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Some new details have been provided by the government of Gibraltar about its strategy to regulate the ICOs (initial coin offerings) in a white paper. According to the paper, most of the tokens are not considered as securities under the EU law. Government officials and regulators are anxious due to the classification of ICOs and tokens, and in the major countries like China, they are considering to ban the whole blockchain use cases.

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What does the whitepaper say?

Certainly, it’s also stated in the paper that;

“In many cases, [tokens] represent the advance sale of products that entitle holders to access future networks or consume future services.”

On the other hand, the document also argues that these tokens are not securities but, commercial products. In the white paper, an authorized sponsor’s regime was also summarized in which every ICO issuer, distributing or selling tokens in Gibraltar will require to hire a person who could oversee the sale and make sure that it follows the regulations. Ultimately, the release comes within a long-running procedure of creating regulatory limitations for the blockchain technology within the United Kingdom crown dependency.

Officials Point of View

In February, the representative of Gibraltar Financial Services Commission and Gibraltar Finance Centre said that the execution of the sponsorship scheme was just a part of their market-driven strategy for regulating ICOs and was just an attempt to avert a one-size-fits-all strategy. According to the document, the regime is definitely going to mean the market, but not the regulators. Also, it could define what a good token sale actually looks like.

In December, a blockchain-focused bill was passed by the legislators in Gibraltar and laid the basis for an ICO bill earlier, when an advisory was also issued back in September. It is also stated in the white paper that the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC) will;

“Authorize and supervise secondary token market operators”

Also, it will establish;

“A public register of such operators.”

In addition to that, token-related investment guidance will be also regulated by the government, which includes;

  • Generic advice
  • Product-related advice
  • Personal recommendations

The white paper also specifies that by the end of this year, Gibraltar will wrap up its blockchain-related governing. The paper also says;

“A draft Bill is expected to be ready by the end of March 2018. Draft Regulations for the promotion, sale and distribution of tokens should be ready in May 2018. The last of the three Regulations should be completed by the end of October 2018.”

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Joint Fintech Venture of Singapore and Japan

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Basically, fintech ventures refer to specific computer programs and use of other related technology in order to support financial services in banking and other sectors. Since the end of the first decade of 21st century, fintech has expanded a lot, now it refers to many technological innovations in the financial sector e.g.; financial literacy education and various forms of crypto-currencies.

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SFA and FAJ join Hands for Fintech

According to a joint press release, the Singapore Fintech Association (SFA) and the Fintech Association of Japan (FAJ) have decided to work together in order to bring improvements in fintech development. Both the countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The press release also states that this joint venture will probably raise the financial profile of the Japanese fintech companies as well as expand the business opportunities for Singapore in wider Asia.

Views of Chia Hock Lai about the MOU

Chia Hock Lai, the president of Singapore Fintech Association, said that this partnership will lead to fill the gap between the fintech communities of Japan and Singapore. Natalie Shiori Fleming, Vice Chairperson of the FAJ, also exclaimed his thoughts in this regard. According to him they are looking forward to increase interaction and cooperation level between respective markets of the two countries through a deeper relationship.

Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) has also updated legislative rules and regulations in order to improve cooperation and interaction level between traditional banks and fintech companies. Same is the case with Monetary Association of Singapore (MAS) in case of fintech related innovations.

Reasons to Promote Fintech

An overview of the above details may arouse questions in your mind regarding fintech. First of all, what is the reason behind so much dependability and concentration on fintech?

Answer to this question in a single phrase is:

The financial industry is more than ever focused on technological innovation than it was at any other time.

All the major countries are become fintech dependent with the passage of time. At the moment, North America is leading fintech startups while Asia is following. A bird’s eye view of some of the most active areas of fintech innovation are as follows:

  • Digital cash in the form of cryptocurrency.
  • Blockchain technology, to maintain records with no central ledger.
  • Computer based smart contracts.
  • Cybersecurity and fintech are interlocked.

According to the modern day financial experts, fintech will have the same impact on future financial affairs as was of mobile phone and social media in case of communication era.

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Bitcoin Almost Triples the Price of Gold

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Two merchants, Brian Stutland of Equity Armor Investments and Path Trading Partners’ Bob Iaccino are least concerned about the tripling of Bitcoin’s price against gold and claim gold to still be a better bet.

While gold was exchanging at $1,280, Bitcoin has soared 240 percent this year to a high of $3,288 on Wednesday. However, Stutland and Iaccino trust gold is a superior wager than Bitcoin from technical and fundamental perspectives.

“When you look at gold over the past couple of months, [it has] tracked very well [relative] to the cryptocurrency,” Stutland told CNBC’s “Futures Now.” “If you price adjust and volatility adjust, I think gold still has a little bit of catching up to do.”

Iaccino believes that bitcoin’s popularity is undeniable yet it’s still highly unstable and could easily be replaced by another cryptocurrency.

“Bitcoin, right now, is the most popular [cryptocurrency] and it is the most valuable one,” he said. “But I don’t see it as a store of value because any [other cryptocurrency platform] could come out with a slightly better technology and completely replace Bitcoin.”

Moreover, on Wednesday, gold rose more than 1 percent, being one of the biggest safety trades during times of possible chaos. Bitcoin, on the other hand, fell back to the previous gains shown this week as it drops by 3 percent.

 

News credits: cnbc.com

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Japan to Have One of the Largest Bitcoin Mines in the World

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Presently, a Japanese conglomerate, DMM, had announced the launch of a Virtual Currency Division, which will construct a DMM mining farm. This mining farm is supposed to be the largest in Japan and among the top 10 largest mining pools of the world.

DMM is famous for its e-commerce domain that offers all sorts of e-books, robots and let’s not forget the regular 27 million users.  The company is hoping that their DMM Mining Farm makes the top 10 list of mining pools by 2018.

The cryptocurrency market might be a little shaky in China, but Japan is all in for the digital era. Indeed, Japan is also credible for the global success of cryptocurrency.

 

News Credits: techjuice.pk

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Pakistan Bans Crypto and ICO Transactions

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The central bank of Pakistan has told financial service providers and banks that it won’t be supporting virtual currency transactions. In a statement on its website, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) suggested the general public that it controls both international and domestic payment as well as money transfer services.

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Prosecution Against Transferring Funds

According to this cryptocurrency ban news, the State Bank of Pakistan will take action against those who use virtual currencies for transferring funds outside Pakistan. If they found anyone using virtual currencies, tokens or coins for transferring money outside Pakistan, he/she will be subject to prosecution according to applicable laws. The State Bank of Pakistan also asked microfinance and commercial banks, as well as payment service providers/operators to restrict those account holders, who are looking forward to carry out transactions in the form cryptocurrencies and ICO tokens.

The State Bank of Pakistan also noted that it doesn’t recognize cryptocurrencies as legitimate tender and hasn’t sanctioned or licensed anyone for the sale-purchase, exchange-investment or even issuance of any tokens or currencies.

Risks

The State Bank of Pakistan took the action of the following risks:

  • The closure and fiasco of virtual currency exchanges as well as businesses for any purpose, like action by law enforcement agencies.
  • The number of security negotiations of virtual currency exchanges and wallets all-inclusive, in which huge amount of funds was lost.
  • Virtual currencies are extremely erratic, volatile and the prices are mostly based on assumptions.

Furthermore, fraudsters have started to offer “pyramid style investment schemes” as well and have promised high returns to the general public of Pakistan. The State Bank of Pakistan has also warned that such schemes similar to cryptocurrency Ponzi schemes, can cause some hefty losses to the general public.

RBI

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) stated that all controlled entities that already offer virtual currency services are required to cut off all ties within three-months. These services include:

  • Maintaining accounts
  • Registering
  • Trading
  • Settling/Clearing
  • Giving loans against virtual tokens
  • Accepting the loans as collateral
  • Opening accounts of exchanges that manage them and transfer funds in accounts including the sale and purchase of virtual currencies.

The Reserve Bank Of India (RBI) believed that blockchain technology has a lot of positive applications however, it contends that cryptocurrencies increase several concerns related to the:

  • Protection of customers
  • Market integrity

Preventing financial crimes

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Altcoins to compete with Bitcoin, the world’s leading digital currency

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Bitcoin has started the month by hitting an all-time high of $1500, with maintaining its peak at $1441.39 in the month of April. The announcement of Japan officially recognizing Bitcoin as a legal payment method and that Russia’s lawmakers plan to release their ban off Bitcoin, has been extremely beneficial to Bitcoin’s new climb.

However, it’s opposing Altcoins are having their share of the spotlight as well.

 

Ethereum Cryptocurrency

Ether

Ethereum’s Ether is the second largest digital currency. It recently crossed its $15 mark and has reached its new target of $80. This has created a buzz in the cryptocurrency world and merchants might even adopt this currency side by side. Further testing and improvements, to the Ethereum’s blockchain, are said to be taking place in the future. All in all, this might give the currency an even bigger boost in the coming weeks.

Ripple cryptocurrency

Ripple

The Ripple network is being embraced by a large number of financial institutions to process domestic and cross-border payments. This has caused a sharp increase in the digital currency. It had an impressive jump from $0.0054 on March 1 to $0.054 on May 1.

Litecoin cryptocurrency

Litecoin

Litecoin was created to be the “silver” to bitcoin’s “gold”. It’s been having an impressive rally, ever since the talk of “SegWit Implementation” has begun. The price of Litecoin has jolted from $6.74, to surpass the $15 mark on April 25.

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Today, as we watch bitcoin alternative becoming increasingly popular, the amount of in-flight trade in goods using Bitcoin means that the value must increase in order to cover the value of the goods. As there is a limited supply of Bitcoin and the supply will only increase slowly over time to a maximum of 21 million, the increase in trade volumes will result in an increase in Bitcoin value.

While Altcoins are drawing a lot of attention towards themselves, let’s not forget that they are also riskier investments than bitcoin, because after all, they are untested and relatively unstable. Also, their prices can drop faster than they rose.

This is something to keep in mind when making your next altcoin currency in the current market state.

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