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MyntExchange: Why Securities Need to Be on the Blockchain

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From the desk of Myntfund

REYKJAVÍK, Iceland., Aug. 8, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — One of the fundamental benefits of blockchain technology is its ability to record transactions transparently in a tamper-proof ledger.

This level of openness is unprecedented in a financial sector where obscurity, complicated acronyms, and manipulation benefit only the most powerful players. Specifically, blockchain technology can shine a light on unethical tactics like the use of dark pools-private exchanges where large trades happen, hidden from the public eye. In short, these pools allow hedge funds to influence prices undetected by dumping stocks en masse.

But only a few at the top of the securities hierarchy benefit from “taking a dip” into these pools.

In 2016, Barclays and Credit Suisse were fined more than $150 million by the SEC for operating dark pools.

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In the words of the famous David Fincher film “The Social Network” about Facebook’s meteoric rise:

“In the grand scheme of things, that’s a speeding ticket.”

In other words, those fines mean nothing to these firms, and the SEC is nothing but a highway patrolman catching them in the act every once in a while.

To level the investing playing field, larger technological changes are necessary.

Blockchain’s transparency permits regulators to monitor markets continually instead of relying on sporadic inspections. While the SEC changed laws recently to inspect hedge funds unannounced, their oversight remains limited. Blockchain provides constant surveillance of all network activity and assets.

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This visibility deters foul play and benefits retail investors.

Outdated Processes and High Costs

The inefficiencies and obfuscation of legacy financial systems ultimately stem from high costs and outdated processes. For example, the systemic practice of “beautifying” balance sheets uses significant resources to polish company images before listing publicly.

There’s another word for this process:

Fraud.

But hey, we’re not the SEC-what do we know?

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Then there’s the substantial administrative overhead of managing securities through decades-old infrastructure.

For example, simply listing a stock on an exchange requires tens of millions of dollars (depending on the number of stocks issued) and over a year of jumping through hoops. The costs and complexities of issuance and trading continue to plague processes long after the initial hurdles.

This bureaucratic bottleneck contradicts the swift pace of modern business.

Let’s face it: despite the many (valid) complaints about cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology could bring securities into the 21st century.

Benefits of Blockchain for Securities

Blockchain technology allows assets like stocks to be issued and traded in a direct peer-to-peer manner, sans middlemen. Intermediaries and gatekeepers have traditionally cream-skimmed value while saddling processes with exorbitant costs.

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Not so on-chain.

Blockchain also enables fractional ownership, letting retail investors participate in opportunities otherwise accessible only to the wealthy, such as real estate or investment funds. By opening doors to diverse investors, blockchain also promotes financial inclusion in capital markets.

For issuers and companies, listing securities on the blockchain dramatically cuts down costs compared to traditional routes. Startups in particular can benefit from this affordability and lower their barriers to entry. Ongoing costs are also slashed through process automation and reduced paperwork.

Beyond listing, blockchain tech also reduces the overhead of compliance, tracking ownership, and shareholder communications. These activities typically take tremendous manual effort and expense in legacy frameworks.

Blockchain’s ability to embed rules and automate workflows via smart contracts also smooths operations throughout the security’s lifecycle.

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Specialized blockchain exchanges have already emerged to solve some of these endemic industry problems. For example, MyntExchange implements an innovative fee model where transactions incur a small charge in company stock instead of cash.

Moreover, it uses smart contract technology to protect users from so-called “pump and dumps” where company leaders dump all of their stock at the highest point, leaving their investors “holding the bag” of now-worthless company stocks. (Unfortunately, this happens a lot in the crypto world.)

In a blockchain-enabled investing environment like the one we’re describing-with a unique “pay in shares” fee model-holding shares aligns the exchange’s incentives with listed firms, as well as the investors, thus avoiding conflicts of interest.

Don’t forget:

In the traditional, legacy financial system, “conflict of interest” is a synonym for “business as usual.”

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Let’s say we change that, eh?

Ongoing Risks and Challenges

Of course, while blockchain technology  improves security through encryption and resilience, risks like hacking remain. Exchanges must utilize impenetrable infrastructure and smart contract code to thwart exploits.

Users also need to manage their private keys responsibly to prevent theft. Ultimately, like all things cybersecurity, blockchain technology is only as secure as its underlying implementation.

For securities in particular, blockchain must be layered with protections against fraud. MyntExchange, for example, achieves this by isolating its ecosystem to render stolen assets worthless. In other words, the exchange also uses its native currency MintPay to enable trading between assets. This liquidity pool acts as a protective moat by only allowing whitelisted tokens.

BROADER POTENTIAL OF BLOCKCHAIN

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Beyond trading, blockchain technology opens doors the doors to all kinds of other benefits for retail investors, including:

  • Embedded governance
  • Secure voting
  • Compliance
  • Automated regulatory filings

In short, shareholders can participate in transparent decision-making while companies save costs and effort.

Overall, blockchain technology presents a monumental opportunity to fix foundational flaws in the securities industry plaguing both issuers and traders. By enhancing transparency, promoting fair access, reducing costs, and enabling innovation, blockchain can propel securities into the 21st century.

The next generation of securities rests on a foundation of openness, efficiency, and equal opportunity.

To get your asset on-chain, [email protected]

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HTX Ventures Announces Strategic Investment in Figment Capital to Enhance Global Innovation Support

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SINGAPORE, May 30, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — HTX Ventures, the global investment arm of the cryptocurrency exchange HTX, has officially announced a strategic investment in Figment Capital, an early-stage venture fund focused on blockchain infrastructure. This investment underscores HTX Ventures’ commitment to fostering innovation and supporting scalable Web3 technology development globally.

Launched in 2021, Figment Capital is dedicated to investing in high-conviction, early-stage blockchain infrastructure projects. By leveraging its strong technical understanding and deep connection with Figment Inc., a leader in enterprise-grade staking infrastructure, Figment Capital offers unparalleled technical insights and support to its portfolio companies.

Edward, Managing Partner at HTX Ventures, stated, “We are delighted to welcome Figment Capital as a strategic partner. This investment aligns with our mission to support promising companies and drive the next generation of technological innovations. By leveraging Figment’s technical expertise and robust network, we can identify and support superior projects while also helping them expand into the Asian market. HTX Ventures continues to solidify its position as a global investment leader.”

James Parillo, Managing Partner at Figment Capital, also shared, “The HTX Ventures team has been incredibly helpful in our growth as an emerging investment fund. Their knowledge of the Asian market and experience operating a globally recognized exchange has been invaluable as we continue to grow. We’re thankful for the trust and support the HTX Ventures team has placed in us and continue to look forward to collaborating for years to come.”

Figment Capital’s portfolio boasts notable projects such as EigenLayer, Celestia, Initia, Wormhole, Movement, zkSync, and more. The trust and reputation that Figment Capital has earned among Web3 founders are further strengthened by its close collaboration with portfolio companies, providing strategic guidance and technical support.

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HTX Ventures is excited about the potential of this partnership. By combining Figment Capital’s technical prowess and industry connections with HTX Ventures’ extensive market reach, particularly in Asia, we are well-positioned to support the next wave of innovative blockchain projects. This strategic investment marks a significant milestone in our mission to enhance global innovation support in the blockchain space.

About HTX Ventures

HTX Ventures, the global investment division of HTX, integrates investment, incubation, and research to identify the best and brightest teams worldwide. With a decade-long history as an industry pioneer, HTX Ventures excels at identifying cutting-edge technologies and emerging business models within the sector. To foster growth within the blockchain ecosystem, we provide comprehensive support to projects, including financing, resources, and strategic advice.

HTX Ventures currently backs over 200 projects spanning multiple blockchain sectors, with select high-quality initiatives already trading on the HTX exchange. Furthermore, as one of the most active Fund of Funds (FOF) investors, HTX Ventures collaboratively forges the blockchain ecosystem alongside premier global blockchain funds, including Figment Capital, Dragonfly, Bankless Ventures, Animoca, Shima, and IVC. Visit us here.

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Company Website
https://www.htx.com/en-us/ventures

About Figment Capital

Figment Capital is an early stage venture fund, focused primarily on investing in blockchain infrastructure. Launched in 2021, Figment Capital invests in high-conviction, early-stage blockchain infrastructure projects, leveraging strong technical insights and support. Notable portfolio companies include EigenLayer, Celestia, Initia, Wormhole, Movement, and Starkware.

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Bybit Drives Significant Trading Surge with EUR Zero Fees Campaign

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DUBAI, UAE, May 30, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Bybit, one of the world’s top three crypto exchanges by trading volume, today announced a staggering increase in EUR trading volume following the launch of its EUR Zero Fees Fiesta campaign in early April. This move underscores Bybit’s commitment to the European market, offering a competitive and cost-effective platform for European crypto traders.

“By eliminating EUR trading fees, we’re making it easier and more affordable for European users to participate in the cryptocurrency market,” said Joan Han, Sales & Marketing Director of Bybit. “We view Europe as one of the key growth markets and are dedicated to offering a streamlined experience for European traders.

Soaring Popularity: Bybit Now #2 in Netherlands Market

The EUR Zero Fees Fiesta campaign has yielded impressive results. Since its launch, Bybit has observed a 13% average daily increase in trading volume for EUR pairs (compared to April data). This surge in volume strengthens Bybit’s position as a major player in the European crypto market. Bybit is currently ranked number two in the Netherlands, highlighting its expanding presence in the region.

Beyond Fees: Fostering a Convenient Crypto Experience for Europeans

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Bybit’s commitment to fostering a vibrant and accessible crypto ecosystem for European users extends beyond just fees. The EUR Zero Fees Fiesta campaign eliminates hidden costs, simplifying user participation in the market without surprise charges. This, combined with the seamless one-click purchase option through Google Pay across 35 currencies, empowers European users to buy and trade crypto with unmatched ease. Bybit is committed to making crypto not just accessible, but truly convenient for all European traders.

This dedication to user experience is what positions Bybit as the ideal platform for European crypto enthusiasts.  We’re constantly innovating to streamline processes and remove friction points, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free journey into the world of digital assets.

#Bybit / #TheCryptoArk /

About Bybit

Bybit is one of the world’s top three crypto exchanges by volume with over 30 million users. Established in 2018, Bybit offers a professional platform where crypto investors and traders can find an ultra-fast matching engine, 24/7 customer service, and multilingual community support. Bybit is a proud partner of Formula One’s reigning Constructors’ and Drivers’ champions: the Oracle Red Bull Racing team.

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Artrade’s new RWA feature ‘Fragments’: Launching with a Picasso

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Investing in world-class art like buying tokens on Solana

PARIS, May 29, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Artrade is excited to announce the upcoming launch of its new feature “Fragments”: a Real World Asset (RWA) physical masterpiece linked to a token on Solana. 

 

 

After the presale, it will be accessible in one click like any other tokens on a DEX.

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Making real world art investment easier than ever before.

The artworks 

We are only considering important artists for our new “Fragments” feature. Rapidly increasing and reliable valuations convinced us this is the right choice. We’ve been sourcing and analyzing serious offers on Monet, Picasso, Warhol and Banksy among others.

This typically expensive and elite investment opportunity is now accessible to you through trading fractions of it with Artrade.

Our first inaugural piece for this feature:

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A drawing by Pablo Picasso.

Artrade is proud to showcase this intimate piece of art by the most famous signature in the world, valued at $200,000.

The artwork will be revealed at the NFC conference in Lisbon, and the presale opened at this occasion.

After months of sourcing and researching the art market, we’re proud to come to the public with a piece by such an iconic artist.

Our vision

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Our ultimate vision is not to resell our artworks on the traditional market for a profit, but rather to create real-time quotations of our artwork’s tokens. Enhancing token value for holders over time.

Though if the artwork is resold, holders will have the option for a buyback (convert to USDC) of their tokens.

According to Artrade’s founder Paul Weibel: “On-chain real world assets will finally democratize the investment in historical masterpieces of art.”

What you get as a Fragment investor:

  • $ATR token airdrop
  • Whitelist priority on the next token offering
  • Be a part of the exclusive Fragment Collector community
  • Access to exclusive networking events and IRL showcases of the artwork

Why invest in an Art Real World Asset token?

Liquidity: contrary to a NFT or a physical artwork, a token is completely liquid and can be traded anytime.

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Value: the value of your token is really associated to the value of the artwork on the market. It’s a token with a real utility and value in the world.

Investment: the valuation of masterpieces has been reliable, strong and consistent for hundreds of years. The market knows that.

With Artrade’s RWA Token, this value will be displayed in real-time and opened to a dynamic Web3 native secondary market.

About Artrade 

Artrade is a French JEI (young innovative R&D company) created and funded in 2021 through an ICO (initial coin offering). Since then, the $ATR token has reached an ATH of $140m valuation with a pool of thousands of holders.

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The main and already running marketplace is built around Art real world assets by contemporary artists. Counting around 4,000 monthly users, Artrade is gaining more and more credibility and traction in the space.

Stay tuned for more updates and get ready to invest in world-class art with Artrade’s innovative “Fragments” feature.

Artrade, trade art. 

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