A Year in Perspective
Just recently, industry giant, Circle, released a report titled ‘2018 – Crypto Retrospective’. In this report the company touches on everything from marketcap, to ICO funding, and emerging trends such as digital securities.
The purpose of this report is to give industry participants a feel for what has been, and where things are going in the industry at large.
Through their research, Circle found various clear directions in which the industry is trending. For instance, these trends indicated a rising popularity in both stablecoins, and digital securities.
This suits us just fine here at securities.io, as we believe that digital securities have the power to transform investing. While ICOs were wildly popular in 2017/18, they were simply a precursor, giving rise to the STO.
Circle attributes the shift in focus from ICOs towards STOs to increased scrutiny from regulatory bodies. Beyond regulatory oversight, they note various aspects of security tokens that have piqued the interest of accredited investors everywhere.
- Fractionalized ownership
- Global investor pool
- Ease of issuance
While digital securities have, by no means, been perfected yet, the allure of these aforementioned benefits is huge. As a result, various companies recognized this, resulting in infrastructure being developed at a rapid pace throughout 2018. These companies range from issuance platforms, secondary markets, and those that offer end-to-end solutions.
Circle closes out their report on a positive note. Here is what they had to say regarding the present and future state of blockchain:
On security tokens…
“While not many security tokens have been issued yet, 2018 was the year of building out the underlying infrastructure and we could see increased issuances in 2019.”
The industry as a whole…
“The market downturn has led to the revelation that this technology is still in its very early stages and that the economic growth of the crypto market in 2017 did not match the nascent underlying activity and adoption. But it’s important to recognize that the pullback was necessary, and that after the last year, the value proposition of Bitcoin and other crypto assets is stronger.
Over the next year, expect to see strides made in addressing scalability, security, and interoperability challenges, improvements in user experience, an increase in institutional interest as institutional-grade infrastructure goes live, greater regulatory clarity, and experimentation with the tokenization of new and existing, tangible and intangible assets”
To read the full report, make sure to visit HERE.
It is not surprising to find that Circle believes security tokens to be an emerging trend. This past October, Circle announced the acquisition of SeedInvest. By acquiring SeedInvest, Circle gained the ability to provide broker/dealer services to its clients – potentially setting itself up to offer security tokens in the future.
Upon acquiring SeedInvest, Allaire commented to Bloomberg, “The power of tokenization is that more and more types of assets can be represented in a liquid, tradeable form. It’s also very powerful because in theory it creates a way for smaller businesses and mid-size businesses to more directly raise capital. And I think part of the benefit is that you can make those assets available through global markets, over the internet, and make those available not just to accredited investors but also to mainstream investors and unaccredited investors. And that’s something I think SeedInvest really pioneered.”
Since their inception, Circle has managed to grow in to a powerhouse. Recognizing the potential of cryptocurrencies, Circle made waves last year with the $440 million purchase of Poloniex.
REMCO Software to see Security Tokens Listed on LATOKEN
REMCO Software is in the midst of completing a ‘security token offering’. As you may know, this refers to a crowdfunding campaign tailored towards accredited investors. During the offering, investors are able to purchase digital securities in the form of a token, typically representative of equity shares within the issuing company – an efficient merger of traditional and future finance.
Recently, REMCO announced good news, as they have secured an agreement that, once issued, will see their tokens listed for trading on the LATOKEN platform. By providing a flexible listing platform, LATOKEN will enable investors to easily trade between REMCO tokens and FIAT currencies. The ability to do so is expected to result in new-found levels of liquidity, not normally witness when dealing with such assets.
In their press release, representatives from both REMCO and LATOKEN spoke on the agreement, and what it means for the industry.
“We are especially pleased to welcome REMCO token in the pool of our future projects. Their business model is both practical and very innovative. It brings a great deal of added value to the industry.”
“LATOKEN’s innovative approach appealed to us…There are many crucial steps to getting this business off the ground, and we appreciate reaching this milestone with LATOKEN.”
REMCO is a young company looking to revolutionize the remittance industry. They intend to do so, by utilizing traits inherent to blockchain technology that will allow for greater transparency and efficiency in finance. They were founded in 2018, and are based out of Laurel, Maryland.
Company operations are currently spearheaded by CEO, Peter Ojo. Under his watch, the company hopes to successfully complete a security token offering, which will facilitate their envisioned future.
LATOKEN refers to ‘Liquid Assets Platform’. Founded in 2017, CEO, Valentin Preobrazhenskiy, has guided the platform into becoming a promising player within the industry. As their name implies, the platform aims to bring liquidity to a variety of assets. Through their FIAT gateways, they have now begun to attract the attention of companies, such as REMCO.
In Other News
While this is the first time that each of these companies have graced our headlines, there is no shortage of news in the industry. Here is a brief look at a few articles detailing recent partnerships, and industry developments.
Magic BlockchainQA to Collaborate with Securitize
It was recently announced by Magic Blockchain QA, that they have established a working relationship with industry leader, Securitize.
The nature of this relationship will see each company refer clients to the other. They are essentially building bridges, which will provide clients with a greater variety of integrates services.
In addition to client referrals, this relationship will see Magic BlockchainQA offer their quality and analysis services for the DS-Protocol. This protocol was custom built by Securitize to fit the needs of the digital securities industry. Through its implementation, clients are able to sell, create, issue, and manage digital securities backed by a variety of assets.
This development is reminiscent of one that occurred just recently. At that time, we reported on a similar relationship between DESICO and Securitize. As stated, these types of relationships are key to ensuring steady growth in the relationship. At this stage in the game, what is good for one player is good for all players.
Anuraj Soni, President of Magic Blockchain QA, took the time to address this development.
“The Securitize platform has gained significant prominence in last few years and this partnership allows Magic to train its consultants on this platform enabling Securitize clients easy access to a pool of Magic consultants who can help with the seamless adoption of this platform.”
Magic BlockchainQA touts themselves as the world’s first quality and analysis services dedicated to blockchain applications. Check out the following video to learn more about why this is an important and needed service.
This young company was founded in 2018, and is based out of New York City. Company operations are overseen by President Anuraj Soni. He boasts years of experience in leadership roles at companies like Bank of America, GENPACT, and other.
To date, Magic BlockchainQA has established partnerships with not only Securitize, but MythX as well.
Since commencing operations in 2017, Securitize has developed a tech-stack that allows for them to offers clients end-to-end tokenization services. These services range from token creation, to issuance, and lifetime management post distribution.
In Other News
To learn more about the companies discussed here today, make sure to check out a few of the articles below. While this is the first time we have detailed Magic Blockchain, Securitize is a regular on our newsfeed.
Blockchain Identity Firm WISeCoin Announces STO
The Swiss-based cybersecurity firm, WISeCoin announced plans to host an STO in Q2 2019. The announcement has captured the attention of analysts and follows the receival of a “no-Action Letter” from the Swiss Financial Supervisory Authority (FINMA). The move marks another step forward for the Swiss security token market.
WISeCoin is a subsidiary of WISeKey. WISeKey created the WISeCoin platform to furhte3r pursue their blockchain identity strategy. Speaking on the decision to host an STO, WISeKey CEO, Carlos Moreira, discussed how his platform utilizes a wide-range of “blockchain enabled microchips” to provide clients with a customizable identification system. He also touched on the importance of increasing your digital identification procedures to adapt to the “evolving device landscape.”
WISeCoin developers seek to revolutionize the world of digital identification via the integration of IoT, blockchain, and AI. The concept is anything but simple. WISeCoin integrates a host of proprietary technology to merge seamlessly merge these sectors. Here’s how the system functions.
Blockchain of Identity
Blockchain identification systems are nothing new to the sector. The ability to verify, authenticate, and securely manage digital identities via the blockchain continues to drive more firms into this business model. What makes WISeCoin different is their approach to the problem.
WISeCoin developers decided to leverage the immutable nature of blockchain technology by pairing it with the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT is the network of billions of smart devices currently entering the market. These items are able to monitor and communicate with each other.
To put the scope of this network into perspective, there were 15.4 billion smart devices connected in 2015 according to IHS reports. Intel plans to expand that network to 200 billion devices by 2020. Of these smart devices, wearable units are the fastest growing. IDC forecasts predict a 31 percent increase in this sector by 2020.
As you could imagine, leveraging these devices is an extremely powerful way to monitor, verify, and authenticate people, or items. In order to accomplish this monumental task, WISeCoin developers employ “Root of Trust” RoT and PKI protocols. RoT protocols provide secure authentication across both digital and physical environments.
WISeKey International Holding Ltd.
The world of AI, IoT, and blockchain are destined to play important roles in the future. WISeKey combines the best attributes of these advanced sciences. The firm is sure to see continued success in the coming months as their STO approaches.
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