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UPDATE: Phase Three of the Markethive Wallet Completed Version Now Installed On Markethive What’s Next?

UPDATE: Phase Three of the Markethive Wallet. Completed Version Now Installed On Markethive. What’s Next?

Since Phase Two of the wallet has been integrated and working successfully since November, it’s time to introduce Phase Three. The completed wallet has been installed on the Markethive site. Phase Three is the final stage of the wallet that is now operational for Entrepreneur One (E1) members in a type of Beta version, if you like, before it officially opens to the Markethive community. 

This is a culmination of 5 years of intense early work to reach this point, and we are on that cusp. E1s can currently view the new look of the wallet, particularly the Hivecoin Report. Markethive’s engineers are now systematizing the other fundamental components needed for a synchronous and successful wallet launch. These are the Entrepreneur One Exchange, Markethive Premium Upgrade, and the PROMOCODE system, housed in the new capture page for MARKETHIVE.NET and is for E1s only. 

The non-E1 KYC-approved members will see the banner announcement pictured below until its full release. They also have the opportunity to upgrade to Entrepreneur One to gain early access and take advantage of all the benefits offered, including becoming a shareholder by securing the ILP (Incentivized Loan Program), which will pay a monthly dividend on the net profit of Markethive’s revenue. 

Google Authentication – 2FA Is Moving

One specific adjustment that Markethive will apply is the 2FA. Instead of it being required to log in to Markethive, the 2FA will be moved to the wallet. KYC Application has also been relocated to the Security section of the wallet. Soon, you will find 2FA with the KYC Application and Wallet Security housed under the Security Tab listed in the wallet. 

Until you activate 2FA Google Authenticator, access to the different wallet functions will be restricted. Many exchanges operate similarly. However, Markethive is more than an exchange, so Markethive’s commitment to getting the KYC, ILP, and the complete back-end security totally polished is of the highest priority. 

Along with this change, new signups will be able to utilize the Markethive tools for a short time (30 days). In other words, give it a test drive. However, they won’t get the airdrop or qualify for the micropayments until they are KYC’d. They will be prompted to complete the KYC/2FA process immediately upon joining Markethive to activate these incentives and gain access to the Hivecoin wallet. Failing to do so will result in the termination of their account after 30 days. This process will eliminate abandoned accounts. 

On a related topic, another change is that old accounts that have not been logged into for an extended period will not be terminated. 

Markethive is delivering a bank, not an exchange per se. We are an ecosystem with Markethive Credits, ILPs, Markethive Tokens, or MHVs, used internally for micropayments and the Hivecoin (HVC) with a total supply of 45 million. All these components have value and are the DNA of Markethive, so its security is paramount. Markethive is also working on eliminating all 3rd parties that could disrupt the operations of Markethive. We have already relocated to our sovereign cloud systems and servers. 

Ultimately when the new dashboard is integrated, very little of Markethive’s systems will operate until you complete KYC and 2FA. It will be mandatory to carry out the KYC process and be approved to access the wallet. In the near future, only KYC-approved members will have access to all the services in Markethive, including free members. Until KYC is approved, free members can only observe and comment on the main news feed. 

It’s important to remember that in Markethive’s case, KYC is for the community’s benefit of knowing who they are engaging with and not for governmental regulations, unlike exchanges and others.  It assures Markethive members that you are a real person, dedicated to honest and transparent relationships in business and socially. The purpose is to have an active, dynamic, and secure “hive of people.” Note that once KYC is approved, the documents uploaded to attain approval are all deleted; Markethive does not keep these documents. 

The short selfie video required in the Markethive KYC protocol is kept for the purpose of retrieving access to your account. In the event that you lose your device and the 2FA app required to utilize your Markethive wallet or any other service that requires KYC, the admin will be able to verify you with the video they have. All you’ll need to do is make a video requesting access to your account with the reason why you lost access. 

The video prerequisite is another layer of security to prevent your account from getting hacked. It also prevents members who have signed up but are not verified from hacking or spoofing.   

Coin Storage and Reports

The wallet has two coin storage balances: the Hot Wallet Balance and the Cold Storage Balance. The cold storage part of the wallet is a very secure one-way system. It requires a tremendous amount of authentication to retrieve coins from the cold storage balance and transfer them to your hot storage balance.  

Members who are KYC-approved but have yet to upgrade to either the Premium Upgrade (coming soon) or the Entrepreneur One (currently available) will have a limited withdrawal amount of 0.01 HVC from their cold storage per day. There will be no limit to sending HVC from your Hot Wallet to your chosen self-custody wallet. (Exodus, Phantom, Atomic, etc.) 

The amount of HVC that can be transferred from cold storage to the hot wallet will be unlimited for the E1s. Markethive recommends that once you’ve moved your coins from cold storage to your hot wallet, you move them into your personal 3rd party wallet. E.g., Exodus, Phantom, Atomic, et al., or whatever you determine what wallet is best for you. 

Hivecoin (HVC) is a Solana token but has not officially had the name assigned yet. E1s with early access who want to give the system a test run will need to acquire a specific type of wallet, set up the Hivecoin Meta address, and give it the name HIVECOIN to list it in that wallet. 

HIVECOIN's META address is: APRXuct2fy7yXeSPcS5r4pTdh6P34xhqj1Pio1dyc1j6

There is a Beta group of E1s currently testing it. However, there has been some difficulty in achieving this for some, at this time, including myself; however, you can try it. The Phantom wallet is recommended for Beta until we reach the threshold of having HVC officially named and available to list on various self-custody wallets.  To learn more about self-custody wallets, go here

Please be aware that this takes time, but once it’s done, it’s set in stone if you like, so it has to be incredibly secure and compliant. It needs to be streamlined before the floodgates open. 

Projects In The Works

Several projects are now in the works and will be timed to release at the end of the 30-day Wallet launch announcement. 

Markethive.net Website and Promocode

One of the components and fundamentals required before the wallet’s final release is the Markethive.net Promocode website. The comprehensive website includes navigational links to white papers on many aspects of Markethive and is exclusive to the Entrepreneur One Status.  

The white papers listed include the Role of Community, Markethive Broadcasting, Business Liability, Inbound Marketing, The ILP,  and the Traffic Report. The E1 members will be given promocodes for an incentive with an offer of the Markethive products, such as The Boost or Wheel of Fortune, impressions, and tokens.

The countdown ticker on the website homepage will align with the official launch of the wallet and be the focus of a marketing campaign prior to the release. 

The Premium Upgrade

The Premium Upgrade is another component on the table to be released at the end of the 30-day countdown to the final launch of the wallet. It is aimed at free members who want to take advantage of the many features and benefits that will accelerate their earnings and results. The upgrade has five price levels starting at $9.95 per month. You can find out more about the Premium Upgrade here

Notably, the revenue generated from the Premium Upgrade initiative is primarily income, meaning the ILP holders can look forward to the dividends of their ILP shares.

The Entrepreneur One Exchange 

Another project in the works is the E1 Exchange. (E1X) Upon the final launch of the wallet, the Entrepreneur One Upgrade will not be available for any new or free members from the Markethive administration. However, they can be acquired through our E1X. Here are the preliminary specifications for sellers and buyers. 

Seller Specifications

  • The seller must have an active Entrepreneur One or more than one to sell.
  • The seller can only list E1 accounts singularly. Cannot sell E1s in batches of 2 or more.
  • The seller sets a reserve price. If the reserve price is met by bid or offer, the E1 sells.
  • When an E1 account sells, it automatically transfers to the buyer.
  • When an E1 transfers, it does not include the already earned ILPs or coins.
  • When an E1 sells, it does carry the earned months toward the ILP yearly award.
  • The seller decides what currency is accepted.
  • The currency the seller can set is Markethive Credits, Hivecoin, Bitcoin, and Solana.
  • Listed E1s for sale reveal the earned months towards the ILP yearly reward.
  • The seller decides to run an auction, buy it now, or both.
  • The seller decides to set a "reserve" or “Buy It Now” price or no reserve open offer.
  • Auction bids run for seven days.
  • Buy it now runs for ten days.

Buyer Specifications

  • The buyer must be KYC approved.
  • The buyer can bid against others bidding in an auction.
  • The buyer can make an offer if the auction has no previous bids.
  • If the offer meets the reserve or exceeds, the sale occurs.
  • All sales are final.

Site Specifics

  • New sale offers list at the top. Most recent first, oldest last.
  • Listing can be sorted with the lowest price
  • Listing can be sorted with the highest price

As the Markethive community, we must understand that Markethive’s services, vault loads, accounting, security, and privacy, are all found in the wallet. So Thomas has made a draft video for the new up-to-date wallet. 


What’s Next?

  • The "new" News Feed
  • Our own Web Conference Rooms
  • The "new" PageMaker
  • The "new" Dash Board

Markethive’s Proactive Innovation (AI)

On another crucial topic, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become more prominent and prolific recently, with many unwittingly enamored by the concept. However, the reality is, it’s a double-edged sword for humanity that could bring about significant positives and disastrous consequences. The risk of bad actors using it to create chaos, increase the spread of propaganda and untruth, and even seize all computing and weapons systems is very real and extremely dangerous. The threat of AI taking on a life of itself is staggering.  

CEO of Markethive, Thomas Prendergast, expressed that you will not see artificial intelligence at Markethive! In a very heartfelt message, he explained that it is ungodly, threatens your well-being, and seriously violates your privacy and security!

What will you find?

Proactive Innovation.

“Think of it as advanced robotic systems, very complex and sophisticated capabilities controlled by you. Or a limited (AI secured) within the confines of our programming and only developed to produce the results of a well-oiled social network of entrepreneurs who gain and affect the entire Hive. (like our coming NEW newsfeed). 

You will be able to configure and control your algorithm. Your search criteria and activity will never be captured nor sold by us at Markethive. Because you alone control it, and it is yours alone, secured and protected here at the Hive.

This is the message I received in the last few months from prayer, the innovative intuition that has been and will always be the engine at Markethive. Our artificial intelligence is Jesus Christ. Our artificial intelligence environment is the members of Markethive as a community embracing the spiritual solution to the false god of artificial intelligence.  

Hive technology uses the Hive community to shape our technologies to embrace our environment, chart our course and perceptions, and solve our problems with the singular goal of serving the Lord.”

In closing

There will be notifications and floating banners (above) to provide ample awareness of when the 30-day countdown for the official launch of the wallet will commence. That will be your last chance to secure lifetime residual returns with the Entrepreneur One Upgrade with ILP shares. 

All updates and orchestrations are discussed at the Markethive meetings every Sunday at 10 am Mountain Time. (MST)  You can keep yourself up to date with the latest news and developments of Markethive as they happen. To access the meeting room, go to the Markethive Calendar and click on the link provided.

We are so blessed to be part of Markethive as it stands tall and robust, providing a sanctuary for all entrepreneurs in such a dark world. Light will prevail, and Markethive will thrive and prosper to uplift and free every living soul into a life of whole-hearted humanity and abundance on every level. Exciting times are just around the corner. Praise the Lord, our Divine Architect. The fruits of the harvest with the best of humane technology will be at Markethive. You wouldn’t want to be anywhere else! 



Editor and Chief Markethive: Deb Williams. (Australia) I thrive on progress and champion freedom of speech. I embrace "Change" with a passion, and my purpose in life is to enlighten people to accept and move forward with enthusiasm. Find me at my Markethive Profile Page | My Twitter Account | and my LinkedIn Profile.





Also published @ BeforeIt’sNews.com; Steemit.com; Substack.com


Tim Moseley

US Crypto Upheaval Leads to Surprising Boon for Lucky Regions

U.S. Crypto Upheaval Leads to Surprising Boon for Lucky Regions

The U.S. crypto space is in chaos. In recent years, the world has witnessed a rough journey for cryptocurrencies, with their popularity surging to unprecedented heights. However, once a hotbed of crypto innovation, the United States now grapples with a clear regulatory framework. It has become hostile that necessitates a crypto exodus in the country. As the U.S. SEC hostility becomes too much to bear, which other jurisdictions are poised to attract entrepreneurs, builders, and innovators in the FinTech and crypto space?

While causing concerns within the country, this crypto fiasco has inadvertently paved the way for other regions to emerge as potential beneficiaries of the evolving crypto landscape. In this article, we will explore the regions poised to experience Crypto Bliss in the wake of the U.S. crypto fiasco.

Europe's proactive regulations, Asia's crypto-friendly environment, and the global nature of decentralized finance collectively shape a new era of innovation and adoption. As the crypto landscape continues to evolve, these regions will likely play a pivotal role in shaping the future of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, opening doors to a world of new possibilities.

Implications of Strict U.S. Crypto Regulations

The implications of U.S. crypto regulations are far-reaching and complex. On the one hand, regulation can provide clarity and legitimacy to an industry plagued by Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt (FUD). On the other hand, regulation can stifle innovation and limit access to new technologies.

One of the most significant implications of U.S. crypto regulations is that they have created a patchwork of laws that vary widely from state to state. This makes it difficult for companies dealing in cryptocurrency to operate across state lines. For example, New York has implemented BitLicense, which requires companies dealing in cryptocurrency to obtain a license from the state.

Alabama requires a license for selling or issuing payment instruments, stored value, or receiving money or monetary value for transmission. Arizona, Arkansas, and Connecticut have no specific cryptocurrency laws but have issued guidance on the subject. California and Colorado have a licensing requirement for businesses that engage in virtual currency activities. 

The lack of uniformity in regulations hampers the growth and development of the crypto industry, as companies must navigate a maze of compliance requirements and legal frameworks. This adds complexity and costs to their operations and creates uncertainty for investors and consumers.

Moreover, U.S. crypto regulations directly impact the global crypto market. The United States is one of the largest cryptocurrency markets, and any regulatory changes or restrictions can have ripple effects worldwide. For instance, when the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) took a stringent stance on initial coin offerings (ICOs) and classified specific tokens as securities, it sent shockwaves through the industry and influenced regulatory decisions in other countries.

Another implication of U.S. crypto regulations is their effect on investor protection. While regulations aim to safeguard investors from scams and fraudulent activities, they can also restrict access to certain investment opportunities. For example, the SEC has imposed strict accreditation requirements for investing in certain crypto assets, which can exclude retail investors from participating in potentially lucrative ventures.

Furthermore, U.S. crypto regulations impact financial institutions and traditional banking systems. As cryptocurrencies gain mainstream acceptance, banks and financial institutions are increasingly exploring ways to integrate crypto-related services into their offerings. However, the regulatory landscape can be a significant barrier for traditional institutions looking to enter crypto. Complex compliance requirements, potential legal liabilities, and the risk of non-compliance with anti-money laundering (AML) and know-your-customer (KYC) regulations pose challenges for banks, inhibiting their ability to embrace cryptocurrencies fully.

The U.S. crypto regulations' impact on the broader economy should not be overlooked. The crypto industry has the potential to drive economic growth, create jobs, and foster technological innovation. However, overly burdensome regulations can hinder these positive outcomes. By balancing regulation and fostering innovation, policymakers can create an environment that encourages responsible growth and positions the U.S. as a global leader in the crypto space. Still, unfortunately, the reverse is the case.

Uncertainty in the Crypto Space

It is quite notable that even before the emergence of Operation Chokepoint 2.0.pdf, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had not approved any Bitcoin Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs). This lack of approval is significant, considering ETFs are key players in market liquidity.

Instead of approving such ETFs, regulators have chosen to drain liquidity. Crypto-friendly banks like Silvergate and Signature were the first to face repercussions. However, the circumstances surrounding their fall were viewed with suspicion, leading lawyers from Cooper & Kirk to suggest that it reflected regulatory overreach targeting the crypto industry.

Throughout 2023, the SEC has been taking aggressive action. The regulatory watchdog has filed complaints against Bittrex, Kraken, Gemini, and Paxos. Binance.US and Coinbase have also been targeted in a culmination of these actions. 

By charging Coinbase as an unregistered securities exchange, the SEC has opened up a wave of legal uncertainty. It is worth noting that the SEC had previously approved Coinbase's underlying business model, a prerequisite for the company to go public under the ticker COIN in April 2021. However, as Coinbase expanded its range of crypto offerings, the SEC now views some of them as "crypto asset securities."

Simultaneously, the SEC needed to provide clear guidance when previously requested, which appears to be a deliberate strategy to establish rules through enforcement in the absence of proper legislation. While Coinbase is taking the SEC to court to seek clarification on securities, the damage has already been done.

In response to the legal uncertainty, Robinhood has announced that it will delist major cryptocurrencies like Cardano (ADA), Solana (SOL), and Polygon (MATIC) on June 27, with the possibility of more delistings based on the SEC's interpretation. Binance.US has halted all USD deposits, and Crypto.com is closing its institutional exchange.

As a result of this legal uncertainty, there has been a significant outflow of liquidity, leading to a $55 billion shrinkage in the total cryptocurrency market cap. Given the increasing fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) in the U.S. crypto space, it raises the question of which crypto-friendly regions will most benefit from this situation.

European Union (EU)

Despite officially entering a recession, the Eurozone is the first major region to establish a comprehensive legal framework for digital assets. Eurostat data reveals that the Eurozone accounts for approximately 14% of global trade, putting it alongside China and the U.S. as the top three players in the market.

The E.U.'s Market in Crypto-Asset (MiCA) regulations are set to come into effect between June and December 2024. This regulatory clarity has prompted Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse to identify Europe as a "significant beneficiary of the confusion that has existed in the U.S." in a recent CNBC interview.

Similarly, Paul Grewal, Coinbase's chief legal officer, views the U.S. crackdown on cryptocurrencies as an "incredible opportunity" for Ireland and Europe, as stated in an interview with the Irish Independent. Years in the making, MiCA embodies a balanced and proactive approach to crypto regulation. It encourages innovation while considering financial stability and consumer protection. Here are some key highlights of the MiCA regulations:

• Digital assets are categorized across a spectrum, including e-money tokens (EMT), asset-referenced tokens (ART), crypto-assets, and utility tokens.

• Requirements vary based on market capitalization. For instance, smaller-cap and utility tokens are exempt from providing a whitepaper covering liability, technology, and marketing.

• However, suppose an ART (stablecoin) or EMT exceeds certain thresholds, such as a €5 billion market cap, 10 million holders, or 2.5 million daily transactions with a volume exceeding €500 million. In that case, they are deemed "significant" gatekeepers and fall under the Digital Markets Act (DMA) regulation.

• All crypto companies are licensed as crypto-asset service providers (CASPs), with custodians and exchanges requiring a minimum liquidity threshold of €125,000 and trading platforms needing €150,000.

• CASPs must report user transactions to maintain licenses with the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). This reporting includes transfers between CASPs and self-custodial wallets if the transactions exceed €1,000. CASPs must also record the senders and recipients for hosted wallets, following the "Travel Rule."

While the increased tracking may not be ideal, it represents a significant step towards legitimizing the crypto industry. In contrast, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Gary Gensler recently made blanket statements referring to crypto investors as "hucksters, fraudsters, scam artists."

It is also worth noting that Switzerland maintains its position as an innovation sandbox while interacting with the Eurozone. This is why many prominent crypto foundations, such as Tezos and Ethereum, are in Switzerland.

Within the E.U. itself, numerous crypto companies have gained global recognition. Notable examples include the Netherlands-based options trading platform Deribit, Finland's LocalBitcoins, Lithuania's DappRadar, and Ledger, a hardware wallet provider headquartered in France.


Switzerland, famous for its breathtaking landscapes and precision timepieces, is quickly establishing itself as a worldwide center for cryptocurrency businesses. What sets Switzerland apart is its regulatory environment, which plays a crucial role in fueling the growth of crypto enterprises. 

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has taken proactive steps to establish clear guidelines for crypto companies, offering them the legal certainty they need to operate. A prime example of this progressive mindset is the "Crypto Valley" in Zug, where numerous blockchain and cryptocurrency startups have found a home.

In 2020, Switzerland solidified its reputation as a crypto-friendly nation by passing the Blockchain Act. This legislation provides a comprehensive legal framework for distributed ledger technology (DLT) and blockchain, ensuring businesses clearly understand their legal obligations and rights.

Another key factor contributing to the success of crypto businesses in Switzerland is the country's robust financial infrastructure. With some of the world's largest banks and financial institutions, Switzerland offers crypto enterprises access to a sophisticated and mature financial ecosystem. This infrastructure, combined with Switzerland's stable economy, makes it an ideal location for businesses operating in the volatile realm of cryptocurrencies.

Switzerland's dedication to innovation and education is also vital in driving the growth of crypto businesses. Swiss universities rank among the world's leaders in blockchain research, consistently producing talented individuals for the rapidly expanding industry. Prominent institutions such as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) and the University of Zurich offer courses specifically focused on blockchain and cryptocurrency, equipping students with the necessary skills to propel the industry forward.

The future appears bright for crypto businesses in Switzerland. The country's forward-thinking regulatory environment, robust financial infrastructure, and commitment to innovation will continue to foster growth in the sector. Furthermore, the Swiss government's openness to new technologies and willingness to engage in dialogue with crypto businesses indicate that Switzerland will maintain its status as a global hub for cryptocurrency innovation.


Dubai's government has been actively working to create a welcoming environment for crypto businesses. They understand the importance of regulation and have proposed a comprehensive framework through the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA). They aim to balance addressing concerns like money laundering and terrorist financing while encouraging innovation and healthy competition in the crypto industry.

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has also taken steps to foster a crypto-friendly atmosphere. They introduced the Innovation Testing License initiative, allowing fintech firms to test their ideas in a controlled environment before launching them to the public. This approach promotes a safer and more secure environment for businesses and consumers.

Dubai's commitment to technological advancement and its Smart Dubai initiative further enhance its appeal to crypto businesses. They have recognized blockchain technology's potential and implemented it in various sectors, such as real estate, healthcare, and transportation. This integration of blockchain applications demonstrates their dedication to creating an innovative and progressive city.

Furthermore, Dubai's solid internet infrastructure, widespread mobile usage, and extensive data centers provide a strong foundation for crypto businesses to flourish. These resources are essential for the seamless operation of crypto-related activities and ensure businesses can operate efficiently and effectively.

Dubai's strategic location as a bridge between the East and the West adds to its allure as a global crypto hub. It has attracted significant crypto industry players, including renowned exchanges like Binance and blockchain startups like ConsenSys. These companies contribute to the local economy and foster Dubai's vibrant and dynamic crypto ecosystem.

Looking ahead, the future of crypto businesses in Dubai appears promising. The government's commitment to embracing blockchain technology, a favorable regulatory environment, and advanced infrastructure establish a strong foundation for sustained growth in the crypto sector. Moreover, Dubai's status as a global financial hub and its strategic location continue to attract international crypto businesses. As more companies establish their presence in Dubai, the city is on track to becoming a renowned global crypto destination.

Hong Kong

A semi-autonomous region of China has come back into the world of cryptocurrencies. Despite mainland China's ban on cryptocurrencies to ensure the smooth implementation of the digital yuan, Hong Kong has been given the green light for retail crypto trading since June 1.

However, certain restrictions exist for Virtual Asset Service Providers (VASPs) in Hong Kong. They are required to block retail traders from mainland China, and the tokens they list must possess high liquidity, be included in two major indices, and have at least one year of trading history. VASPs must also adhere to various regulations, including segregating customer assets, setting exposure limits, following cybersecurity standards, and avoiding conflicts of interest.

The decentralized finance (DeFi) sector can also flourish in Hong Kong under the Securities and Futures Ordinance, specifically the Type 7 license, with their tokens classified as either futures or securities. As a result of the new regulatory framework, several exchanges, such as CoinEx, Huobi, OKX, Gate.io, and BitMEX, have hurried to obtain VASP licenses in Hong Kong.

Interestingly, Z.A. Bank, a subsidiary of the Chinese state-owned company Greenland and the most prominent digital bank in Hong Kong, has also participated in Hong Kong's e-HKD Pilot Programme initiative. This demonstrates China's full endorsement of Hong Kong's adoption of digital assets for the foreseeable future.

Moreover, Hong Kong's tax regulations on businesses are quite favorable. While individual taxpayers are exempted from the capital gains tax, companies are subject to a single-tier tax system where corporations are taxed at 16.5% on assessable profits.


Singapore, a highly developed city-state, has emerged as a major cryptocurrency hub in the Asia-Pacific region. One of the key reasons for this is the absence of capital gains tax, which means that individuals trading or selling cryptocurrencies are not burdened with tax liabilities.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) classifies cryptocurrencies as "intangible property" and allows their use as a medium of exchange for goods and services. This is facilitated by homegrown payment provider Alchemy Pay, making crypto transactions relatively easy in the country.

However, it's important to note that businesses in Singapore are subject to a flat corporate tax rate of 17%. Nonetheless, Singapore offers a three-year tax exemption for start-up firms, providing them with a favorable environment to establish themselves and build credit, especially when traditional funding opportunities are limited.

Singapore has attracted major cryptocurrency players thanks to its financial stability and favorable regulations. For example, OKCoin, Coinbase, Binance, and Crypto.com have all set up offices in Singapore. Crypto.com has obtained a Major Payment Institution (MPI) license from the MAS, freeing it from certain thresholds related to its Digital Payment Token (DPT) services. This strategic move safeguards the exchange's operations amidst the SEC's tough stance on similar platforms.

In addition to its crypto-friendly environment, Singapore has been proactive in integrating artificial intelligence (A.I.) and machine learning technologies. The Ministry of Education has already developed AI-powered student learning systems, demonstrating the country's commitment to leveraging game-changing technologies.

As A.I. continues to advance and intertwine with the crypto industry, Singapore is well-positioned to become a hotspot for innovative crypto projects. Singapore's favorable tax regime, supportive regulations, and embrace of transformative technologies like A.I. make it an attractive destination for the cryptocurrency industry, drawing major players and paving the way for future developments.

As the U.S. crypto fiasco unfolds, these favorable regions offer promising prospects for the crypto industry. These regions provide supportive regulatory frameworks, fair tax policies, and a commitment to embracing emerging technologies. By capitalizing on these opportunities, crypto enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, innovators, and businesses can find their version of Crypto Bliss in these forward-thinking destinations.

This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not offered or intended to be used as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice.





About: Prince Ibenne. (Nigeria) Prince is passionate about helping people understand the crypto-verse through his easily digestible articles. He is an enthusiastic supporter of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. Find me at my Markethive Profile Page | My Twitter Account | and my LinkedIn Profile.





Tim Moseley

Crypto Regulations: The WEF Want In Recommending A Global Approach For The Crypto Industry

Crypto Regulations: The WEF “Want In” Recommending A Global Approach For The Crypto Industry 

The World Economic Forum (WEF) is notorious for having a far-reaching and perplexing influence over companies and institutions in many countries worldwide. This influence extends to the crypto industry and crypto regulations. The WEF published a crypto regulation white paper in May 2023, which is significant, so we’ll take a look at what they have to say and how it could influence the crypto legislation being proposed worldwide. We’ll also examine how it could affect the crypto market if implemented.

Image source: Weforum.com

The WEF white paper summarized in this article is titled “Pathways to the Regulation of Crypto-Assets: A Global Approach.” The white paper begins with a brief preface by a member of WEF’s Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. For context, WEF founder and chairman Klaus Schwab conjured up the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This concept involves replacing all of us so-called serfs with AI and Automation. Another component of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is controlling the population with technology. 

In the preface, the question is asked of how governments can control a borderless, open-source, and decentralized technology. Naturally, the only solution is a globally coordinated approach to regulation. The author of the preface reveals that the WEF has been engaging in “multi-stakeholder consultations” to understand how to roll out global crypto regulations. 

For reference, a stakeholder is a term the WEF uses to describe powerful individuals and institutions, not ordinary people like us. In this case, the author of the preface specifies that the white paper was put together with “significant contributions from members of the Digital Currency Governance Consortium.” (DCGC)

For those unfamiliar, the DCGC was formed in January 2020, including multiple crypto companies. The complete list of DCGC members is private. Still, research on the WEF reveals that Ripple, also the Ethereum company, Consensus, and USDC issuer Circle are all part of the DCGC, as are dozens of prolific personalities in the crypto industry. 

The DCGC has published five reports so far, and the WEF website notes that it is currently in phase two of its master plan, which involves assessing the economic effects of crypto, stablecoins, and central bank digital currencies. (CBDCs) 

The Key Takeaways

The next section of the white paper provides a summary of the key takeaways. Here, the authors argue that global crypto regulations are not only desirable but “necessary.” They seem to suggest this is because of the increasing connections between crypto and traditional finance. The authors explain that many things are standing in the way of global crypto regulations, including: 

  • A lack of universally accepted definitions for different types of cryptos, 
  • A lack of coordination between Regulatory Agencies 
  • Regulatory Arbitrage, meaning some countries are too pro-crypto. 

The authors highlight that many unaccountable and unelected international organizations have been working on global crypto regulations. This includes the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and the Financial Action Task Force. (FATF) The authors admit that the WEF has been in contact with these organizations but insist that academia, civil society, and crypto users will also have a say in global crypto regulations. Of course, the authors don't put a timeline on when we will have a say in this matter; but we have yet to have a say in anything. 

Why Are Global Crypto Regulations Required?

The first part of the report is about why global crypto regulations are required. The authors start by explaining what crypto assets are and include stablecoins under the definition of a crypto asset. Note that these reports seldom refer to cryptos as currencies; they believe cryptos are not currencies. That said, the authors do acknowledge that cryptos have some financial use cases. They say that this is why regulatory scrutiny around crypto has increased. 

As you might have guessed, they refer to the crash of Terra last May and the crash of FTX last November as examples of why regulatory scrutiny is justified. The authors then explain that different jurisdictions have since introduced different crypto regulations. They claim that this increases the risk to the global financial system and benefits bad actors in the crypto industry. 

They also highlight the inconsistency in crypto definitions. The authors then suggest that smart contracts could be one way of ensuring regulatory compliance. This is not surprising considering that the WEF is a massive fan of programmability in payments. Again, the WEF and its affiliates ultimately want to control what people do, and programmable payments are one way to do just that.
When it comes to regulating cryptocurrencies, the authors say the first step is identifying where the crypto activity is taking place, if possible. The second step is to determine who is engaging in the crypto activity, and the authors say that privacy coins, personal wallets, and DeFi protocols make this problematic. This is a worry because it implies that personal wallets will be a target of global crypto regulations. 

Although, in fairness, the authors of this white paper don't seem to be that opposed to personal wallets. That's because they know that if you buy your crypto through an exchange with KYC, it's easy to identify which wallet belongs to who with the help of blockchain analytics companies like Chainalysis.  According to the authors, the third step to regulating crypto is determining who is responsible for any crypto activity. They admit this is sometimes difficult, mainly when dealing with decentralized protocols. They note that this will become easier if DAOs become regulated entities.

Crypto And Traditional Finance Connections

In the next section, the authors dig deeper into the connections between crypto and traditional finance. They start by saying that the crypto market’s correlation to BTC's price is a sign of maturity. Now this is arguably incorrect; a decoupling between different crypto categories would be a sign of maturity. What the authors do get right, however, is that institutional interest in crypto has been on the rise. 

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They cited a series of statistics from pro-crypto sources, which should be taken with a grain of salt. Genuine institutional interest and investment will come once crypto regulations are introduced everywhere. The authors also note that retail interest in crypto is on the rise and imply that this could cause problems for financial stability. This could explain why some countries, such as Canada, closely aligned with the WEF, have started introducing restrictions on retail investors in crypto. 

Besides contagion risks, the authors correctly underscore concentration risks as another concern. The crypto market relies on a handful of stablecoins, a handful of exchanges, and even a handful of cryptos. Oddly enough, the authors claim that Layer 2s on Ethereum lower this concentration risk. This is odd because many Layer 2s still rely on Ethereum for their security, which logically increases concentration risk, never mind that many of these Layer 2s are highly centralized and backed by the same investors. 

Challenges To Global Regulation 

The second part of the white paper is about the challenges to global crypto regulation. The authors start by reiterating that the absence of universally accepted crypto definitions is the biggest problem. They propose a potential taxonomy but admit that there are exceptions to every crypto definition. They then explain that this is a problem because it makes consensus about specific crypto regulations impossible. It increases the cost of crypto compliance worldwide, making it difficult to protect consumers. 

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According to the authors, regulatory arbitrage is the second challenge to global crypto regulation. They take issue with the fact that crypto developers can relocate wherever they want. It’s becoming all too clear that the WEF would like nothing more than to control the movement of people. 

On a related note, did you know that the WEF is also trying to turn almost every major city into a Smart City? More about that in an upcoming article. Meanwhile, Smart technology is already causing issues for consumers. 

The authors admit it might still be too soon to push for global crypto regulations. Most governments are still trying to wrap their heads around the technology. Some jurisdictions are further along than others, such as the EU, which recently passed its MiCA crypto regulations. 

The authors then reveal that these early crypto regulations, including MiCA, will come into force starting early next year. This is significant because this could make institutional investors comfortable allocating to crypto again. It means the crypto market could rally starting early next year. And this, coincidentally, corresponds with the next Bitcoin halving. 

The authors also take issue with so-called crypto hubs. They seem to imply that the crypto hub is code for ‘less crypto regulation’ and appear to blame them for causing regulatory arbitrage. If the WEF starts pulling the strings, this could be awkward for places like the UAE, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Singapore


This ties into another vital angle the authors raised regarding crypto regulations – Geopolitics. International relations are deteriorating, making it difficult for certain countries to comply with global crypto regulation recommendations. It's safe to say that this trend will continue. 

The above relates to the third challenge to global crypto regulation: "Fragmented monitoring supervision and enforcement.” The authors reiterate that a lack of international cooperation is one of the core causes of this fragmentation, coupled with the rapid evolution of crypto-related technologies. 

The authors then provide the FATF's infamous travel rule as a case study. The travel rule requires all transactions above a certain threshold to be tracked and KYC’d. The authors complain about the fact that compliance with the FATF's travel rule has been slow when it comes to crypto. 

While we’re on that topic, you should know that the FATF has reportedly been pressuring countries to restrict or even permanently ban crypto to get off its grey list. Any country on this so-called naughty list is refused bailouts from the IMF, so a clean report from the FATF may be a political priority. If there is any truth to this, crypto hubs could face financial sanctions if they don't comply with the FATF’s crypto recommendations; perish the thought. 

Approaches To Regulating Crypto Globally

The third part of the white paper is about the possible approaches to regulating crypto on a global scale. The authors provide a de facto list of regulations the WEF wants to see. 

  • Crypto-specific 
  • Stablecoin-specific
  • Know Your Customer (KYC) /Anti Money Laundering (AML) 
  • Consumer protection, including restricting retail access to crypto 
  • Strict regulations around crypto marketing 
  • Regulation of DeFi and DAOs 

The authors then detail the five primary approaches to crypto regulation. 

1: The first is Principles-based regulation. This involves regulating around a series of broad principles rather than specific rules. The benefits of this approach are innovation and flexibility. The drawback is regulatory uncertainty. 

2: The second approach is Risk-based crypto regulation and involves applying the same risk/same regulation principle, meaning that crypto should abide by existing financial regulations. The benefit of this approach is regulatory certainty, and the drawback is difficulty in assessing risks. 

Notably, the WEF is a massive fan of this same risk/same regulation approach. It's why you see it in many existing regulatory recommendations for crypto. If that wasn't concerning enough, in this section, the WEF advocates for eliminating cash and going digital to ensure that KYC/AML is followed. 

3: The authors call Agile regulation the third approach to crypto regulation. This effectively allows regulations to evolve in response to new innovations. The benefit of this approach is that it is flexible. The drawback is that it requires much coordination and collaboration with the crypto industry. 

4: The fourth approach to crypto regulation is Self- and co-regulation. It involves allowing the crypto industry to set standards. The benefit of this approach is that it builds trust. The downside is that it can lead to capture; For instance, one company determines all the standards. 

5: The fifth approach to crypto regulation is one we’re all familiar with: Regulation by enforcement. It involves taking crypto companies and projects to court and using the precedent as de facto regulations. The benefit is accountability, and the drawback is zero innovation.

Interestingly, the authors asked their so-called stakeholders which regulatory approaches are best. The results can be seen in the image below. As one would expect, Risk-based regulation is the most popular, especially considering that the WEF is a fan of this particular approach. 

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The authors confirm that the other unaccountable and unelected organizations, such as the FSB and FATF, have been adhering to the WEF’s Risk-based approach to crypto regulation. It's preposterous to consider just how much influence the WEF has, and this is just the public stuff. 

WEF’s Recommendations for Global crypto regulations.

The fourth part of the report contains the WEF’s recommendations for Global crypto regulations. The authors explain that these recommendations are meant for international organizations, governments, and “industry stakeholders” who are presumably part of the WEF. 

In other words, these recommendations are what most crypto regulations will look like, regardless of what we, the people, say or do. The authors again claim that the average person will get the chance to give their input someday, but we’ll just have to wait and see if that happens. 

The first set of recommendations is specifically for international organizations. These are to;

  • Create definitions for different types of cryptos and crypto activities 
  • Set standards for how these cryptos and activities should be regulated
  • Share data about registered entities with all organizations. 

It brings into question whether ‘registered entities’ include the average crypto user. As it’s the WEF, the answer is probably, yes. After all, the endgame of these international elites is to create a global government with a global digital ID and a global centrally controlled digital currency. 

The second set of recommendations is specifically for governments. These are to; 

  • Coordinate regulations between jurisdictions.
  • Create regulatory certainty for the crypto industry.
  • *Use technology for regulation by design. 

*The latter means regulation at the blockchain level via Smart contracts. Remember, the WEF loves programmability. 

The third set of recommendations is specifically for the crypto industry. They are; 

  • To set standards 
  • To share best practices
  • Ensure “Responsible Innovation.” 

This seems to be code for adhering to ESG criteria, given that the term refers to environmental, social, and economic risks. 

If you've been following articles about ESG, you'll know it's an investment ideology to ensure the UN's sustainable development goals or SDGs are met. Every country is supposed to meet the UN's SDGs by 2030. My research suggests that all the dystopian stuff being pushed has its roots in the United Nation's SDGs, be it CBDCs, digital IDs, smart cities, or online censorship. 

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What Affect Will It Have On The Crypto Market? 

So the big question is, how could the WEF’s global crypto regulation recommendations affect the crypto market if implemented? The short answer is that it would result in the crypto industry being absorbed into the existing financial system, which is precisely what the WEF wants. 

The practical effect of Risk-based regulation is that crypto is forced to comply with existing financial regulations. As the authors tacitly admit, these risks posed by crypto aren't always clear. Many argue that the risks are significantly different and justify different regulations. The WEF’s recommendations would make crypto worse than the existing financial system. That's because they would require information about all registered entities to be; 

  1. Shared with international organizations 
  2. Require regulations to be enforced via Smart contracts
  3. Require all cryptos to be ESG compliant 

These three unsuitable recommendations have one thing in common: Governance, more succinctly, control. This article about ESG and Bitcoin explains that the environmental aspect isn't the problem; it's the governance. Bitcoin can't be controlled because it has no traditional governance structure. In case you missed it, this is the core issue the WEF and its allies are trying to address. How do we control something that is designed not to be controlled? 

It's possible, if not likely, that the endgame of the environmental-focused attacks on Bitcoin is to track all Bitcoin miners and nodes. It’s something that the WEF’s global crypto regulations would prescribe because Bitcoin miners and nodes would presumably need to be registered. 

Their information would therefore have to be shared with all international organizations. At that point, it would become possible to control Bitcoin in theory. In practice, the WEF’s global crypto regulations will never come to pass, which the authors have also tacitly admitted. 

In addition to the geopolitical tensions, it's practically impossible to introduce the same crypto regulations in every single country simultaneously. This means that there's going to be some regulatory arbitrage, whether it's intentional or not. This regulatory arbitrage will exist for years, and in some countries, it will persist for decades. 

So long as there's a country out there that the WEF can't influence, it won't be able to entirely corrupt crypto. Also, because crypto innovation is essentially exponential, there's a high likelihood that it will evolve to the point that the WEF and its allies can’t control it. This is the most important takeaway – Crypto is too fast for the WEF. 

Klaus & Co will never be able to keep up, and crypto will eventually win the race. Right now, though, there are many hurdles facing the crypto industry, and the WEF’s white paper suggests that it played a role in putting those hurdles in place. The WEF's fingerprints are there, whether it's the FSB or the FATF. It’s also common knowledge that there are WEF allies in the crypto industry. 

Even so, many in the crypto industry who are on the right side of history, and we at Markethive, genuinely believe that the incentives of crypto are more robust than the WEF’s cronyism. Imagine helping to create a powerful crypto or protocol that allows the average person to preserve their purchasing power, grow their wealth, and maintain their financial freedom. In that case, you are rewarded in every possible way.  

As purchasing power, wealth, and financial freedom continue to erode, the incentive to create robust protocols with crypto will only increase. Eventually, the incentives will become so strong that the WEF’s hurdles will become irrelevant. The people will want freedom, and they will achieve it through crypto. 

This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not offered or intended to be used as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice.

References: World Economic Forum, Coinbureau



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Tim Moseley

The Great Disconnect: Exploring the Global De-banking of Crypto Businesses

The Great Disconnect: Exploring the Global De-banking of Crypto Businesses.

Cryptocurrencies emerged as a disruptive force, challenging the traditional financial system and centralized control. With their potential to revolutionize cross-border transactions, enhance financial inclusion, and provide secure and transparent transactions, cryptocurrencies gained momentum among investors, businesses, and individuals seeking alternative financial solutions. However, traditional financial institutions have not met this radical shift towards decentralized finance with open arms.

In recent years, a concerning trend known as de-banking has emerged, where banks and other financial institutions systematically sever ties with crypto-related businesses. This process entails closing accounts, denying services, and declining partnerships with companies involved in cryptocurrency-related activities. While financial institutions cite concerns over regulatory compliance, money laundering risks, and reputational damage, critics argue that de-banking stifles innovation and hampers the growth of the burgeoning crypto industry.

This article aims to provide a comprehensive analysis of the global de-banking phenomenon, shedding light on its underlying causes, consequences, and potential implications for the future of cryptocurrencies. By examining real-world examples from various countries and industries, we will delve into the factors contributing to this widespread debanking trend. Additionally, we will explore crypto-related businesses' legal and regulatory challenges, often prompting financial institutions to distance themselves from this sector.

Furthermore, this article will explore the immediate and long-term consequences of de-banking on the affected businesses and the broader cryptocurrency ecosystem. We will delve into the difficulties crypto entrepreneurs encounter in accessing banking services, obtaining loans, and establishing partnerships, as well as the potential implications for financial stability and the overall adoption of cryptocurrencies. 

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De-banking Phenomenon

De-banking refers to the systematic severance of ties between financial institutions and businesses whose operations are perceived not to be in line with legal and governmental regulations. This process involves banks closing accounts, denying services, and declining partnerships with companies engaged in such activities. While financial institutions often cite concerns over regulatory compliance, money laundering risks, and reputational damage as reasons for de-banking, critics argue that this approach stifles innovation and hampers the growth of the burgeoning crypto industry.

To truly understand the de-banking trend, we must explore the underlying causes. One of the primary factors is the regulatory landscape surrounding cryptocurrencies. Governments and regulatory bodies worldwide have struggled to keep up with the rapid development of this new technology. The lack of clear and comprehensive regulations has created an uncertain environment for financial institutions, leading them to adopt a cautious approach.

The anonymity and pseudo-anonymity offered by some cryptocurrencies have raised concerns about potential money laundering and illicit activities. While the blockchain technology behind cryptocurrencies provides transparency, it can also be exploited by individuals seeking to conceal their identities and engage in unlawful practices. Although wary of potential legal and reputational risks, many financial institutions have chosen to distance themselves from the crypto industry.

The debanking phenomenon is not limited to a specific country or region; it is a global trend affecting businesses operating in the cryptocurrency space worldwide. For example, many crypto-related startups have struggled to establish banking relationships in the United States. Banks often view these businesses as high-risk due to regulatory uncertainties and the perceived association with illicit activities.

As a result, companies have faced difficulties accessing basic banking services, such as opening business accounts and obtaining loans. Europe has also witnessed a similar debanking trend. Several major European banks have halted services to crypto-related businesses or imposed severe restrictions, hindering their ability to operate smoothly. The situation in Asia is no different, with countries like Iraq imposing a de facto ban on cryptocurrencies and financial institutions wary of engaging with crypto-related entities.

Traditional lenders are reluctant to extend credit to companies operating in the cryptocurrency space due to perceived risks and uncertainties. Access to capital is needed to improve the growth and expansion of these businesses, limiting their potential for innovation and development. These entrepreneurs face significant challenges in accessing banking services, which are vital for day-to-day operations. Without a bank account, businesses struggle to receive and manage funds, pay employees, and transact with suppliers. This creates a substantial operational burden, forcing companies to rely on alternative and often less efficient solutions.

The impact of de-banking extends beyond individual businesses to the broader adoption of cryptocurrencies. The inability to establish partnerships with financial institutions inhibits the integration of cryptocurrencies into the mainstream financial system. It hinders the ability of consumers to use cryptocurrencies for everyday transactions, limiting their utility and slowing down the overall adoption process.

However, it is crucial to consider the perspectives of all stakeholders involved in the de-banking debate. Financial institutions are tasked with ensuring regulatory compliance and managing risks associated with the cryptocurrency industry. With increasing regulatory scrutiny, banks face immense pressure to prevent money laundering, fraud, and other illicit activities. By distancing themselves from crypto-related businesses, they aim to protect their reputation and avoid potential legal repercussions.

Regulators, however, grapple with the challenge of striking a balance between fostering innovation and safeguarding financial stability. Developing clear and effective regulatory frameworks for cryptocurrencies is a complex task that requires careful consideration of the unique characteristics of this digital asset class.

Crypto enthusiasts advocate for a more collaborative approach, where financial institutions work with the crypto industry to address concerns and find mutually beneficial solutions. This includes implementing robust know-your-customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) measures and enhancing transparency and cooperation between regulators and industry participants.

Moreover, de-banking crypto-related businesses can have significant implications for financial inclusion. Cryptocurrencies have the potential to provide financial services to individuals and companies that are underserved by the traditional financial system. For example, in many developing countries, traditional banking services are limited, and many individuals and businesses rely on mobile money services to manage their finances. 

Cryptocurrencies have the potential to provide an alternative to these services, offering faster, cheaper, and more secure transactions. However, the de-banking of crypto-related businesses can limit the ability of these individuals and companies to access these services, further limiting their financial inclusion.

The Impact of De-banking on the Crypto Industry

Lack of access to traditional banking services can create significant operational challenges for crypto-related businesses. Moreover, the lack of access to conventional banking services can also limit the ability of crypto-related businesses to establish partnerships with other companies and organizations. This can limit the potential for collaboration and innovation in the industry, further limiting the growth potential of cryptocurrencies.

The potential implications of these challenges for financial stability and the overall adoption of cryptocurrencies are significant. Without access to traditional banking services, crypto-related businesses may be forced to rely on alternative banking relationships or operate entirely outside the conventional financial system.

This can create significant risks for financial stability, as these businesses may be more vulnerable to fraud, money laundering, and other forms of financial crime. Without the ability to easily convert cryptocurrencies into fiat currency, many consumers and companies may hesitate to adopt these assets as a form of payment or investment.

There are several reasons why some banks and financial institutions decide to de-bank crypto businesses. Some of them are:

 Regulatory uncertainty: Cryptocurrencies' legal status and regulation vary across jurisdictions and are often unclear or inconsistent. This challenges banks and financial institutions to comply with anti-money laundering (AML), counter-terrorism financing (CTF), and other rules and regulations. Some banks and financial institutions may prefer to avoid dealing with crypto businesses altogether rather than risk facing fines, sanctions, or legal actions.

•  Compliance risks: Even if the regulation of cryptocurrencies is clear and consistent, banks and financial institutions still face compliance risks when dealing with crypto businesses. For example, they may have difficulty verifying their crypto customers' identity and source of funds or have to deal with complex and costly reporting requirements. Some banks and financial institutions may also be concerned about the reputation risk of being associated with crypto businesses involved in illicit activities or scams.

•  Volatility: Cryptocurrencies are known for their high price volatility, which can pose risks for banks and financial institutions that provide services to crypto businesses. For example, if a bank offers a loan to a crypto company that uses cryptocurrencies as collateral, the value of the collateral may fluctuate significantly and affect the repayment ability of the borrower. Similarly, suppose a bank provides a payment service to a crypto business that accepts cryptocurrencies as payment. In that case, the value of the payment may change drastically between the time of the transaction and settlement.

 Competition: Cryptocurrencies are also seen as a potential threat to the traditional financial system, as they offer alternative ways of storing and transferring value that may challenge the dominance and profitability of banks and financial institutions. Some banks and financial institutions may view crypto businesses as competitors rather than customers or partners and seek to limit their growth or market share by debanking them.

Operation Chokepoint

Operation Chokepoint, introduced in 2013 by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Obama administration, primarily focused on combating fraud in high-risk industries by pressuring financial institutions to sever ties with specific businesses. The operation targeted sectors such as payday lending, firearms, ammunition sales, online gambling, and debt collection. The strategy involved pressure on banks and payment processors to cut off services to these industries, effectively choking off their access to the financial system.

The primary concern driving Operation Chokepoint 1.0 was to curtail fraudulent activities in industries that posed higher risks. The DOJ expressed concerns that some businesses in these sectors were engaged in deceptive practices, leading to consumer harm and financial losses. By leveraging its authority and coordinating with other regulatory agencies, the DOJ sought to disrupt the economic infrastructure supporting these industries and minimize their ability to carry out activities.

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The connection between Operation Chokepoint 1.0 and Operation Chokepoint 2.0 lies in extending the original concept to the crypto industry. Operation Chokepoint 2.0 indicates the application of similar tactics employed in the initial operation to the crypto industry. Just as Operation Chokepoint 1.0 sought to target high-risk sectors by pressuring financial institutions, Operation Chokepoint 2.0 involves exerting pressure on banks, payment processors, and other financial service providers to sever ties with cryptocurrency-related businesses. 

The victims of Operation Choke Point 1.0 are thus all too familiar with what the participants in the crypto economy are now experiencing. The campaign begins with a series of vague policy pronouncements and ominous warnings issued as informal guidance to the banks. Then there is a flurry of decisions by banks to terminate their banking relationships with the targeted industry, of accounts closed either without any explanation or with the decision being attributed to “compliance requirements,” to “your business being outside of our risk tolerances,” or to “risks associated with your business.” All these are gimmicks to destroy the crypto industry.

Examples of De-banking in the Crypto Industry

It has been a common practice for banks to distance themselves from companies they perceive as high-risk for many years. However, the de-banking of crypto-related businesses has become increasingly prevalent in recent years as the industry has grown and regulators have struggled to keep up with the pace of innovation.

Binance US is halting US dollar deposits and withdrawals from its platform as of June 13, 2023. This comes after the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a lawsuit against Binance and its CEO, Changpeng Zhao, for allegedly violating securities laws and operating an unregistered exchange. The SEC also asked a federal court to freeze Binance US assets.

The de-banking of Binance US could be a concern for the crypto community because it could affect the liquidity and accessibility of the crypto market in the U.S. Binance US is one of the largest crypto exchanges in the country, with over 2 million users and more than $1 billion in daily trading volume. 

If Binance US users cannot deposit or withdraw fiat currency, they may have to resort to other platforms or methods that could be more costly, risky, or inconvenient. Moreover, the SEC's crackdown on Binance could signal a more aggressive and hostile stance towards the crypto industry, which could discourage innovation, investment, and adoption of digital assets.

On May 18th, 2023, Binance Australia announced that it had suspended Australian dollar (AUD) PayID deposits "with immediate effect" due to a decision made by its third-party payment service provider. It also said that bank transfer withdrawals would also be impacted. According to Binance Australia's statement, its payment processor's partner bank Cuscal had decided to end AUD deposit services for Binance Australia without providing any specific reason. 

In July 2022, FTX, another major crypto exchange, lost its banking partner Signature Bank after the SEC filed a lawsuit against the company for allegedly operating as an unregistered securities exchange. FTX had to suspend its U.S. operations and refund its customers. Signature Bank said it ended its relationship with FTX due to “regulatory concerns” and “reputational risk.”

One of the most high-profile examples of de-banking in the crypto industry is the case of Bitfinex. In 2017, Wells Fargo, one of Bitfinex's banking partners, announced that it would no longer process wire transfers for the exchange. This move left Bitfinex unable to process withdrawals for its users, leading to a significant drop in trading volume and a loss of trust among its user base.

Another example of de-banking in the crypto industry is the case of Coinbase. In 2017, the US-based exchange was forced to suspend trading in Hawaii after failing to secure a banking relationship in the state. This move left Coinbase unable to serve its Hawaiian customers, highlighting the challenges crypto-related businesses face in obtaining banking relationships. 

These debanking cases illustrate some of the challenges and uncertainties that crypto businesses face in the U.S. and Europe, significantly as regulators increase their scrutiny and enforcement actions against the industry. In contrast, regulators and policymakers postulate that debanking is necessary to protect consumers and investors from fraud and risk, but is that their true intention for doing that? If the government had full control over Bitcoin and other altcoins, which gives them enormous control over your financial freedom, would they have aggressively fought against the industry? Think about that.

The Future of De-banking in the Crypto Industry

The future of de-banking in the crypto industry is a topic of much debate and speculation. While it is likely that the de-banking of crypto-related businesses will continue in the coming years, there are also signs that the industry is beginning to adapt to these challenges.

One of how the industry is adapting is by exploring alternative banking relationships. Some of these businesses are beginning to work with smaller banks or payment processors that are more willing to work with them. These alternative banking relationships can help these businesses access the traditional financial system while mitigating cryptocurrency risks.

Some countries are beginning to develop more supportive regulatory frameworks for cryptocurrencies. For example, in the United States, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has started to provide more guidance on the regulatory status of cryptocurrencies, which has helped to clarify the legal landscape for crypto-related businesses.

Similarly, the European Union has developed a comprehensive regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies, known as the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD). This framework requires crypto-related businesses to register with national authorities and comply with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing regulations.

These more supportive regulatory frameworks can mitigate the perceived risks associated with cryptocurrencies, making it easier for banks and other financial institutions to work with crypto-related businesses. These frameworks can build trust in the crypto ecosystem, making it more attractive to mainstream investors and companies.

As the industry continues to evolve, regulators, banks, and crypto businesses must work together to build a more inclusive and supportive financial ecosystem that embraces the potential of digital assets while mitigating the associated risks. By working together, these stakeholders can help to build a more resilient and sustainable financial system that benefits businesses, individuals, and the global economy.



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Tim Moseley

What are the Indicators of the Next Crypto Bull Market? Are they at odds?

What are the Indicators of the Next Crypto Bull Market? Are they at odds?

Recognizing if a crypto bull market is returning depends on which indicators we look at ultimately. Some indicators suggest that a bullish crypto market is just around the corner, while others suggest that the bear market will soon reoccur. This article examines these conflicting indicators, sheds light on what they signify in simple terms, and elucidates where the crypto market could be headed.

Price Action

First up is price action, as it’s everyone’s favorite indicator. Many crypto experts define a crypto bull market as a long period of positive price action. In other words, multiple months of higher highs and higher lows for the most significant cryptos. As the graph below indicates, BTC has had four consecutive months of positive price action, which began in January. BTC is, therefore, in a new bull market, according to Coinbureau’s basic definition. 

Screenshot: Coinmarketcap.com

However, there are a few caveats: First, this multi-month rally has yet to happen for most major altcoins apart from ETH.  Almost every major altcoin has been moving sideways over the last four months. In an actual crypto bull market, you see breadth in the positive price action meaning that most altcoins ride on BTCs’ coattails. 

The absence of this effect is evidence of a bear market rally, not a bull market. ETH's price action can provide additional proof of this being a bear market rally. ETH didn't have the same double top as BTC during the previous bull market. ETH’s price action looked more like what you'd see in a standard market cycle and could be due to institutional investment. 

Comparing ETH’s price action to the famous Wall Street cheat sheet suggests we're just past the anger stage. That said, ETH could easily be in the disbelief phase that comes before the beginning of a new bull market. 

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This ties into the second caveat, and that's trading volume. Data from Coinmarketcap suggests that trading volume for BTC has continued to decline as prices have risen. This effect is even more pronounced for ETH. This divergence of increasing prices and falling volume is further evidence of a bear market rally and also suggests that a reversal could be imminent. 

However, this decline in trading volume could be due to institutional investors investing in crypto via centralized proxies like futures contracts that are settled in cash due to concerns around crypto regulation. It would explain why ETH's trading volume is so low relative to BTC. 

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Also, ETH has been looking extremely weak against BTC and has been in a long-term downtrend against BTC since around July of last year. The same trend can be seen in most major altcoins. Again for this to be an actual crypto bull market, there must be breadth and broad participation, at least among most major altcoins. 

To be fair, we could soon start to see more money rotate out of BTC into ETH and most major altcoins. If this happens, it will be additional evidence of a new bull market. For the time being, though, Bitcoin dominance continues to increase. For context, Bitcoin dominance measures how much of BTC’s total market cap comes from crypto. Bitcoin dominance is currently at around 46% and has been in a long-term uptrend since last September, showing no signs of slowing. 


If BTC doesn’t rotate into ETH and the most significant altcoins, it could be due to another factor previously mentioned: Crypto regulations. Like it or not, crypto regulations are required for institutions to invest their trillions into the crypto market. The largest institutional investors are based in the United States. US institutional investors were likely the most significant contributors to the previous crypto bull market. Unfortunately, the regulatory situation in the US has deteriorated significantly over the last few months.

In addition to the threats against specific crypto projects and companies by the SEC, the Fed and other banking regulators have been actively working to de-bank the crypto industry. Their primary targets have been 24/7 payment systems analogous to the Fed's upcoming Fed Now payment system. 

Stablecoin issuers are at the top of the Fed's hit list. It’s problematic because the crypto industry relies heavily on stablecoins to function. If anything were to happen to a stablecoin issuer in the United States, it could severely damage the crypto market and be a disaster for the entire DeFi niche. 

However, not all stablecoin issuers are based in the United States, and most crypto trading happens against offshore stablecoins, namely, Tether’s USDT. This means the crypto market would be mostly fine if a US-based stablecoin were taken down. A crackdown on a US stablecoin issuer may also not materialize. More importantly, other countries with many institutional investors are introducing sensible crypto regulations. 

This article about the countries that will drive the next crypto bull market discusses that the list includes the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and France. These jurisdictions will introduce these sensible crypto regulations very soon. France has technically done so already. The Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCa) regulation was passed by European politicians less than a month ago. Money is already flowing into EU crypto startups as a result.

Moreover, it looks like Hong Kong is next. Officials there recently announced that crypto licensing requirements would be revealed by the end of the month, with retail access to crypto coming on June 1st. Lots of money from the Chinese Mainland may enter the crypto market via Hong Kong. It's also likely that lots of crypto companies will relocate to the region. That's because Hong Kong requires banks to open accounts for crypto clients.

This is significant because crypto companies in crypto-friendly jurisdictions, like the UAE, are still reportedly struggling to open bank accounts. The caveat is that crypto investment from Hong Kong will reportedly be limited to the largest cryptocurrencies by market cap, and crypto niches like DeFi could be completely off-limits. Even so, there are many ways of accessing altcoins once you've acquired a crypto like BTC or ETH. 

Notwithstanding, the passing of favorable crypto regulations in these countries will likely be enough to increase the conviction in crypto’s recent price action and confirm that it's the beginning of a new bull market. However, this assumes that macro conditions encourage crypto investing in these regions. 

Interest Rates 

Interest rates are the primary macro factor moving the crypto market, specifically the interest rate decisions coming from the Federal Reserve. The fact that the Fed is near the end of its rate hiking cycle has contributed to the recent rally. Another contributor has been the expectation that the Fed will soon be forced to pivot, i.e., start lowering interest rates. Investors believe the Fed will do this in response to a crisis; an example could be the stress in the commercial real estate sector.

The irony to this expectation is that if the Fed is forced to pivot in response to a crisis, chances are the situation will also crash the markets. Case in point, sudden rate cuts have historically corresponded to stock market crashes, not rallies. A rate cut may have the same effect on the crypto market. However, in the absence of a crisis, only falling inflation will convince the Fed to pivot. As it happens, headline inflation has fallen fast over the last few months. The question is whether inflation will fall to the Fed’s 2% target, and the answer here is unclear. 

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Core inflation figures of all kinds suggest that services-related inflation isn't coming down nearly as quickly. If core inflation gets stuck at 4%, the Fed will likely keep interest rates slightly above that level. The longer the Fed keeps interest rates high, the higher the likelihood that markets will crash, that something in the financial system will break – or both. Risk assets like cryptocurrencies could be hit the hardest because they rely on lower interest rates for positive price action. 

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For those who are wondering why this is, the answer is liquidity. Liquidity is the amount of money circulating in the market and the economy. As interest rates rise, liquidity gets drained out of the financial system as people rush to pay off more expensive debts and have difficulty accessing loans. As it happens, the supply of money in the US economy, as measured by M2, has been shrinking faster over the last few months than in decades.

This situation should have caused risk assets like crypto to crash, but they pumped instead. The simple explanation is that there is more to the world than the United States. Although the money supply has decreased in the US, countries like China and Japan have continued to stimulate, and this money has been slowly but surely finding its way into US assets. The caveat is that this stimulus may not continue for much longer, at least in China, where economic growth is returning. 

Another reason why risk assets have rallied is because of the Fed and the treasury. The Fed recently expanded its balance sheet in response to the banking crisis. Meanwhile, the treasury has been spending money from its de facto checking account due to the debt ceiling, which is increasing liquidity. However, the Fed's balance sheet recently started decreasing again, and the debt ceiling will soon be raised, allowing the treasury to reissue bonds. Both factors could further drain liquidity, further prolonging a crypto bear market. 


As stated earlier, there is more to the world than the United States. Much of the world has been trying to escape the US dollar. This could positively affect the crypto market during the next bull cycle. Some countries, such as Iran, reportedly use crypto for trade, and others, such as Russia, may follow suit. This could change crypto's categorization from a risk asset to something analogous to a commodity, like gold, at least in these regions. 

Steady crypto demand from these regions could create a price floor for significant cryptos like BTC and ETH, the same way central banks created an apparent price floor for gold, and they accumulated record levels of gold last year. This was predominantly due to the sanctions against Russia, which caused many central banks to think twice about keeping large reserves in US dollar assets. 

In retrospect, sanctions could be the catalyst that killed the dollar. While these central banks haven't begun accumulating crypto yet, the Bank for International Settlements announced last December that central banks will be allowed to hold up to 2% of their balance sheets in crypto starting in 2025. By then, the crypto bull market should be in full swing, and if it's not, that will likely be the catalyst that kicks it off. Some central banks may have begun secretly accumulating crypto already. 

Additionally, trust in the financial system is deteriorating at a rapid rate, and the crypto market will continue to grow as trust in the traditional financial system continues to decline. This is evidenced by how much the crypto market pumped in response to the banking crisis. If the banking crisis continues in some form, you can expect to see more of the same positive price action for most cryptocurrencies.

Even if the banking crisis doesn't continue, central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) are coming, and they could have the same effect on the crypto market. The reason is that CBDCs will allow governments and central banks to control how you spend and save. As with the banking crisis, the average person will quickly realize that government money is not a safe place to store their wealth and will seek alternative stores of value.

The average person will likely allocate a small percentage of their portfolio to assets outside the financial system, including crypto. This percentage will become more extensive as these alternatives become easier to use. It's already happening worldwide; individuals and institutions are turning to crypto because their currencies are collapsing, their banking systems are struggling, or because CBDCs are being rolled out. This combined buying could set a price floor for many cryptocurrencies; this price floor will likely rise as the appeal of traditional currencies continues to decline. 

As such, we could be at the beginning of a crypto super cycle, or at least a crypto market cycle unlike any other. The caveat to this is that the incumbents will not go quietly. This potential supercycle will likely be accompanied by unprecedented price volatility as entities in the existing financial system try to crush or control crypto. Some would say this has already started, and the recent price action is proof.

The Crypto Market Cycle

As you may be aware, crypto tends to follow a four-year cycle and is believed to be because of the Bitcoin halving, which occurs roughly every four years. The last Bitcoin halving happened in May 2020, and what followed was an almost two-year-long crypto bull market. However, many argue that the crypto bull market began before the previous halving. BTC had already been in a strong uptrend for months, hitting $14k in May 2019. That early 2019 rally looks eerily similar to the one we're seeing now, four months of green; all be it with much more volume. 

This begs the question of whether history will repeat itself, specifically whether BTC will experience a flash crash that retests its bear market lows of around $15K. In theory, this is unlikely because the previous flash crash, when we saw BTC sink to about $3K, was caused by the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. 

In practice, however, this is still possible, and that's because there are so many similar catalysts to choose from. 

  • A 2008-style financial crisis caused by commercial real estate, 
  • a war between China and the US over Taiwan, 
  • civil wars due to inflation and political polarization, 
  • or that global cyber attack predicted by the World Economic Forum. 

Even if history repeats, a retest of the crypto bear market lows will likely be short-lived. The fact remains that we're in the same time frame when the previous crypto bull market arguably began – one year before the next Bitcoin halving, which is scheduled for April 2024. However, this analysis only applies to BTC. 

As shown in the graph below, the historical price action of most major altcoins flatlined between May 2018 and the Bitcoin Halving in May 2020. You'll also see that most of them only hit their bottoms during the pandemic flash crash. This means that even if the crypto bull market has begun, you still have at least a year to accumulate your favorite altcoins, and you may still manage to catch the bottom of some of them. 

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The caveat is that some of these altcoins will never recover, especially if interest rates stay higher for longer. However, the effects of high-interest rates on the crypto market are not evident because the crypto market has never experienced a period of sustained high rates. Some argue that most cryptocurrencies, possibly even prominent altcoins like ETH, will not fare well under such conditions.

For established Proof of Stake cryptos, like ETH, the yield on staking rewards needs to be higher than the yields on traditional financial investments to capture the interest of institutions. In some cases, the rewards must be much higher to compensate for the additional risk of investing in crypto, e.g., Crypto vs. Bonds. 

For most other altcoins, there needs to be lots of speculation to receive heavy inflows, and these levels of speculation and inflows require lower interest rates. Some say the most speculative cryptos are all the Ethereum competitors, as they stand to capture the most value if they succeed. 

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As shared by Delphi Digital, “Crypto has primarily been a speculator’s market, and that’s still true today. But speculation isn’t inherently evil. The term “speculation” tends to carry a negative connotation. But, like most things, it sits on a spectrum. Hype and excitement drive interest, which attracts capital and gives entrepreneurs the resources to build innovative products leveraging new technologies.” 

Without speculation, capital wouldn’t flow to such risky ventures, and society would still be stuck in the stone age or the throes of tyranny due to escalating adverse events of today. Arguably, speculation is more than beneficial; it’s imperative at this stage. The crypto industry has gone through multiple hype cycles, each fueled by speculation on the back of emerging innovation triggers. Each hype cycle brought more attention, users, and capital to the crypto ecosystem and built upon the advances made by those previously.

This article explains why experts say a bear market is a good thing. There’s much truth in the mantra “bear markets are where you build” – many of today’s prominent protocols and applications were built in the depths of prior downturns. In the early stages of any emergent technology, much attention must be focused on the technical aspects of what’s being built.

The building is on one side of the equation; demand is on the other. It’s what’s needed to maximize the value of all the sweat equity that goes into bear market building. Demand leads to more usage, leading to faster feedback cycles, and better products, leading to more demand and use.

The visionaries and entrepreneurs see the need for innovation as the increasing pressure from the centralized totalitarian regime orchestrated by globalists tightens. To shift the balance of power, decentralization with an alternative financial system to the one currently failing us is a solution. 

A primary example of this is Markethive – The Ecosystem for Entrepreneurs. It is a community-funded pioneer in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space's social media, marketing, and broadcasting sector. 

Markethive is consistently delivering new integrations and updates to its platform in preparation for its launch into the crypto industry, and the timing couldn’t be better. It’s an entirely different animal and one of the most promising projects in the entire social media and marketing niche, with varied use cases and real-world applications that have the potential to change the media landscape. 

This next-generation platform perfectly exemplifies how this technology can benefit more people beyond just leveraged speculation. Markethive provides valuable utility for its community that understands the potential of applications in this new world.

This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not offered or intended to be used as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice.



Editor and Chief Markethive: Deb Williams. (Australia) I thrive on progress and champion freedom of speech. I embrace "Change" with a passion, and my purpose in life is to enlighten people to accept and move forward with enthusiasm. Find me at my Markethive Profile Page | My Twitter Account | and my LinkedIn Profile.






Tim Moseley

Citibank Report Says Asset Tokenization a Killer Use Case for Blockchain and CBDCs What About Crypto?

Citibank Report Says Asset Tokenization a “Killer Use Case” for Blockchain and CBDCs. What About Crypto?

Citibank's latest global perspectives and solutions report claims that tokenizing financial and real-world assets could be the "killer use-case" and a multi-trillion dollar opportunity. The report focuses on Asset Tokenization as the “killer use case” that blockchain needs to drive a breakthrough, with trillions of dollars worth of securities tokenized by the decade's end, forecasting up to $4 trillion. 

Citi is an investment bank on the list of the “Too Big To Fail” banks. Its 165-page research report is titled ‘Money, Tokens, and Games. Blockchains Next Billion Users and Trillions in Value’ and contains bold projections for Blockchain, NFTs, and Central Bank Digital Currencies. 

The report noted that the crypto industry is “approaching an inflection point,” and conversations by a few key figures in the crypto industry were aggregated in the research paper. The list includes Algorand founder Silvio Micali, Aave founder Stanley Kulechov, Ava Labs president John Wu, Polygon Labs president Ryan Wyatt,  and even Zooko Wilcox, the founder of Zcash.

The report pdf is very long, so here’s a summary of a few noteworthy sections and some counter-arguments of why it may be a little askew in these areas. Could it be intentional, or  maybe it’s just wishful thinking on their part? And what does it mean for the crypto industry?

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Report’s Brief Introduction 

The report begins with a brief introduction from Kathleen Boyle, the managing editor at Citibank, who, presumably, put this report together. She commences by explaining that the potential of blockchain has been overlooked primarily because it's a back-end technology, not a front-end technology like ChatGPT. She says successful blockchain adoption will be achieved when “Blockchain has a billion-plus users who do not even realize they are using the technology.” 

However, she does not say this adoption will come from crypto; it will come from Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs). She also implies that the trillion-dollar opportunity of asset tokenization will come from the blockchains that power these CBDCs, not cryptocurrency blockchains. 

This starkly contrasts what the crypto headlines say about the report. – As DeFi Edge points out there are already some prominent crypto protocols focusing on real-world asset tokenization. This underscores the importance of whenever you hear an institution, be it a mega bank or a government, talking about the benefits and potential of blockchain technology, 99% of the time, they are not talking about cryptocurrency. In almost every case, they talk about private and permissioned blockchains they will control. 

This is why it's a bit scary to see Kathleen explain that blockchain needs “decentralized digital identities, zero-knowledge proofs, oracles, and secure bridges to achieve mass adoption.” She's probably not talking about the same technology we use in crypto. She's talking about different technology. Kathleen also notes that “regulatory considerations are also necessary to allow adoption and scalability without ‘hindering innovation’.” 

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Kathleen and her crew estimate the mass adoption of blockchain, not crypto, is 6 to 8 years away. Some would argue that the mass adoption of crypto will come much sooner than that, and the value of the assets tokenized on cryptocurrency blockchains will exceed the $4 trillion the report is projecting. Moreover, the sentiment of crypto heavyweights et al. believes the adoption of CBDCs and asset tokenization on private blockchains will be much lower than the authors' pitch. 

That's because data from the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the bank for central banks, shows that only 4% – 12% of people will voluntarily adopt CBDCs. The same goes for tokenized assets on private blockchains. If governments control these blockchains, then having all your assets tokenized means you won't truly own them; the government will own them. This is precisely what entities like the World Economic Forum are pushing for. This article explains how you can reject what the globalists are planning.

Central Bank Digital Currencies – CBDCs 

The first part of the report worth covering is about CBDCs. The report projects that between 2 and 4 billion people will voluntarily adopt CBDCs. This is inconsistent with the adoption projections from the BIS and actual CBDC adoption in countries like Nigeria, where adoption is a fraction of a percent. 

It begins by revealing that the obsession with CBDCs comes from the fact that they will allow governments and central banks to micromanage monetary and fiscal policy. In other words, they can control how much you can spend, how much you can save, what you can buy, and so on. Citi’s authors estimate that as much as 20% of all the currency in circulation will be converted into CBDCs by 2030. They also claimed that; 

“The successful launch and adoption of CBDCs would lead to more stablecoin projects becoming mainstream. This is because the stablecoin protocol is now able to hold reserves in CBDCs, which are more stable and liquid than money market instruments.” 

For context, stablecoins are currently backed primarily by US government debt. This is a double-edged sword because it allows the US government to subsidize its spending but also risks crashing the bond market in the event of a stablecoin run. It sounds like stablecoins will soon be backed by CBDCs instead. This is concerning because if CBDCs back stablecoins, it gives governments and central banks de facto control of all the stablecoins in circulation. 

This, in turn, would give governments and central banks control of cryptocurrencies, whose ecosystems rely on stablecoins, such as Ethereum. Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin said that stablecoins like USDC would have the power to decide future blockchain forks. What’s needed is a genuinely decentralized stablecoin to be developed that will protect crypto projects, like Ethereum, from future stablecoin control. 

The authors list countries that are working on CBDCs and include notes about which technologies they're using. Australia and Norway appear to use Ethereum as part of their CBDC development. It's safe to assume they will use some private version. To their credit, the authors also list risks associated with a CBDC rollout. These include competition between central banks because of currency competition, a loss of privacy, a loss of bank deposits leading to financial instability, and limited adoption. Critics argue that the latter isn't a risk.

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Regarding the adoption aspect, the authors highlight the less than 0.05% adoption rate of Nigeria’s eNaira and the slow adoption of the Bahamas Sand Dollar, with FTX’s collapse and C-19 said to be contributing factors to the loss in momentum. This makes their projection of wide-scale CBDC adoption that much more implausible. They blame the absence of said adoption so far on a lack of financial literacy. Arguably, financial literacy is precisely why people aren't adopting CBDCs. 

As explained in this article, it’s important to note the difference between CBDCs and cryptocurrencies. Certain institutions are already trying to market CBDCs as having the same benefits as cryptos as cryptocurrency adoption continues to rise.

Citi’s report presents timelines for when some CBDCs will be deployed. It states a digital Euro will be up and running around 2026. The digital pound will be ready by 2030, but the digital dollar is yet to be determined, and it slams the few brave US politicians for trying to stop its development. 

Decentralized Social Media – DeSo

The second part of the report is about decentralized social media (DeSo). Unfortunately, this chapter is relatively short because DeSo is highly critical due to the overwhelming efforts of governments to censor the internet. This article explains that governments worldwide are in the process of passing online censorship laws. In the European Union, these online censorship laws have already passed and are set to go into force in June this year. 

Since trust in institutions has been declining for decades and slumped after all the pandemic restrictions, their need for this crackdown makes sense. Trust in institutions is crucial for the financial status quo to continue. The recent banking crisis exemplifies what happens when that trust is entirely lost. This is why the authors note that “Blockchain's ability to create a shared, immutable, digital record of transactions could also help users see where particular information originated in order to judge its credibility. This could help build trust.”

The catch is that trust only exists when the blockchain is trustless. The report also notes that with DeSo, “ownership of content and control over the distribution channels remains with users.” This is required to resist online censorship, and it's the same principle that underlies all crypto. You are only financially free when you own and control your assets. 

The report’s authors include a conversation with Aave founder Stanley Kulechov; the remainder of the section is an interview with him. This is primarily because Stanley and the Aave team are working on the Lens protocol, a decentralized social media protocol that will serve as the backend for future DeSo platforms. Stanley believes that games and social media might be how most people become aware of blockchain technology. 

They are unaware that a monolithic crypto project in the DeSo space has been in development and is now up and running for the most part. The founder and architect of Markethive, Thomas Prendergast, envisioned the dystopian system we are experiencing currently and is ahead of the curve with a decentralized platform incorporating a social, marketing and broadcasting network for entrepreneurs that services as a cottage industry. Markethive is an ECOcentric DNA system. 

The Markethive ecosystem culminates with its unique, comprehensive economic center housing the wallets and account facilitation for the user, with merchant accounts for eCommerce facilitation, and enables creators to monetize their content. Its cryptocurrency, Hivecoin, is the cornerstone of this decentralized economic sanctuary and is a portal to sovereignty and financial freedom with gamification thrown in. This is where people are learning about and experiencing crypto and blockchain technology. 

Decentralized Digital Identity – DID

Another section of the report is about decentralized identity. Citi starts with a spooky sentence: "Decentralized identity is a core technology component that will enable regulatorily compliant uses of blockchain while still preserving anonymous/pseudonymous access.” 

They seem to suggest that the purpose of decentralized digital ID is not to do things like interact with cryptocurrency protocols but to be the “identity layer for the entire internet.” Logically, this means whoever controls this identity layer will have unprecedented power. 

Moreover, the report specifies that decentralized digital ID “Does not imply a lack of centralized parties in identity issuance or verification, but that the mechanism of owning, sharing and verifying identity is done in a permissionless, decentralized manner.” 

This is a problem because if the issuance and verification of a decentralized digital ID are centralized, the issuer or verifier can revoke your ability to interact with online services. That's not decentralization, underscoring the need for crypto to find a way to issue and verify digital ID in a decentralized manner. 

Consider that a decentralized digital ID tied to a government-issued document is no different from a centralized stablecoin. Ponder a scenario where your government-issued ID is digitized like the CBDCs backing stablecoins. Additionally, governments worldwide are actively working on rolling out Digital IDs. Countries are at different stages, but skepticism and pushback have existed. 

Naturally, the authors say that the need for digital ID comes from the relentless data collection by big tech. They don't say that most of these big tech companies are aligned with governments and that these so-called decentralized digital IDs will likely just provide this data directly to said governments. 

The authors showcase the recently released Polygon ID as an example of a decentralized digital ID solution, and the infographic suggests that it's built exactly how the authors describe it. There's a centralized issuer and verifier – you only control what you reveal on-chain. 

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The report also provides an example of an actual decentralized digital ID: the Ethereum Name Service (ENS). ENS lets you buy a decentralized domain name ending in .eth for those unfamiliar. It has no central issuer or verifier; it's entirely decentralized and is run by a DAO. With that said, you could argue that DAOs aren't that decentralized due to their governance structures. 

The authors appear to argue that an actual decentralized digital ID isn't a solution because it's not tied to so-called verifiable credentials such as government-issued IDs. Instead, they shill their version of decentralized digital ID, which they also call “Self-sovereign identity. They then provide examples of self-sovereign identities and include digital IDs developed by Microsoft and the European Union. To add insult to injury, the authors omit centralized control as one of the risks associated with this technology but imply that crypto is a risk. 

Smart Legal Contracts – SLC

The last part of the report is about so-called Smart Legal Contracts (SLC), also called Contracts 2.0. The authors start with a statistic, and that's that 60% – 80% of all business transactions involve a contract. They note that companies lose 9% of their profits and miss out on an additional 40% of profits from bad contracts. Nick Szabo is the creator of Smart Contracts; however, SLCs are not the same as his smart contracts. It’s the authors that deem them an official subset of Smart Contracts but with different characteristics. 

They clarify that smart legal contracts have no universally agreed-upon definition, but the main difference is they don't involve blockchains. Smart legal contracts are also legally enforceable in their countries of origin. By contrast, legal enforceability is rarely a consideration in smart contracts.

This begs the question of why smart legal contracts are required at all, and the authors reveal the answer. “Smart legal contracts are more dynamic to changing circumstances – to achieve legal compliance, they must include terms that allow them to be paused, modified, or rectified.” 

It sounds like the authors are insinuating that smart contracts cannot be legally compliant due to their immutability. If smart legal contracts don't exist on blockchains, can be adjusted on a whim, and occasionally require human execution, as noted by the authors, then it begs the question of what makes SLCs different from a standard digital contract. The authors don't have a clear answer here. 

To their credit, they concede that smart contracts are likely to be much more popular than smart legal contracts because they provide the following benefits. 

  • They can exist indefinitely.
  • They are transparent.
  • They are tamper-proof.
  • They are secure.
  • They are built on a single source of truth. 

This section of the report is long and consists of the authors tripping over themselves to try and explain why smart legal contracts are the future despite being objectively inferior to smart contracts.

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What Does This Mean For Crypto?

So here’s the big question – What does Citibank’s report mean for crypto? If anything, it reveals that institutional investors are looking at the crypto industry through a radically different lens from us retail investors. CBDCs, de facto digital IDs, and changeable smart contracts are not crypto. 

The few sections of the report about crypto were much shorter than those about dystopian technologies inspired by crypto. As mentioned, the chapter about decentralized social media was the shortest of all and could be interpreted as not a coincidence. 

Consider that the purpose of cryptocurrency is to replace megabanks like Citi, as well as most of the institutions that the other authors of this report work for. The first step to this replacement is the awareness of what crypto offers and why it's valuable. This information can be found on social media for now; however, with all the plans and legislations to continually broaden censorship of what authorities deem as mis/dis-information may see it disappear from the mainstream. 

In fact, leaked documents from the Department of Homeland Security stated that the US government was looking to censor information on social media, which fosters distrust in the financial system. Whoever still doubts that the government would resort to censoring financial information look no further than the recent banking crisis. In the subsequent hearings about the crisis, multiple US politicians pointed to social media as the cause of the bank runs that precipitated it. 

If you read this article about bank bail-ins, you'll know that US government officials discussed censoring discussions of bank runs on social media in their bank bail-in simulation late last year. It's more than likely that other governments would secretly consider the same behind closed doors. Now, I mention all of this because Citibank's report is part of what can only be described as an ongoing information war against cryptocurrency by the establishment. 

Another example is mainstream media articles about how Bitcoin mining is killing the planet, which is untrue. When it becomes clear to the establishment that they are losing this information war, they will resort to censorship to ensure that the trust in their increasingly unstable financial system remains. 

This crossroads is coming sooner than people think because everyone is waking up to CBDCs. People are also starting to wake up to the fact that not all cryptocurrencies are created equal, and the establishment is co-opting some crypto projects, companies, and technologies to usher in a dystopian new system. This system requires a digital ID; their fake decentralized digital IDs are the trojan horse. 

Always remember that blockchain does not equal crypto, and take every statement about crypto from megabanks and central banks with a massive grain of salt. The same goes for headlines about how mega and central banks embrace crypto. The likelihood is that they're doing the exact opposite. 



This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not offered or intended to be used as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice.


Editor and Chief Markethive: Deb Williams. (Australia) I thrive on progress and champion freedom of speech. I embrace "Change" with a passion, and my purpose in life is to enlighten people to accept and move forward with enthusiasm. Find me at my Markethive Profile Page | My Twitter Account | and my LinkedIn Profile.





Tim Moseley

Meme Coin Mania Meets Bitcoin: BRC-20 Offers New Challenges for Bitcoin Investors

Meme Coin Mania Meets Bitcoin: BRC-20 Offers New Challenges for Bitcoin Investors.

The world of cryptocurrency is no stranger to innovation and disruption. From the advent of Bitcoin in 2009 to the rise of Ethereum and the explosion of decentralized finance (DeFi), the crypto space has been at the forefront of technological advancement and financial experimentation. But in recent months, a new phenomenon has taken the crypto world by storm: meme coins.

These digital assets have little to no fundamental value but have gained massive popularity thanks to social media hype and viral marketing. Some of the most famous meme coins include Dogecoin, Shiba Inu, and SafeMoon. These coins have captured the imagination of millions of people worldwide, leading to a surge in demand and a corresponding increase in their market value.

But meme coins may not totally be a fad. They are also changing how we think about digital assets and blockchain technology. And with the introduction of the BRC-20 token standard, meme coins are now becoming part of the Bitcoin ecosystem, offering new opportunities for investors and enthusiasts alike. Investors are now experiencing a massive shift in the Bitcoin (BTC) ecosystem thanks to the new experimental token standard called "Bitcoin Request for Comment," or BRC-20, which has attracted much interest.

Over 4 million Ordinal inscriptions have been recorded on the Bitcoin blockchain as of the time of this writing. This new invention has the crypto community buzzing, with about 18,266 BRC-20 tokens created utilizing Ordinals and a soaring market capitalization reaching $409 million. Recently, non-ordinal BRC-20 transactions have been eclipsed by transactions involving the deployment, minting, and transfer of tokens. The proportion of BRC-20 transactions peaked on May 7 at 65%, demonstrating the protocol's expanding uptake.

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Unlocking Bitcoin's Potential

For usage in smart contract applications, BRC-20 tokens are a cryptocurrency that operates on the Bitcoin network. BRC-20 transactions, in contrast to standard Bitcoin transactions, require the user to inscribe a new ordinal, lengthening the queue in the Bitcoin mempool. The size of BRC-20 tokens is around ten times smaller than picture inscriptions, although the mempool memory utilization is now lower than in March.

The average transaction price increased to $18.9, the highest level since May 2021, despite the decreased mempool utilization. This is brought on by the lengthy mempool wait, which makes users pay a higher gas charge for the miners to complete their transactions. The percentage of fees from Ordinals transactions has risen to 61%, with 99.5% coming from BRC-20. The fact that there has been a noticeable increase from the previous levels shows that BRC-20 is becoming increasingly popular within the Bitcoin community.

The percentage of transaction fees increased significantly from the 1-2% level seen since July 2021 to 31% on May 7. It's vital to remember that the costs are modest when expressed in BTC, even though this fee increase may worry some Bitcoin users. 

The Revolutionary Approach And Utility Of BRC-20

BRC-20 tokens have attracted much interest in the cryptocurrency sector, but their usability and DeFi capabilities still have the potential for improvement. BRC-20 tokens may see an upgrade in their DeFi capabilities due to the possibility of a layer 2 solution like Stacks to bridge BRC-20s, which may draw in additional users and investors. It will be interesting to see whether BRC-20 tokens can surpass their present restrictions and gain more excellent traction as a cryptocurrency.

Despite rising popularity and market capitalization, the utility of BRC-20 coins is still constrained by the absence of smart contract functionality. However, the possibility for a layer 2 solution might improve their DeFi capabilities, which could lead to a cryptocurrency that is more commonly used.

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Bitcoin Community Reacts

Since its introduction by a developer going by the fictitious name Domo in March, the BRC-20 token standard has generated a lot of discussion within the Bitcoin community. Using the Ordinals protocol, BRC-20 tokens make it simple for developers to manufacture fungible crypto assets. Individuals must encode JSON data containing crucial token information to produce a BRC-20 currency. Similar to an ERC-20 token contract on Ethereum, this information would provide essential information about the token, such as its name, symbol, and total quantity.

As of this writing, there are over 300,000 unconfirmed transactions in the Bitcoin mempool due to the spectacular issue of over 18,266 BRC20 tokens and the spike in Ordinal inscriptions exceeding 4 million. Ordspace has a complete list of these 10K+ BRC20 currencies and a US dollar value for each token. The BRC20 token economy has seen tokens soar with increases in the triple digits.

These tokens include PEPE, MEME, ORDI, $OG$, PUNK, SHIB, and DOMO, to name a few. A contentious discussion about whether fungible and non-fungible tokens (NFT) built on BTC merit confirmation alongside financial transactions has been rekindled by the storm of BRC-20s and Ordinal inscriptions.

Ethereum supporter Ryan Berckmans described the rivalry between BTC Core devs, miners, and ordinals as a "civil war." BRC-20 meme coins and ordinals are viewed as spam by several developers, including Dashjr. As a result of the rising demand for block space, transactions, and fees have surged, giving the impression that it is experiencing an "Ethereum moment", yet they are advantageous to Bitcoin miners who are making huge profits from this disaster. Divisions within the Bitcoin community are nothing new; they have existed in the past and will probably do so again as long as the crypto sector continues to exist.

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Final Thoughts

The current situation makes it untenable for many who want to use Bitcoin for its intended purpose. When you look at the ideas behind meme coins, you will understand that they are purely pump and dump coins with no actual utility attached to them. However, some argue that utility may come on afterwards, such as in the many NFT projects that started off as a joke. 

The thing here is that most of these meme coins are launched by rogues who anonymously build a community through massive advertising campaigns that make people believe in the project. After a while, the project dies off, causing people to lose millions of dollars. The bitter truth about meme coins is that the people are the products or the actual jokes in these projects. Having these projects launched on the Bitcoin Blockchain creates many uncertainties and opportunities, as many would believe.

If you are a Bitcoin maximalist, there's a reasonable probability you're angry. Why? Several people waste block space and pollute the king of crypto with pointless projects. Unfortunately, since NFTs and DeFi on Bitcoin are such a big concern, you can't stop people from doing this.

Bitcoin takes out the corruption of humans because the humans that created it stepped away. Certainly, people will build corrupt and disruptive systems around it, as we see with the meme coins, but Bitcoin remains a simple, pure, and elegant currency. Bitcoin's lack of control by any institution or government empowers individuals with economic freedom and personal sovereignty. It's a game-changer. However, will the era of meme coin end anytime soon? Is Bitcoin the ideal place for this kind of project? Most likely not! We will have to wait and see how it all works out.



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Tim Moseley

What Is The State Of Crypto In 2023? A Paradox Unpacked

What Is The State Of Crypto In 2023? A Paradox Unpacked. 

We are currently seeing an antithesis in the crypto world and its market. In one respect, proposed crypto regulations worsen; unbalanced, even nonsensical, and interest rates are increasing. Conversely, coins and tokens are hitting multi-month highs, and new crypto projects are raising billions. 

Crypto VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, also called a16z, unpacks this paradox in its State of Crypto Report for 2023. It was published on March 11, 2023, revealing which issues are holding crypto back and which cryptos are about to explode. This article summarizes a16z's report and explains what it says and means for the crypto market. 

Image source; a16zcrypto.com

The report begins with an overview of what's been happening in crypto. There's been progress in research and development, setbacks from crypto companies collapsing, prices have been following the crypto cycle, bad regulation is creating uncertainty, and decentralization is becoming an opportunity. Note that all of these are related.

Most of the setbacks we've seen have been due to centralization. This centralization occurred because some entities wanted to maximize crypto market cycle gains. It has resulted in harmful regulations, and decentralization is the only real solution to both problems. 

Why Web3 Matters

The report's authors explain that they view Web3 as being more than a financial movement; it's an “evolution of the internet.” They see crypto blockchains as computers, not just ledgers, and therefore see crypto itself as a computing platform, not just an alternative to the existing financial system. 

Replacing the existing financial system is arguably the top priority of crypto projects and their sponsors. If the existing financial system continues on its current trajectory, it will result in Central Bank Digital Currencies and the loss of our economic freedom. But it widens the scope for upcoming decentralized social market networks and their communities’ sovereignty and potential wealth.

Image source; a16zcrypto.com

The authors explain that Web3 is built on decentralized cryptocurrency blockchains like Bitcoin and Ethereum. It is governed and owned by the communities of their respective projects and accrues value to the community rather than a centralized tech company, as is the practice with Web2. 

The Crypto Market Cycle

The second part of the report is about the crypto market cycle. According to the authors, crypto market cycles are caused by a positive feedback loop. Prices go up, which drives interest to go up, which generates new ideas to emerge, which causes new projects to appear, which causes prices to go up. 

Image source; a16zcrypto.com

The authors say there have been four crypto market cycles so far. This is consistent with the market cycles driven by the Bitcoin halving, which happens every four years; however, there is no mention of the Bitcoin halving and the vital role it seems to play in crypto market cycles. Instead, they focus on financial and product cycles that also follow a four-year cycle. 

For reference, macroeconomic conditions, such as interest rates, drive financial cycles and can fluctuate unpredictably. By contrast, product cycles are driven by supposedly more predictable consumer behavior and tech trends. As stated in the report, great products get built regardless of financial upswings and downswings. 

Image source; a16zcrypto.com

Some would argue that consumer behavior and tech trends depend heavily on macro conditions. After all, most of the funding for speculative technologies happens during low-interest rate periods. As such, entering a new period of higher interest rates could be bad for more speculative crypto projects. 

Trends To Watch

The third part of the report identifies what trends to watch, saying that blockchains are scaling through multiple promising paths. The authors highlight new Layer 1 blockchains, like Solana and Aptos, application-specific blockchains, like Cosmos and Polkadot, Layer 2s like Optimism and Polygon, and data storage cryptos, like Celestia as areas of interest. 

The authors then applaud Ethereum for cutting its energy use by 99.9% by changing its consensus from Proof of Work to Proof of Stake, known as The Merge, in September 2022. They then highlight the comparison with YouTube’s energy consumption rather than Bitcoin. The authors pointed out that Ethereum consumes 0.001% of YouTube's energy annually. It seems like an odd choice, but maybe they had emerging decentralized social media in mind.  

They reviewed the rising popularity of zero-knowledge proofs, stating that once practically impossible new technologies are becoming very real. The authors then examined the rapid growth of Web3 gaming, which has remained relatively unscathed by the crypto bear market. They say that Web3 games are a huge opportunity to welcome new users to crypto. 

Similarly, it's worth mentioning Markethive, a social media, marketing, and broadcasting platform in the decentralized arena, is ramping up its gamification as a way to earn crypto and for people to familiarize themselves and experience the cryptocurrency landscape. 

Participation in DAOs has also been steadily increasing. The spike in DAO participation over the last few months may have been due to increasing regulatory uncertainty as well as all the exploits and issues that have resulted in emergency proposals. The recent de-pegging of USDC is one of the many examples.

Regarding developer activity, the authors point out that the United States is falling behind. The percentage of crypto developers in the country has been declining for years due to the initially uncertain and now outright hostile regulatory environment, which could continue for some time. 

The authors then say to watch for three proposed crypto regulations. They include the bipartisan crypto bill by Senator Cynthia Lummis and Kirsten Gillibrand, seven pending crypto cases, including the SEC's case against Ripple, and three proposed crypto rules, including the SEC's crypto custody rule.

Image source; a16zcrypto.com

Crypto Market Metrics

The fourth part of the report lays out a series of crypto market metrics. The authors begin with the above image, which essentially means, ‘If you build it, they will come.’ This popular approach to cryptocurrency adoption has been successful for many worthy projects.

The first crypto market metric is the number of active developers. They found that the number of active developers rises during bull markets and stays high during bear markets. The second crypto market metric is the number of smart contracts, which continues to hit new, all-time highs, despite the crypto bear market. 

The third crypto market metric is the number of academic research publications related to crypto. The number spiked in 2021 and again in 2022, indicating crypto has become a significant area of academic research. 

The fourth crypto market metric is the number of people seeking crypto-related jobs. This statistic peaked soon after the crypto market did in late 2021, suggesting rising crypto prices generate interest in the crypto job market. The number of people looking for crypto-related jobs has remained high ever since.

Crypto Adoption Indicators

The first indicator is the number of active crypto wallet addresses, which grows steadily as Web3 adoption increases. The same is true for the second indicator, the number of blockchain transactions, which also continues to hit all-time highs due to better scaling technologies reducing transaction fees. 

The third indicator is the amount of transaction fees paid. According to the graph in the PDF report, it’s been on the decline stating that fees increase as demand rises but decrease as scaling tech supplies more blockspace

A similar decline is seen with the fourth indicator, the number of mobile wallet users. The authors give one possible explanation: There are increasingly more ways to engage with blockchains and web3 applications. From DeFi to Web3 games, various new applications create addresses for users to interact with without downloading or connecting a wallet.

The fifth indicator is the amount of trading volume on decentralized exchanges. (DEXs) DEX volume has been rising recently, likely due to a crackdown on centralized exchanges. The most recent spike in DEX volume is plausibly from Curve Finance when it de-pegged USDC

The sixth indicator is NFT buyers. The number of NFT buyers appears to be rising again over the last few months, possibly because NFTs have decreased in price and new buyers have been buying the dip. Also, no official legislation applies specifically to NFTs, so they have been safe from regulations. 

The seventh indicator is stablecoin trading volume which continues to grow. This could be due to the crackdown on centralized exchanges and the loss of trust crisis after FTX collapsed in late 2022.  

Image source; State Of Crypto 2023.pdf

What’s Next?

The last part of the report is aptly titled, What's Next? The authors commenced by estimating that crypto adoption is where internet adoption was in the 1990s, specifically, the mid-90s. Assuming crypto adoption follows the same trajectory, they forecast it will take until 2031 to hit one billion users. 

As per the image above, the authors list 12 things they expect to happen in crypto in 2023 and beyond. The first expectation is that some of the best Web3 products and protocols will be developed during the remainder of the crypto bear market. 

The second is that smart contract security will improve. The authors don't discuss the role of AI in this equation, but it can be used to create and audit crypto code. This will supercharge crypto development and security, providing it’s used ethically.

The third expectation is that zero-knowledge proofs will continue to become more popular. This makes sense, considering institutional investors require financial privacy, which is something that zero-knowledge proofs can provide.

The fourth expectation is that big tech will continue to take greater control of the Web2 internet, showing the average person just how vital Web3 is. We've covered this in the Markethive blog in the context of internet censorship; decentralized social media is the only solution. 

The fifth expectation is that Web3 gaming will become more popular. In short, there are three reasons why people adopt cryptocurrency; speculation, convenience (possibly necessity), or entertainment. That third adoption category has yet to be tapped, but it's coming. 

The sixth expectation is that there will be more crypto-specific hardware, particularly for zero-knowledge proofs. As blockchains have attracted millions of users, two critical demands around privacy and scalability have emerged. There is a movement to optimize algorithms for consumer-grade hardware to preserve decentralization and privacy.

The seventh expectation relates to the fourth: decentralized social networks will become popular due to issues with centralized social media. As previously mentioned, with all the internet censorship and more coming, trust in institutions and legacy media is declining rapidly, and more people will migrate to decentralized platforms. 

Interestingly, the eighth expectation is that “light” clients will make it possible for mobile devices to become more involved in crypto infrastructure. As a fun fact, over 90% of people access the internet from a mobile device. Logically, this means bringing crypto to mobile is a massive untapped opportunity. 

The ninth expectation is that there will be new forms of community governance in DAOs. Many believe that the existing token-based voting systems are leading to centralization; what's required is a radically new approach to governance.

The tenth expectation is that governments will pass bipartisan crypto regulations. This is a direct reference to US crypto regulations, but it could well apply globally.  It won't take long for politicians everywhere to realize that crypto is an economic and social opportunity, never mind all the crypto lobbyists wielding influence with incentives.

The 11th expectation ties into the fifth, and that's that non-speculative crypto use cases will emerge. Hopefully, these non-speculative use cases are related to convenience and not necessity. If they relate to need, it's probably because we're dealing with some seriously dystopian issues. 

The twelfth expectation is a relatively new phenomenon: hiring treasury management and sustainable funding will be a focus for DAOs. This seems to be a subtle reference to a new crypto niche called ReFi or Regenerative Finance, which involves investing in tokenized carbon credits. 

Image source; State Of Crypto 2023.pdf

What Does A16z’s Report Mean For the Crypto Market? 

One of the takeaways stated in the a16zcrypto overview of the report states that,

“Prices have steadied this year from the dizzying highs of 2021. The industry seems to be settling: speculation has cooled, and the story of how people durably, organically use, and interact with Web3 is starting to unfold.”

To others, the report reveals a lot more about how institutional investors are seeing the crypto market rather than how the crypto market is doing or how it's likely to perform in the future. Institutional investors are interested in being on the cutting edge of Web3 and cryptocurrency. However, they're also interested in ensuring they have some say in running these projects and protocols. This is fundamentally at odds with their decentralization imperative. 

It is also why institutional investors are so focused on crypto regulation. Some argue that they don’t care about how these regulations impact financial freedom. Ultimately, they want to know how to legally invest in and influence these projects and protocols.

The incumbents are hyper-aware of this and are actively trying to prevent sensible crypto regulations from being passed. They know that the actual end game of the crypto lobbyists is to replace the old financial system with a new, primarily centralized financial system, not a new decentralized one. 

A prime example is Circle; the stablecoin issuer has been aggressively lobbying politicians worldwide to pass regulations that set up its stablecoin as the gold standard and ban the circulation of decentralized stablecoins. This is not in the best interests of crypto; it is a blatant traditional finance tactic. 

That said, mass crypto adoption won’t happen overnight. Most proposed crypto regulations may be inconsistent with cryptos' core philosophies, but they are a necessary first step. Over time the centralization issues they cause will become more evident, and better crypto regulations will be passed. 

More importantly, the average person will start to understand the significance of things like decentralization. But before they understand the importance, they must know what they are and be comfortable with the associated annex. This will take years, per the author's projections. 

The upside to this situation is that we are, in fact, still in the early stages of crypto adoption, considering the relative absence of crypto regulations in developed countries. Ultimately, crypto regulations are required for institutions to invest in the industry; realistically, institutions have most of the money. They have the means to turn the crypto into a multi-trillion dollar asset class.

A Favorable Scenario

According to Coinbureau, the best part is that retail investors like us will eventually have the advantage because most understand there's more to crypto than paper money profits. The institutions don't see it that way, meaning they will sell every time a coin or token hits some arbitrary number in fiat currency terms. Meanwhile, retail investors will continue to buy regardless of the paper price, and for once, they won't be the ones getting dumped on. 

The money institutional investors get in return will lose value until it's converted into a CBCD, and all their assets will be tokenized on a blockchain the government controls. And when their CBDCs and tokenized assets are frozen because they did or said something against the state, they'll realize that crypto is the only asset that offers true financial freedom. By then, it'll be too late for them. All the retail investors who realize this early on will become the new institutional investors.

In closing, the report has identified an opportunity that recent setbacks emphasize the failure of opaque, centralized systems in contrast to the resilience of decentralized infrastructure. Decentralized crypto computing platforms can also counter the trend of power consolidating into the hands of a few giant tech corporations. The internet needs web3, and those who understand this will fight for the future of these technologies.



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Tim Moseley

The Battle for Control: Why Governments Fear the Decentralized Nature of Bitcoin

The Battle for Control: Why Governments Fear the Decentralized Nature of Bitcoin

Why is the government wary of Bitcoin? The simple answer to that question is "the loss of control!"

The government's most potent instrument for influencing the economy is controlling the money supply. The government wants total economic control because doing so would be politically advantageous. To make fresh money, the government borrows from banks. As a result, the government is increasing the amount of future debt that must be repaid to produce fiscal stimulus.

Thankfully, the government may depreciate the currency by reducing the debt's value. You get into trouble because you could want to hold onto the money as a store of value. Your savings will eventually lose value even if you have placed your funds in an interest-bearing account.

Governments are willing and ready to fight Bitcoin and other altcoins, not the blockchain technology that powers it. Several governments and banks have praised blockchain technology's workings, and they are keen to incorporate it into the system to move toward improving operational effectiveness. 

Governments worldwide are preparing to implement digital currencies (CBDC) to simplify the electronic transfer procedure. The government intends to use blockchain technology so that digital transactions are traceable and can be taxed because it records every transaction in the ledger. The caveat is the type of blockchain they will implement for their digital currencies. It is permissioned, so only central banks will see the transactions, not the public. 

Image source: 101 Blockchains

People's confidence was shaken by the tremendous financial crisis that the world was experiencing. Once the banking system fell, Bitcoin rose from the ashes, giving consumers a different way to control their money. Anybody with an internet connection may buy Bitcoin and safely save their money. Peer-to-peer technology powers the payment network. It is a decentralized coin that the government, and any third parties, cannot manipulate.

Fiat currencies credibility

Fiat refers to the traditional currency issued by the government. The government has declared that these currencies are valuable. People have understood that this pledge is meaningless because real assets do not back fiat currencies over time. Fiat money typically lacks both intrinsic value and utility value. It only has value because those who use it as an accounting unit or, in the case of currency, a means of exchange believe it has value. They believe businesses and other individuals will accept it for transactional purposes.

You will never be able to trade the money in for a can of beans or a bar of gold with the government. People only believe in fiat currencies because the government has the credit to issue them. To purchase either of those items, you must pay the seller of beans or gold in fiat money. 

Fiat currencies gained credibility through legal tender laws, central bank credibility, government backing, and the network effect. While a physical commodity does not support fiat currencies, it is backed by the government's ability to enforce legal tender laws and collect taxes, creating demand for the money. As long as people believe that the government will continue to back the currency and maintain its value, fiat currencies will continue to be accepted as a means of exchange.

The essence of control

Fiat money is totally under government control. They give central banks the authority to create or destroy money through monetary policy to affect the economy. The government also sets the rules for how these currencies may be moved so they can be traced and taxed. It makes it evident who stands to gain from this movement and aids in investigating illicit activity.

Control is necessary to ensure the safety and security of individuals and institutions. The government can set rules and regulations to prevent fraudulent or illegal activities, such as money laundering, and to protect consumers from financial scams or predatory lending practices. It also helps to prevent excessive speculation or manipulation of financial markets.

The government can regulate the money supply and influence economic activity by controlling the currency. By adjusting interest rates and using other monetary policy tools, central banks can help to stabilize inflation, support economic growth, and mitigate economic downturns. Central Banks like the Fed aim to protect the banks, giving them enormous powers to control the citizens. Money is power, and whoever controls the money controls power. This is exactly what the government wants.

How is Bitcoin valuable?

Long before Satoshi published his white paper on the Cryptography Mailing List in 2008, Bitcoin's history had already begun. Cryptographers first fought the battle for privacy and freedom in the digital era, then the Cypherpunks took up the cause, and now the Bitcoiners are carrying on the struggle.

Without question, Satoshi was brilliant, but he didn't create something from nothing. Instead, Satoshi shrewdly utilized existing technologies to produce the revolutionary new currency, Bitcoin. Note that because Satoshi Nakamoto chose to stay incognito, speculation has it that Satoshi could be a group rather than a single person.

Users of Bitcoin can escape the current financial system. Bitcoins don't actually exist in the physical world. They are produced by "miners" in cyberspace. Bitcoins are created by solving challenging algorithms that operate as a kind of global transaction verification rather than being written on paper or carved on metal.

This digital money (more accurately, cryptocurrency) can only be held digitally and transferred between buyers and sellers without an intermediary and is also awarded to miners when they correctly solve a block. The same idea applies to airline reward points on a more compact scale. The points may be used to pay for travel-related expenses like hotel and aircraft tickets. All of them utilize airline miles as virtual money.

The entire financial system's framework will collapse if Bitcoin is broadly embraced. This was a fantastic solution in light of the instances when the financial sector became corrupt. 

In a research paper from Galaxy Digital, the energy used by the Bitcoin network was quantified and compared to that of other industries, such as the banking industry. It was discovered that while the banking sector uses 263.72 TWh annually, Bitcoin uses just 113.89 TWh.

By analyzing some of Bitcoin's distinctive qualities and how they relate to and affect its energy consumption, the research provided context for Bitcoin's energy usage. Regrettably, such important information won't be permitted to appear in the mainstream media due to the world powers' campaign against Bitcoin.

Why do governments fear Bitcoin?

  • Unbeatable

When Bitcoin first emerged, many who opposed it painted it as a hoax. But Bitcoin is still there and in the news fourteen years later. There is always a long way to go before most people use Bitcoin. More businesses and services are embracing Bitcoin daily, making it a legitimate payment option. Anybody wishing for cryptocurrency to disappear will not get their dream since it is here to stay.

The loss of control presented by Bitcoin is a crucial issue that worries governments and financial institutions. They still need to devise a mechanism to tax Bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency. The government cannot monitor the transactions or the revenue generated by them. You can see why the government discourages the idea, given that taxation is the primary source of governmental income.

The lack of a centralized authority and blockchain technology are the two defining characteristics of Bitcoin that give it power and acceptance. It establishes a secure network where users can remain pseudonymous. Yet when considered from the government's standpoint, this is a field it cannot regulate or meddle in. A lack of regulation for the government entails a lack of control and revenue. 

Additionally, because Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer system, there is no need for a central clearing house or authority to oversee the transfers. What earnings are being produced, who is selling, and who is buying the Bitcoins remain entirely hidden from the sources, which is something the government hates so much.

  • Provides a lifeline

Even the most essential products and services are sometimes unavailable to many in nations like Venezuela, which has suffered hyperinflation. Reports demonstrate how Venezuelans are surviving hyperinflation with the help of Bitcoin. They use this cryptocurrency to order internationally couriered items online. This nation illustrates how the people have been let down by the government and conventional banking institutions. Yet, the government has attempted to crack down on the Bitcoin miners and traders rather than finding a solution to the financial crisis.

  • Community Control and Crime Concerns

The two-headed monster of government hostility to cryptocurrency is because it continues to remain out of their total control. Yet, it also suggests that they sincerely worry about protecting the rights of residents and those looking to invest in risky assets.

Having said that, it is crucial to remember that not all government worries are unwarranted. It was premised on the idea that financial transactions were anonymous, and thus criminal activity was inevitable. Crimes like drug trafficking, terrorism, money laundering, and tax evasion may worsen with such a system. These may harm the rest of society. 

However, we must understand how Bitcoin can address the problems that traditional systems have caused, putting aside the likelihood of a wide variety of illegal acts that have garnered the headlines and painted them negatively. Recessions and unemployment have repeatedly been triggered by the central bank changing the money supply. The welfare of individuals is at risk because the global financial system thrives on avarice and corruption.

It's okay to try your luck with Bitcoin; remember that you're entrusting a very sophisticated system with your money. You may need to be more thoroughly knowledgeable about this industry; because you are interacting with individuals you don't know and entering a situation where you have few legal options.

The fight against Bitcoin requires large-scale coordination among nations 

Bitcoin's growth has been a concern for various governments, including the United States. The US government is projected to run a $1.4 trillion deficit in 2023. Even if the government shuts down the entire military and eliminates the Department of Defense's projected $800 billion budget, the budget would still be projected to operate in the red for 2023.

This indicates that the U.S. government's resources to fight against Bitcoin are limited. Still, it is clear that the government is targeting cryptocurrency to expand the reach of its financial surveillance. Approximately 86% of central banks are actively exploring the development of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs). This development could threaten the growth of cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin.

Wall Street's push to open up access to Bitcoin investment is meeting resistance from a bipartisan group of lawmakers and regulators in Washington, which might also hinder the growth of Bitcoin. Some years ago, China, another country that has shown concern about the growth of Bitcoin, attempted to crack down on Bitcoin miners who effectively power the digital coins' accounting system by forcing its own banks to stop facilitating crypto use. If China can’t stop it, what do you think the countries that still practice freedom are going to do?

While the U.S. government's resources might be limited to fight against Bitcoin, the government might expand its arsenal through multilateral relations in targeting cryptocurrency to broaden the reach of its financial surveillance. 

As Bitcoin is internationalized, effective regulation would require the cooperation and approval of practically every nation-state. Still, it might be challenging to see countries focusing on Bitcoin in unison; even though the major world powers such as the United States and China have a bloc-like effect, there has been more coordination, often led by the U.S. government.

Extensive cooperation is needed to shut down the network effectively; otherwise, users will successfully conduct transactions and maintain the Bitcoin network in other countries. A gradual, nation-by-nation prohibition might harm total acceptance. 

At its most extreme, a very improbable state-led ban in the United States could prevent Bitcoin from accessing American-led financial institutions and markets with almost all global reach. However, a "global ban" or "government crackdown" will not be possible as Bitcoin can be used for transactional purposes across international borders.

The libertarian view

The allure of Bitcoin extends beyond its autonomy and financial stability. Digital money appeals to libertarians as well since they favor private property rights and minimal government involvement. Libertarians see Bitcoin as a method to avoid conventional financial institutions, which they believe are governed by governments and susceptible to heavy regulation. Bitcoin provides a decentralized financial system free from governmental control and inflationary monetary policies.

Because Bitcoin transactions are safe and transparent, they are consistent with libertarian values such as individual freedom and privacy. Bitcoin transactions cannot be controlled or changed thanks to permissionless blockchain technology, offering an unmatched level of security compared to conventional banking systems.

Bitcoin stands for control over one's financial future and the shielding of assets from governmental meddling for libertarians and those who share their views. Even if the appeal to libertarians may appear specialized, it is a sign that digital currencies can alter the financial landscape. It's conceivable that cryptocurrencies will become more widely accepted and used for various purposes as more people become aware of their benefits.

The bottom line 

Governments are wary of Bitcoin for several reasons, including its lack of central control, illicit activity use, consumer protection, volatility, and potential threat to national currencies. While some governments have taken steps to regulate Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, others have banned them altogether. As Bitcoin continues to gain mainstream acceptance, it will be interesting to see different approaches to how governments respond to this new form of currency.

It's important to note that while governments are wary of Bitcoin, they also recognize the potential benefits of blockchain technology, which underlies Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Blockchain technology can potentially revolutionize various industries, including finance, healthcare, and logistics. The relationship between governments and cryptocurrencies is complex and evolving, and it will be interesting to see how it develops in the coming years.




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Tim Moseley

The Power of Patience: Long-Term Investing Strategies for a Shaky Economy

The Power of Patience: Long-Term Investing Strategies for a Shaky Economy

The current economic climate is characterized by instability, uncertainty, and volatility, making it challenging for investors to navigate the financial markets. The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted the global economy, leading to market disruptions, supply chain disruptions, and widespread business closures. In addition, political and economic tensions in many parts of the world have contributed to a volatile and uncertain financial environment.

As a result of these challenges, investors are understandably worried about their investments and financial stability. They are wondering how to protect their portfolios from the effects of a shaky economy and avoid the pitfalls of short-term thinking. In times like these, it's important to remember that long-term investing strategies are more powerful than ever before.

In this post, we will explore the benefits of long-term investing, its principles, and some challenges of investing in a shaky economy. We will also discuss different long-term investing strategies and how to balance long-term and short-term financial goals.

Key Principles of Long-Term Investing

Long-term investing is a strategy that involves holding investments for an extended period, typically over five or more years. However, simply holding investments for a long time is not enough to achieve long-term goals. Instead, investors must follow key principles to help them achieve their financial objectives.

One of the key principles of long-term investing is diversification. Diversification involves spreading investments across asset classes, industries, and geographies to reduce risk. By investing in a variety of assets, investors can avoid putting all their eggs in one basket and can help mitigate the impact of market volatility. For example, if an investor puts all their money into one stock, they risk losing all their money if that stock performs poorly. However, spreading their money across several stocks and other asset classes reduces their risk and potential losses.

Another important principle of long-term investing is asset allocation. Asset allocation involves determining the right mix of asset classes to achieve an investor's long-term goals. This involves considering the investor's risk tolerance, time horizon, and financial goals. For example, an investor with a long time horizon and high-risk tolerance may choose to allocate more of their portfolio to equities, while an investor with a shorter time horizon and lower risk tolerance may choose to allocate more of their portfolio to fixed-income investments.

Finally, risk management is another important principle of long-term investing. Risk management involves identifying potential risks and taking steps to mitigate those risks. This may involve diversifying investments, investing in lower-risk assets, and implementing strategies to protect against market downturns. By managing risk effectively, investors can reduce their exposure to potential losses and help achieve their long-term financial goals.

Benefits of Long-Term Investing

Long-term investing is a strategy that involves holding investments for an extended period, typically over five or more years. One of the key benefits of long-term investing is the power of compounding interest, which is the ability of an investment to generate earnings on its earnings over time. Compounding can be especially powerful over long periods, as small gains can grow into substantial wealth.

Another benefit of long-term investing is the "time in the market" approach. This approach involves buying and holding investments for the long term rather than trying to time the market by buying and selling based on short-term market fluctuations. This can help investors avoid making rash decisions based on emotions or market noise, leading to costly mistakes.

In addition to the power of compounding and the time in the market approach, there are several other benefits to long-term investments that are worth considering:

1. Reduced transaction costs: Long-term investing can help reduce the impact of transaction costs, such as brokerage fees and commissions. By holding investments for an extended period, investors can avoid the need to buy and sell frequently, which can lead to unnecessary costs.

2. Diversification: Long-term investing allows investors to build a diversified portfolio of assets across various asset classes, sectors, and geographies. A diversified portfolio can help reduce risk and volatility by spreading investments across different types of assets that are not highly correlated with each other.

3. Greater potential for higher returns: Long-term investments have historically produced higher returns than short-term investments. While there is always a level of risk involved in investing, the potential for higher returns over the long term can help offset that risk.

4. Peace of mind: Long-term investing can help investors avoid the stress and anxiety of predicting short-term market movements. By focusing on a long-term strategy and staying invested even during market downturns, investors can enjoy greater peace of mind knowing that they are investing long-term and not just trying to chase short-term gains.

Long-term investing has numerous benefits and can help investors weather the storm during a shaky economy. While short-term market fluctuations may be concerning, it's important to stay focused on the long term and remember that patience and discipline can ultimately pay off.

Weathering Market Volatility

Market volatility is one of the biggest challenges of investing in a shaky economy. Market volatility refers to the degree of variation of a stock's price or a market's value. When markets are volatile, prices can swing wildly, and investors can be tempted to make rash decisions.

However, it's important to remember that market volatility is normal in investing. In fact, volatility allows investors to earn higher returns over the long term. By maintaining a long-term perspective and resisting the temptation to make knee-jerk reactions to market fluctuations, investors can help avoid costly mistakes.

There are also several strategies that investors can use to minimize risk and manage emotions during times of market volatility. These include dollar-cost averaging and value investing.

Strategies for Long-Term Investing

Investors can use several different long-term investment strategies to achieve their goals. Some popular strategies include buy and hold, dollar-cost averaging, and value investing.

Buy and hold involves investing and holding investments for the long term, regardless of short-term market fluctuations. This strategy is based on the belief that over the long term, markets tend to rise and that by holding investments for a long time, investors can benefit from the power of compounding.

Dollar-cost averaging involves investing a fixed amount of money regularly, regardless of market conditions. This strategy can help investors avoid the temptation to time the market and help smooth out market volatility's impact.

Value investing involves seeking out undervalued investments and holding them long-term. This strategy is based on the belief that the market sometimes misprices investments and that investors can benefit from their eventual correction by identifying undervalued assets.

Balancing Short-Term and Long-Term Goals

While long-term investing is essential, balancing long-term and short-term financial goals is vital. Short-term goals can include saving for a down payment on a home, paying off debt, or funding a child's education. Long-term goals include retirement savings, investing in a business, or leaving a financial legacy for future generations.

Establishing an emergency fund is one way to balance short-term and long-term goals. An emergency fund is a reserve of cash or liquid assets that can be used to cover unexpected expenses, such as a job loss, medical bills, or a major home repair. By having an emergency fund, investors can avoid selling investments during market volatility or economic uncertainty.

Another way to balance short-term and long-term goals is to establish a savings plan. A savings plan can include the following:

  • Automatic contributions to an investment portfolio.
  • A regular contribution to a 401(k) or IRA.
  • A dedicated savings account for short-term goals.

By establishing a savings plan, investors can progress toward both short-term and long-term financial goals. 


Why Markethive Remains Your Best Bet for Long-Term Investment

In today's economic climate, investing in the right opportunities is crucial to achieving long-term financial success. With the current economic uncertainties and market volatility, finding stable and profitable investment opportunities can be challenging. However, one opportunity that has been in development since 1996 is the Markethive project, now gaining attention among entrepreneurs as the best long-term investment in this shaky economy.

Markethive is a blockchain-powered social market network that combines social media, digital marketing tools, and cryptocurrency to create a unique platform for entrepreneurs and small businesses. The platform offers a range of features, including blogging, email marketing, and social media sharing, to help businesses increase their online visibility, reach new customers, and grow their bottom line.

One of the critical reasons why Markethive is the best long-term investment is that it is built on blockchain technology. Blockchain technology provides a secure decentralized network resistant to hacking, fraud, and manipulation. This means that the Markethive platform is protected against cyber-attacks and data breaches, which is a major concern for businesses in today's digital landscape.

Another reason Markethive is a great long-term investment is its use of cryptocurrency. The platform has its cryptocurrency, Hivecoin, to power transactions on the network. Hivecoin has started gaining a significant following among cryptocurrency enthusiasts, and its value is expected to increase after it has been listed on the exchanges and as the platform grows.

Moreover, Markethive has a clear and transparent roadmap for growth and development. The company has a dedicated team of developers, marketers, and entrepreneurs who are focused on expanding the platform's features and user base. The company has also established partnerships with leading companies in the blockchain and digital marketing industries, further boosting its credibility and potential for growth.

Furthermore, Markethive is designed to benefit its users and community, not just its investors. The platform is built on decentralized and community-driven technology principles, and it rewards its users for their contributions through a unique rewards program. This program enables users to earn Hivecoins for various activities on the platform, such as blogging, sharing content, and referring new users. This means that users can benefit from the success of the platform in the long term, not just its investors.

Markethive Entrepreneur One Program (E1)

The E1 program offers subscribers various benefits to help them achieve their business goals faster and more efficiently. From advanced marketing automation tools to blockchain-based security and privacy features, the E1 program has everything you need to take your online business to the next level.

The E1 program offers entrepreneurs and small business owners access to powerful marketing tools, training, and support, as well as the opportunity to participate in the Incentivized Loan Program. Becoming an E1 member will be an excellent long-term investment in your business and future. 

Here are some of the benefits of the E1 program:

1. Advanced Marketing Automation Tools: Markethive's E1 program offers advanced marketing automation tools that can help you streamline your marketing efforts and save time, including email autoresponders, lead capture pages, and more.

2. Incentivized Loan Program (ILP): One of its key benefits is the Incentivized Loan Program (ILP), which allows members to earn equity in Markethive through their ongoing participation and contributions to the community. This provides a long-term incentive to stay engaged with the platform and build a successful business over time. It is achieved through the monthly $100 E1 subscription fees. All ILP holders will receive some percentage of the company's net revenue for 20 years with an option to roll it over or end it on the 20th year.

3. Advertising Impressions: Every month, E1 subscribers receive a certain number of advertising impressions that they can use to promote their business, products, or services on the Markethive platform. These impressions can be used to display banner ads, text ads, or sponsored content and can be targeted to specific audiences based on demographics, interests, and other criteria. The number of advertising impressions allocated to E1 subscribers varies. Because Markethive has a growing and active user base, these impressions can help drive significant traffic and exposure to your business.

4. Unlimited Advertising Co-op: The Markethive E1 program also offers access to an unlimited advertising co-op, which can help you get your business in front of more potential customers and drive more sales. The advertising co-op is a valuable feature of the Markethive E1 program that provides subscribers with an affordable and effective way to promote their businesses and products. E1 subscribers can access high-quality advertising that would otherwise be out of reach and build a community of entrepreneurs who can help each other achieve their goals.

Considering all of these benefits together, it's clear that the E1 program is an investment in your business that is well worth making. And, because Markethive is constantly evolving and improving, now is the perfect time to get on board and start taking advantage of all that the platform has to offer.

But that's not all. It's also worth noting that the E1 program is a long-term investment that can benefit you, your children, and future generations. By subscribing to the E1 program, you're laying the foundation for a successful online business that can provide you with passive income for years to come.

And for those with an E1 program subscription, it's worth considering getting more before the opportunity is gone forever. As the platform continues to grow and evolve, the value of the E1 program will only increase as the sales will close when the Wallet is released. Then you can only get it from the exchange from those willing and ready to sell. It makes sense to lock in your subscription now while you still can.


Long-term investing is a powerful strategy for building wealth, even in a shaky economy. By following fundamental principles of diversification, asset allocation, and risk management, investors can help protect their portfolios and achieve their long-term goals. By weathering market volatility, using different long-term investing strategies, and balancing short-term and long-term financial goals, investors can build a solid financial foundation for the future. With patience and discipline, anyone can become a successful long-term investor.

The Markethive project is the best long-term investment in this shaky economy. With its secure and decentralized blockchain technology, use of cryptocurrency, a clear roadmap for growth and development, and community-driven rewards program, Markethive offers a unique and profitable investment opportunity for subscribers and general users alike. By becoming an E1 Member, you can position yourself for long-term financial success while supporting a platform designed to help small businesses and entrepreneurs thrive in today's digital economy. So why wait? Subscribe today and start taking your online marketing efforts to the next level while building generational wealth!


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About: Prince Chinwendu. (Nigeria) Rapid and sustainable human growth is my passion, and getting a life-changing opportunity into the hands of people is my calling. Empowering entrepreneurs provides me with enormous gratification. Find me at my Markethive Profile Page | My Twitter Account | and my LinkedIn Profile.





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