KPMG Develops Crypto-Asset Management Tool for Crypto Asset Management Companies
In a bid to finally step into the cryptocurrency market, KPMG LLP on Monday announced it has launched KPMG Chain Fusion, a patent-pending suite of advanced analytics capabilities, built around cryptoasset data and technology products to allow financial services companies and fintechs offer cryptoasset services on an institutional scale.
The director and co-lead of the Big 4 auditor’s Cryptoasset Services, Sam Wyner, said his team has been working on the project for about a year and started building the actual suite of tools in February.
“It’s not unusual for a bank to have tens of systems … and crypto companies have a similar problem where for their blockchain-based systems, they’re fundamentally different, the infrastructure behind them is fundamentally different from what’s happening in traditional systems,” he said. “The same problem that happens is ‘how do you connect all your blockchain based systems to traditional ones, and do that in a way that the organization is trying to operate in?”
The tool would allow businesses in the crypto space to run broad-based analytics on data. This was tested by KMPG through multiple use case modules based on actual feedback from companies in the industry.
Wyner said it would ensure that data on a blockchain matches the information recorded on an entity’s books.
“If you know you control an address and you think you have one bitcoin on it and you look at the address on the public blockchain, do you have one bitcoin or are you running a fractional reserve?” he said.
Other challenges included finding ways of being able to pull data from databases, including blockchain information, and still be able to run queries.
“We developed it all in a way that we were able to incorporate different types of technology providers and market data and infrastructure providers,” Wyner said.
While Wyner wouldn’t admit the name KPMG and reputation will help companies become more comfortable stepping into cryptoasset management, he did say risk is not something new in the financial services industry. However, KPMG is more comfortable with process risk and control.
“At least in my career this is one of the first times I’ve really thought of something and carried it all the way to this point with the help of a lot of people on this team, it would never have been possible without the support of our team,” Wyner said. “It’s an exciting time, I’m excited to continue to speak about chain fusion with all of the companies.”
Bitcoin Hits Record $19,259 a Coin on Tuesday as Demand Jumps Through the Roof
Demand for the world’s most dominant cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, rose to a record high on Tuesday amid Trump’s renewed attack on China and general global uncertainty.
Bitcoin rose by 5.2 percent to $19,259.64 or N9.471 million per coin as of 2.24 pm Nigerian time on Tuesday.
Ripple rose by 25.05 percent to 0.00003271 BTC or N233.25 per coin, representing over 100 percent increase in the last one week.
Similarly, Bitcoin Cash advanced to fourth place among the most capitalised cryptocurrencies after gaining 16.90 percent in the last 24 hours to 0.00154 BTC or N129,101 per coin with N2.36 trillion market capitalisation and N170.29 billion volume of trade in the last 24 hours.
Demand for cryptocurrencies rose late on Monday after President Trump renewed his trade war with China, in a move that suggested he is out for revenge.
Few reports have said China was supporting the President-elect, Joe Biden, prior to the US presidential election, and as such was using cyberspace to push that agenda like Russia did in 2016.
The surged in global tension despite COVID-19’s three different vaccines led to an increase in demand for cryptocurrencies by institutional investors in the last 24 hours.
Also, demand for crypto assets on both PayPal and CashApp platforms has exceeded the entire supply of newly minted bitcoins, suggesting a serious supply pressure and likely surge in price above the current level in the near-term.
Bitcoin could set a new all-time record high in few days if demand remains high.
Paypal Bullish on Bitcoin But as a Currency
Dan Schulman, the Chief Executive Officer, PayPal, said he is positive about bitcoin’s usefulness as a currency and believed that single fact will prevail over the buy and hold ethos.
According to Schulman, there will be more use cases for cryptocurrencies over time. This, he said would boost cryptocurrency acceptability, growth and stability.
He said “I think that there’ll be more and more use cases for cryptocurrencies,” that make bitcoin more widely accepted, more stable and probably “more valuable” over time.
Schulman further explained that at this stage, central bank digital currency is now a global inevitability. As that happens, “you’ll have more and more utility happen with cryptocurrencies,” he said.
“Both may play important roles going forward,” he said.
PayPal got into cryptocurrency space as an exchange two months ago after pulling out of Facebook’s Libra Group following parliament’s rising scrutiny into Facebook businesses.
Symatri Launches Kala Pro Wallet With Enhanced Cryptocurrency Protection
Kala Wallet, which is used by over 30,000 people, has today launched its Pro Wallet, which comes with enhanced security features and three levels of theft insurance cover: Bronze, which covers up to $1,000; Silver, up to $10,000; and Gold, up to $100,000.
The new Kala Pro Wallet is protected through a partnership with Coincover, creators of the safety standard for crypto, which provides theft cover underwritten by Lloyd’s of London.
While cryptocurrency continues to grow in popularity, a constant concern for anyone that holds – or is considering holding – crypto is the potential to lose access to their assets, whether through an accidental loss of their keys, or a malicious attack.
With Coincover in place, the Kala Pro Wallet provides peace of mind by offering financial protection should a user’s cryptocurrency be inaccessible or stolen. It also notarizes the insurance policy on the Kala blockchain for further proof of coverage.
Darren Olayan, CEO of Symatri, said, “Our community of 30,000 Kala Wallet users already benefit from Kala blockchain’s inherent value and asset verification capability within the Symatri ecosystem, and with the launch of our Pro Wallet they can access enhanced protection against theft and loss.
“We aim to provide the most versatile, secure and usable cryptocurrency and platforms, and our partnership with Coincover supports this ambition.”
David Janczewski, co-founder and CEO of Coincover, added, “As more people benefit from their crypto assets being protected, the popularity of cryptocurrency will continue to grow, and we’re delighted to help companies like Symatri make cryptocurrency an important and useful part of people’s daily lives.”
Kala Pro Wallet offers coverage at three levels, paid annually: Bronze, up to $1,000 coverage for $45; Silver up to $10,000 for $195; and Gold up to $100,000, for $1,020.
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