Market Extra: Here are the currency-market winners — and losers — from Trump’s first 100 days

The Mexican peso, the dollar and Japanese yen have recorded big movesThe first 100 days of the Trump administration has been a particularly exciting time for financial markets, primarily because many of Wall Street’s assumptions about how markets would react to the Republican’s purportedly pro-growth policies were way off base.
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MarketWatch.com: Bitcoin price hits fresh all-time high

Bitcoin climbed to a fresh all-time high on Thursday, shrugging off worries about a global banking crackdown on digital-currency exchanges. The price of a single coin traded as high as $1,331 Thursday, according to the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index. Bitcoin’s most recent advance comes as Bitfinex, one of the world’s largest digital-currency exchanges, has struggled to establish new banking relationships after halting U.S. dollar withdrawals two weeks ago. The freeze has caused the price of bitcoin traded on Bitfinex to soar, possibly distorting prices across the market, as investors are forced to buy coins at a premium in order to move their assets off the exchange. The digital currency has climbed more than 30% this year, even as Chinese regulators instigated a precipitous drop in local trading volume by forcing local exchanges to upgrade their anti-money laundering controls. In the U.S., the Securities and Exchange Commission has rejected two proposed bitcoin exchange-traded funds, though it recently said it would review one of those decisions.
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Market Extra: Exclusive: Grayscale launches digital-currency fund backed by Silver Lake’s co-founder Hutchins

The investment fund is called the Ethereum Classic Investment Trust, and is open to new money on WednesdayGrayscale—an asset management firm—is launching a new cryptocurrency-focused investment vehicle backed by Glenn Hutchins, a co-founder of private-equity firm Silver Lake.
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Monolith Studio Launches Crowdsale for TokenCard – World’s First ERC20-Compliant Debit Card for Ethereum

Bitcoin Press Release: Monolith Studio announces the first ERC20-compliant TokenCard Etheruem debit card, crowdsale to start on May 2, 2017.

April 25, 2017, Singapore – TokenCard, the first debit card powered by smart contracts is about to do their initial token sale. Monolith Studio, the creators of TokenCard will, for the first time, bring the VISA payments network to Ethereum. This will allow token holders to use Ether as well as other ERC20 tokens to purchase items anywhere that accepts VISA debit cards.

TokenCard’s ‘token creation’ phase will mark the release of a new ERC20 token, called TKN, on May 2, 2017. TKN holders have a pro-rata share in an accumulation of different Ethereum tokens that accrue to the ‘TKN Asset Contract’. To download the whitepaper and register for updates, please visit the TokenCard website.

TokenCard is a project by Monolith Studio, a Web3 startup bringing Ethereum to the legacy world.

“We are witnessing the birth of the biggest shake up in financial history with the introduction of the Ethereum Economy,”

Said Mel Gelderman, creator of TokenCard.

“TokenCard is a platform that brings this new kind of economy to the general public through a clever trifecta of technology.”

“Users choose a Contract Wallet rather than having to deposit funds outside of their control. TokenCard VISA debit cards draw funds from this contract wallet that support Ether and almost any ERC20 token. Users can use the Token App to operate their Contract Wallet and manage their TokenCard, giving them a top-tier mobile banking experience that adds unique features into the mix like multi-asset spending.”

“For example, users can pay for their afternoon lunch with Ethereum tokens and can even split the bill between for example 30% DGX, 20% REP, and 50% ETH — all this while remaining in full control of their assets.”

Aside from providing a solution for the underlying Ethereum community, TokenCard is uniquely equipped to improve upon the entire spectrum of regular debit card and banking services. Markets like international remittances and asset management are ripe for innovation using Ethereum technology, and TokenCard is well-positioned to reach these new frontiers as a revolutionary financial solution.

TokenCard has already partnered with Digix Global to create gold backed debit cards. With more exciting partnerships to be released in the near future, TokenCard is positioning themselves to be a leader in Ethereum transfers to the fiat world.

While initially providing current token holders with payment utility, the core vision of TokenCard is to build a product that anyone can use. With the accompanying Token app alongside the debit card, regular users will have a familiar platform to access and engage in the Ethereum ecosystem.

“TokenCard makes every token better, letting users spend supported tokens with just a swipe at VISA merchants worldwide,”

Said Peter Vessenes, founder of New Alchemy.

“It has unique benefits for the remittance market, and the TKN token being issued is designed to let all TKN holders benefit from broad market exposure to the token economy. This is a great, great offering and we’re excited to be part of it.”

To download the whitepaper and register for updates, please visit the TokenCard website.

About Monolith Studio

Monolith Studio was founded by Mel Gelderman and David Hoggard. Monolith Studio is a Web3 venture production studio that is exploring ways to realize the potential of Ethereum. Monolith’s first product TokenCard, combines Ethereum smart contracts and VISA payments. For more information, please visit Monolith Ventures.

Learn more about TokenCard at – http://tokencard.io
More information about Monolith Studio available at – http://monolith.ventures

Media Contact

Contact Name: Mel Gelderman
Contact Email: mel@monolithdao.io
Location: Singapore

Monolith Studio is the source of this content. Virtual currency is not legal tender, is not backed by the government, and accounts and value balances are not subject to consumer protections. This press release is for informational purposes only. The information does not constitute investment advice or an offer to invest

 

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Sikoba, a Decentralized P2P IOU Platform on Blockchain, Launches Presale ahead of Token ICO

Bitcoin Press Release: London-based blockchain startup Sikoba has announced its upcoming ICO and token crowdsale, with its token presale starting, April 25, 2017

April 25, 2017, London, UK – Sikoba, a global decentralized money platform based on peer-to-peer IOUs and blockchain technology is taking the first step towards its upcoming ICO by launching a token presale. The presale will give participants a chance to receive a 50% bonus on SKO tokens. These tokens are designed to be used for making transactions on the Sikoba platform. The ICO will run from April 25 to May 15, 2017.

Sikoba is a decentralized money platform based on P2P IOU’s and built on blockchain technology. The service will allow users, who know and trust each other in real life, to mutually offer lines of credit, within the Sikoba system. The blockchain-backed, P2P, IOU-based system will be made possible through smart contracts, giving users the freedom to pay each other with both cryptocurrencies and fiat currency.

Sikoba’s P2P credit relationships are governed by smart contracts with specific conditions, fee structures, and repayment rules. Through the use of ‘credit conversion’, payments between participants who either do not know or do not trust each other are made possible. Fiat currencies or cryptocurrencies can act as a medium of exchange when there are no credit links between participants, or to repay outstanding balances when needed.

Sikoba CEO Aleksander Kampa stated in a recent interview that the platform is designed as a decentralized system, with the goal of eventually becoming independent and self-organizing, through the aid of blockchain technology. The Sikoba Blockchain makes use of a ‘Federated Blockchain’ design.

“This is a permissioned mining model where only authorized nodes add blocks to the blockchain.”

Kampa states his mission for the company,

“Sikoba is the result of my life-long interest in monetary theory. We see a future where the money will once again be diverse, with many different issuers, with a variety of credit relationships, where people will take an active interest in the type of money they wish to use. Our aim is to provide the tools to achieve that vision.”

This unique federation will be self-governing, which means that participants will be removed from or added to the federation based on the voting majority of its members themselves. Kampa stated that Sikoba would likely use Ethereum as a notary, but would perform its main operations on another blockchain, which will be chosen or designed based on the criteria of speed, flexibility and scalability. Differentiating Sikoba P2P IOU platform from other P2P lending platforms, he said,

“Sikoba is not a peer-to-peer lending platform; it is a peer-to-peer IOU platform which allows payments to be made without having money (whether fiat, crypto or any other asset) to begin with.”

Sikoba currently operates as a small team of 3, plus several supporting members. At present Sikoba IOU platform is at the conceptual stage with technical elements still in the works. The SKO token ICO presale funds will be used to expand the Sikoba team, finalize a detailed white paper and develop an MVP by the end of 2017.

There are thousands of cryptocurrencies that act as a transfer or store of value, but in all cases, the acting participants must already possess the currency’s value to make an exchange. The Sikoba ecosystem offers a fully functioning virtual credit, or IOU system, that offers users the ability to attain accredited value, borrowed from another participant, without releasing any funds. Where Bitcoin aims to act as a form of digital money, SKO tokens serve as a kind of digital credit and ultimately have the potential to become a major aspect of the future credit system.

Sikoba ICO Token Pre-Sale

The Sikoba presale tokens are scheduled for release by the end of June 2017. Participants will receive usable SKO tokens after the platform’s launch, expected in Q3, 2018. The pre-allocation phase has begun on 17 March 2017, and the public presale will start on 25 April. Following the presale, Sikoba presale tokens will be issued on the Ethereum blockchain. They will later become exchangeable into SKO tokens, which will be used to pay for transaction fees on the Sikoba network.

About Sikoba

Sikoba Ltd is an active blockchain company incorporated on 18 July 2016 with the company’s registered office located in Greater London. It is led by CEO Aleksander Kampa, whose lifelong interest in monetary theory has led him to build the company to achieve his vision.

Learn more about the IOU platform at – http://www.sikoba.com
Know more about the Token Pre-Sale at – http://www.sikoba.com/www/presale/index.html
Join Sikoba Slack Channel at – https://sikoba-presale.herokuapp.com/
Follow Sikoba on Twitter Here – https://twitter.com/sikobaNetwork
Read ‘User Case – Inter-Company Credit Networks’ here – http://www.sikoba.com/focus/uc_interco.html
Read ‘User Case – An alternative to micro-Credits’ here – http://www.sikoba.com/focus/uc_microcredit.html
Interview with Alex Kampa – https://medium.com/ibc-technology/introducing-sikoba-banking-without-money-3a4eaeb5372d

Media Contact
Contact Name: Jean Lasar
Contact Email: jl@sikoba.com
Location: London, UK

Sikoba is the source of this content. Virtual currency is not legal tender, is not backed by the government, and accounts and value balances are not subject to consumer protections. This press release is for informational purposes only. The information does not constitute investment advice or an offer to invest.

 

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NEM Foundation Announces the Availability of NEM iOS App on App Store

Bitcoin Press Release: Leading blockchain platform NEM.io Foundation augments its existing Android app with the newly released NEM iOS Application on Apple App Store.

April 25, 2017, Singapore – After an intensive test phase and loads of feedback from the community, NEM team is excited to announce the release of NEM iOS app on Apple App Store. The release of NEM’s iPhone friendly app follows the success of their Google Play wallet app.

Based out of Singapore, NEM.io Foundation is now officially registered and has received Apple’s approval to launch the mobile application on its App Store. This first app on Apple’s App Store compliments its Android counterpart launched on the Google Play Store last year. Both the apps allow users to import account information, transaction invoices and wallets via QR from NEM’s NanoWallet.

NEM Foundation Vice President Jeff McDonald states,

“The iOS app is the next step in the NEM wallet suite. Now, almost all smartphone users can have a mobile wallet that works in conjunction with their desktop app. We are looking forward to adding more features to this app and even releasing additional apps later this year.”

The new NEM iOS app allows users to manage multiple NEM accounts on their phone easily. NEM community members can now send/receive XEM and messages, sign multi-signature transactions and even edit multi-user and multi-sig accounts on their iOS and Android-powered handheld devices.

NEM iOS App Features

  1. Locally encrypted storage of all private keys and other important data
  2. Generate, import and export NEM accounts
  3. Option to edit multi-signature contracts and account management
  4. Managing multiple accounts and local address books
  5. Display account information
  6. Interactive messaging interface to display recent transactions
  7. Encrypted and plain text messaging
  8. Allows users to sign multi-signature transactions
  9. NEM “lite” client supported by NEM APIs eliminates the necessity to download NEM blockchain
  10. Read and create NEM addresses with QR codes
  11. Shows XEM Harvesting status along with details
  12. No in-app purchases, advertisements or data sharing. Ensures high standards of privacy

NEM mobile applications are a result of contributions from the NEM team and community members. The platform expresses its gratitude to the community members and developers who worked on making the iOS and Android applications a reality. NEM extends its thanks to the developers at ArtyGeek and Thomas Oehri for their efforts in developing the app.

The new iOS and the existing Android mobile applications are just the beginning. NEM.io Foundation invites feedback and suggestion from the community as it plans to it extend its offering by adding additional functionalities and introducing new applications to provide a much richer NEM mobile experience.

About NEM Platform

NEM is an out-of-the-box blockchain platform launched in March 2015. NEM has some of the best-designed blockchain features which include multi-signature account contracts, customizable assets, a naming system, encrypted messaging, and an Eigentrust++ reputation system. The NEM blockchain software and its successful permission-chain adaptation – ‘Mijin’ are being tested by financial institutions and private companies in Japan and internationally.

About NEM.io Foundation

NEM.io Foundation is a non-profit organization registered in Singapore, set up to promote the NEM blockchain technology globally. It is currently one of the most well-funded and successful blockchain technology projects in the crypto industry.

Learn more about NEM at – https://www.nem.io/
NEM app on Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.nem.nac.mainnet
NEM iOS App on Apple Store – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nem-wallet/id1227112677?mt=8
Read NEM Whitepaper Here – https://www.nem.io/NEM_techRef.pdf
NEM News – http://nemflash.com/

Media Contact

Contact Name: Jeff McDonald
Contact Email: jeff@nem.foundation
Location: Singapore

NEM.io is the source of this content. Virtual currency is not legal tender, is not backed by the government, and accounts and value balances are not subject to consumer protections. This press release is for informational purposes only. The information does not constitute investment advice or an offer to invest.

 

 

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Monolith Studio Launches Crowdsale for TokenCard – World’s First ERC20-Compliant Debit Card for Ethereum

Bitcoin Press Release: Monolith Studio announces the first ERC20-compliant TokenCard Etheruem debit card, crowdsale to start on May 2, 2017.

April 25, 2017, Singapore – TokenCard, the first debit card powered by smart contracts is about to do their initial token sale. Monolith Studio, the creators of TokenCard will, for the first time, bring the VISA payments network to Ethereum. This will allow token holders to use Ether as well as other ERC20 tokens to purchase items anywhere that accepts VISA debit cards.

TokenCard’s ‘token creation’ phase will mark the release of a new ERC20 token, called TKN, on May 2, 2017. TKN holders have a pro-rata share in an accumulation of different Ethereum tokens that accrue to the ‘TKN Asset Contract’. To download the whitepaper and register for updates, please visit the TokenCard website.

TokenCard is a project by Monolith Studio, a Web3 startup bringing Ethereum to the legacy world.

“We are witnessing the birth of the biggest shake up in financial history with the introduction of the Ethereum Economy,”

Said Mel Gelderman, creator of TokenCard.

“TokenCard is a platform that brings this new kind of economy to the general public through a clever trifecta of technology.”

“Users choose a Contract Wallet rather than having to deposit funds outside of their control. TokenCard VISA debit cards draw funds from this contract wallet that support Ether and almost any ERC20 token. Users can use the Token App to operate their Contract Wallet and manage their TokenCard, giving them a top-tier mobile banking experience that adds unique features into the mix like multi-asset spending.”

“For example, users can pay for their afternoon lunch with Ethereum tokens and can even split the bill between for example 30% DGX, 20% REP, and 50% ETH — all this while remaining in full control of their assets.”

Aside from providing a solution for the underlying Ethereum community, TokenCard is uniquely equipped to improve upon the entire spectrum of regular debit card and banking services. Markets like international remittances and asset management are ripe for innovation using Ethereum technology, and TokenCard is well-positioned to reach these new frontiers as a revolutionary financial solution.

TokenCard has already partnered with Digix Global to create gold backed debit cards. With more exciting partnerships to be released in the near future, TokenCard is positioning themselves to be a leader in Ethereum transfers to the fiat world.

While initially providing current token holders with payment utility, the core vision of TokenCard is to build a product that anyone can use. With the accompanying Token app alongside the debit card, regular users will have a familiar platform to access and engage in the Ethereum ecosystem.

“TokenCard makes every token better, letting users spend supported tokens with just a swipe at VISA merchants worldwide,”

Said Peter Vessenes, founder of New Alchemy.

“It has unique benefits for the remittance market, and the TKN token being issued is designed to let all TKN holders benefit from broad market exposure to the token economy. This is a great, great offering and we’re excited to be part of it.”

To download the whitepaper and register for updates, please visit the TokenCard website.

About Monolith Studio

Monolith Studio was founded by Mel Gelderman and David Hoggard. Monolith Studio is a Web3 venture production studio that is exploring ways to realize the potential of Ethereum. Monolith’s first product TokenCard, combines Ethereum smart contracts and VISA payments. For more information, please visit Monolith Ventures.

Learn more about TokenCard at – http://tokencard.io
More information about Monolith Studio available at – http://monolith.ventures

Media Contact

Contact Name: Mel Gelderman
Contact Email: mel@monolithdao.io
Location: Singapore

Monolith Studio is the source of this content. Virtual currency is not legal tender, is not backed by the government, and accounts and value balances are not subject to consumer protections. This press release is for informational purposes only. The information does not constitute investment advice or an offer to invest

 

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