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How Could Central Digital Currencies Change Our World?

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The centralization, and digitalization, of national currencies would capture every single financial transaction on a centrally-kept blockchain.

Once widely adopted, this means no more “off-market” transactions, like paying for your plumber to work after hours.

To pay for a good or service, you won’t be able to use fiat currency any longer. You’ll be forced to use the new digital, national money.

Obviously, cash will be long gone by then. It’s already a strong trend, which the global pandemic has only accelerated over the past year or so. Contactless payment limits have been raised, and cash no longer accepted in places.

Once cash is no longer accepted throughout society, it becomes easier to enforce a form of money that is being tracked on a central ledger.

Think of it as an assembly line, with boxes on the conveyor belt. Each one of these boxes represents a single transaction, like the payment for your morning espresso.

The assembly line never stops, and it never ends. The boxes never fall off, as new ones come along.

This has many potential benefits for governments around the world.

To start with, this would facilitate fraud prevention and tracking. Central authorities could now monitor and control the flow of money.

Governments may want to introduce their own forms of central currency to benefit from both digital money whilst retaining control and regulatory oversight over them. Something they can’t do with other forms of crypto.

As Christine Lagarde, European Central Bank’s President, stated in a recent event:

“For those who had assumed that it might turn into a currency — terribly sorry, but this is an asset and it’s a highly speculative asset which has conducted some funny business and some interesting and totally reprehensible money-laundering activity.”

This could lead to a new form of surveillance, something that has been at the front of the public mind, even before the start of the pandemic.

If every time you spend a penny on a good or service, whether online, in person or in-store, it gets recorded in an immutable ledger — you are also being tracked, in a sense.

You can’t erase or alter past transactions, since each has a unique “hash” or identifier and any tampering leaves marks. No more hiding.

This may be positive in terms of combatting fraud and criminal activity. The ultimate level of transparency would be enforced across society.

However, there’s a flip side to that: personal privacy. Though you, as an individual, may not be identified on a personal level, your transactions will be there — forever.

This may not be such a concern for honest citizens in “democratic” nations. However, in other places, this may curb personal liberties and freedom of thought even further.

In a country known for suppressing political dissidents like China, where a “Social Credit System” is already in place and a city with 2.6 million cameras has been built, consequences could be significant.

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Another One: Galaxy Digital and CI GAM to Launch a Bitcoin ETF in Canada Tomorrow

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Yet another Bitcoin ETF is to reach the markets in Canada as the country’s securities regulator has issued “a receipt for the final prospectus” for CI Global Asset Management’s application. Dubbed CI Galaxy Bitcoin ETF (BTCX), it’s expected to launch on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) on March 9th, and Mike Novogratz’ Galaxy Digital Capital Management will act as the sub-advisor. 

  • Founded in 1965, CI Global Asset Management is an asset manager with over $180 billion in AUM as of January 2021. The firm announced the nod of approval received from Canada’s securities regulator necessary to launch its own Bitcoin ETF earlier today. 
  • The statement described BTCX as a tool that could “provide investors with a convenient way to gain exposure to bitcoin through an institutional-quality fund platform.” It will invest directly in the primary cryptocurrency with its holdings priced using the Bloomberg Galaxy Bitcoin Index. 
  • CI GAM will serve as the manager of the ETF, while Galaxy Digital Capital Management, whose founder and CEO is the long-time BTC proponent, Mike Novogratz, will act as “the bitcoin sub-advisor.” Meaning, that GDAM will execute the BTC trading on behalf of the ETF 
  • “We believe the emerging digital asset class presents compelling growth and diversification opportunities. The CI Galaxy Bitcoin ETF offers a simple and secure access point for traditional investors to gain exposure to bitcoin.” – commented Partner and Head of Asset Management at GDAM, Steve Kurz. 

  • Apart from BTCX, the two parties have also filed for launching the “first ETF in the world to invest directly in Ether” – CI Galaxy Ethereum ETF (ETHX). 
  • It’s worth noting that BTCX would not be Canada’s first Bitcoin ETF. CryptoPotato recently reported the first approval for the Purpose Bitcoin ETF, which enjoyed a highly-positive start, accumulating more than $400 million in a few weeks. 
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Ethereum, Monero, FTX Token Price Analysis: 08 March

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Ethereum recaptured a key resistance mark at $1,687, a level that had not been breached since the broader market pullback in late-February. Monero lacked the trading volumes and buying intensity to flip the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level. Lastly, FTX Token eyed a rise above its overhead resistance but the indicators presented the chances of a short-term reversal.

Ethereum [ETH]

Source: ETH/USD, TradingView

Ethereum retook the $1,680 level from the bears thanks to a surge of 6% in the last 24 hours. Gains in the last eight days amounted to over 30% and underscored ETH’s bounce back from the $1,300 level. The On Balance Volume showed strong buying at two key support levels – one at the $1,300 mark and the other at $1,437 as the price headed northbound on the charts. However, the OBV made steady highs over the past few sessions and even dipped at the time of writing.

The RSI pointed lower from just below the overbought zone and showed weakening bullish strength in the market. This reinforced the idea that a hike in trading volumes could be needed before steering clear of the next test at $1,834.9 and especially if the uptrend were to sustain itself.  In the event of a pullback, the newly flipped resistance at $1,687.65 could act as a crucial line of support.

Monero [XMR]

Source: XMR/USD, TradingView

Low trading volumes and short-bodied candlesticks on Monero’s 4-hour chart showed a dearth of interest in the market but the bulls still held on to the 23.6% Fibonacci retracement level. A breakout above the 38.2% level could depend on stronger cues from the broader market, which would spur buying in the Monero market as well.

The ADX pointed lower and towards the 10-mark, showing a lack of a strong trend. The flow of capital towards the cryptocurrency created some optimism, but the price remained within its channel even as the CMF rose sharply above the half-way mark. The index reversed direction and pointed towards the half-line at the time of writing.

FTX Token [FTT]

Source: FTT/USD, TradingView

The Bollinger Bands on FTX Token expanded at press time and showed rising volatility as the price looked to flip $31.49 resistance. The presence of volatility allowed for large price swings and a break above the upper ceiling looked imminent over the coming sessions. Even though the Stochastic RSI traded in the overbought region, it pointed upwards after retesting the upper line and indicated a delayed stay in its current region.

However, there was also a possibility of a short-term pullback due to saturation in the market. A fall below the press time support level would highlight the next line of defense at $24.67.


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Norwegian energy firm Aker’s three-pronged approach to Bitcoin

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Energy company Aker ASA, which is based in Oslo, Norway has established a dedicated firm to invest in the Bitcoin ecosystem and related projects. Dubbed ‘Seetee AS,’ this new venture has a capitalization of $58 million and will invest Aker’s liquid assets in the digital currency. 

Øyvind Eriksen, President and CEO of Aker stated that Seetee’s launch will help the Aker Group gain industrial opportunities “that will be unlocked by Bitcoin and blockchain technology.” He further said in a statement: 

These technologies [such as Bitcoin and blockchain] have the potential to reduce frictions in our day-to-day lives, enhance the security of our digitally-driven economies, and unlock new business models for innovation. 

In a letter to investors, Chairman Kjell Inge Røk­ke revealed Seetee’s three-pronged approach to Bitcoin, which is al­ready run­ning “open-source Bit­coin pay­ment servers.” According to Røk­ke, the oil and gas firm will work alongside Canadian crypto-focused firm Blockstream and other partners.

Aker Group expects See­tee to set-up min­ing op­er­a­tions even though the local government no longer offers electricity subsidies to miners. However, the group’s  am­bi­tion is to be “a valu­able part­ner in new re­new­able projects:”

See­tee will es­tab­lish min­ing op­er­a­tions that trans­fer strand­ed or in­ter­mit­tent elec­tric­i­ty with­out sta­ble de­mand lo­cal­ly—wind, so­lar, hy­dro pow­er— to eco­nom­ic as­sets that can be used any­where. Bit­coin is, in our eyes, a load-bal­anc­ing eco­nom­ic bat­tery, and bat­ter­ies are es­sen­tial to the en­er­gy tran­si­tion re­quired to reach the tar­gets of the Paris Agreement. 

Finally, Aker is keen on mi­cro­pay­ments and how it could en­able the firm to avoid users’ per­son­al data be­ing mon­e­tized. Røk­ke further said: 

I’m fas­ci­nat­ed by the prospect of bitcoin Light­ning wal­lets that may en­able in­stant cred­it via mi­cro­pay­ments with­out the need to of­fer per­son­al in­for­ma­tion that my coun­ter­part can mon­e­tise with­out ap­proval or com­pen­sa­tion.

The Chairman also was bullish on Bitcoin and expects the asset to trade for “millions of dollars.” He believed that peo­ple who “know the most about Bit­coin” be­lieve its fu­ture suc­cess is “near­ly in­evitable.”


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