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FinTech Connects… with Gilbert Verdian, CEO and Founder, Quant Network

FinTech Connect chats with Gilbert Verdian CEO and Founder of blockchain technology company Quant Network. Tasked with connecting the world’s networks to blockchain, Gilbert is building the Internet…

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FinTech Connect chats with Gilbert Verdian CEO and Founder of blockchain technology company Quant Network. Tasked with connecting the world’s networks to blockchain, Gilbert is building the Internet of Trust by converging blockchain, AI and cybersecurity. Having a keen interest in disruptive technology, Gilbert is the author behind the Blockchain ISO Standard TC307 initiative and is the Chair of the UK’s national committee on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger technologies (DLT/1) as well as the Interoperability working group for ISO. He also sits on committees in the Federal Reserve, the EU’s Blockchain Observatory, PayUK’s Cybersecurity board and UK Government’s DLT committees. 

He’s actively working to advance technology in the areas of AI, Cybersecurity, Blockchain, Fintech & Health.

Gilbert will be delivering a keynote at Blockchain Connect on December 3rd as part of this year’s FinTech Connect.

For those who are not aware, what does Quant do?

Quant solves one of the biggest pain points in FS, that is the ability to work with different technologies in blockchain. The industry loves blockchain and this technology is able to create new types of products and service offerings and it allows you to do that safely with trust.

However, the problem that everyone has is the dilemma of which blockchain technology to use. Then they have limitations so, they will be locked into a particular blockchain technology, vendor or simply don’t have the right skills to implement blockchain. Subsequently, we’ve simplified the adoption and implementation of any blockchain, allowing any Financial Services Institution and enterprise to use different types of blockchain with just three lines of code and benefit from the combined features of different technologies. Furthermore, we are working across financial infrastructure with payments and settlement, Capital Markets to move digital assets and tokenised securities in the US and starting work with Central Banks across digital assets. We’re in the middle of shaping the financial system of future.

What can you tell us about the Overledger OS?

The concept of Overledger was to solve the problem of disparate enterprise data across different systems and jurisdictions. The challenge, as an industry was that we were making the same mistakes of the past, creating technologies in isolation. We set out to solve this early on, initially tackling the problem by creating Standards, by establishing the Blockchain ISO Standard TC307 in 2015 then building our technology in 2017.

We have built the world’s first blockchain operating system which interconnects blockchains and existing enterprise platforms, solving interoperability at scale. We removed the barriers for enterprise adoption of blockchain, by giving clients the choice to use any supported blockchain without the challenges of vendor and tech lock-in, lack of interoperability and the freedom to use the best features of different chains in combination.

There has been an incredible amount of hype around blockchain over the past 5 years, where do you think the FS industry currently stands?

The industry has matured hugely in the last 2 years. We’ve moved on from the pilot and experimentation stage to actual implementation within financial systems.

We’ve seen the mass adoption of Digital Assets and the benefits of tokenization and fractionalization as well as created new opportunities and liquidity in asset classes. This is all of course, supported by regulation which has now caught up and is allowing for an environment of innovation. 

Do you think the Financial Services are at a point where it is overcoming challenges and hesitation to implement blockchain at scale?

I think in 2019 we had an inflection point in financial services. So much technology was built and implemented, passing the tests of pilots and prototypes. We’re seeing implementations of blockchain technologies within products and services, being used by customers and not having to know anything about blockchains or digital assets.

Can you tell me more on Overledger Network and its key applications you see for blockchain in financial services?

Public (Permissionless)Blockchains and the underlying nodes have been challenging to implement within enterprise networks. The core of the technology is a peer-2-peer network which anyone can connect and access all participants of the network. These were the very same challenges that plagued corporate security teams during the early 2000’s when the protocols of Napster and Bittorrent invaded their networks,

We can transform industries by creating a secure layer between them – at scale.  We want organisations to have choice and openness. Therefore, we have to focus on interoperability so that different industries can transact securely. It’s the mandatory step for technology innovation where close networks are open up and innovation happens. It was only when close proprietary internet networks and walled gardens from the likes of Compuserve and AOL were opened, resulted in the internet of today which created the Google’s and Amazons of the world. Society operates in open networks to communicate, transact and trade, this should be the same for blockchains.

The Overledger Network is the Network of Networks which allows for enterprises to safely host their own gateways to access all blockchains while complying to security and regulatory requirements and having access to new markets through the hyper-connected network.

What role does interoperability have in financial services of the future?

One of the biggest barriers for financial services has been the uncertainty of which blockchain to use and if you pick one, how do you avoid lock-in and migrate to other technologies when you need to.

Universal Interoperability is the key requirement to enable mass implementation of the technology and provide financial institutions the ability to freely trade and send financial transactions across borders and networks. This opens up the financial system, providing market access globally to gain new customers and expand products to new marketplaces.

The walled gardens of old cannot accommodate the decentralized world we are heading towards, where every stakeholder and participant can have friction access to each other to create value.

What examples of blockchain implementation are you impressed with?

We’ve seen a lot of impressive use cases in the last year. The convergence of IoT/5G, AI and Blockchain has created a world of possibilities. We’re seeing early glimpses of what is done when autonomous decisions are made by machines, transacting with value and money to better serve people. I’m impressed by the use of Blockchain for AI to securely access big data sets to authenticate and authorize plus rewarding participation. The European Space Agency have taken this approach to use blockchain to access large images datasets using blockchain.

What can we hear from your keynote?

We’re revealing real world use cases and solutions that Financial Services has been missing. We’re excited to show cross-chain atomic swaps and delivery vs payment which powers capital markets and financial infrastructure globally.

Quant Network is a technology provider enabling trusted digital interaction, helping create a secure digital future to the benefit of enterprises, regulators, governments, and individuals. Recognised for having solved interoperability through the creation of the world’s first blockchain operating system Overledger, Quant Network is leading the way for innovation and blockchain adoption across enterprise. Headquartered in London, UK, Quant Network is committed to building an internet people can trust. www.quant.network

Register for FinTech Connect on 3–4 December at ExCeL, London.

Source: https://www.fintechconnect.com/blockchain/articles/fintech-connects-with-gilbert-verdian-ceo-and-founder-quant-network

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Kraken Daily Market Report for April 12 2021

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Overview


  • Total spot trading volume at $1.74 billion, up from the 30-day average of $1.34 billion.
  • Total futures notional at $555.7 million.
  • The top five traded coins were, respectively, Bitcoin, Tether, Ethereum, Ripple, and Cardano.
  • Strong returns from Uniswap (+25%) and Flow (+11%).

April 12, 2021 
 $1.74B traded across all markets today
 Crypto, EUR, USD, JPY, CAD, GBP, CHF, AUD 
XBT 
$59918. 
↓0.3% 
$641.7M
USDT 
$0.9994 
↑0.03% 
$317.0M
ETH 
$2135.2 
↓0.9% 
$216.1M
XRP 
$1.3753 
↑1.9% 
$126.6M
ADA 
$1.2994 
↑2.6% 
$84.1M
USDC 
$0.9999 
↑0.0% 
$46.7M
DOT 
$40.310 
↓2.6% 
$39.1M
LTC 
$245.33 
↓2.9% 
$34.7M
TRX 
$0.1331 
↑8.9% 
$33.3M
FLOW 
$37.468 
↑11% 
$30.6M
UNI 
$37.402 
↑25% 
$23.6M
FIL 
$166.62 
↓7.0% 
$18.9M
XLM 
$0.5751 
↓1.0% 
$18.6M
XDG 
$0.0712 
↓3.4% 
$17.9M
XMR 
$321.10 
↓2.8% 
$17.9M
LINK 
$32.707 
↓3.9% 
$12.3M
MANA 
$1.0822 
↑1.0% 
$11.5M
BCH 
$669.88 
↓3.0% 
$11.0M
SC 
$0.0266 
↓3.5% 
$9.87M
ALGO 
$1.4637 
↓4.1% 
$9.85M
GRT 
$2.0962 
↑9.6% 
$9.61M
AAVE 
$403.67 
↑8.4% 
$9.51M
ATOM 
$22.173 
↓5.6% 
$9.42M
KSM 
$428.66 
↓2.4% 
$9.33M
EOS 
$6.4521 
↓4.5% 
$7.34M
XTZ 
$6.2194 
↓3.5% 
$6.97M
ZEC 
$218.94 
↓1.5% 
$5.36M
DASH 
$277.71 
↓3.4% 
$4.59M
STORJ 
$2.4142 
↓0.7% 
$4.51M
DAI 
$0.9994 
↓0.03% 
$4.08M
COMP 
$446.04 
↓3.0% 
$3.75M
SNX 
$19.596 
↑3.0% 
$3.13M
ICX 
$2.6855 
↑4.2% 
$3.06M
OMG 
$9.6585 
↑0.3% 
$2.8M
BAT 
$1.4119 
↓2.1% 
$2.57M
KAVA 
$6.5938 
↓5.9% 
$2.53M
OCEAN 
$1.6560 
↓3.6% 
$2.42M
QTUM 
$14.663 
↓1.9% 
$2.27M
CRV 
$3.0164 
↓3.2% 
$2.18M
ANT 
$10.697 
↓4.6% 
$1.93M
NANO 
$5.6921 
↑1.4% 
$1.91M
KNC 
$3.5034 
↓4.6% 
$1.86M
YFI 
$42840. 
↓5.2% 
$1.68M
ETC 
$19.193 
↓5.8% 
$1.44M
OXT 
$0.7723 
↓3.9% 
$1.43M
WAVES 
$15.288 
↓2.2% 
$1.35M
REP 
$47.281 
↓4.1% 
$1.27M
LSK 
$6.4095 
↓6.1% 
$1.09M
KEEP 
$0.7189 
↓4.0% 
$1.07M
EWT 
$16.354 
↓4.3% 
$768K
MLN 
$85.518 
↓4.3% 
$674K
PAXG 
$1741.0 
↓1.0% 
$663K
BAL 
$51.182 
↓1.2% 
$600K
REPV2 
$46.957 
↓4.2% 
$367K
GNO 
$172.93 
↓0.03% 
$292K
TBTC 
$60697. 
↓0.8% 
$50.2K



#####################. Trading Volume by Asset. ##########################################

Trading Volume by Asset


The figures below break down the trading volume of the largest, mid-size, and smallest assets. Cryptos are in purple, fiats are in blue. For each asset, the chart contains the daily trading volume in USD, and the percentage of the total trading volume. The percentages for fiats and cryptos are treated separately, so that they both add up to 100%.

Figure 1: Largest trading assets: trading volume (measured in USD) and its percentage of the total trading volume (April 12 2021)



Figure 2: Mid-size trading assets: (measured in USD) (April 12 2021)



Figure 3: Smallest trading assets: (measured in USD) (April 12 2021)



#####################. Spread %. ##########################################

Spread %


Spread percentage is the width of the bid/ask spread divided by the bid/ask midpoint. The values are generated by taking the median spread percentage over each minute, then the average of the medians over the day.

Figure 4: Average spread % by pair (April 12 2021)



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#########. Returns and Volume ############################################

Returns and Volume


Figure 5: Returns of the four highest volume pairs (April 12 2021)


Figure 6: Volume of the major currencies and an average line that fits the data to a sinusoidal curve to show the daily volume highs and lows (April 12 2021)



###########. Daily Returns. #################################################

Daily Returns %


Figure 7: Returns over USD and XBT. Relative volume and return size is indicated by the size of the font. (April 12 2021)



###########. Disclaimer #################################################

The values generated in this report are from public market data distributed from Kraken WebSockets api. The total volumes and returns are calculated over the reporting day using UTC time.

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Source: https://blog.kraken.com/post/8612/kraken-daily-market-report-for-april-12-2021/

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Bitcoin Prepares For its Next Move: Where is the 100 SMA, the Key BTC Level?

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Bitcoin price is consolidating above the $59,500 support zone against the US Dollar. BTC is now showing a few positive signs, but it must clear $61,200 for a fresh rally in the near term.

  • Bitcoin is holding gains above the $60,000 and $59,500 support levels.
  • The price is now trading well above the $59,500 level and the 100 hourly simple moving average.
  • There is a key bullish trend line forming with support near $59,400 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken).
  • The pair is likely to start a sharp upward move once it clears the $60,800 and $61,200 levels.

Bitcoin Price is Showing Positive Signs

Bitcoin remained in a range above the $59,000 level and it is showing a few positive signs. Recently, BTC made another attempt to clear the $61,200 resistance, but it failed.

It corrected lower and retested the $59,500 support level. A low is formed near $59,432 and the price is now moving higher. It is also trading well above the $59,500 level and the 100 hourly simple moving average.

There was a break above the 50% Fib retracement level of the recent decline from the $61,212 high to $59,432 low. There is also a key bullish trend line forming with support near $59,400 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair.

Bitcoin Price

Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

Bitcoin is now trading above $60,400, but it is facing resistance near $60,800. It is close to the 76.4% Fib retracement level of the recent decline from the $61,212 high to $59,432 low.

A successful break above the $60,800 level could open the doors for a move above $61,200. If the bulls succeed in clearing $61,200, the price could rally in the coming sessions.

Dips Limited in BTC?

If bitcoin fails to climb above $60,800 and $61,200, there could be a short-term downside correction. An initial support on the downside is near the $60,000 level.

The main support is now forming near the trend line, $59,500 and the 100 hourly simple moving average. If the bulls fail to protect the 100 hourly SMA, there could be a major decline. In this case, the price might decline towards the $58,000 level.

Technical indicators:

Hourly MACD – The MACD is now gaining momentum in the bullish zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BTC/USD is now well above the 50 level.

Major Support Levels – $59,500, followed by $59,000.

Major Resistance Levels – $60,800, $61,200 and $62,000.

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Source: https://www.newsbtc.com/analysis/btc/bitcoin-prepares-for-next-move-61k/

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USDT, USDC, and BUSD represent 93% of stablecoin market cap

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Research from on-chain analytics provider Glassnode has revealed that the top three stablecoins represent more than 90% of the sector’s entire market cap.

Glassnode’s April 13 “Week On-chain” report found that the top three stablecoins — Tether (USDT), USD Coin (USDC), and Binance USD (BUSD) — have seen significant growth over the past six months to represent a combined capitalization of more than $60 billion, equal to 92.75% of the stablecoin market.

By contrast, six months ago the combined stablecoin capitalization for those three was less than one-third of its current levels at $19.2 billion. This time last year, stablecoins were worth just $7 billion combined.

The analysis compared the growth of stablecoins with Bitcoin’s market cap, identifying a clear correlation between the two. The report also found that USDT’s supply has continued to increase during recent weeks despite BTC trending sideways, whereas growth for USDC and BUSD has slowed.

BTC market cap vs stablecoin supply: Glassnode

The report notes historic lows for its Stablecoin Supply Ratio (SSR) metric, which measures Bitcoin’s market cap relative to the total stablecoin supply to estimate the global “buying power” of the stablecoin sector.

When BTC prices are low, the supply of stablecoins can buy a larger portion of it to push prices up. Conversely, as prices increase the available stablecoins can purchase less which reduces the influence on prices. Glassnode concluded:

“The growth of stablecoin supplies throughout 2020-21 has held the SSR metric near historical lows suggesting a relatively high buying power of digitally native dollars. The demand for digital dollars appears to be keeping pace with demand for Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies as a whole.”

Tether’s market cap has over doubled since the beginning of 2021 to currently sit at a record $45.6 billion, according to the Tether transparency report. Circle’s website reported an all-time high of $11.5 billion USDC on April 9, while Goingecko estimated BUSD’s supply to be $5.1 billion on April 13.

On April 7, Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire predicted its USDC stablecoin could soon surpass PayPal by settlement value.

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Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/usdt-usdc-and-busd-represent-93-of-stablecoin-market-cap

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