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Swiss Stock Exchange (SIX) to Host STO H2 2019

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SIX Swiss Stock Exchange Announces STO

The Swiss Stock Exchange (SIX) raised eyebrows across the cryptocommunity this week after announcing plans to host an STO in the coming months. The move is sure to bolster confidence in tokenization as SIX currently has a daily trading volume of around $5.18 billion. Additionally, the decision cements SIX as a first mover in the security token sector and provides SIX users with a plethora of advantages.

Earlier in the year, SIX announced plans to open a blockchain-based digital exchange called SDX. Initially, this exchange would handle the tokenization of stocks, bonds, and securities. The end goal for the platform would include the tokenization of nearly any item from equity to rare gems, paintings, and even collectors cars.

Untradeable Assets

In a public statement, the company’s chairman, Romeo Lacher explained how tokenization enables previously untradeable assets to become tradeable. The transparency provided by blockchain technology creates a more efficient means of trading. Currently, trades can take multiple days to complete.

The reasons for this delay are simple. While most modern stock exchanges are digital, they are still tied to paper protocols. The actual trade process only takes seconds to complete. The delays occur following the trade as then the payments must be settled. Once the financial transactions are complete, the titles are finally transferred.

SIX via Trip Advisor

SIX via Trip Advisor

In comparison, the SDX platform is able to complete exchanges in fractions of a second. By incorporating distributed ledger technology (DLT), SDX is able to remove two of the three necessary steps required to complete transactions. The results are a more efficient and effective way to trade assets.

In a recent interview, SIX’s CEO Jos Dijsselhof laid out his firms plan to construct an entirely “new stock market on the blockchain.” SDX will incorporate integrated trading, custody, and handling of digital assets. Company officials predict that the SDX platform will surpass SIX in trading volume within ten years.

Put Your Tokens Were Your Mouth is

SIX wants to show the world that they are ready for the digitization of the economy. In order to both validate and prove the SDX platform, company officials decided it’s best to be the first STO launched. This is a bold move that is sure to bolster faith in the platform. Also, it’s a great way to ensure everything is functioning accordingly before opening the doors to the public.

Preparations

In a recent report published by Reuters, Larcher explained how his team is currently clarifying the legal and regulatory issues regarding their planned STO. Developers want to have the platform fully functioning by the second half of 2019.  The SDX launch delayed from the original summer release date so that more legal and regulatory research could be conducted.

SIX – Looking Forward

There is no doubt that the launch of SDX will further security token adoption in the market. Investors can’t ignore the added security and convenience achieved through the integration of a blockchain-based protocol. You should expect to see a wave of other exchanges duplicating this strategy in the coming months as SIX starts to approach their SDX release date.

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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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Siemens to Tackle Green Energy with Swarm Capital

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Siemens to Tackle Green Energy with Swarm Capital

Sustainable Energy

Clean and renewable energy: The concept is simple, however, the execution is anything but. In an effort to aid the continued development and adoption of sustainable energy, worldwide tech giant, Siemens, has turned to a popular blockchain service provider – Swarm.

Today, this pairing of companies announced that Swarm has been tasked with developing an efficient, and effective, solution to facilitate the funding of energy projects in Africa. This task will be completed through use of the company’s recently announced premium tokenization service, Swarm Capital.

While details regarding the partnership are still scarce at this time, this is most definitely a positive announcement. Not only does it mark continued early adoption of Swarm Capital, but also the entrance of a global titan of industry in Siemens, into the world of blockchain.

Swarm Capital

Announced mere weeks ago, Swarm Capital is a service provider platform, offering premium services through a modular platform. This platform, which is built on the Swarm protocol, is meant to be a comprehensive solution for any company looking to tokenize an asset.

SWARM Announces ‘Swarm Capital’ Service Provider Platform

Commentary

In their partnership announcement, the team at Swarm took the time to comment on why blockchain is a good fit with future energy solutions through Siemens. They stated,

“One of the most compelling use cases for tokenization is in the energy sector, which has been brought to the fore lately in public discussions concerned with energy accountability, transparency, and sustainability. The energy industry is abundant with potential use cases — from the tokenization of energy itself to the digital representation of carbon emissions.”

Swarm

Swarm is a U.S. based company, which was launched in 2018. In the time since, the team at Swarm has developed a myriad of services and solutions for the digital securities sector, including specialized token standards, open protocol, and more.

Cofounders, Philipp Pieper and Timo Lehes, currently oversee company operations.

Siemens

Founded in 1847, Siemens has withstood the test of time, establishing themselves as a world leader in manufacturing and tech industries. The company has done this by continually looking towards, and planning for, the future – as evident by the partnership described here today.

CEO, Joe Kaeser, currently oversees company operations.

In Other News

For a few years now, we have seen various companies attempt to integrate green energy and blockchain. We have, in the past, detailed multiple companies that fall into this camp. While integrating blockchain and green energy in a different manner than the development discussed here today, the following articles demonstrate another avenue in which the two sectors can coincide.

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CoinShares Issues Gold-Backed DGLD Tokens

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CoinShares Issues Gold-Backed DGLD Token

CoinShares made a splash across the tokenization community this week after announcing a new gold-backed token network. The network will allow investors to take advantage of the stability of gold, whilst still enjoying the added security and efficiency of a blockchain-based system.

How CoinShares New Platform Works

According to CoinShares’ executives, each token represents physical gold. To be exact, each DGLD token is backed by 1/10 Troy ounce. This gold is held by one of Switzerland’s premier precious metal traders MKS SA.

MKS SA – Swiss Precious Metals Trader

For their part, MKS SA will hold the gold reserves and allow for third-party auditing to occur. In total, the firm put aside just over $20 million in gold for the tokenization strategy. Notably, MKS SA already hosts a large precious metal trading network. Consequently, tokenizing their gold provides far more liquidity than traditional EFTs.

PIT Exchange Hosts CoinShares DGLD Tokens

PIT Exchange Hosts CoinShares DGLD Tokens

Speaking on the new tokenization strategy, CoinShares’ Chairman, Danny Masters explained the advantages of the maneuver. For one, gold is considered one of the most stable assets on the planet. Now combine that stability with the security of a blockchain network, and you get a frictionless trading system that has the capabilities to function internationally.

Eliminates 3rd Parties

Masters also discussed how CoinShares eliminates many of the third-party verification systems encountered when investing in Gold EFTs. Each of these verification steps adds costs and time to the total transaction. Now investors can eliminate these delays and save money on fees.

Gold on Bitcoin Blockchain – CoinShares

CoinShares decided to utilize the Bitcoin blockchain as its core anchor for the platform. This was a smart strategy as Bitcoin is the largest and most secure blockchain on the planet. To make the concept a reality, CoinShares incorporated CommerceBlock’s Ocean sidechain.

Sidechains Are the Biz

Sidechains such as Ocean, Liquid, or the Lightning Network allow users to conduct faster transactions with fewer fees. Also, these second layer protocols enable developers to utilize additional functionalities not found on the original Bitcoin blockchain.

Smart contracts are a perfect example of how sidechains benefit Bitcoin. Technically, Bitcoin’s blockchain can handle smart contracts but it’s far less capable than the robust capabilities found in the Ocean sidechain.

Partnered with BTC Wallet Provider – Blockchain

Another key component of the venture is a strategic partnership with the crypto wallet provider Blockchain. Blockchain needed to create a means for investors to store their gold-backed crypto easily and efficiently.

Available Now

CoinShares’ new gold-backed token is open to both retail and institutional investors. Currently, the product is available in 200+ countries via Blockchain’s crypto exchange – PIT. Notably, the platform requires AML and KYC adherence as part of the company’s regulation-friendly approach to the market.

CoinShares

CoinShares is ready to provide clients with a stable alternative in the crypto sector. The firm has years of experience connecting traders with profitable tokens. Now, CoinShares wants to take its experience and enter the tokenized precious metals markets in a major way.  You can expect to see more headlines from these developers as CoinShares’ strategy unfolds over the coming weeks.

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VeVue Signs Partnerswith CBX for Token Launch

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VeVue Partners with CBX Exchange for STO

The blockchain-based social media platform, VeVue announced plans to host an STO in the coming weeks. The company intends to expand the platform’s capabilities with the funds raised. Now content creators have a more lucrative alternative to consider moving forward.

News of the company’s intentions first broke via an October 14 press release. In the post, the company announces its new strategy and partnership. As part of the firm’s new crowdfunding approach, VeVue partnered with the hugely popular CBX exchange.

CBX Exchange

For its part, CBX will be responsible for the sales, token issuance, and distribution of the VUE token. CBX is one of the largest crypto exchanges based in the Middle East. The firm operates a fully compliant EU exchange. Developers integrated both AML and KYC protocols directly into its trading platform.

VeVue via Homepage

VeVue via Homepage

CBX recently launched a campaign with Alibaba competitor GoJoyin in which the platform secured over $10 million in funding. The experience gained in this campaign will be critical for VeVue STO’s success.

VUE STO

The VeVue STO will commence on October 28, 2019, at 4 pm PST. Interestingly, the event is scheduled to only last 48 hours. CBX intends to issue 5 million VUE tokens to qualified non-US investors. Vevue also announced that there will only be 100 million VUE tokens in total available to investors. Of these tokens, 35 million are reserved for investor purchases.

Vevue and CBX Unique Strategy

CBX and Vevue have a unique strategy for their crowdfunding efforts. The company intends to host an STO monthly moving forward. Additionally, these auctions will be Dutch-style. Basically, the official token price is set after taking in all bids.

Highest-Price VeVue STO

This strategy enables the firm to receive the highest price for the total offering. For example, investors place their bids which include the price and quantity they desire. The firm will then accept the top 5 million bids for the tokens.

VUE Token Benefits

VUE token holders receive a portion of gross revenue collected via the VeVue social media app. Consequently, investors actively earn from VeVue’s ecosystem. The App provides content creators with a revenue-generating outlet. Here, users can create and monetize content such as videos easily.

VeVue Transaction Fees

Vevue charges a 5% transaction fee on the monetized content. This fee then enters into the dividend pool from which STO investors receive payments daily. Importantly, dividends are paid in VUE tokens. This unique strategy encourages users to create high-quality content to earn more tokens.

Next Level Social Media

Traditional social media doesn’t allow users the opportunity to earn from their content contributions.  In fact, the current social media giants provide content creators with zero payment for their efforts.

Social Media Heat

VeVue’s timing is impeccable as social media giants such as Facebook continue to confront lawmakers over a myriad of concerns. Facebook, in particular, appears to be in the target of regulators after announcing plans to issue its own native cryptocurrency called the Libra.

A Better Social Media Alternative

VeVue appears to have unlocked a better way to social media for everyone. Providing users with an opportunity to earn tokens for their content is a smart concept that has proved to be a great alternative in the past. You can expect to hear more from VeVue in the coming weeks as its STOs hit the market.

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