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The founder of Ethereum recently proposed a new crowdfunding model designed to minimize the risks associated with initial coin offerings (ICOs).

Introducing DAICO

In a post on the Ethereum Research Forum earlier this month, Vitalik Buterin outlined a method for merging ICOs with some of the benefits of the DAO. The end result is a system that improves the existing ICO model by reducing both risk and complexity.

Buterin’s new decentralized fundraising platform will be called DAICO, which combines the existing ICO concept with a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO). Put simply, a DAO relies on smart contracts to hardcode specific rules that an organization follows from inception. Although this concept has been around since 2009, it has only recently been put to use with projects like “The DAO.”

Prior to being shut down by U.S. regulators for violating securities laws, The DAO sought to improve governance by democratizing ownership of tokens and allowing creators to implement whatever rules they wanted. This is more or less what the DAO system promotes. The rules hardcoded into the system essentially dictate how the organization operates.

Buterin proposed the following diagram to illustrate how the DAICO concept evolves:

DAICOs vs. ICOs

As pointed out by Coinsquare, the DAICO fundraising model begins very much like an ICO. It allows startups to raise funds and investors to pay for tokens via Ethereum. And like ICOs, DAICOs can structure their crowdraise however they like, including implementing strict KYC standards. After the crowdsale, the tokens can be listed and traded on any exchange.

Where the two methods differ is around how the funds are ultimately used. The current ICO model allows team members to use the funds in any method they choose, whereas DAICOs enable investors to control which portion of the funds team members can access. If the team wants to spend money on marketing, hire employees or invest in infrastructure, they need to “tap” their investors for approval. Investors then vote on whether to grant the company permission to utilize the funds for that specific purpose.

This difference may appear subtle, but could have significant implications on a market that has attracted its fair share of scammers, con artists and opportunists. For starters, investors will be able to hold startups accountable after the crowdsale is over. Under the DAICO model, startups can’t get away with merely promising to spend money a certain way because they ultimately need their investors’ permission to access the funds. Buterin’s proposal also has the potential to weed out dishonest projects looking to raise a quick buck before vanishing.

On paper, DAICOs support the development of what Buterin has called “Tokens 2.0,” an era of high-quality tokens  that goes above and beyond what the existing market offers. In Buterin’s view, the era of higher quality tokens is a lot closer than most people think.

ICOs generated billions of dollars in revenue for startups last year, with December marking the most active month on record. If time is of the essence, the DAICO model could have a profound impact on the fundraising model in the not-too-distant future.

There’s still no timetable for when this model could be launched. In the meantime, Ethereum remains the undisputed king of crowdraises even as platforms like Stellar begin attracting higher quality projects.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Market Update: U.S. Stocks Rattled by the Oil Bears

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U.S. stocks traded mostly lower on Tuesday, weighed down by slumping energy shares as crude prices extended their collapse to a record 12th session. Cryptocurrencies were mostly lower as markets shifted focus to the upcoming bitcoin cash hard fork scheduled in less than two days.

Stocks Settle Mostly Higher

The large-cap S&P 500 Index fell 0.2% to 2,722.18, reversing earlier gains. Five of 11 primary sectors finished lower, with energy shares plunging more than 2% as a collective.

Shares of information technology companies also rebounded from an early-week selloff, helping the Nasdaq Composite Index recover some lost ground. However, the tech-heavy gauge gave up most of its gains in afternoon trading, closing flat at 7,200.88

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 100.69 points, or 0.4%, to close at 25,286.49.

A rollover in the technology sector triggered a massive selloff on Wall Street Monday. This included a 600-point drop in the Dow and a nearly 3% plunge for the Nasdaq.

Oil Rout Intensifies

The oil-price collapse entered its 12th day on Tuesday, as U.S. futures prices plunged below $58 a barrel for the first time this year.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for December settlement touched a session low of $54.91 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, its lowest in over a year. The U.S. oil benchmark plummeted more than 8% on the day. Brent crude, the international futures benchmark, faced a similar setback, falling 7.2% to $65.19 a barrel on London’s ICE futures exchange.

The record loss demonstrates just how quickly market narratives can shift. A little over a month ago, analysts were talking about $100 a barrel oil as a distinct possibility sometime next year. Now, crude prices are struggling to avoid a protracted bear market.

Cryptoassets Slightly Lower

Most cryptocurrencies in the top-20 traded slightly lower on Tuesday, with losses ranging between half a percent and 3.5% over 24 hours. However, the combined market value of all coins in circulation was little changed at $211 billion, reflecting underlying stability in the bitcoin price.

Bitcoin, which accounts for 52.4% of the entire market capitalization, pared losses to settle just below $6,400, according to CoinMarketCap. As Hacked reported earlier, BTC traded at a large premium on Bitfinex following a renewed slump in Tether’s USDT stablecoin.

Bitcoin cash reversed a large slump to trade slightly higher ahead of a planned network-wide upgrade on Thursday. The schism, which is expected to produce two competing coins, appears to stem from a war between Craig Steven Wright and Roger Ver, the most prominent backer of bitcoin cash. Although Ver’s Bitcoin ABC has won support from major industry players, data on bitcoin cash mining pools suggest Bitcoin SV will control the lion’s share of the network’s mining power.

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Pre-Market Analysis And Chartbook: Trade Deal Hope Boost Risk Assets as Pound Surges

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Tuesday Market Snapshot

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2,737 0.27%
DAX 30 11,381 0.49%
WTI Crude Oil 59.10 0.41%
GOLD 1,203 0.20%
Bitcoin 6,291 -0.42%
EUR/USD 1.1265 0.42%

After yesterday’s equity selloff and Dollar rally today we are seeing a counter-trend move in most asset classes thanks to the reports regarding some progress in the US-China trade talks. The optimism has been sparked by the planned US visit by the main Chinese negotiator which points to a renewed interest on the Chinese side that withdrew from the talks.

Stocks are slightly higher before the US open, but the short-term uptrend that carried the major indices significantly above the October lows seems to be broken, with especially the Nasdaq being set for a re-test as soon as this week. Currencies and commodities are also very active today, and as volatility is increasing across asset classes, a busy US session is likely.

GBP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Pound continues to be the most volatile major currency, even as the Dollar has been in the center of attention since the Fed meeting, with the looming Brexit deadlines increasing the tension in the market of the GBP. Interestingly, the Euro has been underperforming the Pound lately, due to the Italy related worries, and today the Pound is significantly higher against all of its major peers.

The Pound was also boosted by the British Employment Report, as the healthy wage growth figure outweighed the weaker than expected Unemployment Rate, at least as far as the forex markets are concerned. The GBP/USD pair jumped higher off the key 1.2850 support/resistance level that has been “in play” several times in the last few months, but the broader downtrend remains unharmed by today’s move.

S&P 500 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The technical troubles are mounting on Wall Street, with the key benchmarks all turning sharply lower off last week’s highs. The Dow, which has been the strongest index this month also broke its rising trendline and dipped below several short-term support levels, similarly to the slightly weaker S&P 500 and the lagging Nasdaq.

The S&P 500 is now testing the key support zone near 2750, and given the broader bearish setup, we expect the large-cap index to revisit the October low in the coming weeks, with even an accelerating selloff being in the cards. The weak market internals are also pointing to further troubles for stock bulls, and we still wouldn’t buy the dip here.

Emerging Market Weakness Casts a Shadow on Risk Assets

EEM (Emerging Markets ETF), 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While the main risk on currencies is higher today, looking at the weakest links of the October risk-rout, emerging market and European stocks, the picture is not pretty. We looked at the DAX’s wounded chart yesterday, and the most important emerging market ETF also shows signs of distress, with a test of the bear market low being seemingly inevitable in the near future, especially given the broad weakness across the developed markets as well.

Copper Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Commodities are mixed today amid the Chinese optimism, with the increasing volatility in oil still being the most interesting trend in the segment. The WTI contract fell back below the $60 level after yesterday’s initial bounce, and although it only hit a marginal new low today, and we still expect a larger bounce in the coming days in oil, sellers are still in control of the market.

Gold dipped below $1200 for the first time in a month, as the precious metal failed to reverse last week’s breakdown, threatening with a test of the $1180 support level. Copper avoided a new swing low below the $2.65 level, for now, and the metal is still within its broad consolidation pattern, thanks to the renewed trade-deal optimism, with the broader downtrend clearly being intact.

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The Duality of Investments & Debt

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Hi Everyone,

The battle between good and evil plays out repeatedly on various stages but, unlike the movies or a comic book, in real life it’s not always easy to tell which is which and who is who.

With investments, sometimes it can be difficult to tell which assets in your portfolio are toxic and which have tremendous potential. That’s why asset managers try to look for combinations of several different stocks that can outperform.

At eToro, we continue to develop various portfolio templates in search of fantastic combinations. The newest one we’ve released focuses on high powered stocks, which are known to pay out a large portion of their profits to investors on a regular basis.

The new CopyPortfolio™ is aptly named Yield King and can be found at this link. As you can see, these super stocks have been super resilient even during this volatile year, outperforming the benchmark S&P 500 Index.

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Today’s Highlights

  • Another Tech Sell-off
  • Japan’s Debt Mountain
  • Kryptonite

Please note: All data, figures & graphs are valid as of November 13th. All trading carries risk. Only risk capital you can afford to lose.

Traditional Markets

One of the strongest sectors for a number of years is now showing the weakest performance. IT stocks fell yesterday erasing the entire post-mid-term election rally. The tech-heavy Nasdaq is now firmly below its 200 day moving average.

In this interview, famous investor Ray Dalio puts us near the end of the financial cycle and says that a downturn will likely happen sometime within the next few years, but that this next downturn is going to be very different.

Ray’s new book is all about bull runs and bears and how setting the US Dollar as the global reserve currency exacerbates how the cycles function. What’s interesting though is that he doesn’t paint the buck as the villain of this story; he says it actually it helps to preserve the balance.

One person who did seem to influence the cycle yesterday is US President Donald Trump. Yesterday we discussed crude oil’s support at $60 and the Saudi attempts to defend that level.

Around lunchtime in the USA, Trump launched another offensive with this tweet….

The time of the tweet is circled in purple on the graph below and as we can see, within the hour the $60 support was obliterated.

Today we’ll watch out for earnings announcements from two of the largest players in the cannabis industry. Cronos will be reporting before the opening bell and the legendary Tilray will be after the market closes this evening.

It will be incredibly interesting to see these earnings reports as this new industry is still a bit mysterious to the average investor.

A Mountain of Debt

As Dalio wrote about debt, I feel it prudent to mention another debt milestone that happened recently. The Bank of Japan has been by far the most aggressive central bank in the world and though the USA and Europe have mostly wound down their QE printing programs, Japan continues to pump money into its economy by buying financial assets at an alarming pace.

This latest update is most surprising….

What this means is that the Bank of Japan has now created enough wealth from thin air to buy all the goods and services that the country produces in an entire year.

Here we can see it on the chart…

The long-term effects of such action are at this point impossible to predict. We are now in deep experimental monetary policy territory.

Crypto Rally Stalled

As disappointing as it may be, it seems the rally that we saw last week in the crypto markets spurred on by the Bitcoin Cash hard fork has now stalled. Most cryptos are down over the last 24 hours. Looking at November so far, we can see a rather mixed performance but still mostly positive.

Bitcoin’s transaction rate continues to push forward yet the price remains stable.

This daily market update is dedicated to the amazing memory of Stan Lee.

Have a marvelous day ahead!

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