- An Australian Senate Committee touched on blockchain matters in its interim report.
- The Committee affirmed the potential for the country’s ambitious blockchain roadmap.
- It also touched on the need for regulatory changes regarding initial coin offerings.
Australia has made significant strides in the blockchain space already in 2020, previously announcing a roadmap for a vibrant blockchain sector that the country hopes to achieve via a combination of banking, export, and education infrastructure changes. Additionally, the National Stock Exchange of Australia is building a blockchain-based settlement and clearing system—in partnership with financial tech (fintech) company iSignthis—that could also enable fractional trading in the process.
Word of both of those plans has reached the Australian Senate’s Select Committee on Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology, which released an interim report that includes numerous references to blockchain.
The Senate Committee’s report lays out the potential for blockchain to power advances in both fintech and regulatory tech (regtech). It also highlights what could be a missed opportunity so far: reaping the myriad benefits of capital raised via initial coin offerings (ICOs).
The report notes the same figures stated in the February National Blockchain Roadmap announcement, citing an expectation that blockchain technology will drive $175 billion in global business value by 2025 and more than $3 trillion total by 2030.
Michael Bacina, partner at commercial law firm Piper Alderman, spoke of the expected rise in demand for blockchain tech within Australian industry. “Most fintech and regtech projects will either be built predominantly on distributed ledger technology or blockchain, or heavily using that within the next 10 years,” he told the Committee.
Furthermore, the Committee noted that blockchain technology could benefit a wide number of Australian industries. While the financial and insurance industries topped the list, others include “professional, scientific, and technical services and retail trade, but other areas include healthcare and social assistance, agriculture, as well as real estate services,” the report reads.
Improving ICO conditions
Elsewhere in the report, the Senate Committee focused on the rise in ICOs and the capital they raise—and why Australia isn’t reaping more of the benefits of them.
Dr. Jemma Green, co-founder and Executive Chairman of blockchain-driven Australian energy marketplace Power Ledger, suggested to the Committee that current regulatory conditions in the country are not conducive to attracting startup ICOs.
“Many countries—for example, Switzerland—are changing that to put them on capital accounts, which is moving the taxing point to when proceeds build a platform which generates income,” she said of pertinent laws affecting ICOs. “In Australia, the proceeds are presently being taxed as income. As a result of this regulation, Australia is not an attractive proposition to undertake one of these initial coin offerings or indeed set up a business here.”
She told the Committee that less than 1% of the $26 billion in estimated ICO capital raised to date internationally has been from Australian companies, and that there is multifaceted incentive for the country to change its laws to be more inviting to companies that would utilize ICOs.
“From an employment perspective, it’s a really exciting story. And then the taxation revenue from those companies that come in profitable will be the bounty for the Treasury,” she explained. “And so I think there’s a bigger play around capturing the value for those markets in the Australian economy, as opposed to them being based outside Australia. It’s stimulating the fintech sector, providing employment opportunities, and delivering better quality services to the Australian people.”
Large, Luxury Penthouse in Miami Sells for $22 Million in Crypto
One of America’s most luxurious penthouses just sold for more than $22 million – and the deal was completely finalized through cryptocurrency. The home consists of four bedrooms and is located within a condo building known as Arte by Antonio Citterio, which is situated in Miami Beach, Florida and designed by real estate developers Alex Sapir and Giovanni Fasciano.
Miami Real Estate and Crypto… A Perfect Match?
While crypto-real estate deals have been occurring over the past seven years, they are not common in any way, shape, or form. Typically, in America, all deals close through USD, but both Sapir and Fasciano expressed their excitement over the event and said in a recent interview that they always felt real estate and crypto went hand in hand… It was just a matter of time before people realized that, and as a result, they have consistently been open to homebuyers looking to pay their way with digital currency.
Sapir explains that there were several offers made on the residence, many of which would have also been done with crypto. He explained:
There is a strong, pent-up demand for cryptocurrency transactions that are seamless and secure for both parties, and the deal at Arte is a prime example of that. We were overwhelmed by the amount of calls we received from qualified buyers just after announcing our ability to facilitate cryptocurrency transactions. Real-world crypto transactions have not made their way fully into the mainstream yet, so it is quite clear top holders around the world pay attention when new opportunities to transact open up.
Fasciano says that with this sale, he has no doubt Miami could become a leader in crypto-based real estate sales, and he is hopeful that this will attract more digital investors to the housing mix. He says:
We are making Miami real estate history with this sale, as we were the first new development to facilitate this kind of cryptocurrency transaction, and to do so successfully so quickly after announcing. Cryptocurrency is the future of wealth, and we believe this is only the beginning. Arte has set the precedent for what these sales can look like and how fast they can take place. We are proud to have laid the groundwork for this new, burgeoning world.
Why Crypto Works Well
Sapir further stated what it was that inspired them both to accept crypto in the first place:
When we first set out to develop a boutique, resort-style oceanfront condominium for only 16 owners, no one had ever heard of anything so luxe and at such a small scale in Miami. It did not deter us, and we wanted to get ahead of a future world where half the world’s billionaires could have easily made their wealth from cryptocurrency. The quick sale of the Lower Penthouse at $22.5 million proves the success of the concept.
Ripple execs file new motion – What does it mean for their XRP sales contention?
The ongoing lawsuit filed by the SEC against Ripple Labs and its execs is showing no signs of slowing down or ending anytime soon. Ripple’s latest defense now challenges the SEC’s jurisdictional authority over the exchanges that Brad Garlinghouse and Chris Larsen sold XRP to. As a matter of fact, the SEC, in its amended complaint, sought disgorgement for the two billion units of XRP sold by the execs on digital asset trading platforms located outside the U.S.
The individual defendants in the case have filed a motion seeking the court’s approval to request documents from over a dozen digital currency exchanges located “all over the world.” By doing so, the defendants want to establish that the XRP sales they made were beyond the jurisdiction of the regulatory agency. The individual defendants also argued in their motion that Section 5 of the Securities Act only applies to “domestic” sales and offers of securities.
Justifying the ultimate reason behind their international discovery request, their motion noted,
“The evidence to be obtained from the digital asset trading platforms is probative of the issue whether “irrevocable liability” was incurred outside the US with respect to these transactions.”
The third parties in question here include prominent exchange platforms like Upbit, Korbit, Huobi, Coinone, and Bitstamp. Additionally, the defendants’ letter stated,
“We understand that the Plaintiff, the Securities and Exchange Commission, does not object to this motion.”
With this motion, the defendants have requested the court to issue the attached letters of request for international judicial assistance and compel the aforementioned entities to produce documents. Here, it should be noted that the Court has the authority to request any competent authority of another state to obtain evidence. This motion is quite important for the defendants because it has the potential to provide them with concrete evidence before the close of fact discovery.
The Letters of Request to the entities seeks the assistance of the Central Authorities of Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong, the U.K, Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Seychelles, Malta, and Northern Ireland to obtain documents relevant to the case that are otherwise unobtainable through other means from the entities.
“The Individual Defendants seek foreign discovery on the basis of their good faith belief that the listed entities possess unique documents and information concerning this case.”
According to the aforementioned motion, the entities could potentially produce evidence that specifically dealt with the transactions of XRP on their respective foreign digital trading platforms.
“There is good cause for the Court to issue the Letters of Request. The information sought in the document requests is narrowly tailored to obtain relevant information related to the case.”
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Analyzing ideal buy-entries for Ethereum, Cardano, Dogecoin for the next 24 hours
The cryptocurrency market might potentially be amidst another weekend correction. In a previous article, we analyzed whether there is an actual correlation between market dumps and the weekends. Multiple assets are shaky on the charts at the moment, and that includes the likes of Ethereum, Cardano, Dogecoin, among others. Keeping the notion of recovery in mind, we tried to identify a potential buy-range for these altcoins in order to maximize profits out of the dire situation at hand.
(Note: The analysis has been solely done from an analytical and fundamental point of view. It does not accommodate the possibility of any flash crashes)
Ethereum – Re-visiting the $2100s?
Ethereum, at the time of writing, was at a price range last seen towards the end of May 30th. The valuation was near the $2300 range, something that opens up the possibility for a couple of situations,
i) A bounceback from the support range of $2310-$2180
ii) Ideal re-test of Demand Zone at $2100-$1750
One of the reasons why the aforementioned support range could get invalidated is the fact that it has been tested before on 8th June. Now, while the Demand Zone has a wide range, it would be better for the asset to not close under $1880, which is a critical level and weekly support.
Hence, setting up buy entries between $2100-$1900 remains ideal, while cutting losses under $1880 if the market goes further south.
ETH’s trading volume ($27.6 billion) was also a clear indication that the market is adequate for recovery, but its social volumes have significantly dropped. And yet, historically, this level has acted as a point of reversal.
Dogecoin – Another free fall?
Dogecoin lacked a definite support range based on past price action. Coincidentally, its present price range has only been its bounceback level in the past. Now, presenting DOGE’s demand zone is more chaotic than other assets because its charts paint more of a flash-crash situation.
And yet, the ideal demand zone or buy range for the meme coin remains between $0.218-$0.184. A collapse below $0.184 should be directly met with sell-orders to cut losses, as the price could potentially meet its weekly support at $0.087.
One thing that makes it worrisome for Dogecoin to touch its demand zone is the lack of volumes. There might be no pullback considering the strength of trading activity was falling to its minimal range for the year 2021.
However, from a development point of view, its ecosystem has had more activity than ever before, which is a huge positive from a fundamental and long-term point of view. Overall, it is more ideal to set up entries after it bounces back from the Demand Zone than now while it is consolidating in it.
Cardano – Better not touch $1?
For Cardano, there remains a definite Support Range and Demand Zone. Just like Ether, it re-tested the support range of $1.40-$1.33. Unlike ETH, ADA’s support zone is stronger. Yet, strong corrections should mean meeting the demand zone between $1.17 and $1.05. Unlike other assets, it is imperative ADA remains above the Critical Level of $1 because it has maintained a position above this range since the beginning of February.
While Cardano had low trading volumes, it didn’t seem to be beyond salvation. Market momentum may switch up activity levels very quickly. However, it is essential to keep note of its low social dominance as only 2.36% of the ecosystem is talking about Cardano at the moment. Fundamentals are still strong for ADA, however. Ergo, buying within the demand zone should be fruitful.
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