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Stellar Lumens [XLM]’s Co-founder and IBM Head of Blockchain discuss changing financial services

Ketaki Dixit



Changing financial services landscape discussed at the Blockchain West Summit
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The Blockchain West Summit focussed on enterprise blockchain applications in the supply chain, healthcare, trade, identity, security, FinTech, Federal government applications, and industry-specific public or private blockchains. In this view, IBM’s Head of Blockchain Solutions, Financial Markets, Jesse Lund, and Stellar Development Foundation’s Co-founder and CTO, Jed McCaleb, gave speeches to share their opinions on the changing financial services.

Jesse Lund begins by saying that the infrastructure supporting the global financial services hasn’t changed much in the last 30 to 50 years. Rather, there are incremental steps being taken on old technology and infrastructure, which is now promoting faster payments.

Jesse Lund says:

“The demand for better user experience in financial systems from clients has greatly outpaced the investment in the financial infrastructure. I don’t know anybody that likes to go to a bank anymore.”

He further adds:

“Big banks have become so big that they have lost touch with their client base and how the younger generations think and interact with money.”

In response to greater user expectations and decreasing consumer confidence, he believes, the FinTech industry was born.

Additionally, he believes that in the last 10 years non-bank entities, startups out of Silicon Valley have been releasing products that are impacting the revenue streams of big banks. The disruption effect of technology and the internet has already impacted other industries such as manufacturing and retail.

He says:

“The death spiral they are caught in isn’t their fault. It’s an impossible situation where there is an increased demand for better, faster, cheaper, financial services and on the other hand, there is an increased regulatory oversight and the big banks are spending billions of dollars on regulatory compliance”

In his opinion, Bitcoin is the only mainstream blockchain application in production and a major global financial utility.

He quoted:

“Bitcoin is the kind of transformational opportunity that I have been looking for in financial services but it was scary in the kind of potential it offered,” he says.

According to him, Bitcoin told the truth about how many financial institutions are charging us. On the other hand, it made the tech-savvy population feel that banks are no longer necessary. Even though banks may not need to be in the middle of the money exchange process, he thinks, they are required for the economic growth.

Lund says that the central banks’ reactions to the crypto-world has been positive, resulting in deeper research and investigation of digital assets.

Lund reads out a quote from a person at the central bank:

“We are contemplating a choice between two equally unacceptable options, one is to ignore cryptocurrencies and the other is to ban them altogether.”

The conclusion of this conversation was that they had to implement either one.

The bottom line of his experience was that banks are going to dramatically change in the next 10 years. Like Bitcoin, there are additional technologies that will take the world to the next stage.

Jed McCaleb starts by saying:

“The issue today is that there are different payment networks and they don’t interoperate, which leads to friction and delays.”

This problem can be solved using Bitcoins.

He then throws some light on another problem that people are unable to exchange money as there are so many different currencies. However, he says that it can be solved, and explains how Stellar can digitally represent existing currency.

He says:

“Stellar has a concept called anchors and an anchor is a financial institution. You can give it a dollar or euro or bitcoin and it can put a tokenized version of that onto the stellar network, which can be passed around like a digital currency and brought back to an anchor.”

He seconds Jesse Lunds’ opinion on banks being important despite how good cryptocurrency and blockchain technology is but it will lead to a lot of consolidation just like what internet did to bookstores.

He further adds:

“It is interesting how stellar and other cryptocurrencies could change the world, especially the things we have not already anticipated. There is going to be all kinds of neat innovations that I am excited to see.”

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Ketaki Dixit is a Journalism major from Jain University. She has about 1-year experience in the field and is passionate about blockchain technology and the cryptocurrency world.


Bitcoin SV surges by 6.84% in an hour; community speculates massive behind-the-scenes pump

Biraajmaan Tamuly



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The cryptocurrency market has witnessed major price hikes over the past few weeks, with Craig Wright’s Bitcoin SV emerging as the market’s unlikely performer. The Craig Wright-backed virtual asset, which is supposed to follow Satoshi Nakamoto’s original idea, outperformed every top 10 cryptocurrency over the past week, recording a growth rate of 22.86%.

Source: CoinmarketCap

At press time, the coin had recorded a price hike of 6.84% over the hour, with the coin valued at $228. The coin was traded the highest on CoinBene exchange, where the trading pair of BCHSV/USDT gathered a volume of $96  million. The exchange was closely followed by ZBG exchange, where the trade accounted for 13.62% of the entire trading volume.

Source: Trading View

According to the chart released by Trading View, a massive green candlestick can be observed. The chart also indicated that at press time, the candles were charting over the Moving Average [MA]. This suggested that extremely high trading volumes were pegged with Bitcoin SV.

Many in the community have speculated that the surge might be due to a massive dump of the coin in the market, after the token hit stagnation since pumping by more than 247 percent recently. The aforementioned price pump pushed the price of the coin from $53.22 to $250.

Previously, it has been suggested that the major pump witnessed within the Bitcoin SV ecosystem might be laden with market manipulation, implying the participation of illicit entities in the conduct of a “pseudo-pump” of BSV’s market. Further, the de-listing of BSV by major exchanges such as Binance may have made it more susceptible to sudden price movements, according to some.

At press time, Bitcoin SV was positioned 8th on the cryptocurrency charts. Despite the pump however, historical trends suggest a major price correction may be in the offing too.

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