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Petro Unconstitutional? Venezuela’s National Assembly Calls It A Fraud

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After much hype surrounding Venezuela’s recent breakthrough in the crypto world, namely Petro, it seems that the project is under criticism again. In a shocking twist, Venezuela’s national assembly has deemed Petro to be unconstitutional. It has criticized the country’s oil-backed currency through a public statement, labeling it as a “fraud” and warning investors to stay away from it.

Much of the criticism stems from the unconventional nature of Petro’s token sale in general.  According to the Venezuelan President, the project had raised over $735 million, which has raised a lot of eyebrows in the administration. Lawmakers have deemed it a result of the ongoing political crisis in the South American countries.

Reasons for Doubting Petro

  • One of the foremost reasons of doubting the credibility of Petro is when one takes the buyer’s manual into consideration. It indicates that the PTR token will work on the chain of NEM blocks during the pre-sale stage. Investors remain wary of NEM, partly due to the 2015 incident involving a larceny of $500 Million. Experts believe that Petro will be built on top of the NEM network with a possibility of a swap with the ERC20 token at a later period. There is a possibility that Venezuela could be using a NEM-derived code to develop a new ledger. No officials from NEM have any comment on this matter whatsoever.
  • A Majority of cryptoanalysts, economists and even political opponents, including the Congress controlled by the opposition have been vocal against the project. According to some of them, it is nothing but a vehicle of corruption. Some senior lawmakers in the U.S. have also indicated that it is nothing but a ploy by the country to navigate past the economic sanctions imposed on the South American nation. Overall the crypto community’s response was mixed. Some journalists like Max Keiser have expressed his support of the project and its effect on the country’s hyperinflation.
  • The resentment regarding Petro had manifested after the recent actions of forcing businesses and retirement accounts alike to accept and adapt it. Rafael Guzman, who has been a strongly voiced critic of Petro since its inception, has claimed that the project is merely a way for the government to embezzle funds. According to him, the project is not the solution for the country’s dire economic predicament and is a sure sign of corruption on the part of the government.
  • Francisco Sucre, another well-known critic of the project has highlighted one particular point. National Assets cannot be used as collateral, meaning Petro cannot be backed by Venezuela’s oil reserves. He also added that due to the current state of politics in the country, the situation has become even more complicated.
  • According to Prosperi , “The PTR began with a war of lies when Maduro said it was the first virtual currency, mentioned at the time of highlighting the monetary reconversion and the entry into force of the Bolívar Fuerte, and they said that from there the strength of our currency would emerge, On the contrary, it has lost value daily, and the Sucre was presented as a currency that would exceed the dollar.”

Final Thoughts

In spite of the harsh criticism it has been receiving, Petro also has its own share of fans and backers. State-owned companies and the country’s airlines were ordered by Venezuelan Leader Nicolas Maduro to accept this cryptocurrency. If implemented right, Venezuela can experience serious economic improvement and stability. According to many, Petro will fix the problem with the Bolivar, Venezuela’s currency which has steadily declined in value.

Petros’ new mechanism could attract international investors which will result in lifting up the country’s current credibility index. The Chinese Credit Rating giant Dagong has claimed that Petro will help the global currency system in the long run.

Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency and read our full disclaimer.

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Blockchain-Focused ETF Arrives on London Stock Exchange

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The crypto community is still waiting for the US SEC to approve Bitcoin ETFs, with speculation which application might get approval being one of the hottest topics in 2018. However, come 2019, the US government shutdown dragged on, and the Bitcoin ETF request which had the most potential to see a grant got withdrawn by the very companies that submitted the application.

While the question of BTC ETF remains hanging in the air, blockchain-focused ETFs seem to be a different matter entirely. In a recent announcement by an independent investment managed firm called Invesco, the company has stated that it was about to launch the largest blockchain-focused ETF in the world. They managed to go through with this plan, and the ETFs have reached the London Stock Exchange today, March 11th.

The exchange-traded fund includes a portfolio containing as many as 48 different firms which are bringing exposure to the emerging technology. Among them, there is Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, which is a well-known creator of chips used for crypto mining, as well as the CME Group, which is the first regulated exchange in the US which launched Bitcoin futures. There are many other well-known companies as well, such as Intel, Microsoft, and others.

Chris Mellor, the Invesco’s head of ETF equity product management in Europe, said that blockchain has a huge potential to increase earnings, even though…

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Could Jeff Bezos Turn to Bitcoin to Hide Fortune from Wife?

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has made numerous headlines recently due to his overly-publicized divorce, which shows all signs of being one of the most expensive ones — if not THE most expensive one — in modern history. According to estimates, it might cost him as much as $70 billion, which will make his soon-to-be-ex-wife the richest woman in human history.

However, as the process continues to unfold, many have started wondering if things may have ended up differently for Bezos if he turned to Bitcoin for help.

Bitcoin as a divorce tool?

In the last several years — since Bitcoin and other cryptos hit fame — many have started turning to BTC during their divorce proceedings. In fact, it can even be said that using the largest cryptocurrency in this way has become a new trend. The trend has been gaining so much strength that numerous law companies started including advice on what to do in regards to Bitcoin as part of their websites.

However, while the trend has been picking up in recent years, it is nowhere near as easy as it might seem. For example, if there is even a suspicion of a spouse having undisclosed holdings appears during the divorce process, it might be enough to impact the final decision of the judge. In other words, even if there is a complete lack of evidence, but…

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Three Biggest Things To Know Come Cryptocurrency Tax Season

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In recent years, digital cash systems known as cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Litecoin have exploded into the public eye. A blend of cash and stocks, their use and value has grown exponentially. In 2017, the IRS decided to focus great effort on taxing them. In theory, this should be as simple as calculating taxes on any other type of property, bond, or other assets. Cryptocurrency, however, presents a unique challenge. The full extent of one person’s crypto activity can stretch across dozens of platforms and take a variety of different forms. This makes it difficult to gather all of this information cohesively, much less begin the seemingly- complicated process of reporting it.

These three tips should help anyone looking to legally report their crypto activity to figure out where to start.

Documentation is key!

There are dozens of different “exchanges” individuals can use to change their cash into crypto. When the flat currency is changed into cryptocurrency at the exchange, you establish your cost basis. This makes this data crucial when you begin the process of reporting.  Those who have used a variety of different exchanges should keep detailed records of everywhere that they made trades. Once tax season arrives, most exchanges will allow users to view their entire trading history with that exchange. This information will be necessary later to complete taxes.

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