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Libra Cryptocurrency: Facebook Unveils Global Money

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Facebook Inc has finally unveiled its much-awaited cryptocurrency on Tuesday.

The cryptocurrency called Libra will be managed by Libra Association, an independent group formed to ensure its transparency and evolve the new ecosystem.

According to Libra Association, global internet connectivity has empowered billions of people globally and with just $40 smartphone, people can access numerous information, high-fidelity communications, and a wide range of lower-cost convenient services.

While this connectivity has helped more people access the global financial system, 1.7 billion adults remained outside the financial system with no access to traditional bank. That is 31 percent of global population.

Again, for those who have access to financial services, transfers are slow and take an average of 3 to 5 working days for a single international transfer to be completed.

On cost, the company said it cost 7 percent on average to send money internationally and for unbanked, they pay $4 more to access cash. Meaning, more transactions are cash-based. To be precise, about 85 percent.

This explains why U.S. retail businesses lose an estimated $40 billion annually to cash theft.

According to the company, by addressing all the aforementioned, about $3.7 trillion will be added to developing economies and 95 million new jobs will be created. People’s earnings potential will increase by 20 percent while extreme poverty will drop by at least 22 percent.

Facebook and Libra Association plans to address these issues with Libra, a simple global currency and financial infrastructure that can empower billions of people.

The association on its new website said: “Moving money around the world should be as easy and cheap as sending a text message. No matter where you live, what you do, or how much you earn.”

What is Libra?

Libra, has explained by Investors King, is a stablecoin version of cryptocurrency built on blockchain technology.

Libra will be tied to a basket of fiat currency to regulate its movement and help eliminate challenges currently hurting Bitcoin and the rest of unregulated cryptocurrencies.

The team hope to push cryptocurrency to mainstream and allow comprehensive regulatory control while maintaining its unique decentralise nature.

Calibra, Libra Digital Wallet

Facebook established a new subsidiary, Calibra, to provide financial services that will allow people access and participate in the Libra network.

Like other cryptocurrencies, Libra needs a digital wallet, therefore the first product Calibra will introduce is a digital wallet for Libra. The digital wallet will be available in Messenger, WhatsApp and as a standalone app.

The company expects to launch the app in the first half of 2020, the same period Libra will be officially launched.

Libra Association said the service will eliminate financial bottleneck and reduce cost of global transfer, currently put at an average of $25 billion yearly.

All these, the association said it hopes to address with Calibra, a digital wallet that people can use to save, send and spend.

Libra Association

Members of the Libra association will be responsible for managing Libra Reserve and development of Libra Blockchain.

The Founding Members of Libra Association that will work together to finalise the association’s charter and become “Founding Members” upon its completion are, by industry:

Payments: Mastercard, PayPal, PayU (Naspers’ fintech arm), Stripe, Visa
Technology and marketplaces: Booking Holdings, eBay, Facebook/Calibra, Farfetch, Lyft,
Mercado Pago, Spotify AB, Uber Technologies, Inc.
Telecommunications: Iliad, Vodafone Group
Blockchain: Anchorage, Bison Trails, Coinbase, Inc., Xapo Holdings Limited
Venture Capital: Andreessen Horowitz, Breakthrough Initiatives, Ribbit Capital, Thrive Capital,
Union Square Ventures
Nonprofit and multilateral organizations, and academic institutions: Creative Destruction Lab, Kiva, Mercy Corps, Women’s World Banking

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Bitcoin Needs Greater Regulatory Scrutiny – and Here’s Why: deVere CEO

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Bitcoin Needs Greater Regulatory Scrutiny – and Here’s Why: deVere CEO

Greater regulatory scrutiny of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin must become a priority as they continue to play an increasingly normalised role for investors, says the CEO of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory and fintech organisations.

deVere Group’s chief executive and founder Nigel Green – a long time advocate of cryptocurrencies – is speaking out after both the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the president of the European Central Bank (ECB) called for more robust regulations for cryptocurrencies this week.

The calls follow the price of Bitcoin jumping more than 300% last year and gained a further 40% earlier this month to reach an all-time high.

Mr Green says: “The calls by financial watchdogs and central banks for greater regulatory scrutiny must be championed as digital currencies, including Bitcoin, are set to play an ever greater role in the international financial system.

“What’s needed is a strong regulatory framework to be established and approved at an international level.  The forthcoming UK-hosted G20 summit might prove to be the ideal opportunity.

“Such regulation will help protect investors, tackle cryptocurrency criminality, and reduce the potential possibility of disrupting global financial stability, as well as offering a potential long-term economic boost to those countries which introduce it.”

He continues: “There is sustained and growing interest in the likes of Bitcoin from both retail and institutional investors. They are now increasingly handling the assets as they would any other asset in the portfolio –for example, sometimes profit-taking, sometimes reinvesting, using the volatility to their advantage, and using these alternatives to help with all-important diversification.

“These mainstream, normalised investor strategies demonstrate that cryptocurrencies must come into the regulatory tent and be held the same standards as the rest of the financial system.”

Previously, the deVere boss has said that one of the best ways to address the regulatory issues is via the exchanges.

“Nearly all foreign exchange transactions go through banks or currency houses and this is what needs to happen with cryptocurrencies. When flows run through regulated exchanges, it will be much easier to tackle potential wrongdoing, such as money laundering, and make sure tax is paid,” he has noted.

“For this to happen, banks will need to open accounts for exchanges, which is why they must be regulated.”

Mr Green concludes: “Cryptocurrencies in some form or another are here to stay – and the market is only set to grow.

“There can be no doubt that regulation of the crypto ecosystem is required and, I believe, it should be a priority.

“The work being done by many international financial watchdogs, lawmakers and central banks, such as the FCA and the ECB, in this area is something I fully support.”

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Bitcoin, Other Cryptocurrencies Free Fall as President-Elect Joe Biden Promises Trillions of Additional Stimulus

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Bitcoin, Other Cryptocurrencies Free Fall as President-Elect Joe Biden Promises Trillions of Additional Stimulus

Investors appear to be locking in profits and jumping off unregulated crypto-asset Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies following the official declaration of Joe Biden as the President-Elect of the United States.

Bitcoin plunged by over $8,000 to $33.781 per coin, down from over $41.457 per coin it traded a few days ago.

Ethereum followed with a 15.17 percent decline to $1,067.30 per coin.

Stellar and Ripple lost 11.71 percent and 15.36 percent, respectively.

The decline in cryptocurrency value was as a result of the recent stimulus announcement by President-elect, Joe Biden, and the fact that Democrats now control both the lower and upper houses. It means little to zero policy hindrance when President Biden is officially sworn in on January 20, 2021.

Businesses and investors are now more optimistic about other sectors of the economy and expect the new stimulus package to boost stocks and other traditional assets that are better regulated than the crypto space.

It means institutional investors that are jumping on bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have started holding back to assess new opportunities opening up with the incoming president.

Also, the American Dollar sustained its bullish trend against haven currencies and other currencies as investors up purchase of American assets as evidenced in the surge in yield.

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Coinbase Acquired Routefire to Deepen Operations

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Coinbase Acquired Routefire to Deepen Operations

The leading U.S cryptocurrency exchange company, Coinbase, has acquired Routefire, a trade execution startup, in an effort to expand and improve its exchange business.

In a blog post by Jason Victor, the Chief Executive Officer, Routefire, the company can executive $1mm+ orders with 50 basis points or more in price improvement.

The blog read in part, “After an incredible journey that began in early 2018, it is with pride and a deep sense of gratitude that today we are announcing we will be discontinuing Routefire’s services and our team will be joining Coinbase to continue developing best-in-class execution services for digital assets.

“We’ve had an incredible few years serving this community. When we entered the space, crypto market infrastructure was in its infancy, and traders were sorely in need of a solution that allowed them to execute quickly and efficiently across venues without suffering the market impact common to large block orders.

“Our mission was to enhance trading infrastructure in crypto markets, and we developed one of the most performant tools in the space, routinely filling $1mm+ orders with 50 bps or more in price improvement. Most of all, we enjoyed listening to and partnering with our customers to build the Routefire platform.”

A spokesman for Coinbase confirmed the transaction but refused to comment on the details.

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