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May 2021 – Weekly Recap 2

Weekly Recap

May 3rd, 2021 - May 10th, 2021

Welcome to our 2nd weekly recap for May.

Overview 

Crypto News

Galaxy Digital, the cryptocurrency-focused financial services firm run by Michael Novogratz, said it has agreed to buy BitGo, the U.S.-regulated crypto custody specialist, for $1.2 billion in stock and cash.

Grayscale has become the first cryptocurrency company to sponsor an NFL team, the New York Giants. The Giants organization is hoping their partnership with Grayscale will help guide them in navigating the cryptocurrency ecosystem.

Coin Metrics, a cryptocurrency and blockchain data provider to institutional clients, raised $15 million through investors led by Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

In one of the latest and largest institutional moves towards the cryptocurrency market, NYDIG has announced a strategic partnership with Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) Inc (NYSE: FIS) to bring Bitcoin (BTC) to over 300 million United States banks in the coming months.

Latin American e-commerce giant MercadoLibre disclosed a $7.8 million bitcoin (BTC, +4.49%) purchase on Wednesday, making it the latest publicly traded company to park bitcoin on its balance sheet.

Leading crypto exchange Binance has announced in a tweet the suspension of withdrawals for all assets.

The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) does not intend to block cryptocurrency trading. Instead, it plans to leave the decision to individual banks and thus they can determine their own risk level.

Following weeks of speculation and extreme volatility, many traders were expecting Dogecoin to surge to new highs from Elon Musk’s Saturday Night Live appearance. In anticipation of the Tesla CEO’s debut on SNL, Dogecoin’s price surged nearly 100% in the past week alone.

S&P Dow Jones Indices, one of the world’s largest index providers, launched a new series of digital asset benchmarks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 2021 – Weekly Recap 1

Weekly Recap

April 26th, 2021 - May 3rd, 2021

Welcome to our 1st weekly recap for May.

Overview 

Crypto News

The chairman of South Korea’s top financial regulator, the Financial Services Commission (FSC), Eun Sung-soo, has warned that all of the cryptocurrency exchanges in the country could be shut down. South Korea currently has about 200 cryptocurrency exchanges, he said.

Mastercard is launching a new cryptocurrency rewards credit card featuring real-time rewards in partnership with crypto exchange Gemini. Cardholders will earn up to 3% back in real-time in bitcoin or a number of supported cryptocurrencies.

Although recent studies have been showing a slowdown in cryptojacking activities, especially the ones related to mining privacy coins, Intel remains on the hunt to crackdown on such activities. The tech giant has partnered with Microsoft to deploy a campaign that strengthens cryptojacking detection with new technologies.

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase now allows its U.S. customers to buy cryptocurrencies with Paypal. Millions of customers can now purchase up to $25,000 a day of cryptocurrencies with their Paypal accounts.

On April 30, the crypto-focused data analytics company Skew announced the firm has been acquired by the San Francisco company Coinbase. The exchange will leverage Skew’s data with the firm’s institutional subsidiary Coinbase Prime. The goal is to make “cryptocurrency markets more transparent and accessible for institutional investors.”

Bitcoin’s mining difficulty has seen a massive drop this week, as the metric slid 12.6% and was the largest difficulty drop in 2021. The mining difficulty decline follows the recent electrical outages in China which had affected the network’s hashrate to some degree. Following the difficulty drop, Bitcoin’s hashrate is climbing northbound again nearing the 200 exahash per second zone.

 

 

 

 

 

KardiaChain

KardiaChain

Summary

As innovation and growth continues to progress for the blockchain industry, sharply growing demands have driven an increase in specialized cryptocurrencies that operates within their various niches. However, most blockchains’ operations and communications are limited to their own platform.

This limitation was quickly apparent, and a number of blockchain has been conceptualized in the race towards interoperability, such as Polkadot, Icon, Uniswap, or WanChain. And although they all share the common goal of uniting blockchain, each are unique in their own approach and methodology in achieving that goal.

KardiaChain, the newest member of the family, is no different. By utilizing dual-node technology, the platform aims to provide non-invasive, cross-chain communication with a chain of choice, both public and private.

The implementation would allow dApps to simultaneously access both ledgers of KardiaChain and its partner chain, increasing chain utility and exposure to a wider user base through interconnected smart contracts. It would also be possible to leverage the available resources across multiple chains for increased scalability and incorporate functions of various dApps to specific use cases.

Ultimately, KardiaChain’s goal is to provide a standardized multi-chain framework that can incorporate blockchains as modular components of the ecosystem, and facilitate communication and transfer of assets and data across multiple networks.

KardiaChain was first announced in October 2018, and its main net went live on December 29th, 2020. This is relatively recent, yet the project has already formed a number of partnerships, mainly with companies based in Southeast Asia, from eSports platform support with Theta Network to multiple societal applications. Examples include AI-powered data oracles with Oraichain, decentralized identity (DID) with Ontology, NFT adoption in real estate, e-commerce with Vecom and Fado, and certificate issuance with LG CNS.

Vietnam’s first VND-backed stablecoin will also be issued by VNDC on the KardiaChain platform, and will be swappable through the Nami exchange. VNDC’s Wallet Pro will allow users access to benefits and rewards that KAI membership offers such as investments, discounts, and Play&Earn rewards. Other features include opening credit lines by mortgaging KAI to create VNDC or USDT loans, P2P trading, VNDC Farming and Escrow.

KardiaChain has additionally formed strategic partnership with ViteX in order to foster user growth on the Decentralized Exchange. The collaboration will also allow Kardiachain to utilize Vite’s payment technology function as well. Vite will integrate KardiaChain’s unique interoperability to serve ViteX cross-chain transactions and work with KardiaChain’s mobile payment gateway with the top Vietnamese telco partners to enhance Vite’s user ecosystem.

The latest proposed partner chain is BSC, or Binance Smart Chain. The BSC-Kai Dual Node will be ready for demo on the KardiaChain testnet by the end of Q1 2021, and will be operable on mainnet in Q2 2021.

Fundamentals

KardiaChain’s interoperability is achieved using the platform’s unique Dual Node concept, built upon three major components: Translator, Router, and Aggregator.

The Dual Master Nodes themselves have access to ledger data of two chains simultaneously, capable of receiving and updating cross-chain transactions, communications, and consensus. Interchain transaction data across KardiaChain are protected using the Schnorr Signature Algorithm multi-signature scheme.

The Translator component acts as a Rosetta Stone for the platform, utilizing Kardia’s unified Smart-Contract Language (KMSL) as a standardized programming language to enable compatibility across multiple different smart contract platforms.

The Router sorts Kardia’s traffic, and leveraging the most optimal chain onto which translated requests should be directed, depending on multiple variables such as current performance, fee, queue, and capacity.

Aggregator batches new updates from other chains to reduce resource strain on Kardiachain, at a ratio of one block of updates to one transaction on Kardiachain.

Token

KAI is currently trading at $0.1043 with a circulating supply of 2,049,800,000 and a max supply of 5,000,000,000 tokens. The current market cap is $213,461,949 USD with a 24hr volume of $5,369,180
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April 2021 – Weekly Recap 4

Weekly Recap

April 19th, 2021 - April 26th, 2021

Welcome to our 4th weekly recap for April.

Overview 

Crypto News

PayPal’s social payment arm Venmo has officially launched the service to let its users buy, hold and sell crypto assets within its mobile app.

 

WeWork, the global office-sharing startup backed by SoftBank will begin accepting payments in cryptocurrency. The company, which has locations in 118 cities, will also use it to pay some landlords and vendors, according to a company press release Tuesday.

 

One of the lawyers who represents Ripple fintech giant and two of its highest-profile executives in court, James K. Filan, has shared on Twitter that a new discovery conference is going to take place.

 

The US House of Representatives has passed legislation that, if approved by the Senate and signed by President Biden, would make clearer the rules surrounding cryptocurrencies classified as securities or commodities.

 

Chainlink has attained 500 integrations, 500,000 non-zero balance wallets, and a new white paper. As a result, if the project development continues this rapidly, it achieves a network effect. Moreover, this could lead to an exponential increase in its utility.

 

In its recently filed motion to strike, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says that Ripple, including CEO Brad Garlinghouse and co-founder Chris Larsen, actually had notice that its offers of XRP could violate federal securities laws.

 

DeFi trading platform Synthetix has added support for new synthetic assets that follow the price of popular U.S.-based tech stocks.

 

Switzerland-based 21Shares AG (formerly known as “Amun AG”), which is considered one of the pioneers in issuing crypto exchange-traded products (ETPs), has announced that it will soon be launching the world’s first $ADA and $XLM ETPs on the Swiss stock exchange (aka SIX Swiss Exchange).

 

A few weeks after launching its latest product – tradable stock tokens – Binance has decided to expand the portfolio with the shares of MicroStrategy, Apple, and Microsoft. The three new additions will be live by the end of April.

 

 

 

 

April 2021 – Weekly Recap 3

Weekly Recap

April 12th, 2021 - April 18th, 2021

Welcome to our 3rd weekly recap for April.

Overview 

Crypto News

United States aerospace and defense contractor Lockheed Martin has signed an agreement with SyncFab, a Silicon Valley distributed manufacturing platform, to streamline supplier capabilities across Switzerland, offering yet another tangible use case for blockchain technology.

 

Coinbase has finally made its debut on the Nasdaq exchange, kicking off its new journey as a publicly traded company that many bulls believe could be the next Amazon.

 

After awing the world with a video macaque playing a video game with its brain earlier this month, billionaire Elon Musk is once again tweeting about Dogecoin after almost a month-long break.

 

At around 3 p.m. today, Ethereum (ETH) developers and analysts across the globe started reporting unexpected issues with Ethereum (ETH) nodes managed by the OpenEthereum (OE) client, formerly known as Parity.

 

Toronto-based asset management company Purpose Investments has obtained approval from Canadian securities regulators to launch the world’s first Ethereum exchange-traded product, according to its Apr. 16 press release.

 

Binance exchange has given its native token holders another reason to celebrate holding BNB. In its latest quarterly BNB burn, the exchange has set a record with a total of 1,099,888 BNB wiped out from the total supply.

 

On Saturday (April 17), Litecoin ($LTC) broke through the $335 level for the first time since December 2017. Although HODLers are delighted with the 143% gain (vs USD) so far in 2021, one crypto analyst believes the LTC price is headed much higher.

 

According to Chinese blogger Colin Wu, he said that cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin were supposed to be used as alternative investment tools instead of currencies. Until the PBOC figures out what regulatory framework will be appropriate for such assets, the current policies will remain in place.

 

Chainlink has released a new whitepaper called Chainlink 2.0: Next Steps in the Evolution of Decentralized Oracle Networks. The new whitepaper outlines an ambitious vision for the future of smart contracts. We talk with Chainlink co-founder Sergey Nazarov who explains the implications for the next generation of blockchain ecosystems.

 

 

 

April 2021 – Weekly Recap 2

Weekly Recap

April 5th, 2021 - April 12th, 2021

Welcome to our 2nd weekly recap for April.

Overview 

Crypto News

After releasing physically-backed exchange-traded products tracking the performance of Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) earlier this year, CoinShares has expanded its portfolio with the addition of a Litecoin ETP.

 

Ripple Labs has been granted access to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s documents “expressing the agency’s interpretation or views” on the subject of crypto assets.

 

According to an April 7 report by financial news outlet TheStreet, New York-based Millennium Management has traded the shares of Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust.

According to analytics website Bybt, over the past 30 days, the largest buyer of Bitcoin and other crypto assets, Grayscale, has acquired millions of altcoins that it has recently added as the basis for new trusts.

 

Another major US-based cryptocurrency exchange is reportedly considering going public. Kraken revealed record-breaking Q1 numbers and is also planning an IPO – following in the footsteps of Coinbase.

 

Regulators in the U.S. have yet to offer clarity around the legality of Bitcoin and Ethereum. Although the former has been unofficially deemed a commodity, the latter could fall in line with Ripple’s security status.

 

Buying MicroStrategy stock is reportedly no longer possible for HSBC customers on the bank’s online trading platform — HSBC InvestDirect, or HIDC.

 

Ripple Labs Inc. has come out victorious against The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) related to the revealing of employees personal finance records.

 

Crypto exchange Binance has ventured into the space of tokenized stock trading, following the likes of FTX and Bittrex Global.

 

 

 

April 2021 – Weekly Recap 1

Weekly Recap

March 29th, 2021 - April 5th, 2021

Welcome to our 1st weekly recap for April.

Overview 

Crypto News

“It’s everything from exchanges, asset managers, custodians, to the mundane like tax reporting on your crypto gains and everything in between.”

So says Dawn Fitzpatrick (pictured), the chief investment officer of Soros Fund Management, in an interview with Bloomberg.

The largest Bitcoin buying fund, which also offers exposure to altcoins—including Ethereum and Stellar—has added 5,566,271 XLM and other altcoins, whose trusts have been launched recently.

Shortly after getting a court authorization to obtain records of cryptocurrency exchange Circle’s customers, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is now seeking to get access to similar data from trading platform Kraken.

Goldman Sachs is reportedly preparing to issue its first investment channels for Bitcoin (BTC) and other crypto assets by the second quarter of 2021.

The Bank of Japan has officially kicked off experiments on a proof of concept for its central bank digital currency. The first testing phase is already live and should be completed by March 2022.

As the race for the title of America’s first Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) rages on, digital assets investment giant Grayscale today revealed that launching such a product was its goal from the very start.

U.S. Dollar Tether (USDT), a stablecoin with a $43 billion market capitalization, expands its operations to the most promising platforms of Web 3.0.

Mutual fund giant Fidelity and financial services provider Square have joined forces with several other companies to create a trade group, the Crypto Council for Innovation, that will lobby for favorable cryptocurrency regulations, according to an April 6 report by the Wall Street Journal.

March 2021 – Weekly Recap 4

Weekly Recap

March 22nd, 2021 - March 28th, 2021

Welcome to our 4th weekly recap for March.

Overview 

 

Crypto News

Digital asset manager QR Capital reveals that it received the green light to launch the first-ever Latin American Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF).

Blockchain industry members claim that smaller-scale startups have struggled to forge partnerships with local banks in South Korea and are therefore unable to register under regulators’ new requirements.

According to a chart from analytics company CryptoQuant, on March 23, financial institutions bought and withdrew from Coinbase a staggering amount of crypto: 14,600 BTC.

Tesla is now running bitcoin nodes and “internal and open source software” to accept bitcoin for payments according to Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO.

Filecoin, a decentralized network allowing users to store, request, and transfer data via a verifiable marketplace, today announced integration with Chainlink, the popular decentralized oracle solution.

Indian companies have been mandated to disclose their crypto holdings in financial statements, according to new rules that are coming into force on April 1.

It has been announced that Optimism, the Ethereum Layer 2 scaling solution, will be delaying the launch of its mainnet till at least July 2021. According to the official announcement, the new launch date is not certain as it still depends on the speed of preparations and “ecosystem readiness”.

Fidelity Investments, a financial giant with over $4.9 trillion in assets under management, has filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to list a new bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF).

Lately, Indonesia has been following in the footsteps of its close neighbor and business partner, Singapore, in exploring the use of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies.

 

 

DeFi – Strategic Yield Farming

DeFi – Strategic Yield Farming

 

DeFi, short for decentralized finance, is a term used to describe the ecosystem of financial applications built on blockchains. It is an overlapping network of dapps and smart contracts, usually built on Ethereum to capitalize on the modularity that ERC20 blockchain platforms offer. They are typically financial apps with a focus on borrowing, derivatives, exchanges, trading, etc.

The modularity and interoperability of blockchain has allowed for increasingly denser and complex financial application systems and strategic maneuvers such as yield farming. Conceptualized in the midst of Summer 2020, the strategy has been received with much enthusiasm as ICOs once did.

The method revolves around farmers who lock up their cryptocurrency holdings into DeFi liquidity pools, which could then be exchanged or lent out for interests. Similar to staking or loans, the process rewards farmers with either fixed or variable interests for their contribution of liquidity to the DeFi market. The difference is there is no compounding. Yield farming socializes or does not carry the transaction fees to claim rewards; allowing your earned interests to continuously compound without repeated manual interactions and transactions with the smart contracts. Other benefits and incentives include accumulating low-volume, or privately traded, tokens by becoming a liquidity provider for a pool that rewards them.

By utilizing the modularity of blockchain, farmers often will maximize their profits by shifting funds amongst a number of different DeFi platforms to take advantage of the best interest rates and returns. Reward tokens can be deposited back into liquidity pools as well, and complex chains of investments can be created by redirecting yields into other liquidity pools as well which can in turn reward different tokens.

Yield farmers could quickly accumulate tokens of new projects that they adopt, and earn rewards tokens that could rapidly rise in value. Compared to interests from a traditional institution like a bank, yield farming could offer far more lucrative interests, in a much riskier environment. In the rapidly developing cryptocurrency market, there is no guarantee which adopted projects may take off, and some will inevitably fall into obscurity.

Despite the benefits that yield farmers and their liquidity pools could provide to projects, there are speculations that consider the practice as a strain on Ethereum. As the ETH blockchain is already tackling scalability issues, the concern is that increased activity caused by yield farming could cause DeFi traffic to come to a disasterous stop.

March 2021 – Weekly Recap 3

Weekly Recap

March 16th, 2021 - March 23rd, 2021

Welcome to our 3rd weekly recap for March.

Overview 

 

Crypto News

South Korea’s cryptocurrency regulatory space is set to become even more tightly regulated with the incoming laws on financial reporting for crypto businesses in the country.

The Litecoin Foundation has completed the code for its MimbleWimble Extension Block (MWEB) which will enhance scaling and privacy for the cryptocurrency.

Grayscale Investments, the largest digital asset manager, launched five new digital currency trusts, the company announced Wednesday.

Visa CEO, Al Kelly revealed the company’s plans to enable the buying of bitcoin using its credit cards during his recent podcast with Fortune’s ‘Leadership Next’.

In her new report, Deutsche Bank analyst and French economist Marion Laboure writes that Bitcoin can no longer be ignored after its market cap eclipsed $1 trillion.

Cardano’s (ADA) community long-awaited announcement has arrived. Coinbase has listed ADA on its main and pro platform. Starting today users will be able to start trading the cryptocurrency in all supported regions.

Flare Networks considers integrating Cardano’s native token ADA. It has launched a poll on its official Twitter handle to find out the community’s opinion.

Ethereum devs will discuss whether to focus on going full Proof of Stake (PoS) after the fee market hard fork goes through this summer.

Crypto exchange Coinbase could be extending support for more digital assets following the addition of Cardano (ADA) on its platform.