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BIG Weekly Newsletter

December 09, 2021
Issue: No 109

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Welcome to the BIG weekly Newsletter.

This week read about how Bitcoin Capital rolls out new crypto ETPs on the Swiss Stock Exchange, why Gibraltar to integrate blockchain into government systems and how SEBA Bank launches crypto and blended AMC platform with GenTwo Digital.

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

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CRYPTO ASSET - A crypto asset and a cryptocurrency have the same definition accounting-wise. Either it emphasizes on the cryptographic asset or the cryptographic currency. In both cases, those are digital assets, not physical ones, and they stand on the asset part of the balance sheet. It’s sometimes challenging to clearly define in which category of assets they stand. We need to understand more.


Bitcoin Capital rolls out new crypto ETPs on the Swiss Stock Exchange
The new products, 1 FiCAS Active Bitcoin ETP and 1 FiCAS Active Ethereum ETP, are actively managed by crypto asset manager FICAS AG.


        Gibraltar to integrate blockchain into government systems
        The government of Gibraltar announced a project to integrate blockchain technology into its legacy systems in order to improve the delivery of its public services.


        SEBA Bank launches crypto and blended AMC platform with GenTwo Digital
        The AMC platform allows Swiss asset managers to originate a Swiss-compliant AMC with Swiss ISIN.



        Black Manta - "Security Token Offerings are no longer a dream of the future, it happens.”
        The potential of Security Token Offerings is great. The market is still small, but STOs are on the rise. There are still a few specialized financial service providers such as Black Manta Capital Partners.


            SE2 partners with Digital Asset for blockchain in life insurance, annuities
            The entire insurance sector represents a classic use case for DLT where several parties touch a single policy, such as the client, the agent, the insurer, and the reinsurer.


                Binance to offer world’s first Initial Game Offering (IGO) featuring AI robot Sophia
                AI robot Sophia is set to be tokenized and auctioned as part of a Metaverse project called “Noah’s Ark.” Binance is launching this campaign as an IGO. As the world’s first, IGOs promise as innovation in crypto funding.



                    Australia’s wholesale CBDC trials allowed access to non-banks
                    The Reserve Bank of Australia published the results of a wholesale CBDC trail, Project Atom, conducted with Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank, Perpetual and ConsenSys.


                    Project Jura executes ‘real-life’ cross-border CBDC settlement
                    The group of the Bank for International Settlements, Banque de France, Swiss National Bank and several private firms declared the experiment a success. The head of the BIS Innovation Hub, said it was rare to see a “concrete use case” for a CBDC.


                    Raiffeisen, Erste Bank in Austrian wholesale CBDC simulations
                    OeNB is starting to work on the second phase of its wholesale CBDC Project Delphi. The phase focused on simulating delivery versus payment for an Austrian Treasury Bond issued on a blockchain and settled by commercial banks on the same platform using CBDC.


                    CRYPTOCURRENCIES, DeFi and NFT

                    Bitcoin adoption among far-right extremists leaves its mark on the blockchain
                    Bitcoin as a means of payment among far-right extremists is growing in popularity, according to cryptocurrency analytics firm Elliptic, which is tracking traces left on the blockchain by such groups.


                    DeFi startup Earnity Raises $15M led by Miner BitNile
                    DeFi startup Earnity has raised $15 million in a Series A round led by bitcoin mining company BitNile, bringing its total raised to $20 million. Earnity expects to launch its curated financial marketplace for tokens early next year.


                    Marriott launches NFT collection at contemporary art fair
                    Marriott International’s hotel has partnered with three digital artists, TXREK, JVY, and Erick Nicolay, to launch a NFT collection. Marriott became one of the first hospitality brands to participate the metaverse.



                    A New Intellectual Framework - Connecting the Invisible Dots
                    This paper aims to set out some relevant ideas for the creation and establishment of a successful Financial DIGITAL MARKET INFRASTRUCTURE provider.


                    Voice of the Customer for DLT
                    The key findings are that, although there has been a move into digital assets, only 40% of the respondents are active or about to become active in digital assets within the next two years. The
                    majority of those who will invest will hold less than 1% of their portfolio in this asset class.


                    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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