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The battle lines have been drawn and the troops assembled. On the one side stands the combined might of the banking cartels, centuries of deeply entrenched financial infrastructure supporting them. And on the other side stands a handful of crypto companies armed with little more than a passionate plea: “Ditch the legacy system and come join us. Where we’re going, you won’t need banks.” It’s an enticing call – but is anyone heeding it?

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Crypto Lending: Innovation or Emulation?

Every couple of months, a new trend comes along that captures column inches and crypto Twitter chatter, before everyone moves on to the next new thing. Last month it was defi, before that IEOs, and before that exchange tokens. Right now, the hot topic is crypto lending, and it comes bearing an intriguing question: are crypto lending platforms a solution to a common problem, or a solution in search of a problem to wrap itself around?

Crypto Lending Platforms Prepare to Assail the Banking System

Before we attempt to answer that, some basic facts: getting a bank loan for personal or business use is extremely hard, verging on the impossible these days. Unless you have property you can collateralize against, you’ll struggle to get a loan, and even if you do, the interest will likely be exorbitant. Gone are the days when you could walk into your bank, have a sit down with the manager and thrash out the terms of a loan with which to start your own business. Attempt that today, casually dropping into the conversation that you were planning your own crypto startup, and not only would you be refused credit, but you’d be liable to have your account closed.

Such is the suspicion with which the legacy financial system views crypto. They’ll be proven wrong eventually, around the same time as the last of their venerable banking houses are being converted into nightclubs and apartments.

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From Bricks and Mortar to Binary Code

Bartlomiej Wasilewski is the founder of Marshal Lion Group, a tokenized lending market that provides non-bank loans for businesses and individuals. He told news.Bitcoin.com: “The digitization of finance is inevitable, not just within the crypto sector, but also more broadly, as shown by the rise of microloan platforms that enable individuals to lend capital to businesses, while retaining oversight over how it is deployed, and the ability to witness the benefits of their investment in action and be remunerated for their services.” He added:

Within the crypto space, lending is about more than simply attempting to mirror the products to be found in the traditional financial system. A lot of crypto businesses struggle to obtain banking facilities, and for these entities, having access to alternative sources of capital, be it as a bridging loan or to support long-term growth, is vital.

Wasilewski’s vision is slowly materializing, but the wounded banking system is not yet in its death throes. It will likely take a decade or more before digital currencies render it obsolete. In the meantime, those who have been refused credit by financial institutions are being urged to turn to crypto lending. But are crypto lending protocols and platforms enterprise-ready? And if so, what do they have to offer entities that have been turned away by the banking system?

Crypto Lending Platforms Prepare to Assail the Banking System

Anything the Banks Can Do, Bitcoin Can Do Better

Crypto lending has been a slow-burning trend this year, before exploding into life this week in a flurry of announcements. In July, for example, Bitcoin.com partnered with lending platform Cred to offer up to 10% interest on BCH and BTC holdings. The lending platform enables borrowers to obtain $25,000 or more in fiat currency, in exchange for collateralized crypto assets. Then, on Monday August 26, news.Bitcoin.com published an article on the changing crypto exchange landscape, which ventured that more exchanges are likely to introduce lending services in the near future. That future proved to be closer than imagined, for the very same day, Binance revealed its new lending platform.

The focus of its release was on the benefits to lenders, who will earn annualized interest of up to 15% on their BNB, USDT, and ETC. On Wednesday, the first round subscription was filled in less than 20 seconds by lenders eager to lock up their crypto assets. This feat says something about the level of interest in crypto lending, but it probably says more about the strength of the Binance brand. It may also say something about the diminishing ways for people to earn interest on their fiat holdings: thanks to negative yields, you are now likely to be penalized for purchasing 30-year government bonds.

Crypto Lending Platforms Prepare to Assail the Banking System

Following up on the launch of Binance Lending, news.Bitcoin.com spoke to crypto-fiat exchange service Wirex, whose co-founder Dmitry Lazarichev commented:

Having identified some interest from our customer base, Wirex has been exploring the options for crypto lending with existing regulatory frameworks. Consumer lending products are usually heavily regulated, hence we’re focused on finding the best structure for it.

Lazarichev’s carefully worded comment hints at the growth areas being explored within the lending space by crypto projects. A fortnight ago, Coinbase expressed similar intent, writing: “In addition to custody, we’re excited to explore new ways to monetize and leverage crypto assets such as staking, borrowing against crypto portfolios and lending crypto to trusted counterparties.”

To complete an intense week for crypto lending, Ethereum-based P2P platform Dharma revealed today that it will be sunsetting its existing business in favor of creating a new platform that will be integrated with Compound. With $103 million locked into its protocol, Compound is dominating the decentralized lending game.

Nothing Comes for Free in This Life

The proliferation of crypto lending products is to be welcomed, but there is something missing from all this breathless news about locking up crypto assets and filling subscription quotas in record time: what about the borrower who doesn’t have any crypto assets? Doesn’t that place them in the same situation as the man who walks into the bank with nothing but the shirt on his back and a business idea? The short answer is yes. If you don’t have crypto to collateralize, Binance Lending won’t give you the time of day.

The more nuanced answer is that there are tools currently being developed that will enable crypto lending products to meet the needs of a broad range of borrowers, including those who possess intangible collateral – like reputation. From the social credit scoring of Bloom to the emergence of lending platforms that allow unconventional assets (like skins and NFT collectibles) to be collateralized, crypto lending is evolving. Some of these products are being built upon existing lending protocols such as Compound, or upon Bitcoin itself using layer two smart contracting solutions such as RSK and Echo. There are also microloan platforms in the works that will give businesses that lack a credit rating access to capital.

Essentially, the crypto lending space looks set to mirror Bitcoin’s trajectory:

Crypto Lending Platforms Prepare to Assail the Banking System

Right now, the legacy financial system, for all its flaws, is unavoidable for the majority of businesses and individuals. Quality and diversity of crypto products including lending services have improved, however, it will become possible to exist wholly in crypto. No more banks, no more bank managers, and no more credit agencies to appease. Crypto might not be the answer to all the world’s problems, but it’s a sight better than what’s currently on the table. Give it time, and it’ll leave the fading financial system in the dust.

What are your thoughts on crypto lending – do you think it’s a valuable use case for crypto assets? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Cryptocurrency is Changing The Face of Divorces, and Most People – Including Lawyers, Don’t Even Realize It…

To start, the usual legal jargon: I am not your lawyer; nothing in this article is legal advice; I most likely do not practice law in your jurisdiction; and I strongly suggest you speak to a lawyer about your specific situation.

Now, a few answers and comments on cryptocurrency and how it impacts divorces, including how not to go broke.

Are People Hiding Their Cryptocurrency Assets when Divorcing? 

If you were to ask me if I think people are using cryptocurrency to hide assets during a divorce, I would say it is a statistical certainty that people are. In the jurisdiction that I practice law there are zero cases that cite the words ‘cryptocurrency’ or ‘bitcoin’ (yes I know there are other coins) and the relevant Divorce Act. I repeat, zero cases!

Given that it is estimated that at least 5% of individuals hold cryptocurrency assets, that is an impossible statistic. This means people are getting divorced and not disclosing their cryptocurrency. Please note, I cannot stress enough that there are exceedingly large risks and consequences for not disclosing assets during a divorce.

How Can I Find Out If My Spouse is Hiding Cryptocurrency

If you suspect your spouse is hiding assets, you should look into retaining a forensic accountant, preferably one with cryptocurrency experience. One of the more obvious signs is that your spouse’s transfers out of their bank accounts may show that they are buying cryptocurrency. However, individuals who are knowledgeable about cryptocurrency will be difficult to catch.

Imagine someone trading cash for cryptocurrency during an in-person transaction, this would be nearly impossible to trace.

Disclosure Risk and Public Divorce Documents: How Not to Have Your Cryptocurrency Stolen

Now, when you are a good law abiding spouse and are disclosing your cryptocurrency assets during a separation, be sure not to have them stolen! Court cases are public information, so anyone can go down to the local courthouse and look at your family law file.

That means that if your cryptocurrency information is attached to a court document someone could steal your assets. In my jurisdiction the court has ruled in at least one case that when providing cryptocurrency documents you can partially redact any necessary information to ensure your assets are protected. So remember, disclose your assets but make sure they are protected as well!

Don’t Go Broke: The Issue with Cryptocurrency’s Large Fluctuations of Value
Imagine the following scenario:

1. You’re happily married in 2015

2. You buy bitcoin in 2016 for $5,000 per coin. You’re a believer so you bought $100,000 worth!

3. In 2017 bitcoin hits $20,000 per coin, you’re rich! However, the new-found wealth impacts the marriage and you separate that day.

4. Your divorce is contentious and your divorce goes to court. Your divorce case is not decided until 2018. Now bitcoin is worth only $4,000 per coin.
5. In my jurisdiction the relevant dates for calculating net family property are date of marriage and date of separation. According to that, all things else being equal, you owe your spouse half of $400,000 of your bitcoin assets with a per coin cost of $20,000.

I’m sure you can see the massive problem you are now facing. You owe $200,000 to your spouse on an asset that is now only worth a total of $80,000. A strict approach to calculating Net Family Property will leave you destitute and suffering. Thankfully, there are legal arguments to make that you should pay your spouse based on the actual value of the cryptocurrency, not the value of it at the date of separation. These arguments are not guaranteed though, your spouse may not agree with them, and the court may not order it.

So what are some ways to protect yourself if you hold a large amount of cryptocurrency assets? To start a marriage contract, also known as prenuptial agreement, can set out how cryptocurrency assetswill be dealt with in the event of a separation or divorce. Please note, many couples enter into marriage contracts even after they are married so just because you are already married doesn’t mean you can’t protect yourself.

There are an almost unlimited amount of creative and sound ways you can protect yourself and your cryptocurrency assets before and during a divorce. The best option for you will largely depend on your specific fact scenarios and the relevant laws of your jurisdiction. Every country, state, or province is unique in at least one aspect. I highly suggest you speak with a qualified family law lawyer if you have cryptocurrency assets. Most jurisdictions will have a free helpline that will let you speak with a lawyer for up to 30 minutes for free. The best way to find them are to contact your local bar association or regulating body.

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After starting a beta program 3 weeks back. The desktop version comes the same great design, ease of use, and high-performance experience of TronWallet mobile Apps along with Ledger integration. 

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Thoughts on Cryptocurrency Lending

There’s two basic models, custodial and non-custodial. The vast majority of options are custodial, and that means a third party has your coins. This entails counterparty risk.

What is a reasonable return to lend out your Bitcoin? Is 6% good? Is 15%? It entirely depends on the counterparty risk. You’re not earning money for lending out BTC, you’re earning money for lending to a specific counterparty like BlockFi.

So, what’s a reasonable yield? Junk bonds in the US have typically paid 4-6% over treasury rates. For a risky start-up, uncollateralized loans would typically be more like 15-25% over treasury yields.

Short-term treasury yields are currently 2.5%, so I’d look for ~22%+ yield to lend my BTC to a start-up at a minimum. Now, this superficial analysis is unfair to Blockfi and others who would rightly argue this isn’t a purely uncollateralized loan.

On their website, Blockfi says they “typically lends crypto on overcollateralized terms.” The specifics matter a lot here. If that collateral was legally owed to you as a specific lender, these should probably be viewed as collateralized loans. They’re probably not.

If you as the lender have no legal right to specific collateral, then you’re simply a creditor to a single company, Blockfi (or whomever else), and you might not even be a senior creditor (for Blockfi, I believe you are a senior creditor, but this should be confirmed for each platform.)

So the right way to think about making a loan on a platform like this is very similar to if a crypto start-up asked you for a loan and offered you some interest to borrow your money, and promised to keep a pile of cash representing their general obligations to investors.

Non-custodial solutions are very different. With these, you may potentially have zero counterparty risk, rather you’d be subject to some sort of liquidation risk and protocol risk. If the market gaps lower, the proceeds from liquidating collateral might not pay you back.
Additionally, using things like multisig solutions for a lending platform have serious risk of bugs. Just how serious? Ask Parity, undoubted experts on ethereum smart contracts, who twice lost tremendous sums to bugs in the simplest type of multisig smart contract.
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Despite recent testimony from Bitwise to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which stated that up to 95% of Bitcoin trading volume is fake, quant trading firm Alameda Research deny the validity of this claim, instead of arguing that the truth is far less clear.

Bitwise Asset Management, an American self-styled authority on crypto trading and one of the largest providers of index and beta crypto-asset funds, offered its view in a lengthy report, drafted as supporting information to a presentation to the SEC on March 2019.

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So, why is Alameda Research so sure that Bitwise’s claim is inaccurate? Speaking to YouTube crypto channel Venture Coinist on July the 17th, CEO and Co-Founder of Alameda Research, Sam Bankmanfried, claimed that the data Bitwise provided could not be accurate.

In the interview, Bankmanfried explained:

“We ourselves trade more on some of these exchanges each day than [Bitwise] claim trades total”

Responding to this, the interviewer pointed out that if this is the case, Bitwise’s claim within its report falls dramatically short of the real trading volume.

Bankmanfried continued to say that:

“If you’re really deep in crypto and trading on all these platforms, you know the answer already, if you trade on Huobi, you trade on OKex, you trade on Binance, you know that there’s a lot of real volume there. You try and trade Bitcoin to Tether on OKex, you can do it – there’s liquidity, there’s size.”

Those who regularly trade on digital asset exchanges, Bankmanfried argues, will know that real volume exists, as they are able to fill their orders – although to what extent wash trading affects markets is unknown.

A Balanced Approach

However, Bankmanfried did admit that some exchanges were likely to have fake volumes. Taking a balanced approach, he explained that it was easy for two groups to adopt contrasting narratives.

On one side, there are parties such as Bitwise who believe that the majority of reported trading volume is fake or wash traded, and on the other side there are those who vehemently deny any notion of fake volume reporting.

The truth, Bankmanfried says, is somewhere in between:

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