During a meeting with my boss several months ago, he brought up a matter of scheduling – and I did not have my calendar in front of me. “What? No calendar?” he exclaimed. “You need to have your calendar with you; you need to write everything in it, and you need to bring it everywhere you go. That’s what people who have real jobs with real responsibilities do.”
ICOs or Initial Coin Offerings are used by cryptocurrency startups as a way of getting around the heavily regulated capital-raising process demanded by banks and investors. ICOs offer a percentage of the cryptocurrency for sale to early investors in exchange for fiat – or crypto – currency, but most commonly for Bitcoin. Because it is unregulated, it’s very popular in today’s crypto industry. According to Coinschedule, more than US $2bn was raised in March 2018 alone, and nearly US $5bn in the first financial quarter. Basically, they function like Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) or crowdfunding.
One of the most economically significant events of recent times is Brexit, the United Kingdom of Great Britain’s withdrawal from the world’s single wealthiest trading bloc, the European Union. The UK has been a part of the EU since 1993 and part of its forerunner, the European Economic Community, for twenty years before that.
In recent years, cryptocurrencies have become almost ubiquitous in the mainstream media. Many media outlets now have reporters or entire sections of their websites devoted to covering digital currency, the blockchain, and other FinTech innovations. Despite that increased attention, however, those digital currencies continue to be difficult to use and hard to access for most average citizens – and that’s a problem.
When most people hear about the 1600 cryptocurrencies and ICO tokens listed on CoinMarketCap, they assume that number includes every one ever launched. This assumption may come after they scroll down to the end and notice hundreds that have no marketcap and/or no volume. The bottom of the list is often referred to the graveyard – a place where abandoned coins go to die. The real graveyard however, is wherever they go after they are removed from the listing. At least while they are on CoinMarketcap, for better or (usually) worse, there is a marker of their demise.
DNotes Global, Inc. has announced the production release of the company’s DNotes 2.0 digital currency, which will reportedly offer upgraded features and new benefits for the coin’s stakeholders. In a press release issued on Monday, the company confirmed that the latest version of DNotes comes with several important changes designed to reward DNotes owners and further the goal of achieving widespread acceptance and adoption of the digital currency.
If you’re like most people and you one day plan to retire, then you’ll need to think about saving and investing to replace the earnings that you’ll no longer get from employment. It is natural for humans to look to the future to work out what action they need to take today to ensure a better future, but too often a lack of information about the world around us distorts these calls to action. And while we may sometimes be ignorant of economic reality, economic reality doesn’t ignore us when things go belly-up.
Cryptocurrency education platform DNotesEDU has announced a massive upgrade, offering expanded content that provides entry level educational material focusing on cryptocurrency and personal finance. According to DNotesEDU education director Brandon Cheliak, the changes are an effort to address the cryptocurrency market’s current lack of sound information about investor protection and education.
As human beings, we tend to mark the passage of time by holding certain dates and events in high regard – especially those dates that have a special meaning for us. That’s why we celebrate things like birthdays and anniversaries. They provide us an opportunity to take stock of where we’ve come from by celebrating specific milestones that have helped to bring us to where we are now. At DNotes, we’re now celebrating a very important milestone, as we prepare to enjoy our four-year anniversary. Yes, it’s been four years since DNotes first launched – and what a four-year journey it has been!
As part of that celebration, I would like to review the path we’ve taken to get to where we are, to better understand just how far we’ve come. In addition, I think it’s important to look at where we’re going in the immediate future as we roll out new features and services in the months and years to come. As anyone who has followed our progress over the last four years already knows, DNotes is an idea with world changing possibilities. I hope you’ll join me as we celebrate yet another milestone on the path to realizing its true potential.
When we created DNotes nearly four years ago, we knew that we wanted it to be a different kind of digital currency. After examining other cryptocurrencies, it was clear to us that none of them were well-positioned to bring the benefits of digital currency to the mainstream. From the beginning, DNotes was designed to fulfill this purpose. With our four-year anniversary on the horizon, it’s important to remember some of the important milestones that we’ve marked along the way. Two of the most significant of those milestones occurred with the creation of the DNotesVault and the CRISP programs. Both represent the type of innovation that today’s consumers want and need.
In the last eighteen months, cryptocurrencies have stormed onto the financial scene with a very loud bang. The cryptocurrency market is now valued at north of $500 billion and growing exponentially every year. At this rate, the cryptocurrency market will be worth trillions of dollars in just a few short years. This multi-trillion-dollar pot of gold is now firmly entrenched in global finance. As a result, what was once scorned, ridiculed, and considered little more than a pipe-dream is now being taken very seriously by almost every major financial institution worldwide
There are many tutorials online that will take you through the process of securing your wallet, step-by-step – and many of them are quite useful in that regard. However, your fortune could be at risk if you try to follow one of these tutorials after something goes wrong. To avoid that potential risk, it is critical to understand what it is that you are securing and what types of security risks threaten that security. That understanding can provide you with the insight you need to make your own decisions about which precautions you should take and determine the best bitcoin wallet for you. Understanding why you are doing something also makes it much less likely that you’ll make mistakes or follow the wrong instructions.
Contained within several notices from the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), are clarifications of the regulations in place that can determine the legality of Initial Coin Offerings (also called Initial Token Offerings). The CSA’s main concern with ICOs in their current form will most certainly be the lack of investor protection for Canadians. Like securities laws in the United States that provide investor protection, Canada also has regulations regarding the sale of ICO tokens to its citizens.
We recently examined the structural misunderstandings of cryptocurrencies that were expressed in a blog post by one of New Zealand’s largest banks ASB). However, it seems that this misunderstanding of cryptocurrencies, blockchain technologies, and the power dynamic between them and traditional power structures is endemic throughout the entire global financial system. Bloomberg just released a piece from its editorial board, revealing their own limited knowledge in this area.
One of the main sources of frustration for those of us who are blockchain and cryptocurrency enthusiasts is the degree to which big companies and large financial institutions still don’t understand our industry. Earlier this week, one of New Zealand’s largest banks ASB released a blog post by their General Manager of Global Markets, Nigel Annett. We believe that post offers tremendous insight into how financial institutions and other major organizations are thinking about cryptocurrency and blockchain adoption.
With the recent “cryptopocalypse” that has wiped $250B in value from the cryptocurrency ecosystem in the last few days, one thing that has taken me by surprise is the seemingly coincidental moves in traditional USD FX markets. Over a 36 hour window from the beginning of the latest Bitcoin bear run, the USD fell almost two points in futures markets from 92 to 90, and the USD spiked downwards across all currency pairs.
If you’ve been paying any attention at all to the recent headlines describing the rise and fall of Bitcoin and hundreds of other digital currencies, it’s only natural to wonder whether the coverage could possibly be any more sensational. Just weeks ago, we were teased with headlines that predicted that Bitcoin’s price would soon reach $50,000. Many of those same media outlets are now bombarding us with headlines that are equally as dramatic – but with a far different tone
Initial coin offerings have been in the news quite a bit in recent months, as blockchain and digital currency startups have become increasingly reliant on them for their capital formation needs. By some estimates, more than 4 billion dollars in capital have been raised using this funding mechanism. The fact is that ICOs have become an increasingly popular option for raising capital. However, that popularity has been accompanied by increased government scrutiny.
By interconnecting inflationary and deflationary currencies we can allow free market forces to dictate inflation or deflation, as opposed to the current standard of central figures making what can be arbitrary decisions on which way to direct the economy. Backing inflationary currencies with deflationary currencies, and providing a gateway for people to freely exchange back and forth will aid the free market in naturally settling upon what interest rates should be. This would signal an end to the era of perpetual growth based on central fiscal policy, and the sometimes deceptive ways of measuring economic progress.
The last month saw much attention turning towards Bitcoin Cash’s meteoric rise from a relatively irrelevant Bitcoin sibling, trading at around 0.085 / BTC to rally by a factor of six to an all time high of 0.53 / BTC, before retracing back by 70% to 0.16 / BTC at press time. The megalithic bull run coincided with the announcement that the Bitcoin2x fork planned for November 16 would be suspended — with the Bitcoin2x developers citing disruption to community cohesion as the reason for the cancellation.
The value proposition debate between Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash has centred around each network’s ability to scale the number of transactions they can simultaneously process, the speed at which transactions are verified, and the security risks from centralization that may result from their respective approaches in doing so. The security provided by the distributed nature of blockchains remains Bitcoin’s best differentiator and value proposition compared to mainstream payment vehicles, and any upgrades that might threaten Bitcoin’s decentralized nature — reducing the number of nodes, or moving payment information off the blockchain onto secondary layers – will be fraught with controversy.