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.
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.
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In its first year, Factorin, a Russian blockchain-based trade finance platform has processed 246,000 invoices and supplies and chalked up a transaction turnover above $ 500 million. 30 banking organizations and factoring companies are already on-board the platform, and numerous small and medium-sized businesses are grateful customers.
Bloomberg analyst Mike McGlone sticks with his bullish stance on bitcoin, the ‘first-born’ cryptocurrency, calling it a “resting bull.” McGlone’s analysis in the June 2020 Edition of the Bloomberg Crypto Outlook colors both gold and bitcoin (BTC) in the same bullish hues. “The metal and the crypto remain our top candidates to advance in 2020, with added rally fuel from Covid-19,” writes McGlone.
CipherTrace’s latest report, “Cryptocurrency Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Report, Spring 2020,” claims that crypto-crimes during the first five months of 2020 netted their perpetrators $1.36 billion. At this rate, 2020 could well achieve the dubious distinction of recording the second-highest value in crypto crimes ever recorded. In 2019, crypto-criminals made off with $4.5 billion.
In a bid to expand its institutional client base, BEQUANT, the UK-based digital asset solutions provider recently introduced its prime broking services. The service is intended to provide institutions with easier access to liquidity, custody, lending, and other products in the crypto space. BEQUANT has now announced its tie-up with cryptocurrency marketplace OKEx for the launch of its prime brokerage service.
China Merchant’s Port (HKG: 0144), the country’s largest port operator, is collaborating with Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA), and its subsidiary, Ant Financial to develop a distributed ledger technology (DLT), or blockchain platform.
Crypto fans have not taken kindly to a Goldman Sachs presentation that fired potshots at bitcoin.
The offending presentation from Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) has sparked a raging controversy for its remarks against bitcoin. Luminaries from the crypto world took to Twitter and the media to lambast “the vampire squid” for its observations.
Revolut, the digital challenger bank that allows crypto trading, revealed data on cryptocurrency trading on its app during the COVID lockdown. Over 3 million customers in the UK use Revolut’s cryptocurrency trading service. Analysis of the data from the neo bank shows up interesting insights on cryptocurrency adoption and the effect of virus lockdowns on…
Swiss cryptocurrency financial services company Bitcoin Suisse has made yet another move towards expanding the range of products that can be traded on its platform. On April 29 it announced trading with fiat currencies. On Tuesday it followed up with the announcement that it now permitted precious metals trading against the top cryptocurrencies.
The Reserve Bank of India, the Indian central bank, confirmed that there currently exists no banking ban on the crypto industry in India. CoinDCX, India’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, gained a strategic investment of $2.5 million that was led by Polychain Capital with participation from Coinbase Ventures. Meanwhile, Indian crypto exchanges have benefited from the lockdowns imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The crypto sector benefiting from a huge surge in interest, trading volumes, and new user signups during the lockdowns.
Layer1, the bitcoin miner backed by the likes of top-flight VC Peter Thiel and early-stage investor Shasta Ventures, based its operations in west Texas to take advantage of cheap power. Wind energy and natural gas combine to make the cost of power here the cheapest in the world. But for Layer1, there’s icing on this cake. It gets paid $17 million annually to not draw power when the grid needs it most.
Canadian e-commerce giant Shopify (NYSE: SHOP) has added another crypto payment processor to its retinue of digital platforms facilitating crypto payments. It entered a strategic partnership with CoinPayments, the world’s largest cryptocurrency payments processor.
After Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple’s XRP, Litecoin, and Dash, French startup Digycode has added Tezos (XTZ) to its lineup of cryptocurrency prepaid vouchers purchasable at tobacco shops across France. Digycode has partnered for this purpose with Nomadic Labs, which contributes to the development of the Tezos core software.
The Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (OTCMKTS: GBTC) is amassing bitcoin on an impressive scale. The trust, which is heavily patronised by institutions, added 60,762 bitcoin to its stocks between February 7 and May 17. That works out to a daily average acquisition of 607 bitcoin during those 100 days.
Panamanian crypto exchange Cryptobuyer has tied up with Venezuelan local payments processor Mega Soft to enable the use of bitcoin by shoppers at Venezuela’s biggest retail chains. Starting June, more than 20,000 point-of-sale (PoS) located throughout Venezuela will accept bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in payment for shoppers’ purchases of goods and services.
Onchain Custodian, which is a digital asset custody provider backed by Sequoia Capital, Fosun, and DHVC Capital, will provide secure and insured custody to CyberBank for its digital assets.
CoinDCX, which claims to be India’s largest and safest crypto exchange and liquidity aggregator, will entrust its crypto assets to the custody of U.S.-based BitGo. It may be noted that BitGo has in place a US$100 million insurance policy coverage for crypto assets provided by a syndicate of insurers in the Lloyd’s of London and European Marketplace.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell spooked the markets when he came out Wednesday with a highly pessimistic outlook on the pandemic-struck U.S. economy. He said that additional stimulus would be perhaps needed because of “significant downside risks.” The Fed chief’s view, if implemented, could prove bullish for an anti-fiat, non-correlated asset such as bitcoin.
PwC and Elwood Asset Management Services used data from the largest global crypto hedge funds to compile the report.
Assets under management (AUM) at cryptocurrency hedge funds doubled from $1 billion in 2018 to $2 billion in 2019, while average assets under management expanded from $21.9 million to $44 million, said the report. Median AuM increased from US$4.3 million to US$8.2 million.
The Bitcoin blockchain completed its third halving on May 11, 2020, at about 3:21 pm EST.
Bitcoin miners will now get 6.25 BTC per block, down from 12.50 BTC per block before halving. The halving happened earlier than expected, with most expectations for it to take place on May 12, 2020.
Post-halving, Bitcoin has fluctuated between $8,450 and $8,950 and is currently trading at $8,913.
Alex Mashinsky is best known as the inventor of VoIP, which over a billion people worldwide use to make free calls over the Internet. He is also the chief executive of Celsius Network, a community-based Proof-of-Stake blockchain protocol that allows members to borrow dollars against crypto-assets and to earn interest when they deposit and lend their crypto out. He spoke to COIN TELEGRAPH about the recent introduction of Tether Gold (XAUT) on the Celsius platform.
Paul Tudor Jones, the founder, and chief executive at Tudor Investment Corp. told CNBC that Wall Street could be having a grandstand seat at the historic “birthing of a store of value” in bitcoin. The storied investor trashed fiat currencies for the destruction in their purchasing power due to incessant money printing by central banks.
On Thursday, Bitcoin briefly flirted with the $10,000 mark. That’s a very fast rebound from the massive sell-off Bitcoin suffered in March due to the impact of the coronavirus. At the time, it touched a low of $4,017, in what appears in hindsight to be a mouth-watering price. It is now trading at $9,850, showing an appreciation of 145%. According to Coindesk, high volume buying on spot exchanges such as Coinbase triggered the crypto’s lunge at $10,000.
Franklin Resources, Inc. [NYSE: BEN], a global investment management organization operating as Franklin Templeton, has acquired AdvisorEngine Inc. AdvisorEngine is a digital wealth platform and provider of technology and consulting services to more than 1,200 financial advisory firms. These firms manage over $600 billion in assets.
The Bloomberg Crypto Outlook, May 2020 edition, issued by Bloomberg Senior Commodity Strategist Mike Mcglone, is unreservedly bullish on the prospects of Bitcoin. The “firstborn cryptocurrency” seems to be firing on all cylinders, being supported by favorable supply, demand, and macroeconomics.