A massive US bank plans to launch its own digital currency

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Wells Fargo & Co.have announced plans to launch a digital currency called Wells Fargo Digital Cash on its blockchain platform.

According to a press release, clients will be able to use Wells Fargo Digital Cash to handle internal book transfers of cross-transfer payments.

Wells Fargo will be able to produce near real-time money movement while removing the need for third parties and reducing transfer time and costs.

The venture will initially handle U.S. dollar transfers with Wells Fargo Digital Cash, with the goal to expand to other currencies.

Lisa Frazier, head of the innovation group at Wells Fargo said “As a result of the increasing digitization of banking services globally, we see a growing demand to further reduce friction regarding traditional borders, and today’s technology puts us in a strong position to do that,”

“We believe DLT holds promise for a variety of use cases, and we’re energized to take this significant step in applying the technology to banking in a material and scalable way. Wells Fargo Digital Cash has the potential to enable Wells Fargo to remove barriers to real-time financial interactions across multiple accounts in multiple marketplaces around the world.”

 

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