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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

#CryptoCorner: Bakkt (NYSE: $ICE) Outlines Future Plans Including Starbucks (Nasdaq: $SBUX) Digital Payments, Twitter (NYSE: $TWTR) and Square (NYSE: $SQ) CEO Jack Dorsey Participates in CoinList Funding Round



#CryptoCorner: Bakkt (NYSE: $ICE) Outlines Future Plans Including Starbucks (Nasdaq: $SBUX) Digital Payments, Twitter (NYSE: $TWTR) and Square (NYSE: $SQ) CEO Jack Dorsey Participates in CoinList Funding Round

IBM (NYSE: $IBM) Joint Report Projects CBDC in the Next 5 Years




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Stocks discussed: (NYSE:ICE) (NasdaqGS:SBUX) (NYSE:TWTR) (NYSE:SQ) (NYSE:DB) (NYSE:IBM)

Bakkt, the digital assets firm owned by Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE:ICE), published a blog post outlining its plans for payments focus. These include an effort to reduce friction in the use of digital assets, a planned consumer app enabling easier market access, and increasing control merchants have over costs and customer engagement. The blog concludes with an indication that coffee giant Starbucks (NasdaqGS:SBUX) will begin accepting digital payments in partnership with Bakkt in 2020.

Over the last year, we’ve assembled a strong team of payments engineers and are nearing completion of our core payments and compliance platform. We’re now focused on the development of the consumer app and merchant portal, as well as testing with our first launch partner, Starbucks, which we expect in the first half of next year.

Cointelegraph quotes Starbucks’ vice president of partnerships and payments, Maria Smith:

“Starbucks will play a pivotal role in developing practical, trusted and regulated applications for consumers to convert their digital assets into US dollars for use at Starbucks.”

Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) and financial services company Square, Inc. (NYSE:SQ), has participated in a $10 million funding round for crypto startup CoinList, according to a report from CCN. CoinList helps manage token sales or ICOs for companies, having “conducted more than 50 token sales where over half a billion dollars has been raised”. According to Dorsey, CoinList has future plans to launch a cryptocurrency trading exchange.

Chinese outlet Sycaijing.com reports that Bitcoin (BTC) mining giant Bitmain has “secretly” submitted a listing application with the U.S. Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC). According to the article, this application was sponsored by Deutsche Bank (NYSE:DB).

A report on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) conducted by IBM (NYSE:IBM) and the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) concludes that a CBDC in some form is expected to launch in the next five years. An excerpt reads:

The principal conclusion is that we are likely to witness the introduction of a central bank – that is fiat – retail digital currency within the next five years, either as a complement to or as a substitute for notes and coins. It is improbable that the first such issuance will come from a G20 central bank; it is considerably more likely to be launched in a smaller and less complex economy in response to a specific policy objective and use case. This may relate to improving the overall effectiveness and resilience of a national payments system by reducing the prevalence of cash. Alternatively, it could be associated with extending financial inclusion; reducing the size of the dark economy; countering financial crime; or for a specific purpose, such as transforming the cross-border transmission of migrant worker remittances.

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Monday, October 28, 2019

#CryptoCorner: BTC Rallies Following China’s Blockchain Endorsement, Bakkt to Launch Consumer App and Argentina Sees BTC Trading Spike After USD Purchases Restricted


#CryptoCorner: BTC Rallies Following China’s Blockchain Endorsement, Bakkt to Launch Consumer App and Argentina Sees BTC Trading Spike After USD Purchases Restricted




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Stocks discussed: (SSE:600797) (SZSE:002657) (SZSE:002570) (HKEX:1357) (NasdaqGS:FB) (NYSE:ICE)

The crypto market exploded on Friday with a price surge in Bitcoin (BTC) from around $7,500 to a peak of just over $10,000, according to data from CoinMarketCap. This is the highest trading price Bitcoin has seen since September 22. The consensus seems to be that this rally was brought on by Chinese President Xi Jinping’s announcement of increased investment into blockchain technology.

Bloomberg reports that there was a surge in Chinese investor interest in blockchain stocks in the wake of this announcement, and the resulting rally. An excerpt reads:

The gains were widespread Monday, with Insigma Technology Co. (SSE:600797) and Sinodata Co. (SZSE:002657) among more than 60 tech shares surging by the daily limit in Shanghai and Shenzhen. The excitement coincided with a 26% rally in Bitcoin, and also boosted stocks with more tenuous connections to blockchain, like baby-food producer Beingmate Co. (SZSE:002570) and selfie-app developer Meitu Inc. (HKEX:1357)

Li Shiyu, fund manager at Guangdong Xiaoyu Investment Management Co., is quoted in the article:

“Most of these companies, especially those that are just beginning to state their connection with blockchain today, are trying to take advantage of the hype. It shows how much excitement can be triggered by something stressed as a priority by the top man himself.”

This pro-blockchain sentiment exhibited by the Chinese government was seemingly foreshadowed by Facebook (NasdaqGS:FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg. An excerpt from a TechCrunch article covering Zuckerberg’s Congressional hearing last week reads:

“As soon as we put forward the white paper around the Libra project, China immediately announced a public private partnership, working with companies . . . to extend the work that they’ve already done with AliPay into a digital Renminbi as part of the Belt and Road Initiative that they have, and they’re planning on launching that in the next few months.” He later said that for Libra, “Chinese companies would be the primary competitors.”

Bakkt, the digital assets firm owned by Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE:ICE), plans to develop a consumer app and merchant portal, according to a blog post by Mike Blandina, the company’s Chief Product Officer. He wrote:

We’ll be launching a consumer app to make it easy for consumers to discover and unlock the value of digital assets, as well as ways in which they can transact or track them. Merchants gain access to a broader set of customers with expanded spending power.

Cointelegraph reports that Argentina’s central bank has reduced the monthly maximum amount of U.S. dollars people can by from $10,000 to $200 in an effort to stabilize the country’s Argentine peso (ARS). Perhaps resulting from this, the article indicates that for the week ending Oct. 26, accounts traded 14.15 million ARS ($240,000) in Bitcoin.

Sam Mowers, Investorideas

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Friday, October 25, 2019

#CryptoCorner: Twitter (NYSE: $TWTR) CEO Skeptical of Libra, Galaxy Digital (TSXV: $GLXY.V) to Launch BTC Funds and Accenture (NYSE: $ACN), SAP (NYSE: $SAP) and R3 to Build Real-Time Gross Settlement System


#CryptoCorner: Twitter (NYSE: $TWTR) CEO Skeptical of Libra, Galaxy Digital (TSXV: $GLXY.V) to Launch BTC Funds and Accenture (NYSE: $ACN), SAP (NYSE: $SAP) and R3 to Build Real-Time Gross Settlement System




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Stocks discussed: (NasdaqGS:FB) (NYSE:TWTR) (TSXV:GLXY) (NYSE:ACN) (NYSE:SAP)

Forbes reports that Facebook (NasdaqGS:FB) Co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg received considerable scrutiny from Congress on Wednesday with regard to the company’s Libra cryptocurrency project. While Zuckerberg emphasized the aim of Libra in helping the “unbanked”, who don’t have access to traditional banking and financial services, Congress focussed on the firm’s existing problems. For instance, Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) said:

"I have come to the conclusion that it would be beneficial for all if Facebook concentrates on addressing its many existing deficiencies and failures before proceeding any further on the Libra project."

Others hit on Libra’s supposed threat to existing fiat currencies. Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) said:

"Facebook's internal motto was for a long time 'move fast and break things.' Mr. Zuckerberg, we do not want to break the international monetary system.”

According to an article from The Verge, Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) CEO Jack Dorsey is similarly skeptical of the Libra project. At a Twitter media event in New York City, Dorsey was asked if he would join the Libra Association. He replied:

“Hell no. I don’t know if it’s a gimmick,but a cryptocurrency wasn’t necessary to make that work. It’s not an internet open standard that was born on the internet. It was born out of a company’s intention, and it’s not consistent with what I personally believe and what I want our company to stand for.”

Dorsey was generally sympathetic to cryptocurrencies as a whole, however.

“I think the internet is somewhat of an emerging nation-state in almost every way. It almost has a currency now in the form of cryptocurrency and bitcoin.”

Galaxy Digital Asset Management, a division of Galaxy Digital (TSXV:GLXY), will launch two Bitcoin (BTC) funds in November, according to a report from CoinDesk. The report cites an unnamed “source with direct knowledge of the matter” and an appearance by company CEO Michael Novogratz on CNBC wherein he hints at the company’s plans:

“People are setting up funds, including ourselves, to allow people easy access to Bitcoin.”

“It is just a Bitcoin fund that takes care of custody, takes care of pricing ... it just allows people to invest in Bitcoin without having to set up a Coinbase account, without worrying that their phone is going to get lost.”

According to CoinDesk:

The Galaxy Bitcoin Fund will require a $25,000 minimum investment with optional quarterly redemptions. The Galaxy Institutional Bitcoin Fund will allow weekly withdrawals and require minimums higher than $25,000. Both funds will offer professional oversight of bitcoin storage, tax documentation, and client service support.

Accenture (NYSE:ACN), German software firm SAP SE (NYSE:SAP) and blockchain software firm R3 are collaborating on a real-time gross settlement system to enable faster, more efficient, reliable and secure payments between banks and customers. John Velissarios, a managing director and global blockchain technology lead at Accenture, explained:

“Because the current payment settlement infrastructure is highly complex and fragmented, RTGS systems that leverage DLT and cryptographically secure tokenized payments can help central banks improve efficiency and security. The RTGS prototype, designed in collaboration with SAP and R3, demonstrates the next stage of efficiency in payment systems and ultimately, paves the way to linking to tokenized-assets, like equities, to create an increasingly integrated and seamless financial services ecosystem.”

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019


#CryptoCorner: US Treasury to Investigate Libra (NASDAQ: $FB),  Grayscale Continues (OTC: $GBTC) #DropGold Campaign to Encourage Crypto Investment, Cryptanite (CSE: $NITE.C) Name  Change




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Stocks discussed: (NasdaqGS:FB) (OTC:GBTC) (CSE:NITE)

The U.S. Department of Treasury will investigate Libra, the planned cryptocurrency project from Facebook (NasdaqGS:FB). The decision by the Treasury was prompted by a letter from Emanuel Cleaver, II, congressman for Missouri’s fifth district, who requested that regulators examine Libra and Calibra for “possible systemic risk”. In a responding letter received by Congressman Cleaver yesterday, the Treasury said:

“It is unclear whether U.S. and foreign regulators will have the ability to monitor the Libra market and require corrective action, if necessary. This concern must be addressed if the Libra is to launch.”

Congressman Cleaver said:

“With the vast influence and reach of a company such as Facebook, it is absolutely critical that any effort to launch a cryptocurrency be met with the most stringent of examinations to ensure such an endeavor does not pose a systemic risk to the global economy. I appreciate Facebook’s willingness to work with federal regulators as the company seeks to launch Libra, which has the potential to update—or upend—our financial system. As Facebook works down this regulatory road, it is imperative that we affirm that terror financing and money laundering is not advanced through Libra, and, according to FSOC, significant concerns remain.”

Meanwhile, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg is in Congress today for a hearing with the House Financial Services Committee mostly focussed on Libra.

Digital currency asset manager Grayscale Investments has unveiled a new wave of advertising for its #DropGold campaign. The campaign encourages investors to allocate their investments to digital assets, and more specifically to the company’s flagship Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (OTC:GBTC). Michael Sonnenshein, Managing Director at Grayscale Investments, commented:

“We are delighted to continue driving the #DropGold narrative by introducing our second commercial, the next chapter in how we are helping to educate investors about the investment-case for Bitcoin and Bitcoin access products like GBTC. Gold had its place in history but we now live in a digital world. Embracing innovation is going to make a key difference when it comes to building resilient investment portfolios.”

Cryptanite Blockchain Technologies Corp. (CSE:NITE) has announced that it will change its name to "Intellabridge Technology Corporation”, and will begin trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the new name and the new stock symbol "INTL" beginning October 24, 2019. According to the press release, the new name “is designed to reflect a strategic move towards machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies as part of its core technology”.

Sam Mowers, Investorideas

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