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Ukraine Is Going to Jump on the CBDC Bandwagon with Stellar

As most states in the world are moving towards rolling out their own state-backed blockchain-based digital currencies, Ukraine, a cryptocurrency-friendly country in Eastern Europe has also decided to follow the lead. The state is going to develop its own central bank digital currency (CBDC).

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Jan 07, 2021 at 15:43 // News

Ukraine is embracing blockchain and cryptocurrency

As most states in the world are moving towards rolling out their own state-backed blockchain-based digital currencies, Ukraine, a cryptocurrency-friendly country in Eastern Europe has also decided to follow the lead. The state is going to develop its own central bank digital currency (CBDC).

A strategy of creating digital currencies and market infrastructure is underway. The Ministry of Digital Transformation in support with the Stellar Development Foundation (SDF) will create virtual assets and also support the CBDC ecosystem.

The authorities in Ukraine have preferred to work with SDF and Stellar because this organization is doing well when it comes to seeking to unlock the globe’s economic potential. The organization has been trying hard to see that the creation of cryptocurrency money is more fluid, markets are more open, stable and effective, and users are more empowered.

Ukraine will prepare to launch a CBDC

The ministry together with the SDF are doing everything possible to make a legal environment for the issuance and distribution of CBDC in the nation. For the last four years, the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has been making studies on how to implement, regulate CBDCs and also discover in detail the potential of cryptocurrencies.

In 2019, the NBU conducted a pilot release of e-hryvnias and they were tested on the employees of the department. The regulator later released a report mentioning the possibility of developing an e-hryvnia following the example of Stellar.

In February last year, the then head of the NBU Yakov Smoliy revealed that the regulator is ready to roll out the e-hryvnia, but first, they had to make sure that its issuance and circulation will not change the trend towards sluggish price growth in the nation.

The Ministry will allow businesses and citizens to use Stellar-based tools, products and services. These innovative activities will be rolled out in January this year. The effort aims at digitizing hryvnia as well as developing a flawless atmosphere of innovation for the digital economy in the country.

At the forefront of innovations

The country is adapting to high-tech novelties and competitiveness in the cryptocurrency and blockchain market, and it also wants to be an innovative digital hub especially in the blockchain, cryptocurrency market in the continent. CoinIdol, a world blockchain news outlet, reported back in Autumn 2020 that the government also rolled out an educational TV series on distributed ledger technology (DLT) and cryptocurrency. This is a sign of unmatched willingness to boost the blockchain industry.

A large number of Ukrainian citizens have shifted from using and associating with traditional financial activities to using cryptocurrencies. The country is leading crypto adoption in Eastern Europe. The President of the country, Volodymyr Zelensky, actively supports innovations. In mid-2020, he prompted the country’s main energy company to expand the generation and supply of nuclear power and also discover the possibility of digital currency mining.

However, there still are side effects of adopting cryptocurrency. Criminals tend to abuse virtual currencies and carry out illicit activities such as drug trading, sex, terrorism funding and money laundering. As the country lacks a proper regulatory framework, its market is vulnerable to illegal players. To stop such illegal acts, the Ukrainian authorities launched a bill which defines illicit use of coins and this bill aims at combating cybercrime in the country.

Source: https://coinidol.com/ukraine-cbdc-bandwagon/

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Ethereum EIP-1559 Targeting Gas Fee Challenges to be Implemented in July

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The contentious Ethereum Improvement Proposal (EIP) 1559, will be included in its codebase in July this year. This became clear during the All Core Developers call today.

EIP 1559: What Does it Mean for Fees?

Ethereum’s Improvement Proposal 1559 is aimed at improving the overall Ethereum’s user experience when it comes to transaction fees.

Typically, a user would have to send a gas fee to a miner for their transaction to be included in a block. What EIP-1559 proposes, however, is to send that gas fee to the network itself. Called basefee, this is a sort of a “burn” and there would only be an optional tip that’s paid to the miners. The burnt fee would be set algorithmically, supposedly improving the UX.

The proposal was originally submitted by Eric Conner and its summary provides an overall outlook at what it attempts to achieve:

A transaction pricing mechanism that includes fixed-per-block network fee that is burned and dynamically expands/contracts block sizes to deal with transient congestion.

During today’s All Core Developers call, it was decided that it will be included in the so-called London hard fork coming this July.

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Some Miners Disagree

Despite the potential improvements on the entire network that could come with EIP-1559, some of the largest Ethereum mining pools have openly displayed division on where they stand.

F2Pool, the third-largest ETH mining pool with over 10% hashrate share, shared a post, in which it supported the initiative, claiming that it would ultimately have a positive impact.

The publication says that “the general community along with core developers are siding with evolving Ethereum to include EIP-1559. It is important to side with the users and core contributors.”

F2Pool’s statement also argued that the potential EIP-1559 implementation could be factored in ETH’s price, which is more than 100% from the start of the year.

In contrast, though, the largest mining pool with nearly 25% share of the hashrate, Sparkpool, didn’t feel the same way about the integration as it could reduce the profits. They took it to Twitter to emphatically assert that the mining pool “opposes EIP-1559.”

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Uniswap, Crypto.com Coin, Compound Price Analysis: 07 March

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Uniswap broke out past the $29.3 level of resistance, while Crypto.com Coin was in a phase of consolidation. Compound bounced off the $450 level of support to touch $500 but could see a pullback to $470.

Uniswap [UNI]

Uniswap, Crypto.com Coin, Compound Price Analysis: 07 March

Source: UNI/USDT on TradingView

UNI broke out and went past the $29 area of resistance, where the 23.6% retracement level and the $27.3 level of resistance lay. The upward move had extraordinary volume as UNI touched $31.54 but some selling pressure was seen in the subsequent trading session.

The Doji candle represented short-term exhaustion from the bulls, and the breakout could see UNI pullback to test the $29.3 level to confirm its flip from resistance to support.

The MACD showed strong bullish momentum behind UNI. Bearish divergence on the hourly chart between momentum (MACD) and the price could be seen in the coming hours, which would likely see UNI pullback to $29.4. This can be used to enter long positions, with a stop-loss just at $28.7.

Crypto.com Coin [CRO]

Uniswap, Crypto.com Coin, Compound Price Analysis: 07 March

Source: CRO/USDT on TradingView

The Bollinger bands showed that CRO was in a phase of consolidation at and around its 38.2% retracement level at $0.152. The RSI moved back above neutral 50 to indicate that momentum was swaying towards the bulls’ side.

The defense of the 50% retracement level at $0.127 and the immediate bounce-off was a show of strength from bulls – the $0.146-$0.152 region can be used to accumulate CRO in expectation of another move upwards. The $0.173 and $0.189 levels are levels of resistance to watch.

Compound [COMP]

Uniswap, Crypto.com Coin, Compound Price Analysis: 07 March

Source: COMP/USDT on TradingView

Compound saw a strong bounce-off at the $450 mark which represents a 23.6% retracement for COMP’s move from $205 to $573. At the time of writing, COMP faced some resistance at the $500 area.

Moreover, the Awesome Oscillator on the hourly chart displayed a bearish twin peak set up and gave a sell signal. This development, followed by the AO registering bearish bars on its histogram, is likely to see the price dip to $470. Bulls would need to show some strength at $470, or bears can drive the prices lower to $450 once more.


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Pakistan: Arrests made in Bitcoin extortion case

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The world of finance has never been able to protect itself from the fraudulent activities going around in the world. The cryptocurrency market, which itself is a growing space has also had its fair share of such fraudulent activity being associated with it. However, unlike traditional finance, regulators have been enforced stringent measures when it comes to tackling such offenses.

A recent case has been reported in Pakistan, where the police have arrested several people part of the country’s first extortion case via crypto. According to reports, the police arrested the owner of an outhouse where the complainants, two foreign nationals, were held hostage along with two other suspects.

One of the suspects was identified as Rana Irfan Mahmood and a case has been registered against him and an unidentified accomplice. The hostages were Swiss national Maria Spari and German citizen Stephen [last name remains unknown] who were kidnapped by three men in police uniform along with another person.

After threatening the hostages with a fake drug smuggling case, the victims paid 6,300 euros in cash and made an online transfer of 1.8 Bitcoin which was close to $9k. The suspects made a fake video demanding an additional Rs 300 million [$1.91 million].

According to SSP Investigation Abdul Ghaffar Qaisrani, the police have managed to recover the amount paid to the facilitator apart from the Bitcoin. The crypto has already been transferred to another account and the team was taking assistance from the intelligence agencies to recover it.

Although the regulators in Pakistan have been taking note of Bitcoin and crypto, illicit activities have been a growing concern in the region. In November 2020, the Central bank clarified that it was not banning crypto, contrary to the prevailing fear within many in the crypto-community.

In fact, Pakistan’s Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] published a paper on the regulation of cryptocurrency trading platforms. This paper outlined the regulatory approach to crypto and included recommendations given by the Financial Action Task Force [FATF], as well as regulations presented by Malaysia, Hong Kong, and the U.S.

However, the police in the country have warned users and the government about the rising cases of ransom and extortion related to crypto. Bitcoin has been at the center of these cases and such fraud activities will only instill fear with the lack of regulation among crypto users in the region.


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