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Digital assets are about more than just Bitcoin. The global adoption of blockchain, expansion of cross-border payments, new investment vehicles tied to intellectual property, and more, could one day establish a global market of digitized assets worth $50 trillion. This channel provides access to the latest developments, opportunities, risks, and thought leaders in the growing Digital Assets space.

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Digital Assets: JPMorgan on the Generational Divide in Alternative Assets Investing

August 6, 2020

According to a note from JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM) analysts this week, an interesting trend is playing out in alternative investments such as precious metals and cryptocurrencies. Older, more conservative investors are buying up safe-haven assets such as gold and silver. However, millennials will have none of such stuffy, traditional investments. They are more attracted to the technology, the volatility, and the modern allure of digital assets such as bitcoin.

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Digital Assets: Indian Government Mulling New Lockdown on Cryptocurrencies

August 5, 2020

Crypto aficionados in India were delighted with the Supreme Court of India’s March decision to overturn the Reserve Bank of India’s 2018 ban on providing services to any individual or business dealing in digital currencies. But their jubilation may be short-lived. According to Moneycontrol, the Indian government is seriously considering a law to outright ban trading in cryptocurrencies.

Digital Assets: Electric Capital Raises $110M For Its Second Crypto Fund

August 4, 2020

Venture capital firm Electric Capital invests in cryptocurrencies, blockchain-based businesses, fintech companies, and marketplaces. It announced Monday the close of its second fund, a $110M Seed and Series A fund, focused on crypto networks and blockchain-enabled businesses.

Digital Assets: Ransom Amounts Escalate Into Tens of Millions As Hacks Get Bolder

August 3, 2020

The Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) attack gathered a lot of notoriety, mainly because it affected the accounts of so many prominent personalities. The scam garnered roughly $120,000 for its perpetrators and was not a ransomware attack. That amount is peanuts compared to the scale of ransom attacks now being witnessed, with US-based travel management firm CWT paying $4.6 million to get back the use of its computers.

Digital Assets: Zebpay Launches OTC Crypto Desk in India to Meet Huge Demand

July 31, 2020

“There is a huge demand among traders and arbitrageurs in India for OTC desk services, and the recent Supreme Court decision reversing the ban has caught the attention of large investors and institutions eager to explore this new asset class,” says Nirmal Ranga, Vice President of Trade at Zebpay. Unsurprisingly, to cash in on this burgeoning interest in big-ticket crypto trading, Zebpay is launching an OTC Bitcoin (BTC) trading desk.

Digital Assets: This Popular Korean Beach Will Accept Crypto Payments

July 29, 2020

Haeundae (pictured above) is South Korea’s most popular beach. Alongside is the rival Songjeong Beach, which is more popular with surfers. Both tourist spots will accept payments in cryptocurrencies, effective August 2020.

Digital Assets: Anybody Can Use Tokenizer To Issue Asset-Backed Tokens

July 28, 2020

The much-awaited democratization of blockchain-based tokenization is here. Now anybody, even a computer noob, can choose to tokenize one or more of their real-world assets using the Tokenizer platform.

Digital Assets: Now, A Secure XRP Wallet Running In Your Browser

July 27, 2020

Craig DeWitt is a director of product at Ripple, the blockchain payment infrastructure firm. Payburner is his project for an eCommerce platform that would enable buying, selling, paying, and donating on “both sides of the crypto commerce equation” using XRP.

Digital Assets: Quant-Crypto Fund Cambrian Lands $4.2M

July 24, 2020

Quant crypto fund manager Cambrian Asset Management has raised $4.2 million in a seed equity round, the firm said Thursday. The round’s target was initially $3 million but was increased following oversubscription. Cambrian will use the funds to enhance its technology infrastructure, operations, and research and development. The money will not form a part of its AUM.

Digital Assets: Banks and FSAs Cleared as Crypto Assets Custodians

July 23, 2020

On Wednesday, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency wrote a letter to an unnamed bank clarifying that banks’ custody services can include cryptographic keys and other crypto-related assets. The interpretation is a huge shot in the arm for the crypto industry because custodianship is currently the preserve of digital specialist organizations operating as a state-licensed trust. With the latest opinion from the OCC, the market for crypto asset custody opens up to banks and other regulated financial entities.

Digital Assets: Grayscale’s Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin Trusts Move Closer To Trading

July 22, 2020

In an announcement Monday, Grayscale Investments, the world’s largest digital currency asset manager, said that FINRA had approved the shares in its Grayscale Bitcoin Cash Trust and Grayscale Litecoin Trust to quote under the symbols BCHG and LTCN respectively on the OTC Markets.

Digital Assets: Standard Chartered To Provide Crypto Custody for Institutions

July 21, 2020

Standard Chartered’s venture and innovation arm, SC Ventures, has been working on the development of “one of the most secure crypto custody solutions on the market.” According to Alex Manson, who heads SC Ventures, the UK-based custody service will be open to institutional clients internationally. It will serve cryptoassets such as digital currencies as well as security tokens.

Digital Assets: $7.5M Ransomware Attack on Telecom Argentina

July 20, 2020

Telecom Argentina has to pay up $7.5 million by 23:48 on July 21. Hackers are becoming more aggressive and demanding larger ransoms for freeing up hijacked computer resources. The latest entity to fall prey to these machinations is Telecom S.A., Argentina’s largest telecommunications company.

Digital Assets: Bank of Thailand Advances Its Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) to Third Phase

July 17, 2020

Bank of Thailand assistant governor Vachira Arromdee announced Wednesday, July 16 that the Thai central bank was moving to the third phase of development of its central bank digital currency (CBDC). In a significant revelation, she said the bank was already using the Thai CBDC in transactions with some large-sized businesses.

Digital Assets: The Biggest Hack in Twitter’s History Nets Scammers $120K

July 16, 2020

Bad actors used a domain named CryptoForHealth.com as bait to lure bitcoin as part of their hack of the Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) accounts of many luminaries on Wednesday. The attacks began at 19:00 UTC and were a “bitcoin giveaway” scam. Even Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Uber (NYSE: UBER) were not spared.

Digital Assets: Japanese Bank MUFG to Float Stablecoin Later This Year

July 15, 2020

Despite innumerable delays, a yen-backed stablecoin from the stable of Japanese banking giant Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (NYSE: MUFG) will likely see the light of day by late 2020. CEO Hironori Kamezawa broke the news at an interview with the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper. The token, dubbed “MUFG coin,” for now, could be used by anyone in the country.

Digital Assets: Bank of England Mulling CBDC

July 14, 2020

Speaking to students on a webinar, Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey said the bank was considering whether a UK central bank digital currency (CBDC) was feasible.

Digital Assets: Clear Provides Blockchain Solution For Telcos’ Roaming Discount Agreements

July 13, 2020

Clear, a blockchain startup founded in 2018, specializes in removing complex frictions in B2B trade. One such pain point is the contractual settlement and reconciliation for roaming agreements between telecom operators. Clear came up with a blockchain solution for the settlement of roaming discount agreements for Spain’s Telefónica, Deutsche Telekom, and British provider Vodafone.

Digital Assets: Didi, Others Collaborating With Banks and PBoC on DCEP, the Chinese CBDC

July 10, 2020

The Chinese ride-hailing megacorp, DiDi Chuxing, has agreed to collaborate with the Digital Currency Research Institute of the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) on the DCEP – the CBDC under development by China. According to another report, Meituan, the major eCommerce service platform with over 240 million consumers and five million local merchants, as well as video-sharing site Bilibilibili, has begun to cooperate with banks developing the digital yuan.

Digital Assets: Ceres Coin Files With SEC To Issue Tokens and Coins Worth $50M for Cannabis Network

July 9, 2020

Ceres Coin LLC, based in Chicago, filed with the SEC on June 30, 2020, requesting permission to issue digital securities comprising tokens of $30 million and Ceres coins worth $20 million. The tokens will capitalize the company for its proposed business to build an end to end transaction network for cannabis on the blockchain. The coins will be used as a mode of transactions in the cannabis payments network.

Digital Assets: Arca Launches A Treasury Fund that Will Issue Its Shares as Digital ArCoins

July 8, 2020

The Arca U.S. Treasury Fund is the first-ever financial product regulated under the Investment Company Act of 1940 allowed to offer digital securities. Digital asset investment firm Arca launched the closed-end fund on July 6. Though the Arca U.S. Treasury Fund will invest 80% of its portfolio assets in U.S. Treasury securities, shareholders investing in the fund will be issued digital securities called “ArCoin.”

Digital Assets: Now Book Any of 700,000 Expedia Hotels Through Crypto Friendly Travala.com

July 7, 2020

Travala.com is a blockchain-based, crypto friendly travel booking platform with access to over 2 million hotels in 230 countries. In a partnership with Expedia Partner Solutions announced Monday, more than 700,000 Expedia group accommodations can now be booked by travellers on Travala.com.

Digital Assets: Cubans Take to Cryptos Amidst Food Shortage; Over 2,500 Austrian Merchants to Accept Cryptos

July 6, 2020

Cuba is grappling with a national food crisis stemming from Venezuela’s decision to cut off its aid to the country. Problems have been compounded by the nonavailability, due to the virus, of cash couriers and “mules” that are a critical part of the financial and supply chain in the island nation. The socialist regime at the helm of Cuba’s affairs has instructed the people to grow food on every available patch of land. Hapless citizens are increasingly using cryptocurrencies in place of cash and as a hedge against inflation.

Digital Assets: Crypto Gathers Pace in India After Top Court Decision

July 2, 2020

The Supreme Court of India recently struck down a circular issued by the Reserve Bank of India that barred banks from serving crypto businesses such as traders, exchanges, or others. The decision by the Indian top court has been a shot in the arm for the prospects of crypto businesses in India. Crypto-related apps, startups, and exchanges are blossoming in the country.

Digital Assets: Australian Digital Exchange Ties Up with Australia Post For Bitcoin

July 1, 2020

According to a report, Australian digital exchange bitcoin.com.au has made it easy for Australians to purchase bitcoin. They can now place an order on the exchange but then walk across to an Australia Post office and pay for the ordered bitcoins. Bitcoin.com.au CEO Holger Arians believes that the arrangement will enhance the legitimacy and adoption of bitcoin in Australia.