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Fidelity-backed crypto exchange nabs historic Hong Kong license

Hong Kong-based OSL Digital Securities today announced it has been granted a license to trade crypto by the region’s markets regulator.

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  • OSL Digital Securities today announced that it has been granted a license to trade digital assets by Hong Kong’s markets regulator.
  • OSL is part of the BC Group, which is backed by US investment giant Fidelity.
  • The move will see it become the world’s only publicly listed and licensed digital asset platform.

Hong Kong-based digital asset firm OSL Digital Securities today announced it had been granted a licence to trade crypto by the region’s markets regulator. The move could see OSL become “the world’s only publicly listed, licensed, insured and Big-4 audited digital asset platform,” according to a statement from the firm.

OSL, which is backed by investment giant Fidelity, said in a statement that the move by Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), would allow it to “to operate a brokerage and automated trading service for digital assets, including security tokens (‘STOs’).” 

OSL applied for a digital asset license from the SFC last November. It’s now the first company to receive such an approval from regulators in Hong Kong, according to Reuters.

“Until now, traditional finance has been observing this asset class with interest, but lack of regulatory clarity has so far discouraged participation,” the CEO of BC Group—the operator of OSL—Hugh Madden said. 

“Licensing is a game-changer, because it provides certainty and confidence to investors, unlocking massive participation as it drives the increasing use of our platform by the global institutional investor community.”

Hong Kong-based BC Group is a technology and digital asset company that operates OSL. Fidelity, an American multinational financial services corporation, in February acquired 17 million shares of BC Technology Group—a stake worth $14.2 million. 

That investment—and OSL’s announcement today—is indicative of the growing interest from traditional investors in cryptocurrencies.  

Investors typically disinterested in currencies like Bitcoin are now becoming more involved as alternative assets become more attractive. 

OSL is Asia’s largest digital asset platform and it provides prime brokerage, custody, exchange and SaaS services for institutional clients and professional investors.

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OCC Chief Hints at Coming ‘Good’ Actions on Crypto by End of Trump’s Term

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Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks predicted a lineup of cryptocurrency banking and clarification actions will emerge from the Trump Administration during its final days.

The chief national banking regulator was speaking on CNBC Squawk Box:

“I don’t think we need 50 regulations, but what we do need is clarity about what’s allowed,” he said. Brooks cited banks plugging into “directly into blockchains as payment networks” as one place where “the answer has to be yes.”

Brooks seemed to imply that the crypto banking clarity coming “in the next 6 to 8 weeks” would have a positive impact on bitcoin‘s price.

“It may have been a bubble two years ago, but with more clarity institutions that see this is a real thing are going to adopt at scale, which they’ve already started to do so,” Brooks said. He said regulatory clarity “are the things that are driving prices at this point.”

Brooks refused to directly answer show hosts’ questions about the rumored self-hosted wallet regulation supposedly coming out of the Treasury Department. Last week, Brooks’ former boss, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong, publicly suggested on Twitter that his current one, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, would stifle crypto innovation with a slap-dash final regulatory push.

“We’re very focused on getting this right, we’re very focused on not killing this, and it’s equally important that we develop the networks behind Bitcoin and other cryptos as it is that we prevent money laundering and terrorism financing so believe me, there’s a balance here and it’s going to work for everybody,” he said.

Source: https://www.coindesk.com/brian-brooks-crypto-clarity

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Over 200,000 Bitcoin Moved Out of Long-Term Storage Since November

Unchained Capital revealed the news via a data visualization on Dec 3. Unchained’s ‘HODL Waves’ metric measures the activity of bitcoin by the length of storage. The total share of the bitcoin supply locked in storage between five and seven years fell from 5.48% to 4.67% between Nov 1 and Nov 30. Some Long-Term Investors … Continued

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Approximately $4 billion worth of bitcoin which had been inactive for between five and seven years was moved out of long-term storage following November’s massive price rally.

Unchained Capital revealed the news via a data visualization on Dec 3.

Unchained’s ‘HODL Waves’ metric measures the activity of bitcoin by the length of storage. The total share of the bitcoin supply locked in storage between five and seven years fell from 5.48% to 4.67% between Nov 1 and Nov 30.

Some Long-Term Investors Take Profit

Investors who locked their coins into storage in 2013 did so at a price level that averaged between $134 and $1,151. In 2014 and 2015, the price averaged between $500 and $750.

With bitcoin closing at $18,702 on Nov 30, long-term investors would have made anywhere between 1524% and 13,856%.

Bitcoin All-Time Price Chart: TradingView

According to the HODL Waves calculation, 1.19% of the bitcoin total supply left this storage category and became active on-chain.

Given the current total supply of 18,60,637.5 BTC at press time, this represents roughly 200,000 BTC, currently worth just over $3.8 billion.

Bitcoin HODLers Not Relenting

The data reveals a mix of long-term strategies. The vast majority of long-term investors are not only holding, but also increasing their holdings.

Whereas the previous five to seven year long-term storage category fell more than 1%, the over ten-year storage category actually rose 0.19% from 9.73% to 9.92%.

The long-term storage category between seven and ten years also rose 0.2% from 7.08% to 7.28%. Similarly, the three to five year storage category jumped 0.69% from 10.06% to 10.85%.

In fact, the data shows that it’s mostly the shorter-term storage categories that witnessed holding declines. Overall, more than 61% of bitcoin’s total supply has not moved at all in more than a year.

This data, some argue, would seem to validate the position that bitcoin could be viewed more as a store of value asset and an inflation hedge versus just a speculative instrument.

On Nov 19, BeInCrypto reported that Glassnode data had revealed a huge surge in creation of new bitcoin addresses, only bettered in January of 2018.

On-chain analyst Willy Woo predicted that bitcoin’s Network Value Transaction Ratio (NVT) all-time high in mid-November was driven by the presence of “underlying long term investors.” This he said, would drive bitcoin to a new all time high, which subsequently took place on Nov 30.

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