Digital asset exchange VirgoX and blockchain capital markets firm Global Digital Assets (GDA Capital) have launched the World Stablecoin Association (WSA), an independent, not for profit organization headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
The WSA’s mission is to unite business leaders, enterprises, community buildings, and regulators in the stablecoin industry internationally, the founding companies stated today. Besides the two founding firms, the new organization’s members already include BlockGeeks, stablecoin projects BRZ, CBRL, Peg Network, QCAD, QC, Ren, Stably, USDK, XDB, and capital groups Alpha Sigma Capital, Consensus Labs, and Nova Club. VirgoX’s CEO Adam Cai said they are in talks with larger projects, such as Tether (UDST), USD Coin (USDC), Dai (DAI), and HUSD.
Additionally, several influential blockchain media and communities, such as Blockchain Club, Mars Finance, Jinse Finance, expressed interest in curating and delivering “more stablecoin trends with the WSA”. Membership will also be open to enterprises, government agencies and other active companies adding value to and advocating for stablecoins.
The WSA members point out that the use and demand for stablecoins have been growing exponentially over the past few years. On-chain stablecoin activities have increased over 800% in the last 12 months alone, with $290 billion in transactions, per market intelligence firm TokenAnalyst. The total daily trading volume of stablecoins is now the largest of any digital asset on the market today.
“Stablecoin is evolving rapidly with the exponential growth of total market cap in the past couple of years. The potential of stablecoin applications is yet to be fully unveiled. WSA is established to assist various stablecoin initiatives to develop and get connected within the industry. Every member shall benefit from the open ecosystem that WSA is building,” ” said Adam Cai, CEO of VirgoX.
“Stablecoins or digital assets that are collateralized by real world utility represent the single most likely way for blockchain technology to reach a mainstream audience. The majority of the world will not hold their wealth or transact in bitcoin or any digital asset that is extremely volatile as it presents too much risk. Especially in times like these where governments around the world are printing large volumes of their countries fiat currency to stimulate the economy and also requiring USD to do international imports, stablecoins are filling the huge gap for liquidity,” said Michael Gord, the co-founder and CEO of Global Digital Assets,
Cai and Gord explained that the WSA has four pillars: policy analysis, education, partnerships and advocacy. Each member organization has at least one executive participating in at least one of the initiatives. The policy analysis committee will join forces with other research institutions, think tanks and associations to analyze the global regulatory and economic landscape of stablecoins. The education committee will publish educational material and arrange offline meetups and conferences including an annual World Stablecoin Summit each year in Switzerland. The partnerships committee will leverage relationships across industry verticals to support members in forming meaningful global alliances and the advocacy committee will act as the voice of the stablecoin industry and represent enterprises, stablecoin projects and other industry vertices to accelerate the stablecoin policy making process.
XNO Token of Xeno NFT Hub listed on Bithumb Korea Exchange
Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 25th January, 2021, // ChainWire //
Xeno Holdings Limited (xno.live ), a blockchain solutions company based in Hong Kong, has announced the listing of its ecosystem utility token XNO on the ‘Bithumb Korea’ cryptocurrency exchange on January 21st 2021.
Xeno NFT Hub (market.xno.live ), developed by Xeno Holdings, enables easy minting of digital items into NFTs while also providing a marketplace where anyone can securely trade NFTs.
The Xeno NFT Hub project team includes former members of the technology project Yosemite X based in San Francisco and professionals such as Gabby Dizon who is a games industry expert and NFT space influencer based in Southeast Asia.
NFT(Non-Fungible Token) technology has recently gained huge focus in the blockchain arena and beyond, making waves in the online gaming sector, the art world, and the digital copyrights industry in recent years. The strongest feature of NFTs is that “NFTs are unique digital assets that cannot be replaced or forged”. Unlike fungible tokens such as Bitcoin or Ether, NFTs are not interchangeable for other tokens of the same type but instead each NFT has a unique value and specific information that cannot be replaced. This fact makes NFTs the perfect solution to record and prove ownership of digital and real-world items like works of art, game items, limited-edition collectibles, and more.
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Campden Wealth Partners with GDA Group to Enter Digital Asset Markets
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“Institutions have spent a decade on the sidelines, evaluating the risks of this burgeoning sector. Now, in less than 6 months we have seen billions in institutional and private capital enter the space,” says James Godfrey, FX and International Banking Advisor to GDA Group. “Our relationship with Campden will illustrate the maturation of this industry and where we are headed next. New stakeholders will need experience, resources and insights to navigate this new market and evaluate upcoming opportunities.”
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Should Crypto Projects Devote Resources to Community Growth and Marketing?
2020 has been an incredible year for crypto as investors have generated windfall profits and crypto projects have seen their businesses gain the spotlight they’ve been looking for. While Bitcoin has received most of the attention after major institutional investors announced they were accumulating the increasingly scarce asset, many altcoins have also seen their fair share of glory. When looking at all the big winners of the past year, the first project that probably comes to mind is Chainlink, having appreciated by more than 550% YTD and now valued at over $4.5 billion. But, the actual biggest winner of the year is HEX with a YTD return of over 5,000%.
I mention both of the above projects as they have each taken slightly different paths to achieve greatness. Chainlink has devoted resources toward building a fundamentally sound business with many strategic partnerships while HEX has spent vast sums of money on marketing and promotion. Both approaches are valid, but one thing is certain, it is absolutely imperative for crypto projects to let the crypto community know what makes them special. Of course, one of the reasons that makes crypto so valuable is the powerful blockchain technology that most projects are utilizing.
Cryptocurrency vs. Blockchain Technology
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