On Friday

Boerse Stuttgart the German Stock Exchange, has launched its Crypto trading App, according to an official tweet dated January 31st.

The App has been developed by FinTech Sowa Labs — a subsidiary of Boerse Stuttgart Digital Ventures in an effort to make trading cryptocurrencies for investors more accessible and easier. A feature of the App is the Cryptoradar. This tool uses artificial intelligence to analyze 250,000 tweets per day from the crypto community, filter them by relevance and present them in a user-friendly format. Users will be able to gain an overview of market sentiment on Twitter in real time and can keep up to date discussions around cryptocurrencies.

A new UK start-up, International Property Network (IPN), have completed what they believe to be the first blockchain based property transaction, involving banks, conveyancers, agents, legal teams, buyers and sellers using Blockchain technology.

U.S-based law firm Squire Patton Boggs, U.K-based law firms Ashurst and Clifford Chance, Barclays, Commerz Real, SBI Nihon SSI, BBVA, Swiss Re and Royal Bank of Scotland are among 40 companies on IPN’s platform as they all seek to reduce the costs of real estate transactions while significantly speeding them up.

IPN has also been working with HM Land Registry’s Digital Street project to explore how they are able to use Blockchain technology to improve how it interacts with different parties.

IPN claims that cost-savings could be as high as $160 Billion p.a. as the current system is very reliant on analogue,...

Real Estate
MISE has reportedly invested over 40 Million Euros into Blockchain projects, as Italy looks at using its wine industry to bring greater transparency to products made in Italy.

It is hoped this will empower the fight against counterfeits and fraudulent products claiming to be made in Italy, made elsewhere.

Fraud is a real challenge for the wine industry: It is estimated that the Italian wine industry loses over Euro 2 Billion due to wine fraud. This has encouraged Ernst and Young  (EY), to use Blockchain technology to help vineyards via its EY Ops Chain, originally launched over two years ago.

It is not just Italian vintners who are turning to Blockchain. Bufala Campana, famous over the world for its mozzarella, is using Blockchain technology and QR codes that...

Food & Beverages

On Thursday

IMF MD Christian Lagarde recently chaired the meeting – “Money and Digital Payments’ where the CEO of Circle (part owned by Goldman Sachs) extolled the benefits of a sovereign currency using Blockchain technology, allowing globally trade not rely on central clearing institutions.

Meanwhile in MFU- Japan’s largest bank has confirmed that it is to issue its own Blockchain powered digital currency later this year. Is it believed that digital wallets will replace physical wallets in the future.

This announcement follows Mizho’s statement that it was launching a digital currency, J Coin, pegged to the Japanese Yen, which will use QR codes scanned from a mobile phone. So far, Mizho have signed up 60 banks onto their new “Banking Digital Currency Platform”.

The Japanese seem to be taking a more accommodating stance towards Digital Assets, with proposed legislation being discussed that would relax their...

Digital Currency
The Universal Euro stablecoin is being launched by the Universal Protocol Alliance (UPA), a group of  Blockchain organisations, and is reported to offer payment of interest to holders of this new stablecoin.

UPA is aiming to encourage 100 million people to use Digital Assets, while tackling one of the key potential challenges around Blockchain adoption – interoperability. In other words, ensuring different Blockchains are able to communicate with each other.

Tether, the largest stablecoin by value, which has a current market capitalisation of over $2.3 Billion, has announced that it is not entirely backed by US$, but also holds loans and other assets as collateral. The announcement arguably takes it a step closer to more traditional instrument.

Similarities between some digital currencies and traditional currencies appear to be growing as innovators take features from...

Blockchain Influencers
Digital Currency
In 2014, Mastercoin launched the first Initial Coin Offering (ICO).

It took nearly three years for this capital-raising mechanism to really take off, which subsequently created over 5,000 tokens raising over $22 Billion on a global basis.

As regulators turned their attention to ICOs, arguing that many of them ought to be treated as securities attention has Increasingly focused on the development of Security Tokens (STOs).

STOs are often asset-backed and are subject to security regulations in the jurisdictions in which they are launched and marketed. Making global offerings onerous and practically impossible.

STOs are usually backed/pegged/linked to an asset, examples include private or publicly traded shares, bonds, property (residential and commercial),...

Capital Markets
Game of Thrones is the most valuable TV show ever produced, and as the graph below shows, it has commanded massive audiences since it was launched in 2011.

But despite its name Ravencoin is fictitious, borrowed from the fantasy world of Game of Thrones, yet has no commercial link to the hit TV show.

RavenCoin was created in January 2018 and did not carry out an Initial Coin Offering but has organically. Today it is in the top 40 in terms of its capital value being, valued at $250Million according to CoinMarketCap.

Despite which Ravencoin has not had a bad track record, and initial miners of RavenCoin will be very pleased to have seen their coins increase in value by over ten-fold in just over a year.


On Wednesday

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On Tuesday

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) which is one of the largest regulated exchanges globally has issued a STO worth £3 million on the LSE’s Turquoise platform. This is the first STO, or as some are calling it, Equity Token-Offering (ETO) for The LSE which has been carried out within the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) Fintech Sandbox for a company called 20/30.

Nivaura, helped with the 20/30 STO, recently raised over £20million from Linklaters, Allen and Overy and The LSE for themselves, were responsible for issuing a bond on the Ethereum network, claim that using Blockchain technology the costs of issuing a...

I have EXCITING news for BBFTA members - and for their friends and colleagues.

Not only have we been working hard on a Blockchain project of our own, which is about to come to first fruition, but we will shortly have some exciting annoucements about a hugely generous air-drop for BBFTA members.

I will be able to tell you more soon (possibly even before the Easter break) but for now I can tell you - and you really can take my word for this - that it will be well worth your while to takeup PRO membership ASAP now, as we will...

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) was set up after WWI, in 1923, to help make global trade more efficient. It has signed an agreement with a Singapore-based business Perlin to use its Blockchain expertise.

John Denton, the ICC’s current secretary general, before his appointment said. “We think this might be one which we can look back on in 100 years and say the ICC shifted blockchain in a way that enabled the private sector to function more effectively in a sustainable way and actually create more opportunities for people.”

Bold words about a technology with challenges of scalability and adoption? However, with multinational corporations like Coca Cola, McDonalds and Amazon as members of the, along with its 45 Million other companies in over 130 countries, the ICC has the global reach to raise Blockchain’s profile....

Supply Chain
In cities across the world, Blockchain technology is being used to help tackle the challenge of mountains of rubbish which we create in our throw-away culture.

For example, in Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates, Blockchain technology is being used to create a platform designed to cut costs for customers applying for permits, from several days to only a few hours. This platform validates, processes and store transactions about Sharjah’s rubbish.

Plastic bank has been using Blockchain technology for a while to track, monitor and record various projects aimed to recycle plastic waste. As multinational-corporations, are increasingly coming under pressure from shareholders to prove that their Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives have real value, Blockchains can, and indeed are, helping. Plastic bank is working with the SC Johnson...

Environmental Services
In a speech at the inaugural Council for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Abu Dhabi, the UN aviation president claimed that air traffic is going to double up in the next 15 years.

He believes Blockchain technology can make the industry more efficient. Handling the huge amount of data and security measures required to transport passengers across the world is a real challenge for the airline industry. However, by using technologies such as facial recognition, interacting with government databases, and having access to information in a secure manner and real-time globally via a Blockchain, offers some solutions. It is not just dealing with passengers that it is thought Blockchain can help, but also to reduce the huge amount of paperwork and customs documentation required in the air cargo industry.

Then there is the...


On Monday


The giant Dutch bank ING has being called upon the cryptographic skills of Stanford University in California, University College London and start-up Blockstream, to offer greater privacy when transferring Bitcoin by hiding the amount to other third parties. ING are calling this new method ‘Bulletproof”, and claim it is 300 times more efficient than some other methods of sending Digital currencies. Interestingly this new method may be extremely helpful as way to record data using Blockchain technology and still comply with GDPR regulations across Europe.

Keeping user information and data private has been a real challenge for exponents of Blockchain technology and...

On Sunday

"We"? Non! : IMF MD Christine LeGarde “I think the role of the disruptors and anything that is using distributed ledger technology, whether you call it crypto, assets, currencies, or whatever … that is clearly shaking the system.” She continued, highlighting that regulation must accompany such changes since such too much innovation could apparently “shake the system so much that we would lose the stability”.

Although not clear whether the “we” used referred to the IMF, herself and the reporter, or if she was boldly speaking for humanity as a whole, Legarde claimed that, “we don’t want that.”

Speaking boldly...