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Latest reports on cryptocurrencies is here and one of these reports relate to ‘keep crypto enthusiasts posted about the developments of ICO’ connected to the Singapore Central Bank!

Well, for the starters, MAS or the Monetary Authority of Singapore has begun to update its guide associated with those businesses which wish to ‘raise capital through Initial Coin Offerings’. It indeed comes as a news most waited because now people would be in a position to understand the minute details in a better manner.


New Payments Framework: Monetary Authority of Singapore

Before making it known by all regarding the benefits of utilizing Initial Coin Offerings, Monetary Authority of Singapore had introduced ‘New Payments Framework’ a draft which now seems to be complete with new rules added to its pages. It is therefore advised to all the readers to go through this article and then make a note of the points listed here as they shall serve you in the longer run.

What does Singapore Central Bank have to say about ICOs?

A list of instructions has been put down in black and white so as to enable individuals to have a grip on what exactly does the Singapore Central Bank have to tell crypto enthusiasts. For the beginners, Anti Money Laundering or AML as well as Countering Financing of Terrorism or CFT policies are to be taken care of and this is the first and foremost aspect to be taken a note of.

Every individual who gets involved with an ICO, so as to enable raising of capital for a business will be hereby addressed as an ‘intermediary’. Hence, it becomes a necessity for all intermediaries to adhere to the laws laid down by the authorities.


Another of the important aspects here is that all people who are a part of ‘raising capital for business via Initial Coin Offerings’ must have a license else they would have to face dire consequences. As an example, it is better for an ICO issuer to get Capital Markets Services License while MAS or the Monetary Authority of Singapore has to approve besides acknowledging Digital Asset Exchange. Or for that matter, Financial Advisory License is to be given to the Financial Advisors.

Only when these rules are followed, will MAS approve transactions whilst permitting businesses to go ahead with their plan of raising capital through ICOs! Another of the rules to be noted is: it is not a problem if tokens are not ‘securities’, however, they have to be under the Anti Money Laundering and the Countering Financing of Terrorism Acts.

With above stated changes coming soon, it is now to see as to how would these impact on the way ICOs worked in a country like Singapore. Till then remember, the new Payment Services Bill or PSB in Singapore has allowed for bringing ‘digital currency’ under laws for both international as well as domestic money transfers.

Interestingly, the new Payment Services Bill of Singapore has made it possible for digital currency to be working under the Foreign Exchange Transactions! This news is certainly one of those that cannot be given a miss.
Coinbase, the Digital Currency Exchange has gone on record to state that it shall now add Zcash to its listings thereby enabling transfers of Zcash or ZEC on its platform Coinbase Pro. This transfer of Zcash on Coinbase is limited to the Coinbase Pro Users at present whilst there are plans to open its use to the other users in future.


As a result of this, Zcash, which is another of the cryptocurrencies in the market will be trading in Australia, Canada, the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States apart from NY and Singapore.

Why Zcash on Coinbase Pro?

Zcash, as most of you might know is a cryptocurrency and it is one of those few currencies that focuses on providing improvised privacy to its users. To ensure that this turns out to be a reality, Zcash puts in to use cryptography! Another benefit that users get at Zcash is ‘efficient, safe and private digital transactions’ with Zcash by your side.


Moreover, there is an option of having differentiation of shielded as well as transparent transactions similar to that of encrypted HTTPS and unencrypted HTTP! And as the words describe, transparent or not crypted version will allow access to third party for seeing metadata. While for encrypted or the shielded version, this is not the case and data remains protected.

Deposits from Transparent and Shielded Addresses but Withdrawals for Few

Yes, at the beginning Coinbase is not going to go full fledged when it came to depositing or withdrawing at Coinbase Pro for Zcash. An individual would be able to deposit from either transparent or the shielded address however this case changes when it comes to withdrawals.
Withdrawals are going to be permitted only to transparent or unencrypted addressees only for time being. In future, situation may change as and when local laws of a state would allow. For this to turn a reality, it shall certainly take some more time.

ZEC Launch and its Stages under Trading Rules of Coinbase

Starting from 10 am PT, that is 29th November, customers can transfer ZEC to Coinbase Pro Accounts. Order books shall become in transfer only mode for a minimum of 12 hours.
In next stage, customers will be permitted to post ‘limit orders’ and have no match; with these order books being in ‘post only mode’ for about a minute.


It will be only at Stage 3 that limit orders will begin matching while customers would not be in a position to submit these market orders. Whole set up for stage 3 shall last for about 10 minutes.
In the final stage, also known as ‘full trading’, options such as limit, market or even stop orders will be available for use.

(Note: ZEC at the moment is not available on Coinbase.com or its Mobile Applications.)
In case you wish to start trading then you have to sign up for the Coinbase Pro account, as Coinbase is aiming to include trading of many assets over a period of time.
Bitcoin Futures does not look like taking a downhill drive because NASDAQ, the American Stock Exchange, second largest in the world, has some plans for it. If reports are anything to go by then the American Stock Exchange is in no way going to leave Bitcoin Futures as it is still in full force to keep launch of Bitcoin Futures as per the plan.


Bitcoin goes down but not plan to launch Bitcoin Futures

Though Bitcoin in recent times has seen downfall on almost continuous basis still it did not leave an impression on NASDAQ. Reasons for this being, team at NASDAQ plans to launch Bitcoin Futures somewhere in early 2019.

Work is in full swing for the launch to be a timely one as team responsible for this at NASDAQ is working on nitty gritties of the launch and it has already come to terms as to what are the missing aspects. With this information in hand, team at the second largest stock exchange is constantly upgrading its launch in order to meet standards laid down by none other than the Commodity Futures Trading Commission aka CFTC.  For the beginners, CFTC is the main swaps regulator back in the United States.


Agreed that there many plans were there for Bitcoin Futures to be launched somewhere in the mid of 2018 however, all aspects could not be placed during this time and thus the delay was about to be caused. However, with passage of time, NASDAQ has worked out its plan and it is in full swing to release one of the best versions of Bitcoin Futures in present day.

It is now to see what would be its affects or how Bitcoin Futures is going to be affected by the volatile pricing of Bitcoins witnessed now a days in crypto world. Bitcoin pricing has indeed shaken the world to the core bringing about a series of changes in the way people in general and investors in particular looked at Bitcoins.

NASDAQ not affected with Bitcoin Pricing

There were also some reports in the market that stated that the American Stock Exchange is not perturbed with the way Bitcoin’s world changed almost overnight! (or should we say almost a few months?!)

Cryptocurrency Trading may go in for a Change

Yes, you have read it correctly, with NASDAQ’s decision becoming a reality, it is sure to make some changes, major ones to the world of Cryptocurrency. Although majority of these modifications would be seen in the Cryptocurrency Trading World!

Due to this and similar other reasons, Bitcoin Futures is being planned to be launched in early of 2019 and most probably in Q1 of 2019! Another of the key points here is that there are a lot more chances of having NASDAQ’s own Bitcoin Futures Contracts in Q1 so that nothing goes wrong at the last moment with inclusions of having the latest techniques in place so as to be enable to cater to the upcoming market.
Bitcoin ETF or the Bitcoin Exchange Traded Fund came very close to the approval of United States Securities and Exchange Commission! However, this can be possible only when there is better ‘market surveillance as well as custody for the Cryptocurrency’ and for this to happen it might take some more time.


Well, it comes to a little surprise after Chairman of U. S. SEC, Jay Clayton announced about giving a nod to Bitcoin ETF (exchange traded fund). Till date SEC has denied access to numerous ETF applications, because the committee understands that they are still not up to date when it comes to ‘investor protection’.

First Bitcoin Exchange Traded Fund

If everything falls in place then Bitcoin Exchange Traded Fund is going to be first of its kind in this league! It was at the Consensus Invest Conference in Manhattan that Jay Clayton specifically announced about its plan to release first Bitcoin ETF however, this can be done only after careful consideration of how things work out post complete quality check.


‘Manipulation’ is one of the major concerns that Clayton stressed on and he said that most of the Cryptocurrency exchanges are not equipped with similar monitoring tools which usually is there with stock exchanges. This would further lead to not getting to know exact price of Bitcoin, it may also harm interests of the investors.

On the other hand, if we take a note of exchange traded funds then they end up keeping a track of index or a group of assets. Earlier as well, SEC did not approve Exchange Traded Funds brought up by Winklevoss Brothers. Reasons behind this was a simple fact that there were many risks involved overall and US SEC could not take up such ETFs to a larger interface.

Custody or Storage Matters in case of ETF

Of course, storage or the custody is another of the major concerns that we are facing nowadays and hence even U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman, Jay Clayton mentioned this about safe storage of assets.

When we look at the price of Bitcoin, then we know that its price is already not stable therefore, this stands to be one of the hurdles that has to be addressed at the earliest before taking things to the next level.


Out there, a number of ‘custody solutions’ related to cryptocurrencies are there or are in the pipeline. It is now to see how these set of solutions come forth to assist Cryptocurrency custody apart from handling trade execution for ‘institutional investors’. To ensure that end results are perfect, Clayton went on to add that a lot more improvement in custody solutions shall be helpful!

Would US SEC decision affect Bitcoin Pricing?

This is one of the major questions arising in crypto discussions. As most of us are aware of how volatile Bitcoin has turned itself in to. However, experts would not be able to say currently as to what would this decision of SEC bring in for Bitcoins!
Ohio seems to be one of the first states to have agreed for business tax payments to be carried out in Bitcoins, a Cryptocurrency which has seen quite some unrest in recent times.


Pay Business Tax in Cryptos

As a matter of fact, a strong reason compelled Josh Mandel, State Treasurer and his department to look in to cryptocurrency payment. One of the reasons here is: crypto payments are not only transparent but also secure. Finally, the cost of these is also at the lower end.

With these and many similar characteristics of Cryptocurrency Payments, it was time for the officials to okay tax payment in bitcoins. Moreover, with cryptocurrencies, none can transfer the amount to third parties, thereby eliminating fraud altogether.

Blockchain network enables for a tracking system in a second to second basis thus making it transparent to the core. One may wonder as to when was it that Bitcoins in particular and cryptocurrencies in general became a favourite of Mandel; and so, for the record, Mandel has been keeping a track of the way cryptocurrencies work and he showed keen interest in bitcoins right from the time he was appointed way back in 2011.

Views of Jerry Brito on Bitcoin as Mode of Payment

As per the Director of Coin Center, Jerry Brito, bitcoin technology is advanced in every manner and this is why people from both sides, government and the bad guys look forward to use it for their means. However, there are only two common aspects here: one is Bitcoin and second is Blockchain.
When we look at the news, we understand that there has been quite a downfall in terms of Bitcoin’s graph in the past few days, however, the end has not arrived yet.

By adopting Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency as a mode of payment, Government is ensuring that payments are more secure, more efficient and of course are transparent. Thus, taking technology to the next level.

There have been other states as well who tried bringing in cryptocurrency payment and making it official still luck has not been on their side as at the higher levels, the legislative levels, things were stalled.

Ohio: First State in the US to Accept Bitcoin Payments

Yes, with other states backing off, Ohio became the first state as well as the first government in the United States to make an official announcement regarding acceptance of tax payments in cryptocurrencies and in Bitcoins at present! Thus, beginning from the 26th of November, Ohio shall accept Bitcoins for tax payments.



Currently there are about 23 kinds of business taxes which can be paid in Bitcoins. To pay taxes one can utilize BitPay, the payment service and end up paying taxes.

Note:

Currently only businesses are permitted to pay (business) taxes through BitPay (in bitcoins) there are plans to make it available for individuals as well. But for this to happen, a lot more thought process is to be done.

Till then let us see how the world of cryptos would work about and what shall be the status of bitcoins in the future.
Digital Currency slowly turns out to be a more viable option than other currencies in place. It was hence a natural step for companies to take forward this kind of currency.


A Japanese Shipping Line to Launch its (Own) Digital Currency

Yes, you have read it correctly, Nippon Yusen K. K. or NYK is one of the largest ‘shipping line’ when it comes to ‘Sales Department’. Some sources have also reported by saying that the digital currency to be introduced by this firm is going to be used only by the crew members.

There is a simple reason for providing a digital currency of its own, reasons being individuals or the crew members can manage money without any troubles in Nippon Yusen K. K. When calculated the revenue from 1 April to 30 September 2018, it stood at 915.6 billion yen. With a staggering $8.1 billion consolidated revenue, NYK Group went a step ahead to introduce its own currency.

This idea is however in its initial stages and therefore nothing much can be revealed about it presently. There is little information that these sources are aware of, some of this information include:


·         1)  New Digital Currency by Japanese Shipping Firm shall be pegged against dollar.
·         2) This would mean that irregularity in value is not going to be a problem.
·         3) Payment in one’s digital currency is a great method to cut down costs and trouble taken during            transferring amount to the maritime workers.

Work in Progress with Banks to Offer Such Services

Nippon Yusen K. K. is working with not only software developers but also is in talks with banks so that launch and use of their new currency would not have adverse effects. Conversion of the new currency while putting in to use ‘shipboard communication system’ are successful at the moment and so when a few more technological inputs are given, it is certain to have positive effects on the overall system.

There is one question though that has taken individuals by surprise as well as put their thoughts on a racing track: it is none other than the only question: ‘will this digital currency be of any help to a company as large as Nippon Yusen K. K.?’

Agreed that many other companies are slowly moving towards the new age trend of digital currencies still it has not been completely accepted by many, some experts feel that if every single thing is worked as per rules then there are chances for such currencies to rise steadily with time.

Blockchain or No Blockchain?

Some of you may be knowing that digital currencies these days have been associated with Blockchain because it is due to these blockchains that cryptocurrencies work. But it is not clear yet as to what technology shall this shipping line put in to use; will it be blockchain based or another technique on similar lines?

One aspect is clear though and it is that customization is key to establish Nippon Yusen K. K.’s Digital Currency in order to serve its purpose.

Time may have come now that people are switching to digital currencies but still, it is a long way to go.