Cryptocurrency Coalition Plans to Pay US Lobbyists in Digital Coins 1645

A group of financial technology companies is banding together to lobby lawmakers and regulators on cryptocurrencies — and they plan to pay their Washington advocates partly in digital coins.

The firms, all based in the San Francisco area, include digital money transfer company Ripple and several startups. They’re announcing Thursday that they’ve started a coalition and are retaining the Klein/Johnson Group, a bipartisan lobby shop that specializes in technology and financial services issues.

The companies’ lobbying push comes as Congress and agencies like the Securities and Exchange Commission are trying to figure out what kind of federal rules should apply to digital tokens and the blockchain technology that underlies them. Among officials’ concerns are massive price swings in the crypto markets, a spate of fraudulent public offerings involving the coins and their use in criminal activities like drug dealing.

For their part, the fintech firms are looking for government oversight that encourages innovation and won’t impede competition in the rapidly changing global markets. They plan to weigh in with Congress as well as the SEC, the Internal Revenue Service and other agencies that touch on cryptocurrencies, said Izzy Klein, a former aide to Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and co-founder of Klein/Johnson.

The new group calls itself the Securing America’s Internet of Value Coalition — a nod to an emerging notion in the financial technology world where the systems that record digital transactions will all be connected. That would enable payments across the globe to be processed almost instantaneously with no middlemen, a concept that could be revolutionary but perhaps difficult to explain to policy makers.

“We understand this is really complicated, and there is a lot of misinformation out there,” said Chris Larsen, executive chairman of Ripple. “The good news is there is a lot of interest in this topic in D.C.”

One particularly pressing matter for Ripple is whether XRP digital tokens, which are closely linked to the company, are deemed securities and subject to SEC regulation. The agency has already said that two competing currencies, Bitcoin and Ether, are not.

Along with Ripple and the independent foundation RippleWorks, the coalition also includes: Coil, a company that will facilitate digital payments for entertainment and content; Hard Yaka, an investment firm focusing on digital assets; and PolySign, a startup that is looking to be a crypto custodian.

The coalition plans to pay Klein/Johnson about $25,000 a month and 10,000 XRP. Klein said his firm will convert the XRP price into dollars when it discloses the payments on federal lobbying forms.

Larsen said it makes him feel better to have lobbyists with some skin in the game.

“It gives them some upside and gives them some risk,” he said. “Hopefully it gives them a taste of the industry in a way that hits home.”

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Pastel Network Announces the Listing of PSL on the Bitcoin.com Exchange 10367

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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Bitcoin SV support introduced at Beaxy Exchange in partnership with Fabriik Markets 17521

Beaxy Exchange, the popular Chicago-based digital asset exchange, today announces that it has introduced trading support for Bitcoin SV [BSV] on its platform. With immediate effect, BSV/USD and BSV/BTC trading pairs are listed and available for use. The introduction of Bitcoin SV comes as a result of a partnership between Beaxy Exchange and Fabriik Markets, a leading digital asset market-maker and liquidity provider. Fabriik Markets will provide market-making services to Beaxy Exchange for BSV-based trading pairs.

The move to launch BSV-based trading on Beaxy Exchange comes as demand for the digital asset continues to grow globally, with the utility of its massively scaling blockchain driving expansion of data use cases across many industry sectors. BSV also functions as a powerful payments network for both businesses and consumers, with its fast transaction times, low fees (sending a BSV payment costs less than 1/100 of a U.S. cent), and regulation-friendly approach providing an ideal payments platform.

As a U.S. Money Services Business [MSB] registered with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network [FinCEN], Beaxy Exchange offers a safe, compliant, and protected service for its customers. All digital assets on Beaxy Exchange are secured by Curv Institutional Custody, with USD deposits insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation [FDIC] up to $250,000.

Beaxy Exchange services customers in 42 U.S. states, in addition to serving an active global customer base in many international markets. Fiat currency on-ramps are offered by wire transfer in USD, EUR, GBP, JPY, CAD and AUD, as well as credit/debit card on-ramps offered through Simplex in USD, EUR, GBP, ILS, TRY, CAD, CHF, KRW, JPY, RUB, AUD, CZK, NOK, DKK, NZD, SEK, ZAR, HUF, and PLN.

Speaking on today’s announcement, Bay Abbott, Director and Co-President of Beaxy Exchange, said:

“There have been very limited options for those in the United States to buy or sell BSV safely and with convenience. For that reason, along with all of the interest we’ve seen from our community, Beaxy Exchange is thrilled to offer new markets for BSV that were otherwise inaccessible to a large portion of the total crypto market. This is a great opportunity for the global audience as well, as Beaxy will provide fiat on and off-ramps for traders using the USD, EUR, GBP, JPT, CAD, and AUD.”

Also commenting, Steven Walt, General Manager of Fabriik Markets, said:

“We are excited to partner with Beaxy to support their customers’ needs around BSV liquidity. Beaxy is an established and well-respected brand within the digital asset space, and we look forward to leveraging our technology and liquidity to support their growth.”

Also speaking on today’s announcement, Jimmy Nguyen, Founding President of Bitcoin Association, the Switzerland-based global industry organisation that supports Bitcoin SV, commented:

“Bitcoin Association welcomes the addition of BSV support by digital asset businesses that comply with applicable regulations and prioritise operating in a transparent manner, demonstrable qualities of both Beaxy Exchange and Fabriik Markets. With a U.S. base of operations and a strong international reach, Beaxy Exchange are an ideal partner to work with Fabriik Markets to expand the fiat on-ramps for and accessibility of BSV in the U.S. and around the world. I wish both businesses well for the future of their partnership and look forward to their contributions to the ongoing Bitcoin SV growth story and to advancing a more lawful digital currency industry.”

PrimeXBT: A bitcoin-based margin trading platform with a lot to offer (2020 review) 16784

PrimeXBT

PrimeXBT is a Bitcoin-based multi-asset margin trading platform that, while built on the foundations of the traditional market, is geared towards diversifying advanced trading tools, instruments and products. The platform allows its users to operate with more than 50 trading pairs, with leverages that can reach 100x in Cryptocurrencies and up to 1000x in other trading instruments, 24 hours a day.

This large number of trading instruments, as well as its high leverage, makes it stand out from many similar platforms with more time in the market such as Binance or Bitmex. It is important to note that, when choosing a trading platform like this, there are many variables that we must take into account, since not only the variety or quantity of products and instruments guarantee their quality and effectiveness.

Next, we will review this platform and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of trading with it.

PrimeXBT Overview

PrimeXBT is a margin trading and trading platform, founded in 2018 in the Seychelles Islands, which also has offices in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Switzerland. It enables its users to trade with leverage in Bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies, and a wide variety of traditional financial instruments ranging from currency markets to precious metals.

In addition, it offers its users other elements including its friendly interface, a simple registration process (not KYC) that only requires an email, multiple languages ​​(including Spanish), high levels of security, very low commissions and a great liquidity.

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Recently PrimeXBT was voted the best Bitcoin margin trading platform in the ADVFN International Financial Awards 2020, it was also awarded as the best cryptocurrency trading application and the best Forex and Cryptocurrency broker.

Trading tools

PrimeXBT has a set of trading tools and features that make it a high-level and competitive option, supported by elements such as high leverage, risk management tools, and much more.

The platform offers 100X leverage on Cryptocurrency trading pairs such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple, and EOS, as well as up to 1000X leverage for the currency markets (Forex), stock indices, and commodities.

Additionally, the platform allows you to place advanced Stop Loss, Take Profit and OCO orders, to adjust our trading strategies and at the same time manage risks without neglecting profits.

It also features charting tools such as trend lines, support, and resistance, multiple technical analysis indicators such as the Relative Strength Index, Ichimoku Cloud, MACD, and Williams Alligator, and integrated charting software.

The fact that the platform allows the opening of both long and short positions makes it possible for its users to obtain profits regardless of whether the market is high or low.

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Instruments

While the central focus of the platform is Cryptocurrency trading, it also offers its users the ability to trade a varied list of traditional assets such as currencies, commodities, and stock indices.

These are the instruments and trading pairs that can be traded on PrimeXBT:

Cryptocurrencies
Bitcoin, Ethereum, Waves, Litecoin, EOS, and Ripple.

Pairs: BTC / USD, ETH / USD, ETH / BTC, LTC / USD, LTC / BTC, XRP / USD, XRP / BTC, EOS / USD, EOS / BTC

Currency markets
US Dollar, Euro, Gold, Silver, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, British Pound, Japanese Yen, Turkish Lira, New Zealand Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Russian Ruble.

Pairs: AUD / CAD, AUD / CHF, AUD / JPY, AUD / NZD, AUD / USD, CAD / CHF, CAD / JPY, CHF / JPY, EUR / AUD, EUR / CAD, EUR / CHF, EUR / GBP, EUR / JPY, EUR / NZD, EUR / SGD, EUR / USD, GBP / AUD, GBP / CAD, GBP / CHF, GBP / JPY, GBP / NZD, GBP / SGD, GBP / USD, NZD / CAD, NZD / CHF, NZD / JPY, NZD / SGD, NZD / USD, USD / CAD, USD / CHF, USD / JPY, USD / RUB, USD / SGD, USD / TRY, XAG / USD, XAU / USD

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Commodities
WTI Crude Oil, Brent Oil and Natural Gas.

Stock indices
Dow Jones, Germany 30, Europe 30, NASDAQ, France 40, Spain 35, S & p 500, Nikkei 225 and Australia 200.

This great diversity of instruments reflects a point in favor of PrimeXBT over its closest competitors such as ByBit or Binance, which despite managing multiple instruments do not have a variety of options to trade as diverse as this, despite the fact that in the section cryptocurrency exchange Binance has more pairs to trade.

Deposits and Withdrawals

The PrimeXBT platform is based on Bitcoin, so all deposits are made with this currency and can be from 0.001 BTC. This makes the deposit process much easier by only requiring you to send the funds to the platform’s wallet, where with two confirmations you will already credit the amount.

Likewise, the withdrawal process is quite simple due to the use of BTC and only the address of the wallet that will receive the funds must be entered. The platform allows you to make a withdrawal per day, which is processed from 12 to 01 pm GMT and its commission is 0.0005 BTC.

Any withdrawal requested before 12 pm GMT is processed that same day. Likewise, any withdrawal request made after 12pm GMT will be processed the next day.

Since PrimeXBT uses hot wallets for immediate withdrawals, withdrawals for large amounts may take some time, as they may not have the amount in them and must withdraw from their cold wallets to complete the operation.

Commissions, Fees and Limits

The platform handles only two types of commission, per operation and overnight financing. The latter is applicable to leveraged operations that are kept open at night. Thus, if a user opens and closes a position with leverage during the day, he would only have to pay the commission per operation.

The fees for operations with Cryptocurrencies are 0.05%. Those of other instruments such as stock indices, raw materials or metals are 0.01% and those of currency markets or FOREX are 0.001%. The daily financing interest rates for Long or Short position are shown in the following table.

Regarding the limit of operations, PrimeXBT establishes a restriction on the size of the positions that a user can open, depending on elements such as the liquidity of the instrument, its volatility and other market conditions. The platform will not allow users to place orders that exceed the limit if they are executed.

In margin trading, PrimeXBT will lower the leverage limits for those traders who have more exposure to the market. Leverage limits based on position size. As you can see, larger positions will require more margin and thus reduce your exposure and consequently risk.

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Privacy & Security

PrimeXBT has banking-level security protocols that guarantee the security of its users’ funds. It uses Cloudflare to protect against DDoS attacks, SSL encryption that encrypts all information sent to the platform, two-factor authentication, and address whitelisting.

To store user passwords, Prime XBT claims it uses the “Bcrypt” algorithm, which prevents reading them even if a hacker had access to the exchange’s servers.

The vast majority of the platform’s funds are stored in cold wallets, which because they are offline represent an additional security measure. The hot wallets used by PrimeXBT are used for withdrawal operations and immediate payments, so the funds in them are limited.

On the other hand, in case of moving funds from a cold portfolio to a hot one, the authorization of several people will be needed, since they have a multi-signature access system.

Because the platform is non-KYC and does not require detailed personal information in its registration process, there is no risk of exposing the identity of users of the platform.

PrimeXBT Turbo

Recently PrimeXBT launched a new trading option called PrimeXBT Turbo, a Bitcoin contract that offers a binary options-like experience with greater speed and simplicity.

This product allows users to choose between upload or download contracts, with durations of 30 seconds, one minute and five minutes. While this option allows the profits of its users to multiply quickly, it also offers a high potential risk of loss.

Users can try PrimeXBT Turbo through the use of a demo account with 1 BTC, to trade without any risk and put this new product to the test.

Covesting Module

Another of the most recent PrimeXBT innovations is its new Covesting module, a product that is the result of the partnership between the financial software company Covesting and PrimeXBT that allows copy trading.

Copy trading allows inexperienced users to connect with experienced traders as followers. Then, they can copy the strategies and operations carried out by the expert traders, creating a kind of beneficial synergy for both, since the expert trader will get a percentage of the profits from his followers.

Followers will be able to trade with any experienced trader and strategy of their choice, based on the statistics supplied daily by PrimeXBT and even get a percentage of the profits generated by the creator of the strategy.

It should be noted that even an expert trader can generate losses, so it is important to be careful and attentive to the use of risk management tools when trading.

Aplicación Móvil

For users who want to review and carry out their operations from anywhere without depending on their computer, PrimeXBT developed its mobile application for Android and IOS.

This application offers functionality very similar to that offered in its traditional version of a web browser. It allows a comfortable management of the accounts and an easy execution of the operations. However, the first and most comfortable option to operate is the web version of the platform.

Support and Customer Service

PrimeXBT has a customer service and support system that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Here, users can access multiple options such as live chat, email, and help desk.

It also has an extensive library of tutorials, video tutorials and trading guides, an innovative Telegram Bot that allows its users to get up-to-date information without having to log into their accounts.

Referral program

PrimeXBT has a four-level referral system that allows its users to obtain additional income from the commissions generated by the trading of their referrals. In addition, it has created a CPA referral program where people with high influence and followers, youtubers, influencers or webmasters can obtain even greater benefits.

Interested users have an easy-to-share reference link and allusive material to promote the process.

Advantages and Disadvantages
Among the main advantages of using PrimeXBT are:

  • Wide range of financial instruments. Being able to trade both crypto and traditional markets with a wide variety of instruments is definitely PrimeXBT’s main distinction.
  • Anonymous accounts. The simple registration process without KYC protects the privacy of users.
  • Security of funds. The platform provides strong banking-level security procedures to its users.
  • 100x leverage in crypto. While leverage enhances profits, it also does so with losses, so caution in its use is highly recommended.
  • Tools for trading. A robust offering of graphical and risk management tools makes trading easy for newbies and professionals.The main disadvantages of the platform are:
  • Recent creation. Despite its good reputation in the market, it has only been in operation for two years.
  • No client for PC. This prevents your users from operating without using the web browser.
  • No API functionality. Prevents users from programming their own bots or algorithms for automated trading.
  • Restrictions on use. It cannot operate in some countries such as the United States, Canada, Israel, Japan, Algeria, Ecuador, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.

Conclusion

PrimeXBT is a solid and very complete platform that offers a wide variety of instruments to trade. It allows its users to diversify their operations, hand in hand with an easy-to-use interface, offering advanced and even professional tools.

Its high leverage and competitive rates, added to its advantages outlined above, make it an excellent option for any user, whether novice or professional, and these in turn make it stand out from its closest competitors.

How One Crypto Player’s Winnings have Reached $275k at CryptoSlots in Two Years 19795

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Ever wonder if players really do get lucky from crypto casinos? Maybe not all, but we found one CryptoSlots casino player whose winnings have added up to a substantial $275k in wins in just two years of playing ($276,200 to be exact). David C is from California, and wisely started investing in Bitcoin in 2016 – in 2018 he decided to play at Bitcoin casinos with some of his savings, and the rest is history. Read our interview with him below.

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Do you have a strategy?
I only put in what I got out of crypto investing, I don’t play for hours on end – you have to be smart. I won a few thousand on the Jackpot game early on, got a huge win on Olympus High Limit version at one point. With bigger wins I like that I always set the money aside. Quit when you’re ahead.

But a lot of it as learning how the games work. I count the medium wins rather than hold out for bigger ones. And, at CryptoSlots, save up Jackpot Tokens and then play Jackpot Trigger for longer all in one go.

Have you always played online? 
I’ve played slots online a lot before – only been to two actual casinos in my life to be honest with you. You have more control over what you’re doing when you’re online.

What do you like about playing with Bitcoin?
When playing at btc casinos, I don’t have to get my bank involved or wait for payments to come through – I know exactly where my money is at all times.

Last but not least, what do you spend your winnings on?
Well some of it goes back into playing, some I keep in crypto, some I spend. Last year we did a trip around Asia. We went jungle trekking in Malaysia, I got my diving certificate in Indonesia, stayed a few days in Singapore. It was out of this world, such a vacation. We were planning on heading to Norway this winter to see the Northern Lights but, unfortunately, that will have to wait thanks to this coronavirus.

When asked about his favorites among Cryptoslots’ Provably Fair casino games, David said he largely alternates between the slots to diversify his crypto bets. So we took a look at his top ten games over the last six months and analyzed his payback ratio on each:

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Interestingly, the High Limit games seem at a glance to be most volatile – offering the lowest payback ratio (Vegas Vibes High Limit at 72.5%) and the highest (Blazing Wilds High Limit at 179.1%). His standard video slot play produced more reliable wins but less chance of huge paybacks (e.g. Coin Rush at 105.8% and Vegas Twin at 99%).

Of course, it all depends on how much is bet and for how long the game is played. David bet the least on both Jacks or Better and Pyramid Plunder High Limit – maybe his inclinations warned him that luck was lurking elsewhere, maybe he quit too soon and longer gameplay would have increased his payback ratio! A significant win can make the world of difference.

We always ask our players if they believe in luck, and just like David, most of them tell us it depends on the day. For now, it seems his strategies are literally paying off.

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World’s first tradable carbon token is set to democratize access to the most important new asset class for generations 17804

The Universal Protocol Alliance (UPA), a coalition of leading blockchain companies including Bittrex Global, Ledger, CertiK, InfiniGold and Uphold, today launches Universal Carbon [UPCO2], the world’s first tradable carbon token on a public blockchain that can be bought and held as an investment, or burnt to offset an individual’s carbon footprint. With demand for carbon credits outstripping supply by a factor of 4 to 1 in 2020, according to the World Bank, the UPCO2 Token is set to democratize an important new asset class, which could lead to the establishment of a global clearing price for carbon (as today exists for such commodities as oil and gold) and more resources going directly into environmental projects.

Each UPCO2 Token represents one year-ton of CO2 pollution averted by a certified REDD+ project preventing rainforest loss or degradation. Every Token is backed by a Voluntary Carbon Unit [VCU], a digital certificate issued by Verra and other international standards agencies, which allows certified projects to turn their greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions into tradable carbon credits.

“The projects we support through carbon credit purchases prevent deforestation in the Amazon, Congo Basin and Indonesia as well as other threatened rainforests”‘ explained UP Alliance Chairman, Matthew Le Merle. “For a new generation of investors looking for more than mere financial return, UPCO2 offers attractive social, economic and environmental benefits. At a key moment for climate change, UPCO2 allows people worldwide to do good for the planet and potentially do well for themselves.”

Powerful macroeconomic forces underpin the Voluntary Carbon Credit market and, according to some commentators, could drive up prices significantly as more countries introduce regulated CO2 markets, forcing companies to compensate for their pollution. Additionally, a growing number of firms and individuals are choosing to offset their carbon footprints voluntarily.

As with all commodities, prices for carbon credits are likely to fluctuate, but human emissions have grown from 25 billion tons to 55 billion tons between 2008 and 2018, while the supply of voluntary credits has remained broadly flat.

According to the World Bank, in 2020, humanity compensates for just 22% of global emissions through the purchase and retirement of carbon credits, and yet the proportion of countries operating regulated carbon markets has risen from 40 percent of global GDP in 2016 to 70 percent in 2020. The result is a wall of demand that may far outstrip the production of new carbon credits, which is constrained by the slow and expensive process of Voluntary Carbon Project certification.

“This year may go down as the key inflection point for climate change,” said JP Thieriot, Co-Founder of the UP Alliance and CEO of Uphold. “The year it went from far-off issue enshrined in distant accords like Kyoto and Paris, to a palpable threat affecting the lives of tens of millions of people. In recent months, we’ve seen Australia and California on fire, ever more powerful hurricanes, the U.S. president-elect Joe Biden announcing a Climate Administration, and companies such as Apple, Microsoft, and Nike voluntarily committing to carbon neutrality.

“Combating climate cancer is likely to become the dominant economic issue of the next 20 years. The UPCO2 Token allows people everywhere to participate in this hugely important – and potentially lucrative – new market, as well as do the right thing for the planet.”

Voluntary carbon credits, which back all UPCO2 Tokens, offer major economic advantages compared with regulated credits. As dollar-denominated, globally-recognized, fungible and perennial assets, voluntary credits last forever, maintaining option value, until consumed or retired by a company or an individual seeking to compensate for carbon footprint.

“It’s astonishing that there is no single global clearing price for carbon emissions,” said Le Merle. “A non-deliverable, digitally-tradable commodity that’s essential for human activity shouldn’t be traded bilaterally on OTC markets, as carbon credits are today.

“One year-ton of carbon means the same everywhere. As a globally-recognized asset, defined by international standards, a Voluntary Carbon Credit should eventually fetch the same price anywhere.” Mr. Le Merle said, “We believe that the UPCO2 token has an important role to play in democratizing access to carbon credits, which could eliminate price arbitrage and produce a single global price. This was a light bulb going on for me. Combine a digital asset with a rainforest carbon offset and give everyone in the world access. How could that not be a great idea?”