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BIG Weekly Newsletter

August 12, 2021
Issue: No 92

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Welcome to the BIG weekly Newsletter.

This week read about how BBVA Spain joins Ant Group’s blockchain-based trading platform Trusple, why UBS joins new blockchain-based repo platform from Broadridge and how crypto firm Circle announces intentions to be a national digital currency bank.

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In this episode Didier Borel and his guests Mauro Cappiello and Alex Poltorak discuss some of the major news headlines relating to crypto.

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Microtransactions - A microtransaction, in the context of digital currencies, refers to any transaction that is relatively small in value; transactional value which can be as low as sending a penny.


BBVA Spain joins Ant Group’s blockchain-based trading platform Trusple
Trusple aims to accelerate the digital transformation and facilitate the financing of international trade operations, with a special focus on small and mid-sized businesses.


        UBS joins new blockchain-based repo platform from Broadridge
        Broadridge has confirmed that UBS has signed up to use its new DLR trading platform that aims to transform the repo market using blockchain technology.


        Crypto firm Circle announces intentions to be a national digital currency bank
        Circle announced its intention to become a full-reserve national commercial bank, operating under the supervision of the Federal Reserve, U.S. Treasury, OCC and FDIC.



        ABC & BMCP release The Tokenization 50 – 2021
        When it comes to financial instruments and blockchain technology, the tokenization of securities is seen as the sector with the most imminent potential for growth.


            Security Token Offerings: The next major wave in cryptocurrency
            A conventional security offering requires a registration statement with the SEC. Security Tokens leverage this conventional form of finance and digitizes transactions leveraging a blockchain layer.


                Regulation remains major hurdle to digital assets
                The adoption of tokenisation and digital assets by mainstream investors requires a global regulatory alignment that will not materialise anytime soon. Meanwhile, Singapore is stealing a march on rival centres.



                    PNC Bank is planning a crypto offering with Coinbase
                    Coinbase it’s working with PNC Bank, the fifth-largest bank in the U.S., on a previously undisclosed crypto project. It’s just one facet of PNC’s broader digital assets and blockchain strategy.


                    JP Morgan warns CBDC could mean banks lose 20-30% of funding
                    JP Morgan warns that CBDC need to be designed to avoid disintermediating commercial banks. The topic is one of the key challenges in a retail CBDC design and is widely recognized as a risk.


                    Jamaica’s central bank mints country’s first batch of CBDCs
                    The Bank of Jamaica minted the island nation’s first batch of CBDC. The central bank has been working with Ireland-based technology firm eCurrency Mint on the project.


                    CRYPTOCURRENCIES, DeFi and NFT

                    One Bitcoin now buys 0.6 kilograms of gold as 10-year returns turn negative
                    Gold disappoints on practically every timeframe while heading back toward all-time lows. BTC proponents continue to poke fun at gold bugs as the precious metal’s 10-year returns flip negative.


                    Swisscom to pilot blockchain node on Chainlink for DeFi data
                    Chainlink provides external data feeds to smart contracts that run on public blockchains and operates a decentralized network of nodes to guard against a single data source being corrupted or hacked.


                    Porsche set to auction off design sketch as NFT
                    Porsche is breaking into the NFT game with a one-of-a-kind sketch. The project is being headed by Porsche Digital and start-up Fanzone. Fanzone is an NFT platform for digital sports cards.


                    HUMANITARIAN & NOT FOR PROFIT

                    CARE chooses Celo as first blockchain partner in Latin America
                    CARE has selected Celo, an open-source blockchain ecosystem focused on making decentralized financial systems to leverage the benefits of blockchain technology.



                        Digital Assets: Finstar Space magazine
                        Innovative ecosystems are emerging around digital assets. The Finstar and Hypothekarbank Lenzburg teams want to be at the forefront so that they get to know the possibilities of the technology and the customers of the new opportunities that can benefit.


                        Cryptocurrencies for Corporate Treasury
                        Cryptocurrencies are experiencing a 'mainstreaming moment.' With companies like MicroStrategy and Tesla purchasing large amounts of bitcoin for treasury purposes, the question arises: can crypto become a suitable store of wealth for corporates and institutional investors.


                        PODCAST SERIES

                        THE SWISS ROAD TO CRYPTO PODCAST

                        In this podcast Didier Borel discovers people in Switzerland playing an active role in crypto and tech. He talks to entrepreneurs, tech innovators and disruptors shaping the future in this country. Switzerland has always played a key role in banking and has recognized the need to foster innovation.

                        UNCHAINED PODCAST

                        Laura Shin is a crypto/blockchain journalist and host of the Unchained and Unconfirmed podcasts. As a former senior editor of Forbes, she was the first mainstream reporter to cover crypto assets full-time. She gives an overview to all experts and novices alike on the use cases making a real impact, and their vision for the future of this innovative technology!
                        Unchained podcast

                        UPCOMING EVENTS

                        BLOCKCHAIN EXPO
                        Sep 13-15, 2021
                        9:00 AM CEST

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                        Oct 18-22, 2021
                        9:00 AM CEST


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