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BIG Weekly Newsletter

September 23, 2021
Issue: No 98

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Welcome to the BIG weekly Newsletter.

This week read about how US crypto custody firm Fireblocks sets up Swiss office for DACH expansion plans, why ABN Amro joins Paxos blockchain securities settlement platform and how Coinbase to invest US$500 Million into crypto assets.

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

Watch the episode of “Relai Bitcoin Session” with Mauro Cappiello as a special guest, where exciting personalities and experts from the Bitcoin world share knowledge, experiences and opinions.

Remember to listen to our Partner Podcasts - THE SWISS ROAD TO CRYPTO with Didier Borel. In this episode, Henri Pihkala - CEO at Streamr, talks about what it takes to build a decentralized network. He explains the success that they had with their test net and how Twitter could become a decentralized network with Streamr.

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Metadata is data that provides further information about other data. Principally metadata can be descriptive for identification purposes, including title, abstract, author, keywords and structural for interactive purposes, including types, versions, relationships, other characteristics of digital materials.


US crypto custody firm Fireblocks sets up Swiss office for DACH expansion plans
Fireblocks has doubled its European team to support the increasing number of institutional customers in the DACH region.


        ABN Amro joins Paxos blockchain securities settlement platform
        ABN Amro Clearing has joined the Paxos Settlement Service that uses blockchain to settle listed US equity trades. Members include Bank of America, Credit Suisse, Instinet, Societe Generale and Wedbush.


        Coinbase to invest US$500 Million into crypto assets
        Coinbase’s crypto asset investment allocation will be driven by its aggregate custodial crypto balances which means that its customers will drive its investment strategy.



        German regulator approves the first Bitcoin-based security token offering
        BaFin has approved the STO for game publisher Exordium’s EXOeu token. This makes STOKR the first security token issuance platform to be approved by BaFin to host a Bitcoin sidechain-based STO.


            IX Swaps Security Token Solutions See Successful IDO And IEO
            IX Swap is the first decentralized exchange for security tokens and tokenized stocks. The project has focused on bridging the gap between CeFi and DeFi by providing liquidity.


                Tokenized real estate market remains stable at $31M+ in Aug 2021, as total security token market exceeds $1B
                The team at Security Token Market, which serves as an information resource for blockchain-enabled security tokens, aims to focus on industry-specific stats and related terms for the different properties that Security Token Market has been tracking.



                    The Chinese digital yuan shows success, but WeChat and Alipay pose threats
                    China is at the forefront of countries exploring CBDCs after Beijing's digital yuan was successfully tested in 11 major Chinese cities. The digital yuan has been used to conduct more than 70 million retail transactions.


                    UK Parliament’s House of Lords Launches CBDC Inquiry
                    The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into CBDCs. The committee is seeking thoughts on the main benefits and risks or CBDCs and traceability and privacy issues.


                    Turkey partners with tech defense firms in CBDC research
                    The Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey announced it signed agreements with several institutions to set up its Digital Turkish Lira Collaboration Platform as part of the next stage of its CBDC research.


                    CRYPTOCURRENCIES, DeFi and NFT

                    Bitcoin price plunge hits Cardano, Solana and other cryptos amid worries of Evergrande default
                    Global markets fears that Evergrande's troubles could lead to fallout for the Chinese and global economies prompted a selloff in riskier assets.


                    DeFi platform Vee Finance exploited for $35M on Avalanche blockchain
                    Decentralized finance platform Vee Finance reported $35 million in losses in an exploit, just a few days after launching its mainnet on the Avalanche network.


                    SoftBank leads $680 million funding round in NFT fantasy soccer game Sorare
                    Blockchain-based Sorare has raised $680M in a funding round led by SoftBank. The cards are traded in the form of NFTs, a crypto asset which records the ownership status of digital goods on the blockchain.


                    HUMANITARIAN & NOT FOR PROFIT

                    World peace and bitcoin charity
                    Bitcoin will ultimately “fix the money” and enable world peace, but we can bring this future about more quickly through contributions to the Bitcoin charity.



                        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

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                        Oct 18-22, 2021
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