Who is CurioInvest?
CurioInvest is a young company, operating out of Zug ‘Crypto Valley’, Switzerland.
The team behind the project is comprised of car and blockchain enthusiasts, which have set out to combine their passions. Above all, they state that their mission is to enable,
“…everyone to invest in and profit from collectable cars. By using a crowdfunded, community-based investment model, CurioInvest will open up the collectable car market to millions of new investors.”
What is the Problem?
Vehicles are much more than simply a means of transportation. They are pieces of art, which speak to the person driving them. Values are driven by rarity, quality, functionality, beauty, and more – each creating differing levels of market demand.
Unfortunately, the upper echelons of the collectible car sector is typically out of reach for most. This is due to a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to, the following:
Truly collectible cars are not a small investment. Good examples will range anywhere from six to eight digit values.
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It is commonplace for manufacturers, such as Ferrari, to essentially interview individuals before selling them a vehicle. Even if you can afford the product, these limited edition vehicles only find their way in to the hands of a select few.
You do not buy an exotic car, and simply tuck it away in a garage while it increases in value. Sitting idle is not good for mechanical devices, and they require constant care and upkeep. When dealing with exotic cars that are very unique in nature, this task becomes even harder, as specialized skillsets are needed to care for each vehicle.
For those that do not find these hurdles as an issue, the asset class represents a highly lucrative one. CurioInvest indicates that for over a decade, collectible cars have outperformed gold, S&P500, etc.
How will CurioInvest Solve it?
In their attempt to build on their passions, the team at CurioInvest has developed a platform facilitating access to the asset class for a broader range of investors.
To achieve this, CurioInvest will strategically invest in exotic vehicles which are anticipated to grow in value. They intend to solve all of the discussed issues which plague such assets through the use of blockchain technologies.
More specifically, the team at CurioInvest will be hosting an STO, which will give accredited investors the opportunity to purchase security tokens. These tokens can be used to invest, through fractionalized ownership, of a curated collection of vehicles. The tokens impart their holders with rights to a proportionate share of profits, when vehicles from the collection are sold for a profit – no less than 120% of purchase price.
By using this tactic, CurioInvest opens the possibility of investing in such assets to an entire new group of investors that could not previously afford to do so. Furthermore, the use of a security token should allow for investors to experience increased liquidity, through the ability to enter and exit positions on secondary markets.
We reached out to CurioInvest for further comment on the nature of their plans. CEO, Fernando Verboonen, took the time to share the following insights.
Q: Other projects such as ‘TheArtToken’ have set out to democratize investing in traditionally expensive assets such as fine art. What about exotic cars make them an ideal asset for tokenization?
A: Classic & hyper cars are the perfect wedge: big audience, scarce supply, willingness to pay, emotional asset. Furthermore of the 10 asset classes Knight Luxury Investment Index (KFLII), classic cars performance in terms of price over the past decade has been staggering. CurioInvest.com brings an additional degree of independence by tokenizing assets individually. This means you now to get pick which asset to acquire – this was simply not economically feasible in the past and it’s a great example of how STOs may well disrupt the status quo.
Q: What factors come into play when deciding on an appropriate vehicle to purchase for investment? Rarity? Vintage or New? Past growth? Current Market trends?
A: Provenance and state of the asset are extraordinary relevance. However, latest market trends and overall social media sentiment play an increasing role. Ultimately, an investment in a collectable automobile touches the passion on an individual’s own experiences – making of collecting an exciting experience.
Q: Can you speak on the structuring of the upcoming security token? Do holders have voting rights? Will they be available on any exchanges which support digital securities? Are these ERC-20 based tokens?
A: Whats most fascinating about our product is that it was design with the holder in mind, hence the structure may evolve as we get further feedback from our customers. From the very beginning we pursued a non-voting right that would enable management to remain agile when exiting the asset. This means as well as the sale triggers are laydown beforehand in a transparent manner. As of today the tokens are ERC20 and as far as we know are the world’s first tokens that back a collectable car and come together with an ISIN
Boasting professional resumes which include years of experience in exotic car investing, and FinTech, the following two find themselves at the helm of CurioInvest. Under their watch, CurioInvest has as good a chance of succeeding as possible.
In Other News?
As indicated above, there have been other companies which have taken similar pathways. ‘TheArtToken’ is an example of this, as those behind the project hope to use blockchain as a means of bringing access and liquidity to an asset that traditional has lacked both of these qualities.
Blue Ocean Management Partners Invests in Blue Ocean Technologies
This week, Blue Ocean Management Partners, LLC announced an investment in New York-based Blue Ocean Technologies, LLC. The firm intends to utilize its experience to provide much-needed senior management to Blue Ocean Technologies. The news showcases growing interests in the Blue Ocean platform.
Blue Ocean Technologies
Blue Ocean Tech seeks to expand the development of the after-hours markets for U.S.-listed securities, including ETFs and related securities. The new platform will provide U.S.-based traders the ability to track off-hours market movement and react accordingly. Importantly, investors will now be able to better manage risks.
Additionally, the platform provides opportunities for foreign investors to have after-hours access to the U.S. capital markets. Providing 24-hour access to the securities markets is important for a myriad of reasons. For one, it provides users with more investment opportunities. This data and technical services are critical for the functionality of numerous regulated trading venues.
Speaking on the developments, Blue Ocean Management CEO and President Ralph Layman described how the strategic partnership brings much-needed senior management resources to the platform. In turn, this experienced leadership can help guide the platform through its next growth stages.
For its part, Blue Ocean Management will provide management and expertise. The firm has experience building FinTech firms from startup. As such the company seeks to expand the support for 24-hour market access for both securities and EFTs. Together, securities and EFTs are the second largest class of investments across Asia and Europe.
Major Backing Continues
Blue Ocean management isn’t alone in its quest to further develop the off-trading hour capabilities of firms. Already, the FinTech firm managed to secure support from some of the largest players in the game. One such investor is tZERO.
Earlier in the year, Overstock.com’s blockchain subsidiary tZERO became another major backer in the Blue Ocean platform. tZERO is a market pioneer in the space and their backing showcases the true potential that Blue Ocean’s 24-hour strategy possesses. tZERO has filed numerous blockchain patents over the last two years. The firm is at the forefront of blockchain adoption.
Discussing the investment strategy, tZERO’s CEO, Saum Noursalehi praised the new partnership. He explained how the maneuver allows tZERO to “focus on its important strategic initiatives with digital securities.” tZERO seeks to tokenize the traditional financial markets over the next 5-10 years.
Blue Ocean Moves Forward
As the more industries migrate to a blockchain-based system, it’s important that developers create the ecosystem to support the robust capabilities of these new platforms. Both analysts and traders agree that 24-hour access to markets is one of the best ways to spur growth. This line of thought becomes more evident when you consider that this new strategy opens up the US market to international investors in a way previously unimaginable.
The Blue Ocean platform brings greater efficiency and transparency to capital markets. In this way, analysts predict the platform to be disruptive to the current systems. You can expect to hear more from this unique platform as development continues over the coming months.
BnkToTheFuture Eyes U.S. Based STOs through BMI Capital Investment
Recently, BnkToTheFuture has shed light on their future aspirations through a new investment. This move saw the Cayman Islands based company acquire a stake in United States based broker/dealer, BMI Capital.
By acquiring a stake in the company, BnkToTheFuture now gains the ability to make use of existing licensure held by BMI Capital – including their status as a registered broker/dealer.
With the future of blockchain holding a global appeal, many industry participants have announced their intent for expansion beyond their own borders.
The following articles demonstrate a few of these decisions, as companies beyond BnkToTheFuture look to enter foreign countries.
The importance of becoming a broker/dealer, by proxy or otherwise, cannot be understated. The designation allows for a company, such as BnkToTheFuture, to expand their services to include the buying and selling of securities.
For more information on the role assumed by broker/dealers, make sure to check out our terminology page.
“We forecast by 2020 up to 50 percent will opt for an innovative security token that improves the potential for returns for investors over traditional equity. We are aiming to build a new industry and asset class.”
Building a Foundation
Over the past few months, any have noted that the digital securities sector is slow to take off. With other capital generation events, such as ICOs, having experienced rapid growth in the past, many expected the same from digital securities.
A growing amount of companies have entered the sector from various points around the world. Each of these companies are hard at work developing the necessary infrastructure to support future growth.
It is important to recognize, however, that STOs are completed in a regulatory compliant manner, which requires participants to hold a variety of designations, such as that of a broker/dealer. Attaining these capabilities takes time.
The companies involved are not trying to run before they walk. A more strategic approach is being taken to ensure that the industry is ripe for growth when true adoption occurs.
Founded in 2011, BnkToTheFuture is a Cayman Islands based investment platform. The company specializes in utilizing new technologies, such as blockchain, to facilitate the offering of high potential opportunities for investors and companies alike.
This United States based investment firm which was founded in 2012. With licensure attained through FINRA, BMI Capital is able to operate as a broker/dealer.
CEO, Robert H. Trapp, currently oversees company operations.
In Other News
Over the course of the last year, we have covered events pertaining to BnkToTheFuture on various occasions. The following articles share insights into a few of these events.
Legend Siam Security Token Offering Facilitated by VEWC
Via East West Capital has recently opened up regarding an STO which they curated recently. This STO was a capital generation event which saw the distribution of tokenized securities associated with a cultural theme park in Thailand, known as Legend Siam.
Legend Siam Tokens
In this event, investors gained access to what the issuer calls ‘Legend Siam Tokens (LST)’. These tokens were treated as securities, and were offered through Reg. D guidelines under the SEC.
While details on the tokens, themselves, are scarce at this time, it appears as though they took shape as some type of real-estate backed token, based on the cultural theme park.
As the digital securities sector continues to develop, participants are being drawn in from new, interesting markets. In the past year we have reported on STO opportunities surrounding, but not limited to, the following industries.
With the announcement surrounding Legend Siam, we can now add ‘Theme Park’ and Commercial Real Estate to that list.
Via East West CEO, Oh Shen King, took the time to elaborate on STOs, stating,
“We predict a rise in the potential and demand for tokenized securities because digital ownership on the blockchain provides so many advantages over legacy investments, and tech-savvy investors are seeing the value proposition in real-time…This addition to our business is just a natural extension of our vision for a crowd-financed world, and we provide 100% transparency to all our investors.”
Via East West Capital
Operating out of Southeast Asia, Via East West Capital is an investment firm focused on ‘tokenized asset investments’.
CEO, Oh Shen King, currently oversees company operations.
Legend Siam is a well-known attraction in Thailand. It operates as a popular theme park, built with the intention of promoting Thai history and culture.
In their release, it is indicated that the park now spans over 65 acres, with hundreds of shops, and various attractions. In total, the park now has an estimated worth of over $131 million.
In Other News
Thailand has made it obvious that they are vying to become a leader in the blockchain industry, including digital securities. This much was made evident in a recent decision by their government to potentially legalize security tokens. In addition to this, there have been various blockchain based companies welcomed into the MAS FinTech Sandbox.