9 Exchanges to Buy Bitcoin & Crypto in Singapore (2020)
9 Exchanges to Buy Bitcoin & Crypto in Singapore (2020)
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I bought a piece of bitcoin in Singapore from an ATM machine thingy in 2015, how do I access it?
As a novelty when in Singapore, I threw a few bucks into a machine promising to sell pieces of a bitcoin, in 2014 or 2015. I don't know how much, maybe 5 dollars... anyways... how can I access it? It gave me a paper receipt with a QR code which is too faded and wrinkled to scan, and a long, maybe 40-60 digit code of letters and numbers... it says I should put them into a digital wallet. I downloaded the blockchain app but I am confused... advice please? Research for science?
Stellar The Biggest Cryptocurrency since Bitcoin? 1 year later!
Special consideration and appreciation to 87Crypto for all the research and investment into most of this article, this flashback was and is very much on point perfectly. My input and addition I believe will be the future of Stellar Lumens (XLM) and I don't think the bears can stop it.. With the works economy crashed because of the pandemic, countries are looking at making precious metal backed Cryptocurrencies.... Major banks are rushing to make the technology improvements to accommodate this change, and it is happening very rapidly.. To the world from REDDIT user 87Crypto: Stellar The Biggest Cryptocurrency since Bitcoin? Ok everyone, feel free to tell me I'm crazy and delusional on my idea of Stellar being the biggest Cryptocurrency since Bitcoin. In 2014, Nasdaq launched a separate company, Nasdaq private market which partnered with a San Francisco based Blockchain startup company called Chain to test Bitcoin technology. Part of this testing included digital transfers of money and other assets securely and nearly instantaneously which is something the current system is incapable of doing so seamlessly. Additional features included the transfer of securities directly between asset managers, to serve as a secure ledger for tracking assets across divisions of a large organization, enable a next-generation mobile banking solution, create a loyalty points system for a consortium of brandsto issue digital gift cards onto a network that can support multiple wallet vendors, create automated insurance contracts, and issue central bank currencies digitally to improve the payments system in any country. In October 15th, 2017 IBM chose the Stellar Blockchain to power the process of cross-border payments. This partnership was to significantly reduce transaction costs and increase transaction speeds whilst eliminating the inefficiencies and frustrations of the current cross-border payments system. January of 2018, Former Chain president, and Goldman Sachs Managing Director of technology and Business Development became the Head of Corporate Business Development for the Newly launched digital arm of Fidelity. Now this is getting more and more obvious as to what is going on. The same group of people are involved in all these financial institutions. On September 4th, 2018 IBM Debuted Blockchain World Wire (BWW). This platform was created to not only improve the cross-border payment system but to revolutionize the entire financial system. This ecosystem allows assets to be freely transported to any region of the world without the necessity to exchange currencies prior to doing so. Blockchain world wire utilizes the Stellar native token, the Lumen, as a form of exchange, as well as gas for low transaction fees. One of the brilliant aspects of BWW is the fact that the Lumen can be converted to as many as sixty currencies and according to Jed McCaleb even stocks can be transferred within the ecosystem. These currencies vary from the current fiat system, to cryptocurrency, 1:1-dollar ratio Stable coins and central bank digital cryptocurrencies. Just six days later, on September 10, Blockchain Start up and Nasdaq partner merges with Steller’s start up named Lightyear. This merger formed Interstellar to bring Chain's enterprise products of digital asset transfers, seamless tracking of these assets, as well as their customer base to the Stellar blockchain. On the other side of the IBM / Stellar partnership, IBM was working closely with The Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) on central bank cryptocurrencies. The OMFIF is an independent think tank for central banking, economic policy, and public investment with a collective of investable assets equating to $36 trillion dollars which is equivalent to 45% of the worlds GDP. I don’t know about you but that gave me goosebumps. The magnitude of the Stellar blockchain is just unreal. We are talking about Stellar having the potential to take over not just the cross-border payments market but will also play a massive role in asset tokenization which would revolutionize Wall St. Itself. On October 13th, 2018 Stellar partnered with SEC approved Security token exchange platform Hyperion. This exchange is the first platform in north American for security tokens. This provides investors the ability to exchange digital security tokens using blockchain technology with significantly lower fees as well as more efficiently than the traditional stock market. In addition to that, Hyperion signed an MOU with Kinesis Money, a company offering a unique system solely on digital gold and silver currencies. This unique form of tokenizing gold and silver as a 1:1 allocation to those assets as a stable coin is just further proof that everything will be tokenized on the blockchain. Ok, there’s a few more things to discuss. This is what institutions are calling open banking. Open banking is a system where banks can use the open source Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to allow 3rd party developers applications around financial institutions. A partner of IBM that is leading the way of open banking is HSBC. Due to this strong relationship it is very likely they will use the Stellar Blockchain to issue digital assets. Speaking of partnerships and 3rd party developers, let's discuss yet another huge part of the puzzle that is Stellar. On October 28th, 2018 the largest bank of the United states J.P Morgan financed a $34 billion-dollar loan to IBM for the acquisition of the world’s largest hybrid cloud provider, Red Hat. This purchase was purposely executed to become the #1 hybrid cloud provider in the world. Red hat fits the perfect description of the 3rd party required for HSBC to implement its Open banking and eventual issuance of digital currencies through the Stellar Blockchain. In case you were wondering why I made a point to mention J.P Morgan and their massive loan to IBM when I could have simply left them out, we'll circle back because it is important. On December 4th, 2018 we closed out the year with Fidelity and Nasdaq Ventures investing in cryptocurrency exchange Eris X. As Previously mentioned, Former president of blockchain start up Chain, Tom Jessup relocated to Fidelity which is a partner of Nasdaq in this cryptocurrency exchange Eris X. Tom Jessup was president of Chain during the time they partnered with Nasdaq. What I am pointing out is that all these top institutional companies are working together one way or another and it is clear as day something massive will be announced March 19th as I mentioned before. As we look back at all the moving parts, I can’t help but think that IBM and Stellar will revolutionize the stock market itself through all their partnerships directly or indirectly, more importantly due to Blockchain World Wire and its capabilities. This is truly incredible. But that's still not all just yet. J.P Morgan financing the $34 billion dollars to IBM was strategic. Well, what do you know, On February 14th of this very year, J.P Morgan launched their own US bank-backed cryptocurrency coin and as Jesse Lund, head of IBM Blockchain previously mentioned, Blockchain World Wire would allow up to 60 world currencies and even stable coins which is exactly why J. P. Morgan created their coin. All of this has led us to the Singapore Money 20/20 event of March 19th, 2019. All the pieces of the puzzle seem to be in place and I honestly can not find evidence to prove anything otherwise. Stellar has all the qualifications, attributes and partnerships to not only be one of the biggest cryptocurrencies in the world but to become the Blockchain of the financial world. Please give me your thoughts. From: 87Crypto May, 2019 Now 1 year later :Everything is in place, all currencies are at an all time low because of the worldwide pandemic last month... It is time, time to grow this machine! We need a Stellar Lumens based "ATM" program that runs on Debian. Something that can be dropped into almost all "ATM" platforms. This would give instant international bank transactions from any bank to any bank. It could use Stripe or BWW directly, because of the existing Stellar Commitments, and Charge it's own processing fees set by the ATM provider. Let's get this marketed to every ATM provider there is and push the market, this is the environment for bank integrations and will reduce ATM fees to the end user.. Even at $1 per average transaction that is an average savings of $1.50 per transaction from an average ATM... Banks will pay attention, then every user will see the message "Your transaction was proudly transferred to you with the Stellar Lumens (XLM) network, in coordination with BWW or Stripe, and" insert ATM COMPANY NAME "....This same environment would be used as the backbone of the merchant P.O.S. machines for credit card and debt transactions. Thank you for reading.. The most cryptocurrency ever lost, was not from investments it was from inoperable or unrecoverable wallets. Stay safe my friends.
CheapAir.com appears to have chosen self-hosted payment processor BTCPay for its Bitcoin payments, removing BitPay. The firm stats that
Coinbase is sun-setting their merchant platform next week which has led to a need for an alternative processor. Coinbase mentioned that it would be retiring its merchant processing function in April which the cryptocurrency industry condemned.
Caspian Partners, a cryptocurrency portfolio and risk management platform announced a partnership with Bitmex. Caspian customers will now have a unified trading module with more liquidity. The firm provides order and execution management system (OEMS), risk management system (RMS), and a portfolio management system (PMS).
US transportation company Norfolk Southern Corp (NSC) revealed it is joining the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BITA) in a company announcement yesterday. The BITA association formed in 2017 and aims to develop blockchain applications to the transport and logistics industries. BITA also includes organizations like FedEx (FDX), Uber, UPS (UPS) and GE Transportation.
Thailand’s largest bank has joined a trade finance program utilizing R3’s Corda distributed ledger technology (DLT). R3 is a consortium of over 200 companies that uses technology on blockchain to allow businesses to develop applications on top of its Corda platform.
The Bank of China will use blockchain technology to alleviate poverty in the Tibet Autonomous Region, a province with a poverty rate of 12.4%. The Bank of China has developed a cloud-based system to manage a local poverty reduction fund in the past. The bank has decided to upgrade the existing system with blockchain technology and set up a multi-node blockchain network to connect with their partners like the Agricultural Bank of China
A Czech Republic utility company will begin accepting payments in cryptocurrencies. Pražská Plynárenská is one of the major suppliers of natural gas in the Czech Republic. In June it will establish a payment payment gateway which will transfer bitcoin payments into fiat currency.
A recent study by the Warwick Business School claims that investor sentiment is driving cryptocurrency prices. The study analyzed the top 14 cryptocurrencies based on market capitalization. The primary conclusion was that hype and emotions played the most significant role in determining whether the price of a cryptocurrency rises or falls.
Bitcoin Gold (BTG) has suffered from a 51% attack resulting in a loss USD$17.5mm. The 51% attack permitted double spending to occur. According to the Bitcoin Gold (BTG) team, exchanges have been targeted rather than individual users.
South Africa’s Reserve Bank has chose to call cryptocurrencies “cyber-tokens” because they don’t meet the requirements of money.
In Colombia, two Bitcoin Cash (BCH) proponents have developed a payment processor called Bitek.co. The company offers merchants processing with payable invoices and accounting services as the Bitek platform provides merchants with the ability to accept BCH and covert all or a percentage of the funds into Colombian pesos.
Employees in Ukraine were recently caught using the police department’s resources for four months to mine Bitcoin. In April, mining equipment was found in the office of the Communications Deparment which include eight graphics cards, six power units, two hard drives, a motherboard and a complete system.
VeChain (VEN), a Shanghai-based blockchain startup is testing a blockchain application which verifies a wine supply chain and fights counterfeits. The Chinese wine industry is worth USD$2.8bn and reportedly the Chinese consume wine that is not authentic which as weakened public trust in the quality of the product.
Ireland has clarified taxation on the cryptocurrency space. In terms of direct taxes: corporation tax, income tax and capital gains tax are all applicable, but each case should be reviewed separately.
Barcelona will create a blockchain center in the city’s tech hub. The location will be next to Barcelona Tech City which opened in the Summer of 2016 and will most likely be occupied by Spanish blockchain network Alastria.
Bitfury-backed Hut 8 Mining Group mined more than 800 bitcoins in the first quarter of 2018. The company raised CAD$70mm to continue investing in hardware and generated nearly CAD$11mm in revenue.
Commerzbank and multinational conglomerate Thyssenkrupp have successfully conducted an FX transaction on a blockchain platform. Thyssenkrupp transferred 500,000 euros in an exchange rate between the euro and the Polish zloty at some point in future.
Surkus has raised USD$10mm in Series B funding led by EOS global, a USD$200mm venture fund formed earlier this year. The venture fund is making its first investment and it aims to leverage the EOSIO blockchain to catalyze the transformation of the digital assets space.
CoTrader is introducing a decentralized fund management platform that includes cryptocurrency. CoTrader is a blockchain trading platform and it plans to disrupt investment funds to become the world’s largest outlet for all assets.
The Deutsche Boerse, owner of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange is considering offering cryptocurrency products according to a report. A move into the crypto space may not be immediate as Jeffrey Tessler, the firm’s head of clients, said the firm must “make sure we understand the underlying transaction which isn’t the easiest thing to do”.
Two Russian financial institutions are set to test a regulatory platform that aims to make domestic initial coin offerings (ICOs) more transparent and secure for traditional investors. The Russian National Settlement Depository (NSD) announced on Thursday that it is working with Sberbank CIB, to test an ICO issuance platform launched by the Bank of Russia.
The US Department of Justice has reportedly launched a criminal investigation into cryptocurrency traders who may have manipulated the market with old-school illicit tactics, such as spoofing. The investigation is also being conducted with the Commodity and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
American Express is exploring using blockchain technology to increase security for both users and merchants. The firm is exploring an identity wallet and whether blockchain can be used.
Russian State Duma has approved its first reading of a legislation package that regulates crypto-related matters and activities. The legal texts will open the way for legalization of cryptocurrencies in the Russian Federation, including their exchange and circulation under certain conditions.
Revolut, a British based company that created the first app to allow customers to invest in Bitcoin, has announced it will be adding Ripple (XRP) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) to its platform. Revolut began as an app allowing users to transfer fiat currencies, but now has four cryptocurrencies on its platform.
Banks are losing international payments business. Banks have lost 40% of market share for consumer-to-consumer (C2C) cross border payments to non-banks over the last year. Banks have also lost 30% of the consumer-to-business (C2B) and 5% of the business-to-business (B2B) payments market over the last year.
Japanese IT giant, GMO Internet is set to roll out the world’s first bitcoin mining device based on 7nm chips within the year. The firm is launching a new B2 miner on June 6 with mass production to follow and shipment starting by the end of October.
Coinbase has acquired a service called Paradex, a cryptocurrency trading service that lets users trade many digital tokens on a decentralized exchange. The exchange relies on smart contracts to allow users to trade tokens without a centralized authority to record the transactions on a blockchain.
Money Forward, Japan’s most popular personal budgeting app, is launching a crypto asset exchange this year. The firm plans to launch a crypto media platform by Summer followed by an exchange and the construction of a digital asset remittance and settlement system.
The Marshal Islands have replaced the USD$ with its own cryptocurrency. The bill was signed March first but the news is catching attention this week. US Dollars will still be accepted, yet the nation’s cryptocurrency, the “sovereign” will need to be integrated into the country’s financial system. An initial coin offering will take place and the supply will be capped at 24mm tokens
Bank of America has been awarded a patent to let users access a certain blockchain network known as a distributed validating network. Certain users will be granted permission and data will be stored in blocks in which a system can automate this process.
Singaporean-based virtual social trading platform, TrakInvest is looking to become one of the first Asian-based projects to use Hedera Hashgraph’s distributed ledger technology.
Norway’s central bank is preparing for a future in which it might issue a digital currency due to a drop in usage of cash in the country. The Norges Bank released a report titled “Central Bank Digital Currencies” which highlighted that the bank must consider several new attributes that are important for ensuring an efficient robust payment system
Overstock.com’s Tzero is planning to launch a regulated exchange for security tokens in collaboration with Box Digital Markets. The companies will seek approval from the SEC.
A Spanish Central Bank Governor believes that cryptocurrencies will bring more risk than benefits. Luis Maria Linde said that blockchain offers interesting possibilities but that is not quite mature.
Rural banks in the Philippines are looking to adopt blockchain technology in a bid to improve inclusion for residents. The initiative is led by the Union bank of the Philippines, one of the country’s largest banking institutions.
India is considering taxing cryptocurrency at 18% as ‘intangible property’ according to a report issued today. The report detailed that purchases or sales of cryptocurrencies are considered supply of goods and those facilitating transactions should be treated as services.
Every Capital is launching Australia’s first retail crypto hedge fund with the goal of making crypto assets accessible to every Australian investor. Investors will be able to sign up in a fund that covers a range of cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs).
The Pentagon and Defense department are weighing on whether owning cryptocurrency is problematic for those who already have security clearances and for those individuals requesting government security clearances.
Steemit, the platform of cryptocurrency of Steem (STEEM) has announced they have over 1,000,000 users. The blockchain processes over one million transactions daily. The Steemit.com website receives over 250,000 unique visitors every day
CheapAir.com adds Litecoin (LTC) Dash (DASH) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) to its payment options for travelers. The firm first begin accepting cryptocurrency by agreeing to receive payments in Bitcoin (BTC) back in 2013.
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), is proposing changes to existing regulations that would ease market entry for blockchain-based and decentralized exchanges. According to a paper published yesterday, the MAS states that the single tier “recognized market operators” regulatory framework cannot meet the demand for new business models based on such emerging technologies.
Chilean President, Mario Marcel has recently made comments in favor of developing a regulatory apparatus for virtual currencies. This openness contrasts the country’s recent banking embargo targeting cryptocurrencies in Chile.
MIT is demoing a use case for bitcoin’s lightning network – how the cryptocurrency can be combined with smart contracts to not only handle millions of transactions, but also with more complexity. Verge (XVG) has experienced its second hack in less than two months.
Executives are citing a DDoS attack which is giving its blockchain a serious delay. The attack has lasted more than a few hours and has resulted in over 35mm XVG tokens being stolen. CoinGate, a payment gateway for cryptocurrencies, is planning to launch
Bitcoin Lightning Network payments on its platform. The company serves over 4,000 merchants globally and will allow companies to accept bitcoin and altcoin payments which can be transferred in BTC, EUR€ or USD$ as payouts.
The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) is cracking down on unlicensed companies involved in the cryptocurrency space. Companies that the Commission is targeting include investment and trading companies.
A bank in Argentina could soon become the first in the world to begin using Bitcoin for customers’ international remittances. Banco Mansventas (BMV) partnered with local blockchain financial services firm Bitex and are looking to move away from the SWIFT clearing network which has seen multiple failures and security problems in recent years.
Payments startup, Circle has launched the full version of its crypto investment app. After a soft launch, the company has rolled out an investment focused app and one of the features is a “Buy the Market” tool for new cryptocurrency investors.
China Central Television (CCTV) has said that domestic initial coin offerings (ICOs) are still rampant despite a 2017 ban. The network went on to discuss that “air coins”, or token projects that are not backed by legally registered business entities have increased by 30x since the ICO crackdown.
A new crypto teller machine is now operational in Johannesburg, South Africa. The ATM supports several digital coins and joins a growing number of terminals offering automated crypto-fiat exchange services in the country and across the continent.
Japan’s largest bank, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) is partnering with Akamai to handle up to 1mm transactions per second using blockchain technology. The platform will confirm transactions within 2 seconds or less and batches of transactions will adhere to the same schedule.
Lawmakers in Taiwan are forming a new parliamentary group aimed to foster the growth of the nation’s emerging blockchain sector. The group will be called the Taiwan Parliamentary Coalition for Blockchain (TPCB).
The Bitcoin community is celebrating the 8th anniversary of the “Bitcoin Pizza Day” which is a celebratory day of a Pizza purchased with Bitcoin. On today’s date 8 years ago, Bitcoin was trading at $.0004 and Laszio Hanyecz purchased two pizzas from Papa John’s for USD$41 using 10,000 BTC
Ohio may become the latest US state to legally recognize smart contracts and records stored on a blockchain. The Senate Bill 300, amends sections of the Uniform Electronic Transactions act and will include blockchain records and smart contracts as electronic records.
Virtuse, a Singaporean cryptocurrency exchange, is connecting crypto markets with global financial assets, commodities, government emission allowances and stock indices to eliminate the middlemen and provide transparency to the financial sector.
The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has issued an advisory statement for listing virtual currency derivative products. The director of the Division of Market Oversight (DMO) has said that the CFTC staff will seek to provide additional guidance to help market participants keep pace with innovation while complying with CFTC regulations.
American aviation company TapJets is considering adding Ripple (XRP) and Litecoin (LTC) to its fleet of payment options. The company inquired about which cryptocurrencies to add via a Twitter poll, and 57,000 users voted.
Spain’s financial regulator has clarified its position on regulated investment funds investing directly in cryptocurrencies. The regulatory body stated that an investment fund registered with the countries National Securities Market Commission can make investments in cryptocurrencies.
Blockchain startup ShareRing is developing a mobile application to consolidate sharing services worldwide. The sharing economy is currently valued at over USD$100bn according to Brookings.
Polish Finance Ministry is rolling back a cryptocurrency tax and is making promises to provide smarter regulation. The ministry will be conducting an “in-depth analysis” of the crypto space to create better regulation and taxation policies going forward.
Walmart has submitted a patent application to track items the store sells to customers. The proposed system would allow a customer to register the item after it is purchased.
TradingView, a software website that many cryptocurrency traders use just raised USD$37mm in funding which was led by Insight Venture Partners. Currently the company receives 75% of its revenues from monthly subscription plans that offer more charts, data and real-time server-side alerts
A “cryptosweep” was launched today in the US and Canada by a group of securities regulators. Nearly 70 inquiries and investigations, and 45 pending or completed enforcement actions will be taken, although it is unclear when the related enforcement actions will be publicly announced
The team behind Parity Technologies have announced they are shutting down PICOPS, a service used by ICO campaigns to comply with regulations by validating that the owner of an Ethereum wallet has already passed an ID background check.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has shown in a report that crypto related fraud made up a tiny percent of scam activity in 2017. Of the 200,000 scams reporting, only 0.61% of the financial claims made were crypto related – USD$2.1mm
LMAX Exchange Group is setting up the first cryptocurrency exchange for institutional clients. The group will focus on liquid established cryptocurrencies which include: Bitcoin (BTC), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), and Bitcoin Cash (BCH).
Former OKEx cryptocurrency exchange CEO, Chris Lee, is now joining rival cryptocurrency exchange Huobi. In a public note, Lee suggested that OKCoin has experienced notable turnover in senior executives over the past few years which may have affected his decision.
Nearly 40% of all Chinese blockchain startups emerged in 2017, according to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. The report highlighted that China currently has 456 startups focused on blockchain technology development as part of their core business.
Japan Cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck will delist Monero and three other privacy coins from Coincheck, one of the country’s most popular exchanges. Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) believes that users have too much anonymity with these cryptocurrencies.
Bankex Smart Justice is bringing arbitration to blockchain technology. If users are in disagreement, Bankex claims the firms technology can help users settle
Thomas Lee owns up to his failed prediction of Bitcoin (BTC) rising ahead of Blockchain week. In a note to clients before Consensus 2018, Lee predicted that Bitcoin (BTC) would surge anywhere from 10-70% yet during the week, the price of Bitcoin (BTC) fell
https://preview.redd.it/vjkat08grrp11.png?width=1360&format=png&auto=webp&s=8b1756d828ef29c62fcd3dd18101c58f4d77acb8 There’s a race going on in Asia. Korea, Thailand, and the Philippines are each trying to build the “Crypto Valley of Asia” within their own borders, and other countries in Asia Pacific will no doubt soon enter the fray with their own sponsored cities. The goal of these countries is ambitious. Crypto Valley is supposed to be to crypto what Silicon Valley is to tech: The very best companies in the cryptocurrency space are supposed to congregate there, do business with one another, and elevate one another through both collaboration and competition. This thinking is sound. Even if the technologies we use are decentralized, it is still ideal for the cryptocurrency industry to be centralized to a particular city. Being able to have face-to-face meetings, work in-person, and even get the serendipitous encounters that happen regularly in Silicon Valley is crucial. The foundation of any company, even one on the bleeding edge of technology, is people. While the impetus to build a Crypto Valley here in Asia is a blessing to the industry, I would encourage the public and private leaders responsible for these initiatives to be even more ambitious. Try to look at it this way: What would a successful Crypto Valley in Asia look like? In the very best scenario, it would have the regional offices of the top crypto companies from the west, along with branches from some homegrown companies. At the very beginning, this might amount to a few dozen companies. The companies would create high value jobs for the local economy, patronize small businesses already in the area, and pump money back into the city via taxes. As these benefits would largely be confined to the host city of each country’s Crypto Valley, I think the country’s economic leaders can think even bigger. Just what can the public and private leaders in these countries realistically aim for that’s even greater than a Crypto Valley? I have two words for them: crypto tourism. Right now, the phrase has a very specific connotation, referring usually to traditional tourist getaways, like resorts, that you can pay with cryptocurrency; trips with crypto high-rollers (i.e. people who struck it rich betting on the right digital currency); or in some cases both. Some of the companies in this crypto tourism space include Airbnb-like CryptoCribs and BlockChain Cruise. But crypto tourism can be so much more, as some countries, like Switzerland, are also starting to realize. The best analogy is not Silicon Valley, but Hollywood. At the most immediate level, Hollywood is a hub, a collection of talent across acting, directing, editing, special effects, and other aspects of production unrivaled anywhere else in the world. But Hollywood is also an ideal, and it’s why so many people from all over the world flock to see the Hollywood sign, the walk of fame, and other landmarks in the area: They want to experience the place where dreams are made. The countries gunning after the Crypto Valley of Asia should aim for something similar: They should try to attract domestic and international tourists with the promise of the future. Doing so will expand their reach from a handful of cryptocurrency entrepreneurs and professionals to anyone with a passing interest in what the world will bring, which is to say everyone. Attracting the wider public will hinge on the successful implementation of cryptocurrency tech across these hubs. It must be omnipresent. Fortunately, there are some notable tech companies in Asia whose products can populate a tourist-friendly Crypto Valley. To begin, the Crypto Valleys can deploy Bitcoin ATMs courtesy of Bitcoin Exchange from Singapore, along with machines from other providers that dispense other currencies, much in the same way that every city is filled with normal ATMs from multiple banks. The feeling they would give is one of ubiquity: You can get any cryptocurrency everywhere you turn. Crypto Valleys must of course also give you a place to spend your crypto. Pundi X from Indonesia gives us a handy solution in this regard: Their Pundi XPOS devices are already being rolled out in different parts of the world, and enable anyone to transact with crypto using the Pundi XPASS card. While the company has deployed their tech at diverse locations, including the FAMA Group in Hong Kong and Ultra Taiwan 2018, the most striking deployment could be at a Crypto Valley. Imagine walking up to a street vendor or entering any small business in the area and being able to pay using crypto via a Pundi XPOS. The juxtaposition between cutting-edge technology and its adoption by everyone in the area is a tourist destination in of itself: You’re parachuting straight into the future. I share what a tourist-friendly Crypto Valley might look like as a challenge to the public and private leaders currently building these hubs across Asia. Getting top crypto companies to locate their offices there is a great start, but we can do so much more. We can use them as a living example on how cryptocurrency will shape the world. This idea is one that I’m sure will draw people from all corners of the globe to see. Full: http://www.thejakartapost.com/academia/2018/10/02/aiming-higher-than-the-crypto-valley-of-asia.html
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The Daily: Report Sees UK as Crypto Leader, Jersey Adopts ICO Rules
https://preview.redd.it/ak49rer34pa11.jpg?width=1600&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=d7c412ffa547e29c635eed1d1400e86168bde968 The United Kingdom has what it takes to become a true leader in the crypto space, according to a new report covered in today’s Bitcoin in Brief. Also in The Daily, the British Crown dependency of Jersey has adopted new requirements for ICO projects to better protect participating investors, Malta now has a two-way bitcoin ATM, and Hong Kong has been promised thousands of crypto payment terminals. Britain Set To Become Crypto Economy Leader, Report The United Kingdom is in a good position to be a leader in the crypto economy and the implementation of blockchain technologies, according to a new report quoted by the British press. Britain has all the required resources, the authors claim, as well as industrial and governmental will to become a global hub for the technology by 2022. The analysis has been conducted by Big Innovation Centre, DAG Global and Deep Knowledge Analytics. The gap between the traditional financial system and the crypto economy in the UK will close, DAG Global CEO Sean Kiernan believes. “The UK is a major global financial hub and in recent years has become a fintech leader as well. At the same time, it is starting to demonstrate significant potential to become a leader in blockchain technologies and the crypto economy,” he said, quoted by The Guardian. The research, carried out in coordination with the parliamentary group on blockchain, has taken into consideration the £500m (~650 million) worth of investments into UK blockchain companies made in 2017–18 to conclude that the United Kingdom has the potential to become a world leader in the digital and crypto ecosystem within the next few years. “We are still at the early stages of the blockchain industry’s development and the huge impact it undoubtedly will have in Britain and globally,” said Birgitte Andersen, chief executive of Big Innovation Centre. Jersey Introduces Requirements for ICO Projects The Financial regulator of Jersey, one of the Channel Islands, has taken measures to protect investors participating in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). In a guidance note released this month, the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) provides basic definitions of cryptocurrencies, digital tokens, and token sales. It recognizes that their use “has risen dramatically” but also warns about the associated risks like high levels of price volatility, loss of funds through cyber-attacks, the high number of scams and pump-and-dump schemes. Nevertheless, the JFSC states that most ICOs are unlikely to be regulated. Instead, the Commission places some conditions on the issuers of coins under the Island’s statutory instrument governing capital raising, the Control of Borrowing Order, noting for instance that a consent from the JFSC is required to establish a Jersey company. In granting such consent, regulators say, the JFSC may choose to impose certain conditions on the respective entity. Jersey-based ICO issuers are also required to be incorporated as a Jersey company and administered through a trust and company service provider licensed by the JFSC under the Financial Services Law. The Commission classifies digital coins in two major categories — security and non-security tokens. The latter have been divided into “utility token” — “a usage right or the right to access a product or service”, and “cryptocurrency token […] designed to behave like a currency, being a store of value and medium of exchange.” The document also lists a number of requirements that apply to ICO issuers and describes certain procedures and processes that should be followed in order to mitigate and manage the risks for retail investors. Companies are expected to apply anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing measures as well as inform investors about the risks. In recent years, the British Crown dependency, situated off the French coast of Normandy, has attracted many startups from the crypto space. In the summer of 2015, the Government of Jersey released a consultation paper on cryptocurrencies, becoming one of the first jurisdiction in Europe to address the regulatory challenges in the fintech industry.
Malta Acquires Two-Way Crypto ATM
Malta, another crypto-friendly European destination, has reportedly acquired its first two-way automated teller machine exchanging cryptocurrency with fiat. Last week, a company called Moon Zebra launched the ATM located at the Quicklets offices, on Tower Road in Sliema. It operates Monday through Friday, 9 am — 6:30 pm. The new BATM offers users the opportunity to buy and sell two cryptocurrencies, bitcoin (BTC) and litecoin (LTC). Moon Zebra claims this is the first device offering two-way transactions with cash. Another teller machine supporting purchases of cryptocurrency strangely disappeared last year. According to Coinatmradar, two other devices are also operational not far from Moon Zebra’s ATM, but both are buy only machines. One of them offers BTC, and the other supports BTC and LTC purchases. The launch of the new BATM comes after the island nation took another step towards becoming one of the most crypto-friendly nations in Europe. Recently, the parliament in Valletta adopted three laws designed to introduce clear regulations for the country’s growing crypto industry. It’s been reportedthat the largest crypto exchange by trade volume, Binance, is considering a project to launch a “decentralized bank” in Malta. The favorable business climate has attracted other large crypto businesses to the island, including the Chinese exchange Okex and the Polish Bitbay. Hong Kong Promised 5,500 Crypto POS Terminals The Indonesian startup Pundi X is working to build a network of 5,500 POS terminals in Hong Kong supporting payments in a number of cryptocurrencies, the South China Morning Post reported. The devices will be able to connect not only to crypto wallets but also with other traditional payment methods like Visa, MasterCard, and Apple Pay. According to Pundi X CEO, Zac Cheah, Hong Kong is the ideal place to test the payment network. His company has ambitious plans to introduce up to 100,000 crypto POS terminals in Southeast Asia by 2021. Recently, a chain of restaurants in Hong Kong installed crypto point-of-sale devices in partnership with the Indonesian startup. Pundi X claims that in the last six months 25,000 of its terminals have been ordered by businesses in Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Switzerland. Source
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Developments in Financial Services
JPMorgan Chase & Co. has recently filed a patent called “Systems and methods for management of asset or obligation-backed virtual receipts on a distributed system.” The patent will utilize blockchain technology to better manage virtual receipts backed by assets or obligations like bonds. These receipts can be realized as their own tokens on the blockchain and can be used to link the proprietary assets and obligations to their digital identities on the blockchain ledger, with the goals of efficient ownership tracking and transfer.
Institutional digital-asset trading solutions firm trueDigital Holdings (TDH) announced plans to develop market maker Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) price indices. TDH will be partnering with 10 different liquidity providers including Circle, XBTO Group, Genesis Global Trading, DV Chain, Hehmeyer, and Altonomy. These indices’ reference rates are composed of bid and ask prices from major cryptocurrency market makers and are safeguarded with anti-manipulation software.
The Big Four accounting firms, Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC, announced plans to test a blockchain platform in Taiwan. They will be working with at least 16 other banks on the platform which will seek verify company transactions with third parties. They hope that the platform will aid the obtaining and evaluating of audit evidence – a process called external confirmation.
CrimsonLogic, an electronic Singapore-backed government service, is launching a blockchain service platform focused on cross-border trade. The platform is called Global eTrade Services’ (GeTS) Open Trade Blockchain (OTB) and will reportedly streamline efficiency, security, and transparency for international trade purposes.
Bank of America (BoA) has recently filed a patent regarding a system to allow the external validation of data using blockchain technology. The patent cites the need for “providing a more accurate indication of a user’s financial standing by allowing external validation of data in a process data network.”1 This comes after another BoA patent filing for a blockchain-based storage system in April; BoA now has 45 live patents concerning the uses blockchain technology.
Mastercard won a U.S. Patent today for a process to speed up cryptocurrency payments. While payments in cryptocurrencies have experienced higher usage lately, there still exists a wide disparity in the processing times. For example, the patent claims that blockchain-based transactions take around 10 minutes to be processed, while fiat payments take mere nanoseconds.1 Mastercard plans to tackle this issue by allowing users to transact in cryptocurrencies that are pegged to a fiat currency, which will use the fiat’s payment rails and security features, but the transactions themselves would represent cryptocurrencies.
Abra, a remittance network similar to Western Union and Moneygram, has integrated the ability for users to instantly purchase Bitcoin (BTC) with debit and credit cards. With every transaction, an Abra teller will receive the cryptocurrency sent from the sender, and give the receiver cash or another type of payment. While many credit card companies like Bank of America and Citigroup have banned cryptocurrency purchases, Abra will be using the company Simplex, integrating the credit card systems with complete fraud protection.
BitPay, a global cryptocurrency payment processor, has been approved to receive a BitLicense by NY State’s Department Financial Services (NYDFS). NY-based companies will be allowed accept Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) from users globally. BitPay is the 8th company to receive a BitLicense from NY State’s Department Financial Services to go along with Square, Genesis Global Trading, bitFlyer USA, Coinbase, XRP II and Circle Internet Financial. Cryptocurrency companies need to comply with anti-money laundering (AML), know your customer (KYC), anti-fraud, and other cybersecurity standards in order to be given a license by the NYDFS.
Japan’s Tax Agency, the NTA, has announced its new plan to tax cryptocurrency income. The NTA hopes to create a simplified strategy for taxing crypto income, reportedly only to those earning over USD$1,800 per year. The NTA will be working with the Financial Services Agency (FSA) and other cryptocurrency organizations to roll out the automated profit calculation as part of a concrete tax policy before next year’s tax return.
Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, discussed cryptocurrencies in front of U.S. Congress today. While speaking to the House Financial Services Committee, he had a few negative things to say about cryptocurrencies. Powell stated that cryptocurrencies have no intrinsic value and that they pose a significant risk to investors, but that they’re great for laundering money. He also said he doesn’t think the market for cryptocurrencies is large enough for the Fed to regulate it. After the hearing, a memo was posted stating that Congress will examine the uses of cryptocurrencies and if they should be considered as money.
StartEngine Capital, a subsidiary of funding portal StartEngine Crowdfunding has announced that it will be accepting Bitcoin (BTC) as a method of investment. StartEngine Crowdfunding helps companies with fundraising and this announcement makes StartEngine the first FINRA-regulated funding portal to accept a cryptocurrency. The company started facilitating ICOs on its platform in late 2017, these fundraising companies can now accept investments in Bitcoin.
Grayscale Investments, a crypto investment fund, released its first ever Digital Asset Investment report. The report showed a very large inflow of money to its crypto investment funds from January 2018 to June 2018. During this time, when Bitcoin (BTC) slid from ~$20,000 to ~$7,000, the fund added $248.4 million in new crypto assets, the most amount of money they have raised in any 6-month period, to their $2 billion portfolio. During this time, Grayscale Investments also added funds supporting Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), and Ripple (XRP) among others.
Bitcoin exchange Paxful has released a plan to CoinDesk on reaching Venezuela’s unbanked population. Venezuela is ridden with hyperinflation and a population in a desperate financial situation. Paxful plans to open an office in Venezuela this September, and release an Android app available for download. Paxful currently has roughly 2 million users and its biggest market is Africa, the continent with a higher rate of unbanked adults than any other. Paxful’s app aims to facilitate the transactions between merchants in the local currency, but using solely cryptocurrency in the background.
Leading bitcoin ATM network CoinFlip announced its plan to integrate the cryptocurrency Dash (DASH) to its network of supported coins which include Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Tron (TRX), and OmiseGO (OMG). Dash is a digital currency that focuses on e-commerce and global payments. CoinFlip stated that one of its biggest objectives of the Dash integration is to make cryptocurrencies more accessible and adopted by the public.
The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute, one of the most renowned financial institutes in the world, will be adding blockchain and cryptocurrency sections to its curriculum starting in 2019. The material will be included in a broader subject-area called Fintech in Investment Management. Prospective analysts will also be tested on these topics regarding professional ethics. In addition to this other fintech industries such as machine learning and artificial intelligence will be included also.
American Express applied for a blockchain patent last week that permits for a payment confirmation, including the ability to confirm the payment amount and identify the merchant. American Express’s travel branch American Express Travel Related Services Col., Inc. filed the patent, citing uses such as hotel reservations, ticketless event access, and real estate rental.
The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has released a framework for monitoring cryptocurrency assets to the G20. The FSB’s framework stresses monitoring crypto market volatility, the size and growth of ICOs, and crypto’s expanding use in payments and institutions. The FSB will also periodically produce qualitative reports on the cryptocurrency markets.
Asset manager BlackRock has reportedly started taking an interest in the cryptocurrency industry, especially Bitcoin. BlackRock is putting together a team to further research into the feasibility of involvement in Bitcoin futures. Blackrock is already a multi-trillion dollar company and is the world’s largest provider of exchange traded fund (ETFs), so this news should prove beneficial for the crypto industry.
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority is reported to launch a new trade solution using blockchain technology with 21 banks in August. The Hong Kong Monetary Authority has partnered with OneConnect, a fintech subsidiary of Ping An Group for this, and aims to substantially lower paperwork for participants, security risks, and costs. Once in place, the blockchain platform should also be able to process and confirm certain transactions in one day, when some take up to two weeks.
I believe I can introduce Bitcoin to Malaysia. What do I need to know and how should I do it?
Hi guys, I believe I can introduce Bitcoin to Malaysia. Recently, our neighbor, Singapore released some Bitcoin regulation and clarifies some tax policies regarding Bitcoin. Unfortunately, Malaysia's policy makers are outdated and I dont know how to make them take Bitcoin seriously. I believe I have the chance to convince them to take Bitcoin seriously.
Should I bring in Bitcoin ATM machines first? What do i need to know about this?
Tax. How do i convince policy makers that its for the best of the country?
Bitcoin payment for theme parks , casinos and future projects?
Local banks to start accepting Bitcoin.
So, basically, if you have to convince your government that Bitcoin is the way to go, how would you propose? Pardon my English, its not my main language. Thanks :) edit: Okay, so here is the thing. In Malaysia, you have to go to the government to have projects approved. And its not like the US or Europe. Projects like this will need to have the government's permit and I have no idea how to start asking them to allow Bitcoin to be accepted here. If they have the wrong impression, they might ban Bitcoin like what China is doing.
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