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Why CBN Bans Banks from Facilitating Cryptocurrency Exchanges

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Why CBN Bans Banks from Facilitating Cryptocurrency Exchanges

From Facebook to Twitter, influencers, cryptocurrency traders and interested stakeholders have hinged CBN’s cryptocurrency ban on lack of knowledge of the blockchain technology or the crypto space.

Meanwhile, it was the peculiarities of the Nigerian economy that necessitate CBN’s intervention in the crypto space.

The CBN is looking to revive the economy, create new jobs, deepen productivities and generally broaden growth.

However, the amount of money flowing into the crypto space at the expense of Nigeria’s real sector is weighing on the nation’s economic recovery and disrupting CBN strategies.

Nigeria’s investors that are being forced to invest in the real sector suddenly started dumping money on cryptocurrencies due to the ongoing bullish run.

The CBN needs all help it can get to curb capital outflow and improve the economy, not build Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies created by foreign entities.

Dollar scarcity and the continuous plunge in Naira value despite CBN efforts is partly because of scarcity created by firms like cryptocurrency exchanges that buys and sells dollar at black market rates.

They are part of the reasons the black market thrives despite efforts to curtail their activities. They create forex scarcity given the fact that they added to manufacturers and other importers struggling to access dollars in that section of the forex.

Also, the data that is coming from the crypto exchanges shows Nigeria’s crypto transaction volume is more than the equities market even with the equities market gaining 50.03 percent in 2020.

Busha said it recorded $219,208,193 in transaction volume in 2020 while BuyCoins did $141,395,605.75.

Bitsika that deals in cryptocurrency and payments said it processed a total of $39,953,115 in transactions.

Luno, Remitano, Binance, Paxful and others are yet to release their numbers. Meaning, crypto volume could more than double the Nigerian Stock Exchange trading volume for the year.

In fact, a report from UsefulTulips revealed that Nigerians transacted $32.3 million worth of Bitcoin in October 2020 alone. While Paxful has said Nigeria’s traded 60,215 Bitcoins worth over $566 million in the last five years on its platform, this excludes Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies.

According to Statista, “Nigeria’s interest in Bitcoins reached a peak during the summer of 2020, reaching the highest level since early 2018. This conclusion reveals itself after investigating Bitcoin trading volume against domestic currencies used for the transaction of the virtual currency. The African country was said to be one of the three countries with the most Bitcoin trading in the world in 2020.”

It indicates that without cryptocurrency trading investments in the real sector or the Nigerian Stock Exchange could have grown more.

It is the same with the real sector, as long as investors have options with better-projected returns they won’t care about the real sector.

People that are saying businesses will die, how many cryptocurrency exchange firms are in Nigeria? Less than 30, compared that to the millions of businesses dying because of bankruptcy and poor economic productivity. What about the rising unemployment rate due to weak industries?

Also, do not forget that cryptocurrency traders/investors do not pay taxes, therefore, FG generates nothing from it, yet it keeps hurting its strategies and economic productivity at large.

All these coupled with the fact that the crypto space is not regulated and a slight policy adjustment in the U.S or other top trading nations could plunge the entire industry into disaster and millions of Nigerians into poverty rank, are the reasons the CBN moves to curb its excesses.

Is the CEO/Founder of Investors King Limited. A proven foreign exchange research analyst and a published author on Yahoo Finance, Nasdaq, Entrepreneur.com, Investorplace, and many more. He has over two decades of experience in global financial markets.

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Coinbase Enters Fortune 500 List as FTX CEO Features in Times

Coinbase was the first cryptocurrency company to be featured in the popular Fortune 500 list

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Coinbase, one of the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchange platforms, was the first cryptocurrency company to be featured in the popular Fortune 500 list.

The Fortune 500 is an annual list that ranks 500 of the largest corporations in the United State by total revenue for their respective fiscal years as well as other quantitative parameters such as operating profit margin, assets, and employee count. The list includes both publicly and privately held companies.

A check by Investor King shows Walmart led the ranking for the tenth consecutive year by generating $5.1 trillion in revenue in the 2022 fiscal year. Amazon.com came second as its revenue jumped by 22%, eclipsing the $450 billion mark. In the third position was Apple, the most profitable company on the list for the seventh time in eight years, earning $95 billion in profit.

Coinbase’s global ranking of 437th was based on revenue of $839.4million, a 513.7 percent annual gain, and 3,730 employees worldwide.

Coinbase’s financial performance in the first quarter of 2022 was documented in a newly disclosed report, which revealed $430 million in losses. Despite previous quarters of significant earnings.

Brian Armstrong, the company’s CEO, was unfazed by the situation, stating that these cyclical periods of low market volume allow the company to concentrate on product development.

In related developments, Tines Magazine named FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried one of the most influential people in 2022.

Andrew R Chow, Time’s correspondent, nominated him. According to the magazine, Bankman-Fried was recognized as an “effective altrust* for his important role in creating a favorable narrative for the crypto sector and “using every tool.imaginable to convince the public of it’s strength.”

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Ethereum Merge: Core Developer Explains Changes to Expect

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Tim Beiko, an Ethereum core developer, has given a set of recommendations and expectations for Ethereum application and protocol developers ahead of the impending merge.

Beiko advised ordinary app and protocol users to test things out to verify that nothing breaks when additional tests are run. “Run stuff, if something is unclear or broken, leave a comment,” he tweeted on Tuesday. He also urged users and developers to “pay attention and make sure you are ready” for the Merge.

The Merge is the very complex and long-awaited conversion from proof-of-work (PoW) to proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus on the Ethereum network. It will be known as the Consensus Layer at that time, and it is slated to happen around August of this year.

On numerous testnets, the focus has been on ensuring that there are no cross-client concerns and that current apps do not fail completely after the Merge. In a separate Twitter thread, Beiko noted that such issues are unlikely to arise because “99% of modifications affect the protocol layer,” while “virtually no changes are done to the application layer.”

He also stated that developers should be aware that there will be two major changes to how smart contracts function with the Merge. To begin, he reminded them that the approach for beacon randomization, which aids in the running of programs, will be altered. This was announced in an Ethereum Foundation (EF) update in November and would be required for the migration to PoS.

The second modification will be a reduction in block timings from 13 to 12 seconds per block. Smart contracts that utilize block production speed as a measure of time will run one second faster after the Merge as a result of this change.

However, Beiko exuded confidence that, despite the Merge’s delays, all potential difficulties had been condensed into a single echelon. “Aside from cross-client testing and these two edge cases, the biggest risk of disruption is in ‘tooling and infra pipelines.’”

He concluded by stating that if any further vulnerabilities occur during the extensive testing and shadow forks, the Merge would be postponed further to guarantee the network’s security: “At any point, if we find issues, we’ll obviously take the time to fix + address them before moving forward. Only then will we think about moving mainnet to proof of stake.”

On Monday, DeceDeFi instructor Korpi revealed on Twitter that Ether (ETH) staked on the Beacon Chain can no longer be unlocked without a network update after the Merge. This includes staking-related prizes assuring ETH investors who are concerned that their coins will be released and dumped to relax

He also indicated that once coins are unlocked, they would be delivered in stages rather than all at once, and that those coins are typically an investor’s “never-sell stack” that will not be sold.

On the Beacon Chain, there are presently 12.6 million ETH staked. The Beacon Chain, which began in December 2020, was one of the initial moves toward turning Ethereum a PoS network.

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Ebay Launches First NFT for Non-Crypto Mainstream Buyers

eBay has officially launched its first non-fungible token (NFT) with a series of tokenized collectibles

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E-commerce giant, eBay has officially launched its first non-fungible token (NFT) with a series of tokenized collectibles showcasing National Hockey League (NHL) icon Wayne Gretzky.

This collection features animated Wayne Gretzky variants inspired by Sports Illustrated magazine covers. They are available in four levels of rarity: green (299 editions), gold (199), platinum (99), and diamond (15).

Investors King understands that the NFT collection is currently selling on eBay’s marketplace. However, the limited-edition diamond, platinum and gold tiers worth $1,500, $100 and $25 respectively are sold out.

According to eBay, the collection was created in collaboration with OneOf, an ecologically focused NFT platform that enables different “energy-efficient blockchains” to deliver sustainable NFT collections.

eBay first allowed NFT listings in mid-2021 but is yet to incorporate blockchain technology to support sales on its platform. Users will be provided a redemption code through in-platform messaging or email to obtain their NFT outside of the platform for this formal drop.

The NFTs were created using the Ethereum scaling platform Polygon and are also available for sale on OneOf.

However, secondary trade for the NFTs on OneOf has been limited thus far, with only three individuals advertising platinum tier tokens at a floor price of $199, and one user listing a gold tier NFT for $69.

Dawn Block, eBay’s vice president of collectibles, electronics and home stated that NFT tech is “revolutionizing the collectibles space” and emphasized that the company is working to introduce NFTs to popular collectors across the world: “Through our partnership with OneOf, eBay is now making coveted NFTs more accessible to a new generation of collectors everywhere. This builds upon our commitment to deliver high passion, high-value items to the eBay community of buyers and sellers.” Dawn said

Similar comments were also expressed by OneOf CEO Lin Dai, who stated that the company is working to make NFTs more accessible to consumers who aren’t familiar with crypto: “You don’t have to be a crypto expert to buy, sell, and collect NFTs. OneOf and eBay are bringing transformative Web3 technology to the next 100M non-crypto-native mass consumers.”

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