitcoin is pushing the boundaries of economic change in Africa. In East Africa, a new deal between digital currency exchange Bitpesa and a Japanese firm shows Kenyans are using bitcoin to pay for used Japanese cars, cosmetics and electrical gadgets. In Nigeria, Sure Remit is helping make cash transfers cheaper and in Zimbabwe, TV subscriptions, […]

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A Third of Humanity Remains Financially Excluded

Statistics: A Third of Humanity Remains Financially ExcludedUnrestricted access to financial services is one of the main preconditions for achieving economic freedom. However, large portions of the planet’s population, especially in the developing world, remain excluded from the traditional banking system. The number of the unbanked or underbanked citizens of the industrialized, digitized nations is also unexpectedly high, now when almost everyone, […]

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PR: Stemcell-pj – Tech to Reverse Ageing: Blockchain Startup Joins the Fight for Longevity

Stemcell-pj - Tech to Reverse Ageing: Blockchain Startup Joins the Fight for LongevityThe mythical fountain of youth. The tales of it appeared in writings by Herodotus, it was sought by the emperors of ancient China, for its sake alchemists spent years trying to create a philosopher’s stone. Centuries have passed, technological progress inexorably moves forward, but the issue of reversing the age is still hanging at poise. All over the world hundreds of clinics and laboratories spend millions of dollars searching for a way to slow down biological time. Now, in the heyday of blockchain and cryptocurrencies, high-tech startups are also joining the race for eternal youth.

Chameleon-like cells

According to the World Bank, about 8.7 percent of the world’s population is people over the age of 65. This is about 652 million humans! The forecasts are even more discouraging: the ageing population grows at an unprecedented rate and the percentage is projected to reach nearly 17 percent by 2050.

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