Daily Crypto, Finance and Tech News Summary – May 15, 2023

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A realistic oil painting showing Central Bank Digital currency being blocked

USA State Florida Bans CBDCs

Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida, the US state, has signed a groundbreaking bill, SB-7054, effectively banning the use of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) within the state. This includes CBDCs issued by foreign governments. The legislation, which passed with an overwhelming majority in the Florida House of Representatives, amends the state law to exclude CBDCs from the definition of money.

The Governor’s stance is centred on concerns about the potential misuse of CBDCs to track and control Americans’ transactions. DeSantis voiced apprehensions about scenarios where the government could restrict purchases or monitor individual’s purchase habits in real-time. He also suggested the Biden administration’s interest in CBDCs may be a ploy to outcompete other digital assets, including mainstream cryptocurrencies.

This legislation was initiated by Governor DeSantis in late March with the intention of safeguarding Floridians from what he perceives as the potential weaponisation of the financial sector via CBDCs. This decision echoes a growing global concern about the balance between the modernisation of economic systems and the preservation of financial independence and privacy.

While Florida takes a step back from CBDCs, many countries are exploring their own central bank-operated digital currencies. China, South Korea, Japan, India, and Russia are either in the development or pilot stage of their own CBDCs. However, the potential impact on privacy and financial independence has raised the alarm, reinforcing the importance of the dialogue surrounding digital currencies and privacy rights.

While most of these proposed digital currencies are extensions to these country’s existing digital financial systems, there is a bigger concern about some central banks overtaking power from large commercial and regional banks. This would push banking to be more closely controlled by government treasury departments and central reserve banks. Read more here.

This decision by Florida highlights the growing global concern over the balance between modernising economic systems and preserving financial independence and privacy. The potential impact is raising alarm in many circles. Cryptocurrencies like Zucoins provide an alternative that emphasise privacy, security and personal control over financial data, as almost all data is stored locally on your device, via the Zucoins wallet app. By leveraging the benefits of decentralisation and a privacy-forward approach, they offer a friendlier ecosystem that protects individual financial privacy while enabling seamless and secure digital transactions.

Rising Inflation Fuels Crypto Adoption in Argentina and Turkey

Inflation-ridden nations, Argentina and Turkey, are witnessing a surge in cryptocurrency adoption as their local currencies continue to depreciate. According to GWI, a research firm, Turkey leads the world in digital currency ownership with a rate of 27.1%, followed by Argentina at 23.5%. This is notably above the global crypto ownership rate of 11.9%. With Argentina’s annual inflation peaking at 104% and Turkey’s at 50.51%, the countries’ respective currencies, the peso and lira, have hit record lows.

Driven by high inflation rates, locals are increasingly turning to stablecoins, like USD Coin (USDC) and Tether (USDT), as a safe haven. These crypto tokens claim they are pegged one-to-one to traditional assets, such as the US dollar or gold, offering investors a stable alternative. Stablecoins are also often used as a middleman to exchange a country’s own currency (“fiat” currencies) and other cryptocurrencies. Ehab Zaghloul, Chief Research Scientist at Tribal Credit, suggests this trend is a strategy to hedge against currency devaluation by holding assets tied to stronger currencies.

Crypto adoption tends to be higher in countries experiencing capital restrictions, financial instability, and political instability, according to K33 Research. Recent exchange trading volumes for the USDT-Turkish lira pair have reached multi-month highs, spurred by the Turkish lira’s continued weakening and impending government elections. Read more here.

What’s it mean for Splitchain? Well, it’s clear many parts of the world are hungry for a more efficient everyday transaction solution, at large scale. The complicated process of joining these networks links their potential in areas that aren’t used to traditional blockchain systems. The industry needs to vastly simplify its products and provide easy-to-use solutions—this is what the Zucoins wallet app is designed to solve.

Deciphering the Future of Cryptocurrency: An Analysis of Key Market Trends

Note: David, a subscriber of MyZucoins, asked if we could analyse this video and provide explanations about how Zucoins fit into the various discussions presented. Sure can David! See the video.

The video is an analysis of emerging trends in the cryptocurrency market. It discusses his predictions for the future of the crypto market, focussing on eight key categories which he believes are poised to shape the landscape.

1: Solana Killers: These are projects that rival Solana in terms of speed and transaction costs. Examples include Avalance, Harmony, and Phantom. While they promise high performance, there are risks associated with them, such as potential security issues and scalability problems.

Zucoins and the Splitchain network can be seen as a contender in this category. Similar to Solana, they prioritise high-speed transactions and low costs, specifically with Zucoins eliminating layer one transaction fees. However, Splitchain also takes a different approach by emphasising very fast settlement times (currently just 90 seconds!), not just transaction times, as this is key to fully completing a transaction. For example, Bitcoin can actually take up to 60 minutes for a transaction to settle on its blockchain.

2: Layer 2’s: These are secondary frameworks or protocols built on top of an existing blockchain (Layer 1). They aim to enhance the capabilities of the primary blockchain, often trying to improve scalability issues. Notable examples include Optimism and zkSync. However, there’s a risk that if Layer 1 solutions like Ethereum’s blockchain eventually become highly efficient, Layer 2’s might lose their relevance. What’s more, it could cause a lot of user data that was managed by the layer 2 systems to then go missing when these layer 2 companies, who are often centralised corporations, cease to operate.

While Zucoins and the Splitchain network function as a Layer One solution, they have inherently addressed scalability issues from the ground-up. This is a significant advantage as it eliminates the need for additional layer two frameworks, providing a more streamlined, simpler and friendlier experience, for both consumers and software engineers to build upon the platform—it’s the stuff you don’t see that matters.

3: Decentralised Storage: Projects like Filecoin, Arweave, and IPFS offer decentralised storage solutions that can scale in line with demand, providing cheaper and more secure storage than traditional cloud services. But this category’s growth is dependent on broader crypto adoption and could face an oversupply, leading to congestion or high fees, if too many projects enter the space.

4: Interoperability: These projects aim to facilitate communication between different blockchains. Polkadot, Cosmos, and Chainlink are key examples. The demand for interoperability depends on crypto adoption, and the competition might lead to a zero-sum game where only one or two standards prevail.

While interoperability is not a primary focus for the Splitchain network and Zucoins at this stage, it remains a possibility. The Splitchain network operates differently than traditional blockchains, providing distinct advantages in terms of real-time transactions, absence of layer one transaction fees, and scalability. However, should the need arise, interoperability could potentially be addressed. It’s important to remember that the success of interoperability efforts often depends on broader crypto adoption and the willingness of different networks to work together. It’ll also be open to third-parties to manage this bridging effort, once more parts of the system are released as open-sourced.

5: Decentralised Social Media: This category includes projects like the Lens protocol and Theta that aim to resist censorship and provide quality information on decentralised platforms. However, these platforms’ adoption depends on their user experience and they could face regulatory issues.

The Splitchain network and its native token, Zucoins, have the potential to make a significant impact in the decentralised social media space. The network is built around the principle of decentralised truth, which aligns seamlessly with the concept of decentralised social media. A social media system build on Splitchain could bring about a new level of transparency and trustworthiness to the digital social sphere. Zucoins could be used for transactions within such a platform, supporting interactions like tipping content creators, purchasing premium content, or accessing exclusive areas. Importantly, the success of the Splitchain network and Zucoins in this realm depends on broader adoption and the regulatory landscape for decentralised social media.

6: Web3 Gaming: “Metaverse” games (a now overhyped word that mainstream media has hammered to death in recent years), like Axie Infinity, Gala Games, and Decentraland, have the potential to drive mass crypto adoption. However, there are challenges, including the need for blockchains that can support millions of concurrent users and unclear regulations around blockchain gaming.

Unlike typical blockchains, the Splitchain network provides real-time transactions, the absence of layer one transaction fees and easier scalability by integrating it into a company’s existing systems far easier. This makes it perfectly suited to support gaming environments that require millions of concurrent users and instant, cost-effective transactions. Projects like these have the potential to drive mass adoption of the Splitchain network and Zucoins.

7: Wallets: Wallets like Metamask, Phantom, and Avalanche are critical in the crypto ecosystem, and some may issue their own governance tokens. But there’s no guarantee that other wallets will support these offshoot tokens, so the proliferation of wallets could lead to intense fragmentation silos in the industry without clear standards and interoperable protocols.

Zucoins, being operational on the Splitchain network, already has an active, user-friendly wallet solution that has been serving users for over twelve months. This adds a significant advantage to the usability of Zucoins, making the process of managing and transacting with Zucoins easier and more accessible for users, both experienced and newcomers. A well-functioning wallet is a critical component of the broader crypto ecosystem and having one already in operation aligns Zucoins and the Splitchain network well in this category.

8: Privacy: This category covers projects like Oasis Network, Aztec Network, and privacy coins like Monero that offer privacy features for crypto transactions. Institutional investors and central banks are expected to drive demand for these privacy-focused cryptos. However, they face regulatory scrutiny, are not robust enough or are often centrally managed without a solid decentralisation strategy.

Splitchain network and Zucoins offer a network designed with privacy at its core for users. By striking a balance between privacy, security, transparency, and regulatory compliance, they offer a user-friendly environment that follows the rules while protecting user data. Splitchain’s product team has been quietly working towards decentralising more and more pieces, for many years and that strategy draws closer every week.

The video advises cautious optimism about these categories. They highlight the potential for growth and adoption but also underscore the risks, including regulatory issues, competition, and technical limitations. They urge the audience to do their own research before making any kind of financial decision. See more here.

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