PwC Is Advising (Not Auditing) Another Stablecoin Project

The Hong Kong division of global accounting and consulting firm PwC is exploring the best practices for issuing stablecoins, as part of an initiative with the non-profit Loopring Foundation. Announced Tuesday, PwC Hong Kong’s Asia-focused study on stablecoins follows a PwC partnership in the U.S. to advise decentralized lending platform Cred, which is working on a U.S. dollar-tied coin. Stablecoins or one sort or another are suddenly all the rage, with the likes of Circle issuing its dollar-backed USDC on exchange giant Coinbase, and even big players like IBM getting in on…

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Bitcoin Cash Price Analysis: BCH/USD Approaching Next Key Break

Key Points Bitcoin cash price is currently consolidating above the $535 support against the US Dollar. There is a key contracting triangle formed with resistance at $570 on the hourly chart of the BCH/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The pair is likely to make the next move either above $570 or below $550 in the near term. Bitcoin cash price is preparing for the next move against the US Dollar. BCH/USD could rally once again if there is a break above the $570 resistance. Bitcoin Cash Price Analysis Yesterday,…

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Younger Germans More Inclined to Invest in Cryptocurrencies

More than a quarter of younger Germans is ready to buy cryptocurrencies, according to a recent poll by the German Consumer Centers of Hesse and Saxony published Monday, Nov. 5. Consumer Centers are non-profit, government-backed agencies organized at state level unions. They focus on consumer protection in addition to providing advisory services. The centers of two German federal states, whose populations total over 10 million people, have conducted a joint survey among internet users. According to the local business media Wirtschaftswoche, the survey polled 1,000 Germans between the ages of…

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Fake Elon Musk Accounts on Twitter Promote Bitcoin Scams, One Collects $170K

Several verified Twitter accounts have been hacked to impersonate Elon Musk today, Nov. 5, with one reportedly collecting almost $170,000. After compromising verified accounts, scammers changed the profile name and picture in order to pose as the Tesla CEO. Scammers would then post in comment threads started by the real Elon Musk, so as to give the impression of legitimacy. Some of the scam tweets said that Elon Musk was conducting “the biggest” crypto-giveaway in the world for those who use “Bitcoic” (read Bitcoin), and provided a link to “participate”…

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Deloitte Partners With Startup for Gov’t-Level Blockchain Identity Management

“Big Four” accounting firm Deloitte has partnered with identity management company Attest Inc. to develop a blockchain-based digital identity system, according to a press release published Nov. 5. Chicago-based Attest is an identity management company that offers a shared identity platform enabling its clients to conduct transactions, wherein its governmental customers can provide identity services to citizens. The collaboration will purportedly develop a digital identity offering for government-compliant identifiers that can be used by Deloitte’s clients based on Attest’s existing products. The first product, Attest Wallet, is a cryptographically secured…

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Marshall Islands President Faces No Confidence Vote Due to National Crypto Plans

The President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands Hilda Heine faces a vote of no confidence due to her administration’s plans to introduce a national digital currency, Radio New Zealand News (RDZ) reported Nov. 5. The Marshallese parliament initially endorsed the creation of the national digital currency,  which would be called the Sovereign (SOV), in February of this year. Set to be issued before the end of 2018, the SOV would be used along with the U.S. dollar, which the country uses as its official currency. Heine said then…

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Swiss Financial Watchdog Recommends Banks Set Crypto Risk Coverage at 800%

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA has advised banks and other financial institutions to estimate risk coverage for cryptocurrencies at 800 percent of current market value, Cointelegraph auf Deutsch reports today, Nov. 5. Major local news portal Swissinfo reportedly saw a copy of a confidential letter from FINMA to the Swiss Association for Audit, Tax and Fiduciary (EXPERTsuisse), which explains the watchdog agency’s stance on capital buffers for crypto assets. In the letter, FINMA recommends financial service providers to allocate a flat risk weight of 800 percent for “to…

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SEC Streamlining ICOs a Huge Boost for Ethereum

Even though there is a lot of legitimate concerns around the legality of ICOs, the SEC is about to streamline the space creating clear distinction between digital assets that are securities and utilities. Once these guidelines go live then Ethereum as a smart contracting platform and a go-to blockchain for coin issuance could see increasing demand drive prices above key resistance levels. Latest Ethereum News That ICOs are a disruptive but innovative way of raising funds is true. It’s also true—according to previous SEC interpretations that most projects financed in…

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Novogratz Says Bitcoin Will See Record Highs in 2019

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Mike Novogratz, the CEO of crypto investment firm Galaxy Digital, predicts that bitcoin will break out of its 2018 doldrums and soar to $20,000 in 2019 — fueled by a spike in institutional investments. The former Goldman Sachs investment banker says institutional “FOMO” (fear of missing out) will drive the market up over the coming months as cryptocurrency assets gain more mainstream acceptance and traditional finance players take the leap into crypto. Year-End Bitcoin Price Target: $8,800-$9,000 “Bitcoin has to take out $6,800, and after that we…

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ADA/USD and IOT/USD Bull Breakout Pattern

As EOS bull momentum slow down, ADA/USD and IOT/USD are trading within a bull break out pattern and it is likely that prices will race towards immediate targets at 9.5 cents and 90 cents. Should there be higher highs today in these two pairs as EOS/USD and XLM/USD consolidate then it points to an existing undervaluation. In that case traders should buy EOS, Litecoin and Stellar Lumens with expectations of higher highs. Let’s have a look at these charts: EOS/USD Price Analysis We are thrilled to announce that our Cross-Blockchain…

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