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Barbara Matthews

Barbara Matthews

Founder & CEO at BCMstrategy, Inc.
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Bio Founder & CEO, BCMstrategy, Inc. which uses a patented, proprietary process to quantify policy risk and accurately anticipate policy decisions. Current coverage includes: FinTech regulation, Trade policy, and Brexit. Career History Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council; First US Treasury Attache to EU; Senior Counsel, House Financial Services Committee; first Regulatory Counsel at IIF. Ran KPMG's internal financial services policy (US) think tank. Expert: geopolitics, cross-border financial regulation.


Digital Asset Class (DAC)

Digital Dollar and Stablecoin Policy Moves Forward

25 Mar 2020

Throughout the week, steady low level activity has been visible regarding digital currencies globally. It's only Tuesday, but the cross-border public policy arena has suddenly become much more welcoming to cryptocurrency and, particularly, stablecoin issuers. We saw a similar shift in Greece during the crisis years (before crypto was a thing): g...

Financial Services Regulation

New FinTech Data Raises Questions and Regulatory Policy Issues

06 Jan 2020

2020's FinTech policy cycle started relatively quietly today with an interesting set of FinTech data from De Nederlandsche Bank (the Dutch Central Bank): Working Paper No. 663 "The Economic Forces Driving Fintech Adoption Across Countries." The data in the report provide a solid overview of the global scale of the FinTech industry. Sp...

Digital Asset Class (DAC)

Crypto Data From Asia -- OECD Report Signals Expanding Regulatory Perimeter

11 Dec 2019

This morning, while evaluating official activity over the last 24 hours globally regarding cryptocurrency and FinTech regulation, this speech in Malaysia caught our attention. The speech highlighted impressively high crypto usage data. The data was eye-popping enough to justify delving into the 60+ page report released by the OECD today. Back...

Blockchain Observations

Compliance Cold Feet? The Evolving Payments and Blockchain Landscape

04 Oct 2019

This week, three major regulated financial firms (PayPal, MasterCard, Visa) all reportedly are getting cold feet about their participation in the Libra Association project. Can anyone really be suprised after last month's policy moves? Consider: --As noted in this analysis on Medium over the summer, the revenue streams for the Libra Association r...

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