In the latest blockchain-centered crypto news, we have the famous crypto critic Nouriel Roubini throwing rocks on the technology behind blockchain once again. The notorious crypto ‘hater’ has stated that blockchain is “no better than an Excel spreadsheet” during a panel which was hosted by the crypto exchange LaToken on January 25th.
Even though Roubini is known for having predicted the 2008 financial crisis which earned him the critic title, he is negative towards crypto and blockchain most of the time.
This time, Roubini spoke during a panel at the Blockchain Economic Forum in Davos, where he defined blockchain as “the most overhyped technology ever,” noting that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are “the mothers of all bubbles.”
Private DLT, as Roubini said, is nothing more than a fancy database since it is neither trustless nor decentralized. He also said that just like DLT, central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) don’t have anything to do with blockchain and crypto either.
Furthermore, he expressed his idea that CBDCs will dominate cryptocurrencies and change banking in many radical ways. However, while Roubini believes that fintech will change finance as we know it and that cash will disappear, he is confident that blockchain and crypto won’t play a crucial role in this change.
Crypto Exchange Poloniex Starts Tether (USDT) Support
"To support both versions, our crypto exchange Poloniex will be converting a percentage of Tether currently on the Omni network to Tether on the TRON network. The amount of USDT we receive in the airdrop will be based on the amount we convert. Once the airdrop begins, Poloniex customers will be credited based on the amount of Tether they hold on Poloniex. The airdrop is scheduled to begin on April 30th and more details will be provided next week."According to the announcement which went viral in the Bitcoin and altcoin news, the development will support Tether on both chains - the USDT issued on the Omni protocol and the Tron network. The crypto exchange Poloniex also said that their decision to support the new chain is reasoned by expanded flexibility it provides to the USDT platform. In order to support the two issued versions, Poloniex will be converting a percentage of Tether which is currently on the Omni blockchain to Tether within the Tron blockchain. As Poloniex noted in the announcement:
“The amount of USDT we receive in the airdrop will be based on the amount we convert. Once the airdrop begins, Poloniex customers will be credited based on the amount of Tether they hold on Poloniex.”Meanwhile, Tether started issuing USDT on the Tron (TRX) blockchain on April 17th - and this development has been an upgrade from the Omni protocol-based USDT. As the best cryptocurrency news sites reported, this would enable users to hold and transfer the cryptocurrency through smart contracts on Tron. In December 2018, the crypto exchange Poloniex launched a dedicated offering for institutional traders and joined an increasing array of operators looking to service the institutional market. Before that, Poloniex explained then that the move had been taken in order to ensure that the exchange complies with the regulatory requirements in every jurisdiction. However, this announcement did not refer directly to any specific regulations.
Russia’s Central Bank Looks Into The Pros And Cons Of CBDC
“CBDC de facto cannot provide the same level of anonymity that is provided by cash. This is certainly an advantage for regulators, but can be considered a disadvantage by users, not only those who are involved in suspicious activities, but those who are concerned about privacy.”Russia’s central bank also pointed out that central bank digital currencies can compete with commercial bank deposits when there is low inflation and not so high-interest rates. CBDCs can also become almost equal to cash but only in cases of providing liquidity and ease of use. As previously explained in almost all of the best cryptocurrency news sites, central bank digital currencies are digital currencies issued by a central bank. They have the status of a legal tender but also have elements of centralized money. Despite Russia’s central bank, the World Economic Forum also released a report claiming that there are about 40 global central banks that plan to use CBDCs. Some of the central banks interested include the Bank for International Settlements and the State Bank of Pakistan.
SBI Holdings Removes BSV But Not As A Part Of The Delisting Campaign
“It is true that we do have a business relationship with Mr. Craig Wright through our partnership with nChain. However, our decision to delist Bitcoin Cash (ABC) is unrelated to the delisting of Bitcoin SV by several non-Japanese exchanges.”SBI Holdings made clear that the BCH delisting was premeditated and a decision was brought after a long consultation with the Japanese Virtual Currencies Exchange Association. The decision comes at a time when BSV is reaching almost all headlines in every best cryptocurrency news sites but the company states it is a coincidence. As of press time, Bitcoin Cash is trading at 3.2 percent lower at $299 while Bitcoin Satoshi Vision is trading around $59 despite the massive delistings.
Renminbi Chinese Currency To Officially Become A Cryptocurrency
“It’s not really necessary to do that [to ban exchanges and mining] because in 20 years we are not going to be using bitcoin in China. Chinese people will use the RMB, only the RMB will become a cryptocurrency. The central bank of China will turn it into a digital currency.”Tapscott also gave a long explanation on decentralized exchanges as all of the best cryptocurrency news sites reported. He explained the Initial Coin Offering ban in the country and said that the government has a harsh stance towards using digital currencies. He suggested that decentralized exchanges should outperform the centralized ones since they have the ability to be more transparent and can identify ‘’bad behavior.’’ All assets, including the Renminbi Chinese currency, should join the decentralized exchanges according to Tapscott. The Chinese authorities are discussing the possible ban on crypto mining. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) added crypto mining on the revised list of industrial activities. The agency believes that the crypto activities don’t provide safe production conditions. However, the country is a huge player in the bitcoin market since the Renminbi Chinese currency is often traded against the number one cryptocurrency. China is also one of the largest bitcoin mining pools owner. Bitmain for example, in 2018 operated about 11 mining farms in China so he was affected by the national agency’s reported plans. As for the blockchain technology, China is also among the places in the world with the largest number of blockchain projects. There are currently more than 264 projects. This is also one of the reasons why the Renminbi Chinese currency should become an official cryptocurrency.
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