BabelFinance, a bank offering service to crypto-investors, crypto-miners and institutions related to crypto, is in the news after it announced that it had issued crypto-backed loans worth $110 million, out of which $88 million were outstanding loans.
The bank provides loans via stablecoins collateralized by deposits of Bitcoin. However, the bank plans to include Ethereum, Litecoin, BCH, and a few others as well soon.
According to Flex Yang, Founder and CEO of BabelFinance,
“Over the past few months, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in speculative borrowing from consumers and institutions. It is clear that in China and elsewhere globally, anticipation is building for higher crypto prices.”
The bank is looking forward to continue offering crypto-backed loans, as well as new interest earning crypto-deposits. BabelFinance is further launching BabelLabs, a new venture that will look at supporting decentralized finance research and work as a platform between traditional finance and blockchain technology.
“We see a better crypto finance world. It is our corporate responsibility to support innovation with better financial tools and solutions. Crypto is back on the rise, but it is a different landscape than previous bull runs. We need to have tools in place to support mainstream adoption, and institutions need liquid funds to continue the acceleration of their project development. Our re-brand is more than a name change; it’s a reflection of our company’s effort to provide more services, globally to support crypto adoption.”
Yang also claimed that the bank hopes to issue $1 billion in crypto-backed loans by the end of the next crypto bull run.
BabelFinance is not the only bank that has a huge sum of outstanding crypto-backed loans. Bixin Capital and FBG Capital are one of the few banks that also offer crypto-backed loans. The two have outstanding loans worth $10 million and $15 million, respectively.
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Bitcoin is an enterprise; its users are comparable to traditional shareholders, claims Goldmoney Founder
Bitcoin was conceived in the backdrop of banks bailouts and the 2008 financial crisis. The recession and the loss of faith in banking, financial institutions gave Bitcoin a platform to rescue the ones affected, giving them hope for a better financial system without the hassle of corrupt institutions. With the rise of Bitcoin’s fame, both in the darknet and in the mainstream, questions about its regulations had to arise.
The question was put to rest when the SEC/CFTC ruled Bitcoin as a commodity and taxed it. However, Goldmoney’s Roy Sebag brought this discussion up again recently in his tweet thread, where he said that Bitcoin as an enterprise is working towards its good, comparing its users to traditional “shareholders” among other things, while concluding that Bitcoin is a security. He tweeted,
“Is Bitcoin a security? <10 years old so regulators haven’t even had enough time to truly learn how it works (think Napster or Kazaa in early days). Miners are clearly issuing coins and responsible for governance, an absence of formal relations among them is irrelevant….”
In successive tweets, Sebag attributed miners with the role of “stewarding” the so-called enterprise. In return, these miners get paid in “direct fees” or in “share appreciation.” In Bitcoin’s case, it is the mining reward, which is “BTC”. Similarly, buyers are compared to “shareholders” with a common interest in the enterprise, i.e. profit. Sebag added,
“Coins trade at exchanges. The common enterprise is designed for the price appreciation of coin.”
Bitcoin could face a shutdown by the government, just like it did with big players in file sharing, said Sebag, who added that Bitcoin could also be interpreted as a security under the “34 act of the SEC.” The Goldmoney Founder concluded that “this realization rests on the belief that neither Bitcoin nor any common enterprise is truly decentralized.”
However, his inputs weren’t very well-received by many in the crypto-community. Casa’s CTO Jameson Lopp refuted Roy Sebag’s ideas, tweeting,
“Roy will believe what he wants to believe, though if he’s not actually participating in Bitcoin then his beliefs are irrelevant to its consensus formation.”
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