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BIG Weekly Newsletter

August 26, 2021
Issue: No 94

A Message To The Reader

Welcome to the BIG weekly Newsletter.

This week read about how 55% of world top banks have invested in blockchain and crypto companies, why PayPal launches its cryptocurrency service in the UK and how Worldline, Bitcoin Suisse enable Swiss merchants to accept bitcoin payments.

Last week Mauro Cappiello and Leong See Wong presented “Central Bank Digital Currencies Serves the Real-World as Much as the Crypto industry” at the Virtual Global Conference on Fintech (NEW DIGITAL WORLD) - 18th & 19th August, 2021.

BIG was part of the initiative of BEKB project during the design, development and implementation.

Each week we focus on Blockchain Education Basics, so you can improve your understanding this week the topic is Safu.

Remember to listen to our Partner Podcasts - THE SWISS ROAD TO CRYPTO with Didier Borel. In this episode Didier Borel and Tomer Strolight talk about his most recent article "The problem with Ethereum." They discuss further how Bitcoin remained true to its promise and the transition to Proof of Stake, Defi and NFT.

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Safu - The acronym “SAFU” came to stand for “Secure Asset Fund for Users”. This means an emergency reserve is held to protect any invested assets. This money would then be used to pay back investors in the event of a hack or other event resulting in the loss of user assets.


55% of world top banks have invested in blockchain and crypto companies
Out of the world’s top 100 banks by AuM, 55 have invested in crypto and blockchain companies.


        PayPal launches its cryptocurrency service in the UK
        The online payments giant would let British customers buy, hold and sell digital currencies. It marks the first international expansion of PayPal’s crypto product.


        Worldline, Bitcoin Suisse enable Swiss merchants to accept bitcoin payments
        The integrated service allows over 85,000 Swiss merchants on Worldline’s network to accept Bitcoin and Ether as a payment option at the POS and in e-commerce.



        Lofty AI launches its liquid real estate tokenization marketplace on Algorand
        Lofty AI announces the launch of its liquid real estate marketplace on the Algorand blockchain, including the introduction of a sixth tokenized property listing as it gains momentum in disrupting access to real estate ownership.


            Crypto Asset Rating launches Reg. S security token for non-USA investors
            The security token is backed by Class B Common Stock and is exempt from registration under Regulation S of the Securities Act of 1933.


                COVAC token, the first-ever crypto COVID vaccine token skyrockets 180x in 2 Months
                With vaccine passports touted to remain a permanent fixture of international travel and even domestic mobility, this new crypto initiative seems to be riding the wave of recovery with its $COVAC cryptocurrency.



                    Bank of Thailand decides direction for retail CBDC pilots in 2022
                    The Bank of Thailand has outlined the direction for piloting its retail central bank digital currency (CBDC). It awarded a contract for a CBDC prototype to central bank service provider G+D.


                    Lloyds Banking Group is looking to hire a Digital Currency Manager
                    The Manager will develop payments use cases and initiate investments around digital currencies. The bank is investing $4.09B into its people, platforms and data.


                    Wells Fargo, JP Morgan to offer clients Bitcoin via NYDIG
                    According to SEC filings, both JP Morgan and Wells Fargo plan to offer Bitcoin to their clients through Bitcoin asset manager NYDIG.
                    There were two filings for JP Morgan, one for investments via NYDIG Private Bitcoin Fund LP, and the other for a similar one in the Caymans.


                    CRYPTOCURRENCIES, DeFi and NFT

                    Bitcoin returns to classic resistance, but belief in a fresh BTC price pullback is fading
                    Bitcoin’s failure to hold $50,000 straightaway this time around had disappointed some, while some analysts were clear that the “bargain” BTC buy levels had already come and gone.


                    DeFi automated market maker IX.Swap debuts on Cardano-backed OccamRazer launchpad
                    IX.Swap, DeFi liquidity pool provider is debuting on the Cardano backed OccamRazer decentralized launchpad.


                    Visa buys a $150k NFT as Opensea passes $1bn turnover for August
                    Visa wants to partner with the community to make NFTs usable and accessible. A short term objective is to help businesses and brands mint and sell NFTs and Visa is working on “concepts and partnerships” that will support NFT buyers, sellers and creators.


                    HUMANITARIAN & NOT FOR PROFIT

                    Global NGO, CARE, Partners with Binance to Launch Crypto Vouchers For Women in Kenya
                    CARE has announced 2 pilot programs to deliver crypto-based vouchers to members of the community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Kenya.



                        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.


                        International Securities Services Association
                        The DLT Voice of the Customer Working Group recently conducted a survey of Asset Owners and Investment Managers to highlight where they are on their journey towards DLT based investments (tokenised assets, Crypto currencies).


                        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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