August 03,2021

Horizon Blockchain Games Raises $4.5M From BITKRAFT and CMT Digital

Horizon Blockchain Games (Horizon), a video game and Ethereum Web3 wallet and platform company, has raised $4.5M USD in a pre-Series A round SAFE from strategic gaming and blockchain investors, including BITKRAFT Ventures, CMT Digital, The Xchange Company, Khaled Verjee and Zyshan Kaba. Horizon's vision is to bring the symbiotic economies and power of Web3 and Ethereum to players, consumers, and developers alike with products tailor-made for everyday Internet users.

"This year will be monumental for Horizon Blockchain Games as we accelerate the adoption of Ethereum and blockchain technologies," said Peter Kieltyka, CEO of Horizon. "Our Sequence crypto and NFT wallet and our game Skyweaver make blockchain simple, fun and accessible for everyday users. We're thrilled to launch both products this year, and to enable virtually anyone with an Internet connection to participate in and benefit from this next generation of the Internet: the decentralized web."

"We first got excited by Skyweaver in 2019 and became even more enthralled when we learned about the vision for Sequence," said Colleen Sullivan, CEO of CMT Digital. "Horizon is poised to make Web3 and Ethereum accessible and enjoyable for virtually anyone with an Internet connection, and we love working with them."

About Horizon Blockchain Games

Horizon is driving Web3 adoption by making blockchain easy, fun, and powerful for users and developers. The Sequence smart wallet and developer platform for Ethereum, NFTs, Web3, DeFi, and Dapps allow users and developers to access and build the next generation of the Internet. Skyweaver is a free-to-play digital trading card game where players can win, own, trade, and sell their NFT cards. Horizon is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, and backed by leading investors Initialized Capital, Golden Ventures, Polychain, Coinbase, BITKRAFT Ventures, CMT Digital, ConsenSys, DCG, Regah Ventures, iNovia, and The Xchange Company. Learn more about the New Dimension Horizon is building at https://horizon.io.

About BITKRAFT Ventures

BITKRAFT Ventures is a global early and mid-stage investment platform for gaming, esports, and interactive media. Founded by esports veteran Jens Hilgers, BITKRAFT serves a worldwide network that spans some of the industry's most forward-thinking startups and founders working to build and operate the virtual worlds and economies of the future. BITKRAFT operates five venture funds with a total of over $420M USD in assets under management and has over 40 companies in its global portfolio.

July 26,2021

Bitcoin Rallies Following The ₿ Word Conference ft. Elon Musk, Cathie Wood, Jack Dorsey, and More

Overview

The B Word conversation with Elon, Cathie, and Jack was a gathering of fantastically talented, diverse, forward-thinking, pro-ESG, creative, and economically grounded minds. It was intensely interesting from many angles and engaged each of them from their different expert perspectives. Elon Musk announces personal and Space X crypto holdings. Cathie Wood clears up some misconceptions around BTC and backs her points with solid economic principles and experiential learnings. Jack Dorsey speaks to his socially and environmentally conscious BTC objectives for Square and Twitter, beliefs, and vision for this historically unmatched form of value exchange. Despite what the markets are showing us presently "the Internets native currency" continues to grow and adapt, illuminating emerging fundamental benefits. Great thinkers like this are helping to amplify Bitcoins growth and benefit to humanity, by exploring these creative and innovative ideas to make it more sustainable and productive.

Elon

Elons flat humor persists throughout the conversation, but he is quite clear about his support for, and obvious commitment to many root positive aspects of decentralized value exchange. Our very favorite statement in this interview comes from Elon when he tried to clear the air saying, "I might pump, but I dont dump". This expression seemed a responsible acknowledgment of his crypto common sense and his important influence on crypto price swings. He reinforced his personal and business interests in crypto, and how influencing the price negatively makes no sense for him. He identifies the possible role that Teslas solar division can play in the renewable future of crypto mining, a pretty obvious interest, and motivation.

Elon explains how his retraction of Tesla accepting Bitcoin was related to the sudden surge in cryptos popularity and price caused by his prior announcements surrounding accepting it. Recognizing that a sudden surge in mining transactions could not be solely supported by existing renewables powering the Bitcoin network, and how that fact reflected on a company whose main goal is a cleaner future. With Chinas help, Bitcoin is now above Elons acceptance levels, and he stated that Tesla was conducting "a little more diligence" in investigating before they would "most likely" again accept Bitcoin transactions. All good news and sentiment from Elon.

Cathie

Cathie Wood is a credible crypto hero that we appreciate a great deal. She is engaging and intelligent, citing Bitcoin economic principles and core strengths in a way that can make sense to anyone. During this conversation Cathie directs Elons attention to the positive influence Bitcoin is having on innovation in, and adoption of renewables. Also interesting is Cathies recognition that the energy used for Bitcoin production will be more efficient when compared to the energy used by the traditional financial services sector, or traditional gold mining facilities, two worthy comparisons. She comments that in her experience many people in Bitcoin development are extremely committed, and have a superior understanding of economics and economic history, a fact that gives her great comfort.

Jack

Jack Dorsey comes in to remind us all that Bitcoin is a problem-solving technological innovation that is well worthy of our energy investment, an important point to remember. Jack seems focused on exploring the limits of energy efficiencies, commenting on wasted energy and untapped energy. He referenced an example of capping methane flares from oil production to run mining rigs, neato. These are the innovative ideas that will become solutions as renewable research and adoption become increasingly powered by the profit motivations behind Bitcoin mining. Jack spoke about Square wallet projects and user benefits, insinuating that further crypto adoption news could be on the horizon for Twitter.

Summary

In summary, the interview denounced and addressed many misunderstandings about Bitcoin. It spoke to many of the factors that make bitcoin such a great direction for us all to go in. The interview was insightful, news breaking, and could give the crypto market the sentiment change it so desperately needs right now. All via the statement and recognition of obvious Bitcoin truths & potential rollout benefits.

July 26,2021

Why Are People Flocking To CBDCs... Is There More Than Meets The Eye

Overview

Various central banks across the world have been working for a long time to develop central bank digital currencies, more commonly referred to as CBDCs, for their individual countries. The major reason for such a large number of nations to become increasingly involved is mainly to respond to the cryptocurrency industry's rapid and unprecedented growth. Several governments and financial organizations believe that cryptocurrencies have gradually evolved to pose a significant threat to the current financial system. As a result, the central banks have agreed, with the consent of the relevant corresponding governments, to embark on a program that would digitalize fiat currencies.

China and India are two of the most important countries currently working to establish CBDCs. China has halted Bitcoin (BTC) mining and continues its anti-crypto campaign, while the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is also not a supporter of crypto. The US government has additionally considered the idea of creating a digital dollar, although this proposal has yet to receive final approval.

Why CBDCs?

It is crucial to recall that investors came into crypto mainly to avoid dealing with banks and third-party intermediaries. However, governments and financial organizations saw this as a sophisticated means of evading regulatory rules and avoiding the mandatory submission of taxes, prompting numerous authority and governmental figures to take an aggressive stance. CBDCs are one such reaction since central bank digital currencies have the ability to not only threaten crypto's supremacy but ultimately replace it, according to a few analysts and experts.

Will Central Bank Digital Currencies Replace Crypto?

As aforementioned, a handful of individuals seem to believe that CBDCs shall ultimately replace crypto. But the matter is not as simple as that. While it is true that investors tend to side with assets that are properly regulated as well as backed by the government, it is also a fact that people have generally become fed up with the constant involvement of intermediaries and regulators, which was a key factor in the crypto industry becoming successful to begin with.

It should be noted that in the past, so many have attempted and subsequently failed to destroy Bitcoin (BTC) and the crypto sector, but CBDCs are unique in that they provide a direct substitute to cryptocurrencies. Furthermore, investors may feel at ease with CBDCs because there would be no anxieties or concerns about governmental regulatory crackdowns.

However, we are still very much in the crypto-age, and the adoption rate for highly valuable digital assets like Bitcoin and Ethereum (ETH) has only increased over time.

Is Everyone Supportive Of CBDCs?

While we have mentioned that plenty of investors may feel more comfortable with CBDCs rather than crypto, this might not necessarily be the case for everyone, especially at an institutional level.

Recently, a group of Republican senators sent a letter to the USOPC (United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee) expressing their concerns about China's new CBDC, the digital yuan, as the lawmakers believe that this is just another attempt to conduct surveillance on American citizens and gain sensitive information. The senators' identities were Cynthia Lummis, Roger Wicker, and Marsha Blackburn, and they submitted the letter together. The primary concerns were based on data security breaches and espionage.

To provide further emphasis, the senators think that not only may the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) plan on utilizing the digital yuan for surveillance and espionage purposes, but that this has already been occurring. Interestingly, other letters have been submitted in the past that expressed similar worries. Last month, Senator Tom Cotton wrote to President Biden, expressing his concern that China may seek to collect Team USA's DNA at the forthcoming Beijing Winter Games for unknown reasons.

Ultimately, CBDCs are not going anywhere as the world becomes increasingly digitalized. Just like cryptocurrencies, they are inevitable and so it will be interesting to see how each country continues to develop its own central bank digital currency.

July 26,2021

Plasma Finance Integrates with Polygon to offer PlasmaSwap

Context

For those who may be unaware, PlasmaFinance is a cross-chain decentralized finance aggregator that allows its customers to successfully manage their respective portfolios via a single, easy-to-use interface. The platform offers the most extensive analytics in the market, as well as simple tools and exposure to the most profitable DeFi returns over any protocol.

Most recently, the aggregator has now been added to Polygon (MATIC), which is a framework and protocol that runs on Ethereum (ETH). The launch involves the complete set of DeFi protocols that are supported by its native decentralized exchange, 'PlasmaSwap'.

 

&lsquoEasy DeFi' & PlasmaSwap

Customers may now profit via &lsquoeasy DeFi' by transferring liquidity to PlasmaSwap and utilizing Polygon's relatively higher speeds and lower costs. The PlasmaSwap users can provide liquidity as well as trade with fees that are reportedly up to 1,000 times cheaper as opposed to those on Ethereum.

Polygon has previously been making headlines and for good reason, as it has firmly positioned itself as an alternative to the world's second-biggest cryptocurrency by market capitalization. This is due to the fact that it operates on the same network as Ethereum and has all of the benefits of the 'altcoin king' built-in, but with significantly cheaper costs as aforementioned.

 

PlasmaFinance CEO Supports New Initiative

&ldquoWe will not and cannot stand idly by when it comes to pushing for increased DeFi adoption, decreasing the learning curve, and putting the means for financial independence in the capable hands of users," says Ilia Maksimenka, Founder and CEO of PlasmaFinance, in response to today's news.

The objective is hence to simplify the process and attract new users to hopefully adopt and actively engage with DeFi protocols, as well as to ensure that both new and current customers receive the finest pricing and performance. Ilia added that yet another significant step ahead has been taken in accomplishing this goal through the deployment of the PlasmaSwap decentralized exchange on Polygon.

&ldquoThanks to PlasmaFinance's connection with Polygon, there is no longer a requirement to choose between &lsquoeverything else' or &lsquofast and cheap. Thus, consumers will be able to enjoy the perfect combination", the CEO added. In addition to numerous leading protocols currently supporting the platform, the PlasmaPay wallet is also linked with multiple exchanges as well as an external service provider to buy and sell crypto via bank accounts, credit cards, and various other methods. Once again, the aim is to make DeFi adoption simple and effective for everyone.

Sandeep Nailwal, the COO and co-founder of Polygon, has stated that he is absolutely thrilled to invite DeFi initiatives like PlasmaFinance to join the ranks of Aave, Balancer, Curve, and Sushiswap when it comes to developing on Polygon.

 

PlasmaFinance to help Polygon compete with Ethereum

The extraordinarily high gas prices charged on the Ethereum network have caused growing dissatisfaction among DeFi users for a while now. PlasmaFinance addressed this issue somewhat earlier this year through an interim solution by offering gas optimization tools, and today's announcement would surely be appreciated by both current and new customers.

Moreover, PlasmaFinance evaluated the costs and speed when it launched its PPAY Coinmarketcap Earn campaign in June to demonstrate the potential of Polygon. The conclusions were remarkable, as PlasmaFinance spent only $0.30 to distribute $100,000 worth of PPAY tokens to a whopping 20,000 addresses, achieving transaction finality within just 2 seconds.

PlasmaSwap will provide additional benefits to those who already trade on the DEX on Polygon, such as market data on all DeFi and cryptocurrency tokens, a clean and accessible user experience, portfolio management, sophisticated trading tools like Limit Orders to be used for capital and risk management, Stop Loss, and even Future Orders for up-and-coming new token listings.

Clients need only add their liquidity onto PlasmaSwap on Polygon. As a result, they will be capable of launching and engaging in IDOs throughout all platforms via the IDO Launchpad Alliance and SpacePort. This alliance offers customers a concise summary of all IDO platforms, including active and future IDOs, in a single and convenient location.

Various decentralized finance initiatives may also avail the benefits provided by today's announcement. They may use SpacePort to launch their own completely customized and decentralized IDOs. They can also utilize PlasmaFinance and Polygon for improved DeFi capabilities, which include releasing liquidity, exchanging pairs, and innovative mining activities on PlasmaSwap that will also allow for even more benefits from simple and straightforward DeFi at fast speeds and cheap prices.

July 19,2021

Australian Digital Finance Industry Looks to Legally Recognize DAOs

Blockchain-powered DAOs (Decentralized Autonomous Organization) are proposed to improve efficiencies and change the traditional corporate structure in Australia. Australia is now one of many countries pondering legislation and the potential upside to being a leader in crypto policy and regulation encouraging industry migration, and ultimately benefiting from crypto's explosive growth.

Countries around the world are recognizing the emerging opportunities in attracting the crypto industry to set up inside their borders. Being leaders in evolving policies, regulations, and energy infrastructure seems to be an important part of winning the race. The race empowers a global shift to a greater decentralization ideal adoption and is in our opinion a very worthy goal.

Global law firm lawyers and the DeFi industry-focused, lobby senate committee in Australia to create a new limited liability legal entity for DAOs. This legal entity classification for a DAO in Australia would enable project governors to contract with other legal entities through DeFi applications.

The structure of the traditional corporation would change under the DAO model, and a traditional board of directors would be replaced by Internet shareholders, communities, or nodes. The DAO for that network being encoded with a pre-determined set of rules that all participants have agreed to. The DAO would also remove any form of individual liability for the decisions of another node, or member on the DAO network.

Australia's decision to legalize a less centralized model of corporate governance echo's the moves of many exchanges in the crypto business. Many exchanges are actively working to further decentralize their services, appealing more to the ideals of crypto veterans. Pressure on world authorities to evolve policy and regulation for crypto is being recognized more and more as potentially lucrative, worthy, and in demand. A big case study taking shape in El Salvador right now. Crypto talent and investment will land in the countries that are most interested in supporting the industry with favorable regulation, and world-leading green infrastructure initiatives.

July 19,2021

Axelar Raises $25M Series A Lead By Polychain Capital

Axelar, the decentralized interoperability network that connects blockchain ecosystems, applications, and users, has raised $25m in its Series A funding, led by Polychain Capital. The funds will go towards scaling key network integrations and engineering resources for the team's rapid expansion. 

In addition to Polychain Capital, notable investors in the funding round include Dragonfly Capital Galaxy Digital North Island Ventures Robot Ventures Collab+Currency Cygni Capital Lemniscap Divergence Ventures SCB 10X Hypersphere Zola Global Investors Nima Capital and GoldenCoin TS LLC. Angel investors participating in Series A are Do Kwon, co-founder of Terra Happy Walters, co-founder, and CEO of Catalyst Sports & Media Waikit Lau, founder and CEO of RemoteHQ, and others.

Axelar protocol is powered by a decentralized network and designed explicitly to frictionlessly connect all blockchain ecosystems that speak different languages. Olaf Carlson-Wee Founder & CEO of Polychain Capital said: "Axelar's cross-chain solution is truly groundbreaking for the decentralized economy. We are very excited to help support Axelar's pioneering blockchain interoperability solutions in leading its investment round. Together, with our shared resources we are looking forward to working with Sergey and Georgios, and the wider Axelar team, in shaping the decentralized economy and blockchain industry for years to come."

July 12,2021

Expiring Grayscale GBTC Contracts May Lead To Bitcoin Surge

This July promises to bring an exciting and potentially volatile period for Bitcoin. Late this month, over 140,000 BTC worth of Grayscale GBTC shares will be unlocked and available to the open market. Grayscale is a Bitcoin Trust and has been the largest buyer of Bitcoin in the world over the past two years.

Grayscale is like a black hole for Bitcoin. Once Bitcoin enters the Trust, it does not leave the Trust (aside from the 2% management fee taken by the management company). Here's how it works: Accredited investors deposit BTC or USD into the fund in exchange for GBTC shares in proportion to the fund's net asset value (NAV). GBTC shares usually trade at a premium to NAV (sometimes as high as 100% higher than NAV. For a long time, GBTC shares traded at a premium of 40% or more to the spot bitcoin price.

When GBTC shares are minted, they have a 6-month lock-up period before they can be sold to retail investors on the open market. This seemed like a sure-fire way for institutions to turn a quick profit. This in turn incentivized institutions to borrowed Bitcoin to lock in the fund in return for GBTC shares which traded at a premium. However, as the Bitcoin price tanked in April, the GBTC price fell to a discount of NAV and the trade fell apart for those institutions who borrowed BTC and received GBTC in return.

It is important to realize that when GBTC shares are traded, no "physical" bitcoin is actually trading hands, only shares of the Trust. There has been much speculation that this GBTC unlock could be a major bearish catalyst for Bitcoin as the GBTC discount will entice buyers to buy GBTC as opposed to BTC on the spot market. However, the actual underlying market dynamics may paint a very different picture.

Investors who entered the trade by locking in borrowed coins might now need to repurchase those to repay the loan. Similarly, those who deposit their bitcoin holdings need to buy back coins to return to their base portfolio. So assuming supply-side factors remain constant, the repurchases associated with Grayscale unlockings could end up putting upward pressure on bitcoin prices.

The debate is far from over and only time will tell what type of influence this unlocking of shares will actually have on the market. But if there is one thing we can count on in late July and August, it's volatility!

July 12,2021

BTC Mining: Miner Revenue Surges +50% Since Record Difficulty Drop

There are big gains for some in the China Bitcoin miner shakedown on a few fronts. Amidst the China Bitcoin miner shutdown, resulting in massive Bitcoin hash rate drops decreased competition and network difficulty drops have made mining much more profitable for miners outside of China, still hashing. Hash decrease is affecting other POW cryptos as well, and further hashing miner gains can be found in cheap equipment hitting the market. Historical changes in hash power have an impact on Bitcoin's efficiency. Bitcoin's fundamental programming and economic strengths are now in the spotlight.

What is bad for some is great for others. Bitcoin miners outside of China and still hashing on the network have seen mining revenues jump by over 50% recently, due to Chinese miners going offline, massive reductions in overall Bitcoin hashrate, and an amplifying Bitcoin difficulty drop. With 50% of Bitcoin hash power going dark, half the miners will make zero, and the other half make double. The Bitcoin issuance remains constant and those still mining simply make a greater share of it.

It is not all good news though as the reduction in hash power is having its effect on the network. Bitcoin block interval times have increased this week and reached shocking highs, as you might expect with a massive reduction in the network processing power. The time required to process a block reached a level that had not been seen since early in Bitcoin's life in 2009 before it even had a price. It will take some time for difficulty and block interval timing to reach a new equilibrium, based on the new level of network hashrate. Further Chinese miner migration and even lower overall hash rate will prolong the time it takes to reach this equilibrium. The gold rush for hashing miners will continue, at least for a little while. Bitcoin is programmed to deal with this sort of thing in time though, and its fundamental programming strengths will restore the equilibrium.

Bitcoin is not the only POW crypto being affected by the Chinese miners going dark, competition on the Ethereum network has also decreased. As an Ethereum miner, I can tell you first hand that the amount of Ethereum produced by my miners has increased about 25%, in direct relation to the timing surrounding this Chinese miner crackdown.

The miner crackdown could have the positive collateral effect of relieving demand and price inflation for mining equipment, as miners sell equipment in China. Chinese markets are seeing a flood of mining equipment for sale, at bulk pricing that is much lower than what we are seeing in the resale markets lately.

At the end of the day, it is unfortunate the Chinese authorities feel it necessary to take these actions, instead of continuing to lead the world in Crypto. I have trouble seeing the logic in it. We wish our migrating miners the best of luck and hope they find new homes that will support their righteous work. Mining crypto is a rollercoaster of profit and investment, belief in crypto being an essential component. Witness Bitcoin reach a new equilibrium and mitigate this massive hashrate decrease while incentivizing new miners to join. Draw strength in your conviction from Bitcoin's perfect economic fundamentals.

July 12,2021

Nansen Closes $12M Series A Lead by a16z

Nansen, the DeFi-focused cryptocurrency tracker, announced a $12 Million Series A last week lead by a16z. Additional notable venture firms, including Skyfall Ventures, Coinbase Ventures, QCP Capital, and more, participated in the round.

Crypto tracking has seen significant growth since the boom in decentralized finance (DeFi). Recently, companies like ChainalysisCipherTrace, and TRM Labs have all raised major rounds. However, top-tier blockchain analytics have often been considered a tool for the government, regulators, tax authorities, and legal enforcement. Nansen's CEO, Alex Svanevik, believes that "the actual market participants, should have access to the best on-chain analytics as well."

Enter Nansen, an analytics platform for blockchain, that combines on-chain data with a massive and constantly growing database containing millions of wallet labels. "Nansen's high-quality data enables investors to follow where the smart money is moving, where influential investors are taking positions as well as for discovering new projects to invest and perform due diligence," Says Svanevik.

The start-up currently analyzes over 90 million Ethereum wallets & their activity. Users access the data & tools through a monthly membership package that is designed to help retail traders in addition to a pricey $2,500 monthly package for more bespoke clients. Although there was no explicit talk about what the fresh capital would be used for, the company will likely scale its offerings and look to expand to multiple chains.

July 07,2021

Unchained Capital Announces $25M Series A From NYDIG

On Friday, Bitcoin financial services firm, Unchained Capital announced the close of their $25M Series A round from lead investor and institutional powerhouse, NYDIG. NYDIG has also committed to lending Unchained another $100 million, for a total commitment of $150 million.

"Historically, there has been a lack of investment in bitcoin-dedicated infrastructure, often in favor of platforms supporting many digital currencies, but Unchained Capital expects this raise to be the first of a growing trend of bitcoin-only businesses attracting capital investment at the scale which has long been deserved," Parker Lewis, head of business development at Unchained, said.

Unchained and NYDIG also plan to offer collaborative custody services in which both hold private keys with the intention of encouraging more financial institutions to do the same.

July 05,2021

New German Law Opens Door For $415 Billion In Bitcoin Buying Power

On June 1st, a new German law came into effect that could theoretically see up to $415 billion flow into crypto. The German Fund Location Act, introduced in April and approved by parliament shortly thereafter, permits Spezialfonds, or special funds, to invest as much as 20% of their portfolios in crypto.

Sven Hildebrandt, CEO of Distributed Ledger Consulting estimates that if every Spezialfond chooses to allocate the full 20% in crypto, that would equate to &euro350 billion ($415 billion), based on the total AUM (assets under management) of such funds in Germany. His work was cited in a report by the financial newspaper Boersen Zeitung in April.

Spezialfonds are the dominant institutional investment vehicle in Germany. While the $415 billion figure is sizable enough on its own, it pales in comparison to the potential inflows that may come from other European countries if they chose to follow suit. Given Germany's status as the euro zone's most powerful economy, their policy actions have profound impacts on the surrounding neighbours.

There have been other signs of such acceptance of crypto emanating from Germany in recent months. Last Monday, Coinbase received a crypto custody license from Germany's Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin). The license allows Coinbase to continue serving the German market. Deutsche Bank also announced its intention to offer custody and brokerage services to its institutional clients in December.

We are currently witnessing the beginnings of a very bullish narrative for institutional Bitcoin buying in Germany. Given their impact and influence on the entire Euro-zone, it will be interesting to see how Germany's policy influences the sentiment coming from the rest of Europe.

July 05,2021

Binance Under Attack By Ontario and UK Regulators

The scrutiny and regulatory eye on crypto tighten as the world's largest crypto exchange by volume, Binance seems to be the "example", and focus of traditional investment regulators from around the globe. Tension mounts in crypto as the regulation vs. crypto battle heats up, and governments try to retain a position of power in this economic revolution.

As countries push forward with their own centralized digital currencies, decentralized cryptos and exchanges we know and support are being illuminated by regulators and governments as competition to their own projects, and the regulation heat is being turned up. Of course, all crackdowns with crypto regulation are cited as efforts to curtail money laundering, illicit activities, crypto scams, tax evasion, and to protect investors. Countries such as China, India, Turkey, Germany, and Nigeria are leading the regulation parade, and have already put measures or threats of exchange fines in place to restrict or stop crypto trading.

Binance exchange, with a history of traditional investment regulation breaches, has again come under attack by regulators, most recently in Japan and UK. There has also been a recent change for Binance's operations in the Canadian province of Ontario, in reaction to regulators' dealings with other crypto exchanges. The regulation attacks are aimed at hybrid crypto investments products that are pegged to traditional regulated stock market offerings, a dangerous line for exchanges to walk. Binance seems to be the "example" here but is not alone, many other exchanges are also being addressed by regulators.

Financial Services Agency of Japan has filed its second warning in 3 years to Binance, stating that Binance is not licensed to operate in Japan. In the UK the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) has banned Binance from conducting any regulated investment activity within their boundaries, which does not include trading of unregulated crypto investments. In Ontario, Binance ceased operations, where recently 3 crypto exchanges have been issued notice by regulators stating that they were in breach of investment regulations.

Increased threat of regulations and scrutiny is having an impact on the crypto industry's overall growth, market sentiment, and maybe the reason a slew of new crypto exchange and trading applications with Britain's FCA have been withdrawn in recent months. Regulation in crypto is desirable, necessary, and in most cases welcome. Let's hope that these regulations are in fact designed for, and effective in protecting investors, and not just tools to protect the interests of those who are late to the party, and stand to lose some control.








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