Valour Structured Products Inc. (“Valour”), a subsidiary of DeFi Technologies Inc. (the “Company” or “DeFi Technologies”) (NEO:DEFI, GR: RMJ.F, OTC: DEFTF) and issuer of investment products focused on digital assets, has launched its Polkadot ETP (VALOUR POLKADOT (DOT) SEK – CH1114178770) on the Nordic Growth Market (NGM) stock exchange.
The Valour Polkadot ETP enables investors to gain exposure to DOT, the native token of the Polkadot protocol, simply and securely, via their bank or broker.
Polkadot is a next generation blockchain protocol that enables interoperability and scalability for multiple blockchains. An open-source project founded by the Web3 Foundation, Polkadot’s native token, DOT, carries out three essential functions: providing governance for the network, operating the network via staking, and supporting the creation of parachains, specialized blockchains that connect to Polkadot.
Polkadot is among the top ten cryptocurrencies in the world by market capitalization, currently at USD $19.7 billion.
By gaining exposure to digital assets via Valour, investors of DeFi Technologies benefit from the standardisation, risk reduction and operational efficiency of a centrally-cleared product listed on a regulated stock exchange. For each exchange traded product of Valour that is bought and sold on the stock exchange, Valour purchases or sells the equivalent amount of the underlying digital assets, meaning the products are fully backed at all times.
“We’re thrilled to be the first to bring a Polkadot ETP to the Nordics” said Valour CEO Diana Biggs. “This is a particularly exciting time for the Polkadot protocol with the upcoming launch of its parachain functionality, providing increased scalability and finalizing its core build. Our launch of Valour DOT SEK is a direct response to increased demand from both retail and institutional investors for access to further innovative blockchain protocols via our ETPs,” she added.
“Amazing to see another successful launch by the team. With Polkadot we have now listed our second DeFi pure play ETN in May,” said Wouter Witvoet, CEO of DeFi Technologies. “Polkadot has some of the smartest people behind the project, including the co-founder of Ethereum, Thiel Fellows, and artificial intelligence experts. The potential for Polkadot to make it easier than ever to create and connect decentralized applications, services, and institutions is an exciting prospect for the larger DeFi ecosystem.”
DeFi Technologies also announces that it has engaged Native Ads Inc. to execute a comprehensive digital media marketing campaign for the Company. This programmatic digital advertising campaign will run for a 12-month period at a cost of approximately C$312,500, and is to include content creation, web development, media buying and distribution, advertising creative development, campaign reporting and optimization.
Dogecoin Sheds 9.49 Percent as Crypto Market Tumbles
Dogecoin, a meme coin aggressively pushed by billionaire Elon Musk, plunged by 9.49 percent in the last 24 hours to 0.24853 a coin after hitting a record-high of $0.74 on May 8, 2021.
The coin that started as a joke has gained 5,180.84 percent from the year to date with the total supply hitting 129.97 billion.
In the last 24 hours, investors traded dogecoin worth $679.40 million at an average transaction fee of $0.639526.
Elon Musk had aggressively pushed dogecoin and at some point signals, Tesla could adopt the meme coin as payment for its products in replacement for the out of favour Bitcoin.
A large number of cryptocurrency investors blamed Elon Musk for the current downturn of the entire crypto space with Anonymous, a decentralized international activist/hacktivist collective/movement widely known for its various cyber attacks against several governments, government institutions and government agencies, calling him an opportunist with his overvalued product, Tesla.
The decision of Tesla to pull the plug on Bitcoin by halting its acceptance as payment for its vehicles kick-started the current bearish trend but it was escalated by China’s action – banning banks from facilitating cryptocurrency payments like Nigeria.
However, it would be extended by the Federal Reserve’s new hawkish stance as investors are expected to shift their investment interests from haven assets like gold, unregulated cryptocurrency and others to bonds and other dollar assets in general.
Coinbase Cofounder Issues Serious Crypto Price Warning As Bitcoin ‘Death Cross’ Fear Spreads
Bitcoin and cryptocurrency prices have struggled last week with the crypto market’s combined value slipping under $1.5 trillion—down from $2.5 trillion in May.
The bitcoin price, after getting an unexpected boost from Tesla billionaire Elon Musk last weekend, has resumed its decline over the last few days, falling back toward $30,000 per bitcoin.
Now, as bitcoin charts show the price 50-day moving average has fallen below the 200-day moving average—a pattern known as the “death cross”—Coinbase cofounder Fred Ehrsam has warned “most” cryptocurrencies and crypto-assets “won’t work” and “90 percent of NFTs” will have “little to no value in three to five years.”
Bitcoin’s “death cross,” despite its ominous name, appears to be a lagging price indicator. The last time the trading pattern occurred in March 2020, it heralded a huge bitcoin bull run that helped even smaller cryptocurrencies surge to all-time highs.
“People are going to try all sorts of things,” Ehrsam, who has gone on to found the blockchain investment firm Paradigm since leaving Coinbase in 2017, told Bloomberg this week, warning many of those smaller cryptocurrencies won’t survive. “There’ll be millions and millions of cryptocurrencies and crypto-assets, just like there were millions and millions of websites. Most of them won’t work.”
Coinbase, the San Francisco-based bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchange, went public this year at a huge $100 billion valuation but has since seen its market cap plummet, falling by a third amid waning interest among retail traders and global regulatory pressure.
Since bitcoin was created in 2009, thousands of cryptocurrencies have been created with crypto data provider CoinMarketCap currently counting just over 10,000 different coins.
Some, such as ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency after bitcoin with a market capitalization of $250 billion compared to bitcoin’s $660 billion, have established themselves as cryptocurrency mainstays—while others including EOS and, more recently internet computer, have made splashy debuts only to fade away over time.
Internet computer’s ICP token is down over 90 percent from its all-time high price set shortly after its launch in May, while EOS, which made headlines when it raised $4.1 billion ahead of its launch in 2018, is trading 80 percent lower.
Ehrsam also warned against investors betting on NFTs (non-fungible tokens). The popularity of NFTs, that use cryptocurrency technology to allow all manner of digital real estate from artwork to tweets, memes and YouTube videos, to be tokenized and sold via a blockchain, has exploded over the last few months—though data suggests the market is already significantly down on its early-May peak.
Banking Giant BBVA Opens Bitcoin Trading and Custody Service in Switzerland
Spanish banking giant BBVA’s swiss entity, BBVA Switzerland, has started offering bitcoin trading and custody services.
Announcing the news on Friday, BBVA Switzerland said the services will be available to all of its private banking clients from Monday, June 21. The launch comes six months after the bank began trialing the services in Switzerland.
“This gradual roll-out has allowed BBVA Switzerland to test the service’s operations, strengthen security and, above all, detect that there is a significant desire among investors for crypto-assets or digital assets as a way of diversifying their portfolios, despite their volatility and high risk,” said Alfonso Gomez, CEO of BBVA Switzerland.
While the bank currently only supports bitcoin, it said the aim is to also offer other cryptocurrencies in the future. As for the launch of the services in other countries, BBVA Switzerland said that would depend on maturity, demand, and regulation in those markets.
BBVA said its bitcoin services are novel as clients can manage their investments alongside traditional assets in the same portfolio. Customers willing to convert their bitcoin into fiat and vice versa can do so “without delays and without the illiquidity that affects other digital wallets or independent brokers,” said BBVA. That’s because the bank operates with several sources for converting cryptocurrencies, it said, without disclosing those sources.
BBVA’s services come as more mega-banks open up to the crypto space. In recent weeks, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Bank of New York Mellon, and other financial institutions have moved to provide crypto services to their clients.
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