Apple & Facebook Stocks Can be Bought with Crypto

Abra mobile app launches new feature of buying companies stocks with cryptocurrency
07 February 2019   516

The mobile application provider Abra has announced the expansion of product functionality by adding the option of investing with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies into traditional financial instruments, such as company stocks and exchange traded funds (ETF).

According to the company, the application will be available to residents of 155 countries of the world, and investments in stocks and ETF throughout the year 2019 will not be subject to commissions. The minimum amount of financial investments is set at an exceptionally affordable level of $ 5.

Initially, the Abra app will have 50 assets available for investment, including shares of companies such as Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Google, Netflix, SPDR Gold Trust exchange funds, Vanguard Growth and S & P 500, as well as indexes like Russell 2000.

The application itself is not castodial, that is, it does not store user assets. As the company notes, using the bitcoin blockchain for this purpose, it makes transactions “more secure and private than their counterparts in the centralized databases used by most cryptocurrency exchanges and wallets”.

Besides global access, we also believe that financial products should be simple to use and easy to understand. To meet those goals of easy access, we are continually improving the Abra app experience, and giving users the information (like price charts and asset summaries) to make informed investment decisions.
 

Bill Barhydt

Abra

Abra says that the blockchain capabilities allow any asset that “has a reliable flow of quotations” to be tied to the bitcoin price.

Chainalysis to Expand Transaction Monitoring Tool

Chainalysis AML software KYT now monitors 4 additional tokens in real-time: BNB, GUSD, USDT and USDC
25 April 2019   52

Analytical blockchain-startup Chainalysis reported that starting today, the proposed transaction tracking tool Chainalysis KYT (Know Your Transaction) supports four additional coins. Their number includes the internal token of the Binance BNB exchange, as well as the Gemini Dollar (GUSD), Tether (USDT) and USD Coin (USDC).

Thus, the anti-money laundering software Chainalysis supports 10 cryptocurrency assets. Prior to that, Chainalysis KYT allowed to track Bitcoin transactions, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, TrueUSD and Paxos Standard.

As CoinDesk notes, support for new assets has been added pending the publication of new guidelines for the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF).

Chainalysis is prepared to equip businesses with automated transaction monitoring for currencies beyond bitcoin. We expect that the launch of these multiple currency capabilities will help shape FATF guidance on the sector and help move away from technically infeasible solutions to more pragmatic recommendations.
 

Jonathan Levin

Co-founder and chief operating officer, Chainalysis

According to him, Chainalysis recently upgraded its technology, making it more scalable. Thanks to this, in the future it will be easier for it to add support for other new assets.