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INDX Security Token Offering Goes Live, Bringing Masternode Investing to the Masses

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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

Masternodes

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.

  • DASH
  • NEM
  • Stratis
  • WAVES

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.
INDX Security Token Offering Goes Live, Bringing Masternode Investing to the Masses

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.

Compliance /Regulations

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.

The Team

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.

CEO – Jonathan DeCarteret

COO – Gareth Ward

CIO – Rayyan Fathallah

CTO – Artur Grabowski

CMO – Jason Suttie

Roadmap

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.

INDX Security Token Offering Goes Live, Bringing Masternode Investing to the Masses

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 Trading

INDX breaks down an investors options into three steps.

  1. An investor will purchase INDX tokens to gain access to the passive income derived from masternode revenue.
  2. Investors continue holding INDX as its inherent value rises along with the funds NAV.
  3. 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

Visit INDX to learn more.

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Copper to Securitize Custom Indices with ‘Catalyst’

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Copper Catalyst

Over the past few years, one thing has been made clear within digital securities.  This would be a need to develop services which ‘bridge the gap’ between traditional markets, and those of the future.  Simply creating new services and offerings will not, necessarily, spur adoption.  Rather, by providing an easy transition for those already enveloped in financial markets, seems to be a more prudent path to follow.

With this in mind, Copper has announced the creation, and launch, of a new service, dubbed ‘Copper Catalyst’.

Simply put, Copper describes Catalyst as providing the ability to ‘enable crypto funds to create and issue securities on digital assets rapidly, and cost-effectively’.

What does it do? And How?

Catalyst allows for institutional investors to gain access/exposure to cryptocurrencies – all while removing the need for self-storage.  This is done through the use of actively-managed certificates (AMCs).  As a result, by using AMCs, Copper is enabling cryptocurrency indices to be treated as clearable securities.

Bringing even greater appeal to Catalyst, is the use of Swiss ISINs – meaning the securities will be fully bankable (easily converted to cash).  As a result, access will be provided through various regulated European exchanges.

To date, Catalyst is the only service of its kind.  Depending on its success, there will surely be competitors that arise in the future.

ISIN

ISIN is short for ‘International Securities Identification Number’.  These numbers are attached to specific issuances of stock, and provide information on the underlying product.

Think of an ISIN as being similar to a VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on your automobile.  When decoded, a VIN will provide information, such as date of manufacturing, options, and etcetera.  Similarly, when decoded, an ISIN will provide information, such as a stock identifier, issuance country, etc.

An ISIN is used primarily to identify the underlying product, reducing the risk of various forms of fraud.

Cost Savings

Beyond offering the various capabilities discussed above, Copper notes another major draw towards Catalyst – cost savings.

They attribute this cost savings, primarily, to the ‘initial and on-going regulatory compliance’.  By offering various services, surrounding KYC/AML, trade management, and more, Copper surmises that clients will save, both, time and money.  For example, they provide the following comparisons between utilizing the Catalyst suite vs. independent sourcing of services.

Catalyst

  • £25K
  • Completion in days

Independent

  • £100K+
  • Completion in months

Commentary

Upon announcing the launch of Catalyst, Copper CEO, Dmitry Tokarev, took the time to comment.  He states,

“The crypto fund industry has shown enormously promising growth over the last decade, with impressive strategies and excellent return for investors. But it is no secret that there has been a clear barrier to their graduation into the investment mainstream: the lack of feasible securitisation options. With sky-high costs and extensive compliance issues associated with most available structures, there is a gulf between traditional financial markets and this next generation of funds: a gulf that Copper Catalyst will bridge.”

Growing Suite

With the launch of Catalyst, Copper now has a well-rounded suite of services.  The following are just a few examples.

As this product suite rounds in to form, Copper has the potential to become a leader in a sector rife with potential.

Series A

The development, and launch, of Catalyst is a promising sign.  It shows that Copper is not squandering their recently completed Series A.

We recently covered the success of this funding round, as Copper was able to generate $8M in investments through a variety of companies.  To learn more about this round, and those that participated, make sure to peruse the following article.

Custodial Specialists ‘Copper’ Draws $8M in Investments through Series A

Copper

Founded in 2018, Copper maintains headquarters in London, UK.  Above all, the team at Copper is working to develop a comprehensive suite of services, tailored towards digital assets.

CEO, Dmitry Tokarev, currently oversees company operations.

Past Looks

While their services have expanded well beyond simply that of custody, this is certainly an area of speciality for the company.  Over the past year, we have touched on various instances of adoption, including that of SWARM, as they turned to Copper to custody security tokens.

Copper to Provide Security Token Custodial Services to SWARM

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Blockchain Capital’s BCAP Token Outperforms Market in Q2, 2020

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Blockchain Capital's BCAP Token Outperforms Market in Q2, 2020

Blockchain Capital launched the first security token back in April 2017, this was to be the first tokenized venture fund. This STO event raised $10M USD.

Today they announced that the net asset value (“NAV”) of each BCAP token as of June 30th, 2020, is $4.47, based on the NAV of the underlying venture capital fund, Blockchain Capital III Digital Liquid Venture Fund, LP. Weekly NAV updates can be found at: http://www.loop.blockchain.capital/

The BCAP NAV finished up 25.6% for the second quarter of 2020. The Q2 increase was driven by the liquid/token portion of the fund’s portfolio. The NAV is up 22.8% year-to-date.

The BCAP portfolio is up 347.0% since inception, post-STO from April 2017, and has a Net IRR of 59.0%. Performance figures are net of all fees and estimated carry.

The composition of the portfolio as of June 30th, 2020 is as follows:

Blockchain Capital's BCAP Token Outperforms Market in Q2, 2020

While there are plenty of traditional cryptocurrencies in the portfolio, some special companies to note are Securitize and Harbor which are heavily involved in the digital securities and security tokens space.

Blockchain Capital's BCAP Token Outperforms Market in Q2, 2020

About Blockchain Capital

Blockchain Capital was founded in 2013 with the mission of helping entrepreneurs build world-class companies and projects based on blockchain technology – providing founders with the tools they need to succeed: capital, domain expertise, partnerships, recruiting and strategy.

Blockchain Capital is one of the earliest and most active venture investors in the blockchain industry and has financed 90+ companies and projects since its inception.  The company invests in both equity and tokens and is a multi-stage investor.  Blockchain Capital also pioneered the world’s first ever tokenized investment fund and by extension the blockchain industry’s very first security token, the BCAP, which the company sold through a security token offering in April of 2017.

The company’s view is that blockchain technology holds the promise to disrupt legacy businesses and create whole new markets and business models. Blockchain Capital believes its network of entrepreneurs, investors and advisors brings unrivaled resources to founders who want to leverage blockchain technology to change the world in profound ways.

 

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Real-World Assets as Collateral for DeFi, Made Possible with MakerDAO

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Real-World Assets as Collateral for DeFi, Made Possible with MakerDAO

The cryptocurrency space was borne out of a desire to bring about a better financial system and infrastructure that is inclusive for anyone, anywhere.

The crypto industry has matured significantly since 2010 when Bitcoin kicked off a new wave that today spawned a whole new industry. The crypto community continually progressed with new tools and capabilities being gradually built up.

Nonetheless these capabilities that promise quicker settlement times, trustless global accessibility and granular asset control have mostly remained gated within the crypto realm.

Bringing Together Real-World and Crypto Assets

Now, the ambition is to bridge the gap between real-world assets and cryptocurrencies. Specifically in the DeFi space, that aims to provide a borderless financing infrastructure, the first steps are being made to bring real-world assets as collateral for loan issuance.

The community of MakerDAO, that is behind the DAI stablecoin, arguably one of the most popular DeFi projects, has confirmed the vote on whether to allow real-world assets to be included as collateral options.

This comes following the effort led by the startup Centrifuge, that developed a protocol that lets users turn real assets into securities against which ERC20 tokens can be issued. This enables real world asset securitization as these tokens are interest-bearing and will be issued as NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens).

DeFi applications built mostly on top of the Ethereum blockchain promise to give more people access to borrowing, lending, and other services because they eliminate the need to go and transact through a financial institution. 

In the case of MakerDAO, the system built with Maker (MKR) and DAI lets users deposit cryptocurrency-denominated collateral to take out loans denominated in the U.S. dollar-pegged stablecoin DAI. 

While recently the DeFi space celebrated a huge milestone with $1 billion locked in various applications across the board, participation in DeFi today is limited because it requires that users have purely crypto-native assets.

Getting real-world assets involved in the DeFi industry is what Centrifuge is pursuing with its Ethereum Dapp called Tinlake. The app allows for the securitization of real-world assets and have these represented on the blockchain as tokens, which can in turn be used to gain access to DeFi services.

What is Asset Tokentization?

Asset tokenization refers to the act of turning the ownership of a real-world asset into a digital token. This can be done in various ways, but all result in the legally-upheld bridge between the physical asset and its representative token.

Deeds, titles, and certificates are all traditional versions of a token. A deed to a house represents ownership of that house. The token refers to the digitally native asset which represents the real-world asset itself.

 The first two types of assets that are available for tokenization are music streaming royalties enabled by PaperChain and ConsolFreight’s freight shipping invoices.

With the positive vote from the MakerDAO community, now anyone – be it individuals or companies – is able to utilize future cash flows from music streaming royalties or shipping invoices as collateral to take out loans for example.

Centrifuge’s Lucas Vogelsang notes the partnership could be the world’s first application of DeFi to a real-world business issue. Particularly, the solution helps ensure quick liquidity for artists and supply chain firms, without the hassles of going through traditional ways of financing. 

MakerDAO’s Rune Christensen has also shared a highly optimistic vision as the two proposals represent the first step towards the expansion of DeFi’s field of application:

“These should be seen as the first two [RWAs] in the greatest portfolio of assets that’s ever been built. It’s just the first step. Thousands and thousands of assets will exist alongside them.”

There are still issues and restrictions when it comes to securitization of real-world assets and introduces new risks to the DeFi space.

For instance, Centrifuge’s tokenization process through its app still falls under the securities law. Since both Paperchain and ConsolFreight are based in the U.S. only accredited investors will have access to these assets.

Another compromise that was made in order to bring real-world assets to DeFi is Centrifuge setting up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) that will have the assets associated with, from a legal touchpoint. Lenders, in the event of default, would have to rely on the legal system to enforce their rights to the collateral, rather than an automated smart contract that can do so with on-chain assets.

While this is necessary to have a claim for the tokenized real-world assets, it represents a single-point of failure. But this is a trade-off that Centrifuge’s Lucas Vogelsang says is necessary in order to bring real world assets on-chain.

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