INDX is a blockchain FinTech, based in London, England. Founded in 2017, the team at INDX have developed a service which provides investors access to Proof-of-Stake yields form Masternodes, Staking and DPoS.
Above all, the goal of INDX is to provide qualified, self-accredited and limited numbers of non-accredited investors access to a passive income stream. As a result, sheltering participants from the volatility associated with the blockchain industry
The original idea behind INDX is to capitalize on new opportunities made possible through masternodes. A masternode is the underpinning of the increasingly popular proof-of-stake (POS) protocols, and similar hybrids. While proof-of-work (POW) continues to go out of style due to its perceived inefficiencies, POS becomes more attractive.
Proof-of-work protocols require miners to put in work, for the chance at being rewarded with tokens. This comes in the form of solving complex equations. In contrast, proof-of-stake protocol require users to ‘stake’ tokens as collateral. For protocols that utilize masternodes, if thresholds requiring a certain amount of tokens to be staked are met, the user may qualify for hosting a masternode.
The duties of a masternode go beyond simply staking tokens however. For instance, a masternode is responsible for verifying transactions, governing the network, all while hosting a complete copy of that project’s blockchain. The host of a masternode is in return, compensated with a steady return of the protocol’s native token.
Various companies within the industry utilize masternodes, with more popping up all the time. As previously stated, this is seen with companies utilizing POS or similar hybrids. Here are a few examples of companies that work in this way.
The Appeals of Passive Income
Passive streams are typically low-key, no-fuss, investments, which provide steady income streams. They require less management than active investments, and work towards bringing in income 24/7. They achieve this primarily through strategic diversification. Diversification plays an important role in any portfolio. It allows for investing risks to be mitigated through exposure to a variety of channels, when properly applied.
Actively trading cryptocurrencies can be highly lucrative. This however comes increased risk through exposure to the industry’s proven volatility. To shelter one’s self from these risks, many turn to passive streams of income.
While there are various schools of thought as to which is better (active vs passive), most agree that a successful portfolio will make use of both plans of action to some extent.
Capitalizing on the Opportunity
Now that we know what a masternode is, and the benefits of passive income streams, how will INDX take advantage of these opportunities?
INDX has created a fund, which will strategically invest in a variety of masternodes. Since creating a single masternode requires a significant amount of capital, and technical proficiency – meaning they are often out of reach for single investors – this a tricky endeavour. To raise the capital needed to host various masternodes, INDX is hosting a security token offering beginning July 1st, 2019.
This token generation event will see the company create, sell, and issue security tokens to accredited investors. These security tokens will provide holders with a proportionate share of dividends garnered from proceeds of the masternode investment fund.
To maximize revenue generated through the fund, INDX makes use of an advanced algorithm that routinely re-balances, and invests, in the best performing masternodes in the market.
In this scenario, not only do the protocols, themselves, benefit through network participation, and the increased security brought through masternodes, but the investors will benefit greatly as well. More specifically, this plan allows for accredited investors to gain access to rewards which are not only passive and steady, but typically out of reach due to the cost of hosting a masternode.
The Finer Points
INDX will be making 83.33% of their security tokens available through their STO. These tokens are SRC-20 based assets, which will be sold at $0.30 each, with an intent to raise up to $15,000,000.
Of the funds generated, 90% will be funneled into the masternode portfolio, while the remaining 10% will go towards a liquidity pool.
Of the revenue generated through hosting masternodes, 50% will be reinvested into the fund, while the remaining 50% will be split proportionately among token holders. These dividends will be paid out on a regular quarterly schedule, and can be received as BTC, ETH, or USDC, with future support coming for FIAT.
In addition to receiving dividends, the INDX tokens, themselves, are expected to rise in value, as the net-asset-value of the fund grows in time.
Based off of their ongoing trial portfolio, INDX has indicated that investors can expect within the neighbourhood of 44% annual returns.
As this event will see the distribution of security tokens, it is important to note that INDX is doing so in compliance with industry regulations. Consequently, only qualified, self-accredited or a limited number of non-accredited investors are eligible to take part in the STO at this time, as the event is proceeding under Regulation D.
Token holders should note that there are a variety of ways that security tokens can be structured. Those distributed by INDX do not represent equity share in the company; They simply represent the rights to a proportionate share of 50% of the revenue generated through the masternode investment fund.
Iconic Lab – Due Diligence
While INDX has generated support through multiple early investors, they have made the due diligence report from one of their main backers available for perusing. This would be Iconic Lab – a decentralized venture capital group.
A due diligence report is essentially an audit performed by a potential investor on a company. This audit overlooks aspects of the company, including, not only finances, but the overall mission and ‘gameplan’ for getting there.
INDX has a core team comprised of 5 individuals, with the team at large totaling 18. Here is a brief look at those holding ‘C’ level positions within the company.
The immediate future for INDX revolves around the completion of their STO. However, the months that follow this event are as busy as ever. Here is how the whole of 2019 breaks down for INDX.
Q2 – Pre-sale
Q3 – Token Sale (July 1st) Portfolio Funds Deployed
Q4 – Dividend Distribution Listing & Exchange
In Association With
Very few, if any, companies have hosted an STO on their own without the help of various specialists. There are simply no companies that possess all of the licensures and software necessary to do so.
To facilitate their own STO, INDX has turned to various industry specialists. For example, here are a few of their partners, and the roles that they will play in the process.
Swarm – Issuance platform
Coinbase Custody – Harbouring of funds
Lloyds of London – Insurance provider
INDX breaks down an investors options into three steps.
- An investor will purchase INDX tokens to gain access to the passive income derived from masternode revenue.
- Investors continue holding INDX as its inherent value rises along with the funds NAV.
- Holders can sell/trade their INDX tokens, gaining access to immediate liquidity.
Step 3 stands out as one of the main draws towards the nascent digital securities sector, is the promise of increased liquidity. Only trading of these tokens on secondary exchanges will provide this liquidity.
INDX recognizes this, and has already announced various alliances with exchanges that will support their token in the coming months.
- Open Finance Network – Integration confirmed
- London Block Exchange – signed ‘strategic alliance’, to host INDX Token upon LBX exchange launch
- Archax – intended future support
- Airswap – intended future support
- SharesPost – intended future support
Neufund Preps for GREYP Token Sale Upon FMA Approval
FMA Approval in Liechtenstein
In a decision that was long awaited, Neufund has been given more than just the approval to host an upcoming GREYP token sale. The tokenization platform was given the greenlight to host all such offerings, moving forward. This authorization came on behalf of the Financial Market Authority (FMA) in Liechtenstein.
This decision will have huge ramifications for Neufund, as they immediately become one of the few, if not the only, entity that is able to offer such flexibility. This will primarily be seen through their ability to open token sales to a broader range of investors, as minimum purchases can be as low as €10.
Neufund indicates that with the approval of the FMA, they have various token events in the pipeline, spanning various countries. They specifically note India, Croatia, Germany, and Belgium as a few of these.
Go for Launch
GREYP is a smart-mobility company, which strives to develop not only next-gen hardware, but to develop the infrastructure surrounding a ride sharing e-bike platform, enabled through IoT.
With regards to GREYP, in particular, the sale will see Neufund sell and issue digital securities on behalf of the former, which imbue various rights upon their holders. This includes, not only equity within GREYP, but, both, voting rights and dividend rights.
For the finer details on what the tokens entail, check out the Neufund listing page HERE.
Upon announcing this development, representatives from, each, the government and Neufund, took the time to comment.
Adrian Hasler, Prime Minister of Liechtenstein, stated,
“I am pleased that Neufund has decided on Liechtenstein. This shows that Liechtenstein, with its open attitude towards new technologies, is perceived as an attractive location for innovative business models.”
Zoe Adamovicz, CEO of Neufund, stated,
“Today, Neufund delivers on its promise to democratize access to funding for entrepreneurs globally and enable anyone to access most innovative investment opportunities with ease, in a compliant and secure environment. It’s a big day – not just for Neufund, but business and finance communities at large.”
Speaking with Zoe
Earlier this year, we were fortunate to have completed an exclusive interview with Neufund CEO, Zoe Adamovicz. In this discussion we touch on what separates Neufund from the pack, and the benefits of STO-like events.
Neufund was founded in 2016, and maintains headquarters in Berlin, Germany. Above all, the company works to provide a range of services which facilitate tokenization. Neufund was one of the first companies to successfully complete their very own STO in 2019.
CEO, Zoe Adamovicz, currently oversees company operations.
Based in Croatia, GREYP is a tech company, which is working to usher in the next generation of ‘smart mobility’. While young, GREYP, has the backing of companies such as T-Mobile, Porsche, and others. They also have experience to draw upon, as they are a subsidiary of Rimac Automobiles – manufacturers of high-end electric sports cars.
CEO, Mate Rimac, currently oversees company operations.
Harbor Tokenizes $100 Million in Real Estate Funds on ETH
One of the leading tokenization platforms, Harbor announced this week that they successfully tokenized $100 million in real estate funds. The firm tokenized four major funds with the goal to increase liquidity for investors. The move showcases growing interest by investors towards more liquid alternative investments.
As part of the tokenization, Harbor provides investors with access to an iCAP-branded platform and private marketplace for secondary transfers. Here, investors can trade their securities in full compliance with the SEC. Speaking on the decision, Harbor’s CEO, Josh Stein described the maneuver as the natural evolution.
The tokenized real estate fund includes a mash-up of 17 broker-dealers, a myriad of placement agents, and approximately 1,100 private investors. Importantly, iCAP Equity is the fund’s manager.
iCAP’s CEO, Chris Christenson spoke on the decision in detail in a recent interview. Here he explained why it was important to create the best investment experience possible for his clients. In his words, the best way to accomplish this monumental task was “providing liquidity for them.”
Harbor Tokenizes Funds on Ethereum Blockchain
Harbor chose Ethereum’s ERC-20 standard for the tokenization of the funds. Importantly, the ERC- 20 token standard is the most popular in use today.
More than Issuance
Stein envisions Harbor as more than just an issuance platform. Now, the company seeks to provide businesses with a solid tokenization infrastructure. In this manner, companies can tokenize their existing assets.
Stein explained that the demand for newly issued tokens was far less than previously expected. Interestingly, Harbor noticed that ICO investors were of the speculative nature versus more traditional alternative investments.
Tokenizing Existing Assets
Notably, Harbor discovered that tokenizing the cap tables of existing assets provides a clear benefit to everyone involved – sponsors, placement agents, and investors. They are also more geared towards the traditional investment community.
Harbor Tokenizes Shares to Add Liquidity to the Market
Traditionally, securities investors agree upon a multi-year lockup. Basically, you can’t sell your shares until an agreed-upon date. The problem here is that in many instances, investors need to access those funds for certain reasons prior to the agreed-upon date.
In the traditional system, an investor would have to wait out the years until granted sales access or find an investor willing to take over the waiting period. Harbor’s platform does away with this nonsense and allows investors to trade their tokenized shares as soon as the SEC mandatory one year lockup period ends.
Experience Equals Lessons
Like any true pioneer, hard lessons were part of the learning process. Last year, Harbor attempted to issue tokenized shares in an apartment building. While the concept was solid, discrepancies arose between the mortgage lender. In the end, the deal was scrapped before launch.
Harbor Tokenizes the World
Harbor appears to have the flexibility and forward-thinking needed to adjust to the ever-changing crypto landscape. You can expect to see more major players in the tokenization sector begin to duplicate this strategy in the coming months. For now, Harbor appears to be a step ahead of the curve.
Prometheum Acquires InteliClear Post Trading Systems
The popular security token exchange Prometheum announced the acquisition of the InteliClear clearing system this month. The addition places Prometheum as the front runner to be the first SEC-registered all-inclusive Alternate Trading System (ATS). The news showcases the growing competition in the sector and symbolizes a shift in strategies amongst the top exchanges.
An Industry First
Currently, no ATS has the ability to clear transactions in house. Traditionally, exchanges utilize a third-party clearinghouse to complete trades per the Security Exchange Act (SEA). This process adds time and additional fees to the transaction. Prometheum seeks to speed up the entire process via the InteliClear integration. Now clients can settle transactions in hours versus days.
Discussing the maneuver, Prometheum CEO, Aaron Kaplan called the acquisition a “milestone” for the security token industry. He spoke on why InteliClear’s system is an excellent addition to the company’s portfolio. Finally, he discussed the importance of Prometheum becoming the first end-to-end security token trading solution.
The Prometheum exchange entered the market with the goal to provide users with a complete ecosystem for tokenized securities. The New York-based firm was one of the first SEC approved tokenized securities platforms available to the public. The company originally filed with the SEC back in November 2017.
Today, the platform hosts some of the most notable security tokens ever launched including Lottery. The Lottery STO made headlines after providing investors an opportunity to participate in revenue derived from the company’s gaming platform for charitable fundraising.
Investors now gain access to more value after the InteliClear acquisition. InteliClear provides businesses with a host of helpful pre and post-trade services. The company uses a custom-built transaction engine that enables importation of trades and transactions from multiple sources. These turnkey and custom solutions enable businesses to fulfill their STO ambitions with the least amount of funding necessary.
The InteliClear system supports tokenized equities, options, fixed incomes, mutual funds, money/market products, and of course, tokenized assets. The global network is able to utilize a host of national currencies and can handle real-time, high volume, operations. The platform automatically calculates trade compression, fees, commissions, and billing to simplify the entire process for businesses.
Security Token Sector Gets More Competitive
The security token arena continues to see more competition develop. The recent SEC approval of numerous A+ filings enables platforms such as Prometheum to take its platform to the next level. Today, the number of security token exchanges in operation continues to expand at an impressive rate. Already, the SEC approved Blockstack, the Props Project, and YouNow’s STO platforms this year. After taking over a year to approve some of these projects, the news is welcomed by the cryptocommunity.
Prometheum Leads the Race
Prometheum now has the tools and capabilities to take a strong lead in the developing security token sector. You can expect to hear more from this exchange as it continues on its STO launch course. For now, Prometheum is the only security token exchange to provide such robust functionality in the market.