Ep. 69. Beanie baby traders

Episode 71 · October 25th, 2018 · 45 mins 53 secs

About this Episode

Sara is in the studio with Noelle Acheson, Editor at Coindesk, Vinay Gupta, CEO at Mattereum, Teana Baker-Taylor, on the Advisory Board at GDF.

First up, Two-thirds fail cryptocurrency agents exam. Under the Virtual Financial Assets (VFA) Act coming into force in November, financial services practitioners looking to act as agents in the field, which includes cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, had to undergo a short training course and sit for an exam, the first of which took place in September. Sources said about 250 lawyers, accountants and auditors sat for the exam, the exam consisted of a series of multiple choice questions to be graded with a negative marking scheme.

Australian Securities Watchdog Halts ICO Seeking to Raise $50 Million. An Australian initial coin offering (ICO) project planning to raise as much as US$50 million has announced its token sale has been halted by the country's securities regulator. The project initially gained public attention in August ahead of its public token sale, thanks to an endorsement by well-known cricket player Michael Clarke, who announced his involvement in the project in a tweet at the time.

Ticketmaster Buys into Blockchain With Upgraded Acquisition. San-Francisco-based ticketing start-up Upgraded, which converts traditional tickets into secure, interactive digital assets protected by blockchain technology. Protection against fraud.

Security Company G4S To Offer Crypto Custody Service. Multinational security services company G4S is stepping into the world of crypto by offering offline storage to protect digital assets from criminals and hackers. G4S said that it has started working with an unnamed cryptocurrency exchange.

Goldman Sachs invests in BitGo. Goldman Sachs and an investment firm set up by billionaire Michael Novogratz have invested in BitGo, a startup promising to help institutional investors securely store their cryptocurrency.

DTCC Announces Study Results Demonstrating that DLT Can Support Trading Volumes in the US Equity Markets. The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), the premier post-trade market infrastructure for the global financial services industry, today announced the results of a benchmark study which demonstrated for the first time ever that distributed ledger technology (DLT) is capable of supporting average daily trading volumes in the US equity market of more than 100 million trades per day.

Cardano (ADA) Co-Founder Charles Hoskinson Dissatisfied with Cardano Foundation Performance. An Open Letter to the Cardano Community from IOHK and Emurgo – Charles Hoskinson [in lead of IOHK] and Ken Kodama [Emurgo] publicly pointed out the lack of performance coming from the third entity that forms the project: Cardano Foundation.

We also have a great Tweet of the Week on Bitcoin as a stablecoin.

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This week's episode of Blockchain Insider was produced by Laura Watkins and Petrit Berisha. Edited by Michael Bailey.

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