The head of the San Francisco-based blockchain startup Ripple, Brad Garlinghouse, is in the crypto news today for giving JP Morgan Chase a qualified praise for creating their own stablecoin – before bashing the product’s likelihood of being adopted by other banks.
Garlinghouse questioned the usefulness of the JPM altcoin during a fireside chat art the Chamber of Digital Commerce’s DC Blockchain Summit in Washington. As he said, it is “great” to have major financial players such as JP Morgan “leaning in” on the market.
However, he also noted:
“That’s the only nice thing I’m going to say about this.”
Garlinghouse, whose company has been courting financial institutions to use its distributed ledger (DLT) for payments – cast his doubts for the recently announced JPM Coin token.
As he recalled from another conference last week:
“This guy from Morgan Stanley was interviewing me, I said ‘So, is Morgan Stanley going to use the JPM Coin?’ And he said ‘probably not.’ So, well is Citi going to use the JPM Coin? Is BBVA? Is PNC? And the answer is no.”
Hence, he suggested that a bank creating its own stablecoin risks recreating the very problems that DLT is supposed to solve.
“So, does that mean we’re going to have all these different coins? Are we back to where we are with lack of interoperability? I don’t get it,” he questioned.
He wrapped his comments with a comment about a diplomatic note, concluding:
“Now, back to my first answer, if it solves the first [problem] of JPM leaning into crypto, yay. That’s all I got.”
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“Despite the efforts of management to reduce cost and return the business to profitability, it was decided the appointment of liquidators was, in the best interests of customers, staff and other stakeholders. […] Given the complexities involved we expect the investigation to take months rather than weeks.”As the new analysis by CoinFirm notes, the hackers are moving the cash into separate wallets including the two CoinDesk which found that were directly connected to Huobi. “The Cryptopia hacker moved 30,790 ETH (~$7.67M) from the last red address to the yellow one which is a new address of the hacker as of May 20, 2019 at 01:43:57 AM +UTC. The yellow address still has got 29,770 ETH,” said CoinFirm’s Grant Blaisdell in a statement that went viral in the coming altcoin news. Two other addresses were also reported by many best cryptocurrency news sites - showing that they received a combined 1010 ETH while another 10 ETH landed in what appears to be a Huobi deposit address and a Huobi hot wallet. This means that the Cryptopia hackers are preparing to pull cash out through these exchanges. Even though there is no telling what is exactly happening to this Ether as it moves from one wallet to another, it is certain that the $16 million is not going to sit still for long.
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"The Maker Foundation Interim Risk Team has placed an Executive Vote into the voting system, which will enable the community to enact a new Dai Stability Fee of 17.5%. The Executive Vote (FAQ) will continue until the number of votes surpasses the total in favor of the previous Executive Vote. This is a continuous approval vote," is what the announcement shared in our latest cryptocurrency news notes.If the decision is approved and the vote comes out positive, the proposal would decrease the stability fee by 2% to 17.5% per year. As the announcement outlined, the need to decrease the fee was discussed by the project's governance and now the MakerDAO token holders need to decide on it. For those of you who don't know, MakerDAO is looking to change the yearly stability fee in an attempt to improve the token's peg to the US dollar - especially after the exchange price has been hovering above the $1 level. The stability fee was a hot topic in the altcoin news and is seen as a charge that is levied by Maker participants when DAI is used for loans. In March, the MakerDAO token holders already decided to raise the stability fee (even twice), first to 3.5% and then to 7.5% per year. In April this year, this fee was further increased by another four percent in the fifth such vote this year which brought it down to 11.5%. The further votes brought the rate up to 19.5% at the beginning of the current month. As we already reported (and many best cryptocurrency news sites did too) at the end of the previous month, DAI has been struggling to maintain its peg. Aside from the MakerDAO token holders and their decisions, the president and chief operating officer claimed that DAI's value had been stabilized as of the beginning of May. On top of this, at the end of April, the chief technology officer at MakerDAO, Andy Milenius, published an open letter dated April 3 to explain his concerns over the project's internal conflicts.
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