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La NASAA le advierte a inversores sobre el criptoespacio y las ICOs; la SEC lo aprueba

La Asociación de Administradores de Valores de América del Norte (NASAA) publicó una advertencia para los inversionistas de la Main Street, referente a los riesgos asociados con las criptomonedas y las Ofertas Iniciales de Monedas (ICOs).

La advertencia fue seguida rápidamente por una declaración de la Comisión de Valores y Bolsa de los Estados Unidos (SEC), que elogió y reiteró el mensaje de la NASAA.

La declaración de la NASAA alentaba a los inversionistas a mirar “más allá de la publicidad” al considerar las criptomonedas y sus derivaciones, con la finalidad de entender mejor los riesgos asociados.

Joseph P. Borg, presidente de la NASAA y director de la Comisión de Valores de Alabama, fue citado en la declaración diciendo que:

“Los inversionistas deberían ir más allá de los titulares y de la publicidad para entender los riesgos asociados con las inversiones en criptomonedas, así como también sus contratos de futuros y otros productos financieros a los que esas divisas virtuales estén vinculadas de cualquier manera a la inversión subyacente.”

Borg también señaló en la declaración que la naturaleza volátil del mercado de la criptomoneda atrae a inversionistas nuevos que generalmente no están bien informados respecto al carácter de las inversiones que están haciendo, al declarar:

“Las recientes fluctuaciones salvajes de los precios y la especulación en inversiones relacionadas con la criptomoneda fácilmente pueden tentar a inversionistas incautos a precipitarse a entrar en una inversión que podrían no comprender totalmente.”

Preocupaciones comunes y riesgos

La declaración de la NASAA incluye una lista de preocupaciones comunes asociadas con criptomonedas y advertencias sobre su alto potencial de fraude al invertir en ellas.

La NASAA y el SEC señalaron algo importante al describir cómo es que las criptodivisas son diferentes de las monedas “tradicionales” o fiat. Ambas agencias notaron que son estas diferencias en sí las que hacen que la criptomoneda sea altamente riesgosa. La declaración de la NASAA sostiene:

“A diferencia de la moneda tradicional, esas alternativas no tienen forma física y por lo general no están respaldadas por bienes tangibles. No están aseguradas ni controladas por un banco central ni otra autoridad gubernamental, no pueden ser intercambiadas por otras mercancías, y están sujetas a regulaciones pequeñas o a ninguna.”

Finalmente, la declaración concluye con una lista de cinco señales potenciales de fraude al invertir en el criptoespacio. Esa banderas rojas del fraude incluyen altos beneficios “garantizados”, vendedores no autorizados y mucha presión para comprar, todo lo que podría decirse que estuvo presente en la mayoría de las ICOs del 2017.

¿Frente unido?

La afirmación que la SEC hizo de la declaración de la NASAA, así como todas las otras declaraciones de la SEC sobre las criptodivisas y las ICOs, es indicativo de un creciente enfoque centrado en regular el criptoespacio, particularmente en los Estados Unidos de Norteamérica.

Mientras el mercado de la criptomoneda continúa creciendo y aumenta la atención pública, los riesgos potenciales para nuevos inversionistas incautos probablemente seguirán estimulando regulaciones y advertencias de las autoridades gubernamentales alrededor del mundo.

Cardano [ADA]

Cardano Climbs Above 0.061727 Level, Up 3% – Cardano rose above the $0.061727 threshold on Sunday. Cardano was trading at 0.061727 by 02:14 (07:14 GMT) on the Index, up 3.46% on the day. It was the largest one-day percentage gain since February 5.

The move upwards pushed Cardano’s market cap up to $1.60054B, or 0.54% of the total cryptocurrency market cap. At its highest, Cardano’s market cap was $23.91700B.

Cardano had traded in a range of $0.060029 to $0.061959 in the previous twenty-four hours.

Over the past seven days, Cardano has seen a rise in value, as it gained 7.68%. The volume of Cardano traded in the twenty-four hours to time of writing was $127.15397M or 0.09% of the total volume of all cryptocurrencies. It has traded in a range of $0.0553 to $0.0627 in the past 7 days.

At its current price, Cardano is still down 95.43% from its all-time high of $1.35 set on January 4, 2018.

Elsewhere in cryptocurrency trading

Bitcoin was last at $10,102.8 on the Index, up 3.34% on the day.

Ethereum was trading at $228.60 on the Index, a gain of 3.61%.

Bitcoin’s market cap was last at $183.69694B or 62.45% of the total cryptocurrency market cap, while Ethereum’s market cap totaled $25.10960B or 8.54% of the total cryptocurrency market value.

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Russian Central Bank Head Says “No Obvious Need” to Issue a National Cryptocurrency

Speaking at the Finopolis forum of innovative financial technologies, Elvira Nabiullina, Russian economist and head of the Central Bank of the country said the regulator doesn’t see a need to issue a national cryptocurrency, reported Russian News Agency, Tass.

“As Russia’s Central Bank, we have been studying this topic and the need to issue a national cryptocurrency is not obvious for us,”

said Nabiullina addressing Deputy Governor of the People’s Bank of China Fan Yifei.

“Not only for technological reasons, but also because it is (difficult) to really estimate what advantages will the national digital currency give, for example, in comparison with existing electronic non-cash payments. There are many risks, and the advantages may not be obvious enough,”

she added.

Back in July, Nabiullina said that one day the institution could launch its own digital currency but the technology must ensure “reliability and continuity.” But at that time as well, she said that fiat currency settlement systems are improving and already have

“good dynamics.”

She has repeatedly pointed out in the past that the regulator does not support the legalization of cryptocurrencies as a legitimate payment facility.

Earlier the lower house of the Russian parliament, the State Duma adopted a bill on digital assets.

Meanwhile, Fan Yifei said China is exploring the possibility of creating a national cryptocurrency. He believes it is important to cooperate with other countries so that regulatory standards could be developed.

After five years of research, China is finally ready with its cryptocurrency which is expected to launch soon.

Fan YiFei didn’t specify the launch date but said first there is a need to conduct studies and also take into account other countries’ experience.

Source: bitcoinexchangeguide

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Cryptocurrencies and esports: reshaping modern gambling

Over the course of many centuries, gambling has proven to be very versatile and adaptive to innovations. Presently, it is going through the phase of transition from being reliant on brick-and-mortar casinos, with their limited capacity, regulatory issues, and inability to reach a broad audience, to running the operations solely on online platforms. The emergence of blockchain only incentivized the process of digitization of this industry. 

Cryptocurrencies are the next evolutionary step for gambling

While Bitcoin, the first and the most influential cryptocurrency that still exerts total dominance over all other coins, wasn’t created to serve the needs of the gambling industry specifically, it paved the way for other representatives of this space.

Projects like TRON and EOS are fundamentally designed to disrupt the world of gambling by providing it with such tech solutions as provably fair algorithms for casino games, decentralized gambling applications, and, of course, cryptocurrencies to fuel these ecosystems.

But in order to apprehend the benefits of a symbiosis between cryptocurrencies and the industry of gambling, it is necessary to understand what is crypto, how it works, and what it can bring to the table.

A cryptocurrency is a type of digital asset with strong cryptography features at its core, designed to eliminate the need for a trusted third party, such as banks, to confirm and/or carry out the financial transactions. But what makes crypto and gambling go together like peanut butter and jelly is the nearly total anonymity of digital currencies, the promptness and cheapness of transactions, and the substantially enhanced security. While traditional casinos demand plenty of sensitive information from gamblers (i.e., banking details, real name, date of birth), the crypto enthusiasts have to reveal nothing but public keys when making a deposit/withdrawals. The transactions usually take no longer than a few minutes and are carried out at an almost negligent fee.

These are the primary reasons why the industry is currently witnessing the emergence of all-for-crypto gambling platforms, such as 1xBit which accepts more than 30 cryptocurrencies, assures total anonymity through the provision of the one-click registration, effortless and low-cost deposits/withdrawals, and, of course, an abundance of casino games and sports betting opportunities.

1xBit places a particular emphasis on esports since this up-and-coming phenomenon represents another disruptive factor for the gambling industry that moves in parallel with the adoption of cryptocurrencies.

Esports make the grand entrance

For decades, video games have been considered as nothing more than a form of recreation. However, the rapid development of Internet technologies and the overall sophistication of online games, along with the acquisition of the global audience, had turned this form of activity into a fully-fledged sport. 

Nowadays, world championships in such disciplines as Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and League of Legends draw millions of spectators from around the globe. The recognition of esports has reached such a level that the International Olympic Committee considers introducing esports to the official program of the 2024 Olympics in Paris. 

Such an unprecedented surge in popularity made esports one of the main destinations for tech-savvy online sports bettors who are well aware of the benefits that cryptocurrencies will bring to this space. The crypto-oriented platforms, particularly 1xBit, took on the task of being a meeting point for cryptocurrencies, esports, and betting. There is no doubt that this combination will shape the future of the gambling industry. 

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