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Top Japanese Regulator Does Not See XRP as a Security

Japanese financial conglomerates have deep ties with the American blockchain company.

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When the US securities regulator is dragging Ripple to court over allegations of selling unregistered securities, its Japanese counterpart recently has an opposite view.

According to a report by The Block, Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) has confirmed that it continues to see XRP as a cryptocurrency, and not as a security.

“FSA regards XRP as a cryptocurrency based on definitions of the Payment Services Act,” the top securities market regulator told the publication. “FSA refrains from making comments about other authorities’ response.”

Once hailed as a disruptor of the existing cross-border payments system, Ripple’s troubles started last month when the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sued the company for raising $1.3 billion by selling XRP, which allegedly falls under the category of security.

Though Ripple was facing criticism before, the regulator’s lawsuit turned to be an existential crisis for it. The cryptocurrency market reacted to it, and the XRP prices nosedived, shedding around 35 percent from the pre-lawsuit levels.

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Cryptocurrency exchanges, primarily the ones operating in the United States, suspended XRP trading over concerns of regulatory backlash for listing unregistered security. Many other crypto companies also parted from offering services with XRP. Most recently, Grayscale terminated its XRP trust.

Japan Is with Ripple

However, Japan was always supportive of XRP, even after the US’s retaliation. Earlier, multiple Japanese cryptocurrency exchanges refused to delist XRP, saying it is not a security.

The East Asian country is one of the most liberal towards crypto and was among the first to recognize ‘virtual currencies’ as a mode of payment. Japan’s support towards XRP is not surprising, given the many major financial service companies’ ties with the American company.

The UK’s Finance Minister also clarified the country’s stance towards now-controversial XRP, saying it is not a security. He labeled it as an ‘exchange token’ similar to Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Source: https://www.financemagnates.com/cryptocurrency/news/top-japanese-regulator-does-not-see-xrp-as-a-security/

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Opimas estimates that over US$190 billion worth of Bitcoin is currently at risk due to subpar safekeeping

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May 2021. Safekeeping of cryptocurrencies presents a challenge for institutions holding cryptocurrencies on their clients’ behalf. Cryptocurrency transactions are irreversible and anyone with full access to a wallet’s private key controls the cryptocurrencies that reside within it. Frighteningly, a number of institutional participants and even some large cryptocurrency exchanges rely on subpar custody approaches, leading Opimas to estimate that over US$190 billion worth of Bitcoin is currently at risk due to subpar safekeeping.

Luckily, a number of companies have emerged to address this problem. A new research report from Opimas—Crypto Custody: No More Excuses, authored by analysts Suzannah Balluffi and Anne-Laure Foubert—looks at the landscape of cryptocurrency custody-enabling technology providers and institutional-grade cryptocurrency custodians as well as the size of the market for cryptocurrency custody and brokerage services.

Some key findings in the report include:

Many of even the largest holders of Bitcoin and other digital assets continue to rely on storage devices meant for individual investors. Although some of these self-custody devices and wallets are secure and reputable, the operational risk posed by this approach is significant for institutional investors. Furthermore, a chunk of institutionals’ cryptocurrency holdings sit in hot wallets on exchanges. In total, about 22% of institutional cryptocurrency holdings are safeguarded in these relatively risky manners (Figure 1).

Figure 1. CUSTODY METHODS UTILIZED BY INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS 

 

Source: Opimas analysis.

There are no more excuses for lackadaisical safekeeping – institutions can now choose from several reputable cryptocurrency custody-enabling technology providers and institutional-grade cryptocurrency custodians. Yet no custody solution is equal – there is still no best practice when it comes to security and governance relating to private keys. For example, some providers may rely on time-tested Hardware Security Modules (HSMs), while others use a newer technology known as Multi-Party Computation (MPC) – see Figure 2.

Figure 2. A COMPARISON OF HSM AND MPC TECHNOLOGY PROVIDERS

Source: Ledger, Fireblocks, Opimas analysis.

Some cryptocurrency custodians have followed in the footsteps of traditional capital markets by adding prime brokerage services to their offerings, including trading and settlement, lending, margin finance, staking, reporting, and capital introduction services. Opimas estimates that the current annual revenues generated by the institutional crypto brokerage and custody market are roughly US$2 billion and will grow to nearly US$8 billion by 2026 – a sizeable portion of this coming from brokerage services (Figure 3).

FIGURE 3. THE MARKET FOR CRYPTO CUSTODY & PRIME BROKERAGE SERVICES IS GROWING 

Source:  Opimas analysis. 

  • Regulations surrounding institutions’ ability to store cryptocurrency have become clearer (and in some cases more favorable) in numerous jurisdictions. Notably, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) ruling in the US has allowed banks to store cryptocurrencies for their customers. This regulatory clarity has led a number of financial institutions around the world to provide trading and custody for digital assets. With the advances in brokerage and custody solutions, Opimas expects institutional cryptocurrency holdings to grow from 20% of the cryptocurrency market cap to over 50% by 2026 (Figure 4).

FIGURE 4. INstitutional cryptocurrency holdings over time 

Source:  Opimas analysis.

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Kraken Daily Market Report for May 08 2021

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Overview


  • Total spot trading volume at $2.86 billion, 9% higher than the 30-day average of $2.63 billion.
  • Total futures notional at $797.5 million.
  • The top five traded coins were, respectively, Ethereum, Bitcoin, Dogecoin, Tether and Ethereum Classic.
  • Strong returns from Gnosis (+14%) and Ethereum (+12%).

May 08, 2021 
 $2.86B traded across all markets today
 Crypto, EUR, USD, JPY, CAD, GBP, CHF, AUD 
ETH 
$3914.1 
↑12% 
$797.5M
XBT 
$58953. 
↑2.7% 
$795.7M
XDG 
$0.6368 
↓7.6% 
$636.4M
USDT 
$1.0014 
↑0.05% 
$285.3M
ETC 
$128.55 
↑7.0% 
$104.4M
ADA 
$1.6234 
↓1.9% 
$79.3M
LTC 
$347.39 
↑0.6% 
$50.5M
XRP 
$1.5653 
↓1.0% 
$48.7M
DOT 
$39.923 
↑0.07% 
$43.9M
BCH 
$1400.7 
↑4.4% 
$42.4M
USDC 
$1.0 
↑0.0% 
$40.4M
LINK 
$48.693 
↓1.3% 
$30.8M
EOS 
$10.361 
↓0.26% 
$29.7M
TRX 
$0.1431 
↓3.0% 
$17.1M
FLOW 
$28.668 
↓2.9% 
$16.1M
SC 
$0.0405 
↓4.7% 
$15.6M
STORJ 
$2.2312 
↓0.4% 
$14.7M
ATOM 
$29.510 
↑3.0% 
$11.8M
XLM 
$0.6155 
↓2.5% 
$11.6M
DASH 
$409.86 
↑1.3% 
$11.2M
XTZ 
$6.9881 
↓1.3% 
$10.0M
QTUM 
$25.576 
↓4.3% 
$9.83M
XMR 
$476.08 
↑4.6% 
$9.7M
KSM 
$435.0 
↑1.3% 
$7.39M
ZEC 
$315.75 
↓1.3% 
$6.91M
FIL 
$148.15 
↓1.4% 
$6.82M
WAVES 
$32.449 
↓0.14% 
$6.57M
UNI 
$40.532 
↑2.0% 
$6.55M
ALGO 
$1.5198 
↓3.7% 
$6.03M
DAI 
$1.0011 
↓0.01% 
$6.0M
OMG 
$11.829 
↓0.15% 
$5.87M
LSK 
$8.4918 
↓6.0% 
$3.77M
COMP 
$782.88 
↑9.6% 
$3.71M
ICX 
$2.6909 
↓1.6% 
$3.63M
NANO 
$9.7242 
↓0.6% 
$3.63M
AAVE 
$466.93 
↑5.7% 
$3.39M
GRT 
$1.5855 
↓0.6% 
$3.05M
OCEAN 
$1.4907 
↑2.0% 
$3.02M
KEEP 
$0.6183 
↑6.5% 
$2.98M
GNO 
$291.84 
↑14% 
$2.91M
SNX 
$18.448 
↓1.1% 
$2.72M
MANA 
$1.4419 
↓1.7% 
$2.67M
KAVA 
$6.2917 
↓2.8% 
$2.6M
BAT 
$1.4187 
↑0.6% 
$2.57M
CRV 
$3.5639 
↓2.6% 
$2.41M
KNC 
$3.4433 
↓2.6% 
$1.93M
REPV2 
$48.252 
↑1.0% 
$1.83M
OXT 
$0.6666 
↓1.1% 
$1.68M
BAL 
$69.63 
↑7.8% 
$1.52M
ANT 
$10.317 
↓3.2% 
$1.31M
YFI 
$54058. 
↑1.3% 
$1.3M
PAXG 
$1877.6 
↑0.8% 
$1.12M
EWT 
$13.644 
↓4.1% 
$772K
REP 
$46.85 
↓0.3% 
$714K
MLN 
$108.99 
↑0.5% 
$425K
TBTC 
$58915. 
↑1.6% 
$43.3K



#####################. 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 (May 08 2021)



Figure 2: Mid-size trading assets: (measured in USD) (May 08 2021)



Figure 3: Smallest trading assets: (measured in USD) (May 08 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. (May 08 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/9008/kraken-daily-market-report-for-may-08-2021/

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Legendary Pelé NFT Set to Drop on Ethernity May 8

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[Press Release – Los Angeles, California, 8th May, 2021]

Iconic Brazilian footballer Pelé will be immortalized in NFT form on May 8.

The legendary striker, named FIFA World Player of the Century, is getting the tokenized treatment with the release of a licensed aNFT – authenticated non-fungible token – exclusively on the Ethernity Chain at 12pm EST.

The coveted collection features several aNFTs of the soccer star, the result of a collaboration between Visual Lab and Rafa Zabala, whose credits include The Hobbit and Planet of the Apes.

The digital presentation includes “THE KING OF FOOTBALL,” an immersive video tracing the player’s humble origins on the streets of Brazil to a packed stadium witnessing his brilliance. The eponymous “Pelé” aNFT, meanwhile, is represented by a hyper-realistic digital bronze bust of the star in his heyday.

As part of the Pelé aNFT collection, Ethernity will be releasing multi-pack trading cards that make a nod to the player’s Panini trading cards of the past.

Ethernity’s special digital trading cards include “Gilded Bicycle Pelé,” which showcases the player executing his signature bicycle kick. The limited edition cards will be part of the Ethernity Cards and Packs Collection launching this summer, 2021.

90% of aNFT sales will go to The Pelé Foundation, a charitable organization that strives to empower young people facing poverty around the world.

Ethernity’s recent Muhammad Ali aNFT auction, which raised over $550,000, also resulted in a significant donation being made to the Muhammad Ali Foundation.

About Ethernity

Ethernity is exploring applications for non-fungible tokens (NFTs) within the context of art and philanthropy. It provides a way for celebrities and public figures to endorse digital artwork created by renowned artists. Anyone can purchase each limited edition artwork, with a portion of the proceeds going to charitable causes that the celebrity supports. Ethernity was founded by early Bitcoin investor and NFT innovator Nick Rose Ntertsas.

Learn more: http://ethernity.io/

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