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Why Stablecoins Are Not True Cryptocurrencies: Analyst

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The realm of cryptocurrency is expanding with DeFi, but stablecoins (and digital FIAT) are starting to threaten the principles and on-boarding of cryptocurrencies altogether. 

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Recently, USDC issuer CENTRE called on a blacklist function to restrict the account of activities of the associated Ethereum address. This goes against the principles of censorship resistance and cryptocurrencies altogether.

Nevertheless, Dovey Wan, crypto analyst and partner at Primitive Crypto is not surprised. She notes that almost all stablecoins have built-in functions to restrict or limit account operations. She tweeted,

Not sure why ppl are upset abt the USDC/USDT blacklisted news .. 🤷🏻‍♀️ the code is baked in for blacklisting from day one .. It’s fiat coin on steroid guys

In recent years, developers have had a similar concern around the public addresses of Bitcoin which makes the protocol non-fungible and not privacy protected. Nevertheless, it still cannot limit a transfer by code, it will go through with the authenticate private address.

The Digital Currency

The growth of the Chinese CBDC, the “DC/EP” (digital currency/electronic payment) led by the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) has made it imperative for the U.S. to progress with it as well. Mati Greenspan, financial analyst and founder of Quantum Economics tweeted,

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“Now, the question is not if the US will pursue a CBDC, but how.”

Crypto Dad Chris Giancarlo, former chairman of the CFTC and US attorney, Fidelity’s Tom Jessop, Forbes contributor Jason Brett, Greenspan and others will be joining a webinar on the Digital Dollar Project. Greenspan further adds in his newsletter that,

The idea that the almighty dollar will finally be converted into a native digital asset is tantalizing. However, he added, “this may or may not increase the usage of bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies…”

Hence, the crypto onboarding with the growth of CBDC still comes is in a grey area. Moreover, so far the Chinese story has been concentrated by the Governments efforts only, as it keeps crypto in the dark with its native Blockchain network.

The USDT Dominance Threat

Furthermore, the leading stablecoin in the market, USDT, continues to stay under the radar of the US justice system as the New York Attorney General stands by his accusations. Julien Bouteloup, an entrepreneur and CEO at Stake Capital tweeted, 

When you realize that our entire* crypto #DeFi world leans on Broke Pierce’s $USDT shoulders…if $USDT collapses it will create a complete shit show for entire crypto

This is a critical issue given the trading volume on exchanges rely heavily on USDT. As reported earlier on CoinGape today, the Supreme Court has withheld New York’s case against Bitfinex’s USDT reserve claims. In early 2019, this came one of the biggest concerns for the crypto markets, and its’ scale has only grown larger since then.

How do you think the US digital dollar scene will affect the crypto industry? Please share your views with us. 

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Nivesh from Engineering Background is a full-time Crypto Analyst at Coingape. He is an atheist who believes in love and cultural diversity. He believes that Cryptocurrency is a necessity to deter corruption. He holds small amounts of cryptocurrencies. Faith and fear are two sides of the same coin. Follow him on Twitter at @nivishoes or mail him at nivesh(at)coingape.com

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Eyeing EU Banks, Hex Trust Teams With SIA on Crypto Custody

A multinational payments firm is partnering with cryptocurrency custodian Hex Trust to help its European banking clients hold digital assets.

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Multinational payments firm Sia is partnering with cryptocurrency custodian Hex Trust to help its European banking clients hold digital assets.

“When you have one bitcoin, it’s not a big problem, but when you start adding 10, 20 or 100, you have a treasury and you have to decide where to store this,” said Daniele Savarè, SIA’s innovation and business solutions director. “We are discussing digital custody needs with banks in Europe.” 

The firm is also helping banks manage and safekeep security tokens and central bank digital currencies, he added.

Through SIA, Hex Trust plans to offer European banks the software to custody digital assets on behalf of their customers. Hex Trust will also act as a sub-custodian for banks that don’t want to directly offer the service, said Hex Trust CEO Alessio Quaglini. 

Currently, Hex Trust works with three banks – Mason Privatbank Liechtenstein AG and two unnamed Asian banks. Quaglini said Hex Trust has 10 other banks that are exploring the custodian’s products.

Going forward, SIA will be the primary distribution partner for Hex Trust to offer digital-asset services to banks in Europe, Quaglini said. 

Source: https://www.coindesk.com/hex-trust-sia-crypto-custody-eu-banks

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Collider Labs Raises $1M to Invest in Blockchain Startups

The venture builder is seeking to invest in early-stage startups with a focus on transparency, privacy and “fairness.”

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Collider Labs has raised $1 million to be invested in early-stage blockchain and cryptocurrency startups.

In an announcement Thursday, the venture builder said the raise had brought on board several notable limited partners including Efficient Frontier CTO Alon Elmaliah and Follow [the] Seed Founding Partner Andrey Shirben.

Collider provides funding and liquidity and actively participates in building up startups alongside their communities and founders, according to the firm’s founding partner, Avishay Ovadia.

The company is actively seeking to invest in early-stage blockchain and crypto startups globally, with a focus transparency, privacy and “fairness.”

Collider “is a venture builder that somewhat resembles an accelerator” Ovadia said. With some “key characteristics” that differentiate it from a typical accelerator.

Venture builders, also known as startup studios, pair with early-stage startups and utilize their own ideas and resources to, if all goes according to plan, construct viable enterprises.

According to Ovadia, Collider forms partnerships with founders, invests in teams and works alongside them as what he calls “Investors in Residence.”

Source: https://www.coindesk.com/collider-labs-raises-1m-to-invest-in-blockchain-startups

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Voyager Agrees to Buy LGO Markets and Merge 2 Firms’ Tokens

Two cryptocurrency trading firms are merging, and in a rare twist, so are their tokens.

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Two cryptocurrency trading firms are merging, and in a rare twist, so are their tokens.

Voyager Digital, a publicly traded digital asset brokerage with offices in New York, has agreed to buy LGO, a French crypto exchange primarily serving institutional investors, as the company expands to Europe.

The transaction requires regulatory approval, which the parties said they expect to receive by the end of this year, along with the token swap. The value of the deal will depend on the value of Voyager’s shares, and the firms’ tokens, at closing; at current prices, it would be in the low seven figures.

As such, this deal is dwarfed by this year’s blockbuster crypto M&A deals such as Binance’s acquisition of CoinMarketCap, estimated to be worth $400 million, and FTX’s $150 million deal to acquire Blockfolio.

Read More: ‘They Have the Users’: Binance CEO Explains Why He Bought CoinMarketCap

What makes this deal unusual is that the two companies’ utility tokens, VGX and LGO, will be swapped into newly minted tokens featuring decentralized finance (DeFi) functions such as community governance and staking at an initial interest rate of 7%.

“We think this is really taking the old-school mergers and acquisitions to the token world, which hasn’t been done before,” Steve Enrlich, Voyager’s co-founder and chief executive officer, told CoinDesk.

Upon completion, Voyager, which is publicly listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange, will issue one million shares for the acquisition and operate in the European retail market with LGO’s Virtual Asset Service Provider registration with the French Financial Markets regulator (AMF). All activities will be conducted under the Voyager brand and LGO will discontinue its institutional services on Oct. 31. Shares of Voyager closed at C$0.67 ($0.51) on Wednesday. 

Read More: Voyager to Pay Interest on DeFi Tokens to Gain Brokerage Clients

Hugo Renaudin, co-founder and chief executive officer of LGO, told CoinDesk that the French company made the deal after it decided to shift its focus from institutional clients to increasing value for its token holders.

“The key decision-maker is what will bring the most value to our tokens,” Renaudin said. “So we have this token. We have token holders and they’re mostly retail [clients].”

LGO launched an initial coin offering (ICO) in February 2018, according to its website, which raised 3,600 bitcoin (worth about $36 million at the time). The company’s white paper shows that 60% of the tokens were distributed through a pre-sale process, while 20% of the supply went to LGO’s founders and advisors.

At its peak in April 2018, the LGO token’s market cap was nearly $40 million, according to data from CoinMarketCap. On Wednesday, that value was calculated to be $1.5 million. 

Renaudin told CoinDesk that the company’s other option would have been focusing on better serving its institutional clients, which means its spot exchange would have to provide new and exotic derivatives products. After consideration, he said that the team had decided to change its focus to retail customers instead.

The merger comes during a time of regulatory crackdown on crypto derivatives trading around the globe. Popular crypto derivatives exchange BitMEX was charged by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) with facilitating unregistered trading activities, while in the UK, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has banned crypto derivatives for retail consumers.

This is not the first acquisition by Voyager, which went public in early 2019 in a reverse merger with the shell of a Canadian mineral exploration company. Previously, it acquired wallet startup Ethos.io for about $4 million.

Read More: Voyager CEO Says Revenue Growth Accelerates 8-Fold as DeFi Trading Surges

Voyage’s revenue in the most-recent fiscal quarter, which ended Sept. 30, surged to about $2 million, compared with $1.1 million during the fiscal year ending in June.

“We are becoming the financial service firm of the future, which means I will look at acquisitions that can add products, customer assets to the platform, or tokens and other communities that can be accretive to what we are trying to do,” Enrlich said. “And adding these pieces together we are going to either do it organically or through more acquisitions.”

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Source: https://www.coindesk.com/voyager-acquires-lgo-token-merger

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