SIX Digital Exchange launches DLT-based trading and settlement prototype 26612

SIX Digital Exchange

SDX, the world’s first end-to-end platform for digital assets, has launched a prototype of its digital exchange and CSD. Future releases will offer more functionality, with a particular emphasis on asset servicing, in Q1 2020. The full launch is expected in Q4 2020.

The objective of the prototype is to showcase the future of financial markets to the community and obtain feedback as well as demonstrate that a distributed CSD – based on DLT – can be integrated with a central order-book stock exchange model to ensure fair market conditions for all.

Test-cases will showcase the potential of SDX’s riskless trading model, as well as settlement on DLT. Early stage functionality will cover digital security token issuance as well as live trading and instant settlement. This will include the cash-leg of the transaction embracing the concept of a payment token as well as access to a distributed portal where it would be possible to monitor transactions across specific DLT member nodes.

Participants making trades will execute them via a facility resembling the existing Swiss Stock Exchange infrastructure. Similarly, the asset token issuance process on SDX makes use of the Swiss Stock Exchange’s Connexor service and its best-in-class functionality.

Unlike conventional exchanges, SDX will facilitate instant settlement that will remove counterparty risk and the need for default fund collateral at a CCP – this implies that if the buy and sell-side have the necessary cash and assets to fulfil a trade, settlement will occur instantly. This structure is helpful for providing liquidity and credibility for the issuance and trading/settlement/custody of new digital assets. For traditional institutional trading activities, a T+2 environment utilizing existing netting and CCP functions, will be made available, although not as part of the prototype. Members hold their assets on the SDX DLT in a distributed way and have access to them with their own unique private key.

Speaking of the prototype, Thomas Zeeb, Chairman SDX and Member of the Executive Board at SIX, said: “The launch of this prototype is a major milestone in creating a credible digital infrastructure for moving our industry forward. We are now one step closer to demonstrating the viability of our vision for the financial markets of the future and, ultimately, for the way people and businesses access capital. SDX is a testament to the innovative nature of the Swiss stock exchange and the foresight of its shareholders – we are combining existing market technology with revolutionary new technologies to create the market of the future.”

A second phase of the prototype will be released in the coming months, factoring in necessary feedback from the first phase but importantly, also adding the first elements of post-trade and asset servicing (digital custody) functionality.

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Real Name Virtual Bank Accounts Required for South Korean Cryptocurrency Exchanges 15923

In the recent past, on November 21st, 2019, the South Korean parliament approved legal amendments to meet international regulatory standards. The Value Network Domain Name System (VDNS) is especially developed by Bithumb as an identity authentication system is an effort to comply with global requirements.

In a bid to ensure that cryptocurrency virtual assets-handling companies in South Korea are in compliance with the recommendations of the International Anti-Money Laundering Organization, Financial Action Task Force (FATF), amendments to the Act on Reporting and Use of Specific Financial Information have been revised by the Amendment Subcommittee on Parliamentary Affairs from the National Assembly, the legislative body of South Korea.

The amendment comes with the new Special Financial Transaction Information Act, which is backed by the Korean Blockchain Association. This officially brings the cryptocurrency sector under the purview of the local mainstream economy. More importantly, real name virtual bank accounts are now a mandatory requirement. The exchanges and its representatives are also now under the purview of the Financial Commission’s Financial Information Analysis Institute (FIU) and report directly to them.  According to the approved revisions, noncompliance could result in a 5-year jail term including a fine of up to 50 million Won ($42,000 US Dollars).

The Current Situation

South Korea’s cryptocurrency industry faces stifling restrictions, more notably, after January 2018, when the Financial Services Commission cracked down against anonymous virtual accounts, tagging large transaction volumes as potential money laundering targets, leaving only a handful of cryptocurrency exchanges permission to have commercial bank accounts and continue operations, Bithumb being one. With South Korea accounting for nearly 20% of the world’s cryptocurrency transactions, this niche industry was severely affected when banks put an end to the practice of the limitless operation of only virtual accounts for its cryptocurrency-using customers.

Enter Bithumb Chain and the Value Network Domain Name System

Bearing in mind the need to simplify on-ramping onto the cryptocurrency world for new businesses and the general public alike, Bithumb Chain’s Value Network Domain Name System (VDNS) was built to serve as an identity authentication system. With Bithumb Chain’s VDNS system, every on-chain address is entitled to one top-level domain with a domain name of up to 32 characters. The VDNS system offers users to issue non-public proofs on the blockchain, and a way to authenticate such proofs against the issuer’s domain name linked to their addresses, thereby meeting the demand for transactional privacy as per FATF requirements as well. 

About Bithumb Chain

Bithumb Chain is designed to be a multifaceted solution targeted to solve various on-ramping issues in the cryptocurrency world serving as a bridge between various off-chain and on-chain services, products, and infrastructure. Bithumb Global is presently one of the leading cryptocurrency exchanges of South Korea and the world.

For more information on Bithumb Chain and Bithumb Global, please visit www.bithumb.pro

Alibaba and OneConnect take the top two positions in Blockchain Patents list and file IPO prospectuses on the same day 16389

On the afternoon of November 18, BlockData released China Blockchain Patents Report 2019 and the Comprehensive Strength list of China’s Blockchain Patents 2019. Alibaba ranked first in the list, while OneConnect and China Unicom took second and third place, respectively. In an accompanying ranking by strength of blockchain patents specifically in the fintech field, OneConnect topped the list, followed by Ping An Technology, Hangzhou Fuzamei Technology, Launch Tech, Baidu, Tencent Technology and WeBank. In order to comprehensively demonstrate the strength of all companies having obtained blockchain patents, the list is based on an analysis that takes into consideration five factors: the number of patent applications, the number of patents granted, the scope of patent protection, the location in the patent family and the application for the patent.

Just prior to the launch of the list, the top two performers, Alibaba and OneConnect, had issued IPO prospectuses in Hong Kong and the United States and were receiving substantial attention from capital markets.

On the evening of November 13, Alibaba submitted a preliminary prospectus that appeared on the website of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (SEHK), announcing a plan to issue 500 million new ordinary shares worldwide and list on the main board of the exchange. If Alibaba successfully launches an IPO in Hong Kong, it will be the largestever such transaction in the Hong Kong market. Alibaba will also be the first Chinese Internet company to be listed in both Hong Kong and New York. Based on Alibaba’s prospectus, as of June 30, 2019, the company held 6,175 authorized patents and 13,336 publicly filed patent applications in China. Elsewhere, the company held 3,112 authorized patents and 9,742 publicly filed patent applications.

On November 13, OneConnect formally applied for an IPO with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). According to the prospectus, as of the end of September 2019, the company has applied for 2,850 domestic patents and 542 foreign patents. OneConnect topped the list in the accompanying ranking by strength of blockchain patents specifically in the fintech field released by BlockData. OneConnect’s blockchain solution FiMAX has been implemented in the Chinese government’s super vehicle management office as well as in solutions for supply chain finance, trade finance, small and medium-sized enterprise loans, intelligent environmental protection, mortgages, drug traceability and electronic medical records spanning five key sectors: finance, smart city, real estate, automotive and healthcare.

WAX Burns 243 Million Tokens on Strong Growth and Momentum 16791

When the Worldwide Asset eXchange (WAX)™ was born back in December 2017, Co-Founder William Quigley saw a need to bring video game and e-commerce transactions to the blockchain. Quigley recognized that people want to own and trade their digital assets without onerous restrictions from giant, faceless corporations.

WAX is delivering on this promise by providing decentralized blockchain tools and services that are secure, resilient and easy to use. As the WAX ecosystem continues to grow, the team has recorded three important developments in the past few weeks.

  • First Token Burn: Today the company announced 243 million WAX Protocol Tokens have been burned since the WAX Blockchain mainnet was launched on June 30, 2019. The burn is equal to 26.4% of tokens in circulating supply.

  • WAX FCAS Score Jumps: CoinMarketCap has increased WAX’s Fundamental Crypto Asset Score by 94 points (16.5%) since the mainnet launched 4 months ago and has assigned WAX a “B” project health score. The FCAS report noted that WAX’s user activity rose 102 points (14.95%) and its developer behavior spiked 170 points (23.6%) over this same 4 month period. 

  • New Account Growth: In the past 30 days, WAX users have created over 70,000 verified new accounts on the WAX blockchain, far outpacing new account creation rates on other well-known blockchains like TRON ($TRX), EOS ($EOS) and Ethereum ($ETH).

WAX anticipates several new developments in the next few months to support its mission to provide the most frictionless platform to own, trade and transact digital assets.

“This massive token burn reflects the amount of enthusiasm our community has for our platform. As more people unstake their Genesis WAX Tokens to use the WAX blockchain, we will see even more tokens being burned,” said William Quigley, co-founder of WAX.

The WAX Genesis Block Member (GBM) Rewards program
WAX ERC20 Token holders who participated in the mainnet token swap received Genesis WAX Protocol Tokens. Genesis WAX Protocol Token holders can double their tokens by leaving them staked for 3 years (i.e. one staked Genesis WAX Protocol Token will produce 1/1096 of a WAX Protocol Token each day for 1,096 days). Unstaked Genesis WAX Protocol Tokens permanently stop producing GBM rewards. All unearned GBM rewards are burned. To date, 243 million tokens have been burned.

Walmart Canada and DLT Labs™ launch world’s largest full production blockchain solution for industrial application 18698

Walmart Canada and DLT Labs™ today announce the launch of Walmart Canada’s blockchain-based freight and payment network, the world’s largest full production blockchain solution for any industrial application. The new system uses distributed ledger technology to track deliveries, verify transactions, and automate payments and reconciliation among Walmart Canada and its carriers which deliver inventory to over 400 retail stores across Canada annually. All Walmart Canada’s third-party carriers are scheduled to be live by February 1, 2020. The solution is accessible using a web portal and an easy to use mobile application.

Walmart Canada partnered with DLT Labs™ to automate freight and payment data using DLT’s leading supply chain platform DL Asset Track™. The new blockchain-based freight and payment network manages, integrates and synchronizes all the supply chain and logistics data in real time, aggregating the data between Walmart Canada and its fleet of third-party trucks on a shared ledger. The solution also automates the myriad necessary calculations enabling real-time invoicing, payments and settlement. At the same time, it seamlessly integrates with each company’s legacy systems, so organizations can continue to follow their existing processes without retraining or a new investment in technology. This innovation arose from Walmart Canada’s continued focus on reducing costs to ensure the lowest everyday prices for Canadian consumers.

John Bayliss, senior vice-president, logistics and supply chain, Walmart Canada, says, “Walmart Canada is dedicated to efficiency across our business, including most importantly in our supply chain and logistics management. Our carrier partners move over 500,000 loads of inventory nationally, which creates an extraordinary volume of transaction data. This new dynamic and interactive blockchain technology platform is creating complete transparency between Walmart Canada and all of our carrier partners.” Bayliss adds, “Blockchain is enabling a material advance in our smart transportation network, with expedited payments, extensive cost savings and other benefits among our supply chain. Moreover, this degree of improved efficiency represents a powerful platform for us to continue to reduce our environmental footprint and continue our leadership in environmental sustainability.”

Loudon Owen, CEO of DLT Labs™, says, “Walmart is a global leader in innovation, with a relentless focus on improving people’s lives, and DLT Labs™ is delighted to partner with such an extraordinary organization to bring the world’s first and largest blockchain solution for industry into production. This proves the high value of blockchain and sets the stage to revolutionize supply chain management and logistics, due to its ability to enable secure information sharing, manage trust and reduce waste in multi-partner operational processes.” Owen adds, “Just as the Roman’s concept, ‘dictum meum pactum’ (meaning ‘my word is my bond’) was fundamental to building trade, this product creates a secure digital handshake using blockchain to renew trust and efficiency in global trade.”

Bison Transport was the carrier partner in the pilot of this new blockchain-based freight and payment network. According to Rod Hendrickson, VP Finance, Bison Transport, “Great partners find innovative ways to create business solutions that benefit both parties. The blockchain initiative we worked on with Walmart and DLT Labs is just that – a mutually beneficial solution that works well for Bison Transport and Walmart Canada.  This project is a new paradigm that will greatly improve workflows, reduce paperwork, and make the business we do with Walmart more efficient.”

Walmart Canada’s distribution centres are hubs of activity, with more than 4,500 associates and drivers moving thousands of items daily from sites located in CalgaryMississauga and Cornwall to stores from coast to coast across Canada. Walmart Canada operates 8.75 million square feet of distribution center and moves more than 853 million cases of merchandise annually. These goods are transported by a combination of 3rd party fleet as well as Walmart Canada’s own fleet of 180 tractors, 2,000 trailers and more than 350 drivers. Each third-party trailer tracks approximately 200 data points per shipment. Automating this data collection and management using blockchain results in a significant cost-saving.

Walmart Canada is committed to ongoing leadership in developing smart transportation networks, having already established more efficient techniques for loading, routing, driving, and energy efficient improvements with truck manufacturers. Interconnecting the data between Walmart Canada and its carrier partners provides a platform to materially improve operations, delivery coordination and routing efficiency, waste and cost reduction, and automated payment reconciliation and processing.

Credit/Debit Card Top-Up for Singapore MCO Visa Card is Now Available 19762

Crypto.com, the pioneering payments and cryptocurrency platform, is introducing SGD direct top-up for MCO Visa Cards in Singapore. A frequently requested feature, cardholders can now fund their MCO Visa Card with credit/debit cards, in addition to topping up from their Crypto Wallet.

Users can top up their MCO Visa Cards with no fees using debit cards and a 1% processing fee (based on the top up amount) will be applicable for top up using credit cards. Users can top up their MCO Visa card now by following these instructions.

Note: Requires app version iOS 3.40/ Android 3.40 or higher

About Crypto.com

Crypto.com was founded in 2016 on a simple belief: it’s a basic human right for everyone to control their money, data and identity. With over 1 million users on its platform today, Crypto.com provides a powerful alternative to traditional financial services, turning its vision of “cryptocurrency in every wallet” into reality, one customer at a time. Crypto.com is built on a solid foundation of security, privacy and compliance and is the first cryptocurrency company in the world to have CCSS Level 3, ISO27001:2013 and PCI:DSS 3.2.1, Level 1 compliance. Crypto.com is headquartered in Hong Kong with a 205+ strong team. For more information, please visit www.crypto.com.

StockCharts.com Introduces Cryptocurrency Data and Advanced Charting for Digital Assets 20665

StockCharts.com has announced the addition of cryptocurrency data to its award-winning financial charting platform and full suite of investment analysis tools. The initial slate of data includes 15 prominent cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, XRP, Bitcoin Cash, Monero and many more, with others expected to be added in the near future.

“The advanced charting tools are the heart and soul of StockCharts, but data is the lifeblood,” said Chip Anderson, founder and President of StockCharts.com. “Our data coverage is an ever-expanding puzzle, and the addition of crypto is the latest piece. We’ve watched this market carefully over the past few years, and the time is right to bring this growing new asset class to StockCharts. I’m excited to help our users chart and analyze the crypto world like never before with this new data now on the site.”

Cryptocurrency data launched on the StockCharts.com website during the week of Nov. 4 and is now available for charting analysis to both free users and paid members. All cryptocurrency data is updated in real time, 24/7.

“We’re absolutely thrilled about the addition of crypto data to StockCharts.com,” said Grayson Roze, StockCharts.com VP of Operations. “We’re always looking for ways to deliver more value to the investment routines of our users, and supporting the crypto markets as we now do is a wonderful next step in that mission. Adding this data is a great boost to our product on its own, but in concert with the ongoing rollout of our new Advanced Charting Platform, the excitement has only just begun.”

StockCharts.com users will be able to track cryptos with advanced technical charts, run custom technical scans for all cryptocurrencies and set automatic alerts for coins that they follow most closely.

The launch slate of cryptocurrencies on StockCharts.com includes:

  • Bitcoin ($BTCUSD)
  • Ethereum ($ETHUSD)
  • XRP ($XRPUSD)
  • Bitcoin Cash ($BCHUSD)
  • Tether ($USDTUSD)
  • Litecoin ($LTCUSD)
  • EOS ($EOSUSD)
  • Binance Coin ($BNBUSD)
  • Chainlin ($LINKUSD)
  • Bitcoin SV ($BSVUSD)
  • TRON ($TRXUSD)
  • Stellar ($XLMUSD)
  • Cardano ($ADAUSD)
  • Monero ($XMRUSD)
  • IOTA ($MIOTAUSD)

A complete, real-time summary of all cryptocurrencies currently available on StockCharts can be found at StockCharts.com/crypto.

About StockCharts

StockCharts.com is the web’s leading technical analysis and financial charting platform for online retail investors. Founded in 1999 by early Microsoft developer Chip Anderson, the company has been an industry leader in the financial technology space for nearly two decades, providing innovative, award-winning charting and analysis tools to a global audience.

By using technology to help investors visualize financial data, StockCharts.com allows users to better analyze the markets, monitor and manage their portfolios, find promising new stocks and funds to buy and, ultimately, make smart, well-timed investment decisions. With over 1.5 million active monthly users and counting around the world, the company serves an ever-growing, ever-changing array of active traders and investors.