BIS to Issue Report on Cryptos and Blockchain

In new report Bank of International Settlements questions crypto's ability to deliver promises
18 June 2018   337

The Bank for International Settlements, whose main functions are facilitating cooperation between central banks and facilitating international financial settlements, published material that questioned the ability of the cryptocurrency to justify the expectations placed on them. This is reported by CoinDesk.

In the document under the heading "Cryptocurrencies: looking beyond the hype", the history of technology and analysis of its potential as a trustworthy form of money are given. The publication of this document precedes the release of the full annual economic report of the BIS.

The decentralized technology of cryptocurrencies, however sophisticated, is a poor substitute for the solid institutional backing of money.To process the number of digital retail transactions currently handled by selected national retail payment systems, even under optimistic assumptions, the size of the ledger would swell well beyond the storage capacity of a typical smartphone in a matter of days, beyond that of a typical personal computer in a matter of weeks and beyond that of servers in a matter of months.
 

Cryptocurrencies: looking beyond the hype

As reported, beyond storage capacity, the report claims that "only supercomputers" have the proper processing power needed to conduct every retail transaction on a blockchain, and even if there were sufficient supercomputers to create a decentralized network, "millions of users [would] exchange files on the order of a magnitude of a terabyte." Bank claims that using a blockchain to process the volume of retail payments made daily "could bring the internet to a halt." 

The document also mentions the miners with which, according to its authors, a number of assumptions are connected: it is assumed that honest miners control most of the computing power of the network, and the issue of coins occurs in accordance with the pre-established rules of the protocol.

Although the BIS is negative about the cryptocurrency, the blockchain technology finds a positive response in its report, as it looks "promising in other areas." A distributed ledger can be used for cross-border payments, "where the benefits of decentralized access exceed the higher operating cost of maintaining multiple copies of the ledger."

Ex S&P President to Invest in iComply Startup

The startup is aimed at developing tools and services to meet the regulative standards for blockchain start-ups
14 August 2018   121

Startup iComply, working in the field of regulatory technologies and compliance with standards, has just completed the initial round of financing, which was headed by former Standard & Poor CEO Deven Sharma, CoinDesk reports.

IComply, aimed at developing tools and services to meet the regulative standards for blockchain start-ups (especially for those that conduct ICO), said on Monday that it attracted a seven-figure sum during this invest-round, but did not say the exact figure. The round was also attended by DMG Blockchain and Block X Capital.

In addition, iComply reported that it was joined by former employee of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Jeff Bandman, former Managing Director of NASDAQ and the Financial Services Industry Regulation Service (FINRA) Manny Alikandro, MIT Connection Science program member, Praveen Mandal and Prosecutor Thomas Linder.

According to Sharma, he decided to invest in the startup iComply, because the project "is focused on services for ICOs related to risks and compliance with standards." Compliance with the standards, he said, will ensure the transparency of ICO issuers and thereby help to ease the concerns of regulators.

Sharma also believes that iComply can contribute to the spread of crypto technologies, helping the entry of traditional financial services into this industry.

My interest is to see iComply evolve into a benchmark that investors can use to assess credibility of issuers, sustainability of underlying services and the price of ICOs. iComply's patent-pending software enables both security and utility tokens to monitor and document compliance, governance and risk procedures, before a public blockchain executes an immutable trade, providing trust, integrity and transparency for our clients. There have been a few ICOs that had a fundamentally robust offering that I understood and did interest me [but I] missed the opportunity. Others that have transparency from a service like iComply, I would [invest in].
 

Deven Sharma

Ex-president, Standarts & Poors

It is the ideas of transparency and trust, according to Sharma, that sparked his interest in order to start working with the blockbuster.