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CBDCs and asset tokenisation kick off digital regulation in 2020
13 February, 2020
Central bank digital currency (CBDC) and tokenisation are dominating regulatory discussions. A wholesale CBDC is likely to come into being in 2020. Widespread asset tokenisation would give rise to numerous regulatory issues, making advanced jurisdictions such as Switzerland particularly attractive.
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Will 2020 be the year of tokenization?
11 February, 2020
It is customary in articles like this to trumpet that “2020 will be the year when digital assets explode”. We are all eager to see blockchain achieve wider adoption, but I believe we need to adopt a slightly longer time horizon. It will most likely take three to five years to fully establish the infrastructural bedrock of this industry. But bearing in mind that the conventional financial institutions we now take for granted took hundreds of years to evolve, a few years is not long to wait.
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Ethereum 2.0: Where the rubber meets the road
06 February, 2020
To achieve the goal of serving as a decentralised platform for all sorts of applications, Ethereum needs to scale. It envisions achieving this by moving from a proof-of-work to proof-of-stake consensus algorithm. In this article, we look at the challenges that arise through this transition and at the yields investors may expect by staking.
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Outlook 2020
28 January, 2020
In this publication we underscore the importance and the current state of digital assets against the backdrop of looming uncertainty in traditional asset classes. In our market outlook, we take the risk to combine a macro view with trends in the digital asset industry.
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Proof-of-Stake: Have skin in the game
23 January, 2020
This edition of the Bridge focuses on staking, a process at the heart of the proof-of-stake consensus mechanism. If this notion is foreign to you, then this article is for you.
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The Basel Committee: harsh initial proposal for crypto-asset regulation
16 January, 2020
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) issued a discussion paper on prudential crypto-assets standard. While the initiative is laudable, the preliminary direction is misguided in our view.
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Bitcoin halving: buy in May and go away?
08 January, 2020
Bitcoin halving is arguably the most important known event for the crypto-asset industry in 2020. The third Bitcoin halving is expected to take place in May 2020. Will it help bulls regain control?
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Mining: the essence of proof-of-work
19 December, 2019
This edition of the Bridge focuses on mining, a process at the heart of the proof-of-work consensus mechanism. If this notion is foreign to you, then this article is for you.
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Swiss bank SEBA now accepts clients from 9 new jurisdictions
12 December, 2019
SEBA Bank, an integrated bank for digital and traditional assets and licensed by the Swiss supervisory authority FINMA, is now onboarding clients from 10 jurisdictions through a user-friendly digital onboarding process.
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Switzerland boosts DLT/blockchain framework conditions
11 December, 2019
The Swiss Federal Council has adopted the dispatch to further improve the DLT/blockchain regulatory framework. Switzerland is consolidating its leading position, reinforcing legal certainty, removing barriers to entry and reducing the risk of abuse.
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Fundamental price determinants of crypto assets
05 December, 2019
In this month’s Digital Investor, we start to examine a topic that is set to accompany us in the coming years: what are the price determinants of crypto assets? If you are a crypto investor or plan to become one, this publication is here to help you to trade crypto assets.
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SEBA launches its investment solutions with new crypto index
26 November, 2019
SEBA Bank starts its investment business and launches the SEBA Crypto Asset Select Index (SEBAX) for crypto currencies. SEBAX addresses the predominant problem of traditional market value-weighted indices, making index investments interesting for the digital investment market as well.
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Consensus: the truth seeker
21 November, 2019
In this edition of “The Bridge,” we will introduce you to the consensus mechanism, a notion at the heart of all blockchain-based systems. It is the mechanism that creates trust in the system by acting as a truth seeker. We will use the Byzantine General’s problem to explain the two main consensus mechanisms: Proof of Work (PoW) and Proof of Stake (PoS).
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International regulators tackle the issues of stable coins and digital money
14 November, 2019
International regulators have defined strict authorization criteria for Global Stable Coins (GSC) such as Libra. In the short term, no such coins will go live. They have also made it clear that Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) are inevitable. China may be the first state to issue one. Overall, this intense regulatory focus is enhancing trust in digital and crypto finance.
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SEBA Bank launches operative business
12 November, 2019
Swiss clients can now officially open an account with an integrated bank focusing on digital assets
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Are crypto-assets suitable for institutional investors?
07 November, 2019
For years, crypto-asset has been a confidential asset class for non-institutional investors. However, we observe growing “institutionalisation”. In this issue of The Digital Investor, we give a broad overview of the state of the institutionalisation process to assess whether it has reached a level of development that is advanced enough to attract institutional investors.
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Hello, crypto world!
24 October, 2019
Blockchain 101: A simple analogy with a famous board game. Whether you play chess or not, this publication is for you. We invite you to discover the crypto world through the game of chess. Don’t be afraid. No prior knowledge in either blockchain or chess is required.
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Switzerland tackles stable coins
17 October, 2019
The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) published guidelines on stable coins (including Libra), thereby increasing regulatory certainty around these type of projects. The Swiss National Bank (SNB) assessed stable coins from a macroeconomic perspective, while the G7 handed off work on regulatory issues to the Financial Stability Forum (FSB)
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Crypto assets: An emerging asset class
11 October, 2019
What makes crypto assets an attractive addition to an investor’s portfolio? Our analysis shows that a small exposure to crypto assets can enhance portfolio performance for the given level of risk as the low correlation of crypto assets with traditional asset classes allows them to act as an effective portfolio diversifier.
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Negative yields, cash and cryptocurrencies
05 September, 2019
Imagine that in a near future this universe becomes reasonably large and liquid, or in other words, it becomes as mature as other alternative asset classes such as commodities and hedge funds.
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FINMA licence received
26 August, 2019
SEBA receives FINMA banking and securities dealer licence allowing it to close the gap between traditional and digital asset markets
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