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ICO Analysis: Liquid Asset Token (LAT)

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ICO Analysis: Liquid Asset Token (LAT)

Introduction

This article was posted on Wednesday, 15:55, UTC.

Some of the asset-backed tokens issued at the LAT Exchange may be considered as securities subject to regulation in certain countries. Turnover of the tokens in these jurisdictions would be restricted by LAToken until appropriate registration occurs. The LAT Exchange will follow KYC and AML rules and apply for exchange license where needed.

Today we tackle Liquid Asset Token, which we believe is the first to market with a radically important technology product. We spoke yesterday on Propy, which focuses strictly on the trading and sale of private real estate, and we identified its primary problem as being legal hurdles. As you can see, LA Token makes no bones in addressing this issue. (The above is from their executive summary. Not using avoidance strategies regarding legality is an early plus for this review.) The decision to disclose and decide on this matter at the outset should hardly be understated – this immediately helps people decide whether it exceeds their risk appetite and helps gauge how connected to reality the founders are.

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We invite you to have a look at the tokenized asset exchange:

Now, anyone can make a nice UI these days, and it’s not very expensive. Massive Javascript libraries exist for the purpose of making slick web design as easy as possible. Nevertheless, having something we can click, touch, feel, and get a sense of, is a huge plus for those trying to determine whether we are looking at something which interests us enough to make an investment or not. We see below that there are some inner-workings remaining to be finished, as this asset has no details at all:

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Nevertheless, the above screenshots do some of the work for this analysis. We can see that we’ve got a workable platform here. We’re not young or old enough to be confused by the fancy web design, so we’ll have to look into the technicals and definitely would suggest a security audit (bug bounty program anywhere?), but overall, we’re already looking at something which will tokenize the future.

Tokenizing Any Asset?

Heavily regulated environments like the United States will grow increasingly upset as the rest of the world takes off around us. Most technologies which are enabling such things as tokenizing your rental properties or your vast Rollex collection are deeply afraid of operating in the United States. The prosecutorial, Puritan arm of the federal government swings in every direction, often with little or randomized provocation.

Uncle Sam Is Cool With This?!

ICO initiators no doubt learned from the story of Kathleen Giffords, Ripple executive who kissed up to California regulators, whose firm was later fined nearly a million dollars by the FinCEN. All of which is to say that, as usual, if you’re in the US and you’re interested in this ICO, entering it will be doing so at your own risk, as you have no legal recourse being that the first part of the agreement is that you are not a US citizen. Being a crypto enthusiast, this may not be a deterrant, but let’s get the legal language out there, as the author has a feeling this one might be hard to resist:

IN THE EVENT OF ANY CONFLICTS OR INCONSISTENCIES BETWEEN SUCH TRANSLATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS AND THIS OFFICIAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE WHITEPAPER, THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ENGLISH LANGUAGE ORIGINAL DOCUMENT SHALL PREVAIL. YOU ARE NEITHER A UNITED STATES CITIZE NOR PERMANENT RESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, NOR HAVE YOU A PRIMARY RESIDENCE OR DOMICILE IN THE UNITED STATES, INCLUDING PUERTO RICO, THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS OR ANY OTHER POSSESSION OF THE UNITED STATES. NONE OF THE OWNERS OR BENEFICIARIES OF THE COMPANY ON BEHALF OF WHICH YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO ACT, ARE U.S. CITIZENS OR PERMANENT RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES, NOR HAVE THEY A PRIMARY RESIDENCE ORDOMICILE IN THE UNITED STATES, INCLUDING PUERTO RICO, THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, OR ANY OTHER POSSESSION OF THE UNITED STATES.

Also banned is the Republic of Singapore.

Now that that’s out of the way and by continuing to read you agree we are not conspiring to commit securities fraud or anything of the like, let’s talk a bit about what tokenizing assets means and why it should happen.

The Revolution Will Be Tokenized

People often sink money into things they cannot immediately get the value back of in times they may need it. In the case of homes, this puts them at the mercy of lenders who do not just want a piece of the pie or a guarantee of repayment, but in an ideal situation for the banksters, they would simply claim the deed in exchange for an equity payment. Of course they would, that’s the name of the game. But in the blockchain, we find the opportunity to immutably record any transaction of willing participants. As such, it becomes infinitely more possible and eventually much safer to, instead of liquidating assets at pawn shops and other emergency funding options, people can capitalize on the shifts in value of their assets. Instead of getting a loan or worse on your wholly owned holdings, you can sell shares in them.

There are a few questions that we will need to answer regarding this technology:

  1. What, if any, rights are token holders granted?
  2. How are said rights enforced?
  3. What requirements are made of the physical asset holders?

The Tokenization of All Things will involve the growth a few industries. For certain types of assets, publicly verifiable storage solutions will need to emerge. The lack of such things and the demand to put trust in third-parties we’d never heard of was a major contributing factor to our negative feeling toward OneGram.

LAToken Team

AIBanks Issue

The author did some research on the LAToken team, and came across an interesting thing: they’re all part of what seemed to be another project. This raised huge warning flags. The author wondered if he had wasted all time up to present, simply being able to write down one word here: “scam.” Reading through the documents, it started to sound like the same thing. Then, an explanation emerges:

Zologo is an apparent business in Russia which is headed Valentin Preobrazhensky, who was published by Forbes Russia in March. In this article he and his co-author elucidated what the author says above:

In Russia, 20% of the population spend more than 60% of their income on repayment of expensive and short-term consumer loans. This makes it necessary to save and reduce consumption. As a result, production, wages and jobs are shrinking. Unemployment leads to an increase in overdue debt, a rise in the cost of loans and a new round of cyclical consumption crisis. […] At the same time, in Russia there is a small amount of credit for the population […] especially in the context of a recession. At the same time, it has a great social significance – it reduces the debt load of the most accredited part of the population, increases their economic activity and productivity. Therefore, this channel [“non-targeted mortgages”] of stimulating demand is the least inflationary one.

Deeper Into LAToken

Since the token sale is ongoing and apparently almost over (they added 5 million from the reserve to the sale), we’ll answer the questions above and get to verdict and details.

  1. What, if any, rights are token holders granted?
  • “LAT do not grant their holder ownership orequity in the Company or the right to participate in the control, direction, or decision making of the Company.”
    • So, no ownership in Zologo or LAT proper.
      • The second part of the answer bleeds into the next question.
  1. How are said rights enforced?
  • “As discussed above, LAT are issued on the basis of a smart contract via a blockchain platform. A smart contract is a way to discharge obligations by means of the algorithm input into the respective program code. As such, smart contracts shall fully comply with the laws applicable to them, in particular, they shall ensure compliance with confidential information legal requirements.

Have to pause here and address this. It could be a deal-breaker. What we are seeing here is two things: the passing of the buck and the fiat approach to enforcement. As a crypto enthusiast, the author prefers technical solution to problems involving trust. We want a Utopian world where everyone does what they say will, but since we won’t get that, we build code. We verify then trust, not the other way around and not in any other order.

LAT are here saying: we will provide a platform for you to buy and sell assets that you may never physically touch, and we will profit handsomely in so doing, even garnering profit at every turn, but we will do nothing but put these words on paper as far as providing you assurances that things will work out for the best.

Ah, but I had such great hopes. Well, the cryptocurrency world could always use a little more drama

  1. What requirements are made of the physical asset holders?

And in the abov, we get the answer: all the requirements. LAToken seems to want to put this thing out in the world, make a few million bucks, and hope for the best. The myriad of issues that might arise, well, they don’t want any part of all that, as the abundance of red herring legalese in their actual whitepaper suggests.

 The Verdict

Had high hopes. They were dashed when you got to the bare-metal of how the property is enforced. Property enforcement is what the government arose to do, after all, in many respects. Therefore anything that rises up and says it will replace the government had better have most if not all of the answers as to what happens if and then what.

But all the same, they’re almost funded. That counts for something too – it means you might not fall directly off a cliff if you still decide to see how this plays out. The platform could be a lot of fun to play with, and you need tokens to do it. But just like we feel that Propy will not be the property and asset swap platform of the future, we feel that Liquid Asset Token is falling short, too.

Risk

  • Plain as day, outlined above. Every investment on the LAT platform will require its own analysis due to the legality and the great potential for scamming. You may be creating more work than you can compensate yourself for through trading there. -4

Growth

  • Already built a product. Shows the firm is willing to invest its own funds to get going. Could be that getting off the ground is what’s necessary in order to get enough lawyers to find a workable global solution, but we’re not sure about this company being the ones to do it. Nevertheless, for having shown us something that will later be aped by countless competitors, we give LAT first-mover points in the sum of 5.
  • Changing the way people borrow and repay money is the kind of thing that can make waves at every level of society. As elucidated by LAT CEO Valentin Preobrazhensky above, this plays particularly well for people in less regulated markets where predatory lending is more prevalent, as well as pockets of more regulated environments where poverty is real but property ownership manages to sustain itself. +2
  • Has everything the others have and more. This is also a great drawback for trying to get started, so we split the points: +1.
  • The author grants this team 0.25 over Propy, as a personal disposition in how these two ICOs are likely to perform at market. Reasoning: having the ability to test out the product is a much greater hype generator than any amount of social media campaigning.

Disposition

Having a positive carry of 8.25 points, we cannot forget the fundamental reality that all they are doing is building a public swimming pool, a blockchain within a blockchain, and the investor will very much be in the wilderness when interacting there. At least at first. We’ll update in 30-45 days with performance information.

Investment Details

A total of 1 billion tokens are being generated as the author writes this. 40% of these were initially put on the market, but due to alleged high demand during their pre-sale (which we did not get wind of at all, here at Hacked), they put another 5 million up for sale. Their status meter looked like this, going to press:

The exact price of the tokens at the time of writing was around 31 cents:

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P. H. Madore has covered the cryptocurrency beat over the course of hundreds of articles for Hacked's sister site, CryptoCoinsNews, as well as some of her competitors. He is a major contributing developer to the Woodcoin project, and has made technical contributions on a number of other cryptocurrency projects. In spare time, he recently began a more personalized, weekly newsletter at http://ico.phm.link

Comments
  • user

    AUTHOR gxd01

    Posted on 7:40 pm August 23, 2017.

    Just a small comment – the propy review does not show under the ICO category, but is linked under the ICO ratings part. Also perhaps conclude the review with the 4.25 as it does look like 8.25. Good review as ever, never had even heard of this ICO until this.

  • user

    AUTHOR gxd01

    Posted on 8:05 pm August 23, 2017.

    To follow up clicking on the propy ICO in ICO Ratings takes you to the categories – and there is no propy review…

  • user

    AUTHOR hs

    Posted on 1:00 am August 24, 2017.

    You’ve got a typo
    Disposition
    Having a positive carry of 8.25 points

    Shouldn’t that be 4.25 !

  • user

    AUTHOR sickettyboy71

    Posted on 1:30 am August 24, 2017.

    Not so sure about this “high demand” thing. I checked this one out a week ago and that teal line indicating the number of tokens sold hasn’t moved a great deal. I enjoyed your assessment.

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