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US National Association of Realtors Invests in Blockchain-Based Real Estate Firm Propy

A major United States trade association, the National Association of Realtors (NAR), has invested in blockchain-based real estate platform Propy, Forbes reports on June 10.

The NAR’s strategic investment arm, Second Century Ventures, has invested an undisclosed amount in Ethereum blockchain-based startup Propy as a part of its commercial real estate technology accelerator REach.

Launched in February 2019, the REach program is reportedly the first commercial accelerator of its kind, aiming to bring together major technology disruptors in the real estate industry by selecting ten startups to enter each year, the report notes.

By choosing Propy, Second Century Ventures intends to streamline its operations through blockchain technology in real estate transactions due to its immutable data storage, the firm’s senior marketing and communications director Ashley Stinton said.

Founded in 2017, Propy is a global real estate transaction management platform for facilitating property transactions online. Back in 2017, the company raised about $14 million in an initial coin offering (ICO) through its own utility token PRO that is designed to bolster a self-sustaining ecosystem tracking global real estate ownership.

Specifically, Propy eliminates the need for a third party in real estate transactions, providing an additional level of security and transparency in the market. According to Forbes, Propy has listings in more than 30 countries and expects to hit $4 million in annual recurring revenue by the end of 2019 in sales of software as a service (SaaS) products.

The NAR is reportedly the largest trade association in the U.S., representing 1.3 million members.

Last year, a pilot program in the state of Vermont reportedly completed the first entirely blockchain-based real estate transaction in the U.S. in collaboration with Propy.

Earlier in May, the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance described a set of blockchain use cases in the real estate industry in a report, claiming that blockchain tech can potentially shorten the process of recording and transferring properties.

Report: Microsoft to Add Blockchain Tools to Its Power Platform

American technology giant Microsoft will reportedly make blockchain-based tools available to PowerApps and Microsoft Flow users, tech-focused news outlet GeekWire reported on June 10.

Microsoft will purportedly announce its plans to add blockchain tools to its Power Platform during the Microsoft Business Applications Summit on Monday in Atlanta. Specifically, artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain tools will be included in the company’s PowerApps custom application builder and PowerBI business intelligence tool.

The Power Platform itself is a collection of tools —  Power BI, PowerApps and Microsoft Flow — designed for collaborative work to build custom apps, automate workflows to improve business productivity and analyze data for insights.

Microsoft has previously released several blockchain-powered tools based on its products. In May, the company introduced the new Azure Blockchain Development Kit for the Ethereum blockchain. The tool kit was designed to aid developers who are building apps using Microsoft’s blockchain-as-a-service platform, Azure Blockchain Service.

That same month, the tech giant revealed that it is building a decentralized identity network atop of the Bitcoin blockchain.

As reported in late May, New York-based blockchain firm ConsenSys also released a new Blockchain and DApp Developer Job Kit to help aspiring Ethereum blockchain developers enter the market. The kit includes a blockchain knowledge glossary that covers topics such as consensus algorithms, smart contracts, miners and security incentivization, token standards and the so-dubbed scalability trilemma.

Ripple Launches Office in Brazil, Targets Further Expansion Across Latin America

Ripple, the firm behind third-biggest crypto by market cap XRP, has launched a Brazilian office with the aim to expand across Latin America, Cointelegraph Brazil reports on June 10.

According to the report, the official announcement will be made at CIAB Febraban, a major fintech and banking event that will place in São Paulo from June 11 to June 13.

The new office will be reportedly led by Luiz Antonio Sacco, former CEO at the Brazilian subsidiary of The Warranty Group, a global warranty solution provider.

Having joined Ripple in March 2019, Sacco stated that the company intends to bring more clients to its payment network RippleNet, targeting not only Brazil but also the rest of the South American continent. To date, Ripple’s payment solution has already been adopted by three clients in Brazil, including financial firms such as Santander Brasil, BeeTech Global and Banco Rendimento, the report notes.

Apart from enabling major payment benefits, Ripple is also planning to launch educational and training programs in collaboration with major universities in Brazil, including the University of São Paulo and Fundação Getúlio Vargas. Sacco noted that investment in education will play a key role in promoting blockchain technology, while the research in the field is expected to expand career opportunities in the region.

As previously reported, Ripple’s payment network, RippleNet, exceeded 200 global customers earlier in 2019, with the five clients — JNFX, SendFriend, Transpaygo, FTCS and Euro Exim Bank — using XRP in cross-border payments.

Recently, Ripple revealed plans to enable a higher degree of accuracy for reporting XRP volumes and sales, following a recent Bitwise report that claims that 95% of bitcoin (BTC) trading volume is fake.

On June 3, Cointelegraph reported on Brazilian state-owned bank Brazil’s National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) funding a documentary film through its own ether-based stablecoin, BNDES token.

Bitcoin Recovers to Trade Above $8,000, Gold Market Reports Losses

Monday, June 10 — The top 20 cryptocurrencies on CoinMarketCap are showing mixed signals, with bitcoin (BTC) back over the $8,000 price mark after seeing a dip under $7,900 on June 8.

Market visualization from Coin360

Market visualization from Coin360

As of press time, bitcoin is up 2.18% on the day to trade at around $8,029. The leading cryptocurrency started the day as low as $7,680, subsequently reaching the current price point. On its weekly chart, the coin has lost slightly over 8%.

Bitcoin price analyst Oliver Isaacs said last week that the coin could hit $25,000 around the end of 2019, noting that there are many different factors behind this price resurgence.

Bitcoin 7-day price chart

Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

The second-largest crypto by market capitalization, ether (ETH), has registered moderate growth of 0.97% over the past 24 hours and is trading at around $244.6. The leading altcoin has seen minimal volatility over the past week to lose $20 in value, posting around a 9.35% loss.

Ether 7-day price chart

Ether 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

XRP has lost almost 2% of its value over the last 24 hours and is currently trading at around $0.399. Over the past month, the altcoin has gained a solid 34.29%, although its weekly chart shows a 9.25% loss.

XRP 7-day price chart

XRP 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

Litecoin (LTC) is currently the top gainer, having recorded an almost 7% increase on the day to trade at around $124.9. The coin is followed by neo (NEO) and tezos (XTZ), with 4.74% and 4.15% gains respectively.

On the top 20 list, binance coin (BNB), bitcoin SV (BSV), stellar (XLM), tron (TRX), and cosmos (ATOM) are reporting losses between 0.03% and 1.58%.

Total market capitalization of all digital currencies is over $254 billion at press time. The market’s intraweek low was around $242 billion on June 5, while the highest point on the week was $272 billion on June 4.

Total market capitalization 7-day chart

Total market capitalization 7-day chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

In traditional markets, gold is reporting losses, with spot gold down 0.9% at $1,328.41 per ounce today, according to CNBC, and U.S. gold futures fell 1.1% to $1,331.9 an ounce. Howie Lee, an economist at OCBC Bank, said that they “expect prices to hover sideways from $1,300-$1,350 per ounce in the short term, with risks tilted to the upside.”

Chinese markets have seen a rise following a higher-than-expected trade surplus in May, CNBC writes. Mainland Chinese stocks were higher by the afternoon, with the Shenzhen component jumping 1.61% and the Shenzhen composite rising 1.473%. The Shanghai composite also gained 0.98%.

Cypherpunk Adam Back Speaks of Blockchain Benefits at G20 Meeting of Finance Ministers

Adam Back, who invented the hashcash proof-of-work system and was one of the first people to work on bitcoin (BTC), spoke about the positive uses of blockchain at G20. Cointelegraph Japan reported on Back’s comments at a meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors in Japan on June 8.

Sitting next to the governor of the Dutch central bank, Back said he believed blockchain was another move to open networking — and said financial institutions stand to benefit from the technology because it would mean international transfers no longer need to go through intermediary banks with questionable creditworthiness.

When speaking in Fukuoka City at the seminar entitled ‘Multi-Stakeholder Governance for a Distributed Financial System,’ Back said BTC and other crypto assets “are the electronic cash for the global internet world.” He added:

“I don’t see it as large enough to affect monetary policies for major currencies like the euro and Japanese yen.”

Back’s attendance was defended by Junei Murai, a University of Tokyo professor who moderated the discussion. He said:

“It was meaningful to show a place where various stakeholders gather to build a decentralized financial system.”

Japan’s Financial Services Agency has described Back as a legendary cypherpunk who was able to facilitate useful discussions about the role that crypto and blockchain can play in the future. Back is also the founder and CEO of Blockstream, a blockchain development company.

After the G20 meeting, a joint communiqué co-signed by leaders urged the Financial Stability Board and global standard-setting bodies to monitor the risks surrounding crypto assets — warning that while they could pose benefits to the economy, money laundering and terrorism financing are potential byproducts.

In the run-up to the meeting, crypto advocates had warned that a “balance should be found between privacy and compliance” in any strategy pursued by the G20.

Iran’s Energy Minister Wants Crypto Miners Charged Real Electricity Prices

The deputy energy minister of Iran has said that electricity bills for digital currency miners should be calculated in accordance to real prices, Iranian economic daily newspaper Financial Tribune reported on June 9.

Iran’s deputy energy minister, Homayoun Haeri, has stated that electricity bills for cryptocurrency mining activities should be priced according to the same rates established for power exports. The government reportedly pays nearly $1 billion in subsidies annually to bridge the gap in real electricity costs and what consumers are billed, Financial Tribune writes.

As reported last December, Iranians were profiting from digital currency mining despite the crash in the crypto markets and fluctuations in the national rial currency caused by reinforced United States sanctions.

Iran had demonstrated a positive stance towards crypto mining last September, when major government authorities — including the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, the central bank, the Ministry of Energy, and others — accepted crypto mining as an industry.

At the time, the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme Cyberspace Council stated that the Iranian National Cyberspace Center was developing a platform for cryptocurrency mining regulation, while the relevant authorities considered the development of crypto mining-related regulatory framework.

In an attempt to gain economic stability in the country, the Iranian government has also been considering the launch of its own state-backed cryptocurrency. In August of last year, Iran’s National Cyberspace Center revealed that the draft of the government-backed crypto project was ready, following instructions from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

A recent Cointelegraph analysis looked at the changing attitudes of the government towards cryptocurrencies, as well as how it affects Iranian crypto users.

Crypto Exchange Bittrex to Block US Users From Trading in 32 Cryptos

Cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex announced that it will block its United States-based users from trading in 32 cryptocurrencies. The exchange revealed the news in a post on its blog on June 7.

Per the announcement, after June 21, U.S. traders won’t be able to access a slew of coins listed on the exchange, including QTUM and STORJ.

The exchange noted that U.S. users will receive an email with explanations concerning what they are and are not allowed to do with the aforementioned assets. The options cited by the exchange include selling them for assets that will stay available to them, canceling orders and moving them off the exchange.

After the change comes into effect, U.S. customers won’t be able to buy or sell the select coins, while all open orders involving said assets will be canceled. Some limited functionality concerning the assets will still be available to U.S. traders and the coins will be transitioned to the Bittrex International platform:

“U.S. Customers may withdraw or continue to hold in their Bittrex wallet affected Tokens/Coins for as long as Bittrex International supports a market in those Tokens/Coins.“

Bittrex International is Bittrex’s Europe-based affiliate, which lists certain tokens that are only available on the Bittrex International platform — not to U.S. users.

As Cointelegraph reported in mid-March, Bittrex canceled its first Initial Exchange Offering, which it had been planning to host on Bittrex International.

As reported last week, the decentralized exchange developed by top cryptocurrency exchange Binance will block website access to users based in 29 countries, including the U.S.

As Cointelegraph reported this week, bitcoin (BTC) trading volumes on major cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase recently hit a high of 263,000 BTC on May 12, a volume that has not been seen since February 4, 2018.

G20 Finance Leaders Ask Global Regulators to Consider Multilateral Response to Crypto

G20 finance ministers and central bank governors have asked the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and global standard-setting organizations to monitor risks around crypto assets. The request was made in a joint communiqué published on the website of Japan’s Ministry of Finance on June 9, following the G20 meeting held in Fukuoka, Japan.

The leaders that cosigned the document state that they urge relevant institutions to give greater consideration to crypto assets and consider appropriate action:

“We ask the FSB and standard setting bodies to monitor risks and consider work on additional multilateral responses as needed.”

The joint statement also points out that “technological innovations, including those underlying crypto-assets, can deliver significant benefits to the financial system and the broader economy.” This exact sentence was also included in the document released after the G20 summit held in July last year in Buenos Aires. After expressing such optimism, the authors of the paper also raised concerns over those technologies:

“While crypto assets do not pose a threat to global financial stability at this point, we remain vigilant to risks, including those related to consumer and investor protection, anti-money laundering (AML) and countering the financing of terrorism (CFT).”

The latest statement notes that the involved parties look forward to the adoption of the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) Interpretive Note and guidance on crypto assets “at its [FATF’s] plenary later this month.” The leaders also state that they reaffirm their commitment to applying the recently amended FATF standards for crypto.

The document also states that the finance ministers and central bank governors welcome work concerning crypto carried out by international regulatory bodies, the International Organization of Securities Commissions and the FSB.

As Cointelegraph reported yesterday, blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis, which has “engaged directly with global regulators,” noted that it would be surprising if the involved parties agree on something new during the G20 summit this year.

In April, Japanese media reported that during the meeting of central bank governors and finance ministers in Fukuoka, leaders were expected to establish new AML regulations.

Top 5 Crypto Performers: ATOM, LTC, BSV, BNB, XRP

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.

The market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange.

For the past few days, cryptocurrencies have managed to hold onto a large part of their gains. This is a positive sign, as it shows that the bulls are not in a hurry to book profits. It is also comforting to see that the gains have come on the back of increasing volumes. Bitcoin’s (BTC) trading volume on Coinbase recently hit its highest level since Feb. 4 of last year, which shows that the price is rising higher backed by strong demand.

However, the positive sentiment supported by improving fundamentals has led to a number of analysts projecting a vertical rally in bitcoin, similar to the one seen in 2017. Some of the targets currently talked about are $25,000 and $40,000, both within a short span of time. While anything is possible in the crypto markets, we believe that these calls are a little more aggressive. The current rally is likely to face a number of bumps en route to new highs and will test the patience of the bulls. Therefore, we suggest traders wait for dips to buy instead of chasing the price higher.

ATOM/USD

Cosmos (ATOM) was the best performer among the top 20 major cryptocurrencies in the past seven days. The platform surged to second position on Github with 4,245 events in the past 30 days, ending June 4, which is a positive sign. What does the chart project?

ATOM/USD

Due to a short trading history, we shall use the daily chart for analysis. The ATOM/USD pair has been consolidating roughly between $5.660 and $6.603. Attempts to breakout of this range failed on June 3 and 4, which shows a lack of demand at higher levels. However, the dips to $5.660 were purchased on June 5 and 6, which shows buyers willing to get in at support.

Consolidation near the highs is a positive sign: it is usually followed by a breakout and continuation of the upward move.

A breakout and close (UTC time frame) above $6.603 will resume the uptrend that can carry the price to $7.905. If this level is crossed, the upwards move can extend to $8.794. Our bullish view will be invalidated if the pair plummets below the 20-week EMA, and the next lower support is at $4.8.

LTC/USD

Litecoin (LTC) is the second-best performer of the past seven days. The upcoming halvening is acting as a bullish factor that has kept the price close to its recent highs. Traders anticipate that reduced supply will result in higher prices. The litecoin hashrate has also been making new highs consistently, which is a positive sign. Can the price continue higher or has it hit a hurdle?

LTC/USD

The LTC/USD pair is facing selling at the resistance line of the ascending channel. However, the attempts by the bears to sink it have been unsuccessful. Buyers have been stepping in close to $100 and pushing the price right back up, which is a positive sign.

If the bulls push the price above the resistance line of the ascending channel, the pair will rally to $158.91. This is the target objective following the breakout from the cup and handle pattern. Above this, we anticipate a move to $184.7940, which is likely to act as a stiff resistance.

If, however, the cryptocurrency fails to break out of the channel, the bears will again try to sink it below the breakout level of $91. A breakdown of this and the support line of the channel will indicate a change in trend.

BSV/USD

This is the third successive week that bitcoin sv (BSV) has been among the top five performers. The surge in price following the news about Craig Wright’s filing for copyright claims on the bitcoin white paper has held up quite well. What is in store in the next few weeks? Can the uptrend resume or will it dump? Let us analyze the chart.

BSV/USD

The BSV/USD pair has formed an inside week candlestick pattern and is finding support close to a 38.2% Fibonacci retracement of the recent rally, while it is facing resistance near the high of $254. This points to a consolidation in the next few weeks, and a range formation after such a sharp move is a positive sign. After the boundaries of the range are defined, traders can buy closer to the support and sell near the resistance. Currently, we do not find any reliable pattern that offers a good risk to reward ratio.

The uptrend will weaken if the pair breaks down of $176.083 and drops to $152.015, which is a 50% retracement level of the recent upwards move. If this level also breaks, the trend will turn down. Conversely, a breakout and close (UTC time frame) above $254 will resume the uptrend and launch the cryptocurrency to $307.789 and above it to $340.248.

BNB/USD

The website for the Binance decentralized exchange (DEX) plans to block users in 29 countries from accessing the DEX. The exchange has also released its official Trust Wallet for the Binance DEX users, and also plans to issue its own stablecoin within the next two months, which will be 100% pegged to the British pound and will be called “Binance GBP.” Subsequently, the exchange plans to release stablecoins backed by other currencies, barring the U.S. dollar. In other Binance news, a former executive at Dell and the NBA will join Binance as theIR new official strategy officer. Backed by fundamental news, can binance coin (BNB) extend its upwards move or is the rally tiring out? Let’s analyze.

BNB/USD

In a strong uptrend, the pullbacks are shallow and the price quickly bounces off strong supports because traders jump in to buy on any dip. Backed by momentum, the price quickly rallies to make a new high. The BNB/USD pair has been making a series of new highs after breaking out of the previous high of $26.4732350 in mid-May, which confirms that the pair is in a new uptrend. The first target to watch is $40, followed by a rally to $46.1645899. If the momentum picks up, the upwards move can even extend to $56.0786952.

On the contrary, if the bulls struggle to propel the price above the resistance line, a few weeks of consolidation is possible. The trend will turn negative only after the higher highs and higher lows sequence is violated. Until then, the uptrend remains in force.

XRP/USD

Ripple, the company behind crypto asset XRP, has said that it will take a more conservative approach in reporting XRP sales this quarter. This is being done to allay the fears among institutions and consumers on fake reporting of trading volume in the crypto markets. Thailand’s largest commercial bank, Siam Commercial Bank, has denied that it plans to use Ripple’s XRP token, just days after a tweet that hinted the bank’s plans to do so. Also this week, hackers stole about $10 million worth of XRP from nearly 100 XRP ledger wallets on wallet service GateHub.  

XRP/USD

The XRP/USD pair has formed a flag following the rise from the lows. A breakout of the flag will point to a resumption of the up move that can carry the price to $0.66413 and above it to $0.76440.

Conversely, a breakdown of the flag will be a negative sign, as it shows a lack of demand at higher levels. The pair has support at $0.37835 and below it at $0.355660. The 50-week SMA and 20-week EMA are also close to these horizontal supports. Therefore, we expect buyers to defend this zone, failing which, the trend will turn negative. The next couple of weeks are critical as it will set the direction for the next leg of the move.

The market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange. Charts for analysis are provided by TradingView.

Weiss Crypto Ratings Downgrades EOS Due to Centralization Concerns

United States-based financial research firm Weiss Ratings announced that it has downgraded its rating of cryptocurrency EOS because of the blockchain’s “serious problems” with centralization. Weiss announced the report in a tweet published on June 7.

In the tweet, Weiss Ratings claims that the cryptocurrency in question has severe centralization issues and that “their event last week did anything to alleviate that,” evidently referring to an event hosted by EOS developer, Block.one on June 1. Weiss decided to lower EOS’ technology score, given the development.

The tweet also hinted that fellow top crypto ADA is next in line to prove itself as a decentralized proof-of-stake (PoS) blockchain system:

“It’s now up to #ADA to launch a truly decentralized #PoS #blockchain. No pressure.”

This is a drastic change in the company’s outlook towards EOS. As Cointelegraph reported in March, Weiss had previously put EOS beside bitcoin (BTC) and XRP and in its report on emerging trends in crypto markets.

At the time, EOS received an A grade as the leading cryptocurrency that is challenging Ethereum in an attempt to become the “backbone of the new internet.”

During its June 1 event, Block.one announced a blockchain-based social media platform called Voice, which allegedly will use the EOS blockchain to provide transparency on how it operates.