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Gemini Partners with State Street on Reporting Pilot

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State Street Partners with Gemini Custody

This month saw some exciting developments in the crypto sphere as the State Street Corporation announced it chose the Gemini custody as a strategic partner in its new crypto pilot program. The joint-venture is part of a broader goal to launch a reporting pilot for cryptocurrency holdings. If successful, the project will enable investors to view reporting on both traditional and crypto investments simultaneously.

News of the concept first broke on Dec. 17 via a press release. The release announced the launch of the new pilot and clarified some details on the project. Developers explained that Gemini Custody would integrate with State Street’s back-office reporting. The aim is to simplify the reporting process for blockchain investors by allowing users to consolidate the reporting of their digital assets.

Advanced Reporting – State Street

According to developers, the pilot will provide users with a number of helpful reports. By allowing clients to receive reports on their holdings of other digital assets directly with their traditional assets, investors can make more informed decisions. To start off with, the project will only produce reports on two cryptocurrencies.

Discussing the new collaboration, Ralph Achkar, managing director of digital product development and innovation at State Street described the motivation behind the project. He explained that investors continue to show a “small, but growing demand” for further report integration. Achkar also took a moment to explain some of the difficulties the company must address to make the project successful. He described a situation in which the “many technical, operational, regulatory, and legal considerations” make the concept a difficult task.

Tyler Winklevoss via Twitter - Gemini

Tyler Winklevoss via Twitter – Gemini

Gemini CEO Tyler Winklevoss also took a moment to explain the benefits of such a partnership. He explained that the new platform would make it much easier for someone to transfer traditional investments into cryptocurrencies. The ability to make this transfer “seamless” and through trusted and regulated financial institutions is two huge advantages that Gemini hopes to bring to the market.

State Street Corporation

State Street Corporation is a leading financial services provider in the market. The company has an impressive list of clientele including some of the world’s most sophisticated institutions. The firm offers a full-suite of investment management and tools. Notably, the company’s latest venture is sure to strengthen State Street’s positioning in the market.

Gemini Exchange and Gemini Custody

The Gemini Exchange is the brainchild of the Winklevoss twins. The exchange was founded in 2014. Importantly, Gemini became the first licensed Ether exchange in the world in 2016. Today the platform supports 18 major cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH) and Litecoin (LTC). Additionally, Gemini supports a large variety of  ERC-20 tokens including 0x (ZRX), Augur (REP), Maker (MKR) OmiseGo (OMG), and Basic Attention Token (BAT). Today, Gemini is an enterprise-grade crypto exchange that is recognized as an industry leader. The firm recently saw heavy coverage in September 2019 for the integration of a sub-accounts feature for institutional customers. This new product allows firms to utilize multiple accounts under a single master.

Moving Forward

State Street Co. continues to be a trendsetter in the market. It’s no doubt that this inginuitive team has a well-thought-out strategy to achieve more success for their platform. For now, State Street and Gemini are setting the pace for the crypto race.

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David Hamilton is a full-time journalist and a long-time bitcoinist. He specializes in writing articles on the blockchain. His articles have been published in multiple bitcoin publications including Bitcoinlightning.com

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META 1 Coin Threatens Securities.io with Litigation for Reporting on ICO Fraud

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META 1 Coin Threatens Securities.io with Litigation for Reporting on ICO Fraud

On August 4th, 2020 Securities.io was threatened with legal action by Robert Paul Dunlap, the legal advocate for META 1 Coin, the creator, owner, controller, and also one of the defendants in the Complaint filed by the SEC. The threat followed the publication of an article titled “SEC Files Charges Against ex-Senator David Schmidt” which was published on March 25, 2020.

Who is META 1 Coin?

META 1 Coin raised funds in April 2018 by performing an Initial Coin Offering (ICO).  As described by an SEC filing META 1 COIN raised at least 4.48 million from over 150 investors in the United States and internationally.

In order to raise funds misleading claims were made. These were some of the claims:

  • They owned $1 billion in art insured against loss by a surety bond, and later, that META 1 owned $2 billion in gold assets;
  • KPMG, one of the largest independent financial audit firms in the world, was auditing Meta1’s gold assets;
  • Meta1 formed its own investment bank and developed its own digital currency exchange;
  • the Coin is safe and risk-free and will never lose value;
  • Each Coin, sold for either $22.22 or $44.44 would in two years be worth $50,000—up to a 224,923% return—as a “very conservative value.”

Unfortunately many investors did not perform adequate due diligence as the SEC claims the tokens were backed by nothing.

Litigation Threat:

The letter received by META 1 accused the SEC and Securities.io of being fraudulent, below are some of the accusations/threats and our responses.

If SECURITIES.io was to do any due diligence at all you would know it was a fictitious story fabricated by the SEC in order to make all digital assets look fraudulent.

Our response: Securities.io has the responsibility of reporting on both legitimate projects, and fraudulent projects. Every time an investor is taken advantage with false claims whether it is the form of an ICO, or other fraudulent behavior, it destroys the credibility of the industry. We also believe in the credibility and the mission of the SEC which is stated as “The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation”.

So time will tell if SECURITIES.io is really about digital assets or just another STATE run publisher of malicious defamation.

Our response: Perhaps this is pushing a conspiracy theory or an agenda of being owned and controlled by a deep state. Either way, Securities.io is NOT owned in part or in whole by any government entity in any jurisdiction.

Today is August 4th 3:25 EST 2020 and a claim will be made in 24 hours and It will decimate SECURITIES.io if the named article is not immediately removed.

Our Response: This has been noted. We have fact checked the original article and it remains accurate.

Additionally, I am ordering a follow-up update of the facts regarding the validity or META 1 Coin

Our Response: We have updated the article to reflect new information regarding the fraud behind the initial ICO raise. We were unaware that information was missing, thank you for notifying us of this. Whenever we are notified of errors in reporting we take corrective action.

Summary:

Unfortunately, the digital assets industry continues to result in many operators that are taking advantage of the naivety of investors. It is our responsibility to report on this unethical behavior and to report on any actions taken against these rogue operators by the SEC or other government entities. We will continue with our mission.

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Polymath Launches ‘Token Studio 2.0’ on ‘Polymesh’ Digital Securities Blockchain

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Token issuer Polymath has had a busy few weeks.  Just over one month ago, the digital securities pioneer announced the launch of Aldebaran – the first iteration and testnet of the Polymesh  blockchain.  Now Polymath has announced version 2.0 of its ‘Token Studio’, a suite of token services, which now runs on the Polymesh blockchain.

Token Studio

When Polymath uses the term ‘Token Studio’, it is referring to a suite of services, which allows clients to create, issue, and manage digital securities – a vital part of Polymath’s goal to simplify token creation.

The first iteration of Polymath’s Token Studio was based on the Ethereum blockchain.  With the development and pivot towards the use of Polymesh, a new Token Studio was needed – one that was designed for this purpose-built blockchain.

With the launch of this version of Token Studio, Polymath has now opened up the ability for clients to trial its capabilities on the recently released Polymesh testnet ‘Aldebaran’.

Polymath notes that by utilizing Token Studio on the Polymesh blockchain, clients will benefit in various ways.

Design
  • Clients have the ability to create digital securities tailored to their needs – this includes asset type, ticker symbols, asset identifiers, etc.
Identity
  • Built-in services including KYC checks.  This ensures that only appropriate investors can gain access to digital securities created through the use of Polymesh.
Compliance
  • Arguably, the biggest draw towards a purpose-built blockchain is the ability to integrate stringent compliance measures – a necessity when dealing with digital securities. This means that, regardless of jurisdiction, token issues can be assured that their issuances remain in full compliance with securities regulations.

With Token Studio simplifying the creation and issuance process, there should be nothing holding back companies from creating compliant digital securities on the Polymesh blockchain.  The timing of the Polymesh-based Token Studio is ideal; anticipated security token exchange Archax previously announced support for Polymesh tokens when it launches.

Aldebaran

In the constellation, Taurus, the brightest star is Aldebaran – commonly referred to as the ‘bulls-eye’.  This is an apt name for a company that utilizes a bull as its mascot and represents a bright spot within the digital securities sector.

Aldebaran represents the first testnet of the purpose-built Polymesh blockchain.  Polymath has spoken on the rationality behind creating a project such as this, stating,

“The most important learning has been that security tokens cannot gain adoption and acceptance from regulators and institutions with a general-purpose blockchain; security tokens need something more specialized that addresses the foremost concerns of governance, confidentiality, identity, and compliance.”

For holders of Polymath’s ‘POLY’ tokens, a bridging service has been created to convert these assets to ‘POLYX’ – A token with similar functionality, but based on the Polymesh blockchain, rather than Ethereum.  Along with this bridging service, Polymath will soon be launching a Polymesh wallet – providing a way to safely store these assets, while supporting staking capabilities.

The next version of the Polymesh testnet is expected to launch in Q4 of 2020, with the full mainnet launch in Q1 of 2021.

Polymath

Founded in 2017, Polymath is a service provider for the digital securities sector, with operations based in Toronto, Canada.  To date, Polymath has helped facilitate the creation of hundreds of digital securities.

 

In Other News

Polymath is not the only company to note the need for purpose-built digital security solutions.  We have recently taken a closer look at another example of this, as NEM gears up for the launch of its offering, ‘Symbol’.

Make sure to peruse our recent interview with NEM Ventures Managing Director, Dave Hodgson.  Here, we learn more about Symbol, and why such a solution is needed.

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‘Mrs. Antonia’ Scam Preys on 1M Clients Affected by ePayments FCA Imposed Lockdown

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Mrs. Antonia

Twitter hacks, news outlet impersonations, Ponzi schemes, and now ‘Mrs. Antonia’ – the world is rife with scams, perpetrated by criminals looking to prey on the naïve.

Although less publicised, the recent ‘Mrs. Antonia’ scam is being targeted towards more than 1 million clients of ePayments that lost access to their financial holdings, months ago.

Mrs. Antonia

In this new scam, it appears that bad actors are looking to prey on those that have already endured trying times.

Users of payment processing platform, ePayments, which have had their funds frozen, are being contacted by a person or group posing as ‘Mrs. Antonia’.  In these instances, ‘Mrs. Antonia’ promises the affected ePayments clients that they can help ‘unfreeze’ their funds – this, however, is a lie.  The person or people behind the scam go as far as creating fake testimonials from people claiming that ‘Mrs. Antonia’ did indeed help them.

Unfortunately, Mrs. Antonia does not exist, and she cannot help.  The actions of these criminals have prompted ePayments to release a statement, informing their clients of this scam.

“PLEASE be aware – this is a scam. We are unable to release any customer funds at present and so any claims by any third parties of this nature are not true.”

Extended Lockdown

For months now, over 1 million clients of payment processor, ePayments, have had access to their funds revoked, due to a Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) imposed lockdown.  To this day, the reasoning behind these measures is not fully known, aside from lapses found in ePayments anti-money laundering (AML) procedures.

With this lockdown extended for months now, it is understandable that those affected are growing impatient.  As a result, many account holders might just be swayed by the promises made by these criminals.

Upon addressing the situation, ePayments has attempted to ease the fears of its clients by stating,

“We recognise that time has elapsed since we suspended business and we are truly sorry that we have put you, our customers, in this position. We wish to assure you once again that your funds are still safeguarded as normal.”

Scams Aplenty

Sadly, we must all be vigilant, and on guard for scams.  They are increasingly prevalent, as we increase our reliance on technology, with the ePayments situation simply being one example.

The world of blockchain is no stranger to scams, and has resulted in multiple which were staggering in size.

Onecoin
  • $4 billion stolen through Ponzi scheme
 Plustoken
  • $6 billion defrauded from investors
  • Recently arrested 27 individuals connected with the scam

These two scams alone affected millions of investors, defrauding them of roughly $10 billion.  While actions have been taken in an attempt to hold the offenders accountable for their actions, the sad truth is that the vast majority of those affected will never see their funds again.

ePayments

Founded in 2010, ePayments is a global payments processor based out of the United Kingdom.  Through its services, ePayments has amassed over 1million clients, representing 100 countries.

CEO, Mikhail Rymanov, currently oversees company operations.

*Upon contacting ePayments for commentary, no response was received*

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