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Thailand Announces State-Backed “Bond Coin” to Facilitate Faster Security Settlements and Clearance

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Thailand Announces State-Backed “Bond Coin” to Facilitate Faster Security Settlements and Clearance

The Thailand government is swiftly taking steps to adopt and implement cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology within its administration. Local reports on July 16, 2018 confirmed that a prominent securities body in Thailand is developing a digital token to facilitate settlement clearing of corporate bonds. Bond Coin to Streamline Current Processes According to The Bangkok Post, the Thai Bond Market Association…

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World’s Largest Asset Management Firm $6.3 Trillion Blackrock Set to Join Bitcoin Bandwagon

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World’s Largest Asset Management Firm $6.3 Trillion Blackrock Set to Join Bitcoin Bandwagon

Slowly but steadily, Bitcoin’s journey to mainstream finance keeps gaining momentum, as more and more critics are beginning to catch the cryptocurrency fever. Next in line, BlackRock, a global asset management company with $6.3 trillion in assets under management, is now looking to start offering clients bitcoin-related investments according to July 16, 2018 reports. Joining the Crypto Movement? Per a…

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Hong Kong Launches Blockchain-based Trade Finance

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Hong Kong Launches Blockchain-based Trade Finance

The Hong Kong central bank has announced that its official launch next month will include a blockchain-built trade finance platform for logging transactions and credentials, which will therefore be immutable. Although the platform in no way utilizes cryptocurrency, it will be one of the largest bank-related blockchain integrations of all time. HSBC and Standard Chartered are among the 21 banks…

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July 2018 Blockchain Events and Cryptocurrency Conferences

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, Blockchain, Business, Finance, News, Regulation, Tech

July 2018 Blockchain Events and Cryptocurrency Conferences

The number of blockchain conferences around the world continues to grow. This technology is reportedly as innovative as the Internet and thus only a matter of time before it is a necessary technology to have to compete in the business world. Attend one of these conferences and gain useful knowledge about the future of the financial industry. North America Online…

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Greater Clarity Needed to Turn the Bearish Market into a Bullish One

Category: Bitcoin, Finance, News, Regulation

Greater Clarity Needed to Turn the Bearish Market into a Bullish One

In June, Todd Colvin, an analyst at Ambrosino Brothers, mentioned to CNBC’s “Futures Now” that it’s very difficult to be optimistic about the cryptocurrency market in the short term. Uncertainty regarding security and regulations, alongside a lack of accessibility to digital currencies, has resulted in the current bearish crypto market, in Colvin’s opinion. However, Colvin believes that adjustments and additions…

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Successful Venture Capital Firm Lightspeed Set to Launch Cryptocurrency Fund

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Successful Venture Capital Firm Lightspeed Set to Launch Cryptocurrency Fund

Even with the recent market downturn, a vast array of big whales are still interested in buying the dip. In the latest development, highly successful venture capital company Lightspeed Venture Partners, the solid rock behind Snap Inc., makers of the Snapchat messaging app, is now set to join the crypto bandwagon. Lightspeed Crypto Fever According to a Reuters report, Lightspeed…

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Waning Popularity of Coinbase Indicates Falling Interest in Cryptocurrencies

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Waning Popularity of Coinbase Indicates Falling Interest in Cryptocurrencies

Data collated from Google Trends and PlayStore indicates the waning popularity of several cryptocurrency services including wallets and exchanges. In this regard, San Francisco-based Coinbase has seemingly taken the biggest hit according to reports on July 10, 2018. Falling Bitcoin Prices = Falling App Downloads As reported by Quartz, Coinbase, the self-proclaimed “Google of cryptocurrencies,” has seen its download rankings…

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Lack of Custodial Services Prevents Institutional Investors from Diversifying into Cryptocurrencies

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Lack of Custodial Services Prevents Institutional Investors from Diversifying into Cryptocurrencies

A compelling lack of safekeeping services for cryptocurrencies is preventing institutional investors from diversifying their portfolios to include the volatile asset class. Currently, only Coinbase and Kingdom Trust provide custodial services. Lack of Trust On July 9, 2018, traditional finance publication, Pension and Investments, asserted that market movers and billionaire investors seek international custody houses and long-standing banks over cryptocurrency…

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New BIS Chief: Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies can Never Function as Money

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New BIS Chief: Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies can Never Function as Money

Bitcoin and altcoins are gradually going mainstream, with many governments of the world increasingly exploring its potentialities as a viable legal tender and equally building frameworks to protect investors. However, Agustín Carstens, the new chief of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), sees cryptos quite differently. Bitcoin will Never Become Money Carstens has frantically dismissed the ability of cryptocurrencies to…

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Bittrex Partners with Invest.com to Offer Cryptocurrency Trading Services in the European Union

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Bittrex Partners with Invest.com to Offer Cryptocurrency Trading Services in the European Union

Seattle-based cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex announced on July 3, 2018, its partnership with invest.com to launch a trading business in the European Union (EU). Strategic Collaboration As per a Finance Magnates report, the entity will initially be available for investors only in the EU region. Interested parties can currently access the pre-registration platform, although the actual trading will begin later in…

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