The UK Treasury asking the Royal Mint to create a non-fungible token is the evidence you need that you should consider including the new emerging asset class into your investment portfolio.
The bold assessment from James Green, the Europe and Latin America Director of deVere Group, one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory, asset management and fintech organisations, follows the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, on Monday announcing that he had asked the 1,136-year-old institution to create an NFT so it could be issued this summer.
“This decision shows the forward-looking approach we are determined to take towards cryptoassets in the UK,” the Treasury said on Twitter, posting a picture of the royal coat of arms.
An NFT is a digital asset that can be an image, audio clip, or GIF and whose ownership is recorded on a tamper-proof digital ledger known as a blockchain.
Over the last year, the NFTs market has exploded, with a digital-only piece of art selling for $69 million in 2021.
Since then, an ever-growing number of celebrities and artists, and fashion, music, tech and sports brands have been creating, buying and selling tokens.
James Green says: “NFTs – the hottest new asset class – are often wrongly seen as the niche domain of young, tech gurus in Silicon Valley, hipster artists, and on-trend social media influencers.
“But the decision taken by the Treasury to get a clunky, old establishment institution such as the Royal Mint involved in the digital asset space underscores how the market is much more than a niche, fad or bubble.
“It highlights that NFTs are on the cusp of becoming a mainstream investment opportunity and, as such, is evidence that investors should now be considering including them into their portfolios.”
He continues: “These digital assets are immutable and exchangeable, offering a store of value and potentially decent source returns. They shouldn’t be ignored by those wanting to seek to build their wealth by future-proofing their portfolios.”
With the NFT market exploding, earlier this month, deVere Group launched dV Gems, a non-fungible token (NFT) platform that aims to give investors access to the emerging asset class and streamline digital ownership.
At the time of the launch, the deVere Group CEO, Nigel Green, noted: “Uniquely positioned to help investors see value and opportunity in a digital financial era, dV Gems will provide immediate access to the decade’s hottest emerging asset class – an asset class that will become a standard feature of investment portfolios within a few years.”
He added: “This platform will help clients and prospective clients spot the winners of the future. We’ll guide you to understand the new market and why we believe NFTs have a massive part to play in the future of financial investing.”
James Green concludes: “Even the Royal Mint, an institution founded in 886 AD, knows that NFTs are coming into the mainstream. And so should investors.
“These digital assets deserve proper consideration as a serious opportunity as they begin to reshape the investment landscape.”
Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao Steps Down Amid Anti-money Laundering Violations
Changpeng Zhao, commonly known as CZ, has announced his resignation as the CEO of Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange.
In a heartfelt message shared on social media, CZ acknowledged the emotional challenge of stepping down but emphasized that it was the right decision.
“Binance is no longer a baby. It is time for me to let it walk and run. I know Binance will continue to grow and excel with the deep bench it has,” CZ stated.
The newly appointed CEO is Richard Teng, the former Global Head of Regional Markets at Binance.
Teng brings over three decades of financial services and regulatory experience to the role, having served as CEO of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority at Abu Dhabi Global Market and Chief Regulatory Officer of the Singapore Exchange.
CZ expressed confidence in Teng’s leadership, highlighting his qualifications and commitment to guiding Binance through its next phase of growth. The focus will be on enhancing security, transparency, compliance, and overall expansion.
Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao was forced to step down as part of a major $4 billion settlement between United States agencies and the cryptocurrency exchange he founded.
The CEO pleaded guilty to anti-money laundering violations, including allowing transactions with Hamas.
Binance has now settled charges with the DOJ and Commodities Futures Trading Commission; the Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), which will give the Treasury Department access to Binance’s books and records under the terms of a five-year monitorship.
“Because of the crimes committed, Binance became the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the world,” Merrick Garland, the US Attorney General, said during a press conference on Tuesday. “Now, Binance has paid one of the largest corporate penalties in US history.”
The Treasury Department said in a statement that it had taken “unprecedented action” to hold Binance accountable for violations of U.S. anti-money laundering laws. It alleged that Binance had failed to prevent and report “suspicious transactions with terrorists,” citing both Al Qaeda and ISIS. The settlement comes with a $3.4 billion penalty to FinCEN and $968 million to OFAC, as well as compliance requirements and monitoring for a period of five years.
Reflecting on his future plans, CZ mentioned taking a break and exploring passive investments, particularly in blockchain, Web3, DeFi, AI, and biotech startups.
While ruling out a return to the role of CEO, he expressed openness to coaching and mentoring a select group of emerging entrepreneurs.
In his message, CZ took pride in the resolutions with U.S. agencies, clarifying that they do not allege misappropriation of user funds or engagement in market manipulation, reassuring users that funds are “SAFU” (Secure Asset Fund for Users).
The unexpected leadership transition marks a new chapter for Binance, with the crypto community eagerly anticipating how the exchange will evolve under Richard Teng’s guidance.
U.S. Justice Department Seeks Over $4 Billion from Binance Amidst Investigation
The U.S. Justice Department is in negotiations with Binance Holdings Ltd., seeking a resolution to a lengthy investigation into the cryptocurrency exchange.
The proposed settlement includes the possibility of Binance founder Changpeng Zhao, known as “CZ,” facing criminal charges in the U.S.
The Justice Department’s demands exceed $4 billion, making it one of the largest penalties in a criminal cryptocurrency case.
While the exact charges and structure of the resolution remain unclear, sources suggest that Binance may be expected to pay over $4 billion.
The investigation covers alleged money laundering, bank fraud, and sanctions violations. BNB cryptocurrency, native to Binance, experienced an 8.5% surge to $266.42 following reports of the ongoing negotiations.
Matt Walsh, founding partner at crypto venture firm Castle Island Ventures, highlighted the potential for a settlement with monitoring provisions, allowing Binance to pursue a more compliant future.
The agreement aims to strike a balance, ensuring Binance’s continued operation to prevent negative consequences for markets and crypto holders.
Binance, facing legal and regulatory actions, has sought to minimize its exposure in any settlement, including pushing for a deferred prosecution agreement.
Such an agreement would involve filing a criminal complaint against the company, with the U.S. withholding prosecution under specified conditions.
The investigation covers allegations of aiding in sanctions evasion against Iran and Russia and scrutiny regarding transactions possibly financing Hamas.
While the Justice Department has pushed for a broad leadership change at Binance, it remains unclear if charges would extend beyond CZ. The potential resolution follows increased legal scrutiny and regulatory actions against Binance, including a lawsuit from the Securities and Exchange Commission in June.
The crypto community watches closely as one of the largest investigations into a cryptocurrency company unfolds, awaiting further developments in this high-stakes negotiation.
Worldcoin’s Rollercoaster Ride Amidst Altman’s Ouster Drama
The Worldcoin digital token, associated with Sam Altman’s World ID project, has experienced significant volatility following the recent upheaval in Altman‘s professional journey.
The token which rose to $2.48 a coin began a descent on Thursday amid broader digital-asset market fluctuations, intensifying after Altman’s dismissal from OpenAI.
Altman’s firing on Friday added to Worldcoin’s downward spiral, reaching a low of $1.84.
However, in the wake of efforts by a group of OpenAI executives and investors to reinstate Altman, the token staged a remarkable recovery, rallying 18% within 24 hours to reclaim the $2.40 level.
The current market value of Worldcoin stands at approximately $280 million, placing it 157th in the crypto market.
The token’s fluctuations are intricately tied to the unfolding drama surrounding Altman’s potential reinstatement as the CEO of OpenAI.
Richard Galvin, co-founder at Digital Asset Capital Management, noted that the token’s movements are closely linked to “Altman news flow and concerns over his ouster at OpenAI.”
Worldcoin, part of Tools for Humanity, a company co-founded by Altman, is unique for its blockchain-based system that uses an orb to scan individuals’ eyeballs, generating a distinct digital identity.
The associated World IDs, designed for an AI-enabled future, aim to establish personhood in a scenario where distinguishing between humans and machines becomes challenging.
Despite its recent price gyrations, Worldcoin’s underlying project raises privacy and ethics concerns.
As Altman’s fate at OpenAI hangs in the balance, the crypto community continues to closely monitor the developments, with Worldcoin at the center of attention.
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