Bitcoin ETFs: Which Region Is Next To See Approvals And Poise As A Hub? Australia? Hong Kong?

Bitcoin ETFs: Which Region Is Next To See Approvals And Poise As A Hub? Australia? Hong Kong?

Bitcoin ETFs are live, changing the investing game everywhere. With the US joining the ranks of other approved countries, the big question is which region is next to see approvals and poise as a hub for Bitcoin ETFs. I will share my views who are the most likely candidates for the next wave of Bitcoin ETF launches, based on their market size, regulatory environment, investor demand, and innovation potential. I will also discuss the analyst sentiment on bringing more liquidity into Bitcoin products through ETF launches, and when the public can expect approval in specific regions.

Why Australia’s main stock market (ASX) makes sense for the next BTC ETF launch

Australia is one of the most developed and sophisticated financial markets in the Asia-Pacific region, with a strong and stable economy, a robust and transparent regulatory framework, and a high level of investor protection and education. The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) is the primary stock exchange in Australia, and one of the largest in the Asia-Pacific region, with over 2,300 listed companies and a total value of over $2.3 trillion as of February 2024. The ASX also offers a diverse range of products and services, including equities, derivatives, commodities, fixed income, and exchange-traded products (ETPs), such as ETFs and leveraged and inverse products (L&I Products).

Australia is also a leading country in terms of cryptocurrency adoption and innovation, with a supportive and progressive attitude towards digital assets. According to a report, 17% of Australians own some form of cryptocurrencymaking it the top most ready crypto-friendly country in the world, in front of U.S., Brazil and UAE. I was talking to an association in Australia and was told that there are over 300 crypto businesses, 40 crypto exchanges, and 20 crypto funds operating in the country. Although, I do not have the exact numbers but I do believe there are more. Additionally, Australia has a clear and comprehensive regulatory framework for crypto assets, which covers aspects such as taxation, anti-money laundering, consumer protection, and licensing. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is the main regulator for crypto assets in Australia, and has issued several guidelines and statements on how crypto assets are treated under the existing laws and regulations. You can refer to ASIC’s Information Sheet 225, Crypto-assets (INFO 225) as a guide for the community and industry understand when financial services laws may apply to crypto-assets.

Given these factors, it makes sense for Australia’s main stock market, the ASX, to be the next destination for Bitcoin ETF launches. In fact, Australia already has access to physically backed Bitcoin ETFs since May 2022, via the 21shares Bitcoin ETF (EBTC) listed on Cboe Australia, a secondary exchange that operates under the ASX’s license. However, the ASX itself has not yet approved any Bitcoin ETFs, despite receiving several applications from various providers, such as BetaShares, VanEck, and Fidelity. The main reason for the delay is the ASX’s cautious and conservative approach towards crypto assets, which reflects its high standards and expectations for product quality, investor suitability, and market integrity. The ASX has stated that it is closely monitoring the developments and innovations in the crypto space, and that it is open to considering Bitcoin ETFs, as long as they meet its rigorous requirements and address its concerns8.

Some of the key issues that the ASX is likely to consider before approving Bitcoin ETFs are:

  • The liquidity and volatility of the underlying Bitcoin market, and the potential impact on the ETF’s price discovery, trading, and redemption.
  • The security and reliability of the Bitcoin custodian, and the measures taken to prevent hacking, theft, or loss of the Bitcoin holdings.
  • The valuation and accounting methods used to determine the net asset value (NAV) of the ETF, and the frequency and accuracy of the NAV calculation and dissemination.
  • The risk management and compliance policies and procedures of the ETF provider, and the adequacy of the disclosure and reporting to the investors and the regulators.
  • The suitability and education of the investors, and the availability of sufficient information and guidance on the risks and benefits of investing in Bitcoin ETFs.

I believe that these issues are not insurmountable, and that the ASX will eventually approve Bitcoin ETFs, as long as the applicants can demonstrate that they have addressed them satisfactorily, and that they have the necessary expertise, experience, and resources to offer a high-quality and safe product. I also believe that the ASX will benefit from approving Bitcoin ETFs, as it will enhance its reputation as a leading and innovative exchange, attract more investors and capital to its market, and diversify its product offering and revenue streams. Therefore, I expect that the ASX will approve Bitcoin ETFs in the second half of 2024, following the example of other major exchanges around the world.

Analyst sentiment on bringing more liquidity into Bitcoin products through ETF launches

One of the main benefits of Bitcoin ETFs is that they bring more liquidity into Bitcoin products, by increasing the supply and demand of Bitcoin, and by facilitating the trading and arbitrage of Bitcoin across different platforms and markets. Liquidity is a measure of how easily and quickly an asset can be bought or sold without affecting its price, and it is an important factor for the efficiency, stability, and growth of any market. Higher liquidity means lower transaction costs, faster execution, better price discovery, lower volatility, and higher investor confidence.

Analysts generally have a positive sentiment on bringing more liquidity into Bitcoin products through ETF launches, as they believe that it will improve the overall performance and attractiveness of Bitcoin as an asset class, and that it will create more opportunities and value for investors, traders, and the crypto industry. Some of the main arguments that analysts make in favor of Bitcoin ETFs are:

  • Bitcoin ETFs increase the demand for Bitcoin, as they attract more investors, especially institutional and retail investors, who may otherwise be reluctant or unable to invest in Bitcoin directly, due to technical, regulatory, or operational barriers. Bitcoin ETFs also increase the supply of Bitcoin, as they require the ETF providers to buy and hold Bitcoin to back their ETF shares, creating a positive feedback loop that drives up the price and the adoption of Bitcoin.
  • Bitcoin ETFs facilitate the trading and arbitrage of Bitcoin, as they allow investors to buy and sell Bitcoin on regulated exchanges and platforms, with lower fees, higher liquidity, and better security, than on unregulated or offshore crypto exchanges. Bitcoin ETFs also allow investors to exploit price differences and inefficiencies between the spot and the futures markets, and between different regions and jurisdictions, creating a more integrated and efficient global market for Bitcoin.
  • Bitcoin ETFs improve the price discovery and the volatility of Bitcoin, as they reflect the true and fair value of Bitcoin, based on the supply and demand of the market, rather than the speculation or manipulation of the market. Bitcoin ETFs also reduce the volatility of Bitcoin, as they smooth out the price fluctuations and the shocks caused by external events, such as hacks, bans, or news, by providing more liquidity and stability
  • Bitcoin ETFs enhance the reputation and the legitimacy of Bitcoin, as they bring Bitcoin into the mainstream financial system, by making it available on regulated exchanges and platforms, and by attracting institutional and retail investors who may otherwise be skeptical or hostile towards Bitcoin. Bitcoin ETFs also foster a more positive and constructive relationship between the crypto industry and the regulators, as they demonstrate the willingness and the ability of the crypto industry to comply with the existing laws and regulations, and to cooperate with the regulators to address their concerns and expectations.

When the public can expect approval in specific regions

The approval and the launch of Bitcoin ETFs in different regions depend on various factors, such as the market size, the regulatory environment, the investor demand, and the innovation potential of each region. Therefore, it is difficult to predict with certainty when the public can expect approval in specific regions, as each region has its own challenges and opportunities, and as the crypto space is constantly evolving and changing. However, based on the current trends and developments, I will provide some estimates and expectations for the approval and the launch of Bitcoin ETFs in some of the major regions in the world.

  • Europe: Europe is one of the most advanced and progressive regions in terms of cryptocurrency regulation and innovation, with several countries, such as Germany, Switzerland, and Sweden, already having approved and launched Bitcoin ETFs, and with others, such as France, Italy, and Spain, showing interest and openness towards crypto assets. Europe also has a high level of crypto adoption and awareness, with 15% of Europeans owning some form of cryptocurrency, making it the fourth most crypto-friendly region in the world, behind Africa, Asia, and Oceania. Therefore, I expect that Europe will continue to approve and launch Bitcoin ETFs in the near future, and that it will become one of the leading hubs for Bitcoin ETFs in the world.
  • Latin America: Latin America is one of the most emerging and promising regions in terms of cryptocurrency adoption and innovation, with several countries, such as Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Colombia, being among the top adopters and users of crypto assets in the world. Latin America also has a challenging and uncertain regulatory environment for crypto assets, with different countries having different levels and degrees of regulation, supervision, and enforcement of crypto assets, and with some countries facing political and economic instability and turmoil. Therefore, I expect that Latin America will have a slow and gradual outlook for the approval and the launch of Bitcoin ETFs in the near future, with some countries, such as Brazil, being more advanced and ready to approve and launch Bitcoin ETFs, and others, such as Venezuela, being more behind and unprepared to do so.
  • Asia: Asia is one of the most dynamic and diverse regions in terms of cryptocurrency adoption and innovation, with several countries, such as China, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, being among the top players and influencers in the global crypto market. Asia also has a high level of crypto adoption and enthusiasm. However, Asia also has a complex and inconsistent regulatory environment for crypto assets, with different countries having different views and approaches towards crypto assets, ranging from supportive and progressive, to restrictive and hostile. Therefore, I expect that Asia will have a mixed and varied outlook for the approval and the launch of Bitcoin ETFs in the near future, with some countries, such as Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan, being more likely to approve and launch Bitcoin ETFs, and others, such as China, India, and Indonesia, being less likely to do so.

Hong Kong is another potential hub for Bitcoin ETFs in the Asia-Pacific region

Hong Kong is one of the world’s leading financial centers and is also a gateway to mainland China, which despite its crackdown on crypto activities, remains a major player and influencer in the global crypto market. Hong Kong is also a prominent country in terms of cryptocurrency adoption and innovation, with a vibrant and growing crypto ecosystem.

According to a report, 18% of Hong Kong residents are active investors of cryptocurrency, while 13% are more passive, making it the most crypto-friendly country in the world. Hong Kong also has a supportive and progressive attitude towards digital assets, with a vision to become a leading fintech and crypto hub in the region. Hong Kong’s regulatory environment for crypto assets has been somewhat unclear and inconsistent in the past, with different regulators having different views and approaches towards crypto assets. The main regulator for crypto assets in Hong Kong is the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), which oversees the securities and futures markets in the country. The SFC has issued several guidelines and statements on how crypto assets are treated under the existing laws and regulations. However, the SFC’s jurisdiction only covers crypto assets that fall under the definition of “securities” or “futures contracts”, which excludes most of the cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, that are not backed by any physical assets, rights, or obligations. Therefore, the SFC has adopted a voluntary and opt-in regulatory framework for crypto exchanges and funds that deal with non-security crypto assets, which means that they can choose to apply for a license and comply with the SFC’s rules and standards, or they can operate outside the SFC’s purview, as long as they do not offer any security crypto assets to the public.

This regulatory framework has created some challenges and uncertainties for the crypto industry and the investors in Hong Kong, as it limits the scope and the quality of the crypto products and services that are available and accessible in the country, and as it exposes them to higher risks and lower protections. However, in recent months, there have been some significant changes and developments that are pushing for a change in the regulatory relation between the SFC and the crypto industry in Hong Kong, and that are creating more favorable conditions for the approval and the launch of Bitcoin ETFs in the country. Some of these changes and developments are:

  • The pressure and the competition from the US and other approved countries, which have approved and launched Bitcoin ETFs, and which have attracted a huge amount of capital and interest from investors and traders around the world. The SFC may feel the need and the urge to catch up with the global trend and to maintain its competitiveness and relevance as a leading financial center and a crypto hub in the region.
  • The feedback and the demand from the crypto industry and the investors in Hong Kong, who have expressed their desire and their expectation for more clarity and consistency in the regulation of crypto assets, and for more access and exposure to Bitcoin and other non-security crypto assets, especially through regulated and reputable products and platforms, such as Bitcoin ETFs.
  • The innovation and the improvement in the crypto space, which have addressed some of the SFC’s concerns and issues regarding the liquidity, the volatility, the security, and the reliability of Bitcoin and other non-security crypto assets, and which have demonstrated the feasibility and the viability of Bitcoin ETFs, as evidenced by the successful performance and the popularity of Bitcoin ETFs in other markets.
  • The cooperation and the communication between the crypto industry and the regulators in Hong Kong, which have increased and enhanced in recent times, and which have fostered a more positive and constructive relationship and dialogue between the two parties, with the aim of finding a common ground and a mutual understanding on the regulation and the development of crypto assets in the country.

I believe that these changes and developments are indicative of a warming regulatory relation in Hong Kong, and that they will pave the way for the approval and the launch of Bitcoin ETFs in the country. I also believe that Hong Kong will benefit from approving Bitcoin ETFs, as it will boost its reputation and its attractiveness as a fintech and a crypto hub, attract more investors and capital to its market, and diversify its product offering and revenue streams. Therefore, I expect that Hong Kong will approve Bitcoin ETFs as early as end of the first quarter of 2024.

Conclusion

Bitcoin ETFs are more than just another investment product. They are a catalyst and a conduit for the transformation and the evolution of the global financial system, and for the adoption and the integration of Bitcoin and other crypto assets into the mainstream economy and society. Bitcoin ETFs offer a simple, convenient, and secure way for investors to access and benefit from the potential and the value of Bitcoin, without having to deal with the technical, regulatory, or operational challenges and risks of investing in Bitcoin directly. Bitcoin ETFs also bring more liquidity, efficiency, stability, and legitimacy to the Bitcoin market, by increasing the supply and demand of Bitcoin, by facilitating the trading and arbitrage of Bitcoin across different platforms and markets, by improving the price discovery and the volatility of Bitcoin, and by enhancing the reputation and the relationship of Bitcoin with the regulators and the public.

With the US joining the ranks of other approved countries, such as Canada, Germany, Switzerland, and Sweden, the big question is which region is next to see approvals and poise as a hub for Bitcoin ETFs. In this article, I have argued that Australia and Hong Kong are the most likely candidates for the next wave of Bitcoin ETF launches, based on their market size, regulatory environment, investor demand, and innovation potential. I have also provided some estimates and expectations for the approval and the launch of Bitcoin ETFs in other major regions, such as Europe, Latin America, and Asia. However, these are not the only factors that will determine the future and the fate of Bitcoin ETFs.

The crypto space is constantly changing and evolving, and new developments and innovations may emerge and disrupt the status quo and the expectations of the market and the regulators. Therefore, it is important to keep an eye on the trends and the signals that indicate the direction and the pace of the Bitcoin ETF movement, and to be prepared and adaptable to the opportunities and the challenges that it may bring. Bitcoin ETFs are not the end goal, but the means to an end.

The end goal is to create a more open, inclusive, and sustainable financial system, and to empower people with more choice, freedom, and value. Bitcoin ETFs are one of the ways to achieve that goal, and I believe that they will play a significant and positive role in the future of finance and society.

 

 

Source: https://www.securities.io/bitcoin-etfs-which-region-is-next-to-see-approvals-and-poise-as-a-hub-australia-hong-kong/

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author- “NFT: From Zero to Hero” and “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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Op-ed: What can we see in web4 that we’re missing in web3?

Op-ed: What can we see in web4 that we’re missing in web3?

The more I speak and advise on crypto and blockchain matters, the more I think there is a gap between what decentralization is and reality. I do not doubt the feasibility of decentralization; I am just not sure if the current version of Web3 is decentralized enough. Maybe we are what everyone is saying, “we are merely in Web 2.5.”

Let’s begin.

WWW

WWW stands for World Wide Web. It is a system of interconnected documents and other resources linked by hyperlinks and URLs. The World Wide Web is a way to access information over the internet; it is not the internet itself.

It was created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 while working at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Switzerland. The World Wide Web is built on the internet, allowing users to access and share information through various platforms, such as web browsers, mobile apps, and other software.

It is based on HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) and HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), which allows for creating documents containing text, images, videos, and other multimedia content. The World Wide Web is constantly evolving, and new technologies are being developed to improve user experience, security, and accessibility.

Web1

Web 1.0 refers to the first generation of the World Wide Web, primarily focused on providing static, read-only content to users. This phase of the web began in the 1990s and lasted until around the early 2000s.

Web 1.0 websites were typically simple, text-based pages with limited graphics and few interactive features. Individuals or organizations created and maintained them and were primarily used for sharing information, such as personal profiles, news articles, and research papers. Navigation was often limited to simple text links, and no search engines could help users find the information they needed.

Web 1.0 was characterized by its lack of interactivity and user-generated content. Users were mainly passive information consumers and could not interact with the web pages, leave comments, submit forms, upload files, and so on.

Web 1.0 was also limited in terms of accessibility, as many users were still using slow internet connections and older browsers that could not handle more advanced web technologies. As a result, web pages were often simple and limited in design.

In summary, Web 1.0 was the first phase of the World Wide Web. It was a time when the internet was still young, and the web was mainly used to share information, but with limited interactivity and user-generated content.

Web2

Web 2.0 refers to the second generation of the World Wide Web, which emerged in the early 2000s. It is characterized by the emergence of user-generated content, social media, and the ability for users to interact and collaborate online.

Web 2.0 technologies include social networking sites, blogs, wikis, and video-sharing sites, which allow users to create and share their content, rather than simply consuming content created by others. These technologies also allow for greater collaboration and communication among users, increased accessibility, and the ability to share and access information from various devices.

Web 2.0 sites are more dynamic and interactive than their Web 1.0 counterparts. They include features such as comments, ratings, and the ability to share and promote content across multiple platforms. They also use advanced technologies such as AJAX, which allows for more responsive and interactive interfaces, and rich media, such as videos and images.

Web 2.0 also brought the concept of “crowdsourcing,” which was the idea of leveraging the collective knowledge of the internet to create and improve content.

In summary, Web 2.0 is the second generation of the World Wide Web, it emerged in the early 2000s, and it’s characterized by the emergence of user-generated content, social media and the ability for users to interact and collaborate online. Web 2.0 sites are more dynamic, interactive, and collaborative than their Web 1.0 counterparts.

Web3

Web3, also known as Web 3.0, is the next evolution of the World Wide Web, characterized by the use of decentralized technologies, such as blockchain and smart contracts, to enable new forms of online interaction and commerce.

Unlike the current web, which is primarily controlled by centralized entities such as corporations and governments, the vision for web3 is to create a decentralized, open, and transparent network where users have more control over their data and online interactions. This includes using decentralized apps (dApps) and interacting with decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms, among other things.

Web4

Web4 is not a widely used term nor a consensus definition, so it may refer to different things depending on the context. However, some people use the term “Web4” to refer to the next generation of the World Wide Web, which would be even more decentralized and more focused on artificial intelligence, the semantic web, and the internet of things, among other things.

It would be characterized by more dynamic, autonomous, and interconnected systems that can learn from data, communicate with each other and adapt to changing environments. This would allow for more dynamic and adaptable systems that can learn from data and improve over time.

Some of the advantages of a more decentralized web include the following:

  1. Greater security and privacy, as users have more control over their data and online interactions
  2. More open and transparent systems, as there is no central point of control or failure
  3. Greater resilience and robustness, as the network can continue to function even if parts of it fail
  4. More innovation and competition, as there are fewer barriers to entry for new players

Web4 is seen as the next evolution of the World Wide Web, building upon the decentralized technologies of Web3. In Web4, the user experience is streamlined and frictionless, with the underlying technical details abstracted away. This means that users won’t need to worry about the specific blockchain being used, the intricacies of ZK-Rollups, or setting the correct gas limit for transactions. The gas wars and transaction fees of the current web3 will be a thing of the past.

Moreover, Web4 has the potential to create a circular crypto-economy that transcends physical and digital boundaries, making the need for fiat on and off ramps obsolete. This would be a significant disruption in the current financial system.

There are other interpretations of what Web4 could be, such as the “symbiotic web,” which refers to a symbiotic relationship between humans and machines, possibly even utilizing direct brain-machine interfaces.

Overall, the transition from Web1 to Web2, and now from Web3 to Web4, is similar in that it is a gradual process that opens new doors and invites more people to participate. While Web3 is still in its early stages and considered experimental, Web4 is expected to be more accessible and user-friendly, making it more widely adopted by the general public.

Where are the opportunities?

Web 4.0 offers a wealth of possibilities for companies and individuals. The symbiotic web will create more personalized experiences, allowing businesses to understand their customers better and provide tailored content.

AI-powered automation will improve efficiency, speed up time to market, and lower costs, giving businesses a competitive edge and better customer service.

The combination of hardware, software, and data will enable the development of new products and services, such as connected devices interacting with users and gathering data for personalization.

Web 4.0 also creates new revenue streams using data collected, like targeted advertising or subscription services.

Additionally, VR and AR applications will allow for new ways for businesses to engage with customers, for example, creating an AR application that allows customers to interact with products in a 3D space.

I will elaborate on this further below.

In summary, what do I see in Web4?

1) Industry 4.0 full automation

Industry 4.0 full automation uses advanced technologies such as IoT, AI, robotics, and digital twins to automate industrial processes fully. This results in increased efficiency, reduced costs, and improved product quality, leading to a fully autonomous and connected smart factory. The concept of Industry 4.0 is focused on creating a highly automated and digitized production environment. To be fully autonomous, web4 adds a layer of trust.

2) Decentralised sustainable metaverse + AR + VR

Combining a decentralized sustainable metaverse, AR, VR, and Web4 technologies creates a new dimension of the internet where users can experience a fully immersive and interactive virtual world. The decentralized aspect ensures that users have control over their data, and the virtual world operates sustainably.

AR and VR technologies enhance the experience by allowing users to interact with the virtual world more realistically and engagingly. Web4, also known as the Semantic Web, provides a decentralized and intelligent web infrastructure, enabling the metaverse to function seamlessly and intelligently. Together, these technologies create a new and exciting virtual experience accessible to many users.

3) AI making steps into the decentralized realm

AI is making steps into the decentralized realm with Web4 by enabling the creation of decentralized AI systems that operate on a peer-to-peer network. This combination of AI and Web4 technology allows for the creation of decentralized and autonomous systems that can perform complex tasks without a central authority.

4) Real decentralized apps and economies

This allows for creation of new business models and economic opportunities where transactions are secure, transparent, and tamper-proof. With Web4, dApps can be built and deployed on a decentralized network, providing users with greater control over their data and the ability to interact with the dApp in a secure and decentralized manner. This integration of Web4 in the decentralized app and economy development has the potential to create new and exciting opportunities for businesses and consumers alike.

5) Real power back to the users

This was briefly mentioned above. Web4 technology aims to give real power back to users by creating a decentralized and secure network where users have control over their data. With Web4, applications can be built and deployed on a decentralized network, allowing users to interact with the application in a secure and decentralized manner. This eliminates the need for a central authority, giving users greater control and autonomy over their data and interactions.

Additionally, the decentralized aspect of Web4 enhances the security and privacy of user data, reducing the risk of data breaches and providing users with greater control over their personal information. By giving power back to users, Web4 has the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with technology and the internet.

Web5 and Jack

In 2022, Jack Dorsey, the former CEO of Twitter, emerged as a leading figure in the development of Web5. He shared his vision for the next generation of the internet at the Consensus crypto and blockchain conference. Dorsey’s team at TBD, the Bitcoin-focused division of his fintech company Block (formerly known as Square), supports him in this endeavor.

According to Dorsey, Web5 is a solution to his issues with Web3, particularly his belief that it will never fully achieve decentralization.

“You don’t own ‘Web3.’ The [venture capitalists] and their [limited partners] do,” Dorsey said in a tweet, referring to the billions being poured into Web3. “It will never escape their incentives. It’s ultimately a centralized entity with a different label.”

“Know what you’re getting into,” he warned.

I do agree with Jack on this. The current practitioners often say that we are still in web2.5 is the same. It is not because we are not ready. We did not start this whole web3 era in the right foot and with the right decentralization model.

Ending note

Yes, it’s important to note that true decentralization is a core principle of a decentralized economy. This means that no central authority or intermediary is controlling or managing the network or its transactions. I have repeated this many times in my article. Instead, power and control is distributed among the network’s participants, and decisions are made through consensus mechanisms such as voting or proof of work.

Decentralization ensures that the network is resistant to censorship, fraud, and other malicious activities and that its users have complete control over their assets. While this is still in an ideation stage and frankly somewhat idealistic, perhaps Web4 is the chance for us to redefine decentralization, reform and improve decentralization, and revalue the true meaning behind decentralization. I will speak at the TMRW Conference in Dubai from 8-10 February 2023 on Web4. I hope to take this chance to speak to all the tech experts at the venue too.

 

Source: https://cryptoslate.com/op-ed-what-can-we-see-in-web4-that-were-missing-in-web3/

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author- “NFT: From Zero to Hero” and “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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Crypto market crash: Why Ethereum and Bitcoin see a dip in valuation

Crypto market crash: Why Ethereum and Bitcoin see a dip in valuation

The crypto market crashed amid a rising inflation rate. BTC, ETH and others lose the market cap

The crypto markets have hit a new low for the year, with the market capitalisation plunging below the $1 trillion mark for the first time since February 2021. Bitcoin has dropped below $23,000, its lowest point since December 2020. And BTC isn’t the only one, nearly every top coin is now worth half or less of its all-time high.

The total market capitalisation of the market at the time of writing stands at $963 billion, a drop of around 4.1 percent since yesterday. Bitcoin (BTC), the most valuable crypto by market capitalisation, dropped sharply, and its market dominance fell to 45 percent, registering a decrease of 2 percent over the day. Ethereum, the second-largest crypto by market cap, slipped below the $1300 mark, with a total valuation just above $149 billion.

Both tokens are roughly down by 70 percent from their November peaks.

According to Kunal Jagdale, founder of BitsAir, investors have lost around $2 trillion due to the recent market carnage. “The risk aversion sentiments have weighed hard on the digital assets and the new investment asset class,” he added.

Data released on Friday showed that the annual inflation rate in the US accelerated to a 40-year high of 8.60 percent. The bears maintained their dominance in the global crypto market over the weekend. It is important to note here that the US Dollar Index (DXY) is also at a six-month high, having gained 2 percent in a single day and causing a drop in the stock and crypto markets.

“The crypto market has been under pressure from the Federal Reserve, hiking the interest rates to combat inflation over the past few months. Bitcoin, Ethereum, and most cryptos suffered losses over the weekend after a broad sell-off following the data showing US inflation hitting a 40-year high,” Edul Patel, co-founder and CEO of crypto investment platform Mudrex, said in a statement.

Besides the high inflation rates, several intramural and extramural factors have adversely impacted the crypto market. The market hasn’t yet revived completely from the Terra-UST crash and might face another in the form of Celsius’s looming shutdown.

“The tightening of monetary policy is denting the appeal for riskier assets like crypto and equity. Other than this, rising inflationary worries and looming recession concerns are also hurting the market for digital assets, which is quite in the nascent stage,” Jagdale said.

Despite the pessimism in the crypto market, some experts advise investors to buy the dip in order to average out their costs and make long-term gains. Based on current market sentiments and statistics, the recovery will be slow, according to Anndy Lian of BigONE Exchange. He added, “This could be a start to another crypto winter which could last for another 2 years.”

Among the intramural factors, there is a lot of talk about regulatory actions from various global governments, making the industry and investors nervous. Furthermore, Terra’s LUNA fiasco is a major contributor to the fallout. It is rumoured that Luna has wiped out $40 billion from investors’ bank accounts. Last week, digital assets worth approximately $102 million were sold by US crypto funds ‘in anticipation of hawkish monetary policy from the US Federal Reserve.

Despite the fact that the crypto market has tanked, NFT trading volumes have increased. Top NFT projects such as Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), Mutant Ape Yacht Club (MAYC), and Crypto Punks have increased by 100 percent in the last 24 hours.

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author- “NFT: From Zero to Hero” and “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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