Binance who recently has been in the media regarding operational license rift with Japanese FSA has made an official statement.
According to the founder and CEO Changpeng Zhao, he was disappointed at statements made, calling it “Irresponsible Journalism” and pledges his reassurance to Binance customers that no conflict exists between Japanese FSA and his company.
According to Mr. Changpeng, he claims his company received a simple letter from the Japanese Financial Services Agency and immediately responded to the letter through the company lawyers. Stating that a solution to the issuance of the letter was being sorted out.
Also emphasizing that this bad news might turn out in their favor in the long term but condemned the misinterpretation of information by journalists. One of the charges as reported by Nikkei Asian Review is that the HongKong based exchange Binance doesn’t fall under the jurisdiction of the FSA’s authority, Thus, making it impossible to force the exchange to return Japanese funds in the event of a breach of contract.
Responses on Twitter have generally been positive giving Mr. Changpeng a breath of fresh air. However, this has come as a major concern to the FSA since the last two major hacks have come against Japanese exchanges. The regulatory body is hoping to provide a solution to stop the loss of resources in the future
Block.one Offers Early Backers a 6567% ROI Buyout Option
Block.one, the Cayman Islands-registered firm which is behind the world’s largest ICO till date, $4 billion EOS software has recently sent out an email to early backers stating its intention to buy back some portion of its shares giving them a whopping 6567% ROI in less than 3 years according to a Bloomberg report.
In July of 2018, billionaire investor Peter Thiel invested into Block.one joining the like of Alan Howard and Louis Baycon who were early backers of the startup since 2017. These investors are faced with the mouthwatering option of either liquidating their shares of the company and cashing out huge gains or remaining with them.
Block.one in a March 19 e-mail to shareholders seeks to rein in external ownership of its equity by offering a $1,500 per share as compared to the $22 per share seed round. When asked about this move, a spokeswoman of the company merely said the company intends to use proceeds it generated from token sales to expand its resources while building its business strong clearly dodging the main question asked.
According to an email circulated to its investors, by February 2019, Block.one was valued at $3 billion as compared to $40 million during its seed round in 2017. And unaware to most of the public, it holds as much as $2.2 billion in U.S. government bonds as compared to the jurisdiction it is registered in the Cayman Islands.
Block.one had faced serious criticisms from industry stakeholders with many labeling it a shady enterprise that certainly didn’t need as much as $4 billion to launch a decentralized software. One of such critics is Richard Burton, San Francisco-based founder of Balance.io, a blockchain company that designs applications for open source financial products, he has once said
They designed a very clever mechanism to hoover up as much capital as possible,
He continued by saying,
Bitcoin was started on a shoestring and Ethereum raised just a few million dollars, which goes to show you don’t need anything like the money Block.one raised to launch and scale a successful network. It should be beholden on them to explain why they needed that much and what they are doing with it.
Brendan Blumer, the young CEO of Block.one however disagrees with such critics as he made his stance known in a Bloomberg interview in November of 2018, saying
too much transparency into everything that we are doing on an ongoing basis can actually take away a lot of the competitive advantage when we’re trying to put out new types of technology
clearly knocking off the argument of critics who demand squeaky clean transparency after raising so many funds.
When asked if they were willing to take up the buyback offer, Bacon and Howard declined to comment while Thiel ignored numerous messages sent to him privately, sources reported. On the other hand, early backer, Christian Angermayer made his stance known. He had this to say,
Block.one is one of the most promising and best-positioned companies in the blockchain industry, and its success story is just beginning,
Recall that Mike Novogratz had earlier liquidated his stakes in the firm and realizing as much as 123% in returns valued at up to $71.2 million in the transaction.
Although Block.one which holds up to 140,000 units of bitcoin as assets, cited extreme volatility as a major factor that impacted its valuation clearly halving its holdings valued at around $1 billion, which has since been recovered in the recent bitcoin really, it is looking promising and sure has the likes of Peter Thiel happy at any of the option it decides to pursue.
Trouble Looming for Bitcoin with Stocks Plunge?
Could bitcoin and other “risk-on” assets be open to a possible plunge alongside the traditional stock market?
With what is happening in the stock market, inferences could easily be drawn that social media (tweets particularly), not only affect the traditional markets but also has real-time effects on digital assets. With a recent revelation from the United States president-Donald Trump, where he makes plans to increase the tariffs on Chinese-made commodities from 10% to 25% in a few days time, global assets like stocks and bitcoin BTC, recorded a minus in the market.
For 10 months, China has been paying Tariffs to the USA of 25% on 50 Billion Dollars of High Tech, and 10% on 200 Billion Dollars of other goods. These payments are partially responsible for our great economic results. The 10% will go up to 25% on Friday. 325 Billions Dollars….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2019
Bitcoin Records Slight Dip with Trumps Chinese Tariff Statements.
While many will argue that President Trump’s intentions had a good possible economic result, the stock market took the news quite badly. As at 1 pm today, Futures for the S&p 500 were 1.75% down and this would invariably mean an open red. More so, as of the time of compiling this article, there exists a whopping drop for the SSE Composite Index of about 5.35%, which means the loss of billions of dollars in less than 24 hours.
Just as we mentioned earlier, bitcoin also recorded some losses alongside its counterparts in the traditional exchanges. this was pointed out by a crypto trader who saw this trend as the Monday Asian market opened. In this trading path, BTC fell in indicating a negative reaction to the tariff threat of the U.S. President.
If we argue that BTC price loss could be coincidental, we might also need to take a look at a similar situation where BTC lost almost the same value to the Hang Sang withing the same time frame. This is yet another proof to show that though BTC is sadly still vulnerable, it also now responds to market forces.
Market participants continue to view Bitcoin as a risk-on asset.
Sunday evening's sell-off occurred simultaneously with the Hang Seng's precipitous 3.4% drop at the open following Trump's new tariff salvo. pic.twitter.com/Oa9RiVXuRg
— Light (@LightCrypto) May 6, 2019
More insights show that cryptocurrencies are risk-on and this means that investors in these areas are particularly interested in markets trending higher.
Crypto is a risk asset. Global capital flows matter. pic.twitter.com/giZ186F4kc
— Travis Kling (@Travis_Kling) April 30, 2019
Bitcoin To Become Safe Heaven As Digital Gold
From all the information provided above, it is clear that bitcoin maybe conforming to traditional markets’ risk-on assets after all.
Many might not have heard already, but bitcoin, alongside all other cryptocurrencies, have been disregarded an in fact touted as an uncorrelated asset. Check this out in the CNBC interview a few months ago where Anthony Pompliano of Morgan Creek mentioned that the correlation between BTC and the S&P (SPX) was practically non-existent. A confirmation was put forth by Three Arrows Capital’s Su Zhu, showing that given “high prices and low prices, high volatility and low volatility, the correlation between the aforementioned assets is still near-zero.
All of the correlations confirmed this Monday, have gone to validate the John Normand theory that gold remains a better safe haven or hedge against downturns than Bitcoin. John is the Head of JP Morgans’s cross-asset management arm.
According to optimists, Max Keiser’s explanation of a possible break-even for the digital asset class is a thread strong enough to hold onto. Max is of the opinion that BTC will eventually become a “risk-off” asset, hinting at a few characteristics that make it a form tradeable money.
Amongst many reasons for his belief are that BTC is a non-sovereign, decentralized, censorship-resistant and easily- transferable asset that is deliberately scarce and is not controlled by the whims of central banks and the various existing financial institutions.
The market and consumers alike may need a bit of a nudge in the right direction to truly comprehend this fact, and this is predicted to come from the impending financial crisis which experts say is much around the corner.
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Jaguar Land Rover To Reward Customers Using IOTA Cryptocurrency
Jaguar automobiles have ventured into the world of Blockchain Technology seeking ways to better reward their customers, while also collecting feedback data for product improvement.
The areas where blockchain technology can be applied is becoming increasingly alarming and at the same time interesting. It is gaining value in areas of our private life on a daily basis.
Who would have thought that a technology that came to us only as a means of substitute money as we previously called it, would now be considered for mainstream Adoption and Integration in all sectors of our economy from supply chains to economics, automotive and also investment fields?
All these industries are not lacking in ways to deploy and implement the use of blockchain in application development all for the sole purpose of improving existing systems.
In a publication released by the International Business Times, Jaguar Land Rover seems to be currently testing new software that allows users of the automobile to earn digital assets (cryptocurrency) whenever the users give feedback on the issue of the cars’ performance in particular places. in other words, users get rewarded for providing data.
In line with this development, IOTA seems to be the cryptocurrency with which the app will be built. The automobile giant believes that this strategy is perfect for obtaining real-live information, and this will, in turn, help them guide against avoidable mechanism-failures and prevent accident for users of the Jaguar automobile.
IOTA wants to enable interoperability with all these different players. So there is no Jaguar coin, no BMW coin, but one Universal Token for this machine economy.
-Dominik Schiener, IOTA Foundation Co-Founder and Co-Chairman.
Speaking further, Schiener said IOTA is designed to easily solve most of the inefficiencies facing other blockchains particularly because he believes IOTA operates on top the Distributed Ledger Tech (DLT) called Tangle which is expected to connect IoT with Web 3.0.
Blockchain adoption has left its speculative days for good and is being explored by many more companies that could have been imagined. he benefits of the blockchain technology are too numerous and attractive to be turned down. It offers customers a reward system that can, in turn, build and attract customer loyalty to a specific brand.
— Rafael Presa (@RafaelPresa) May 2, 2019
An Overview of SaBi Exchange
SaBi Exchange happens to be the most advanced centralized Cryptocurrency Exchange in Africa. Find out more in this review by cryptowisser.
There are currently over 15 cryptocurrency exchanges in Africa with about five centralized cryptocurrency exchanges in Nigeria. However, among these exchanges. SaBi Exchange happens to be the most advanced centralized Cryptocurrency Exchange. SaBi Exchange was launched 10 March 2019. It was founded by Lucky Uwakwe and Peter Huang. Lucky Uwakwe is a graduate of Nicosia University in Cyprus and has earned a Masters Degree in Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technology. He is the current Ambassador of Dash Cryptocurrency to Africa, Founder of Cheetah Africa and a citizen of Nigeria.
SaBi Exchange is based in Abuja Nigeria.
The exchange is powered by Huobi Cloud and has the same security and liquidity features as Huobi. SaBi Exchange has partnered with Huobi to deliver outstanding crypto trading services to the region. According to the review from cryptowisser. It has not been able to verify the details of the Huobi partnership with SaBi Exchange and as such investors are advised to read this partnership details with caution. SaBi Exchange allows cryptocurrency deposits and fiat deposits on its platform with limitations.
US citizens aren’t allowed to deposit fiat currency into the platform while some listed countries are allowed to deposit fiat currency. The countries allowed to deposit fiat currency on SaBi includes China, South Korea , Canada, Russia, Britain, India, Australia, Switzerland, Brazil, Taiwan, NewZealand, Singapore, Vietnam, Nethaland, Hongkong, Nigeria, Indonesia, Philippine, Cambodia, Middle-east, Malaysia, Myanmar, Turkey. Fiat deposits through Wire Transfers and Card Deposits are allowed using Qiwi, Paytm, Paynow etc. However, Cryptocurrency deposits are allowed by users worldwide.
Trades And Fees
Aside from the normal trade features, SaBi offers four types of trades. They include OTC-trading, Margin, Exchange and Leveraged Trading. The OTC-trading feature of Huobi Exchange comes under the following currencies—USDT, BTC, ETH and EOS. SaBi Exchange offers 2x to 5x leverage. The leveraged trading features are available on 41 trading pairs out of the 240+ trading pairs available for regular exchange trade. It also offers 0.20% trading fees on both makers and takers which is slightly below the normal 0.25% fee charged by other exchanges worldwide. It charges a withdrawal fee of 0.0005 BTC. The withdrawal exchange fee charge is approximately 40% lower than the global exchange fee charge.
SaBi uses the Huobi security protocol “Huobi Cloud” to secure its platform against hack attempts. It equally shares the Huobi liquidity to ensure a liquid trading platform for its users. The exchange platform boosts of speed and faster transactions on trading of cryptocurrency on its platform. Fiat deposits are available through wire transfer and debit cards with a good security feature ensuring the safety of users account details in Nigeria. Fiat deposit can also come through Paynow, Paytm, Qiwi, IMPS, UPI or Interac e-transfer on the platform. SaBi has developers with over 6 years of experience working with Huobi and Huobi Cloud.
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