No Compelling Need For Federal Reserve Cryptocurrency, Says Fed Governor Brainard

Forbes - Tech

Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard said Tuesday night there is no need for a Fed cryptocurrency and the risks of one could be great. Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard said Tuesday night that a cryptocurrency from the Fed or another central bank could risk creating a global target for cyberattacks or provide a ready means of money laundering. "There is no compelling demonstrated need," Brainard told a digital currency forum at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. While proponents of central bank cryptocurrencies have argued they would be more stable and reliable than Bitcoin and other digital currencies from the private sector, Brainard said they could very well be wrong. In addition to the cybercrime and money laundering risks, the Fed Governor said the technological challenges to creating a central bank cryptocurrency would be immense.


RIP: World's Ugliest Dog dead at age 9

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON – Zsa Zsa's 15 minutes in the limelight are over: The copiously drooling English bulldog -- named the World's Ugliest Dog just weeks ago -- has died. The 9-year-old canine died in her sleep Tuesday morning, owner Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minnesota told U.S. media. "I'm in shock still," Brainard told CNN sister network HLN. "I haven't even processed her winning and fame." The dog won the ugliness title at a contest last month in Petaluma, California.


Zsa Zsa, the world's ugliest dog, has passed away

Mashable

The world lost a shining star this week. Zsa Zsa, the recently crowned "world's ugliest dog" passed away early Tuesday morning at the age of 9. Zsa Zsa's owner, Megan Brainard, broke the devastating news to the Today show, and fans are mourning along with her. SEE ALSO: The World's Ugliest Dog contest crowns its latest, absolutely PRECIOUS winner "She's been staying over at my dad's house. He woke up this morning and found her passed away," Brainard told Today. It's kind of like when she won," Brainard said, referring to Zsa Zsa's June 23 victory in the "world's ugliest dog" contest.


Republicans cook up plan to cripple consumer agency

Los Angeles Times

If there's one thing the financial services industry hates, it's adult supervision. Last week, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Texas Republican who serves as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, unveiled a plan that he said would rectify the "grave mistake" that was the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, which tightened the regulatory screws on financial firms and created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as an industry watchdog. "Dodd-Frank's false premise is that an alchemy of Wall Street greed, outsized private risk and massive Washington deregulation almost blew up the world economy," he said in a speech last week to the Economic Club of New York. "It wasn't deregulation that caused the financial crisis," Hensarling said. As for greed, he said, "When hasn't there been an element of greed on Wall Street?"


Big data: The key to staying competitive in the financial services industry

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From embracing robo-advisers, to drones helping assess insurance claims and Australia's major banks scrapping ATM fees, the banking and financial services industry is currently in the process of immense change.