Thailand News September 2019 Issue

Digital Assets Accelerate Thailand’s Bond Market

Digital Assets Continue to Drive Innovation in Thailand

Thailand has driven through several new implementations of blockchain and digital assets over the past year. In April, the Siam Commercial Bank tested blockchain for cross-border business-to-business payments. In May, the Bank of Thailand built a blockchain-based system to settle payments more cheaply and quickly. Now, the Bond Association of Thailand has announced that it will issue a digital asset to provide those same benefits to the bond market and streamline yet another aspect of Thailand’s banking system.

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Insider Insights August 2019 Issue

The American Economy Signals Significant Events Ahead

Economic Signals Portend Big Changes

Over the past year, there have been several indicators that point towards the United States moving towards a recession. Although the previously discussed trade war with China is certainly having a negative impact, there are telltale signs painting a concerning picture for the US economy. It’s important to have a bird’s eye view of what is happening in the economy as well as investment options to successfully navigate it should the worst predictions come to pass.

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Thailand News August 2019 Issue

Effects of the American-Chinese Trade War

How to Diversify and Adjust the Sails for What Lies Ahead

It has long been the opinion that the global economy is due for a significant correction for some time. For a time, such talk was resigned to mere pessimism or doomsaying without any real-world basis. There is now more factual, hard evidence that can no longer be ignored. However, with all global economic phenomena, not all countries are impacted the same way. There is mounting evidence that the Southeast Asia region will be affected much more strongly than most when the inevitable downturn does arrive, and a wise asset manager would do well to search for opportunities abroad to invest in to diversify their portfolio.

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Insider Insights July 2019 Issue

US Government Reviews Facebook’s Libra

Congress Reacts to Facebook’s Offering

On July 16th, 2019, the Senate Facebook Committee held a hearing to discuss Facebook’s Libra digital asset. During this hearing, lawmakers raised concerns about Libra, fearing that the currency may attempt to challenge or destabilize the US dollar, as well as questioning Facebook’s decision to base their Libra Association in Switzerland. Libra stands to challenge the status quo in the US banking system with a reach that no other digital assets to date have been able to manage and this disruptive model has been able to gain the attention of lawmakers at an unprecedented level. However, there is a key difference in how the attention’s sentiment has shifted over time. While previous discussions have been rooted in fear and apprehension, lawmakers have now begun to seek greater understanding in not only Libra but digital assets at large.

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Thailand News July 2019 Issue

Baht Surge Causes Thai Central Bank to Pull the Reins

What a Stronger Baht Means for the Economy

The Thai baht has experienced a dramatic surge over the past year, climbing 8.3% against the dollar since 2018. This increase is the single largest appreciation of any foreign currency to USD in this timeframe, and has implications for not only the economy of Thailand, but also the digital asset market considering how deeply ingrained it is into the Thai economy. The government is considering its options as such a surge could potentially be deleterious for the country if not addressed properly.

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Insider Insights June 2019 Issue

Weighing In on Facebook’s Project Libra

A New Opportunity and a Powerful Backer

Although Facebook’s Project Libra stablecoin has been kept under wraps in development for some time now, the buzz around the project has grown louder and louder recently. While the digital assets space is rich with diversity and has no shortage of interesting projects to report on, this one in particular has eclipsed them and been brought to the forefront of the media. The combination of buy-in from major technical partners combined with Facebook’s massive clout has catapulted this asset into the spotlight in a manner that few other companies would be capable of.

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Thailand News June 2019 Issue

Southeast Asia: A Growing Market Hotspot

Surging Economies and Opportunities Abound

The countries of Southeast Asia that comprise the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), including Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Brunei, Singapore, and the Philippines are currently undergoing dramatic market shifts that are projected to propel this region to become the fourth largest world economy subsection by 2025. Their surging economies combined with the region becoming a hub of digital asset adoption represents a trove of opportunity for investors in this space. Three key measurements, in particular, are of interest here, including the growing economic muster of millennials and digital natives, the growing penetration of smartphones and other digitalizing measures, and the continuing growth and integration of technology and computer services within company operations in the region.

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Insider Insights May 2019 Issue

Five Indicators Bitcoin Is Entering A Bull Run

Bitcoin Price Continues to Surge

It is true that Bitcoin’s price and overall market health has had wild swings over the past year, and the tumultuous market crash in 2018 soured public perception of the coin. Nevertheless, the cryptocurrency space has worked diligently over the past year to shore up the weak points and return to the fundamental, democratized roots of the coin and focus on improving its viability as a fast, cheap, and available medium of exchange. That hard work is beginning to reap dividends and the newly energized space is beginning to show not only signs of healthy growth, but also a much larger bull run beginning to emerge.

 

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Insider Insights April 2019 Issue

Binance the Behemoth
Innovation Trumps Bear Market

Bitcoin Price Continues to Surge

Bitcoin’s value continues to rebound, finding a new height following months of gains driven by strong market fundamentals and surging adoption and technical innovation. On April 23, Bitcoin hit a new high for this year of $5,500, with most the 20 other largest cryptocurrencies also finding themselves in the green for the day. Even more promisingly, Bitcoin found its first golden cross since 2015, in which its 50-day moving average peaked above its 200-day moving average. Read More

Insider Insights March 2019 Issue

Innovations Drive Further Market Opportunities
The Rise Of IEOs

As innovation within the cryptocurrency space continues to march forward, flaws in older processes become more evident and new pathways are forged to keep the wheels of progress turning. The SEC continues to clamp regulation down upon the initial coin offering (ICO) model and investment in ICOs is becoming more and more burdensome, especially to non-accredited investors who are looking to crowdfund a new venture. The initial exchange offering (IEO) opens a window to these investors, bringing them back into the community-based funding methods that have been a hallmark of cryptocurrency since its inception.

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Insider Insights February 2019 Issue

Blockchain Continues to Break Down Barriers
Financial Market Disruption

 

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This month’s newsletter brings new updates showing how blockchain continues to turn the business and investment world on its head. Companies both established and new are beginning to see that the limitations of our currently existing financial transfer framework are no longer suitable for an increasingly globalized and democratized financial world. Blockchain continues to demonstrate itself as a viable alternative to ACH and wire transfer methods that have not kept up with the pace that businesses and investments operate today.

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Insider Insights January 2019 Issue

Never Judge a Book By Its Cover
User Growth, Bakkt & Emerging Market Trends

2019 is already shaping up to be a promising year for blockchain and cryptocurrency. Despite the downturn of prices in crypto markets, the march of tech innovations and user adoption of cryptocurrency continues unabated, revealing that the health of the underlying ecosystem is as lush as ever.

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