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BIG Weekly Newsletter

October 07, 2021
Issue: No 100

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Welcome to the BIG weekly Newsletter.

This week read about how Switzerland’s SEBA Bank snags first FINMA License for liquid crypto funds, why BNY Mellon is using blockchain for trade finance, and how 85% of World’s largest VCs bet on blockchain and crypto.

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BAAS (Blockchain-as-a-Service) - is the third-party creation and management of cloud-based networks for companies in the business of building blockchain applications. These third-party services are a relatively new development in the growing field of blockchain technology, The business of blockchain technology has moved well beyond its best-known use in cryptocurrency transactions and has broadened to address secure transactions of all kinds.


Switzerland’s SEBA Bank snags first FINMA License for liquid crypto funds
SEBA Bank has been given permission by regulators to offer digital assets to Swiss-domiciled mutual funds, the first such license to be granted in Switzerland, according to the cryptocurrency-focused financial services firm.


        BNY Mellon using blockchain for trade finance
        BNY Mellon announced it is part of the Marco Polo blockchain trade finance network and notes that blockchain can reduce the risk of the same invoices being used at multiple banks.


        85% of World’s largest VCs bet on blockchain and crypto
        Out of the world’s 20 largest venture funds, 17 have invested in companies involved in blockchain technology or cryptocurrencies, implying that 85% of the world’s biggest investors have committed part of their funds.



        A look back at the development of security tokens in Berlin's blockchain ecosystem
        Security token, equity token, tokenized security or digital security, BaFin understands tokens, which holders are entitled to membership rights or claims under the law of obligations.


            Hong Kong start-up Fraction sells Thai beach villas and townhouses in US$150 tokens, making real estate affordable in bite-size slices
            Developers teamed up with start-up Fraction in putting together a STO slated for the first quarter of 2022, targeting both Thai and offshore investors.


                OECD blockchain forum: tokenization needs updated qualified investor definition
                Discussion about how tokenization enables greater financial inclusion. However, even if the investment amount is significantly smaller, many types of assets require wealthy accredited or professional investor status.



                    Credit Suisse acts as depositary for tokenized stocks on public Ethereum
                    Swiss digital asset firm Taurus announced that ski resort Alaïa used its platform to tokenize its stock on the public Ethereum blockchain. The shares were deposited with Credit Suisse, which integrated the Taurus suite to manage the shares digitally.


                    BIS joins forces with seven central banks to explore practicality of retail CDBCs
                    A group formed by seven central banks and BIS has now turned to practical policy and implementation issues for retail CBDCs.


                    Soramitsu partners with Laos on second CBDC project in ASEAN
                    Japanese blockchain firm Soramitsu announced it has signed an agreement with Laos’ central bank, the Bank of the Lao P.D.R, to commence research into a CBDC.


                    CRYPTOCURRENCIES, DeFi and NFT

                    Bitcoin will become currency in Brazil soon, according to federal deputy Aureo Ribeiro
                    The federal deputy in Brazil, stated that bitcoin might become a recognized currency in Brazil and Brazilians may be able to purchase houses, cars, and fast food at McDonald’s with cryptocurrency in the near future.


                    Large institutional, DeFi activities dominate India crypto
                    Driven by institutional investors and rapidly expanding decentralized finance (DeFi) activity, India could soon become a hub for cryptocurrency-related investments in the Central, Southern Asia and Oceania region.


                    American collectibles giant Topps launches Series 2 MLB NFT collection
                    The latest non-fungible token products from Topps follow the company’s MLB Inception NFT collection release. The collectibles company Topps says that it’s the firm’s largest MLB NFT launch ever.



                    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


                    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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