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Coinbase obtains SEC approval to list security tokens

Cryptocurrency Exchange and wallet service Coinbase has received approval from the United States SEC.

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Cryptocurrency Exchange and wallet service Coinbase has received approval from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to list security tokens.

This follows the approval of the company’s acquisition in June of three companies namely Keystone Capital Corp., Venovate Marketplace Inc., and Digital Wealth LLC. The move is also in line with one by a fellow competitor Circle Internet Financial Ltd.

Why the move? 

Obtaining approval to operate as a broker-dealer would provide the company with access to several markets. The company currently operates in selected states within the United States.

What are security tokens?

While investors would generally describe all tokens as securities (since they invested through an ICO), Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) can be divided into two broad categories: Utility tokens and Security tokens. Utility tokens give one access to a network. Examples of utlity tokens include filecoin.

Security tokens are similar to regular financial assets such as stocks and bonds.  They are purchased with the anticipation of future profits in form of dividends, revenue share or (most commonly) price appreciation.

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Tokens can further be classified into share like tokens which represent ownership of a company and asset backed tokens which a right to real world asset such as commodities.

For a token to qualify as a security, the following conditions must be met:

  • The user is investing money or assets.
  • The user expects to profit from the investment.
  • The investment is in a common enterprise.
  • Any profit made must come from a third party or promoter.

These conditions are known as the Howley test.

From an initial opposition and description of cryptocurrencies as illegal and a passing fad, financial authorities in the United States have developed rules for their trade.

CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele has likened trading in cryptocurrencies to gambling, while the apex bank in February issued a statement reiterating that cryptocurrencies are not a legal tender and as such are illegal.

The apex bank stated that cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ripples, Monero, Litecoin, Dogecoin, Onecoin, etc and Exchanges such as NairaEx are not licensed or regulated by the CBN.

The apex bank has however held several fora in a bid to get a better understanding of the sector. Exchanges in Nigeria have also implemented KYC requirements for some level of transactions.

Coinbase was founded in 2012 and is a digital currency wallet and exchange platform. The exchange currently has over 20 million users and has traded over $150 billion worth of cryptocurrencies.

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Onome Ohwovoriole has a degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Benin and prior to joining Nairametrics in December 2016 as Lead Analyst had stints in Publishing, Automobile Services, Entertainment and Leadership Training. He covers companies in the Nigerian corporate space, especially those listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). He also has a keen interest in new frontiers like Cryptocurrencies and Fintech. In his spare time, he loves to read books on finance, fiction as well as keep up with happenings in the world of international diplomacy. You can contact him via [email protected]

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Nigeria is Africa’s leader in Bitcoin transfers, transacts $8 million weekly

Data shows that the use of Bitcoin for peer to peer lending in Nigeria is on an astronomical run.

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Nigeria is Africa's leader in Bitcoin transfers, transacts $8 million weekly, Nigeria is Africa's leader in Bitcoin transfers, transacts $8 million weekly

Nigerians increasing their use of BTC is no longer news, but what seems astonishing is the volume that they transact with BTCs weekly, compared to other African countries.

Data shows that the use of Bitcoin for peer to peer lending in Nigeria is on an astronomical run.

Recent statistics obtained from usefultulips, a BTC analytic data provider, stated that Nigeria leads Africa peer to peer lending in 2020, posting weekly P2P volumes of between $8million, followed by South Africa and Kenya posting about $2 million weekly.

READ: Has the President erred in stopping CBN from funding food imports?

Quick Facts: In BTC’s case, peer to peer is the exchange of BTC between parties (such as individuals) without the involvement of a central authority. This means that peer to peer use of BTC takes a decentralized approach in the exchange of Bitcoins between individuals and groups.

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It shows that BTC’s long-running narrative as the “digital gold” for hedging against global economic turmoil is gaining the trust of Nigerians for payments and transfers.

READ: Unknown Bitcoin whale moves $1.3 billion in minutes

The financial market turmoil triggered by COVID-19 has definitely changed the way Nigerians view the whole financial system, as data also obtained from Google trend shows Nigeria leading the pack around the world in Bitcoin searches.

This is a testament to the fact that Nigerians truly love their Bitcoins.

It’s important to note that Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission is aware of the high precedence of crypto use in Africa’s biggest economy, and has up come with rules recording to the fast-changing financial sector

READ: SEC discovers 12 ponzi scheme operators, warns investing public

Chimezie Chuta, Founder, Blockchain Nigeria User Group, spoke with excitement on the long-overdue legal framework by the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission regulating digital assets and blockchain investments.

“SEC Nigeria has consistently shown that it has a clear understanding of her role in creating a conducive environment for the growth and development of Virtual Financial Assets, and Cryptocurrencies in general.

“This recent publication will act as a catalyst for mass adoption. It will also create much needed institutional investor confidence for the Nigeria Capital Market.”

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OUSD: Stablecoin that pays you interests like a bank

OUSD is a natural extension of Origin’s mission in facilitating peer-to-peer commerce.

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OUSD: Stablecoin that pays you interests like a bank

OUSD was recently launched. It automatically makes you earn competitive yields from DeFi protocols, while still sitting in your wallet.

OUSD is a natural extension of Origin’s mission in facilitating peer-to-peer commerce.

It believes in having a trustworthy stablecoin that leverages the best parts of decentralized finance by enabling buyers and sellers to transact with ease and trigger the growth of a decentralized commerce platform. It is built by seasoned experts of cryptocurrency and fintech experts at Origin Protocol.

READ: Some experts are uncertain of what to expect from money markets in H2 2020

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How it works: The recent launch of OUSD will facilitate a simple lending strategy designed on top of Compound.

Similarly, you don’t need to unstake or unlock your OUSD when you want to transfer it to another wallet. This both saves you gas fees and makes it much more convenient to switch between earnings and spendings.

READ: Yearn.Finance, a lending aggregator scarcer than Bitcoin

Your earnings compound continuously and are revealed in your ever-increasing OUSD balance, while still being available for payments, commerce, and peer-to-peer transactions.

The creators are taking a more cautious strategy for the first few weeks in ensuring that the smart contracts are secured and safe.

Thereafter, new strategies will be momentarily deployed that boost yields while curbing risk and dependencies. It is planned to directly integrate with Uniswap, Curve, Compound, Aave, dYdX, and Balancer.

READ: Global stocks plunge over doubts of America’s economic recovery

Origin Protocol is focused on three types of strategies:

  • Lending fees
  • Automated market maker fees
  • Rewards tokens provided by the above and new DeFi protocols

However, Nairametrics, advises on caution as the OUSD contracts have not yet been formally audited, though it shows great promise of security and transparency, coupled with the bias that it has household names of cryptos behind the project.

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What are Stablecoins?

Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies created to minimize the price swings that occur in a crypto asset. They are usually pegged to fiat currencies and often exchange-traded commodities.

Stablecoins give owners a sense of security as users can store their assets whenever there is high volatility in the crypto-verse or other financial markets.

Consumers can also with great ease convert from unpegged cryptocurrencies to stablecoins when they are worried about where the markets are heading next, eliminating the need to return to a fiat currency.

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Ripple’s chairman transfers 500,000,000 XRP

Chris Larsen, Ripple’s co-founder and Chairman transferred 499,999,979XRP. 

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Ripple’s chairman transfers 500,000,000 XRP

The fourth most valuable crypto in the crypto-verse is on limelight again. Data from Whale Alert revealed that Chris Larsen, Ripple’s co-founder and Chairman transferred 499,999,979XRP  worth (115,847,491 USD) to unknown wallet.

The Ripple’s co-founder, via his Twitter feed, commented on the move, and further revealed the unknown wallet, he transferred the huge stacks of Ripple.

READ: U.S Banks now permitted to hold Tether, Circle

“As some of you may have noticed, I moved an $XRP wallet to NYDIG. I’ve known the founders for a while, and am impressed by their security and top-notch institutional standards — this is truly custody 2.0.,” Larsen tweeted.

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What we know: NYDIG provides digital asset services to investors around the world. NYDIG’s custody platform, built fully in-house, is designed to satisfy the highest regulatory, audit, and governance standards, and NYDIG’s team is comprised of professionals with deep experience in capital markets, technology, and digital assets.

READ: Despite COVID-19, top Nigerian Banks declare N36.7 billion dividends

Quick fact: Ripple (XRP) plays dual roles as a payment platform and a currency. The platform is an open-source platform that is created to allow quick and cheap transactions.

Unlike its crypto rival, Bitcoin, which was never intended to be a simple payment system, Ripple has gained the attention of major global banks such as Standard Chartered and Barclays for international transactions worldwide.

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Global banks having a relationship with Ripple

Japan-based Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, with assets of more than USD 2.8 trillion, announced in November 2018 that, in cooperation with Ripple, it would provide an international money transfer service on the payment corridor from Japan to Brazil.

Banks using Ripple include Europe’s banking giant, HSBC Holdings Plc, with assets of about $2.5 trillion, which disclosed in 2019 that it would use the XRP payment solution.

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READ: Whales are buying XRP, Ripple becomes world’s 3rd most valuable crypto

Japan Post Bank with assets of USD 1.9 trillion, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, and Mizuho Financial Group with trillions of dollars in assets, also have a close relationship with Ripple Asia. Others having a relationship with Ripple include Banco Santander, Barclays PLC, Royal Bank of Canada, and Toronto-Dominion Bank.

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