CBDCs are digitally native fiat currencies that are directly issued and backed by central banks. They aim to extend the utility of physically settled monies to the digital world by removing extra steps and intermediaries from digitized banking and payment infrastructure. In so doing, CBDCs are intended to make transactions more efficient, manageable and financially inclusive.
Today bitcoin futures are available for retail and institutional traders, but U.S. investors have limited options for investing directly in Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Let’s look back at the history of ETFs to see how Bitcoin ETFs could enable U.S. investors to invest directly, and what options are currently available.
In the early days of crypto, privacy was a critical focus in blockchain development but difficult for the average user to achieve. From 2011–2014, creating multi-signature transactions was considered a cutting-edge technique that provided advanced users more privacy and security than executing standard peer-to-peer transactions alone. Now multisig is standard and more user friendly than ever. So, what’s changed in the last 5 years? And when can we expect blockchains to deliver practical privacy for non-technical users and businesses?
GDPR and self-sovereign identity share a lot in common. GDPR regulates “the right to be forgotten” and self-sovereign identity enables it for the decentralized web. So, when and how will these two privacy functions intersect? Self-sovereign and decentralized identity (DID) solutions like Sovrin or Ethereum’s uPort represent innovative opportunities for data ownership that use blockchains…
While the high crypto valuations of late 2017 have crashed and we’ve entered into the early stages of our current ‘crypto winter,’ the global fervor for developing innovative blockchain solutions and distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) shows no signs of slowing down. So, what can we expect in 2019? Here are 3 up-and-coming crypto trends jockeying for success within today’s uncertain blockchain landscape.
Every day cryptocurrency and blockchain startups in the U.S. face a lingering regulatory question, “how do you fit a square peg in a round hole?” Here I summarize how regulatory uncertainty affects blockchain development, what last week’s SEC commentary means for cryptocurrencies, and explain how decentralized applications are positioned within today’s regulatory landscape.