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eToro’s new open-source programming language is first step in bringing $500 trillion OTC derivatives market onto the Blockchain

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-Lira is first project born out of eToro’s acquisition of smart contract company, Firmo, earlier this year –

eToro, the global multi-asset investment company, has today released the details of Lira, a new open-source programming language for financial contracts. Lira is the first step in bringing the $500 trillion OTC derivatives market onto the Blockchain by introducing a new formal contract language.(i)

Lira is a domain-specific language that can be used to write OTC financial contracts for assets currently on the Ethereum blockchain. It is both secure and easy to programme whilst guaranteeing self-executing global settlement and automated trade reporting and monitoring. It’s easy tracking and compression will enable better collateral requirement efficiencies. Furthermore, it is the first decentralised finance (DeFi) project that will look to expand the code across different blockchains now that it is open-sourced.

Yoni Assia, CEO and Co-Founder of eToro, commented: “Bringing the OTC derivatives market onto the blockchain will bring more transparency and capital efficiencies to the industry. Activities in the post-trade cycle, such as settlement and the clearing of derivatives, are both expensive and a source of systemic risk. We believe that blockchain technology can provide a secure execution environment in which settlement is guaranteed by design. That is why today we are introducing a new formal contract language – Lira. This has the potential to open up and transform the derivatives market.”

At present, native blockchain scripting languages are subject to broad design requirements. This makes them error-prone (as seen for example by the Dao Hack) and thus unsuitable for writing financial contracts. The flexibility that is offered by the native language is also a potential security threat, presenting an opportunity for attackers.

Professor Omri Ross, eToro’s Chief Blockchain Scientist, said: “45% of smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain have errors because of the broad nature of their design. Lira is built on formal verification, a mathematical equation that proves the language will deliver the promised outcomes.” 

“We have decided to make this language open source so that the community can help to move forward what we hope will be an important addition to DeFi. We envision this code to be developed further across different blockchains and will include algorithms to help reduce collateral burdens thereby helping to increase liquidity in the derivatives market. By being able to write financial contracts on the blockchain, Lira could open up the derivatives market and decentralise one of the most important financial industries in the world.” 

Lira was developed by eToroX Labs. Led by Professor Omri Ross, eToro’s Chief Blockchain Scientist, it acts as an internal innovation unit tasked with the research and development of infrastructure for the representation of assets and the execution of trade processes on blockchain infrastructure. Omri will be hosting a two hour workshop session on Lira at the forthcoming Devcon in Osaka in October.

eToro has a history of supporting the development of the crypto community with projects such as Coloured Coins and GoodDollar. Lira is another contribution to the blockchain community who support this latest project.

Greg Dipriso, Global Head of Business Development at MakerDAO, said, “Lira is a great step in opening the Defi space for new products suited for servicing the OTC market.”

Nicolas Arqueros, CTO of Emurgo, added, “Lira is based on functional language and formal verification, we believe these will be an essential part in the future of blockchain technology and financial protocols.” 

Yoav Weiss, CTO of Tabookey, commented,“The full potential of blockchain technology for financial markets has not yet been realised. Lira presents a practical solution for the derivatives market and is underpinned a strong team. We’ll be following the project’s development closely.”

Derivatives are at their most basic, a contract that derives its value from the performance of an underlying entity (asset, index or interest rate).

(i)Source: Bank for International Settlements, 2019: https://www.bis.org/publ/otc_hy1905.htm

About eToro

eToro was founded in 2007 with the vision of opening up the global markets so that everyone can trade and invest in a simple and transparent way. The eToro Group consists of the eToro platform, our multi-asset trading and investment venue, and eToroX, which manages our crypto wallet and exchange.

The eToro platform enables people to invest in the assets they want, from stocks and commodities to cryptoassets. We are a global community of more than ten million registered users who share their investment strategies; and anyone can follow the approaches of those who have been the most successful. Due to the simplicity of the platform users can easily buy, hold and sell assets, monitor their portfolio in real time, and transact whenever they want.

As technology has evolved, so has our business. In 2018, we created eToroX, our tokenized asset subsidiary. eToroX provides the infrastructure, in the form of a crypto wallet and the forthcoming exchange, that supports our commitment to facilitating the evolution of tokenized assets. We believe that leveraging blockchain technology will enable us to become the first truly global service provider allowing everyone to trade, invest and save.

About eToroX

eToroX is a subsidiary of the eToro Group. The business was formed in 2018 to provide the infrastructure to support eToro Group’s commitment to facilitating the evolution of tokenized assets. It provides eToro’s newly launched wallet and runs the exchange.

The distributed ledger technology (DLT) provider licence was granted by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission to eToroX in December 2018 (licence number FSC1333B). eToroX is incorporated in Gibraltar with company number 116348 and its registered office is at 57/63 Line Wall Road, Gibraltar.

About eToroX Labs

Created in 2019, eToroX Labs is a hugely talented team at the forefront of blockchain exploration and innovation. Led by Professor Omri Ross, eToro’s Chief Blockchain Scientist, it acts as an internal innovation unit tasked with the research and development of infrastructure for the representation of assets and the execution of trade processes on blockchain infrastructure.

Disclaimer:

eToro is regulated in Europe by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission, regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK, and by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission in Australia.

eToroX is incorporated in Gibraltar with company number 116348 and its registered office is at 57/63 Line Wall Road, Gibraltar. It’s distributed ledger technology (DLT) provider licence was granted by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission in December 2018 (licence number FSC1333B).

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EOS now available on eToroX exchange

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eToroX announces new cryptoasset and blockchain protocol, and multiple fiat pairs

3 December 2019: eToroX, the blockchain subsidiary of global investment platform eToro, today announced that the EOS cryptoasset is now available on the eToroX exchange. 

From today, EOS will be both a base and counter currency for trading pairs on eToroX, and can be traded against other cryptoassets, including multiple fiat stablecoins. The pairs comprise Bitcoin (BTC-EOS), Ethereum (ETH-EOS), Stellar (EOS-XLM), USD (EOS-USDEX), GBP (EOS-GBPX), and Japanese Yen (EOS-JPYX). 

With the launch of EOS on the eToroX Exchange, eToroX is now one of the few crypto and blockchain exchanges to have all five top cryptoassets — Bitcoin, Ethereum, Stellar, XRP and of course EOS — paired against multiple fiat stablecoins (including CADX, CHFX, and many more). 

Doron Rosenblum, eToroX Managing Director, spoke about eToroX’s vision of opening up access to the tokenized world. “We believe that we can leverage blockchain technology to open up financial markets. The flexibility, scalability, and secure processing capabilities of the EOSIO protocol significantly help the push towards mass adoption, which is an integral part of our ethos.” 

He continued, “We are extremely excited to add an EOSIO-based cryptoasset to our secure and regulated exchange. The launch of yet another blockchain protocol shows how…

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Trusted third parties should issue stablecoins, not Facebook

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eToro believes partnering with authorised partners is the key to success for Libra

If Facebook’s Libra project is to succeed it should use stablecoins issued by regulated third parties rather than create its own cryptoassets; that’s the conclusion of a new position paper published by eToro.

Libra has come under fire from politicians and regulators in the US, UK and Europe, who are worried by parent company Facebook’s scale and power, as well as its previous track record with customer data. However, eToroX Labs, the blockchain research arm of eToro, says that Libra’s aim of creating a peer-to-peer payment network that could be used by millions of unbanked consumers around the world is too great to ignore. 

Rather than create its own digital currency, dubbed ‘ZuckBucks’ by US politicians, eToro believes the issuance of stablecoins backed by fiat currencies should be delegated to regulated third party partners. This would remove Facebook from the responsibility of controlling a currency, so it could focus on Calibra becoming the first wallet to provide infrastructure for a payment system that could be accessed by over 2.7 billion users globally via WhatsApp and other Facebook platforms and benefit a huge unbanked population. 

Yoni Assia, CEO and Co-founder of eToro and co-author of the position paper, explains: “The Libra project is…

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Not-For-Profit GoodDollar Secures Funding For 2020 As UBI Project Celebrates First Birthday

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GoodDollar, the non-profit organisation aiming to reduce global wealth inequality through blockchain technology and universal basic income (UBI) principles, celebrates its first birthday this November.

The concept is that all members on the platform claim cryptocurrency – GoodDollars (G$) – every day, helping to build greater financial stability and empower the poor, lifting them out of poverty. Once launched, GoodDollar hopes to create new trade, new marketplaces, new entrepreneurs, new jobs, new economic growth, and new business for everyone.

Yoni Assia, Chief Executive of multi-asset investment platform eToro, officially launched GoodDollar at Web Summit 2018. This year, Mr Assia pressed the case for a decentralised payment and donation network that distributes its value to all users equally through built-in UBI. Read more here

Boosted by the initial $1 million funding from eToro, the GoodDollar team is on course to launch a beta version of its wallet application in early 2020, following successful testing on its alpha prototype earlier in the year.

The alpha version of the app was…

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