2 Months Ago

Belarus has launched a trading platform that enables customers to buy tokenized versions of shares, gold and other assets, Reuters reported Jan. 15.

 The platform started with 150 assets but hope to grow this to over 10,000 and within the first few hours of opening claimed it had over 2,000 people register on its platform. It will be possible to buy shares, gold, precious metals like gold, foreign exchange, and more, in addition to cryptocurrencies.

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https://www.investinblockchain.com/belarus-laun...-platform/
The UK, London Lord Mayor, Peter Estlin believes that while there have been some negative comments around cryptocurrencies the technology that they are built on holds some interesting opportunities that business should grasp but with caution.

He believes that in the same way in 17th century London dominated the insurance sector Fintech and FCA’s incubator approach are set to be at the forefront of digital innovation.

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https://coinpedia.org/news/london-city-encourag...ocurrency/
It has been a long wait for Overstock who announced in 2014 that they were planning to open a security trading platform BUT this week finally it ought to open.

The intention is that there will initially be 60 Cryptocurrencies available to trade. There are likely to be a number of platforms that are able to trade Digital Assets opening in 2019 further helping regulated asset managers and banks to be able to be more engaged in this new asset class. The tZERO trading platform will be regulated and designed to help raise capital and well as offer liquidity for assets that traditionally have not had active secondary market trading.

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https://www.coindesk.com/overstocks-patrick-byr...-next-week
China for a number of years has been responsible for over 50% of all patents on Blockchain technology while in 2017 have banned ICOs and Cryptocurrency trading in China.

This led to some exchanges basing themselves in Hong Kong where they have seen a huge increase in trading activity. China has a significant share of now has blockchain-based start-ups, miners, and crypto-mining farms globally.

This interest in blockchain was exemplified by the launch of a “government-backed Xiong’An Global BlockchainInnovation Fund offering $1.6 billion (10 billion yuan) to Chinese blockchain start-ups”. So while from outside of China it appears it seems the country is anti the evidence appears that there is considerable interest in the technology and its disruptive impact which may explain why the Chinese government wishes to keep control as much as possible over its development.


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https://blokt.com/news/chinas-increasing-stake-in-crypto
Security tokens address the concerns of many investors as they are typically backed by physical assets and therefore ought not to be as volatile as the cryptocurrencies created by ICOs.

According to Bussiness Korea, the country’s leading blockchain research centres, Chain Partners’ CP Research and Coinone Research Centre, have identified STOs as the next big thing for the crypto industry.

CP Research added that they provide a solution for assets that are difficult to liquidate such as real estate or art. It said that 2019 will see the establishment of an STO infrastructure and the market will grow to an estimated $2 trillion by 2030.


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http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/news/articleView...dxno=28473
As Saudi and the UAE explore ways to develop closer economic ties they have agreed to launch a new Cryptocurrency initially to be used just between their banks.

This announcement is seen as a step away from the reliance on petrodollars and is another sign of the Middle East embracing blockchain technology. Is this all part of the gradual decline in the dominance of US$ as outlined in https://medium.com/coinmonks/is-time-up-for-the-us-as-the-worlds-reserve-currency-c05b581dec79?

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https://www.thenational.ae/uae/uae-and-saudi-ar...y-1.815401
Cryptocurrency detractors claimed it would be impossible to handle the volume of Visa or MasterCard. 

Lightning Network is disproving them, it is a matter of when not if Digital Assets will significantly challenge fiat currencies! With transactions costing pennies or less and to be able to use your phone, Lightning completely changes the way money is moved. If banks aren’t paying attention yet, they will be when they look at Lightning payments and realise they are likely to be disrupted!

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https://ethereumworldnews.com/lightning-network...of-600btc/
Bianace who are the worlds biggest crypto exchange platform will now be allowing its customers to use Visa and Mastercard cards to buy a range of Cryptocurrencies. 

Over time, as major crypto companies including Binance strengthen the infrastructure surrounding this asset class,  analysts expect the adoption of cryptocurrencies to increase. This is more evidence of how trading Cryptos is being made easier and more accessible for the general public which has to be welcomed provided it does not encourage unsophisticated investors into overtrading these assets.

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https://www.theblockcrypto.com/2019/01/31/binan...or-crypto/
The recent FCA consultation paper has created a broad consensus that the FCA is being pragmatic about Cryptos and it is encouraging that the FCA and the Treasury are engaged to bring clarity to the market.

This ought to encourage further development of the infrastructure and so enable institutions to further embrace Digital Assets and in time retail investors, provided there are adequate risk controls and standards in place.

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https://www.the-blockchain.com/2019/01/28/uks-f...direction/

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.

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https://bitcoinist.com/germanys-second-largest-...ading-app/

2 Weeks Ago

While the recent rally in Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies has attracted much attention, and with over 100,000 searches on Google on 2nd of April for Bitcoin in one day, what is possibly more important is the announcement from China’s Cyberspace Administration.

It has just approved 197 firms which use Blockchain technology, including some of China’s most significant organisations - Tencent, and Alibaba - as China looks to review the opportunities and challenges that Blockchain technology can offer.

Allegedly created in response to some unregulated Initial Coin Offerings (ICO’s) carried out in China, is this list. As a result of this, companies must now be reviewed by the Chinese State Internet Information Office to be on the list. Absence from the list could indicate that a company is running unregistered offerings.

In the same way, we have seen firms like JP Morgan create their own Blockchain Quora to meet the criteria relevant to them in the financial services sector. How long will it be before the Chinese develop their own Blockchains and encourage more widespread adoption, similar to the way they have restrictions around the use of the internet for their citizens?

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https://en.businesstimes.cn/articles/110149/201...kchain.htm