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Press release 2023 semi-annual report
Bank Frick generated a net profit of CHF 7.2 million in the first half of 2023 and thus built on the success of the prior financial year. The marked increase in profit, coupled with solid utilisation and good capitalisation, provides us with encouragement for the second half of the year. We therefore anticipate an annual profit in the region of CHF 13 million for 2023.
To be continued: SEC pushes back at Coinbase
SEC pushes back against Coinbase's claim of no regulatory jurisdiction, stating the crypto exchange knowingly violated securities laws. Meanwhile, Gemini, owned by the Winklevoss twins, files a lawsuit against Digital Currency Group and CEO Barry Silbert alleging fraud and deception following the collapse of a lending venture. The Bank for International Settlements survey reveals that 93% of central banks are working on Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) which are seen as potential geopolitical policy tools and a challenge to the dollar's dominance. The race for a Bitcoin ETF intensifies, with BlackRock refiling its application featuring Coinbase as the market surveillance partner, as the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust's discount to net asset value narrows, potentially indicating the transformation into a proper ETF.
PULSE: Bank Frick launches new 23/7 payment service
Bank Frick’s new payment service enables prompt payment transactions in the Bank Frick network – even outside of cut-off and business hours. Payments within the Bank Frick network and within the same currency can be made in all major fiat currencies seven days a week.
BlackRock fever: The ETF filing spree and institutional appetite
BlackRock filed for a Bitcoin ETF with the SEC, inspiring similar applications from firms like WisdomTree, Invesco, and Fidelity, and boosting Bitcoin's value. Traditional finance institutions such as Fidelity and Nasdaq are showing increased interest in crypto, with moves towards exchange and custody services. The defunct crypto exchange FTX, under new CEO John Ray III, is planning a potential revival after recovering significant assets. Meanwhile, the IMF is developing a global CBDC platform for cross-border transactions and DAI, a major stablecoin, is diversifying its backing from USDC to include real-world assets.
SWIFT explores blockchain interoperability
SWIFT has partnered with Chainlink to experiment with leveraging its infrastructure for transferring tokenized value across blockchain networks. The trials will address interoperability, regulatory challenges, and operational drawbacks for financial institutions in a blockchain environment. Chainlink will provide connectivity between private and public blockchains. SWIFT's findings will be published later this year.
Bank Frick expands Staking offering to include Ethereum and Cardano
The cryptocurrencies Ethereum (ETH) and Cardano (ADA) are now available for Staking in a fully regulated environment. Customers can generate additional income with their digital assets through this service.
Warning: Fraudulent letters with Bank Frick logo in circulation
We would like to point out that there is no connection between Bank Frick and TCM Investments, Floor 29, 1 Canada Square, London E14 5AA, United Kingdom. The operators of the domain ‘tcminvestments[dot]com‘ are making unlawful use of the name and logo of Bank Frick.
China wants an Internet 3.0, while Hong Kong gears up for crypto trading launch
China is striving for advancement in Internet 3.0 technologies, with Beijing's white paper outlining plans to invest in the development of the metaverse and Web3 tech such as non-fungible tokens, but not cryptocurrencies due to the country's previous ban. Meanwhile, Hong Kong is launching its new crypto trading regulations, allowing retail investors to participate from June 1, 2023, with exchanges like Huobi Hong Kong beginning to offer spot trading to retail and institutional clients. Furthermore, the Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau of the Hong Kong Police Force is launching a metaverse platform, 'CyberDefender', to educate the public about potential threats and crime prevention in the metaverse.
BRC-20: Innovating on Bitcoin is the new cool
A new Bitcoin “token standard” called BRC-20 is the hottest thing right now in the crypto space. It was introduced in March 2023 by a pseudonymous person called Domo. Bitcoin Request for Comment 20 (BRC-20) is an experiment that brings fungible tokens to the Bitcoin blockchain using the Ordinals protocol. Ordinals rely on ordinal theory, enabling the identification and tracking of individual satoshis within Bitcoin's existing supply, while also allowing them to be inscribed (associated) with data. Through this technique, satoshis (sats) are given ordinal numbers starting with zero. Anyone can add a script file to a sat to create and transfer a BRC-20 token on the Bitcoin blockchain. BRC-20 tokens are created using three functions: deploy, mint, and transfer.
US versus EU: Giants fighting for regulatory clarity
It is official now: The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA), legislation that will guide the crypto sector in all 27 European Union member states. 517 parliament members voted for it, while 38 voted against it. This approval makes Europe the first continent with comprehensive rules for cryptocurrencies. Also, it means that all EU member states will have unified crypto regulations. So, if a crypto business is approved in one EU member country, it could easily expand operations to another member state. The EU’s milestone was lauded by Binance as well as Kraken and Coinbase.
Annual Report Bank Frick 2022: Annual profit breaks through the 10 million mark for the first time
Bank Frick closes 2022 with a record profit of CHF 10.3 million, breaking through the 10 million mark for the first time and increasing its annual profit by 4.5% compared to the previous year. Its growth strategy, combined with high investment in staff and infrastructure, has proven to be successful.
Ethereum: Another milestone reached with the Shanghai Update
On April 12, 2023, Ethereum successfully executed the planned Shanghai update also known as Shapella. The upgrade allows validators to unstake their staked ETH and withdraw their rewards, as well as staked ether if chosen. Now that another level of uncertainty has waned for the biggest smart contract blockchain, this new feature could attract more investors to stake their ether.