Banking and finance industry is neck –deep in problems. From frauds, credit risks, to data breaches, the industry is reeling under mounting pressure to increase customer satisfaction, outweigh competition, and improve its bottom line.
The invention of Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, was a trendsetter in the banking industry. Bitcoin allows peers to share currency across a network, without the need of a central bank. It made banks realize the usefulness of cryptography, transparency and more. Since 2008, when Bitcoin was introduced in the market, it has grown in value. At the time of writing this article, it is valued at $7,107.98
According to a report, 90% of European and United Sates banks experimented with blockchain-based solution in 2018.
Combining banking and blockchain
Blockchain, the technology underlying Bitcoin, is a promising technology for the industry. Blockchain poses solution to resolve several operational challenges, making them more efficient, faster, and result driven. Characteristically, Blockchain facilitates transparency, security, and immutability. Meaning any record on a network will be visible to the people on the network. Secondly, records on the network will be secured, eliminating possibilities of data theft and other data breaches. Further, data modification is an intensely scrutinized process on blockchain. Therefore, data remains unchanged until a consensus is delivered.
Not only this, blockchain has ushered in a revolution, marking entry of new job roles like blockchain engineers. The number of jobs software engineers with blockchain development skills has increased by 517% in the past year, according to Hired.
How does blockchain benefit banking and finance industry?
Banking and finance remains a sophisticated industry with complex processes. Blockchain presents a solution to simplify those processes, streamline operations and make them more convenient. Blockchain clearly has a promising side to it for banking and finance sector. Blockchain is beneficial to banking and finance for the following reasons –
1. Security — Data security is a primary concern in retail as well as commercial banking. Banks have multiple levels of security layers – front office, middle office, and back office. Data is passed through these layers. Still chances of servers being hacked are still there. With blockchain, this problem is eliminated. As every time data is accessed, it is recorded. Further, chances of being hacked is reduced drastically.
2. Accessibility – To access data at a bank, there are multiple levels which are processed by legacy systems. With Blockchain’s decentralization, it would be easier to access information. This will make the process of accessing information faster. Whether this will lead to any monetary benefit or not can be answered after a period of time.
3. Auditing – Auditing is an expensive and time-consuming process, where compliance officers and executives decide which information to keep and what to share with regulatory bodies to suit the bank’s narrative.
With a decentralized database, government and regulatory agencies can see exactly what the bank has done. As modification of data isn’t permissible on blockchain, it would compel banks to stay honest and ethical in their approach to work.
4. Jobs – Working with blockchain-based solutions requires a particular set of skills, except banking. These skills are hard to come by unless you are taking a blockchain certification or a course. So blockchain is driving an all-new workforce toward banks. People who are equipped with the skills can find opportunities at banks.
Perhaps, Bitcoin, the first of blockchain-based financial entity would continue its legacy and we will see new trends set banking and finance sector on a progressive path. Let’s wait and see what the future holds for blockchain and BFSI.
Cryptocurrency is finally receiving the attention it deserves, and even though some has been negative, the majority understands the importance of a decentralized currency. Another addition to the cryptocurrency bandwagon is JJ Richman- a private asset management company.
This company has been at the forefront of Bitcoin and Blockchain investments even before the 2017 boom, but increased client demand has pushed them to increase investments in cryptocurrencies.
James Richman lead this family-run company that invests in diversified assets and sectors globally. This exclusive asset management company only includes ultra high net worth individuals (UHNWI) as their clientele. This elite clientele demanded crypto investments that led to the Richman’s increasing their private investment funds in this industry.
Bitcoin, the most popular cryptocurrency, is valued over $8,000, and despite its occasional volatility, most investors are bullish about the cryptocurrency sector.
Crypto is more convenient, faster, and secure as compared to traditional banking systems. Decentralization is the most significant benefit of this digital currency, and it’s no surprise that its demand is growing.
This firm’s investments are focused on real estate, equities, digital media, and bonds and include cryptocurrency as well. JJ Richman has ensured the clients of their credibility by investing their own money in the fund. James’ private nature has contributed to his and the company’s success.
JJ Richman and their clients realized the potential of crypto, and this motivated them to increase investments in the cryptocurrency sector.
Tuesday, March 26 — a lot of the high 20 cryptocurrencies are reporting slight losses on the day by press time, as Bitcoin (BTC) has fallen beneath $4,000 once more.
Market Visualization Courtesy of Coin360
Bitcoin is down over a p.c on the day, buying and selling at round $3,967, based on CoinMarketCap. its weekly chart, the present worth is over two p.c decrease than $4,060, the value at which Bitcoin began the week.
Bitcoin 7-day worth chart. Supply: CoinMarketCap
Just lately, crypto bull Tim Draper has given recommendation to the president of Argentina to legalize Bitcoin with the intention to enhance the financial scenario within the nation.
Ethereum (ETH) is holding onto its place as the biggest altcoin by market cap, which is at about $14.2 billion. The second-largest altcoin, Ripple (XRP), has a market cap of about $12.6 billion by press time.
ETH is down by about one p.c over the past 24 hours. At press time, ETH is buying and selling round $134, after having began the day at $135 and reporting a mid-day low of $133. On its weekly chart, Ethereum has seen its worth improve almost 4 and a half p.c.
Ethereum 7-day worth chart. Supply: CoinMarketCap
As Cointelegraph reported yesterday, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has argued that the crypto neighborhood ought to evolve past the individualism related to its early cypherpunk days, and harness know-how to create new, equitable and progressive methods with constructive social impression.
Second-largest altcoin Ripple has misplaced about one and a half p.c within the 24 hours to press time, and is at present buying and selling at round $0.301. Wanting on the coin’s weekly chart, its present worth is over 5 and a half p.c greater than $0.318, the value at which it began the week.
Ripple 7-day worth chart. Supply: CoinMarketCap
Among the many high 20 cryptocurrencies, the one ones reporting good points are Cardano (ADA), which is up over two p.c, and EOS (EOS), which is up about half a p.c.
The full market cap of all cryptocurrencies is at present equal to $137.4, which is over two p.c decrease than $140.Four billion, the worth it noticed one week in the past.
In conventional markets, the inventory market is seeing discreet development thus far right now, with the S&P 500 up 0.56 p.c and Nasdaq up 0.65 p.c. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), then again, has misplaced a stable 5.51 p.c on the day at press time.
Earlier right now, CNBC reported that United States Oil rose 2 p.c because the OPEC provide was minimize.
Main oil futures and indexes are displaying combined actions right now, with WTI Crude up 1.84 p.c, Brent Crude up 0.84 p.c and Mars US down 0.19 p.c. Opec Basket can be down by 1.64 p.c, and the Canadian Crude Index has seen its worth improve by 2.26 p.c, based on OilPrices.
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The Anon Blockchain Summit will be held on April 2 – 3 in the Austrian capital, Vienna. Over 80 speakers have been invited to share their knowledge and views on how crypto-related technologies can change the world.
Conference to Welcome 1,500 attendees
The organizers expect Austrian and EU officials, representatives of 20 innovative projects from the industry, and more than 100 investors. Around 1,500 attendees will visit the Gösserhalle venue that will host the event.
The conference will focus on real life blockchain use cases and applications of the technology in areas such as business and government, banking and finance, energy, science, and healthcare.
Multiple workshops, an innovation challenge, and the Blockchain in Mobility Hackathon will provide numerous opportunities for startup teams to meet with renowned advisors and potential investors.
At least 340 cryptocurrency or blockchain companies were dissolved or liquidated this year in the United Kingdom (UK), British news outlet Sky News reported on Dec. 22.
UK crypto companies in 2018. Source: SkyNews
The aforementioned article also reports that last year, the number of companies in this industry that had been liquidated amounted to 139, nearly two and a half times less than this year. Moreover, 60 percent of the companies dissolved this year ceased activity between June and November.
According to the reported data, more than 200 of the now-dissolved companies “were incorporated with Companies House during 2017.” This year, according to the article, newly-registered crypto companies were growing slower than the number of dissolved businesses for the first time.
The data upon which Sky News reportedly based its article has been gathered from OpenCorporates, a website sharing data on corporate entities, and Companies House, the U.K.’s registrar of companies.
The current downward crypto market movement in 2018 has taken its toll on some of the biggest companies in the space as well.
Chinese crypto mining giant Bitmain reportedly closed its Israeli development center in mid-December, laying off 23 employees.
And ConsenSys, a global community made to create and promote blockchain infrastructure and decentralized applications (DApps) closely tied to the Ethereum (ETH) ecosystem, has laid off a substantial portion of its employees.
As Cointelegraph recently reported, the number of employees to be laid off could be anywhere between 50 and 60 percent of the total company’s workforce.
However, Joseph Lubin, the co-founder of Ethereum project and founder of Consensys, has pointed out that the company “remains healthy and is engaging in a rebalancing of priorities and activities which started about nine months ago.”
Also, as pointed out by a recent Cointelegraph analysis — even after the recent slump — a LinkedIn study has down blockchain developers are in high demand on the platform, becoming one of the fastest-growing emerging jobs in the United States.
The cryptocurrency ecosystem has grown dramatically in just a few years, with the number of crypto markets increasing from 59 in 2013 to over 2,000 today. Looking at historic snapshots of the cryptocurrency markets from Christmases past also shows a significant turnover in the leading altcoins by market cap.
Number of Crypto Markets Increases by 10x During 2014
While many point to 2017 as the year in which the cryptocurrency markets saw their most dramatic growth, 2014 saw the number of virtual currencies increase by nearly 1,000%. As of Dec. 28, 2014 there were 506 active markets according to Coinmarketcap, up from just 59 on Dec. 22, 2013.
Despite the impressive growth in the number of active markets, the price performance of many of the leading cryptocurrencies by market cap was extremely bearish, with six of the top 10 cryptocurrencies losing more than 80% in one year.
Between Dec. 22, 2013 and Dec. 28, 2014, BTC lost nearly 50%, falling from $619 to $316. Litecoin (LTC) fell from the second ranked market by capitalization to fourth, posting an 84% loss from roughly $17.10 to $2.74. Ripple (XRP) was the only top market to gain year over year, up 7% from $0.022 to $0.024. XRP climbed from third to rank as the second largest cryptocurrency by market cap.
Peercoin (PPC) fell from the fourth largest crypto to rank 19th, posting an 81.5% loss as prices dropped from $3.12 to $0.58. Fifth-ranked namecoin (NMC) dropped to 13 with price falling 82.5% from $4.13 to $0.72. Quark (QRK) went from the sixth largest crypto to rank 27th with a price drop of 92.6%. Nxt (NXT) posted the second strongest performance among the top-ranked crypto markets of late 2013, climbing from seventh to ninth despite an 18% drop in price from $0.02 to $0.017.
At the end of 2013, bitshares PTS (PTS) comprised the eighth largest crypto by market cap with a token value of $12.45. One year later, PTS was ranked 45th after suffering a 99.99% drop from $12.45 to $0.00049. Ninth-ranked worldcoin (WDC) dropped to 53rd, posting a 98.5% loss from $0.4 $0.006. Megacoin (MEC) fell from 10th to 48th by market cap, producing a 96.8% drop from $0.52 to $0.017.
Of 2014’s Top Markets, Only BTC and LTC Posted Price Gains 1 Year Later
BTC gained 32% from Dec. 28, 2014 to Dec. 27, 2015, up from $316 to trade for $416.50. Ripple was able to retain its position as the second largest crypto market despite losing 94% from $0.024 to $0.0062. Despite ending 2014 as the third-ranked crypto market, Paycoin (XPY) would close 2014 as the 48th-ranked cryptocurrency after posting a 99.6% loss from $10.74 to $0.038.
LTC gained 25% during 2014, moving from fourth to third alongside a price increase from $2.74 to $3.43. Fifth-ranked bitshares (BTS) dropped to eighth, posting an 80% loss from $0.016 to $0.003. maidsafecoin (MAID) moved from sixth to tenth, producing a 72% drop in price from $0.05 to $0.014.
Seventh-ranked stellar (XLM) finished 2015 as the ninth-ranked crypto market, falling 70% from $0.0058 to $0.0017. Despite dogecoin (DOGE) falling 23% from $0.00018 to $0.00014, doge ascended from the eighth largest cryptocurrency to rank sixth at the end of 2015. Ninth-ranked NXT fell from the top ten rank 11th alongside a price drop of 63% from $0.0161 to $0.006167. While PPC posted a yearly loss of 31% following a drop from $0.578 to $0.4, PPC ascended the market cap rankings from 10th to seventh.
Eight of the dominant markets from Christmas 2014 held their top 10 ranking as of the end of 2015. The number of active markets increased 11% from 506 to 562.
BTC, ETH, DASH, and MAID Posted Triple-Figure Gains for 2016
BTC gained 111% from $416.50 on Dec. 27, 2015 to $878.80 on Christmas Day 2016, following a year of bullish action for the cryptocurrency markets. XRP posted slight gains during 2016, up 3.4% from $0.00617 to $0.00638, resulting in a drop from second to third, ranked by market cap. While LTC posted a 27% gain from $3.43 to $4.35, LTC also shifted down one rank, finishing 2016 as the fourth largest cryptocurrency.
Fourth-ranked ethereum (ETH) was the top performing market of 2016, gaining nearly 760% from $0.85 as of late 2017 to finish the year as the second largest crypto asset with ETH trading for $7.29. Despite dash gaining nearly 270% from $2.69 to $9.91 between the Christmases of 2015 and 2016, it moved from the fifth ranked cryptocurrency to seventh as of Dec. 25, 2016. Sixth-ranked doge fell from the top 10 during 2016, finishing the year as the 13th largest market after posting a 42% gain from $0.00014 to $0.00023.
PPC was the only top market of late 2015 to post a loss one year later, dropping from seventh to 38th in market cap ranking after producing a 43% loss from $0.41 to $0.23. BTS posted a 26% gain from $0.0034 to $0.0042, however fell from eighth to 25th ranked cryptocurrency by capitalization. Despite posting a 55% gain from $0.0017 to $0.0026, XLM slid from ninth to finish the year ranked 16th. Maid moved from 10th to finish the year as the eighth largest cryptocurrency following a massive 620% gain from $0.014 to $0.10.
Six of the leading markets from late 2015 maintained their position in the top 10 as of Christmas 2016. The number of active markets increased by 15% from 562 to 644.
2017 Bull Trend Drives Record Prices
Santa delivered a bountiful Christmas to the cryptocurrency community in 2017, with nine of the top 10 markets posting four-figure or five-figure gains between Dec. 25, 2016 and Dec. 24, 2017.
BTC gained 1,500% last year, increasing from $879 to $14,057. ETH held its position as the second largest cryptocurrency by market cap, gaining 9,345% from $7.29 to $688.59 in a single year.
Ripple posted the second strongest price gain among the top markets for 2017, growing 17,140% from $0.00638 to $1.10. Despite the enormous increase in price, XRP slipped one rank to finish the year as the fourth largest cryptocurrency. LTC moved from the fourth to the fifth-ranked crypto asset by market cap alongside a 6,255% increase in price from $4.35 to $276.49.
Monero (XMR) moved from the fifth ranked cryptocurrency to 10th, gaining 3,455% from $9.63 to $342.43. Sixth-ranked ethereum classic (ETC) dropped to 17th during 2017, however gained 2,725% from $1.10 to $31.10. Despite gaining 12,140%, dash dropped one rank by market cap, moving from seventh to eighth.
Eighth-ranked maidsafe fell out of the top rankings during 2017, finishing the year in 55th after gaining 670% over the dollar but falling significantly against BTC. Nem (XEM) retained its position as the ninth-ranked market after gaining 24,345% from $0.004 to finish the year as the strongest performing leading market, with XEM trading for $0.88. Despite posting a gain of 2,280% from $2.89 to $68.83, 10th-ranked augur (REP) moved from 10th to 36th ranked cryptocurrency.
Seven of the top 10 markets from 2016 retained their leading rank one year later. The number of active markets increased by roughly 100% from 644 to 1,334 at the end of 2017.
All Leading Markets Post Heavy Losses for 2018
BTC has dropped 70% in the last 12 months, falling from $14,057 on Dec. 24, 2017 to trade for roughly $4,230 today. ETH dropped from the second to the third ranked cryptocurrency by market cap following by a yearly drop of 77% from $688.60 to $156.80. Bitcoin cash (BCH) moved from third to fourth, accompanied by a 93% loss from $2,956 to $206.
XRP posted the weakest loss of the top performing markets over the last year, moving from fourth to second ranked market cap alongside a 60% drop from $1.10 to $0.44. LTC fell by 87% from $276.49 to $36.11 while moving from fifth to seventh by capitalization. New entrant cardano (ADA) moved from fifth to 11th this year, shedding 87.5% of its value from $0.39 to $0.05.
Seventh-ranked iota (MIOTA) now sits at 12th, following an 89% drop from $3.45 to $0.38. Dash moved from eighth to 14th this year, in the process losing 91.5% from $1,212 to $102. After ranking ninth for two consecutive Christmases, XEM appears poised to greet Santa as the 16th largest cryptocurrency, having lost 91% from $0.88 to $0.079. 10th-ranked XMR fell 83% from $342.43 to trade for $57.65 over the last year, currently positioned as the 13th largest market by capitalization.
Six of the dominant markets from last Christmas have held their position in the top 10, three of which have consistently held their leading position since 2013. The number of active markets has increased from 1,334 to 2,067 over the last 12 months.
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The market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange.
Christmas has brought some cheer to the crypto traders. The total crypto market capitalization has spiked by about 29 percent from just under $101 billion on Dec. 15 to $143 billion on Christmas Eve.
Though it is still way below its all-time-high, the growth over the past few days is showing signs of a bottom formation. In a recent tweet, co-founder of Ethereum, Joseph Lubin, has called a cryptobottom of 2018.
The current bounce can only continue until a certain level, after which the market participants will wait for the fundamental factors to improve.
One of the most closely watched metrics is the level of institutional interest in the industry. Though a number of big names have expressed their interest, not much has happened on the ground.
The markets are pinning their hopes on new product offerings, clarity in regulations and a bottom in cryptocurrencies to attract the larger players in 2019. Any evidence of a major player entering the markets will act as a strong catalyst for an upward move in digital currencies.
Should the traders hold their positions after the recent upswing or should they book profits? Let’s find out.
Bitcoin is currently facing resistance at $4,255. However, the positive thing is that it has held above the 20-day EMA since breaking out of it.
A break out of $4,255 can result in a move to $4,500. The falling 50-day SMA is also located just above this level, so we anticipate the bulls to offer a strong defense of this level.
We recommend short-term traders to book profits on more than 75 percent of their positions closer to $4,500, and trail the remaining allocation with a close stop loss. If the bulls break out of the 50-day SMA, the rally can extend to $4,914.11. Nonetheless, we give it a low probability of occurring.
The next move down will find strong support at the 20-day EMA and below it at $3,787.33. A breach of this zone will weaken the recovery and increase the probability of a retest of the lows.
The long-term trend on the BTC/USD pair is still down, but the short-term trend has changed. If the next dip stays above $3,787.33, and the next move up forms a higher high, we can confirm that the Dec. 15 low was the bottom. The next few days are going to be critical for the leading cryptocurrency.
Ripple has broken out of the $0.4 level, which is a bullish sign. It can now reach the resistance line of the descending channel, which is likely to act as a stiff resistance.
The 20-day EMA has turned up and the 50-day SMA has flattened out. The RSI has also risen close to the overbought levels. This shows that the trend is reversing, and the bottom at $0.24508 is unlikely to be breached.
On the upside, the XRP/USD pair might face a roadblock closer to $0.5 where the traders can book partial profits and raise the stops on the remaining position. A break out of this can extend the rally to $0.565 and then to $0.625. Therefore, we are not suggesting to close the entire positions at $0.5. Our bullish view will be invalidated if the price reverses direction and plunges below the 20-day EMA.
Ethereum has broken above $136.12 with ease and is close to the major overhead resistance of $167.32. Traders who have booked profits at $136.12 can close the remaining positions near $167.32. We anticipate a pullback or a consolidation at this level. Conversely, if the digital currency breaks out of $167.32, it can rise to $211.
The 20-day EMA has turned up and the 50-day SMA is flattening out. The RSI has risen from deeply oversold to overbought levels. This shows that the short-term trend has changed.
If the next dip finds support at one of the moving averages, it will confirm a bottom at $83. We expect the ETH/USD pair to spend some time in a range before starting a new uptrend.
Bitcoin Cash has been consolidating near the swing highs for the past three days. The bears have not been able to push the price down, which shows that the bulls are in no urgency to book profits and are buying every minor dip.
If the price stays above the 20-day EMA for the next 2–3 days, we anticipate another attempt to break out of the 50-day SMA. If successful, the pullback can extend to $307.01, which is the 61.8 percent Fibonacci retracement of the recent decline. The traders should continue to trail their stops higher.
On the other hand, if the BCH/USD pair turns down from the 50-day SMA, it might find support at the 20-day EMA. Any break of the moving averages will disrupt the upside momentum and result in a range bound action for a few weeks. The downtrend will resume if the bears sink the pair below $73.5.
EOS is attempting to break out of the 38.2 percent Fibonacci retracement level of $3.0510. Overhead, we anticipate a strong resistance at the 50-day SMA and at $3.8723.
If these two levels are scaled, the recovery can extend to the next major resistance at $4.493. We expect the $3.8723–$4.493 zone to act as a major hurdle.
The next leg down is likely to find support at the 20-day EMA. Any break of this support can result in consolidation for a few days. The EOS/USD pair will resume its downtrend if it plunges below $1.55.
Stellar has broken out of the 20-day EMA and $0.13427050. This is a bullish sign that opens the gate for a move to the 50-day SMA and $0.184.
The 20-day EMA has flattened out and the RSI has risen into the positive zone, which shows that demand has overtaken supply in the short-term. However, the 50-day SMA is sloping down. It implies that the long-term trend is still down.
The pair remains an underperformer, so we do not advise any trades in it. The recovery will weaken if XLM/USD slides below $0.11196656.
Litecoin has reached the overhead resistance of $36.428, as we had anticipated. We expect the bears to pose a stiff challenge at this level. If successful, the price can dip back to the 20-day EMA.
However, if the bulls pierce through the overhead resistance, the LTC/USD pair can extend the recovery to $47.246. Therefore, traders can trail their stops on the remaining positions.
The 20-day EMA has turned up and the RSI has jumped into the positive territory. This suggests an advantage for the bulls in the near term. We expect $23.1 to be the bottom as long as the price sustains above $29.349.
Bitcoin SV is range bound between $80.352 and $123.98. The attempt to break out of the range failed on Dec. 20 and 21. Nevertheless, the bulls have held the price above $100 for the past three days, which shows buying on every small dip.
We anticipate another attempt to break out of the range within the next 3–4 of days. If the breakout sustains, the recovery can extend to $167.608. While the traders holding partial positions can ride the move higher, fresh positions can also be initiated on a close above $123.98 with a stop loss not far behind.
On the other hand, if the bears defend $123.98 on a closing (UTC time frame) basis, the BSV/USD pair might remain range bound for the next few days. We might suggest long positions once again if the price bounces off $80.352. The trend will weaken if the bears push the price below $65.031.
TRON is not giving up ground, which indicates sustained buying by the bulls. The moving averages are on the verge of completing a bullish crossover, which denotes a trend change. If the bulls scale $0.025, the next move higher is likely to reach the overhead resistance of $0.02815521.
The TRX/USD pair has turned down three times from $0.02815521, so we expect a strong defense of this level by the bears. The RSI in the overbought zone shows that a pullback is around the corner.
We anticipate the cryptocurrency to consolidate in the range of $0.0183–$0.02815521 for the next few weeks. A break out of this range will start a new uptrend. We might propose long positions if the next dip holds above $0.0183 or the 20-day EMA. Our view of a trend change will be invalidated if the pair breaks down of the moving averages.
Cardano is attempting to break out of the 50-day SMA and rise to the next overhead resistance at $0.060105. Traders who have about 50 percent of their positions left can either book the rest of the profits at this level or trail the stops very closely.
The 20-day EMA has turned up while the RSI has risen from the oversold zone to the overbought zone. This shows that the bulls have the upper hand in the short-term. However, the 50-day SMA is still sloping down, which means that the long-term trend is still down.
We anticipate another leg down, so the recommendation is to book complete profits close to $0.060105. Traders can re-enter on dips. Any correction is likely to find support at the 20-day EMA and below that at $0.033065. Our bullish view will be invalidated if the ADA/USD pair breaks below the Dec. 7 low.
Dependence Sector (RIL) is currently intending to increase as well as change its electronic trip by accepting using blockchain innovation. The firm has actually gotten a 5.56% equity risk in blockchain start-up VAKT Holdings Ltd, UK (VHL) for $5 million or around Rs 35 crore.
VAKT is a consortium of 9 leading international power business as well as financial institutions dedicated to accepting blockchain innovation as well as interacting to establish remedies to olden issues dealt with by markets. According to the company, it intends to change complete profession life-cycle as well as via blockchain, it guarantees to get rid of settlement as well as paper-based procedures, improve effectiveness as well as develop brand-new profession money possibilities.
Dependence in a governing declaring claimed:
” The calculated financial investment speeds up Dependence’s electronic trip, via energetic engagement in an arising as well as progressing, yet appealing, blockchain allowed innovation option for power markets.”
This is Dependence very first financial investment in a blockchain-based innovation company as well as is spending greatly in the field. The firm is supposedly preparing to construct a committed group for arising innovation such as Expert system, Artificial Intelligence as well as Blockchain Innovation.
The firm was lately in information for working out India’s very first blockchain profession money purchase with aid of HSBC.
Bitcoin negotiation cpu OpenNode has in fact presented a seed economic investment round of $1.25 million with financier Tim Draper as well as additionally early-stage investment firm Draper Associates.
According to a launched message on its Device website, the start-up divulged that the funds would absolutely be used to increase its team as well as additionally advertise the cultivating of bitcoin.
” With the close of our seed round, we presently have the opportunity to scale the team as well as additionally accelerate the rate of bitcoin’s cultivating. Along with scaling, a component of our economic investment will absolutely enter the instructions of legal services to see to it OpenNode’s consistency,” João Almeida, creator as well as additionally CTO of OpenNode, notified Bitcoin Magazine via email.
Tim Draper, American plutocrat as well as additionally maker of Draper Associates, is recognized for agreeing with on bitcoin as well as additionally knows with backing blockchain startups with substantial use circumstances. He led a $4.2 million funding round in blockchain details network Factom as well as additionally a $760,000 round in pay-roll startup Bitwage.
When quizzed on why his company selected Draper Associates, Almeida asserted the financier accorded with what they meant to complete.
” We were actually critical with whom we chose to create as our plutocrat. We are actually enjoyed have Draper Associates aboard as a result of the truth that they coordinate our durable vision of hyperbitcoinization. We plan on staying as a bitcoin-only settlements system, as well as additionally Tim gets that.”
For OpenNode, the growth has in fact corresponded as well as additionally healthy and balanced and also well balanced even with the depression available. According to Almeida, the consistent innovation of centers from approach developers would absolutely see the company increase likewise furthermore.
” By 2019, we plan to be the leading bitcoin settlements system. Furthermore, added dramatically, we plan to push microtransactions onto gaming/streaming/content system as well as additionally create negotiation styles never ever before before practical.”
OpenNode was developed in April 2018 as a negotiation cpu that aids with bitcoin settlements for individuals as well as additionally firms. The cpu maintains bitcoin approach implementations like SegWit as well as additionally the Lightning Network, providing instant settlement of manage lowered costs.
Most Likely, amongst the standout qualities of OpenNode is its mix with the Lightning Network, which has in fact seen much mix from blockchain startups, taking into consideration that Lightning Labs presented the first beta release in March 2018.
Included in an extensive list of companies that have in fact integrated the network are SparkSwap, BTCPayServer as well as additionally CoinGate. Blockchain business Blockstream, which presently allows clients to relocate bitcoin with satellites, furthermore consisted of support for Lightning Network bargains, allowing clients to deal with details transmission using Lightning Network micropayments.
Last month, Bitcoin Magazine reported that over 4,070 nodes were endured with a collective network ability that stood at 223.65 BTC. At press time, nodes endured has in fact enhanced to 4,586 with a network ability that has in fact escalated to 488.06 BTC.
Adhering to year is conditioning to be a big year for blockchain as well as additionally cryptocurrency as well as additionally will absolutely see the launch of a variety of considerable industrial systems that offer either spread journals solutions or cryptocurrencies.
Bakkt is a prominent project that will absolutely offer the straightforward capacity to authorize Bitcoin to a wide variety of companies while similarly providing futures arrangements with physical delivery. It presents in really early2019
What was unpredicted, nevertheless, was for Comcast to launch a blockchain project easily in 2019.
Comcast presented the relocate a Dec. 21 press release. It is currently teaming up with Viacom as well as additionally Array Reach to end up the system that means to be “The Recognition Layer” for TV target audience. A great deal extra companies will absolutely rapidly be consisted of in the offering.
What is Blockgraph as well as additionally what is its goal?
Blockgraph at its base layer is peer to peer software program application that enables media companies better use client info at variety while still guarding the client’s info. To do this, Blockgraph makes it feasible for blind fits with specific info.
By using protection treatments more than likely similar to “No Comprehending Evidence,” a technique created in 1985 by cryptographers as well as additionally made chosen by the Z-Cash( ZCASH) treatment. The Blockgraph protection treatment allows media companies to match advertisements right to client info without in the past seeing or having right access to certain client info.
This is made it possible for by means of the Blockgraph software program application, which right matches the encrypted end results of info, not the info itself. The software program application similarly consists of a recognition layer that allows each client’s info to stay on its really own system, a feature that appreciates the digital self-sovereignty led by Bitcoin as well as additionally different other cryptocurrency work.
On The Surface, Blockgraph is a fascinating application of ideas advertised by cryptocurrency as well as additionally blockchain work. Making use of encrypted blockchain systems to deal with individual privacy is not a new suggestion. Jobs like Conventional Passion Sign (BAT) as well as additionally others have really been going over similar techniques, nonetheless this is the really very first time a company like Comcast has really positioned its weight behind a system with these ideas.
Unfortunately, there is still an elephant in the location. Is Blockgraph a truly decentralized treatment? We do not currently have each of the info on simply exactly how Blockgraph will truly be used, as well as additionally this leaves vital questions unanswered.
David Kline, executive vice-president as well as additionally president of Array Reach, mentioned:
Comcast has really acquired establishing the Blockgraph contemporary innovation, nonetheless we do not want this to remain specifically a Comcast-led project. We rate the entire TV market to sign up with Blockgraph to make sure that it happens a genuine market venture,” mentioned Marcien Jenckes, President, Comcast Cable Advertising. “When scaled, non-personably well-known info shows up to all, the focus transfers to what a business has the capacity to make keeping that info as well as additionally simply exactly how it can be used to drive outcomes. Our group think that when proceeded info capabilities are combined with TV as well as additionally sets you back video’s understanding as well as additionally communication advantages, end results will absolutely be testing to beat.
Based upon these statements, the natural assumption is that Blockgraph will absolutely be used as a consortium blockchain. This suggests that each of the companies connected with the system will absolutely be connected with managing the nodes that make up the network. This generates a system that is a lot more decentralized that where Comcast manages the whole factor, nonetheless it still supplies various concerns.
A consortium blockchain can be endangered if enough occasions conspire, as well as additionally if each of those occasions are individuals of the specific very same market, the opportunity of collusion increases as a result of the typical inspirations. It remains to be seen if the Blockgraph treatment can be decentralized enough to protect the client or if it will absolutely offer extreme effect to the occasions that protect the network.
Without a lot more information on the technical demands, we can simply think. It is hard to truly anticipate the risks as well as additionally influence that network nodes might have or if Blockgraph additionally trusts a consortium of nodes.
It is important to remember that the well worth of blockchain stems from welcoming a new technique to network management. Blockchains that are not decentralized are merely shared information resources as well as additionally do not offer considerable benefits. To truly execute a decentralized blockchain solution suggests eliminating the capacity of one entity or a group of them to take care of the system. It suggests Comcast will absolutely require to return from its capacity to influence Blockgraph.
This is a severe splitting up from simply exactly how most companies consider their product and services. Will Comcast modify its technique as well as additionally generate a decentralized recognition layer for the television neighborhood, or is Blockgraph a market took care of option that is mosting most likely to be provided to marketing professionals?
We will absolutely have the capacity to resolve this query as a lot more info concerning Blockgraph develop, nonetheless it is advising to see the variety of favored blockchain ideas are being carried out in managing client info individual privacy by means of encrypted matching.
Blockgraph as well as additionally initiatives to decouple client info from the certain consumers may be an enormous activity in fixing client info individual privacy abuses. Yet that will certainly simply operate if there are treatments ready to stay clear of the system itself from being abused.
The price of bitcoin is back above $4,000, and is eyeing a move upwards. The world’s largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization had been trapped within a symmetrical triangle, suppressing its range between $3,788 and $4,153 over a period of four days, that is, until it broke out above $4,200 at 12:40 UTC today.
At press time, bitcoin is up more than $100 on the day, having climbed to $4,128, up from $4,007 at the start of the day’s trading. However, traders could have a pathway for moving the price to a key Fibonacci extension at $4,441, which would further bolster the move above $4,000 on Dec. 20.
In drawing attention to the 4-hour chart we see how the Chaikin Money Flow (CMF) and Chaikin Oscillator (CO) turned bullish yesterday at 22:00 UTC, signaling a possible confirmation of bitcoin’s recent move back above $4,000. Price action briefly halted along the primary Fibonacci extension point at around $4,159 before continuing a slow incline according to CoinBase data and has been presented with an opportunity to continue its momentum to $4,440, post-consolidation. Volume for the period has also shot up substantially, with the move being backed by the largest injection since Dec. 20. Evidence of the move can also be found on the weekly chart, where the price of bitcoin has risen above the Nov. 26 closing price at $4,103, emboldening the bulls to push higher on the week as the new session begins today. The last crypto Christmas was marred by a continual sell-off, exemplified by bitcoin’s breakdown from $16,490 to $12,500 by Dec. 25 (after running up to an all-time high of $19,891 on Dec.17). But the weekly has demonstrated a potential turnaround, with a large bullish candle accompanied by growing volume.
Here’s what we see ahead:
Bitcoin has pushed above an ascending triangle breakout (continuation pattern) to the primary Fibonacci extension line, with accompanying volume.
The 4-hour chart has turned bullish on the CMF and OC and needs to clock higher highs in order to see a continuation in bullish price action.
Likely to consolidate before pushing to $4,440 as traders engage in a short-term sell-off.
The weekly chart shows a recovery bounce by the bulls has tipped the scales and we may be looking at a reversal of the primary bearish trend.
A break below $3,650 (Dec. 20 major swing low-swing high) would invalidate the bullish bias.
Disclosure: The author holds no cryptocurrency assets at the time of writing.