Wednesday, August 21, 2019

#CryptoCorner: BTC Still Dominant Over Altcoins, EU Antitrust Regulators Probe Libra, Austrian Telecom Giant A1 Accepting #Crypto Payments



#CryptoCorner: BTC Still Dominant Over Altcoins, EU Antitrust Regulators Probe Libra, Austrian Telecom Giant A1 Accepting #Crypto Payments



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August 21 Crypto Corner

Stocks discussed: (NasdaqGS:FB)

The crypto market has once again slipped into the red, with Bitcoin (BTC) and virtually every altcoin dropping in price over last night, according to data from CoinMarketCap. Bitcoin, specifically, went from a peak trading price of about $10,830 yesterday, to as low roughly $9,960 earlier this morning. It has recovered slightly to a present trading price of $10,047. But even as Bitcoin loses steam, altcoin trading prices are reflecting the same downward trend. Consequently, Bitcoin still enjoys a market dominance of 69 percent. The total crypto market cap fell from $279 billion to $260 billion at press time.

A report from Bloomberg indicates that Facebook’s (NasdaqGS:FB) Libra project is being probed by EU antitrust regulators. An excerpt from the report reads:

The European Commission is "currently investigating potential anti-competitive behavior" related to the Libra Association amid concerns the proposed payment system would unfairly shut out rivals, the EU authority said in a questionnaire sent out earlier this month.

Officials said they’re concerned about how Libra may create "possible competition restrictions" on the information that will be exchanged and the use of consumer data, according to the document, which is a standard part of an early-stage EU inquiry to gather information.

Austrian telecom giant A1 has announced that it will begin accepting cryptocurrency payments in seven of its locations. Markus Schreiber, Head of A1 Business Marketing, commented:

"Paying with digital currencies is becoming more and more prevalent internationally, and every industry is affected. Whether it's the coffee-to-go or the movie ticket, cash is an obsolete model. With our pilot operation in the A1 shops we are testing the demand and acceptance of digital currencies in Austria. As a pioneer, A1 assumes a great responsibility with regard to the digitization of our society. The safety of consumers and trade, as well as compliance with all legal requirements and provisions have top priority. Before the A1 Payment portfolio will be expanded by digital currencies and officially available to business customers, a multi-stage trial will now be carried out, starting with selected A1 shops.”

Business Korea reports that an increasing amount of South Korean blockchain startups are listing their crypto and blockchain projects on foreign exchanges. The article cites stricter regulation on the domestic market as a possible reason for listing overseas.

Experts point out that domestic blockchain projects are flocking to foreign exchanges largely due to tougher domestic cryptocurrency exchange market conditions. Investors cannot make or withdraw deposits in the Korean currency at Korean exchanges. Excluding the nation’s four largest exchanges, some 200 smaller exchanges cannot open real-name virtual accounts. This is one reason cryptocurrency investors cannot benefit from investor protection.

The article also attributes low transaction volumes as a key reason for doing business elsewhere.

Sam Mowers, Investorideas

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

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#CryptoCorner: #Crypto Startup INX Plans $130 Million IPO, Winklevoss Twins In Talks to Join Libra Association, China’s CBDC Influenced by Libra and Japanese Gift Card Giant Transitioning to #Blockchain



#CryptoCorner: #Crypto Startup INX Plans $130 Million IPO, Winklevoss Twins In Talks to Join Libra Association, China’s CBDC Influenced by Libra and Japanese Gift Card Giant Transitioning to #Blockchain



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August 20 Crypto Corner

Stocks discussed: (NasdaqGS:FB)

Crypto startup INX Limited is planning to raise $129.5 million USD in an IPO, according to a report from CoinDesk. The firm is domiciled in Gibraltar and filed a draft F-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) on Monday. This will be the first security token sale registered with the SEC. An excerpt from the Prospectus Summary outlines the company’s aims:

Our vision is to establish two trading platforms and a security token that provide regulatory clarity to the blockchain asset industry. We plan to achieve this by: (1) differentiating between security and non-security blockchain asset classes and providing trading opportunities for each class; (2) obtaining appropriate regulatory licenses and approvals, including money transmitter licenses, a U.S. broker-dealer license and subsequent registration as an ATS; (3) issuing our security token, the INX Token, and maintaining the INX Registry, which reflects a real time list of INX Token holders; (4) requiring that all INX Token holders comply with KYC/AML procedures; and (5) granting certain rights and benefits to the holders of INX Tokens.

When fully operational, we expect to offer professional traders and institutional investors trading platforms with established practices common in other regulated financial services markets, such as customary trading, clearing, and settlement procedures, regulatory compliance, capital and liquidity reserves and operational transparency.

CNN Business reports that Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the founders of crypto exchange Gemini, have been in talks with Facebook (NasdaqGS:FB) to join the Libra Association. This may come as a surprise, considering the twins’ widely-reported legal battle with Facebook creator and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Cameron Winklevoss opined that crypto will be unavoidable in the future and that big tech firms are most likely considering its implementation in some capacity:

"I think there is a day in the future where we can't live without crypto, or imagine a world before crypto.”

"I think that internet companies have to have a crypto strategy, and I think a lot of them are thinking about their own coin projects. They're probably watching Libra and Facebook to see how that fares as they develop it.”

According to a state-owned English-language outlet, the People’s Republic of China is nearing a launch for its central bank digital currency (CBDC). Yang Dong, director of the Research Center of Finance Technology and Cyber Security at Renmin University of China, told the outlet that the CBDC was influenced by Facebook’s Libra project. An excerpt reads:

“It sparked discussions among Chinese financial regulators, driving the designer to rethink various models which can involve more non-governmental institutions in the CBDC development and issuance process.”

Amaten, Japan’s largest gift card exchange platform, is partnering with blockchain network provider aelf to transform “gift cards into digital assets that can be managed and exchanged on the blockchain”, according to a report from Verdict. Amaten chairman Tom Kanazawa commented:

“The current system and technology used for gift card is completely obsolete and dates all the way back to the mid 90s.

It has never evolved to match today’s digital world; it still suffers from basic fundamental shortcomings and is very inconvenient.

I believe that the gift card industry can be a perfect use case for blockchain. The two are a completely natural fit.”

Sam Mowers, Investorideas

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Investorideas.com - Bitcoin stock news: Hut 8 Mining (TSXV: HUT) (OTCQX: HUTMF) Reports Record Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2019

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#CryptoCorner: Bakkt Futures May Have Fueled Weekend Market Recovery, Rakuten Launches Spot Trading, Binance Announces Stablecoin Project ‘Venus’ and Santander Expands Ripple Solution to Latin America


#CryptoCorner: Bakkt Futures May Have Fueled Weekend Market Recovery, Rakuten Launches Spot Trading, Binance Announces Stablecoin Project ‘Venus’ and Santander Expands Ripple Solution to Latin America




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August 19 Crypto Corner

Stocks discussed: (NYSE:ICE) (TYO:4755) (NYSE:SAN)

The crypto market is looking a lot greener this morning after last week’s downward trend. According to data from CoinMarketCap, Bitcoin (BTC) is trading for $10,720 at press time. This is an improvement of nearly $1,000 from its lowest points on Friday, when it was trading in the late $9,000 range. Bitcoin still dominates all other cryptocurrencies with a market cap of about $191 billion, or nearly 69 percent of total market capitalization.

An article from CoinDesk considers that this bullish trend may be linked to news on Friday that Bakkt, a subsidiary of Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE:ICE) received regulatory approval to launch physically settled bitcoin futures trading. The article quotes a tweet from crypto analyst and trader Scott Melker:

“The @Bakkt news is arguably the most bullish event for institutional investors in the history of bitcoin. PHYSICALLY delivered futures (require the holder to either produce actual bitcoin or take delivery from the exchange) backed by the New York Stock Exchange. We are maturing.”

Rakuten Wallet, inc., a subsidiary of Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten (TYO:4755), has launched a spot trading service for cryptoassets. The service will be available on a dedicated smartphone app, that will debut on Android with an iOS version to follow. An excerpt from the announcement reads:

Through the smartphone app, customers can make transactions for crypto asset trading accounts, such as depositing/withdrawing Japanese yen and depositing/withdrawing crypto assets, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The app also features many useful functions that allow customers to effectively manage their crypto assets, such as confirmation of assets deposited in Rakuten Wallet, the purchase and sale of crypto assets, and real-time chart rate confirmation. Three types of crypto assets can be traded: Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), and Bitcoin Cash (BCH).

Crypto exchange giant Binance has announced Venus, an “initiative to develop localized stablecoins and digital assets pegged to fiat currencies across the globe”. Binance co-founder Yi He explained the project to CoinDesk:

“We believe that in the near and long term, stablecoins will progressively replace traditional fiat currencies in countries around the world, and bring a new and balanced standard of the digital economy. We hope to achieve a vision, that is, to reshape the world financial system, allow countries to have more tangible financial services and infrastructures, protect their financial security and increase the economic efficiency of countries.”

Cointelegraph reports that Spanish banking giant Santander (NYSE:SAN) is expanding its Ripple-powered global payment solution to Latin America. Using a mobile app called One Pay FX, the service will enable zero-fee transactions from Latin American countries to the United States. One reason for this expansion is that One Pay FX transaction volumes have tripled from January to June of this year.

Sam Mowers, Investorideas

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#CryptoCorner: BTC Still Dominant Over Altcoins, EU Antitrust Regulators Probe Libra, Austrian Telecom Giant A1 Accepting #Crypto Payments

#CryptoCorner: BTC Still Dominant Over Altcoins, EU Antitrust Regulators Probe Libra, Austrian Telecom Giant A1 Accepting #Crypto Paymen...