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Hyderabad: Regardless of several initiatives and precautionary measures being taken to crack down the cases of cyber-crimes, cryptocurrencyinvestments, there have been at least 20 cases of fraud in the name of cryptocurrency investment under the Hyderabad City Police limits in 2022 alone.
In October-November 2021, there were 15 complaints across the three commissionerates of Hyderabad, Rachakonda and Cyberabad, with the complainants losing around Rs 9 crore in just one month. There was also one suicide reported in Suryapet — a man killed himself after losing Rs 70 lakh after investing in crypto, Telangana Today reported. The amount lost by the victims varies from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 1 crore.
According to police, the fraudsters adopt two modus operandi — one in which they ask investors to purchase and transfer cryptocurrency to an account, the other in which they are asked to send money to a company account that is a fictitious one. The victim’s e-wallet shows a huge profit balance, but when they try to withdraw it, the fraudsters charge them a commission of 35 per cent, which is again a trick to extort money.
“Fraudsters are collecting random mobile phone numbers and adding them to WhatsApp groups. A fictitious group chat is created to convince the victims about the huge profits that can be earned on investments in the crypto market,” a senior Hyderabad Cybercrime official said.
“Inquiries in various complaints have revealed that the fraudsters are mostly foreign nationals based in some far-off country. In such scenarios, recovering money becomes difficult,” the official said.
PETALING JAYA: The crash of cryptocurrency and the bearish crypto market serves as no dampener for young investors who are willing to hold on to their digital investment assets.
Anthony Pang, a 30-year-old forex trader who invested in several cryptocurrencies said he was aware of the current bear market.
“But now, I’m letting it hold,” said Pang.
However, Pang was optimistic, as most of his investment is placed on forex trading, and cryptocurrency only comprises less than 30% of his investment portfolio.
“I only consider it a loss if I cash out in this bear market,” said Pang, who did not disclose the amount his assets have dropped in value.
Pang, who has been dabbling in cryptocurrency investments since 2020, advised youths not to invest everything into cryptocurrency.
“Invest only the money you can afford to lose,” said Pang, who is also a freelance model.
Bitcoin made global headlines when it crashed to below US$24,000 (RM106130.40), which is the lowest level since 2020.
This comes as part of a series of price crashes for the cryptocurrency, which has seen a more than 60% drop in value over the last seven months.
It was also reported that global market capitalisation shrunk by 12% to US$970bil (RM4.29 trillion) on Monday (June 13).
Bitcoin day trader Muhamad Al Hafiz Hambali, 35, said that he does not feel anxious about the unpredictability of cryptocurrencies as he is well aware of the risk.
“I have spent almost RM10,000 in less than a year. Now we are facing a ‘minor hiccup’ and I believe the situation will return to normal soon,” said the trader, who is a father of two.
He added he got into cryptocurrency by chance and picked it from videos he watched on YouTube.
“I find it very interesting and initially I made a lot of money,” he said, adding that it helped to cover some of his family expenses.
He hoped that authorities would take measures to raise awareness on the issue in order to make it more mainstream and accessible to more people.
Jeffrey Halley, who works in online forex trading, said cryptocurrencies were slumping along with other asset classes as high inflation in the United States raised concerns that the US Federal Reserve would embark on a more aggressive interest rate hikes and other central banks in the world may also do the same.
“It has been exacerbated by liquidity issues and crypto-lender Celcius stopping depositors from getting their money back,” said Halley, OANDA’s senior market analyst for Asia Pacific.
He was referring to Celsius Network freezing withdrawals, swaps and transfers.
“Well, cryptocurrencies and their spectacular rally are perhaps the most strident example of speculative excess that occurred as central banks slashed rates to 0% and qualitatively eased over the pandemic.
“Now that inflation is entrenched for the first time in 20 plus years, and central banks globally are tightening monetary policy, cryptos, like equities, are facing a reckoning over their true valuations as interest rates rise,” he said.
Naturally, there’s a lot of fear in the market with panic sellers reacting aggressively to market conditions, he added.
“Speculators are being hit the hardest naturally and much like in 2017, you will see many such participants exit the market with the remaining projects and investors building to the next cycle,” he said.
Meanwhile, George Wong, of Access Blockchain Association Malaysia, said the slump was due to a combination of factors and US inflation rates, the US stock market as well as the major issue caused by Celsius all had a role to play.
Access Blockchain Association Malaysia is a non-profit organisation specialising in blockchain development and cryptocurrencies.
However, Wong said that the drop has been cyclical and it is not the first time such a slump has occurred.
“Like mentioned, it happened in 2017 and you’ll see it happening again in the next cycle. I expect the speculators to exit, like I mentioned and the fundamentally strong projects to continue building in the market. Bitcoin, to me, will continue to be a store of value although I do see other cryptocurrencies slowly gaining dominance as Bitcoin is certainly an ageing tech having been the first in the market,” added the subcommittee chairperson for NFTs and Metaverses over at Access Blockchain Association Malaysia.
On whether more people are disposing of their holdings due to the tough economic times, he said this boils down to market sentiment and people may be trying to preserve their wealth and are taking steps to cut their losses in the face of such an aggressive downtrend.
“Many forget that many millionaires were made in the rally not too long ago and there was a lot of easy money being spent particularly in NFTs (non-fungible tokens).
“I can’t exactly say which assets are hit the hardest as this has yet to be seen. I do not think we have seen the bottom in the overall market, not just crypto, and which is the hardest hit has yet to be seen.
“I personally think commodities will be the most robust within these 1-2 years for obvious reasons but it’s hard to predict if you’ve seen the bottom of cryptos yet,” he added.
Wong advised investors to not rush into any buying decisions right now as many things seem cheap and the market could plunge deeper. He went on to add that reacting “too quickly” may also result in major short-term and even mid-term losses.
“It’s important to practice a bit of prudence in the current market climate. Cash is really king as opportunities may arise in such a crisis and if anything, there are plenty of options in the market.
Fundamentally strong companies or projects are particularly viable at this point in time and they’re easier to identify as the scam or speculative projects are exiting the market aggressively,” he said.
(CNN) — Cryptocurrency scammers have stolen over $1 billion from 46,000 people since the start of 2021, a new Federal Trade Commission report says.
The FTC rang the alarm bells on Friday, saying crypto-related crimes amount to about one out of every four dollars reported lost to fraud — more than any other payment method. The median individual reported loss was $2,600.
The vast majorityof those who reported being bilkedused Bitcoin to pay scammers, at 70%, followed by Tether and Ether. The victims typically are part of a younger age group — those aged 25-40 are three times as likely to lose moneydue to fraud.
Crypto scams are becoming increasingly popular, shooting up 60 times higher than in 2018. It has all the elements that give scammers an advantage— no bank to flag suspicious transactions, irreversible transfers and novice investors that are often largely unfamiliar with how crypto works.
The FTC’s warning comes at a volatile time in the crypto market. Since Bitcoin hit its peak of $69,000 in November, it’s lost more than half its value as investors have pulled out of riskier assets due to rising interest rates.
Nearly half of those who reported losing money to a crypto scam in 2021 said they were lured in through an online post or social media message. More than half of the posts were seen on Facebook or Instagram.
Fake investment opportunities were behind $575 million of all crypto losses reported to the FTC, far more than any other fraud type.
“The stories people share about these scams describe a perfect storm: false promises of easy money paired with people’s limited crypto understanding and experience,” the FTC report said.
In February,a federal grand jury in San Diego indicted the founder of BitConnect for allegedly orchestrating a $2.4 billion global Ponzi scheme. The founder was accused of misleading investors about the cryptocurrency’s “lending program,” claiming the company’s proprietary technology would bring substantive returns to investors by tracking cryptocurrency exchange markets.
Fidelity Investments’ digital assets arm will double down on hiring this year as it looks to beef up its resources to serve clients who want to invest in crypto assets that trade round the clock.
Fidelity Digital Assets, which currently employs nearly 200 people, is looking to fill 210 new positions in client services, technology and operations that would also focus on assets beyond bitcoin, a company spokesperson told Reuters on Tuesday.
“As the demand for digital assets continues to steadily grow and the marketplace evolves, we will continue to expand our hiring efforts,” Tom Jessop, president of Fidelity Digital Assets, said. Last month, Fidelity Investments became the first major retirement plan provider to allow individuals to allocate part of their savings in bitcoin through their 401(k) investment plans.
News of the hiring comes weeks after cryptocurrencies suffered a major pullback following the collapse of stablecoin terraUSD. Stablecoins are digital tokens pegged to the value of traditional assets. Bitcoin was last trading at $31,594, down more than half from its all-time high of $69,000 in November.
The digital currency market rout hasn’t deterred private investments, with Hong Kong-based crypto lender and asset manager Babel Finance raising $80 million at a $2 billion valuation last week, while venture capital giant Andreessen Horowitz raised $4.5 billion for its fourth cryptocurrency fund.
Token X appointed as ICO portal provider for Y.S.S.P. Aggregate, with a joint study on investment token feasibility underway to support EEC economic and industrial growth
Token X Co., Ltd., a subsidiary under SCBX Group is actively providing total digital token solutions, including an initial coin offering (ICO) portal. The company has been appointed as the ICO portal provider for Y.S.S.P. Aggregate Co., Ltd., an operator of water resource development and management for the industrial sector. The partnership will focus on a joint study on investment token feasibility for water management projects for industrial estates to support economic and industrial growth in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and to explore business growth opportunities through investment innovations that are primarily based on blockchain technology and digital tokens.
Token X’s Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Jittinun Chatsiharach said, “The initial coin offering (ICO) portal business is a key business driver that will allow SCBX to achieve its mothership strategy of paving the way for the future financial world. As an ICO portal provider, we hope to offer new alternatives for effective fund raising for digital token issuers. Access to fund sourcing is essential for exponential business growth. Businesses are likely to increasingly turn to fund raising via digital tokens in the future because they help unlock the potential of assets with low liquidity that has been restricted by the traditional fundraising approach amid the current economic situation.”
“We are delighted and honored that Y.S.S.P. Aggregate Co., Ltd. has appointed Token X as the company’s ICO portal provider, and we will jointly study the feasibility of investment token issuance. As the ICO portal provider, Token X is committed to deploying our potential, capability, knowledge, and expertise with digital tokens and our experience in blockchain technology in developing new and effective fundraising approaches for Y.S.S.P. Aggregate to help the company find new growth patterns and investors through a more diverse range of investment alternatives.” Ms. Chatsiharach added.
Y.S.S.P. Aggregate Chief Executive Officer Mr. Yutthachai Phukhanthasom said, “We have inked the appointment of Token X as the company’s ICO portal provider to study investment tokens to support economic and industrial growth in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). Y.S.S.P. Aggregate is a well-established and strong partnership of stone, soil, and sand mining concession businesses in Chonburi and Rayong. Thanks to our extensive water resource network, we understand water resources in this area very well and have strong water management skills. Our personnel and advisory teams are equipped with experience and expertise in water production and distribution for both the public and private sectors. The company’s shareholding structure includes Thai Polycons PCL, which supports our construction work, and other strategic partners to help strengthen our capital. We are confident in taking an active part in water management to support economic and industrial growth in the EEC following the government’s strategy.”
“As for our partnership with Token X as our ICO portal provider, Token X will help advise on organizing the business structure and review project plans to ensure regulatory compliance with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requirements to boost the company’s business opportunities and growth potential.” Mr. Phukhanthasom added.
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Max Moulder is doing whatever he can to make ends meet.
He’s taken a shot at being an Uber driver.
He’s drawing on his life-long trade of cutting and selling gemstones.
But odd jobs are not earning him enough to keep up with the growing cost of living.
“I’ve done gemstone cutting and trading for a long, long time — since I was 10 years old — that’s not paid off for me,” he said.
“It’s very difficult doing Uber driving with the cost of petrol. That’s not working. And I can’t do cabinet making anymore. So I’m running out of options really.”
In his mind, there’s just one option left: to invest in crypto.
“I feel like I’ve been forced into this,” he told ABC News.
Mr Moulder only started investing three weeks ago when the market tanked. He’s put in $1,000 so far and is willing to invest a lot more.
His view is that he’s buying cheap and so “it can only go upwards from here”.
It is faith, rather than investment fundamentals, that has left Mr Moulder, and millions of other investors around the world, either already suffering or being vulnerable to massive losses.
One in nine Australians bought crypto in the past year
Consumer advocacy group Choice has found that one in nine Australians have bought cryptocurrencies in the past year and that number is expected to keep rising.
Half of them see crypto as a long-term investment, rather than short term speculation and two in five see it as a diversification of their portfolio.
“People have really been harmed, and the system is really rigged against consumers,” said Patrick Veyret, senior policy adviser for consumer group CHOICE.
“And that’s why we’re calling for stronger consumer protections and strong obligations on cryptocurrency exchanges.”
Since November (when Bitcoin hit a record high of $US69,000), about $US1.5 trillion has been wiped off the value of the entire cryptocurrency market. That’s more than half its value erased in just six months.
Much like housing, cryptocurrencies were boosted by record low interest rates and by governments globally pumping trillions of dollars’ worth of stimulus to fight off COVID.
But unlike the housing market, which is largely regulated and incentivised through tax perks and government grants, crypto operates without regulation and, some argue, little accountability.
It’s a reality that’s not lost on global policymakers, who have signalled new regulations are imminent.
Bitcoin, which came to life in 2008 as the financial system was imploding, was started by a growing class of tech-savvy dissatisfied citizens seeking an alternative to the mainstream financial system.
Now that utopian vision is under fire, and the question everyone is asking is, will a new era of regulation kill or strengthen cryptocurrencies?
Are stablecoins actually stable?
In May, the collapse of popular cryptocurrency Luna and the so-called “stablecoin” TerraUSD showed such investments can wreak havoc on the lives of many.
Together, they were valued at about $60 billion just weeks ago. But now they are almost worthless.
Investors losing their life savings, people at risk of homelessness, and even stories of suicide surfaced on social media, causing people worldwide to question its legitimacy.
Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies that are usually pegged to a fiat currency, such as the dollar.
Most issuers claim by backing the coins with traditional assets that are safe and liquid, it protects against risk.
There are three main ways stablecoins remain pegged to a fiat currency.
First, it can be pegged to the dollar.
Second, it can be backed by reserves of cryptocurrencies.
Finally, as in the case of Terra, it can be backed by an algorithm.
This algorithm adds tokens to the supply if the price is getting too high, to bring the price back down, or removes tokens from supply if the price falls below the peg.
But on May 9, Terra crashed. It is now worth just 3 US cents.
Its sister coin Luna, which was worth $US119 at its peak, is now worth nil.
Terra was being deposited by many investors via a platform called Anchor, which worked like a bank savings account. It allowed users to earn yields on Terra deposits and take out loans against holdings.
The team behind Terra were telling investors if they deposited Terra via Anchor they could get returns of around 20 per cent.
Sound too good to be true? That’s because it was, said Henri Arslanian, a former PwC crypto leader and partner who is now an author and Adjunct Professor at the University of Hong Kong.
“What’s important to understand is that there are different kinds of stablecoins,” he said.
“Nothing malfunctioned with Luna or Terra. But the design didn’t provide a solution in this black swan scenario that eventuated.
“It’s like saying, you have built a building, but it’s not built to withstand an earthquake. That means, if there was an earthquake, the building would collapse.”
“This is what happened with Terra. The building (infrastructure) behind it did not have the right safeguards.”
At the time of the crash, many on social media speculated that the big US hedge funds and trading firms, BlackRock and Citadel Securities, were behind it.
The accusation was that they jointly borrowed 100,000 bitcoin from cryptocurrency exchange Gemini to purchase Terra, only to dump the assets, causing the market to collapse and wiping out more than $US25 billion in the underlying LUNA market value. Both firms have rejected that, saying they don’t trade Terra.
Mr Arslanian said regulators and policy makers will now try to introduce new regulation over algorithmic stablecoins but that it will be difficult.
The investors who lost money by believing Do Kwon
Do Kwon, who founded Terra creators Terraform Labs, did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment.
He had tweeted at the time of Terra’s collapse, in early May: “I understand the last 72 hours have been extremely tough on all of you — know that I am resolved to work with every one of you to weather this crisis, and we will build our way out of this”.
But on Saturday, he attempted to resuscitate the Terra ecosystem by launching a new blockchain (Terra 2.0) and a new cryptocurrency (Luna 2.0).
The new version of Luna appears to be suffering a similar fate. Its value plunged by more than 70 per cent within hours of trading.
Mr Kwon has alsobeen caught up in other controversies, including being directed by South Korea’s National Tax Service to pay 100 billion won (roughly $US78 million) in taxes and is facing lawsuits from burnt investors.
Conor Bronsdon’s is one of those, although he is not thinking of litigation.
His $US400,000 investment was wiped out when Terra/Luna crashed.
“It was the majority of my savings,” said the 30-year-old investor, based in Seattle.
Crypto has been particularly popular with millennials across the globe — more than one quarter of Australian investors aged 18 to 34 have at least 10 per cent of their portfolios invested in cryptocurrency, according to eToro data.
Despite the personal loss, Mr Bronsdon is still an advocate of decentralised transactions.
He said, with the benefit of hindsight, he would not have put so muchmoney into Terra andLuna.
Is crypto a good investment?
Henrik Andersson is the chief investment officer and co-founder of Apollo Capital.
He said his firm did have exposure to Terra and Luna and lost out because of it but said that won’t stop them investing in crypto.
“It was not a catastrophic loss for us,” he told ABC News.
The firm has been focusing its investments solely in crypto space for past 4.5 years, and he has been personally investing for almost a decade.
“It’s hard to find another asset class that’s generated higher returns over the past few years and that’s set to continue.”
However, other big investors disagree cryptocurrencies give higher returns – relative to the risk — and are steering away from crypto.
PGIM, a global $US1.5 trillion asset manager, recently released a report calling cryptocurrency “portfolio Kryptonite”.
About 11 million superannuation members looking to build up their super retirement nest eggs have some exposure to the firm’s institutional investment.
Its chief investment officer Taimur Hyat argued that crypto is not a quite currency and that there is little evidence that cryptocurrencies deliver diversification compared with mainstream financial assets.
He noted that with cryptocurrency like bitcoin “you get the same risk-adjusted returns as other asset classes, but you have far more volatility”.
Mr Hyat said it does not act as effective hedge against fluctuation from factors like COVID.
Mr Hyat said there is now the risk that increased regulation could see peoples’ investments further tank as “there’s uncertainty about what the regulations will be”.
Australians losing out because crypto is not regulated
Aside from the investment fundamentals, there’s also questions about the lack of consumer protections when investments fail.
Mr Veyret, from Choice, wants to see the same rules that apply to stock markets, apply to digital assets.
The evidence now shows that stablecoins such as TerraUSD might not actually be that safe, he said.
“It’s really concerning that these exchanges are advertising… terms like safe and also really high yield.
“Businesses and exchanges have an obligation to ensure that they’re not engaging in misleading and deceptive conduct.”
Consumer Action Law Centre (CALC) chief executive Gerard Brody is calling for new laws to be introduced, requiring crypto platforms to be obliged to detect, prevent and reimburse people from scams.
“We regularly hear from callers to our advice lines who have lost astounding sums of money — often their entire life savings — to scams occurring on crypto platforms,” he said.
“The reality is that these platforms are a conduit for organised criminals and money launderers.”
CALC is also advocating for restrictions on advertising and marketing of crypto to the general public, in its submission to Treasury’s review of the sector.
Regulation is imminent but how will it look?
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has stated that stablecoins are anything but stable, while flagging regulation of the wider digital assets market.
“Stablecoins raise policy concerns, including those related to illicit finance, user protection, and systemic risk,” Dr Yellen said.
“And, they are currently subject to inconsistent and fragmented oversight,” she said, adding that the broader ecosystem should governed in order to allow “responsible innovation”.
From a local perspective, Australia’s new Labor could impose tougher regulation. In the lead up to the election Labor’s Stephen Jones had said that would consider crypto regulation as part of a broader overhaul of the digital payments system.
If that happens, corporate watchdog ASIC would be responsible for overseeing changes.
A spokesman for ASIC said the regulator does not currently regulate crypto assets unless they are legally considered as financial products, “and it is not always clear whether a particular crypto-asset product is within our jurisdiction”.
He said in the meantime, ASIC supervises products traded on the stock exchange,such as the recent ETFs with crypto as an underlying asset.
ASIC also investigates conduct breaches such as misleading or deceptive behaviour, where they involve crypto-assets that are financial products.
Joni Pirovich, a lawyer specialising in blockchain and digital assets, said crypto tokens are being used to experiment how to do financial transactions better, cheaper and faster.
“There are more than 10,000 of these tokens that people can purchase and trade, which is far beyond the current resources of any regulator to supervise meaningfully,” she said.
“But there’s a desire from policymakers around the world to make sure crypto tokens are brought into a supervised net.”
That policy conversation has been happening for the past six years, but the collapse of Terra (which trades under the code “UST”) and Luna has people refocused on it.
“The average person had invested about $50,000 in UST and that investment has shrunk to nil,” she said.
“There’s new calls for consumer protections, but uncertainty about the best approach: whether mums and dads should maintain choice to access these risky tokens or whether to make the issuers responsible for preventing investment from mums and dads.”
But the issuer is often not linked to one country. There is often a global team of people involved in coming up with the token, its features and what it can do.
She said the other option is to have new law, enforced by a regulator like ASIC, that requires an issuer to have controls that cap mum and dad investor crypto deposits to no more than, say, $5,000.
And a final option, which she does not recommend, is to ban these products for retail investors.
Meanwhile, US lawyer Moe Vela believes crypto needs to be regulated but urged the current US administration to not fall into the trap of a regulatory environment that will stifle growth under the guise of protecting consumers.
Mr Vela was director of administration for US President Barack Obama, where he worked closely with Joe Biden.
He also worked with formerVice-President Al Gore in the Clinton White House, and is a director at Unicorn Hunters, the company building a cryptocurrency called Unicoin.
“Regulation can be healthy if written in the spirit of fostering innovation and creating an inviting environment to new and existing investors,” he said.
Can crypto pose a wider risk to financial system stability?
Tony Richards was head of payments at the Reserve Bank for 10 years.
He said too many people are speculating on digital currencies, unaware of the risk that its value “can fall sharply or even to zero”.
He warned that anyone buying cryptocurrency should be mindful that even bellwether cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are not yet considered by corporate watchdog ASIC to be a financial product, meaning it’s not regulated under the Corporations Act.
“Bitcoin only gets its value from the hope that someone else tomorrow will give you value for it,” Dr Richards said.
“It’s a thing that people can trade they can buy and sell between each other, but it’s, it’s not a financial product.”
But he also noted that cryptocurrencies, like any other goods or services in the economy, could be subject to Australian Consumer Law protections.
He said the consensus from central banks and others in the international organisations like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) are that the links between the cryptocurrency universe and the traditional financial sector are weak.
He said there may be a world where digital currencies, distributed ledger technology and smart contracts are a major part of financial system, but that “cryptocurrencies might be very much a sideshow”.
Should marketers be able to advertise investments as ‘safe’
In early April, several weeks before Terra (UST) collapsed, the cryptocurrency exchange Binance released an online advertisement claiming that stablecoin was a “safe” investment.
Binance also promoted it as a “safe and happy” opportunity to earn a very high return — up to 19.63 per cent.
When asked about the ad, Binance Australia’s CEO, Leigh Travers, said: “It’s not the language that I think would use again if that advertisement were to be considered by the marketing team”.
Like many others in the industry, Mr Travers welcomes increased scrutiny in the crypto industry.
By improving the standards and better protecting consumers, crypto exchanges can get access to things like banking and financial services, including insurance, he said.
He explained that Binance currently has a pool of more than $1 billion in capital to protect users in the event of exchange malfunction. However, it is made up of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, as opposed to actual cash.
While he noted the industry may have got a bad reputation following last month’s crash, he did not believe there was widespread market manipulation.
But he said the sector also had the potential to drive growth.
“There is true value here. There could be a major industry with… tens of thousands or potentially hundreds of thousands of jobs — high paying jobs in an exciting industry.
“So let’s work together and make sure that Australia has an opportunity to compete on a global scale here.”
Mr Bronsdon said there is a need to protect individuals who invest in crypto, but that “we want to be careful about how those regulations are put into place”.
“We don’t want to stifle the innovation that’s happening, the space and some of the incredible things that are being built, but at the same time normal people need to be protected,” he said.
“It has affected hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people worldwide. There are opportunities for protections.”
After a spectacular crash, Terra is receiving a new breath of life with the Luna rebirth. But what will a revival of the failed cryptocurrency look like?
Backers of Terra voted to revive the failed cryptocurrency – but it will not be the same as it once was. The plan is to bring Luna back without the element that caused the crushing fall of the cryptocurrency two weeks ago – its stablecoin, UST.
“Terra 2.0 is coming,” the company wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
“With overwhelming support, the Terra ecosystem has voted to pass Proposal 1623, calling for the genesis of a new blockchain and the preservation of our community.”
What will the new Terra look like?
According to Terra, Terra 2.0 will “effectively create a new Terra chain without the algorithmic stablecoin.”
“The old chain will be called Terra Classic (token: $LUNC), and the new chain will be called Terra (token: $LUNA). The chain upgrade will commence a few hours after the Launch snapshot,” Terra announced on Twitter.
The new Terra, set to launch on May 27, will effectively create a new blockchain associated with the Luna token. The old Luna will be replaced by Luna 2.0, completely severing ties with the failed stablecoin.
But the old Luna will not disappear completely, it will simply co-exist with the new and improved Luna 2.0. Holders of the old Luna, now renamed Classic, and UST will be given part of the 1 billion new tokens.
Luna holders will receive about 35 per cent of all new tokens, 10 per cent will go to those who held UST before the collapse of the cryptocurrency, 25 per cent will go to traders who still own Luna and UST after the crash and 30 per cent will go to a pool of Luna investors.
Terra will become a completely community-owned chain.
Is this going to work?
After the massive Luna crash, the cryptocurrency market was deeply shaken by the loss of $60 billion. And yet, it appears investors are intrigued by the Luna rebirth. Luna surged more than 20 per cent on Wednesday after Terra’s announcement, according to data by CoinGecko. Even UST was up over 50 per cent.
Getting rid of the stablecoin that made Luna crash in the first place could increase the possibility of the new crypto being successful, but anything goes in this volatile crypto market.
Intelly, a London-based company that combines real estate investment with blockchain technology, has announced that it is all set to launch its highly anticipated property investment platform in July 2022. Once the platform is online, it will allow investors from all over the world to participate in both residential and commercial real-estate deals worldwide.
Ismet Tasceken, CEO and Founder of Intelly, says that by combining their years of experience in the global real estate sector with a deep-rooted understanding of blockchain technology, Intelly has built a platform that will resolve several issues related to property investment.
The decision was made amid Intelly’s successful initial coin offering (ICO) in January 2022, which introduced its native token. Furthermore, the INTL token, which will be significant to the platform, will be launched on decentralized exchange by year-end.
As the real estate investments are generally carried out domestically, investors often ignore lucrative cross-border opportunities. However, regulations regarding property purchase vary from country to country therefore investors are bound to hire brokers and lawyers easily facilitate the process. Intelly’s platform will eliminate these extra measures and costs, said Tasceken.
Moreover, with Intelly’s experience and deep knowledge of the real estate industry, users are assured to get most fruitful opportunities from across the world. Although the payments for such big purchases require several days to settle, Intelly’s easy-to-navigate interface will allow investors to make their investments quick and easy.
To validate this, Tasceken explained that for instance a real-estate investment worth $100 million can be fractionized into 100 thousand fragments of equal value. These fragments float on the platform as liquid assets and are open to potential investors or property buyers.
Fractionalization of real estate is a key offering of Intelly’s platform. With this feature, investments can be made anywhere for just 0.1 percent of the total value of the asset. Fractionalization of huge investment allows investors to access much smaller ticket sizes.