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China Doubles Down Anti-STO Stance

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China Doubles Down Anti-STO Stance

No, thank you.

Despite the digital securities sector’s rapid development, with on-going global acceptance being witnessed, China has taken a firm stance against the industry. They have just released a new document containing not only their stance on the industry, but risk tips for investors looking to avoid scams.

This stance towards utilizing blockchain as a means of revolutionizing fundraising, comes in stark contrast to the nation’s past acceptance of the technology. China has been noted, over past years, to have implemented blockchain in various industries ranging from mobility to supply chain management.

An Easy 1, 2, 3

In this newly released document, the Beijing Internet Finance Industry Association closes their communication by indicating that their stance has been taken with a goal of creating a ‘positive and healthy financial ecological environment.’ With this in mind, they elaborate with three points, to ensure the safety of investors. The following are their paraphrased words of caution:

  1. All relevant institutions and individuals in Beijing, strictly abide by national laws, and jointly resist and prevent illegal fund-raising and dissemination activities in the name of “virtual currency”, “Blockchain”, “ICO”, “STO”, “Stable coin”, and other variants.
  2. Beware of wrongdoers using sophisticated names such as IFO, IEO to issue tokens, or under the banner of “sharing economy”, “evidence economy”, “crowdfunding”, “consensus economy” and so on, leading virtual currency hype.
  3. Retain a rational view of the blockchain. Do not blindly believe in the promise and hype. Establish a correct understanding of money and investment ideas, and effectively improve risk awareness.

Reaffirmation

The aforementioned document, discussing the financial body’s stance on STOs, should come as no surprise. This is because this is not the first time the public has been cautioned about these fundraising methods. The document echoes the stance expressed by, not only the People’s Bank of China, but the Ministry of Public security, as well.

Only months ago, we were reporting on the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Finance taking a firm stance against STOs. At the time, Chief of the MBF, Huo Xuewen, stated, “The ICO (initial coin offering) model is getting left behind for a new concept called STO. I want to issue a warning to anyone considering running an STO in Beijing…Don’t do it in Beijing – it is illegal. You can only engage in such activities with the approval from the government.”

In Other News

While the news discussed here today may be disconcerting, it is important to note that China remains an outlier. While there are many nations that have simply not established regulation towards STOs, there is an increasing amount that welcome them. Here are a few articles detailing STO friendly countries and their recent developments.

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Siemens to Tackle Green Energy with Swarm Capital

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Siemens to Tackle Green Energy with Swarm Capital

Sustainable Energy

Clean and renewable energy: The concept is simple, however, the execution is anything but. In an effort to aid the continued development and adoption of sustainable energy, worldwide tech giant, Siemens, has turned to a popular blockchain service provider – Swarm.

Today, this pairing of companies announced that Swarm has been tasked with developing an efficient, and effective, solution to facilitate the funding of energy projects in Africa. This task will be completed through use of the company’s recently announced premium tokenization service, Swarm Capital.

While details regarding the partnership are still scarce at this time, this is most definitely a positive announcement. Not only does it mark continued early adoption of Swarm Capital, but also the entrance of a global titan of industry in Siemens, into the world of blockchain.

Swarm Capital

Announced mere weeks ago, Swarm Capital is a service provider platform, offering premium services through a modular platform. This platform, which is built on the Swarm protocol, is meant to be a comprehensive solution for any company looking to tokenize an asset.

SWARM Announces ‘Swarm Capital’ Service Provider Platform

Commentary

In their partnership announcement, the team at Swarm took the time to comment on why blockchain is a good fit with future energy solutions through Siemens. They stated,

“One of the most compelling use cases for tokenization is in the energy sector, which has been brought to the fore lately in public discussions concerned with energy accountability, transparency, and sustainability. The energy industry is abundant with potential use cases — from the tokenization of energy itself to the digital representation of carbon emissions.”

Swarm

Swarm is a U.S. based company, which was launched in 2018. In the time since, the team at Swarm has developed a myriad of services and solutions for the digital securities sector, including specialized token standards, open protocol, and more.

Cofounders, Philipp Pieper and Timo Lehes, currently oversee company operations.

Siemens

Founded in 1847, Siemens has withstood the test of time, establishing themselves as a world leader in manufacturing and tech industries. The company has done this by continually looking towards, and planning for, the future – as evident by the partnership described here today.

CEO, Joe Kaeser, currently oversees company operations.

In Other News

For a few years now, we have seen various companies attempt to integrate green energy and blockchain. We have, in the past, detailed multiple companies that fall into this camp. While integrating blockchain and green energy in a different manner than the development discussed here today, the following articles demonstrate another avenue in which the two sectors can coincide.

CoinMint – Efficient, Green Mining

Elite Mining – The Future of Mining is Green

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CoinShares Issues Gold-Backed DGLD Tokens

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CoinShares Issues Gold-Backed DGLD Token

CoinShares made a splash across the tokenization community this week after announcing a new gold-backed token network. The network will allow investors to take advantage of the stability of gold, whilst still enjoying the added security and efficiency of a blockchain-based system.

How CoinShares New Platform Works

According to CoinShares’ executives, each token represents physical gold. To be exact, each DGLD token is backed by 1/10 Troy ounce. This gold is held by one of Switzerland’s premier precious metal traders MKS SA.

MKS SA – Swiss Precious Metals Trader

For their part, MKS SA will hold the gold reserves and allow for third-party auditing to occur. In total, the firm put aside just over $20 million in gold for the tokenization strategy. Notably, MKS SA already hosts a large precious metal trading network. Consequently, tokenizing their gold provides far more liquidity than traditional EFTs.

PIT Exchange Hosts CoinShares DGLD Tokens

PIT Exchange Hosts CoinShares DGLD Tokens

Speaking on the new tokenization strategy, CoinShares’ Chairman, Danny Masters explained the advantages of the maneuver. For one, gold is considered one of the most stable assets on the planet. Now combine that stability with the security of a blockchain network, and you get a frictionless trading system that has the capabilities to function internationally.

Eliminates 3rd Parties

Masters also discussed how CoinShares eliminates many of the third-party verification systems encountered when investing in Gold EFTs. Each of these verification steps adds costs and time to the total transaction. Now investors can eliminate these delays and save money on fees.

Gold on Bitcoin Blockchain – CoinShares

CoinShares decided to utilize the Bitcoin blockchain as its core anchor for the platform. This was a smart strategy as Bitcoin is the largest and most secure blockchain on the planet. To make the concept a reality, CoinShares incorporated CommerceBlock’s Ocean sidechain.

Sidechains Are the Biz

Sidechains such as Ocean, Liquid, or the Lightning Network allow users to conduct faster transactions with fewer fees. Also, these second layer protocols enable developers to utilize additional functionalities not found on the original Bitcoin blockchain.

Smart contracts are a perfect example of how sidechains benefit Bitcoin. Technically, Bitcoin’s blockchain can handle smart contracts but it’s far less capable than the robust capabilities found in the Ocean sidechain.

Partnered with BTC Wallet Provider – Blockchain

Another key component of the venture is a strategic partnership with the crypto wallet provider Blockchain. Blockchain needed to create a means for investors to store their gold-backed crypto easily and efficiently.

Available Now

CoinShares’ new gold-backed token is open to both retail and institutional investors. Currently, the product is available in 200+ countries via Blockchain’s crypto exchange – PIT. Notably, the platform requires AML and KYC adherence as part of the company’s regulation-friendly approach to the market.

CoinShares

CoinShares is ready to provide clients with a stable alternative in the crypto sector. The firm has years of experience connecting traders with profitable tokens. Now, CoinShares wants to take its experience and enter the tokenized precious metals markets in a major way.  You can expect to see more headlines from these developers as CoinShares’ strategy unfolds over the coming weeks.

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VeVue Signs Partnerswith CBX for Token Launch

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VeVue Partners with CBX Exchange for STO

The blockchain-based social media platform, VeVue announced plans to host an STO in the coming weeks. The company intends to expand the platform’s capabilities with the funds raised. Now content creators have a more lucrative alternative to consider moving forward.

News of the company’s intentions first broke via an October 14 press release. In the post, the company announces its new strategy and partnership. As part of the firm’s new crowdfunding approach, VeVue partnered with the hugely popular CBX exchange.

CBX Exchange

For its part, CBX will be responsible for the sales, token issuance, and distribution of the VUE token. CBX is one of the largest crypto exchanges based in the Middle East. The firm operates a fully compliant EU exchange. Developers integrated both AML and KYC protocols directly into its trading platform.

VeVue via Homepage

VeVue via Homepage

CBX recently launched a campaign with Alibaba competitor GoJoyin in which the platform secured over $10 million in funding. The experience gained in this campaign will be critical for VeVue STO’s success.

VUE STO

The VeVue STO will commence on October 28, 2019, at 4 pm PST. Interestingly, the event is scheduled to only last 48 hours. CBX intends to issue 5 million VUE tokens to qualified non-US investors. Vevue also announced that there will only be 100 million VUE tokens in total available to investors. Of these tokens, 35 million are reserved for investor purchases.

Vevue and CBX Unique Strategy

CBX and Vevue have a unique strategy for their crowdfunding efforts. The company intends to host an STO monthly moving forward. Additionally, these auctions will be Dutch-style. Basically, the official token price is set after taking in all bids.

Highest-Price VeVue STO

This strategy enables the firm to receive the highest price for the total offering. For example, investors place their bids which include the price and quantity they desire. The firm will then accept the top 5 million bids for the tokens.

VUE Token Benefits

VUE token holders receive a portion of gross revenue collected via the VeVue social media app. Consequently, investors actively earn from VeVue’s ecosystem. The App provides content creators with a revenue-generating outlet. Here, users can create and monetize content such as videos easily.

VeVue Transaction Fees

Vevue charges a 5% transaction fee on the monetized content. This fee then enters into the dividend pool from which STO investors receive payments daily. Importantly, dividends are paid in VUE tokens. This unique strategy encourages users to create high-quality content to earn more tokens.

Next Level Social Media

Traditional social media doesn’t allow users the opportunity to earn from their content contributions.  In fact, the current social media giants provide content creators with zero payment for their efforts.

Social Media Heat

VeVue’s timing is impeccable as social media giants such as Facebook continue to confront lawmakers over a myriad of concerns. Facebook, in particular, appears to be in the target of regulators after announcing plans to issue its own native cryptocurrency called the Libra.

A Better Social Media Alternative

VeVue appears to have unlocked a better way to social media for everyone. Providing users with an opportunity to earn tokens for their content is a smart concept that has proved to be a great alternative in the past. You can expect to hear more from VeVue in the coming weeks as its STOs hit the market.

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