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The Bahamas SCB Files Draft for Regulating Crypto Industry

The Bahamas SCB Files Draft for Regulating Crypto Industry

The Securities Commission of The Bahamas has escalated their proposal to create a new regulatory framework for the issuance and sale of digital tokens in order to attract more blockchain business to set up offices on the island. This according to the proposed Digital Assets And Registered Exchanges Bill, 2019.

Accepting and Regulating the Change

The financial regulatory authority of the famous tourist island, The Bahamas, has filed a draft to better regulate tokens that are not considered as securities. The bill titled “Digital Assets and Registered Exchanges Bill 2019,” proposed by the Securities Commission of The Bahamas highlights the procedure to register token offerings and the importance of informing the authorities as well as the investors about the sale.

The proposed bill is also expected to regulate and control the registration of cryptocurrency exchanges and other businesses in this industry, such as wallet services. The bill quoted:

“The Bill applies to any person who as organizer, issuer, founder, sponsor, wallet provider, exchange, purchaser or investor participates in the formation, promotion, maintenance, organization, sale or redemption of an initial token offering. “

The draft is open for public consideration and comments till May 27. The executive director of the commission Christina Rolle mentioned that after the consultation period, the document will be passed on to the parliament for consideration. The new legislation will be passed this autumn if everything goes as expected, she said.

This bill will be the first legislation that will establish a regulatory framework for crypto assets in The Bahamas, told SCB Chairman Robert Lotmore.

Catching Up on the Blockchain Wave

By filing a draft for supportive crypto regulations the Bahamas has taken a step ahead to join the many other countries who’re leveraging their businesses by implementing blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Specific crypto regulation will not only make it easier for the government to track and bust illicit activities but also help boost businesses in the right direction.

We witnessed the traction that Malta gained soon after legalizing crypto businesses in a time when other countries were too skeptical to accept it. A multitude of businesses from across the world shifted offices from their home countries to Malta because of favorable crypto regulations.

Once the legislation is passed, The Bahamas, already famous as a tourist destination, may find itself luring a swarm of businesses who would want to disrupt the country’s travel industry with the blockchain and cryptocurrency technology.

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PewDiePie Helps Blockchain Video Streaming Platform to 67% Hike in Users

Blockchain-based live streaming service DLive has seen a 67 percent growth in its user base since PewDiePie, one of the world’s most popular YouTubers by subscriber numbers, joined the platform in April.

DLive now has more than 5 million monthly active users and over 70,000 streamers, Nikkei Asian Review reported Monday. The platform reportedly had around 3 million monthly active users and nearly 35,000 active streamers as of March.

PewDiePie, the 29-year-old Swedish content creator, real name Felix Kjellberg, signed an “exclusive” live streaming deal with DLive last month. His YouTube channel has over 95 million subscribers at press time, with his most recent video racking up close to 3 million views in less than 24 hours.

DLive is a decentralized platform built using the Lino Network blockchain, which rewards both content creators and viewers using its native token, “Lino points.” It takes no percentage of earnings and does not charge fees to content creators, although they do face platform fees when exchange tokens for fiat currency.

Wilson Wei, Lino Network co-founder, told Nikkei Asian Review:

“I think the lack of transparency and the huge cut that platforms take from content creators, are the two biggest problems the online streaming industry has. And blockchain is the perfect technology to solve both problems.”

DLive reportedly has plans to grow beyond its rival, Amazon-owned live streaming video platform Twitch, which takes a 50 percent cut from streamers and currently has 2.2 million daily broadcasters and 15 million daily viewers on average.

Lino raised $20 million in February 2018 to build a “YouTube on the blockchain” in a private token sale led by ZhenFund. Wei claimed at the time that he expects content creators to garner bring in three-to-five times the profits they make on YouTube or Twitch.

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This Prominent Investor Sees Bitcoin Surpassing Gold as a Store of Value

Barry Silbert, CEO of digital investment house Grayscale, has been pushing the #dropgold campaign. At the heart of this is a drive to promote digital currencies as a viable alternative to investing in gold. However, considering gold’s track record over thousands of years, many are skeptical of the message. The question is, can Bitcoin replace gold as a store of value?

Bitcoin Can Never Replace Gold

In an interview with Bloomberg, Barry Silbert discussed the recent resurgence of Bitcoin. At 1:20, he segues into the changing public sentiment towards Bitcoin, and then introduces the advert that is the centerpiece to the #dropgold campaign.

On seeing the advert, the Bloomberg anchors were quick to challenge the message, intending to ridicule the idea that Bitcoin, or any digital currency for that matter, could take the place of gold. In response, Silbert said:

“There’s a generational shift that is happening in the way that investors think about gold… I didn’t grow up during a period of war, where you had to store your money via something like gold. For the younger generation, money is digital, anybody who has a phone can access this asset class. So you have what is approximately $68 trillion of wealth being handed down from boomers to x’s and y’s and millenials over the next 25 years. That’s not going to stay in gold. It’s not all going into Bitcoin, but whatever is in gold is certainly going to diverisfy into something else.

Silbert’s response acknowledges the fundamental differences between Bitcoin and gold. He explains that the younger generation does not view gold in the same regard as previous generations. And it is this shifting opinion, on what constitutes a store of value, that will drive investment from gold into Bitcoin.

Does Bitcoin Have Any Use?

On the other hand, others, including staunch Bitcoin critic Peter Schiff, do not see Bitcoin as a legitimate store of value. Speaking on the Keiser Report, he shared his view of the #dropgold advert by saying:

“I saw the commercial which I thought was kind of ridiculous becuase it depicts people lugging around big huge bricks of gold. Which if they actually existed would be multi-million dollar bars. I mean these things are enormous, and somebody is pushing around a shopping cart full of them, like tens of millions of dollars.”

Schiff continued by saying Bitcoin’s lack of intrinsic value is the reason why it is an illegitimate store of value. He said:

“…But of course I don’t think Bitcoin has anything in common with gold. It tries to pretend to be gold, but I think it’s fool’s gold. Sure it has some of the monetary properties of gold, but none of the commodity properties. And you can’t be money unless you are a commodity first, by definition…And Bitcoin has no intrinsic value, other than the fact that people are willing to buy it becuase they think they can sell to someone else at a higher price. That’s not money, that’s a Ponzi scheme.”

Belief In Bitcoin

The fundamental basis of Schiff’s claim comes down to a perceived lack of utility for Bitcoin, other than as a store of value. However, as Keiser pointed out, gold is also primarily used as a store of value, with only 10% of supply making its way into practical use, such as in electronics.

However, more significant than that, a store of value is whatever people are willing to put their money into. And based on Silbert’s research, we already know that opinion on what constitutes a store of value is shifting towards digital currencies. And with that in mind, belief in Bitcoin is enough.

GoWithMi称为保护市场公平交易秩序,暂停合约转账功能

据GoWithMi称,因近日发现以太坊网络上出现GMAT虚假合约,同时有交易平台擅自发布关于开通GMAT交易的虚假信息,为避免各类虚假信息对广大GMAT爱好者造成误导,保障GMAT爱好者的利益,GoWithMi团队与Gate.io商议后决定,自5月21日(May-21-2019 02:02:41 AM +UTC)起暂停以太坊网络上“GoWithMi(GMAT)”智能合约的转账功能。因此,在Gate.io开通交易GMAT交易前,凡声称可交易转账GMAT的主体都有欺诈嫌疑。GoWithMi团队再次声明:Gate.io是目前官方唯一合作交易平台,请广大GMAT爱好者切勿听信其他平台的虚假消息,以免上当受骗。

GoWithMi团队将在Gate.io开通GoWithMi(GMAT)交易前几小时内,恢复转账功能。欲知具体开放时间,请持续关注GoWithMi官方公告。再次提醒大家认准官方合约地址:0xA110eeebc0751407bDCAeA4CD230F04A2b82a33a。



OKLinkCEO任煜男:稳定币的核心竞争力在于合规和透明

近日,香港主板上市公司前进控股集团通过其官方微信对外发布消息称,已完成子公司OKLinkFintech Limited的注册,并将于近期正式推出USDK合规稳定币的业务,同时正式启动OKLink.com网站的运营。

OKLink官网显示,OKLink为前进控股集团有限公司的全资子公司,致力于区块链底层技术的研发和应用,将逐步推出稳定币、区块链大数据、区块链资产托管等应用。合规稳定币USDK是OKLink与美国信托公司PrimeTrust进行深入的技术与业务交流后联合推出,以期为用户提供更加多样化与安全稳定的服务。

针对即将推出的稳定币,OKLink CEO任煜男此前曾表示,正在积极拓展区块链相关业务,期望通过推出稳定币,能让更多人了解区块链技术,使用区块链应用。

创新科技成关注焦点

2015年,区块链被刊登在《经济学人》杂志封面上,标题为“区块链,信任的机器”,这是区块链首次出现在主流杂志封面上。在有些人看来,区块链技术是继蒸汽机、电力、互联网之后,下一代颠覆性的核心技术。作为构造信任的机器,区块链将可能彻底改变整个人类社会价值传递的方式。

随着区块链技术不断普及和发展,创新的科技力量受到越来越多大企业的关注。据报道,腾讯和阿里都早在2015年底就成立了区块链团队,迅雷也早在2016年就开始探索区块链和原有业务的结合。

前进控股同样作为技术创新的先行者,此前任煜男就表示,期望通过上市公司这一平台,加快普及公众对区块链技术的认知和应用。媒体普遍认为,此次推出稳定币便是港股上市企业在区块链领域的一次试水。

区块链本质是提供数字时代的信用基础,就是一个分布式数据库利用了加密的手段,最大优点是在社群的基础上建立信用。“或许眼下看区块链实际运用的效果还未尽体现,但科技的力量是无穷的。人类进入数字经济时代,区块链一定是不可或缺的工具之一。”任煜男称。

稳定币或为突破口

实际上,OKLink并不是第一家在稳定币领域有动作的企业。此前摩根大通就宣布要发行与美元1:1兑换的JPMCoin,但JPMCoin目前仅打算在其内部账本中使用。区块链是一项技术,但其应用却有着更多的场景。

稳定币作为一种支付手段,介于金融属性和使用属性间,合理架构起了桥梁。其价值来源于结合了加密支付网络的信任系统,又拥有着相对稳定的价格,背后锚定的存款就是信用的最大来源。

因此,如果充当交易媒介,企业和消费者之间不会出现剧烈的价格波动。如果是资产储值手段,投资者可以有效管理数字资产,减少过度缩水的情况出现。基于此,稳定币成了传统巨头们进入区块链世界的有力突破口。

任煜男说,“我们对区块链研究的方向很多,现在从稳定币入手是因为我们认为,区块链是数字信任时代的基础,而稳定币则是基础的基础。早期区块链带来了一种疯狂的模式,使得人们对此产生了误解。野蛮生长的时代,人们还不理解区块链能够带来什么。当我们提供了一种合规稳定的方式后,区块链世界的大门才真正向我们打开。”

合规是未来主旋律

据了解,此次与OKLink进行合作的PrimeTrust是一家以技术为驱动的美国信托公司。获内华达州银行委员会办公室特许,为美国和国际客户提供广泛的服务,包括资产保管、信托、托管、资金处理、反洗钱合规和交易技术。

“所以,合规将是我们布局区块链产业的主旋律。”任煜男强调。

根据OKLink官网介绍,USDK基于以太坊等区块链技术开发,是与USD1:1兑换的稳定币,每一枚USDK都对应了PrimeTrust专项账户中的1美金。目前USDK智能合约已经过行业安全公司Certik、慢雾审计,此后审计公司每月将定期提供资金审计报告,确保资金透明。

每一位用户购买USDK的时候,会把USD充值到信托账户,信托和OKLink之间会同步相关数据,信托确认无误后,OKLink会通过区块链将USDK转给用户。

任煜男称,“我们知道稳定币当前的痛点在哪里,所以包括合规运行、透明审计等都是我们的核心竞争力。就像我们决定进入区块链这个赛道时一样,我们希望区块链带来的是一个信任的世界,我们也将一如既往的坚持原则。”



保卫人民币,中国需要用好三个秘密武器

最近一个月,对于中国市场来说,是极不寻常的一个月,中国经历的挑战可以说真的是前所未有。全球市场经济的捍卫者,全球经济规则的主导者美国开始不顾姿势的对中国进行全面的围堵。

同期,人民币对美元汇率从6.71跌到了当下的6.94,破7似乎就是一刹那的事情。就在昨天,中国人民银行参事盛松成发表了署名文章,文中其中一句是这样写的,我们应该吸取日本的教训,不能从贸易摩擦延伸到金融摩擦,既不应该引导汇率贬值,也不能放任汇率大幅升值。

美国的霸权,只有经历过被美国封锁的国家,才知道是什么样一种体验。

2014年,俄罗斯因乌克兰克里米亚问题,遭遇美国金融制裁,卢布暴跌超过50%,股市暴跌60%,为了应对卢布贬值,俄罗斯央行一度将利率提高至接近20%,国内经济陷入崩溃。

中国需要未雨绸缪,因为能否从贸易摩擦,过度到金融摩擦,根本不取决于中国,从特朗普的任性程度看,什么事情都有可能发生。

当金融摩擦来临的时候,战场就要变得更加血腥了。从上个月的数据看,人民币汇率走低,或者说贸易摩擦带来的市场影响,已经开始出现。不管做什么解释,4月份的居民消费价格上涨了2.5%,涨幅比三月份上升了0.2个百分点。鲜菜价格同比上涨17.4%,猪肉价格上涨14.4%,鲜果价格上涨11.9%。

当然,我们对物价的上涨会有不同的看法,但面临的事实是,通胀预期在增强。那么这种情绪如果持续,结果是什么呢?结果就是央行不得不采取加息的措施,那大家再想想,这个节骨眼上,央行如果加息,对实体经济,以及股市的影响又是什么呢?这就是金融摩擦可怕的地方。

当然,对于中国来说,是福不是祸是祸躲不过,其实中国应该已经开始在着手应对,我在这里提出三个掌握在中国上手的秘密武器,用好这三个武器,至少可以给中国创造战略腾挪空间。

第一个,黄金。

在中美贸易摩擦升级之后,也就是从去年末开始,中国央行重启对黄金储备的增持,目前看,已经持续增持了五个月。从去年12月至今,总计增持了58吨的黄金,按照目前的价格算,超过24亿美元。别小看这个数字,因为从去年12月至今,中国的美元外汇储备总共才增加了222亿美元,也就是说,过去五个月,中国增持的黄金储备,占外汇储备增加值的超过10%。

实际上央行增加黄金储备,仅仅是释放一个信号,中国真正的黄金储备增持,是在贸易进口市场。中国对黄金的进口,增速保持在10%以上已经超过五年了,去年中国进口黄金1259吨,同比增加15%。

此前中国进口黄金主要是通过香港,由于深圳主要是全球的黄金珠宝加工基地,从中国香港进口方便。但从去年开始,中国更多的黄金是从上海、北京等直接进口的,来源主要是英国和瑞士。去年经中国香港进口的黄金量大跌,由2017年的632吨黄金进口,下跌至496吨。因为更多的通过上海等地进口的黄金,可能直接变成了储备,并未进入到工业或首饰领域。而从香港过来的,基本上反映的是首饰之类的需求数量。

如果中国金融领域遭遇封锁,人民币又很难用于国际支付,那么中国所需要的战略物资,只能通过两种方式,一个是美元,一个是黄金。黄金的另一个作用是,增加人民币的信用背书,提升人民币真正的含金量,稳定国内预期。

俄罗斯在遭遇了2014年美国金融制裁,以及卢布大幅贬值之后,开始大量增持黄金储备,短短五年间,增加了超过1000吨的黄金储备,仅去年就增加了270吨的黄金储备。

第二个,稀土。

昨天,在外交部新闻会上,有记者问,中国是否考虑通过限制稀土出口反制美国?外交部发言人回答,不要做过多联想。

事实是,去年美国政府曾宣布对中国稀土征收进口关税,但很快又收回了这项决定。另外,从美国向中国加征关税的情况看,稀土再没有被列入清单,无论是2000亿美元的关税清单,还是后来号称的3000亿美元征收清单中,都没有稀土。而美国是中国稀土工业的第二大出口国。

美国政府问责局有过一份报告,其中提到:“如果中国禁运稀土材料,那么中国之外的几乎所有汽车、计算机、智能手机和飞机装配线都可能被关闭,依赖稀土的美国和北约武器系统也将如此。”邓小平也曾提到过,中东有石油,中国有稀土。

关于稀土元素的重要性,我这里就不说了,我可以跟大家透露一点,我的一个老师,专门研究稀土微量元素在人体健康领域的医学应用,还写过一本重要的著作,曾联合上书力主中国进行稀土管制,当时中国的稀土被日本等国廉价进口了很多。稀土元素的重要性,可能不仅仅是电子军事等工业,在医疗方面,未来比如癌症等的治疗突破,可能还得靠这个,未来前景最广阔,全世界真正的核心科技竞争领域,生命科学,是离不开稀土的。

中国占全球稀土储量的超过40%,而稀土更重要的一个提取加工环节,中国占有绝对优势,可以说处在支配地位。中国已经占这一市场出口额的80%。

但遗憾的是,我们依然并没有形成利润优势,持续着廉价的供给,每年稀土创造的出口收益,还不到10亿美元(少得可怜)。

我跟大家举个例子,比如有一个金属,叫钯金,也是很稀有的一种贵金属,想让汽车尾气排放污染减少,就必须得用到钯金,但钯金主要的生产国是俄罗斯,俄罗斯早就开始严格控制出口,最近十年,钯金价格飙升了接近十倍。大家可以想一下,原来出口同样数量的钯金,一年能赚5亿美元,而现在能赚50亿美元,外汇创造能力直接就飙升了十倍。

钯金已经持续上涨了超过十年了

而我们的稀土价格,连续跌了好几年了,令人心痛。

俄罗斯是怎么做的呢,就在钯金价格创出历史新高,一盎司钯金的价格超过1600美元(2009年只有167美元)的今年三月份,俄罗斯不仅没有扩大钯金的出口,而且继续出台禁令,限制部分金属废料出口,以防止用回收废出口的方式增加钯金的供给。

稀土这个工具,只要很好的使用,实际上也是对外汇市场的一种支撑,尤其是在美国遏制中国出口的时候,如果稀土价格飙升十倍,由于供给单一,进口方很难找到替代,出口量不会发生太大的变化,那么十年后,中国仅稀土出口,可能就能赚来数百亿美元。

第三个,比特币。

提到比特币,可能很多人不屑于了解。但我只想说,未来的世界,不属于守旧者,这个世界是由想象力支配的,美元是一种想象力,黄金更是一种想象力,美国250年的历史同样是一种想象力,而中国改革开放40年,还是一种想象力。

按照比特币现在的全球性通兑水平,其实从金融的角度讲,比黄金和稀土还要有战略价值。目前全球每年新产出的比特超过60万枚,按照当前的价值,就已经超过50亿美元,而70%以上是中国挖出来的。

目前如果你拿着价值数亿美元的比特币,到国际市场分分钟就能变成任何一种货币,包括美元。这种通兑能力,已经超过了黄金。大家知道中国作为朝鲜的最大贸易伙伴,一年朝鲜出口给中国的贸易总额是多少吗?不到20亿美元。当年爆出朝鲜动用行政能力挖比特币,这不是什么下策,而是上上策。

中国有很多被浪费的廉价电力,如果忌惮民间挖矿,可以授意一些国有企业秘密进行挖矿,然后囤积起来,以备不时之需。

当年美国市场创造出比特币的时候,根本没有想过整个网络的重要一环,挖矿这一重要节点被中国抢占,后来随着中国市场话语权的扩大,美国诸多开发者开始忌惮,甚至害怕。再到后来,美国开发者为了降低中国市场对整个加密数字货币行业的影响,想出了各种不需要挖矿的加密货币运行算法,但这些算法从本质上来说,依然缺乏重要的背书介质,都还处在尝试阶段。

如果全球数字加密货币市场的算力,也就是以能源转换作为背书的数字货币领域,中国是可以拥有重要影响力和权力的。当然,加拿大等市场,正希望中国把挖矿产业都关了,然后将算力都转移到他们这些国家。

 

综上所述,黄金、稀土和比特币,都是能够在极端情况下,突破封锁,直接可以换来外汇或战略物资的重要资源。在和平时期,在贸易自由时期,人民币最重要的背书,是中国的加工出口,中国的贸易顺差,只要中国的出口不出问题,人民币很难有大的贬值预期。但现在的情况是,美国要封锁你的出口,让你降低顺差,直接打击的就是人民币的信用。当市场进入到非常时期,就需要那些真正的不可替代的战略资源来做最后的防御,然后形成博弈的顶级筹码,给国内经济和货币领域一个消化外部威胁,以及重新寻找发展路径的时间点。