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5 Crypto Projects That Crushed It in 2019

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As 2019 nears its apex, it’s time to take a look back at the projects that crushed it this year. Crypto startups that shrugged off bearish market conditions, community apathy and industry in-fighting, and focused on shipping clean code and great products. There’s a lot of noise in the cryptosphere, but the following projects cut through it like a knife, delivering original solutions with genuine utility. Having killed it all year, you wouldn’t bet against this quintet doing it all over again in 2020.

  1. LiquidApps

EOS scaling project LiquidApps emerged out of nowhere to garner industry-wide plaudits as 2019 reached its crescendo. A lot of this was due to the success of its DAPP Network, which demonstrated that it’s possible to provision off-chain/sidechain scaling without compromising on decentralization. The DAPP Network’s vRAM enables EOS dApp developers to access cheap virtual storage, giving them the ability to scale their decentralized applications without being stung by prohibitive resource costs. That alone would be enough to sustain most crypto projects for a year, but LiquidApps accompanied this breakthrough with a tool for seamlessly onboarding new dApp users, another for linking blockchains into a single dApp, and an oracle service. Impressive stuff.

  1. Remme

Distributed Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) project Remme boasts one of the hardest working teams in crypto. After realizing that its PKI-enabled blockchain simply wouldn’t cut it on Hyperledger Sawtooth, the Remme team made the difficult decision to switch chains deep into the project, transitioning to the EOSIO codebase and rolling out its testnet. Rather than letting this throw them off their stride, Remme has charged ahead with its mainnet launch, taking time out to propose improvements to EOSIO where errors were encountered in the codebase, and fine-tuning the workings of its custom Block Producer program.

This year, Remme also succeeded in onboarding hundreds of enterprises to Keyhub, its all-in-one platform for managing SSL/TLS certificates. With its mainnet just weeks away, 2020 is shaping up to be a big year for the Ukrainian blockchain startup.

  1. Matic Network

It would be impossible to review 2019’s biggest breakout successes without including Matic. While the meteoric rise of its token in recent weeks, following its April

IEO on Binance, has kept investors happy, that’s merely a symptom of its success in becoming the industry’s blockchain scaling solution of choice.

While Ethereum remains mired in ETH problems, Matic has emerged as a genuinely scalable and production-ready chain that can take the strain. Its adaptation of Plasma enables instant on-chain payments and transactions, making it suitable for everything from dApps to DEXs. Dozens of crypto projects have announced their migration to Matic Network including a number specializing in NFTs such as Battle Racers. In 2020, expect this trickle to transform into a torrent as crypto projects migrate en masse.

  1. Chainlink

If there’s any token, outside of exchange tokens, that investors wish they’d stacked up on in January, it’s LINK. Up 570% in 12 months, LINK will go down as one of 2019’s best buys. As with Matic, however, focusing on price misses out on the broader story. Much of Chainlink’s success comes down to mastering the other P – partnerships. This year, crypto and non-crypto businesses alike rushed to team up with Chainlink, utilizing the smart contract and oracle network for connecting off-chain data feeds and enabling tamper-proof inputs and outputs.

With names such as SWIFT, Google, Gartner, and IC3 all working with Chainlink, the project founded by Sergey Nazarov has become the first crypto startup to transcend the industry and embed itself in the broader business world.

  1. Synthetix

Warranting the accolade of most innovative defi project of 2019, Synthetix is a smart solution whose best is yet to come. Decentralized synthetic assets have long been the holy grail of many decentralized finance advocates, unlocking the ability to permissionlessly trade commodities, forex and cryptocurrency on DEXs. Synthetix is the first project to realize this goal through its pioneering use of ‘synths,’ tokens that provide exposure to assets such as gold, TESLA stock, and AAPL, without liquidity limitations. Up an incredible 1,715% to date, despite being absent from tier one exchanges, the SNX token looks like it has more room to grow – as does the Synthetix Network it powers.

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MARKET DAILY: Nike and the ECB Are Thinking With Tokens

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With markets continuing their slide, today we’re looking at Nike’s recent shoe patent and the ECB’s digital currency discussions. Later, we’re joined by CoinDesk analyst Galen Moore for some insight into exchange fees, token listings and more…

Having trouble with the embedded player? You can download the MP3 here.

Tune in as CoinDesk podcasts editor Adam B. Levine

and senior markets reporter Brad Keoun run down recent action, track interesting longer-term trends, and highlight the best “thinking with tokens” and some of the most important crypto industry developments of the day.

Topics for December 11, 2019:

  • Crypto and traditional markets update
  • Alleged Mining Ponzi Arrests, Nike & the ECB are thinking with tokens
  • Crypto Liquidity Takeaways from our recent conversation with Binance.us and FTX
  • A bad week for MATIC

Join us again on Thursday, for the next Daily Markets from CoinDesk.

If you have any thoughts or comments on the Daily Markets show so far send an email to [email protected]

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China Crypto Insider Lifts Lid On What’s Really Going on in Beijing

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Last Updated on December 10, 2019

There has been a lot of news out of China in recent weeks buffeting the markets – both to the upside and downside.

The “Xi put” in the shape of President Xi Jinping’s blockchain-friendly pronouncements in November got the juices going.

And yesterday we heard that the People’s Bank of China is supervising the rollout of a yuan-backed digital currency in Shenzhen and Suzhou.

However, it was the initial euphoric response in the marketplace to Xi’s speech to the Chinese Communist Party’s powerful Politburo, and the subsequent supposed renewed clampdown on cryptocurrencies that followed, that has been moving markets.

Western media reporting on Chinese crypto matters is often inaccurate or confusing. The crypto ban is a case in point. Although China did ban crypto exchanges operating in the country in 2017, it didn’t stop Chinese citizens trading offshore – a fact that is often overlooked. Also, over-the-counter business still allowed those who wished to buy bitcoin.

Also, in some ways Xi’s speech was nothing new as blockchain technology was previously identified as a key technology by state planners.

To get behind the headlines and to glean some insights into what China’s leaders in government and tech are up to, we spoke to Randolf Zhao, vice president operations at crypto derivatives exchange BaseFEX.

We began by considering some of the issues raised in a recent major South China Morning Post article on Chinese crypto developments and how blockchain was likely to affect governance in China.

Randolf Zhao, vice president operations at BaseFEX
Randolf Zhao, vice president operations at BaseFEX

RZ: The thing that I see commentators in the SCMP article haven’t touched on is, some use cases of blockchain in China’s government services might not be as revolutionary as they thought. Instead, it could just make complicated things much simpler, thanks to the distributed nature of blockchain technologies.

A pain-killing application could be an inter-departmental-blockchain of all levels of all administrative departments.

The databases of different government departments in China are NOT shared. It is not because they refuse to do so. It is because it is such a lengthy, expensive, and complicated process for different departments to connect their cloud databases with each other.

I still remember how painful that was back in 2015 when the city government of Beijing was syncing the Business License, Corporation Code Certificate and Tax Registration databases all together, which was called ‘3in1’  (三证合一) back then. For four weeks, all paper-based processes in Beijing came to a halt until the syncing was completed. And this entire process took the three departments half a year to prepare for.

And now, what if they want to sync more databases – for example with the Social Insurance database – to the system they have? It will be another half year in preparation for all government departments involved.

An inter-departmental blockchains at different levels of all administrative departments could be a perfect pain-killer for situations like this. Data can be immediately visible to different departments and to local layers of all government agencies.

These blockchains will be semi-private – what the community usually calls ‘consortium blockchain’ or ‘permissioned blockchain’ – in which authorised personnel can access and update different info, with different types and levels of authority on the blockchain.

And on top of this mega inter-department blockchain, different departments and agencies can develop a variety of complex, blockchain-based applications, for example social benefits calculations, anti-financial crimes, anti-corruption, or

fugitive hunting. Of course, these can all be artificial intelligence-based as well.

As a matter of fact, this is happening now. Some provincial and municipal governments in China are already pioneering these use cases, such as Zhejiang province, where Alibaba helped with development, and in Xiongan and Shenzhen where Tencent was involved.

So what about the reported crackdown on bitcoin mining and exchanges?

RZ: We all know it is pretty much an open secret that although the Chinese government regulations banned cryptocurrencies and crypto and bitcoin trading, it gave implicit consent to local operations that are not involved in Ponzi schemes or other forms of fraudulent behaviour.

Legitimate projects and exchanges voluntarily moved registration offshore, yet the majority of their teams remain in China, and as long as they don’t play too wild, the local government sees no problem with this. I would say local governments are silently happy with the revenues and employment opportunities we bring to the local economies.

How do you see the government’s crypto/blockchain strategy evolving?

The general idea is, China cannot be absent from the upcoming cryptocurrency financial system, and the Chinese government will not give up the economy’s existing advantages in cryptocurrencies and crypto trading. This is the open agenda of People’s Bank of China (PBOC) and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), both of which are actively promoting China’s Digital Currency Electronic Payment (DCEP) system.

The main concern is Ponzi schemes and other types of fraud occurring under the name of cryptocurrency or blockchain. Thus, fraud-related exchanges are the targets for crackdowns. Also note I am separating the term cryptocurrencies from the term blockchain. They are being assessed separately.

This hasn’t changed during the recent events. Beijing local government recently raided a few China-focused exchange that were allegedly associated with frauds. But they are by no means targeting everyone.

I, together with most people I know in Beijing’s crypto industry, don’t agree with articles like this [SCMP article] feeding FUD.

When it comes to the question of the party and government using blockchain to tighten control from the top do you think there may be push back from local governments  and other areas of the party who might see it threatening their control?

RZ: I beg to differ.

The recent events, Xi’s blockchain speech and local governments’ anti-fraud raids, strongly suggested an approval in the Politburo’s standing committee for blockchain technologies and crypto initiatives esp. China’s DCEP. [If there was opposition in the provinces and elsewhere then…] provincial governments wouldn’t be doing anything, such as implementing the 2017 ban so swiftly.

It should also be noted that provincial governments report to the Politburo. It seems a general roadmap has already been drafted, but details are still being discussed by relevant ministries so local governments are taking some preventive measures to avoid social instabilities stemming from crypto as camouflage for frauds.

By the way, it would be PBOC and MIIT that first brought the topic to the Politburo’s standing committee – that’s how the internal initiative process goes. They have been researching and promoting the topic for years. The PBOC and MIIT both have working groups researching on blockchain and crypto matters.

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Korean government working on legislation to tax capital gains of crypto in 2020

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  • Legislation is being prepared by the government in Korea to introduce a crypto tax capital gains.
  • It is expected to be released in early 2020 according to the Korea Times. 

The Korean government is undergoing preparation for legal tools to tax capital gains from the sale of crypto assets. 

Specialized legislation to target digital asset deals is expected to arrive from the tax season for 2020. 

The Ministry of Economy and Finance is working on building the measure that will become a tax bill from next year. An official from the ministry said:

“Related discussions have been taking place.“The revised bill will be drawn up by the first half of next year.” 

The Korean National Assembly has also been working on a crypto taxation bill. An eventual bill would increase the transparency on all parts of the process of trading digital coins. But for sure, Korea will try to tax capital gains from the sale of digital assets.

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  • Legislation is being prepared by the government in Korea to introduce a crypto tax capital gains.
  • It is expected to be released in early 2020 according to the Korea Times. 

The Korean government is undergoing preparation for legal tools to tax capital gains from the sale of crypto assets. 

Specialized legislation to target digital asset deals is expected to arrive from the tax season for 2020. 

The Ministry of Economy and Finance is working on building the measure that will become a tax bill from next year. An official from the ministry said:

“Related discussions have been taking place.“The revised bill will be drawn up by the first half of next year.” 

The Korean National Assembly has also been working on a crypto taxation bill. An eventual bill would increase the transparency on all parts of the process of trading digital coins. But for sure, Korea will try to tax capital gains from the sale of digital assets.

Information on these pages contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Markets and instruments profiled on this page are for informational purposes only and should not in any way come across as a recommendation to buy or sell in these assets. You should do your own thorough research before making any investment decisions. FXStreet does not in any way guarantee that this information is free from mistakes, errors, or material misstatements. It also does not guarantee that this information is of a timely nature. Investing in Open Markets involves a great deal of risk, including the loss of all or a portion of your investment, as well as emotional distress. All risks, losses and costs associated with investing, including total loss of principal, are your responsibility.

  • Legislation is being prepared by the government in Korea to
    introduce a crypto tax capital gains.
  • It is expected to be released in early 2020 according to the Korea Times. 

The Korean government is undergoing preparation for legal tools to tax capital gains from the sale of crypto assets. 

Specialized legislation to target digital asset deals is expected to arrive from the tax season for 2020. 

The Ministry of Economy and Finance is working on building the measure that will become a tax bill from next year. An official from the ministry said:

“Related discussions have been taking place.“The revised bill will be drawn up by the first half of next year.” 

The Korean National Assembly has also been working on a crypto taxation bill. An eventual bill would increase the transparency on all parts of the process of trading digital coins. But for sure, Korea will try to tax capital gains from the sale of digital assets.

Information on these pages contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Markets and instruments profiled on this page are for informational purposes only and should not in any way come across as a recommendation to buy or sell in these assets. You should do your own thorough research before making any investment decisions. FXStreet does not in any way guarantee that this information is free from mistakes, errors, or material misstatements. It also does not guarantee that this information is of a timely nature. Investing in Open Markets involves a great deal of risk, including the loss of all or a portion of your investment, as well as emotional distress. All risks, losses and costs associated with investing, including total loss of principal, are your responsibility.

  • Legislation is being prepared by the government in Korea to introduce a crypto tax capital gains.
  • It is expected to be released in early 2020 according to the Korea Times. 

The Korean government is undergoing preparation for legal tools to tax capital gains from the sale of crypto assets. 

Specialized legislation to target digital asset deals is expected to arrive from the tax season for 2020. 

The Ministry of Economy and Finance is working on building the measure that will become a tax bill from next year. An official from the ministry said:

“Related discussions have been taking place.“The revised bill will be drawn up by the first half of next year.” 

The Korean National Assembly has also been working on a crypto taxation bill. An eventual bill would increase the transparency on all parts of the process of trading digital coins. But for sure, Korea will try to tax capital gains from the sale of digital assets.

Information on these pages contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Markets and instruments profiled on this page are for informational purposes only and should not in any way come across as a recommendation to buy or sell in these assets. You should do your own thorough research before making any investment decisions. FXStreet does not in any way guarantee that this information is free from mistakes, errors, or material misstatements. It also does not guarantee that this information is of a timely nature. Investing in Open Markets involves a great deal of risk, including the loss of all or a portion of your investment, as well as emotional distress. All risks, losses and costs associated with investing, including total loss of principal, are your responsibility.

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