Bitcoin in December: $30,000 4685

Yesterday, Fundstrat’s Tom Lee has reaffirmed his $30,000 Bitcoin price target by December. But, other permabulls are not as optimistic as Lee about the short-term trend of Bitcoin.

In May, BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes stated that he would like to see the BTC price fall to the $5,000 region before recovering and initiating a 2017-esqe rally to ensure that the market does not expose itself to the creation of a minor bubble.

This week, ShapeShift CEO Erik Voorhees and cryptocurrency investor Anthony Pompliano, better known as Pomp, echoed the sentiment of Hayes, stating that the bear market of Bitcoin is not over just yet.

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Bitcoin in December

Some analysts see Bitcoin falling to $5,000, $4,000, and even $3,000 before recovering. But, most of the analysts share the sentiment that Bitcoin will rebound to major resistance levels in the $10,000 to $15,000 range by the end of December.

Predictions of most experts and analysts in the cryptocurrency space change on a regular basis, as it is difficult to speculate the exact region BTC will fall to and recover from. It is important for investors to look at the mid-term trend of Bitcoin, analyzing actual metrics like volume and market demand to foresee the future trend of Bitcoin.

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Pastel Network Announces the Listing of PSL on the Bitcoin.com Exchange 9238

Pastel Network, the first truly decentralized and scalable blockchain project designed specifically for rare digital art, has officially announced its pending listing on Bitcoin.com, scheduled for March 5, 2021. Pastel Network is a blockchain for rare digital art (also known as “NFTs”) that is built on the secure, battle-tested codebases of the Bitcoin, Dash, and ZCash cryptocurrency projects. Pastel introduces several important innovations to the world of blockchain art, such as the decentralized storage of art image files natively in the network, as well as a decentralized validation process for registering new artworks that prevents near-duplicate images from being added to the system. Pastel’s novel near-duplicate detection algorithm is based on robust image fingerprints that are generated using state-of-the-art deep learning image models and introduces a new form of digital scarcity which makes pixel patterns themselves “rare.”

Pastel takes a different technological approach than competing digital art blockchain projects, which are primarily built on top of the Ethereum platform. Because Pastel is an integrated platform specifically designed for the application of rare digital art, it has its own native Bitcoin-like currency (called the PSL coin). Having a native currency token makes the Pastel Network’s fees for registering, storing, and trading rare artwork very low, which makes it affordable to artists and collectors all over the world. Furthermore, the system includes a native mechanism based on changes in the mining difficulty of Pastel’s proof-of-work algorithm for maintaining these fees at affordable levels long into the future — even if PSL appreciates significantly in value. This is in stark contrast to Ethereum-based art projects, where the cost to create new artworks is currently hundreds of dollars, creating unnecessary financial risks for artists and making these other platforms out of reach for all but the wealthiest artists and the most expensive digital artworks. Even if an artist can afford to pay these egregious fees, the cost of simply transferring the artworks to users is prohibitively high. Pastel offers digital artists a secure and robust environment for registering their rare digital artworks with very low transactional costs, making digital art accessible to artists from anywhere in the world, and allowing a different business model for artists where they can sell larger numbers of their limited-edition digital art “prints” at a price point of under $5, while still making a healthy profit margin.

At the same time, Pastel allows art collectors and fans to purchase rare digital artworks directly from their favorite artists — with most of the value going to the artist instead of being wasted on unproductive network fees and overhead. This allows fans to participate in the long-term success of their favorite artists, creating a reciprocal relationship that transforms an artist’s fans into partners that have a financial stake in promoting the artist’s work. Furthermore, buyers of rare artworks on Pastel are able to trade their owned artworks with other Pastel users in a decentralized exchange that is native to the platform, all while paying modest trading commissions and transaction fees that are closer to the ~2% charged by payment processors such as Paypal and Stripe than the 15% or more charged by art dealers and auction houses, and other NFT platforms. Pastel Network’s low trading fees will lead to a much more dynamic and liquid marketplace for rare digital artwork that has the potential to radically transform the way art is created and collected. Best of all, the trading fees are sent by buyers and sellers to an unspendable PSL address, thus, “burning” them and removing them permanently from circulation. Over time, this natural deflation will offset the new PSL created through the mining process, making PSL scarcer and more valuable.

As Pastel Network’s founder Jeff Emanuel explains, “Today marks an exciting milestone for our project, which has been under continuous development since 2018 with the singular mission of serving the world’s artistic community. We have created an open platform that frees artists from the restrictions of the traditional art market, with its outrageous commissions and dealer fees, as well as its elitist ‘gatekeeping’ mentality that excludes the vast majority of talented artists around the world from earning a living as an artist. With the listing of Pastel on the Bitcoin.com exchange, as well as the public launch of our wallet software for artists and collectors in the next months, Pastel is now poised to disrupt the NFT space with a radically better network design that solves the high transactional fees and scalability issues that plague existing Ethereum-based NFT marketplaces and platforms.”

Pastel Network originated as a fork of the Animecoin blockchain project originally introduced in 2014. Animecoin was based on a modified version of the Bitcoin code and was fairly distributed with zero “pre-mine” to thousands of users around the world. After the fork, the Pastel team raised over $3 million from Innovating Capital and other blockchain investors to fund the development of the Pastel software and to further the goals of the project through community engagement and exchange listings, culminating in Pastel’s pending listing on Bitcoin.com.

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80% of White Respondents Are Aware of Bitcoin Compared to 66% of Hispanics and 61% of Black Respondents, New Study by SimpleMoneyLyfe 12526

The research, which analyzed exclusive survey results and public databases, also discovered that males are more aware of Bitcoin than females, and 67% of Millennials favor Bitcoin over gold. The data encompasses results from November 2019 to January 2021 – making it the most comprehensive cryptocurrency study to date. Moreover, our data hits on topics that resonate with consumers, academia, and the private industry. The results shed light on a new narrative that has not been covered – one that reveals rampant disparity.

This SimpleMoneyLyfe Study also analyzed several other factors related to cryptocurrency and the broader blockchain industry.

Here is a quick snapshot of what our industry-leading research reveals:

Cryptocurrency Criminal Activity: Just 0.34% of Crypto’s Transaction Volume was Used for Criminal Activity. This equates to roughly 10 billion dollars.

Bitcoin Hoarders are Prevalent: 2% of Crypto Wallets Control 95% of all Bitcoin. This includes numerous governments, financial institutions, and early Bitcoin investors/miners.

Male vs Female Bitcoin Awareness: According to another survey, 78% of male survey respondents reported being aware of Bitcoin, while only 71% of females were aware of this particular digital asset (18+ or Older).

Massive Blockchain Investments: As blockchain is accepted and utilized across different industries, the U.S. is poised to remain at the forefront of innovation. It is projected to spend $4.2 billion on blockchain solutions.

Complete Study Results: https://simplemoneylyfe.com/cryptocurrency-statistics

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Oasis Pro Markets LLC Receives U.S. Regulatory Approval for its Digital Security Alternative Trading System 13653

Oasis Pro Markets (“Oasis”), a regulated broker-dealer, announced today that it recently received approval from FINRA and the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) for its Digital Security Alternative Trading System (“ATS”).

Oasis is the first US-regulated ATS allowing Subscribers to trade digital (“blockchain”) securities and make payment for those digital securities in digital cash (i.e., Stablecoins such as USDC and DAI and, when available, central bank digital currencies (“CBDCs”) or fiat. Oasis’s ATS is authorized to allow its Subscribers to:

  1. Trade both registered and unregistered securities on the ATS
  2. Trade digital securities OTC
  3. Trade both equity and debt in digital form through the use of a blockchain
  4. Invest in initial private offerings that can be recorded on a blockchain

Approval for the ATS comes after working closely with the SEC and FINRA to ensure the platform offers legally compliant, regulated trading of digital securities.  Expected ATS launch date is Q2 2021.

“Obtaining approval with the world’s leading financial regulatory bodies has the potential to unleash a tremendous market opportunity; it advances investor protections, and coupled with digital cash, has the potential to unlock trillions of dollars of value in the digital securities space,” said Pat LaVecchia, CEO and Co-Chairman, Oasis Pro Markets. “Moving quickly with a regulation-first mindset, digital cash for digital security, and a deeply experienced team is a tremendous competitive advantage, and the only way to ensure that digital securities trading is viable long-term within the U.S. financial system.”

Oasis’s ATS provides access to liquid private and public digital security markets, via a secure interface that offers a range of custodians and digital security investments.  The ATS focuses on

  1. Institutional Quality Interface
  2. Overall Low Cost of Trading
  3. Liquidity with leading Market Makers
  4. Regulatory Protections
  5. Robust Technology

“Oasis’s ATS is set apart from other trading systems by the ability to accommodate Stablecoins and enable a more accessible, liquid, and transparent market for privately offered digital securities. We have worked tirelessly to deliver a low friction, digital security trading platform with streamlined onboarding and the type of volume that will excite issuers of securities and subscribers alike, whether accredited or institutional investors,” added Joseph Quintilian, Co-Chairman, Oasis Pro Markets.

“The only responsible path to successful financial industry adoption of blockchain’s advantages in digital securities trading, is through registered entities acknowledging the unmatched benefits and credibility that is provided by a regulated financial system,” said LaVecchia.

CES 2021 BayPay Rides Rise in Token Commerce with Its Simple, Fast, and Safe Payment Service 13272

BayPay is a technology company that builds economic infrastructure for blockchain with a promise to offering simple, fast, and safe payments, especially with the anticipated growth in token-based commerce during the COVID-19 pandemic, when people don’t necessarily want to hold physical money. BayPay’s Founder and CEO Scofield Yeh is positioning his company to reap the benefits of growth in the token economy. He said that, despite the fact that blockchain-related businesses are growing faster than the rest of the economy, only about 0.3 percent of global commerce happens on “chain” today.

“Regulatory complexity, a byzantine global financial system, and a shortage of engineers are constraining the impact of the token economy. Removing the barriers to token commerce helps more new businesses get started, expedites growth for existing companies, and increases economic output and trade globally. BayPay combines a payments platform with applications that put blockchain data at the heart of business operations,” Yeh said.

“Businesses of every size, from new startups to public companies, use our software to accept payments and manage their token businesses on chain,” he said.

He said that sitting atop BayPay’s blockchain platform are applications like the token, wallet, and cashier, which manage the lifecycle of the blockchain and deposit money into user bank accounts anywhere. BayPay includes a powerful API engine that makes transferring asset ownership easy. “Our SaaS (Software as a Service) infrastructure provides reliability, scalability, and security,” said Yeh.

NO-KEY

BayPay said that the biggest obstacle for users to enter the blockchain world is concerns related to establishing a wallet of their own such as managing private keys and remembering recovery phrases. By separating the two roles of identity authentication and authorization, BayPay allows users to use wallets as easily as using Gmail. It also allows companies to integrate token services into existing products to provide consistent user experiences.

NO-FEE

Yeh said the tokens issued by BayPay support the payment of fees by designated service providers, making it as easy for consumers as using ordinary points. “All transactions have costs. For example, the use of VISA cards incurs a fee charge of about 2%. Also, when the transaction fee is determined by the consumer and paid by the consumer using a token, it will confuse and inconvenience consumers. This is the current state of the token economy,” he said.

PAY-AS-YOU-GO

BayPay cloud service provides hundreds of application programming interfaces to assist your token economy operations as well as dozens of third-party integrated applications that help enterprises operate, including vouchers, discount coupons, gift certificates, meal coupons, redemption coupons, points, loyalty programs, and much more. The best part is that services are priced based on usage, without expensive program development costs and lengthy launch times.

Yeh noted that there are several ways to leverage BayPay. For example, it allows merchants, even those without blockchain knowledge such as POS retailers and e-commerce websites, to accept tokens as cash or to drop a link through chat or a Facebook post.

BayPay also helps ICO issuers improve the liquidity of their tokens. “Users can set the buyback price of their tokens and we will collect the tokens for them. There is no need to allocate manpower to work with your vendors and no more marketing subsidies need be spent on low-impact efforts.”

The company’s E2E also helps customers aggregate their spending power from separate sources and transfer their assets to whomever they want through the wallet. “No annoying private keys like with other wallets. All of the assets on BayPay are safeguarded by a hardware key vault.” Moreover, the B2B helps enterprises create stable coins as checks and deposit cash to their clients. This reduces the cost of accounting by adopting the distributed ledger services of blockchain. The innovative services of BayPay have earned the company selection by Taiwan Tech Arena (TTA) as one of the 100 featured Taiwanese startups showcased at CES 2021.

BayPay’s Founder and CEO Scofield Yeh is an experienced chief technology officer with specific skills in operations management, IT service management, business model development, management, and accounts management. Yeh is a strong information technology professional. He earned his executive master of Business Administration (EMBA) focused on entrepreneurship from National Taiwan University.

ACORD Solutions Group Launches Data Exchange Platform with First-of-Its-Kind Implementation by Aon & Zurich North America 13730

ACORD Solutions Group (ASG), the industry-owned subsidiary of ACORD, the standards-setting body for the global insurance industry, today announced the successful implementation of its ADEPT platform to perform automated, real-time premium accounting reconciliation between insurers and brokers. This market capability was developed working closely with some of the industry’s largest stakeholders, with the first data exchanged by professional services firm and broker Aon plc and carrier Zurich North America.

“While ACORD works closely with virtually all major brokers and carriers, we owe special gratitude to Aon and Zurich, who have been leading the way in defining and implementing this technology,” said Bijesh Jacob, SVP of Technology & Standards, ACORD. “Their contributions have been invaluable in launching an industry-wide platform to enable secure, digital data exchange and validation for brokers and carriers.”

Working with Aon and Zurich, ACORD recognized the common issues and themes associated with the premium settlement process. “The premium accounting process is a highly inefficient transactional service provided by brokers and carriers. Leveraging the Blockchain-based backbone of ADEPT will provide brokers and carriers with an industrial-strength platform to identify and resolve inconsistent transactions very early in the process. This industry innovation will not only drive out non-value-added cycles, but also provide clients a more seamless premium payment experience,” noted Mark Schmalzer, Aon’s Global Service Delivery Leader.

ADEPT (ACORD Data Exchange Platform & Translator) offers a secure, decentralized storage and access service which acts as a ‘single source of truth,’ enabling participants to verify payment information. By structuring, translating, and validating the data in real time, ADEPT greatly reduces the time and cost of reconciliation.

“The insurance industry is experiencing unprecedented change and technology is unlocking new and efficient ways of conducting business,” said Tracey Bailey, Billing Solutions Lead, Zurich North America and project manager for Zurich’s implementation of the ADEPT platform.

“The ACORD ADEPT solution is well aligned with Zurich’s continued efforts to improve our customer experience and broker interactions through innovation. We are proud to be on the front end of this journey with ACORD and Aon and are excited about ADEPT’s continued adoption within the insurance industry.”

ADEPT is a market capability which leverages the industry-accepted ACORD Data Standards to link trading partners with real-time data exchange, transformation, and validation. Although extracting inefficiencies from the premium accounting process provides significant value for the trading partners, it only provides a glimpse of transformational functionality to come. Now that a central matching mechanism for policies is created, future use-cases may include claims, placing and other critical insurance processes covering all major lines of business.

“We are honored to help pioneer the first data exchanged on the ADEPT platform. Our collaboration with ACORD showcases Aon’s continued commitment to innovation within the insurance industry,” said Joe Propati, Chief Operating Officer for North America, Aon. “This technology will change the way we do business, boosting efficiency for insurance carriers and brokers all while protecting the integrity of the data.”

“Thanks to the efforts of these visionary organizations, ADEPT is now in production and able to support millions of transactions,” Jacob added. “By improving operational efficiencies, strategic positioning, and customer satisfaction, ADEPT will truly transform the operating economics of our industry.”