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Goldman Sachs Explores Crypto as an Asset Class, Reconsidering Old Stances

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Last year, Goldman Sachs said cryptocurrencies were a bad investment. Today a new report suggest things may have changed.

Goldman Sachs, one of the most important banks in the United States -and the whole world- released a report on cryptocurrencies, and its content is quite promising for the ecosystem.

The report “Crypto, a new asset class” is not yet available to the general public. Still, it has already been shared on social networks by investors with early access to these investigations.

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Alex Krüger, founder of asset management firm Aike Capital and active Crypto Twitter commentator, shared part of the report, saying it should be available in full “whithin a few days.”

Crypto, a new asset class – quite a comprehensive report by Goldman. pic.twitter.com/FP2sewJCTx

— Alex Krüger (@krugermacro) May 21, 2021

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Experts Tell Goldman Sachs Why Cryptocurrencies Are Proving Their Value
The report discusses the nature of cryptocurrencies as an asset class. To do so, it gathers the opinions of several experts in the field, such as Galaxy Digital CEO Michael Nogoratz, Global FX’s Zach Pandl, Michael Gronager of Chainlaysis, and critics such as Nouriel Roubini.

The report describes the most essential characteristics of the leading cryptocurrencies and the usefulness of each one.

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In this regard, for example, the bank explains that Bitcoin serves as a large-cap currency, XRP as a real-time settlement system, Ethereum as a smart contract platform, BNB as a utility token/application, and Polkadot as a blockchain with interoperability capabilities. In addition, providing each project with a unique feature allows for some segmentation of their target audience based.

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Differences among the top cryptocurrencies. Source: Twitter, attributed to Goldman Sachs
Differences among the top cryptocurrencies. Source: Twitter, attributed to Goldman Sachs
Goldman Sachs said that Bitcoin’s value lies fundamentally in its use and acceptance. Michael Novogratz claimed that the massive influx of institutional capital is proof of the attractiveness of cryptocurrencies and the maturity of the markets.

Novogratz defends Bitcoin’s nature as a good store of value because of the simple social consensus around the coin.

“The world has voted that they believe it is [a good store of value].”

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For his part, Micahel Sonnesheim, CEO of Grayscale Investments, reinforces Novogratz’s view. For him, Bitcoin’s scarcity is “a way to hedge against inflation and currency debasement.”

Sonnesheim also explained that although cryptocurrencies were particularly affected by the general economic crash due to the COVID pandemic, the rebound in 2020 outperformed any other asset, reaffirming the resilience of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as an asset class.

Bitcoin is Appreciating Over Time, And Investors Should Keep an Eye Open
Goldman Sachs also shared a graph of the price evolution of Bitcoin, showing that there is a similarity in behavior between the 2013-2016 and 2017-2021 periods. For Alex Krüger, this is an optimistic point for those who believe in the cyclical behavior of markets and could represent an excellent opportunity to invest. Throughout Bitcoin’s history, after every drop – no matter how significant – the rebound tends to reach new all-time highs over time.

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BTC Price comparisson. Source: Twitter
BTC Price comparisson. Source: Twitter, attributed to Goldman Sachs
The report represents a significant change of stance from a presentation last year in which they claimed that “Cryptocurrencies Including Bitcoin Are Not an Asset Class” because they did not generate cash flow, earnings through exposure to global economic growth, diversify profits or protect against volatility, and therefore did not recommend them to their clients.

“We believe that a security whose appreciation is primarily dependent on whether someone else is willing to pay a higher price for it is not a suitable investment for our clients.”

But with an appreciation of almost 600% since then, it seems it might be time to mak

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e amends, and this report may be an excellent way to reconsider old stances.

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Crypto Newcomer Explodes After Abrupt Altcoin Listing on Binance

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A small-cap altcoin is shooting into the stratosphere after earning support from the global crypto exchange Binance.

The governance token Tranchess (CHESS) officially began trading today.

News of the coin’s listing triggered a 185% rise in the price of the asset – from $2.77 to $7.91. Its value has since settled to $5.09 at time of publishing.

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CHESS is listed in Binance’s Innovation Zone, a dedicated trading area where users can buy and sell newer tokens that are likely to have higher volatility and pose a higher risk to traders.

According to Binance Research,

“Tranchess is a yield-enhancing asset tracker with varied risk-return solutions on Binance Smart Chain (BSC), which consists of 3 tranche tokens (QUEEN, BISHOP, and ROOK) and its governance token CHESS. 

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The platform offers various features including a DEX (Tranchess Swap), money markets (Primary Market), staking, and network governance.”

Tranchess recently raised $1.5 million from Binance Labs, Three Arrows Capital, and other crypto venture firms.

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Binance proposes a real-time token burning mechanism to boost BNB value

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  • Binance has proposed the BEP-95 aimed to burn a percentage of transaction fees as a deflationary measure.
  • BEP-95 will occur alongside the quarterly token burn and well after the 100 million token supply is achieved.

Binance Smart Chain (BSC) is taking further steps to incorporate an additional deflationary mechanism to increase token valuation. As announced today, Binance (BNB) is introducing a new Binance Evolution Protocol (BEP) known as BEP-95. The BEP stands out from the network’s occasional token burns since it introduced a real-time burning mechanism.

According to Binance, a fixed portion of gas fees collected by validators in each block will be sent to the burn address. The ratio initially set at 10 percent, is adjustable according to changes proposed by the Binance community. BSC validators get to vote on community proposals, where voting power is based on staked BNB.

For a proposal to be reviewed by the validators, it has to receive a minimum deposit of 2,000 BNB (mainnet). All BNB is returned to holders after the finalization of the voting process. A proposal that wins is that which gathers 50 percent of the total voting power on the mainnet. Binance notes that voted-upon parameters are implemented immediately.

Details of Binance BEP-95 token burning mechanism

BEP-95 became relevant as it speeds up the BNB token burn, and makes the network increasingly decentralized. The BNB supply cap is about 168 million tokens and Binance intends to burn until 100 million tokens remain in circulation. This will take about 5-8 years to complete, according to Binance. The network’s most recent quarterly burn wiped out over 1 million tokens, worth about $639 million, from circulation.

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However, the latest update from its blog now says the BEP-95 burn “will continue functioning” even after the above target is attained. With the burn, Binance expects the intrinsic value of the BNB token to increase in tandem with demand. The network notes that validators and delegators may receive fewer tokens from staking, but the “fiat-denominated value of their rewards may increase.” Moreover, BNB has multiple use cases that benefit all holders of the token.

Currently, BEP-95 is in the draft stage and the network is yet to give a specific date for its implementation.

Several blockchains use the crypto-burning mechanism to create token scarcity and a subsequent increase in token value. Ethereum, for instance, uses the EIP-1559 for this purpose. 

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BNB price action

BNB, the fourth-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, was trading at $494 at press time, according to our data. The token has gained 0.8 percent in the day, and 4.8 percent week-over-week. Similar to other digital assets, BNB has rallied fueled by the Bitcoin-led gains. Crypto investor and YouTuber Lark Davis expects “good things” for the BNB price following its launch of a $1B growth fund.

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Google warns crypto investors of Youtube scams amidst high hacking

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  • Google warn crypto investors to be weary of Youtbe scams.
  • Google says hackers impersonate crypto influencers to run scams on YouTube.
  • YouTube, a hotbed for crypto scams.

Google’s Threat Analysis Group has warned crypto investors to beware of cryptocurrency scams on Youtube as phishing and impersonation on the video-sharing platform surges.

The Google group noted that a group of hackers is taking over Youtube, rebranding popular Youtube channels of well-known crypto or tech companies. “The channel name, profile picture, and content are all replaced with cryptocurrency branding to impersonate large tech or cryptocurrency exchange firms,” the group said, adding that hackers would live stream videos promising crypto giveaways in exchange for “initial contributions.”

According to the Google group, if these hackers don’t rebrand, they sell pages to the highest bidder depending on how many subscribers the channel has. They note that fake Youtube pages sell anywhere from $3 to $4,000.

The Google group notes that a group of hackers recruited in a Russian-speaking forum are actors behind the campaign.

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Crypto investors should be warned as YouTube remains a hotbed for crypto scams

The video-sharing platform so many times has been used as a tool to dupe unsuspecting crypto investors. In December, American crypto exchange Gemini exposed two fake YouTube channels that were pretending to be from the exchange.

“These scam accounts are not our company. We have reported these accounts to YouTube,” Gemini tweeted.

Funny enough, it was not the first time Gemini was being impersonated on Youtube.

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Crypto scams have been well perpetrated on the platform that the video giants ban crypto content on its platform. Authorities in the UK also warned young crypto investors with campaigns on Youtube and TikTok against being victims of crypto scams.

The cycle of crypto scams across all platforms is one that may never end. As much as crypto exists, crypto scams would remain a thing. The rise in crypto scams recently has been attributed to the surge in price and adoption of cryptos globally. It is safe to say that with crypto prices going up and more people, corporate organizations adopting cryptos, more scammers will be threatening the burgeoning space.

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