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Virtual Asset Discovery, Valuation and Safeguarding - The Effect on Liquidators
September 15th, 2020

Virtual Asset Discovery, Valuation and Safeguarding - The Effect on Liquidators

Virtual assets saw an explosion in growth, in part due to the meteoric rise of initial coin offerings (ICOs) in 2017. While a small number succeeded into longer term prospects, a large number of projects are trickling down onto the client books of liquidators. This has meant a shift from some of the traditional recovery, valuation and safeguarding processes liquidators have previously been used to, due to the nature and functionality of the underlying virtual assets.

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The Fed Experiments with Distributed Ledger Technology
September 1st, 2020

The Fed Experiments with Distributed Ledger Technology

The FooWire project was conducted by the Federal Reserve Board to help evaluate the potential of technology payments. Throughout this research, the Federal Reserve Board was able to explore the application of Distributed Ledger Techonology (DLT) and better understand how organisations can leverage these systems.

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Project Ubin Phase 5: Enabling Broad Ecosystem Opportunities
August 21st, 2020

Project Ubin Phase 5: Enabling Broad Ecosystem Opportunities

Project Ubin has been a collaborative project in Singapore that explores the use of blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) for clearing the settlement of payments. The 5th and final phase was the experimental phase that focused on providing value and building a foundation for the future live pilots and trials by the industry. This report addresses three key areas.

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The OCC Clarifies Authority to Provide Cryptocurrency Custody Services For Customers
August 19th, 2020

The OCC Clarifies Authority to Provide Cryptocurrency Custody Services For Customers

Both national and state banks have offered safekeeping and custody services consisting of both electronic assets and physical objects. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has highlighted the importance of virtual assets and the authority required for banks to provide safekeeping for these types of assets. By providing these services banks can continue to provide the financial intermediation function they have historically played in offering payment, lending and deposit services.

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a16z Closes $515M Crypto Fund
July 8th, 2020

a16z Closes $515M Crypto Fund

a16z closes the Crypto Fund II, a $515M fund dedicated to cryptocurrency and blockchain projects, including the next generation of payments, decentralised finance, new monetisation models and decentralised internet.

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BitPay Launches First Mastercard Prepaid Card in the United States
June 30th, 2020

BitPay Launches First Mastercard Prepaid Card in the United States

Mastercard has partnered with BitPay to offer the first prepaid card for the virtual asset community in the United States. The BitPay Card offers a safe, smart and efficient way to convert various virtual assets into fiat currency. The fiat currency is loaded onto the card and can be spent anywhere Mastercard debit is accepted around the world.

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Cartan Connections Issue #6
May 19th, 2020

Cartan Connections Issue #6

Nasdaq, the world’s second-largest stock exchange and capital markets technology company, has partnered with blockchain solutions platform, R3, to build virtual assets marketplaces. In the Cayman Islands, a proposed set of bills was published to form a regulatory framework pertaining to virtual asset service providers in order to promote the development and use of innovative financial services. Meanwhile, Bitwise Asset Management demonstrates empirically how an allocation of Bitcoin to a traditional 60/40 portfolio almost always increases the value of the entire portfolio.

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Cartan Connections Issue #5
April 30th, 2020

Cartan Connections Issue #5

According to Marc Andreessen, what we haven't done and are failing to do now specifically is the widespread inability to build. There are outstanding people everywhere that can build directly, or help other people to build, or teach other people to build, or take care of people who are building. Every step of the way, we should be asking the question: what are you building?

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Introducing Algorand COVID-19 Data
April 8th, 2020

Introducing Algorand COVID-19 Data

In response to COVID-19, the Algorand Foundation created a survey to enable individuals to directly report their real-time COVID-19 status anonymously. In our continuing effort to promote transparency and an open economy, we have built a tool to monitor the COVID-19 account for survey transactions and store all responses in an easily accessible data file.

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Cartan Connections Issue #2
March 10th, 2020

Cartan Connections Issue #2

Is blockchain technology moving to the mainstream? The building blocks continue as the Sverige Riksbank launches an e-krona pilot project while KPMG highlights four critical foundations for continued growth in this ecosystem.

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