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BIG Weekly Newsletter

February 17, 2022
Issue: No 119

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This week read about how SDX partners with FQX for promissory note trading as digital assets, why ’Keep Your Coins' bill was introduced to restrict government control of crypto and how JPMorgan becomes first major bank in the Metaverse.

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BLOCKCHAIN HEADLINES

SDX partners with FQX for promissory note trading as digital assets
SIX Digital Exchange the regulated exchange for digital assets, announced it’s partnering with FQX, the Swiss platform for eNotes, blockchain-based promissory notes.

LEDGERINSIGHTS

        'Keep Your Coins' bill introduced to restrict government control of crypto
        The introduction on Feb. 15 comes just a day after the Canadian government invoked the Emergencies Act, giving it the power to freeze bank accounts and monitor large transactions (including crypto) without a court order.

        COINTELEGRAPH

        $1T opportunity: JPMorgan becomes first major bank in the Metaverse
        JPMorgan is officially the first major bank in the Metaverse, having opened a virtual lounge in blockchain-based Decentraland in an effort to capitalise on a “$1 trillion” market opportunity.

        COINTELEGRAPH

        REGULATED DIGITAL ASSETS (STO, TRADING, CUSTODY, COMPLIANCE)

        Why investors have been slow to trust security tokens
        Security tokens, seemingly poised for a comeback several months ago, have not been accepted by the wider investment community as quickly as some might have hoped.

        COINDESK

            Security Token Market report cites SPiCE VC as top tokenized venture capital fund globally
            The report highlighted SPiCE VC’s 2021 performance –experiencing an unprecedented 350% increase in its security token price – making it the top performing fund.

            BUSINESSWIRE

                MUFG to issue stablecoins for security token settlement
                MUFG is planning to use a stablecoin digital currency to enable instant settlement of security tokens. MUFG Trust has developed a blockchain-based security token platform Progmat.

                LEDGERINSIGHTS

                    FINANCIAL SERVICES & CENTRAL BANK DIGITAL CURRENCY (CBDC)

                    Kenya keen on CBDC for interoperable payments
                    Kenya published a discussion paper about CBDC potential, calling for a response. Some of Kenya’s motivations for a government-backed Kenyan Shilling have a lot in common with China’s digital yuan.

                    LEDGERINSIGHTS

                    European Commission to launch digital euro consultations in March, propose Bill early next year
                    The European Commission will also prepare new legislation to establish the legal basis for the digital version of the common European fiat. A draft is expected in 2023.

                    BITCOIN

                    BNP Paribas, Stanchart, UBS join Carbonplace blockchain voluntary carbon platform
                    It’s a technology platform for carbon offsets underpinned by blockchain that was founded last year by NAB, CIBC, Itaú Unibanco and NatWest and initially called Project Carbon.

                    LEDGERINSIGHTS

                    CRYPTOCURRENCIES, DeFi and NFT

                    CRYPTOVERSE-Bitcoin runs into Russian rules and regiments
                    Russia's importance for cryptocurrencies has been growing over the past year after a ban on bitcoin mining in China, previously the world's dominant centre for the activity, sent miners scrambling for alternatives.

                    REUTERS

                    SEC enforcement against Wonderland could mean trouble for DeFi
                    According to multiple legal professionals, recent events could provide the SEC and other agencies a long-awaited foothold in the largely unregulated, $211 billion DeFi sector.

                    COINDESK

                    Salesforce planning an NFT Cloud
                    There was some debate about whether Salesforce be a competitor to OpenSea, the NFT marketplace, or whether it might partner with the startup. Salesforce Blockchain was launched using Hyperledger Sawtooth.

                    LEDGERINSIGHTS

                    RECOMMENDED INDUSTRY REPORTS AND BOOKS

                    report
                    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.

                    SDX

                    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.

                    ISSANET

                    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.
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                    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 AFRICA CONFERENCE 2022
                    Mar 17-18, 2022
                    BLOCKCHAIN ORACLE SUMMIT
                    June 7-9, 2022


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