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BIG Weekly Newsletter

June 24, 2021
Issue: No 85

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Welcome to the BIG weekly Newsletter.

This week read about how Swiss Federal Council brings DLT Act into force and issues ordinance, why Spain’s BBVA opens Bitcoin trading service to clients in Switzerland and how Venture capital firm Blockchain Capital raises $300M from PayPal, Visa.

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

Remember to listen to our Partner Podcasts - THE SWISS ROAD TO CRYPTO with Didier Borel.

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BITCOIN ATM - is a kiosk that allows a person to purchase Bitcoin by using cash or debit card. Some Bitcoin ATMs offer bi-directional functionality enabling both the purchase of Bitcoin as well as the sale of Bitcoin for cash. In some cases, Bitcoin ATM providers require users to have an existing account to transact on the machine.


Swiss Federal Council brings DLT Act into force and issues ordinance
This will allow for innovative distributed ledger technology trading facilities and increase legal certainty in the event of bankruptcy.


        Spain’s BBVA opens Bitcoin trading service to clients in Switzerland
        The new business would include bitcoin trading and custody services, with the aim of extending it to other cryptocurrencies.


        Venture capital firm Blockchain Capital raises $300M from PayPal, Visa
        Blockchain Capital has so far invested in more than 110 companies, including cryptocurrency exchanges Coinbase Global Inc and Kraken as well as crypto platform Anchorage and NFT marketplace OpenSea.



        Security token market shows signs of resurgence
        Securitize, which helps private companies raise money by issuing tokens, completed a $48 million Series B fundraising round co-led by Morgan Stanley and Blockchain Capital.


            How decentralized trading unlocks the true potential of tokenized securities
            Despite the rise of security token exchanges, the vast majority of tokenized securities are still not traded anywhere, failing to execute the promise of liquidity.


                UOB pilots a digital bond issuance on Marketnode’s digital asset issuance platform
                The platform leverages DLT to connect various parties involved in the transaction and to tokenize the capital security.



                    Central bank, World Bank – backed AFIN launches CBDC sandbox with R3
                    The sandbox aims to support new payment rails that support CBDCs and multi-currency payment solutions using R3’s Corda enterprise blockchain.


                    Banque de France completes digital currency pilot with SEBA Bank and partners
                    Banque de France simulated CBDC issuance on public blockchain, by preserving control and confidentiality of transactions.


                    Bank of Israel estimates less than 50% chance of a digital shekel CBDC
                    The Deputy Governor of the Bank of Israel, said that the central bank has already issued a central bank digital currency as part of an internal pilot program.


                    CRYPTOCURRENCIES, DeFi and NFT

                    Bitcoin price dips to $32.5K on ‘consistent’ new China FUD
                    The reason for this is again China. One major bank said it bans the use of its services for transactions related to bitcoin or cryptocurrency.


                    DeFi network Karura wins first auction slot on Kusama
                    Decentralized finance network Karura won the first auction slot on Polkadot’s canary, or test, network, Kusama.


                    Tezos, the world’s most advanced blockchain, is the team’s Official Blockchain Partner and McLaren will use the energy efficient network to create NFT fan experience.


                    HUMANITARIAN & NOT FOR PROFIT

                    Rahat: Tokenized aid distribution platform to support vulnerable communities
                    Rahat platform is an open source, blockchain-based, digital aid distribution management system, aiming to support vulnerable communities.



                        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.


                        Cryptocurrencies for Corporate Treasury
                        Cryptocurrencies are experiencing a 'mainstreaming moment.' With companies like MicroStrategy and Tesla purchasing large amounts of bitcoin for treasury purposes, the question arises: can crypto become a suitable store of wealth for corporates and institutional investors.


                        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

                        DIGITAL ASSETS
                        Oct 18-22, 2021
                        9:00 AM CEST


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