Fundamental Pick: Elastos (ELA)

BBOD Rating [10/10/2018]


SPEC BUY: A speculative opportunity for investors with a higher risk tolerance

 

Overview


Currency Code ELA
Transaction Start Date 01/02/2018
Total Supply 33,647,865
Circulating Supply 7,722,239
Protocol Type Blockchain Platform
Base Protocol ELA
Where To Buy LBank, Huobi, CoinEgg, Kucoin

 

Problem To Solve


Since the inception of the Internet, it has become impossible for content creators to claim individual ownership of their works and to ensure such original creators reek the monetary benefits from their creative outputs. This is the result of the Internet’s inability to provide unique content which cannot be copied by individuals and spread freely over its vast distributed network. With over 3 billion individuals having access to the Internet, who all possess the ability to copy original content with ease, trying to stop the flow of illegal content between parties is simply impossible. Moreover, it is not only individual actors who take advantage of the ability to stream content globally, well-known centralised digital content providers such as Spotify, Youtube and Netflix all profit substantially from monetising digital content which is not of their own creation. Ultimately, this process often leaves original content creators with a tiny fraction of the actual profit they should be receiving for their creative endeavours and large corporations with the majority.

On the opposite side of this dilemma, individuals themselves no longer physically own much of the digital content they consume. People simply pay for subscription services and become drip fed by whichever corporation they choose to worship. Many may argue that, in fact, this is not an issue for the individual, as digital content has never been so easy to consume, yet is convenience necessarily a good thing without rights to ownership? In the past, individuals collected physical possessions over the period of their lifetime, such as books, records and photo albums, which could then be passed down to their family. This not only acted as a memoir of deceased loved ones but also a mechanism of passing value down through generations. Today, little of what we consume is actually ours and consequently, we cannot monetise our possessions when needed for ourselves or our children.

 

The Solution


In order to tackle the dissemination of creator content, Elastos [ELA] proposes a unique Blockchain design philosophy which detaches original content from the internet itself and runs separately on what Elastos has coined the ‘Smartweb’. Here creators content will not be uploaded to the internet that we know today, rather, it will be placed on a decentralised application on Elastos ‘Runtime’ software. ‘Runtime’ will enable individuals to store, view and exchange original content peer-to-peer on their personal smartphones or computers without connecting to the internet itself. Instead, Elastos will utilise the Blockchain only to confirm transactions between parties and verify their identity without needing a third party.

Thus, creators using the system will have the ability to attach their personal identity to their unique content on the Blockchain, allowing them to track exactly how many individuals are consuming their content, ensuring all revenue is sent directly to the original artist rather than unnecessary intermediaries. Moreover, Content creators will have the ability to introduce the concept of digital scarcity to their work, limiting the amount of digital content that can be bought by consumers to a fixed number. As in all markets, scarcity often creates increased incentives for individuals to purchase an item in a specific timeframe whilst supply remains fixed, increasing adoption and price over time. Such mechanisms should allow creators to reek the financial rewards they deserve for digital content, unlike in the current status quo.

Additionally, the Elastos ‘Runtime’ ecosystem will benefit consumers of the network, by allowing them access to original content which they will digitally own, verified by their Blockchain Identity. Unlike in today’s markets where one merely owns the right to use a product for a specified amount of time via a subscription service, consumers of Elastos ‘Runtime’ network will have unconditional ownership of their digital assets. Much like in the physical content world before the era of the internet, this will allow individuals to generate future revenue if they decide to sell some of their digital content. For instance, perhaps, due to the scarcity of the digital content when first purchased, such an asset has now significantly increased in price as there is now huge demand and virtually no supply, one could benefit akin to selling a rare piece of art. This mechanism creates an entirely new smart economy by allowing anyone to participate in wealth generation through peer to peer free markets without the interference of costly and unnecessary third parties.

 

Summary


Ultimately, Elastos allows digital content to be stored, viewed and traded in a secure and transparent manner. Without the need for third parties, creators are guaranteed to be rewarded with fair compensation for their creative output whilst consumers can benefit from their digital content ownership. Within this closed environment, the projects native ELA token will be used to pay for access to content that individuals desire. ELA can then be spent within the Elastos ecosystem itself or transferred to any other financial network.

 

Catalysts


  • Rewarding Content Creators: Since the introduction of the internet, content creators have lost out significantly as they have no means of stopping the dissemination of their artistic works. Moreover, unnecessary intermediaries have profited substantially by providing user-friendly interfaces which consumers have gravitated towards due to their ease of use. This is only set to continue as more individuals have access to the internet and product offerings become more sophisticated. Elastos provides a way out of the traditional content economy that allows creators to become the sole beneficiaries of their work, an idea that would not be possible without Blockchain technology and certainly appealing to creators themselves.
  • A Universally Beneficial Ecosystem: Not only does Elastos benefit content creators, but it also allows consumers themselves to take back the ownership of their digital content. This should attract individuals who are fed up with paying for subscription services that have the right to remove content at any time. Elastos allows consumers to benefit from the financial rewards of having exclusive ownership of digital content by exchanging such content in a peer-to-peer manner. Individuals can also feel confident that their purchase decisions are directly affecting the lives of the artists they admire.
  • Longevity and Strength of The Elastos Team: CEO Rong Chen began work on Elastos after leaving a senior role at Microsoft in 2000. Over time, the project has evolved in line with the pace of technology to now include Blockchain technology, which now allows it to function. The foresight and longevity of the project suggest the team is certainly in this for the long haul. Elastos now comprises of over 52 team members, with well-respected Blockchain advisors including Jihan Wu (CEO of Bitmain) and Hongfei Da (Founder & CEO of NEO).

 

Risk Factors


  • Challenging Traditional Oligopolies: The market for content streaming services is fierce, with a few key playing dominating the space, such as Spotify, Youtube and Netflix. If Elastos is to overcome the huge amounts capital these companies have at their disposal, they are going to need to pursue aggressive marketing strategies in order to establish themselves as an alternative competing brand. Despite this, the overwhelming benefits for content creators who utilise the platform should push the market forward, if they decide to limit content exclusively outside of the traditional system.
  • Copying Copyright Material: Although digital content will be detached from the Internet on the Elastos ‘Runtime’ software, this does not stop consumers from screen-capturing videos, text or rerecording audio. Individuals desire to find content for free will prevail if they search hard enough. Regardless, individuals who choose to do this will only receive knock-off versions of an original file of lesser quality, unlike today where original files can easily be copied and disseminated.
  • Verification: Elastos have failed to state how they will verify content is uploaded by the original creator. Although a Blockchain ID will be assigned to each piece of digital content, there is nothing stopping someone else uploading a file to the ‘Runtime’ system and claiming it as their own. In order for this to occur, however, the fake uploader would have to possess the original file and upload it before the original content creator, a rare circumstance.

 

Conclusion


Elastos provides an innovative alternative ecosystem for content creators and consumers to maintain full control of their digital assets and monetise them without the need for unnecessary intermediaries. The projects key strength is the ability to create a marketplace for digital content detached from the internet itself, Elastos ‘Runtime’, utilising the Blockchain only to verify the identification of content creators and to implement trustless peer-to-peer transactions. This has the potential to create an environment outside of the traditional corporate structure that will allow consumers to truly own their digital content and content creators to be rightfully rewarded for their creative endeavours. If Elastos can market their brand effectively, content creators could start transitioning exclusively over to the platform, leaving consumers no alternative but to adopt the system if they wish to enjoy their favourite artists. With support from cryptocurrency giants such as Bitmain and NEO and a dedicated team of 18 years, Elastos seem capable of successfully implementing their idea. Thus, as the mainstream begins to adopt decentralised applications, Elastos is certainly one to watch.

 

BBOD Rating Standard


BUY: A low-risk buying opportunity

ACCUMULATE: An opportunity to buy a medium risk cryptocurrency at a low price

SPEC BUY: A speculative opportunity for investors with a higher risk tolerance

HOLD: Maintain current levels of position until further research is published

SELL: Investment is associated with the potential of losing capital

 

Disclaimer


BBOD Research is an independent cryptocurrency research-house. The company has not received any remuneration (cryptocurrency or otherwise) in preparing this analysis.

This report has been prepared solely for informative purposes and should not be the basis for making investment decisions or be construed as a recommendation to engage in investment transactions or be taken to suggest an investment strategy in respect of any financial instruments or the issuers thereof. This report has not been prepared in accordance with the legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and is not subject to any prohibition on dealing ahead of the dissemination of investment research under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No 596/2014. Reports issued by Trade the Future Holding (“BBOD Research”) or its affiliates are not related to the provision of advisory services regarding investment, tax, legal, financial, accounting, consulting or any other related services and are not recommendations to buy, sell, or hold any asset. The information contained in this report is based on sources considered to be reliable, but not guaranteed, to be accurate or complete. Any opinions or estimates expressed herein reflect a judgment made as of this date and are subject to change without notice. BBOD Research will not be liable whatsoever for any direct or consequential loss arising from the use of this publication/communication or its contents. Trade the Future Holding and its affiliates hold positions in digital assets and may now or in the future hold a position in the subject of this research.

 

Fundamental Pick: Binance Coin [BNB]

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BBOD Rating [10/10/2018]


BUY: A low-risk buying opportunity

 

Overview


 

Currency Code BNB
Transaction Start Date 25/07/2017
Total Supply 192,443,301
Circulating Supply 117,443,301
Protocol Type Cryptocurrency Exchange
Base Protocol BNB
Where To Buy Binance, HitBTC
Go Long/Short BBOD

Binance Exchange Overview


Binance began trading as a little known Chinese cryptocurrency exchange in July 2017, during a boom time for the marketplace as a whole. Utilising the fortunate timing of their project and an aggressive marketing strategy the company became the highest traded spot exchange by daily volume a mere six months after inception. This rise to fame was unprecedented and something competitors such as Bittrex and Poloniex certainly did not anticipate. Binance achieved such success by significantly beating competitors on tradings fees with 0.10% per trade as opposed to 0.25%. Additionally, they employed an extremely liberal coin listing policy, growing their community at an exponential rate by attracting traders from a wide pool of already well-established cryptocurrency projects. Today, the platform lists 280 active trading pairs with an average of 1 billion trading volume daily and over 9 million active users.

 

Binance Coin [BNB] Overview


In order to raise money for the platform, Binance launched their ICO for Binance Token [BNB] on July 2nd. Due to the substantial bull market of the time and their solid project, Binance sold the entirety of their 100 million BNB tokens within several minutes of availability. The token sold for an average price of 0.11 USD, equating to approximately 11 million USD total funds raised during their ICO. BNB is an ERC20 token based on the Ethereum blockchain with a max supply of 200 million, after which no more coins will be created. Although BNB is now widely acknowledged as a utility token for use on the platform, the value of the token also corresponds to the equivalent of a traditional stock, with holders owning a proportional share in Binance that will likely appreciate proportionally with the growth of the exchange. This is a particularly rare phenomenon in the cryptocurrency space, where the majority of coins do not have such a substantial functioning product supporting them.

 

The Utility of Binance Coin [BNB]  


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Currently, the main use case of BNB token stems from its ability to be used to decrease trading fees on the Binance Platform. Users can choose to pay for fees using BNB instead of utilising the cryptocurrency they are trading. If one chooses to do so they can expect 50% trading fees in their first year of membership, which decreases by half every year of subscription, until year five, where a discount no longer applies. In essence, BNB becomes the fuel for the Binance ecosystem, providing real-world utility to the token, unlike many other cryptocurrency projects whose promise of utility stems from the future success of yet to be released product. The reduction in fees is hugely significant to frequent traders as the platform itself currently undercuts any other exchange on the market without even employing the token discount, at 0.1% per trade. Combine this with the lowered fees when BNB is implemented to trade with and the exchange substantially undercuts its competitors on trading fees. For example Huobi and Bitfinex both employ trading fees of 0.2%. The oversight of Binance competitors higher fees is likely what drew many to the platform from in the first place.

 

Token Burn

In order to counteract the decreasing value of the BNB fee discount over the period of five years, Binance has employed a quarterly coin burn for their tokens. Essentially, Binance will buy back BNB tokens from the market and send them to a public address whose private keys are unobtainable, effectively destroying the tokens. This decreases the supply of BNB in circulation with demand remaining the same, usually resulting in an increase in price as the token becomes more scarce. This ingenious tactic has gained much publicity and succeeded in its aim thus far, with prices increasing substantially before coin burns that have occurred in the past. Binance aims to do this every financial quarter with 20% of their profits. So far they have met their promise, with 986,000 BNB burned in their first quarter, 1,821,586 BNB in the second and 2,220,314 BNB in the third, approximately 30 million USD at the time. The process will continue until half of their total supply remains, 100 million BNB. Such a mechanism has captured the attention of investors who will likely hold onto BNB for speculation purposes once users fees no longer decrease by utilising the token for trading fees. With increased visibility into the valuation of the BNB due to its direct correlation to the success of the exchange, no doubt prices will increase if the business continues on its current trajectory.

 

ICO Launchpad

Continuing their effort to provide BNB with meaningful value, the Binance Launchpad program allows individuals to invest in certain cryptocurrencies that are in the process of being listed on the platform using BNB. This furthers the tokens use case and creates a seamless marketplace between available ICOs and the exchange itself. Additional add-ons such as the Launchpad program increase the utility of the token and hence its demand, potentially leading to an increase in price. Continuing the process of frequently improving the usability of BNB will likely be key to the tokens success going forward. Such efforts thus far include Monaco adding BNB to their cryptocurrency Visa Card/App and the ability to buy virtual gifts on Uplive using the token.  

 

Future Applications


Decentralised Exchange

Looking to the future, Binance plan to build a decentralised cryptocurrency exchange (DEX) which will utilise the BNB token as the primary base asset and gas to be spent. Binance has coined this project Binance Chain, although it is still in the stages of development, admittedly aiming to outsource the underlying technology by providing a 1 million USD bounty and a job at Binance to an individual with a successful proposal. Although, if Binance Chain is as successful as Binance itself, BNB will gain significant value from a substantial increase in demand for the token for investors to utilise on the DEX platform. Moreover, they would mitigate regulatory risks of their current centralised exchange, as decentralised exchanges are inherently impossible to shut down. Despite this, the current DEX environment has largely suffered from a lack of usability, functionality and liquidity. Thus, pulling off a decentralised exchange successfully at this moment in time would be no easy feat.

 

BNB Catalysts


Organic Growth Through Reputation: Binance’s significant success in the cryptocurrency spot exchange market thus far has gained them substantial brand recognition in the marketplace. Couple this success with an ever-expanding user base and this could translate into sustainable long-term growth for the BNB token.

Continual Drive for Innovation: Since their inception, Binance has made continual strides to expand their product offering and overall ecosystem. For example, improving the functionality of the exchange itself, introducing the coin burn function and offering market participants the opportunity to invest in cryptocurrencies utilising BNB in their Launchpad program. Further efforts to improve the Binance ecosystem will not go unnoticed and will certainly affect the price of BNB.

Sustainable Growth During a Bearish Market: Although the fortunate timing of the implementation of the exchange can be seen as luck by many, Binance have not failed to increase their market dominance this year in a declining market (approx. -70% YTD). The consistency of trading volume, hovering around 1 Billion USD per day suggests that when the market decides to turn bullish, the number of individuals who utilise the platform and its token will increase.

 

BNB Risk Factors


Regulatory Environment: Since the success of BNB is entirely hinged on the success of the Binance exchange, the centralisation of the exchange may become an issue if regulators choose to crack down on cryptocurrency exchanges in general and make an example of them as a key figure in the industry. The platform has shown no interest in complying with regulators and so the way forward appears to be creating their decentralised exchange Binance Chain, which they are far from realising.

Market Saturation: Now that the market for exchanges is becoming incredibly saturated, firms with capital are employing aggressive strategies such as feeless spot exchanges, eradicating the need for BNB’s fee reduction utility. Despite this, none have diversified their market as much as Binance thus far and it will be hard to keep pace if the company pays attention.

Centralised Ownership: Ultimately Binance is a centralised exchange and thus decisions on what utility BNB should hold are made by management officials. This removes the right for token holders to collectively decide the fate of their token going forward. Although, so far, one would be stretched to challenge the decisions for BNB’s utility, as the strategies implemented seem to have largely paid off.

 

Conclusion


The initial incentive to buy BNB tokens was to gain discounted trading fees on the Binance platform, as doing so would substantially out-compete other spot exchanges on fees. Although this function is slowly being phased out over the period of five years, over time Binance has presented multiple other utilities for their token such as the ability to invest in ICOs to be launched on the Binance platform using BNB and the future hopes of utilising the token on Binance Chain, their decentralised exchange in the early stages of development. Couple this with token burning to slowly decrease the supply of BNB and Binance seem to know how to create sustainable long-term value for their BNB token. Hence, looking forward, as long as Binance can keep pace with the ever-evolving regulatory environment, BNB appears to have a bright future ahead of itself.

 

BBOD Rating Standard 


BUY: A low-risk buying opportunity

ACCUMULATE: An opportunity to buy a medium risk cryptocurrency at a low price

SPEC BUY: A speculative opportunity for investors with a higher risk tolerance

HOLD: Maintain current levels of position until further research is published

SELL: Investment is associated with the potential of losing capital


Disclaimer


BBOD Research is an independent cryptocurrency research-house and research arm of BBOD Exchange. The company has not received any remuneration (cryptocurrency or otherwise) in preparing this analysis.

This report has been prepared solely for informative purposes and should not be the basis for making investment decisions or be construed as a recommendation to engage in investment transactions or be taken to suggest an investment strategy in respect of any financial instruments or the issuers thereof. This report has not been prepared in accordance with the legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and is not subject to any prohibition on dealing ahead of the dissemination of investment research under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No 596/2014. Reports issued by Trade the Future Holding (“BBOD Research”) or its affiliates are not related to the provision of advisory services regarding investment, tax, legal, financial, accounting, consulting or any other related services and are not recommendations to buy, sell, or hold any asset. The information contained in this report is based on sources considered to be reliable, but not guaranteed, to be accurate or complete. Any opinions or estimates expressed herein reflect a judgment made as of this date and are subject to change without notice. BBOD Research will not be liable whatsoever for any direct or consequential loss arising from the use of this publication/communication or its contents. Trade the Future Holding and its affiliates hold positions in digital assets and may now or in the future hold a position in the subject of this research.

 

Fundamental Pick: Neo

 

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BUILDING THE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR A NEW INNOVATIVE SMART ECONOMY 

 

BBOD RATING [10/10/2018]


BUY: A low-risk buying opportunity

OVERVIEW


Currency Code NEO
Transaction Start Date 09/09/2016
Total Supply 100,000,000
Circulating Supply 65,000,000
Protocol Type Base Blockchain
Base Protocol NEO
Where To Buy Binance, HitBTC, Bitfinex, Bibox

 

THE NEO ECOSYSTEM


NEO is a non-profit, open source Blockchain platform which aims to build the infrastructure for an innovative new smart economy. The project was founded in 2014 by CEO Da Hongfei and CTO Erik Zhang, backed by their now notorious Chinese firm Onchain, which undergoes Blockchain research and development in Shanghai. The project started out as the first Blockchain platform in China coined Antshares, before the founders decided to rebrand to NEO in an effort to appeal to a more global market. NEO understands that community development is the most essential aspect of any efficient Blockchain ecosystem and so have placed a great amount of emphasis on expanding their global developer community at a rapid rate. The project now supports such a community with side projects including City of Zion (CoZ), NeoResearch and NEL, who aim to continuously develop the ecosystem to make NEO one of the best functioning Blockchain platforms in the world.

 

THE SMART ECONOMY


In order to achieve the vision of a new smart economy based on a distributed network, NEO aims to utilise Blockchain technology and digital identity to digitise assets, automating these digital assets using smart contracts. Thus, NEO aims to convert real-world assets such as property, vehicles and physical possessions into digital assets recorded on the NEO Blockchain in the form of smart contracts, that can be verified to unique individuals using their digital identity. As a result, such digital assets acquire the ability to be traded, transferred and registered (to name a few use cases) via a distributed network, allowing global peer-to-peer agreements to be made efficiently and with ease. Not only does this open up a global market for digital ownership of assets, but it also provides immutability not possible when often untrustworthy centralised intermediaries are involved, creating a digitalised, programmable and trustless economy. Whilst some might be suspect to such a drastic change to the status quo, NEO’s purpose is not to destroy traditional Chinese institutions. Instead, they aim to help gradually transfer the Chinese economy into the smart economy of the future.

 

NEO APPLICATIONS


DIGITAL ASSETS 

As previously mentioned, in order to facilitate their smart economy NEO aims to convert traditional assets into digital assets on the NEO Blockchain. Digital assets are programmable assets which represent a traditional asset in the form of a smart contract. By converting traditional assets to digital assets individuals no longer need unnecessary intermediaries to transfer ownership between parties, exchange value or register an asset to a particular individual. Instead, the inherent trust of NEO consensus algorithm allows assets to become fully decentralised, traceable and transparent. All of this is possible due to NEO’s digital identity system which connects individuals to physical assets via digital certificates placed on the NEO Blockchain. Ultimately, digitalising assets allows individuals from all over the world to exchange physical value seamlessly without the need for a third party. This eradicates traditional fees associated with centralised authorities and provides liquidity from a globalised market.

 

DIGITAL IDENTITY 

Digital Identity will allow NEO to accumulate the information of willing organisations, individuals and other entities in electronic form, to create a digital fingerprint for such parties in a highly secure manner stored on the NEO Blockchain. As a result, once they are baked into the Blockchain, the identity documents will become tamper-proof and impossible to destroy. Such digital identity will then be utilised by parties using highly secure multi-factor authentication methods such as fingerprints, voice and facial recognition in order to digitalise assets themselves and exchange value of existing assets. The concept of digital identity allows organisations and individuals to transact knowingly with one another without needing to trust them. Moreover, assets registered using NEO’s digital identity system can be protected by law due to the transparency of ownership. This innovative solution combining law with a trustless system ensures all digital assets are unconditionally verifiable to parties and cannot be seized.

 

SMART CONTRACTS: THE ETHEREUM OF CHINA?

Whilst many have coined NEO ‘The Ethereum of China’ there are some key differences. Although both platforms provide similar functionality, allowing developers to build smart contracts on top of their existing platform in order to create dApps, NEO allows a much more diverse set of programming languages to be utilised. For instance, if one wishes to build a dApp on the Ethereum Blockchain, they will need to learn Solidarity, Ethereum’s unique programming language. Comparably, in order to create a dApp on the Neo Blockchain, one can utilise a variety of widely used coding languages including Javascript, C#, Python, Java, and Go. The ability for developers to code smart contracts without needing to learn a new coding language significantly reduces the high barriers to entry in the industry by eradicating the time it takes to learn a new distinct language. This opens up a global pool of talent who already have the ability to program smart contracts with ease. Looking forward, this should allow for many more dApps to be deployed than possible on the Ethereum network which should grow the NEO ecosystem exponentially.

 

CATALYSTS


Prominence Within China: The Chinese economy is growing at an exponential rate, with the Chinese government placing a strong emphasis on innovation within the financial-technology (FinTech) sector. Already meeting with government officials, NEO has placed itself at the forefront of this development. Other platforms such as Ethereum will incur high barriers to entry when seeking to penetrate the Chinese market, due to the inherent language barriers and cultural differences. Hence, a homegrown Chinese platform such as NEO has the potential to gain substantial market adoption within China, especially when they place a strong emphasis on respecting Chinese regulations alongside business and cultural norms.

Universal Programming Language Support: Many existing Blockchain platforms require developers to learn a unique programming language in order to build smart contracts on their platform. This excludes a wide number of businesses from developing dApps on their platforms, due to the obvious cost and time of learning an entirely new coding language. To the contrary, NEO affords developers the ability to program smart contracts using numerous traditional programming languages, substantially reducing the cost of implementing smart contracts into existing business practices. This removes the high barriers to entry for businesses looking to enter the Blockchain ecosystem, which could lead to widespread adoption.

International Partnerships: Despite being based in China, Neo has managed to garner support from international tech giants. For example, Microsoft Azure partnered with NEO in order to attract talented developers to the platform from a global community. Such large-scale partnerships are likely to further bolster their standing within China, drawing attention to the platform from other tech giants within the local Chinese business community.

 

RISK FACTORS


Chinese Regulation: Although China is keen to be at the forefront of the Fin-Tech revolution, with a strong focus on Blockchain for business purposes, they do impose strict regulations on cryptocurrencies. For example, in the past year, they banned ICO sales within the country alongside unregulated cryptocurrency exchanges. Despite this, NEO places a strong emphasis on ensuring they comply with all necessary government regulations and now appeal to a global market of developers, limiting internal risk and the ability for businesses outside of China to develop on their platform.

Keeping Pace: The environment for Blockchain platforms has grown exponentially over the past year as a result of the clear success of Ethereum’s platform. Global competition is now incredibly saturated and if NEO wishes to keep pace with other platforms they must ensure that they attract the best talent to their platform. Nonetheless, with an incredibly strong brand name, an increasingly global community, significant developer bounties and by utilising a universal known coding language, the platform looks set to compete with other well-known platforms within the Blockchain ecosystem.

 

CONCLUSION


The Neo platform has positioned itself to become the world-leading provider of smart contracts for the smart economy of the future. By allowing businesses and individuals to digitalise assets, verified by their digital identity, NEO has the potential to cut out unnecessary intermediaries in the transaction of value and ownership of physical assets between parties on a global scale. The ability to program smart contracts in a variety of traditional programming languages gives NEO a real edge over many large players within the industry who require developers to learn an entirely new language. As a result, the platform has the potential to see widespread adoption by businesses and individuals who simply do not have the time or funds to learn a new language. Thus, as the global community continues to grow, NEO looks set to have a bright future ahead of itself.

 

BBOD RATING STANDARD


BUY: A low-risk buying opportunity

ACCUMULATE: An opportunity to buy a medium risk cryptocurrency at a low price

SPEC BUY: A speculative opportunity for investors with a higher risk tolerance

HOLD: Maintain current levels of position until further research is published

SELL: Investment is associated with the potential of losing capital

 

DISCLAIMER


BBOD Research is an independent cryptocurrency research-house. The company has not received any remuneration (cryptocurrency or otherwise) in preparing this analysis.

This report has been prepared solely for informative purposes and should not be the basis for making investment decisions or be construed as a recommendation to engage in investment transactions or be taken to suggest an investment strategy in respect of any financial instruments or the issuers thereof. This report has not been prepared in accordance with the legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and is not subject to any prohibition on dealing ahead of the dissemination of investment research under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No 596/2014. Reports issued by Trade the Future Holding (“BBOD Research”) or its affiliates are not related to the provision of advisory services regarding investment, tax, legal, financial, accounting, consulting or any other related services and are not recommendations to buy, sell, or hold any asset. The information contained in this report is based on sources considered to be reliable, but not guaranteed, to be accurate or complete. Any opinions or estimates expressed herein reflect a judgment made as of this date, and are subject to change without notice. BBOD Research will not be liable whatsoever for any direct or consequential loss arising from the use of this publication/communication or its contents. Trade the Future Holding and its affiliates hold positions in digital assets and may now or in the future hold a position in the subject of this research.

 

 

 

 

Fundamental Pick: Quantstamp

 

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PROVIDING MUCH-NEEDED SECURITY AUDITS FOR SMART CONTRACTS

BBOD RATING (04-10-2018)


ACCUMULATE: An opportunity to buy a medium risk cryptocurrency at a low price

 

OVERVIEW


Currency Code QSP
Transaction Start Date 21/11/2017
Total Supply 976,442,388
Circulating Supply 617,314,171
Protocol Type Application Protocol
Base Protocol Ethereum
Where To Buy Binance, Huobi, Kucoin, IDEX

 

PROBLEM TO SOLVE


Currently, the development of smart contracts is left solely in the hands of those who create a blockchain project. Although such contract creators are often highly skilled in their field, the potential for oversight of vulnerabilities in their code is highly possible as a result of a single point of failure, with only a few individuals ensuring optimal smart contract security.

The importance of auditing smart contracts efficiently cannot be understated. Without such a mechanism, projects that are backed by huge sums of investors money could be vulnerable to attack once deployed on the Ethereum network. For instance, Quantstamps whitepaper presents two notable hacks where $30 million and $55 million were respectively stolen, as a result of flaws in smart contract code. This is the exact scenario Quantstamp seeks to prevent. With the creation of new ERC-20 tokens being a continual process, and only set to increase in volume in the future, Quantstamp’s services are likely to be in high demand.

 

SOLUTION


Quantstamp aims to solve smart contract impenetrability by creating the leading decentralised protocol that will provide security auditing for smart contracts based on the Ethereum network. In essence, Quantstamp allows developers of smart contracts to submit their work to their protocol where numerous security auditors can review the contract, in order to receive QSP tokens as a bounty. The level of auditing required is set by the initial developer who pays such fees to any individual who identifies a problem within the smart contract.

As noted in Quantstamp’s whitepaper, traditional smart contract auditing is extremely expensive, costing on average $5000 and taking up to a week to complete. By spreading the workload amongst numerous security experts, Quantstamp aims to considerably lower the cost of auditing and substantially decrease the amount of time taken to complete

 

APPLICATIONS


When the project launches in Q2 2019, Quantstamp protocol will comprise of two main types of security audit. Firstly, their software verification system that is entirely automated will scan Solidity programs for bugs. The software is designed to become more intelligent over time as the result of artificial intelligence, allowing it to catch attacks of increasing sophistication. Secondly, Quantstamp will automatically provide a bounty to human participants in the form of QSP tokens who manage to find vulnerabilities in smart contract code. Human auditors receive compensation for their efforts and Quantstamps clients ensure the integrity of their cryptocurrency project.

This multifaceted approach combines the best of artificial and human intelligence to form a strong alliance to fight against any proposed security threats. Thus, clients of Quanstamp should feel much more confident in the overall strength of their network than if merely working as sole actors.

 

SUMMARY


Quantstamp seems to have uncovered a gap in the market that needs to be filled. The project has the potential to become the leading security auditing protocol. This could provide the level of trust the community needs to feel safe in investing substantial amounts of money, by confirming a project is safe from attacks that currently plague the industry. With support from Binance, already completing numerous security checks for ICO’s launched on their exchange, the project looks to have a great future ahead of itself and is certainly one to keep a close eye on.

 

CATALYSTS


  • Proven Ability: CEO Richard Ma and CTO Steven Stewart have extensive experience in software security testing and smart contract development
  • Academically Respected: The team as a whole has over 500 citations in Google Scholar regarding software security
  • Proof of Concept: Numerous successful audits have already been completed for Binance clients, indicating substantial interest in the project
  • Growing Interest: The expansion of mainstream interest in smart contracts will attract more security threats in the future that need to be addressed
  • Expanding Market: The continual introduction of new projects using smart contracts ensures an expanding target market

 

RISK FACTORS


  • Foresight: The Ethereum network may not always be the leading smart contract platform, the project could consider expanding to include Ethereum’s competitors
  • Low Supply of Able Workforce: Currently, the talent pool within the blockchain space is minimal, with demand far outstripping supply, finding enough auditors to become scalable could become an issue
  • Competition: Not the only project trying to lower the cost of smart contract development, although the projects rigorous emphasis on security is unique

 

EVENTS


  • 30th April 2019 (or earlier): Quantstamp audit network launch, as described in the whitepaper

 

CONCLUSION


In the continually evolving blockchain industry, unique problems to solve are always present yet often missed. Quantstamp’s vision to provide much-needed security to smart contracts is certainly a valid addition to the blockchain ecosystem. By decentralising auditing work and splitting traditionally expensive costs and knowledge amongst actors, Quantstamp could substantially improve the security of smart contracts moving forward, whilst providing a discounted price.

With numerous successful audits already completed for reputable firms on the Binance platform, the project has the potential to become the go-to protocol for contract creators seeking network security in years to come. As the market for smart contracts continues to grow, Quantstamp could become an incredibly lucrative endeavour for investors if this holds true. Certainly, one to keep on your radar.

 

BBOD RATING STANDARD

BUY: A low-risk buying opportunity

ACCUMULATE: An opportunity to buy a medium risk cryptocurrency at a low price

SPEC BUY: A speculative opportunity for investors with a higher risk tolerance

HOLD: Maintain current levels of position until further research is published

SELL: Investment is associated with the potential of losing capital

 

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Fundamental Pick: Power Ledger

 

 

THE WORLD LEADING PEER-TO-PEER MARKETPLACE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY

 

SYNOPSIS


It is no secret that global warming has been at the top of the world’s agenda over the past decade. However, whether such high-level conversations yield beneficial results is extremely questionable.

As a result, the energy sector has been of heavy interest in the business sector, with many firms trying to find solutions to provide for what will inevitably be a green future. Despite such efforts, one key party in the equation is clearly missing, the consumers who require the energy in the first place. Without empowering communities themselves to change their energy habits, demand for such green energy will remain low and ultimately the cost of respecting the planet will remain high.

Blockchain technology may provide one avenue to solve the world’s energy crisis, and Power Ledger (POWR) appear to have placed themselves at the forefront of this sustainable revolution.

POWR propose a decentralised model which cuts out middlemen and places the power in the hands of the consumers themselves. One might wonder why consumers would want such a responsibility, the answer lies in that they will be provided with the opportunity to profit from their own green habits. Users of the project will be able to buy and sell unused renewable energy utilising the Ethereum blockchain to record their consumption and production. Transactions will be made using the native POWR token which can be held for speculation, stored for future use or sold back to the users’ fiat currency of choice. All users of the network are required to install solar panels to produce such energy and as a result, the project promotes solely green energy.

The system works as follows, individuals produce energy to cater for their individual needs and if they have any surplus energy they can sell this energy peer-to-peer to another user who has not produced enough energy to cater for their household consumption. The privately generated energy can be transmitted through existing traditional infrastructure to consumers in need. This initiative allows consumers to manage their own energy and chose the destiny of their own fate. If they chose to provide additional energy by purchasing more solar panel units then they will likely profit long-term. Alternatively, if users cannot afford to buy many solar panel units or chose not to they will have energy slightly subsidised by what they own and buy the rest through the POWR marketplace.

Consequently, the POWR marketplace encourages users to be as green as possible by becoming efficient prosumers in order to reap the rewards of the system. This innovative economic approach to promoting the use of renewable energy is extremely unique compared to traditional models as a result of Blockchain technology allowing individuals to immutably trust each other and trade without needing to confirm energy will be sent or that payments will be made.

Ultimately, this should empower communities to go greener by placing a large emphasis on the economic returns of such a decision. As the world continues to overuse raw materials and abuse the earth, global warming is certain to stay at the forefront of global debate, consequently, unique solutions such as POWR certainly have the potential to become extremely popular in years to come.

For this reason, Power Ledger could see substantial growth if they achieve their goals and is certainly a project to keep an eye on long-term.

 

CATALYSTS


diverse team comprising of both blockchain specialists and conservation experts, Co-founder Dr Jemma Green has multiple PHDs from the University of Cambridge relating to renewable energy
Power Ledger have already completed trials of the project in Australia which allowed consumers access to cheaper renewable energy than available from large distributors and to profit from their surplus energy, a rare proof of concept not regularly seen in the Blockchain space
The consumer/prosumer economic model proposed will likely become more desirable as green energy turns mainstream as a result of global regulations and energy restrictions
Although the project is built on top of the Ethereum Blockchain it is highly adaptable and could be employed on any Blockchain platform if the market dynamics change in the future.

 

RISK FACTORS


The project is highly dependent on whether renewable energy becomes widely utilised by individuals in the future, although with strict UN regulations already in place and consumers becoming more conscious, this shift in the market already appears to be taking place
There are several other Blockchain firms trying to solve the energy crisis including Grid+ and WePower, although such projects are yet to have a proof of concept
Power Ledgers business model means that wealthy individuals will benefit the most as they have the purchasing power to buy more solar units initially, although even those who cannot afford solar panels should be able to benefit from cheaper prices as a result of intense peer-to-peer market competition

 

CONCLUSION


As individuals become more conscious of their carbon footprint and regulating bodies tighten energy use from non-renewable resources, renewable energy use is only set to become more prevalent in mainstream society. When this occurs, individuals will seek the most cost-efficient way to consume their energy. If Power Ledger can empower communities by helping them realise the economic and environmental benefits of such an application, they have the potential of becoming a market leader in the space. Thus, POWR should be on your long-term watchlist.


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Fundamental Pick: Astronaut Capital

 

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ADDRESSING THE TRUST, ACCESSIBILITY AND MANAGEMENT ISSUES OF ICO’S BY PROVIDING A UNIQUE CRYPTOCURRENCY INDEX FUND

 

PROBLEM TO SOLVE


Since early 2017, the ICO market has grown exponentially as entrepreneurs begun to realise the potential of a new funding mechanism that could raise millions of dollars in a matter of minutes. For example, the ICO for a web browser, developed by the creator of Javascript managed to raise over $35 million dollars in under 30 seconds. Such an efficient funding vehicle had never been seen before, even in the world of venture capital. Both institutional and retail investors were invited to participate, finally allowing mom and pop to get in on the ground floor of what could be some of the most innovative blue-chip firms one shall see in their lifetime.

However, although many ICOs have genuinely good intentions and wish to use their funding to create innovative new products on the Blockchain, some saw this as an opportunity to quickly exploit individuals with a false promise and exit the market quickly. Hence, navigating this vast new ecosystem successfully and profiting from your findings is no easy feat for the average layman.

Additionally, the process of registering and applying for ICO crowd sales is tedious and time-consuming, with cumbersome KYC barriers often putting potential consumers off. Despite this, even if they do decide to make the purchase, management of numerous assets after the fact can become a difficult procedure, with many wallets only offering limited functionality for ICO coins.

Finally, although ICOs promise to accessible to all, whether this is actually the case is highly debatable. Prospective consumers must jump through hoops to find exactly where and how to buy the tokens until their funds are needed. This is often the result of a large majority of such assets being sold to large investors prior to them reaching the public market

 

SOLUTION


Astronaut aims to address the trust, accessibility and management issues of Initial Coin Offerings by providing their own ICO index fund token (ASTRO). Essentially, this allows investors to gain exposure to a varied basket of ICOs without needing to undergo the rigorous due diligence needed in order to profit from this emerging market. The index is carefully balanced by industry experts to ensure maximum profits can be acquired at any given time.

First, to address the point of trust, Astronaut works under the umbrella company Picolo Research. A well-respected cryptocurrency analysis firm with over 10,000 monthly subscribers. They strive to find the most appealing ICO offerings through in-depth fundamental analysis of notable up and coming firms by a team of highly trained professionals. Their articles are clear and concise as possible to help investors understand why a certain ICO has been added to their weighted index portfolio.

Second, in regards to accessibility, ASTRO breaks down industry barriers by buying in bulk from ICOs they wish to add to the index, allowing them to access pre ICO prices and most importantly having the contacts and information to successfully purchase popular projects. This takes the onus off the retail investor and places it in the hands of the well-versed Astronaut team. One merely has to purchase the ASTRO token to gain access to a well researched varied ICO portfolio that is weighted according to market conditions. This universal exposure is often what consumers desire yet simply do not have the time or the resources to pursue.

Finally, on the subject of asset management, Astronaut actively monitor their positions and are not afraid to exit them where a particular ICO has not met their projected expectations. This takes the need for investors to continuously monitor their positions out of the equation, which may be of particular interest to long-term holders or newbie investors who are simply not equipped to tackle this extremely volatile emerging market. Being able to quietly participate in a market using an index allows one to gain exposure to a clearly booming sector without all the associated risks.

 

APPLICATIONS


The ASTRO token provides two types of return for its investors. Firstly, users receive quarterly income distributions based on the amount they invest and their exit activity. Secondly, holders gain any token appreciation aligned with the Net Asset Value (NAV) of the index fund.

Access to the Astronaut index fund is simple for anyone who has invested in an alt-coin in the past, it can simply be bought online at an exchange under its prefix ASTRO. Whether one decides to include this as part of an already manageable portfolio, under the umbrella of ‘ICOs’ or if they wish to let the company manage the entirety of their portfolio, allocating all funds to ASTRO is completely up to the investor. The former is probably most appropriate with a mix of high cap names such as Bitcoin and Ethereum.

 

SUMMARY


Whilst the cryptocurrency market continues to evolve, opportunities to invest in ICOs can provide huge rewards for those who are willing to spend a considerable amount of time researching. Despite this, the risks associated with ICOs can leave naive investors wishing they never entered the market in the first place. For the latter Astronaut provides an easy way to gain access to a well-researched basket of cryptocurrencies without undergoing the due diligence. Definitely, one to consider for those who want to benefit from the ICO boom whilst remaining cautious.

 

CATALYSTS


First-Mover Advantage: Crypto index coins are a relatively new concept in the Blockchain ecosystem, currently ASTRO’s only competitors are Crypto20 and TaaS, this could give them the edge over future equivalent competitors who enter the market

Qualitative Approach: Unlike their competitors, ASTRO heavily focus on in-depth qualitative fundamental analysis to choose their picks and self-weight the portfolio according to the strength of projects, whilst many other index funds use an algorithmic equation to balance top coins against each other according to current market conditions

ICO Focus: Of the few crypto index funds available, most focus on top coins by market cap, whilst ASTRO have chosen ICO’s as their UPS, a much more challenging environment for consumers to invest in successfully

 

RISK FACTORS


Reliance: Whilst relying on experts who understand the ICO landscape extremely well may be more successful than investing personally, you are ultimately avoiding putting in the due diligence yourself, studying their methodology for allocating coins to your portfolio is highly advisable

Small-Cap: Currently the project is listed as 750 by Market Cap on coinmarketcap.com, hence the project has yet to gain large amounts of traction, there is certainly a need for the expansion of the number of exchanges that ASTRO is listed on

 

CONCLUSION


The ICO market has seen both the biggest winners and losers in the cryptocurrency marketplace to date, yet picking the winners is no easy feat. ASTRO may provide a safe haven for investors who seek to gain exposure to such a market without the undeniable risks associated. Relying on others to do research for you is often risky business, yet with a sound methodology centred around fundamental analysis and a well-regarded team, the project appears to have great promise. Besides, not all individuals have the time or knowledge to pursue such due diligence on a market which is certainly overwhelming and continuously expanding. For this reason, ASTRO is certainly one to watch as they grow.


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Fundamental Pick: Ontology

 

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PROVIDING TRADITIONAL BUSINESSES WITH ALL THE NECESSARY TOOLS TO CREATE THEIR OWN INDEPENDENT BLOCKCHAINS

 

SYNOPSIS


Founded by members of the renowned Neo blockchain initiative, Ontology aims to revolutionise the business world as we know it. Whilst many blockchain firms seek to specialise in a unique problem, Ontology’s strength lies in the diversity of their approach.

In essence, Ontology intends to provide traditional businesses with all the necessary tools to create their own independent blockchains, without the need for prior knowledge of distributed networks.

For example, they offer the easy integration of traditional business services such as identity verification, the exchange of sensitive data and protocol management. At current, inadequacies of centralised trust networks mean that such services are vulnerable to insufficient privacy protection, cumbersome identity verification and suffer from monopolisation of data management.

Using Ontology, these flaws in the current status quo can be alleviated, by migrating all such desired services to comprehensively more efficient decentralised trust mechanisms, without businesses requiring prior knowledge, whilst meeting organisational needs of all sizes. This has the potential to become a catalyst for removing blockchains high barriers to entry in the business world, ultimately leading to large-scale adoption.

For this reason, many institutional investors are extremely excited about the project, as the broad business mindset appeals to their needs. Still in its infancy, with plenty of room to grow, Ontology could pose as a great long-term investment.

 

CATALYSTS


  • Strong support from the Neo Foundation, with leading members of the City of Zion council transitioning over to Ontology from the popular smart contract platform
  • Founder member Jun Li has worked in Fintech for an impressive 16 years and was Co-Founder of OnChain, which is well connected within the Chinese business community
  • ‘Co-Builder Plan’, a collaborative effort to advance blockchain infrastructure is supported by some colossal Chinese venture capital firms including Sequoia China, Danhua Capital, Matrix Partners China, and ZhenFund.
  • A large proportion of ONT tokens have been allocated to the technical community in order to incentivise growth

 

RISK FACTORS


  • Ontologies broad mandate could backfire if the network fails to become scalable, due to the pace of its own success
  • As with many blockchain firms, the effectiveness of the project is yet to be seen and cannot be guaranteed, although the sequential release of their mainnet, id system and verifiable claim protocol in late June appears promising
  • The threat of Chinese regulation impacting their innovation, although their team comprises experts with links to government bodies to mitigate this risk

 

CONCLUSION


Although Ontology is still a relatively young project, it has gained widespread support from the blockchain community within a short space of time. This can largely be attributed to the diversity of their approach, which seeks to satisfy the needs of businesses of all shapes and sizes, by providing a universal toolkit that aims to bridge the gap between the inadequate status quo and the decentralised future.

Hence, Ontology largely appeals to the business mindset by removing the high barriers to entry that blockchain often imposes and ultimately allowing for large-scale adoption. Such a business model, coupled with their nepotistic foundation and their soon to be released projects, suggests that Ontology has a great future ahead of them.

Over the coming months, it will become clear whether the project can live up to its prosperous beginnings, although with such prominent Chinese venture capitalists supporting the project, you may want to believe the hype.


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Fundamental Pick: EOS

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THE MISSING ELEMENT TO PUSH DAPPS INTO THE MAINSTREAM MARKET

 

SYNOPSIS


Currently, one of the main barriers to adoption in the blockchain industry is scalability. Although innovative market leaders such as Ethereum have allowed for the creation of decentralised applications that utilise smart contracts, their usability on a large scale is severely limited. This is the result of the Proof of Work (PoW) model, where all nodes within the network have to agree on a single transaction in order for it to be added to the Blockchain.

EOS aims to solve this problem by creating a unique Proof of Stake (PoS) model which should scale to handle millions of transactions per second. EOS’s focus on scalability stems from the belief that in order for the space to receive mainstream adoption, robust enterprise applications need to be able to function as they do in our current world. Without such an ability, DApps use cases can be viewed as limited and almost novel. However, as with any groundbreaking technology, finding ways to solve fundamental problems takes time, EOS focus on this key issue could set them apart from the multitude of platforms currently in the market.

Additionally, unlike many other platforms, EOS lets users utilise the DApps created on their Blockchain without needing to spend unnecessary funds on transaction fees. This is achieved by allowing users to spend transactions proportionally to the amount of EOS they hold, a feature built into the Proof of Stake (PoS) consensus algorithm. Ultimately, this permits users to use applications without the need for spending tokens unless they are purchasing a product or service, as familiar in the traditional App market. This link between the current status quo and what the future holds could provide Blockchain technology with the bridge it needs to attract the masses.

Additionally, EOS’s PoS model avoids the need for cumbersome widespread consensus to be achieved in order for upgrades or edits to the main system or DApps themselves, as seen in the PoW model. Some may argue that this is a key feature in the security of a distributed network, despite this, however, the current PoW algorithm suffers from slow bureaucratic proceedings.

Innovations such as these are rare and although PoS may not be the final solution, constantly progressing towards technological perfection is certainly admirable. For the proposed reasons, EOS appears to have a keen vision for what the future Blockchain space may hold, and being a market leader in the unique PoS model provides them with a distinct market advantage. With the launch of their independent Blockchain already in use, it will be interesting to see the progression of projects developed on the EOS platform over the coming year. Certainly, one not to miss before it goes mainstream.

 

CATALYSTS


  • CTO Dan Larimer has a proven track record with several successful projects under his belt including Steemit (decentralised social network) and Bitshares (decentralised exchange)
  • EOS’s ICO raised an outstanding 4 Billion USD, providing a substantial war chest to deal with the turbulent cryptocurrency market and provide funding for the ecosystem
  • Partnership with Bitfinex, one of the world’s most liquid cryptocurrency exchanges, to build a decentralised exchange based on the EOS Blockchain
  • CEO Brendan Blumer has promised to allocate 1 Billion USD to fund projects built on the EOS platform, allowing for the industry grade DApps they wish to build to be realised

 

RISK FACTORS


  • Although CEO Brendan Blumer has created several successful companies including II5 (tech) and okay.com (real estate), he has no experience within the Blockchain space
  • The Blockchain platform sector is the most competitive within the market, including notable figures such as Ethereum, NEO, Cardano etc. Although, EOS definitely has a unique selling point with its innovative PoS consensus algorithm
  • Certain individuals oppose the PoS model entirely, as they believe it may give substantial power to EOS or turn the idea of a decentralised consensus into a political process, this viewpoint remains to be seen

 

CONCLUSION


EOS could just be what Blockchain needs to push DApps into the mainstream market. Boasting a million transactions per second, accompanied by zero fees, this platform should be both scalable and usable for the masses.

Questions of whether the PoS consensus algorithm is secure enough to be immutably trusted certainly remains to be seen, but without such innovations and a real-world testnet, no one will ever know, and large-scale adoption would likely remain stagnant. Having the guts to be the first to pursue such an end goal shows strength in vision.

Thus, if EOS manage to prove their critics wrong, they could become the market leader in the platform ecosystem. The coming year will surely determine this fate, so be sure to keep an eye on such an opportunity.


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Fundamental Pick: Polymath

 

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CHANGING THE WAY SECURITIES ARE CREATED

 

SYNOPSIS


Over the past two years, ICO’s have raised more than 4 billion dollars in revenue, yet in the period before 2018, none of them were registered with the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission). If certain crypto assets are determined securities, without abiding by the traditional framework, there could be grave consequences.

This hot topic is the problem Polymath is determined to solve. In order to achieve this, they propose a platform in which to create security tokens where all necessary regulatory requirements are accounted for. This new framework has been coined the security token standard: ST-20 and is comparable to Ethereum’s ERC-20, whilst focusing on securities and abiding by the SEC regulations.

Allowing for the simplification of the legal process of creating and selling security tokens in compliance with government regulation. This merging of emerging blockchain technology and traditional regulations has many individuals excited, as it will allow for institutional figures to feel more secure when investing large sums of money in ICO’s in the future.

Arguably a factor which is currently holding blockchain technology back from mainstream adoption. With little competition in the blockchain market at current, Polymath’s platform could truly change the way securities are created and traded in the future, for this reason, the project appears to have great potential if pulled off professionally.

 

CATALYSTS


  • CEO Trevor Koverko has long-term experience in the cryptocurrency market, previously working for reputable companies such as ShaftShift and Luminex
  • 30 core team members, with wide-ranging experience in blockchain and traditional finance roles, working for companies such as LedgerX, Jaxx, Overstock, and Deloitte
  • First mover advantage, with little comparable competition currently
  • Collaboration with tZERO advisors who are also building a securities exchange, providing liquidity to the market
  • Partnerships with KYC facilitators IdentityMind and BnkToTheFuture, alongside SelfKey, a digital identity verifier

 

RISK FACTORS


  • Not all team members are fully dedicated to the project, as their time is split between multiple projects
  • tZERO is also building a securities exchange but is still in its ICO stage
  • The main competitor at current is the SEC itself, although their traditional procedure is often long and rigorous

 

CONCLUSION


As with any emerging technology, blockchain has largely outpaced regulation from those who seek to implement it. Although this may allow for constant innovation within the sector, it often holds institutional investors back from supporting projects they believe in.

Polymath may prove a safe haven for these more cautious investors, by providing a platform where security tokens can be easily created that meet all necessary regulatory requirements with ease. As a result, individuals can feel comfortable in investing large amounts of money within the sector, without facing a backlash from intervening regulators in the future.

Consequently, many individuals see great potential in Polymath, and with little competition at current in the blockchain marketplace, the project could truly change the way securities are created in years to come. Talks of impending regulation are only going to increase whilst the blockchain space matures, and with such talks, the popularity of the project will likely grow, for this reason, Polymath could be an excellent long-term investment.


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Fundamental Pick: Selfkey

 

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STREAMLINING TEDIOUS KYC PROCESSES FOR BUSINESSES WHILST ALLOWING INDIVIDUALS TO CONTROL THE FATE OF THEIR OWN IDENTITY

 

PROBLEM TO SOLVE


Currently, we place an enormous amount of trust in centralised authorities to store and manage our identity. Such organisations entitle us to essential human rights such as financial services, citizenship/passport registration and business licenses. As with all centralised entities they are incredibly prone to hacking resulting from a single point of failure, all user data is stored in one single place. This has too often resulted in our identities being exploited for criminal purposes such as identity fraud, as seen in the Equifax hack where 143 million users identity were stolen from a central database.

Coupled with this inefficient management of sensitive data, the current process of completing mandatory KYC (Know Your Customer) processes for business is cumbersome, costly and repetitive. KYC ensures that client identities are fully assessed before any business relationships are formed to avoid the risk of illegal or fraudulent interactions. They span numerous jurisdictions and are therefore widely used by firms all over the world. Sharing sensitive identity data to numerous centralised databases has it proposed risks, but perhaps more poignant is how much time and energy is spent completing such a process repeatedly.

 

SOLUTION


Such inadequacies with the current status quo have lead Selfkey (KEY) to provide an innovative solution. In essence, KEY aim to empower individuals and businesses to possess full control over their own identities by eradicating the need for unnecessary and unsecure centralised intermediaries. Their digital identity system based on the Ethereum Blockchain will allow users to upload all necessary documentation to ensure they are fully compliant to pursue any venture which needs identity verification, whether this is for commercial or personal purposes. By combining all necessary documents in one place on their desktop and mobile app, which only the user has access to via their individual public key, applying for financial services, passport/citizenship and business endeavours that need KYC compliance becomes simple. Thus, for businesses, KEY eliminates the mundane and costly repetition of KYC registrations and for individuals, KEY allows easy access to essential services and ultimately empowering people to own their identity without relying on other unreliable middlemen.

 

APPLICATIONS


Once the platform goes live in Q4 2019, individuals and businesses will be able to purchase a variety of products and services via the Selfkey marketplace utilising the KEY Token, including but not limited to, bank accounts, residency, KYC licences and real estate. Additionally one will be able to manage their cryptocurrency assets, including the KEY token itself and any other ERC-20 tokens. Conversely, unlike many other cryptocurrency firms, KEY already has a working beta of their desktop wallet which looks incredibly professional and KEY also provide an online demo of different functions the desktop wallet will be able to achieve in the future. In a space which is often incredibly difficult to understand from the outside, this a refreshing approach that allows users to gain a deeper insight into how the platform will function in the future. After all, as with all technology, once Blockchain technology is integrated into our daily lives the end users are unlikely to be interested in how things operate in the backend as long as they serve their desired purpose.

 

SUMMARY


Ultimately, Selfkey’s accumulation of necessary documents needed for typical business and personal interactions should reduce time and costs for both parties. KYC registration may be their killer application for businesses, whilst individuals ability to determine how to efficiently manage their own identity should gain further appeal. Still in its infancy, Selfkey has a bright future ahead of itself and if they live up to their roadmap they should become incredibly profitable for long-term investors. Be sure not to miss out!

 

CATALYSTS


  • Proven Ability: Key team members behind Selfkey have already proved their ability to successfully manage a large-scale project from start-up to finish with their successful venture KYC Chain, a KYC solutions provider, that is already working with numerous blue-chip firms
  • Firm Foundations: The interconnectivity between KYC Chain and Selfkey allows the business to focus solely on Blockchain development and user experience as the infrastructure and expertise in the business of KYC is already established
  • Consumer Awareness: The major Equifax hack alongside the Cambridge Analytica Facebook scandal has lead to an increasing number of individuals becoming more aware of how their identity can be stolen or misused for illicit purposes, ensuring demand for having more control over one’s own identity
  • Familiarity with KYC: Every time one wishes to participate in an ICO they have to go through the KYC process, this is a repetitive and long-winded process which many cryptocurrency users are familiar with and would certainly avoid if possible, creating more demand

 

RISK FACTORS


  • Serious Competition: There are other notable other firms trying to provide a digital identity solution using Blockchain technology such as Civic, which has been long established, although Selfkey’s clear advantage is the deep-rooted industry connections that KYC Chain has provided
  • Slow Timeline: For a business that already has such firm industry foundations their timeline is not particularly fast, with continual developments throughout 2019, there will certainly be a race to become the market leader in the digital identity space, although it is also important that everything is completed to the highest of standards

 

EVENTS


  • 30th September: Alpha launch of SelfKey Corporate Identity Wallet desktop app, Alpha launch of SelfKey mobile app and Partnership work with governments and utility providers
  • 31st December: Beta launch of SelfKey desktop app

 

CONCLUSION


Selfkey is an innovative identity platform which aims to streamline the verification process for a variety of services by allowing both individuals and businesses to retain full ownership of their identity. KEY’s killer application is the ability to aggregate all information necessary for KYC processes in one place, whilst only allowing the user access to such information via their public key. This should save a considerable amount of time and expense for businesses all over the world who regularly must be KYC compliant before exchanging value with others.

Of course, this is merely one poignant application KEY offers, the platform will also provide individuals and businesses with access to financial services, citizenship, business licenses and health insurance, to name a few. It is likely the KYC validation market is where we will see KEY thrive first as a result of their successful parent company KYC Chain. Although, with such a wide-ranging market, opportunities for clients and growth are endless. For this reason, Selfkey is one not to miss out on and should be on your watchlist.