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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Since Bitcoin became the first decentralized cryptocurrency in 2009, digital currencies have been discussed a lot in the media. Much of that discussion has been about the volatile nature of their price. The recent burst of industry growth has not gone unnoticed, and many farsighted investors now see Bitcoin and other currencies as excellent opportunities to make big returns. Many investors, however, find that that their lack of technical knowledge can inhibit their ride to the top.
This is partly because cryptocurrencies don’t have central banks regulating their value, and partly because the global economy doesn’t yet price its denomination. Much of this cryptocurrency volatility is the result of cyclical ‘subsequent’ consequences flowing on from what happens in the traditional finance sector. The internal causes within the uncharted territory of the network is anyone’s guess (but this article is to help you get an idea).
In the brave new world of cryptocurrency, previous performance is not necessarily indicative of future performance. Because the technology is so new, the performance data that due diligence normally requires does not exist in the same way it does for other markets and company stocks. For now, cryptocurrency markets remain speculative, which means investors must avoid emotional trading decisions, and accept their proclivity for risk. Part one and two of this series of articles looked at how money derives its value, and why some digital currencies become worth more than others. This installment of my investment series will help you improve your odds of investment success in cryptocurrency and its related markets.
Whenever I hear people talking about cryptocurrencies, much of the conversation always seems to focus on the unsustainability of fiat currency. The common assumption is that the word’s fiat currency system is eventually going to collapse. However, it’s rare to find anyone talking about how that will happen. What issues will drive that collapse, and – perhaps more importantly – how will we be able to recognize it when it’s happening? Because the answers to those questions seem to be so complex, most people don’t ever bother to address them at all. The truth is, though, that the real issues are simple to understand once they’re laid out on the table. This article will attempt to explain some of these complex financial matters in simpler terms to facilitate a greater understanding of the problem at hand.
The Bitcoin price earlier broke to a new all-time high, reaching $2911 USD before falling at press time to 2880, according to CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index — a rise from it’s opening of $2569.23 at the beginning of the day, June 5th.
Did you know that digital currency is already providing a degree of monetary sovereignty for countries whose governments have abandoned their nation currencies – like Greece and other countries in Europe where citizens are forced to use the Euro? There is no denying that Bitcoin can fulfill this function up to a certain point. However, it’s important to consider whether the consensus of direction required for large-scale mass adoption is possible without a more centralized leadership model. After all, where money is concerned, individuals without a common set of interests will always look out for their own interests first and foremost. Strong and united leadership can not only aid in protecting the value of any cryptocurrency; it can also help to unite large groups of individuals and provide them with the common interests and long-term goals needed to help stabilize that currency’s value.
DNotes has announced that its upcoming DNotes 2.0 upgrade will include innovative features and applications relating to smart contracts, blockchain technologies, mobile applications, and global payments systems. The upgrade is expected to launch later in 2017, and the company is unveiling a new Bitcointalk Forum in preparation for the event.
DNotes Launches New Website – Aims to Bridge the Gap Between the Centralized and the Decentralized World.
After a period of relative silence as the DNotes team migrated from ecosystem building to technology development, the company recently launched its new website – showcasing one of its many initiatives to bridge the gap between the centralized and the decentralized world.
Bitcoin is not a ponzi scheme, pyramid, tulip bulb, or beanie baby, and despite over a hundred front page headlines claiming otherwise, it is also not dead. When we don’t understand a new concept, our minds try to connect it to something we are even slightly more familiar with. If throughout history we had always assumed anything new and innovative was a scam, and that everything (including money) should stay the same, we would still be living in the Stone Age and paying with pebbles. The name calling and proclamations of death have eased off somewhat, as the more tech savvy journalists and financial advisers have come to understand the significance of, at the very least, the technology behind bitcoin.