DNotesEDU Prioritizes Investor Protection in Cryptocurrency Education
Feb19

DNotesEDU Prioritizes Investor Protection in Cryptocurrency Education

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.

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DNotes Turns Four
Feb18

DNotes Turns Four

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.

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Innovation That Matters: DNotesVault and CRISP
Feb12

Innovation That Matters: DNotesVault and CRISP

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.

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The Multi-Trillion-Dollar Pot of Gold Nobody Wants to Touch
Jan31

The Multi-Trillion-Dollar Pot of Gold Nobody Wants to Touch

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

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Protecting Your Cryptocurrency – What Is the Best Bitcoin Wallet for You?
Jan24

Protecting Your Cryptocurrency – What Is the Best Bitcoin Wallet for You?

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.

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ICOs May Have Nowhere to Hide from Canadian Securities Laws
Jan22

ICOs May Have Nowhere to Hide from Canadian Securities Laws

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.

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Bloomberg Editors Reveal How Little They Know About Bitcoin or Cryptocurrency
Jan22

Bloomberg Editors Reveal How Little They Know About Bitcoin or Cryptocurrency

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.

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Op-Ed – Response To ASB Bank’s Article On Disruptive Technology
Jan21

Op-Ed – Response To ASB Bank’s Article On Disruptive Technology

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.

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Op-Ed: Did the Latest Crypto-Crash Affect Global FX Markets?
Jan18

Op-Ed: Did the Latest Crypto-Crash Affect Global FX Markets?

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.

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Bursting Bubbles with Falling Knives! Have we created a Global Casino?
Jan17

Bursting Bubbles with Falling Knives! Have we created a Global Casino?

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

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The ICO Conundrum: A Challenge Beyond the SEC Mandate
Jan04

The ICO Conundrum: A Challenge Beyond the SEC Mandate

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.

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Op-Ed: How Inflationary and Deflationary Monetary Systems can Compliment Each Other
Jan02

Op-Ed: How Inflationary and Deflationary Monetary Systems can Compliment Each Other

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.

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Op-Ed: The Centralization Problem —  Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash
Nov30

Op-Ed: The Centralization Problem — Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash

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.

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First New Zealand Based Token Launch Using Ethereum Goes Live
Sep28

First New Zealand Based Token Launch Using Ethereum Goes Live

The runaway international trend of ethereum-based token sales has come to New Zealand, with Circles Project’s token offering going live earlier this week. A token sale involves a startup offering digital assets or ‘tokens’ that have a utility application as a voucher within a decentralized, blockchain-based application. Token sales have become popular within the crypto industry because they allow startups to raise development capital, and acquire a user base before their product’s launch.  

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The ‘Pot of Gold’ in the Canadian FBC Bitcoin Trust
Sep24

The ‘Pot of Gold’ in the Canadian FBC Bitcoin Trust

Approved by the B.C. Securities Commission, as well as registered in the province of Ontario, the Canadian FBC Bitcoin Trust  is the first registered cryptocurrency investment fund in the country. Created by the co-founders of First Block Capital , the trust will allow for the ease of access to bitcoin investing that is badly needed within an industry that has seen many potential investors forced to sit on the sidelines. The open-end investment fund will track the market price of bitcoin, and be offered to accredited investors in a private placement offering through GMP Securities L.P. at the end of September.

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Op-Ed: What Does China’s Crypto-Future Look Like Post-ICO Ban?
Sep21

Op-Ed: What Does China’s Crypto-Future Look Like Post-ICO Ban?

The price of Bitcoin has been regaining its footing after China’s clampdown on ICOs and exchanges. This is not the first time China has tried to stifle cryptocurrencies for fear that they can be effective means for citizens to keep their capital safe in unfavorable economic conditions, out of reach of authorities. China may attempt to nationalize the local crypto industry, and could issue digital Chinese Yuan tokens to act as the new reserve currency on newer, more-highly regulated exchanges—platforms where tokens created via state-sanctioned platforms using the new denomination could be traded. The regulations could drive innovation for Chinese fiat gateways running through decentralized exchanges, which may become the only means for investors to swap their tokens. The ruling may also push users into more anonymous cryptocurrencies that do not leave a digital footprint.

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Steve Wasserman: “Vments will meet incumbent financial services demand for digital innovation in an environment that threatens their relevance.”
Sep14

Steve Wasserman: “Vments will meet incumbent financial services demand for digital innovation in an environment that threatens their relevance.”

Digital currency and online data management are at the frontier of transformational change in banking and financial services, as innovations in the blockchain space are changing the rules in the competitive financial landscape. DCEBrief spoke with Steve Wasserman — the founder of two highly successful startups that both made it into Inc’s list of the 500 fastest growing companies. His latest venture VmentsTM offers digital products and services designed to better serve the needs of banks and other financial entities in the blockchain era.

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Op-Ed: World Funding Summit in Los Angeles on November 17 and 18 has Attracted some of the Brightest Minds in the World of Alternative Finance.
Sep03

Op-Ed: World Funding Summit in Los Angeles on November 17 and 18 has Attracted some of the Brightest Minds in the World of Alternative Finance.

The World Funding Summit will attract some of the brightest minds in the world of alternative finance as they gather for a two-day conference in Los Angeles on November 17 and 18, 2017. Among them, Alan Yong, Co-Founder of DNotes, who will be sharing his in-depth knowledge of cryptocurrency, blockchain technology, and ICO’s; concepts that are not yet fully understood in many prominent financial circles. He will be informing entrepreneurs of the benefits these new platforms can offer in their efforts to raise additional capital, and sharing his expertise accrued through 40 years of business experience combined with insights gained as CEO of a promising cryptocurrency based corporation. Mr. Yong has said this will be the perfect opportunity to showcase DNotes.

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Op-Ed: Bubbles, Riding Rockets & Falling Knives
Aug14

Op-Ed: Bubbles, Riding Rockets & Falling Knives

Last week saw Bitcoin cross the $4000 mark for the first time in a continuation of a long-term bull-run that has seen it rise from just under $1000 at the turn of this year. Naysayers are drawing comparisons to investment bubbles from years past that were succeeded by crashes: Great Tulip bubble, dot-com & housing, while advocates are pointing to the intrinsic properties of cryptocurrencies finally being reflected in their price.

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Op-Ed: Cryptocurrency Investment Series Part 4: ICOs, Securities, and Intrinsic value
Aug08

Op-Ed: Cryptocurrency Investment Series Part 4: ICOs, Securities, and Intrinsic value

The last year has seen the ICO become the preferred means of capital acquisition in the crypto industry, with more than one billion dollars of funding raised. While many praise ICOs for their easier access to capital, the SEC has a differing opinion to the many proponents who claim ICOs should be exempt from securities laws that require additional regulatory oversight. Generally ICOs do not issue rights to any equity or future earnings from a project or organization, which begs both a question about intrinsic value, and what mechanism beyond speculative trading could make ICO tokens fairly considered an “investment” or “asset” at all.

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