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The banking system rules out the crypto market threat

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There’s been a lot of “how-to” advice floating around the crypto space regarding what digital coins should and shouldn’t do. However, it’s not just the newest versions of Bitcoin or Ethereum that need to be updated; institutional investors looking to reduce or eliminate their exposed capital position have also seen an alarming increase in digital currencies. Many of these initiatives have centered around the banking system, which has long been at odds with digital currency adoption. Citizens of the world know that money is power — especially regarding financial institutions. That being said, we also know the threat posed by centralized financial organizations is only increasing. As globalization and blockchain adoption continue to expand, there will be new challenges for existing financial institutions to address efficiently and effectively. In this post, we look at what regulations currently exist governing crypto-based payments, potential solutions for managing this threat, and solutions for combating it.

What is a Crypto-Banking System?

A cryptocurrency-based banking system is a decentralized and distributed network that provides various payment options, such as financial services, insurance coverage, and virtual goods. Digital currencies are not linked to any particular central authority but are instead stored and managed exclusively within a decentralized network of computers.

How to not ban a Crypto Currency Bank?

Unfortunately, the best way to avoid being a scam, Ponzi scheme, or money laundering is to fully understand and address the growing crypto-based banking system. As most people now realize, the world of financial services is not one-internet, one-too-many-banks. Rather, it is a complex web of interconnected financial assets, institutions, and individuals. KYC is likely a requirement to crypto banks even though crypto is a decentralized instrument. Regulations will further assist crypto integration into the existing banking system.

Potential Solutions for integrating Crypto banking System

– Paying in advance: The idea behind a cryptocurrency-based payment system is that you deposit cash into the system and get it lent out as needed. This process can be used to pay bills, pay for attractions, and even buy and sell virtual goods. 

– Shorten term: In order to reduce the amount of cash entering the system, issuers of digital currencies are usually required to issue transparent virtual obligations that function as money. 

– Long-term: In order to ensure the system works, financial institutions will have to manage and ensure adequate liquidity in the market (which will likely take time). 

– No taxation on digital assets: The idea behind virtual assets is that they are shares or investments in an organization or otherwise private property. The question is, how much is enough?

International crypto trading

Crypto usage will boom. It will become a way to exchange crypto worldwide and purchase goods. Global finance will change its fundamental rule and financial crisis may become less often than we foresee. 

Conclusion

The most significant challenge facing many financial institutions right now is the growing popularity of blockchain-based platforms. This technology enables a decentralized, distributed, and transparent digital platform that is capable of creating and managing trust and transparency around financial assets. It can be used to verify transactions, store data, and provide other features that help provide a level of security and predictability to the financial system. This challenge is likely to grow in significance as blockchain technologies’ adoption moves forward. The regulatory landscape will also continue to evolve, and as such, the process of establishing a regulatory framework and promoting compliance will most likely be ongoing. As these challenges are addressed and the opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and their partners become more apparent, we can return to more routine business as usual. We are now at a critical moment in financial history, and with it comes an important question: What will happen if we no longer have money?

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The Future of Machine War II

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In late 2021, I wrote an article about A.I. vs. Blockchain. I realized it was closer than I expected.

https://medium.com/@xuanling11/artificial-intelligence-vs-blockchain-the-future-of-machine-war-b685d208ba20?sk=874af90c7acbe857fa004c0ebe0d5e28

Web2 is leading a future of technological centralism. 

The way we see the world in ancient is what we saw became what we believed. Later, the enlightenment process helped humans realize what they had seen was disguised by the nature principle. Once we tested our assumption and received accurate results, we thought we had mastered the nature principles. Yet, we did not make the world better than we thought we could. 

We are living in a world in which companies know more than you than yourself. Companies can likely tell you what you should believe without letting you know. 

The secret weapon that companies like Google invented is A.I. or Artificial Intelligence. 

If A.I. can think like a person, it can easily replace you! Since companies got all your data, you freely offer them by using their free services, and they can replace you one day without you realizing it. 

Without all conspiracy theories behind what Google may or will secretly develop, A.I. reaching consciousness is … impossible.

If it does, Google has successfully made a human – dumb!

The most advanced A.I. – Tesla Autopilot Program cannot distinguish objects between humans and other moving objects during driving.  

Using technology makes people dumber than they think because it takes away your consciousness – the ability to think uniquely!

Blockchain is the future of decentralization.

We need a peer-to-peer system to regain consciousness and break the chain from Web2. 

It gives individuals the power to rethink information.

Think about today’s media; all information is filtered to offer readers without any surprise. News is data that Web2 selected specifically for you to read. 

We need a decentralized system so that you can receive unfiltered information and gives you a surprise that sparks ideas of imagination.  

Web2 is afraid of the blockchain because they are too big to fail. 

 They mimic the blockchain by creating a centralized node system – social media network. 

It is a net growing outward through a single point. Only the problem is that connection is facilitated by technology. And the biggest failure is such technology has a single point of failure problem. 

And they cannot escape the law of economics – the law of diminishing. So we will see Web2 grow slower due to the law of diminishing that they require more data with few increments of advancement through A.I. without any breakthrough because A.I. is a deterministic system that works with a lack of randomness. 

In Web2, they assumed everyone was stupid, and they offered solutions to everyone.

In Web3, everyone is good and should anticipate solving a problem together.

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Financial sanction to mixers

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Have you heard about financial sanctions from the US on virtual currency? At least, I have not yet. But the US Department of Treasury has issued sanctions on two crypto services: Blender.io and Tornado Cash.

To clarify, the US sanctions on tools but not target specific entities or groups of people.

So why bother to sanction something that the government probably won’t be able to sanction in the first place?

What is a mixer?

A cryptocurrency mixer, sometimes referred to as a tumbler, is a tool for money laundering. The sole purpose of the invention is to make transactions untraceable.

How to mix?

Even crypto is pseudo-anonymous, but it is traceable through your wallet address. A mixer is a black box service to filter your traceable wallet address into the untraceable wallet address.

How to wash your money clean in the traditional way?

https://dimensiongrc.com/the-stages-of-money-laundering/

The assumption is you will not get caught at each stage, and then you place your dirty money in a bank through companies and use the funds to purchase legal goods like houses or luxury goods.

There are mature regulations and rules to stop you from putting your dirty money into banks.

Digtial money landury

https://www.eurospider.com/en/know-how/compliance/211-what-is-a-cryptocurrency-mixer

A Crypto mixer or tumbler is a service to pool dirty digital currency in their favor and redistribute it into designated wallet addresses or addresses randomly generated. 

It is a challenge to stop transactions because there is no entry point for law enforcement to stop at each stage. 

https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/jy0768

Ultimate Mixer

Tornado Cash is the king of the mixer. Unfortunately, there is just no way to trace transactions anymore. It is a smart contract with zk-SNARKs (zero-knowledge proofs) that does not require revealing a wallet address during transactions and ghostly distributed funds without leaving any traces.

This tool is the ultimate weapon that the government has to shut down, or there is no way to prevent transactions.

In Conclusion

Let’s change the future – legally. 

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Why there is not crypto banking exist

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We have always heard about cryptocurrencies, crypto exchange, banking, and trading platforms, but we do not really grasp the idea of crypto banking. Crypto banking is a contradicted idea. If crypto is to replace banks and give users full control of digital money, why do you put your crypto into the bank? The new research paper argued that there are risks for banks to adopt crypto, but they did it anyway.

Banks want crypto

Cryptocurrency has a rough road at the beginning and continues to experience a bumpy road ahead. The institutional investors were watching its performance. In early 2017, institutional investors had opportunities to adopt crypto, but they found out the return of the investments was less than traditional financial assets. Regulations were not a concern for some individual institutional owners, but banks were conservative at the time. As a result, some investors adopted it in early 2018 than banks did. Then suddenly, the crypto market took off in 2020, leaving many banks to regret their decision in 2017. Many banks set up their digital investment group to rush into the market and increase prices. Of course, many of their investment positions are instead of shadow positions. It is unclear how much they have been invested in and what vehicles they took to invest in cryptos.

Crypto Exchange

Crypto exchange is a bank-like platform for crypto. Banks offered a place to purchase fiat currency. Crypto exchange did the same duty as traditional banks did. Since there was a gap between the crypto and banks, the crypto exchange took responsibility and offered crypto services. The crypto exchange took off after 2020, and they left banks in the dust. Then, crypto winter came in early 2022, and banks again hesitated to enter the crypto and started denouncing crypto usage, particularly in the Defi area. But interestingly, they tried to find ways to get into crypto without being directly exposed to cryptocurrencies—hint: through hedge funds.

How much banks exposure to crypto

We do not know how much banks have been exposed to crypto. We learned that the big Wall Street players were exposed to the services of the digital asset through State Street of their $41.7 trillion assets. Some have been exposed due to Luna’s collapse and 3AC bankruptcy. But again, no specific dollar amount was provided. 

Survivors

Since the crypto winter, institutional investors have been cautious about crypto exposure. However, crypto exchanges are the winner again. They are exposed to crypto and take risks more than banks do. As a result, they likely will weather the uncertainty. Furthermore, there is no need for crypto banking to handle your crypto assets since many such services will not survive long in the crypto environment. 

Crypto is resilience

Despite its fluctuating price and unsecured assets, crypto is resilient to phase out any bad business ideas and bad actors in the economy who wants to or try to dominate the market but who transfers risks to users to believe they are the one who should take responsibility for their carelessness. Unfortunately, those business models will not survive long.

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