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The city-state of Singapore is slowly becoming a favored destination for Blockchain startup companies looking to launch an Initial Coin Offering (ICO). The country has long been a center for startups due to such factors as tax-friendly regulations, light-touch rules, and state funding. The state has already hosted a number of successful ICOs in the past.

The Singapore government, through its central bank, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), has launched several programs to support the financial technology (fintech) industry. One of the initiatives is the allocation of S$225 million ($166 million) for the development of fintech projects and applications.

Moreover, the central bank has also introduced a tokenized version of the Singapore dollar under the so-called “Project Ubin” to show its warm welcome to crypto-assets. The token is available on an Ethereum-based Blockchain. The project aims to create a functional alternative to the country’s interbank payments network via tokenization and Blockchain technology.

Meanwhile, the MAS has also moved to regulate digital currencies with an aim to protect ICO activities. The MAS also wants to maintain the reputation of Singapore as a financial hub and to prevent money laundering. With proper regulation, investors are protected and more people can participate in ICOs.

On the issue of whether virtual currencies are considered a currency, token or security, the MAS has said that the function of cryptocurrencies has evolved beyond just being a digital currency.

Part of the MAS statement read:

The function of digital tokens has evolved beyond just being a virtual currency. For example, digital tokens may represent ownership or a security interest over an issuer’s assets or property.

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考什克·巴苏:印度经济增长的衰退“非常令人担忧” – 网帖翻译 – 龙腾网




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KaushikBasu said from 2003 to 2011, India was growingtypically over 8 per cent per annum. 


WASHINGTON: The downturn in India’s growth is “very worrying”, WorldBank’s former chief economist Kaushik Basu said, underscoring that this is the”hefty price” the country had to pay for demonetisation.

华盛顿:世界银行(World Bank)前首席经济学家考希克•巴苏(Kaushik Basu)表示,印度经济增长的低迷“非常令人担忧”,突显出这是该国为废币付出的“沉重代价”。

India’s GDP growth dropped to a three-year lowof 5.7 per cent during April-June as manufacturing dipped and impact of thedemonetisation lingered on in the third quarter.


“The downturn in growth is very worrying. Iknew it would go below 6 per cent because the demonetisation was a big negativeshock to the economy. But 5.7 per cent growth is lower than I expected,”Basu, the former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank,told .

“经济增长的低迷非常令人担忧。我知道这一比例将降至6%以下,因为废币对经济造成了巨大的负面冲击。但是,5.7%的增长率低于我的预期,”世界银行(World Bank)前高级副总裁兼首席经济学家巴苏(Basu)表示。

Basu said from 2003 to 2011, India was growingtypically over 8 per cent per annum.


The year of global crisis, 2008, it droppedbriefly to 6.8 per cent, but over 8 per cent growth had become the new norm forIndia.


“Now with oil prices so low, China cedingspace to India, our growth should have been back to well over 8 per cent.Hence, the first quarter growth this year of 5.7 per cent implies 2.3percentage points of growth has been lost due to demonetisation. This is ahefty price,” Basu said.


“But the demonetisation mistake andinadequate performance of the export sector means that the overall performancehas been disappointing. These mistakes can be corrected,” he said.


The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) recentlyannounced that 99 per cent of the junked Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes havereturned to the banking system.


“What is particularly troubling is thelatest announcement which reveals that over 99 per cent of the notesdemonetised have come back. This suggests that the rich people have virtuallyall managed to redeem their money. It is the small traders, the informal sectorand the poor who suffered most,” said Basu who currently is C MarksProfessor and Professor of Economics at Cornell University, Ithaca and NewYork.

“尤其令人不安的是,最近的一份声明显示,超过99%的废币已经回来了。这表明,富人实际上已经设法赎回了他们的钱。最受影响的是小商人、非正规部门和穷人,”巴苏说。他目前是康奈尔大学(Cornell University)、伊萨卡(Ithaca)和纽约(New York)的C Marks教授、经济学教授。

Responding to a question on future prognosis,the top Indian economist said there have been two good policy initiatives theadoption of Goods & Services Tax (GST) and the enactment of the newbankruptcy law, and the Indian government does deserve credit for these.

Hence, unless it again makes a mistake like thedemonetisation, the economy should recover in 2018, he observed.


“But I expect two more quarters of poorgrowth. The October to December quarter especially could see a slowdown, sincethe farmers last year suffered a lot when they discovered that ordinarypeople’s buying power had been curtailed by the demonetisation and though theyhad produced a lot, they could not sell. We are likely to see a backlash ofthat later this year,” Basu said.



“One policy risk is if we try to godigital, doing away with cash, too fast,” he cautioned.


“Even rich countries have a long way to go.In a country like India where roughly half the population does not even havebank accounts, a sudden move to digital money makes no sense. It will be ananti-poor policy, since the poor will be disadvantaged most. But barring suchmistakes, we should get back to reasonable growth in 2018,” Basu said.


When asked, what should be the policy responseto the sharp growth slowdown India is witnessing, Basu said there are twopolicies that government ought to give special attention to.


“First, it needs to inject more liquidityin the system to compensate people for the drying up of their buying power thathas occurred since November last year. The additional liquidity can boostdemand and provide a Keynesian stimulus that Indian producer’s needs,” hesaid.


“Second, there has to be policyinitiatives, involving both fiscal and monetary interventions, to boostexports. Manufacturers who are suffering because of ordinary people s damagedbuying power will get much needed relief. In order to promote exports we needto improve the ease of doing business,” he said.


“Also, the rupee seems to be artificiallystrong and appreciating in real terms. This is hurting our export capacity.Allowing the exchange rate to settle at market- determined rates will correctthis aberration,” Basu said.


Responding to a question on his overallassessment of the performance of Indian government from the point of view ofeconomic performance, Basu said there have been some good policy moves forwhich the government deserves credit.


“But in the long-run, the bigger worry isthe regression in social behavior being witnessed in many parts of the country.If this is not checked more actively, it can cause a setbak not just to thefabric of social life but to long-run economic development,” Basu said.LKJ UZM AKJ UZM




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Kajan Lakhan · 1 days ago

Where do these economist get their degreesfrom?You have to recall that DeMo did cause a slow down in trade, but that wassmall trade, as emoney was still there! The big trades where still takingplace….or was it?Just when Trump came in, right at about that time, the H1-B1visa kicked in.This quite naturally, made company analysis back away from”What could be a potential future problem to hiring in Indianmarkets”.. So in short, they did not invest India!This deficit of IT tradeand services, and all subsidiaries affiliated with it did impacted on theeconomy. Later on that issues was rectified… But the damage was already done.Company”s had already hired on already invested for the next five years orso.(my guess would be China or another cheap labour market) India is on theright track.We can expect double digit GDP in the future. ( The BRICS loan of1.4Billion US Dollars only came in today. The positive impact will show in afew quarters time as they start releasing the funds and buildinginfrastructure.)

这些经济学家从哪里拿到的学位?你必须记得,废币在贸易中确实造成了一个缓慢的下降,但这是一个很小的贸易,因为电子货币还在!大交易仍在发生……还是吗?就在特朗普来的时候,就在那个时候,h1 – b1 visa开始了。这很自然的,使公司的分析远离“可能成为印度市场中招聘的潜在未来问题”。简而言之,他们没有投资印度!这种IT贸易和服务的赤字,以及与之相关的所有附属公司都对经济产生了影响。后来,问题得到了纠正……但损害已经造成。公司已经在未来5年左右的时间里已经投资了。(我的猜测是中国或另一个廉价劳动力市场)印度正走在正确的道路上。我们可以预期未来的GDP增长是两位数。(金砖国家贷款14亿美元今天才出现。由于他们开始释放资金和建设基础设施,积极的影响将在几个季度内显现。

Ajay C · 1 days ago

Statistics shows only 6 to 7% black money wereheld in the form of Cash. And Mr. Modi & Co. banned 86% of cash (by banning500 & 1000 rupee notes). Did any rich people got affected? How much did werecover black money? PM needs to be educated and need lessons on Economy andmarket. We all know he does not like Harvard guys neither he likes NobelLaureate Economists. He should talk with Data/Facts. Simply hating our ownpeople (who are critics on his decision) won”t take our country ahead. Countrylike China will grow in much faster pace. So, Mr. Modi – listen to whatEconomists are saying. Simply visiting USA twice a year won”t help!

统计数据显示,只有6 – 7%的黑钱以现金形式持有。莫迪先生与公司禁止了86%的现金(通过禁止使用500卢比和1000卢比的纸币)。有没有富人受到影响?我们回收了多少黑钱?总理需要接受教育,需要经济和市场方面的课程。我们都知道他不喜欢哈佛男生,他也不喜欢诺贝尔奖得主经济学家。他应该和数据/事实说话。仅仅是憎恨我们的人民(他们是他的决定的批评者)不会让我们的国家领先。像中国这样的国家将以更快的速度增长。那么,莫迪先生——听听经济学家的说法吧。简单地一年访问美国两次不会有帮助!

Gopal Sriniwasan · 23 hours ago

For Ten years there was a policy paralysis undera World renowned Economist when Corruption was an acceptable norm in publiclife.Where were all these U S Educated Economists?


Harsh Vardhan Joshi · 1 days ago

The issue here is Modi Govt. is run by One manteam!Lots of ideas and very little framework & planning. 1.Swaach Bharat -Zero guidelines to garbage disposal2. Smart cities – wi-fi = smart city3. Makein India – zero advantage to Indian manufacturers. Bug projects awarded toChinese companies.List would go on & on and so will Modi bhakts who tooincidentally are paying artificially jacked up fuel prices.

这里的问题是莫迪政府是一个人的团队!有很多想法,很少有框架和计划。1 . Swaach Bharat –对垃圾处理没有指导方针。2.智能城市- wifi = 小城市3.印度制造——对印度制造商零优势。大项目给予了中国公司。名单将会继续下去,因此顺便付款的莫迪们也会被人为地抬高燃油价格(没看懂……)。

Prashant Deshmukh · 1 days ago

What basu said is in black and white… He isnot there in USA just by chance. It”s fact and Modi bhakt must accept it.


Iyer Venkatakrishnan · 1 days ago

At the backdrop of Modi”s adamancy over thecent percent cashless economy, the opinions of the former Chief Economist Mr.Kaushik Basu are very relevant. The BJP govt. should take the pains to givecognisance to the materialistic views of Mr. Basu for salvaging the presentsituation; so that the coming year 2018 would witness the growth of GDP. Forthe elimination of black-money, the BJP govt. took a wrong step throughdemonetisation. In the process, all the rich-ones have got converted blackmoney to white, throwing the dust in the eyes of the govt. and the income-taxauthorities. At the end of this drama, the poor ones got hit very badly. In theparlance of the economists, Modi made a hurry in banning currency notes forpaving the way for digital economy. This precipitated gesture is going to makea regress in the social culture of our countrymen. Any advancement towardsrigid cashless economy is bound to hit back the BJP govt., as the poor and thedowntrodden cannot continue GANDHIGIRI any more.

在莫迪对无现金经济的坚强态度的背景下,前首席经济学家考希克•巴苏(KaushikBasu)的观点非常相关。印度人民党应该不厌其烦地对巴苏先生的唯物主义观点作出让步,以挽救目前的局势;因此,未来的2018年将见证GDP的增长。为了消除黑钱,印度人民党(BJP govt)在废币的过程中走错了一步。在这一过程中,所有的富人都把黑钱洗白了,把尘土扔进了政府和税务部门。在这部戏剧的结尾,那些可怜的人受到了非常严重的打击。在经济学家的说法中,莫迪匆忙地禁止货币流通,为数字经济铺平了道路。这种轻率的举动将会使我们的国人的社会文化倒退。任何向僵硬的无现金经济的发展都必然会打击印度人民党,因为穷人和受压迫的人再也不能继续甘地主义了。

Gopal Sriniwasan · 23 hours ago

It was a Corrupt Economy which was presided overa decade by DrMMS and Demonetization was the right step.What now needs to bedone is boost farm income and disposable income with the middle class and theSalaried class by tax reforms


Vishwanath Purohit · 1 days ago

What was promised in the national address by PMwhile effecting notebandi and what has been achieved?


Ramnik Lal Bamania · 1 days ago

Politically motivated points written by KaushikBasu . Demonitization was a nessicity for our Economy.GDP is 6.5 ,but it willincrease in coming financial session .

由Kaushik Basu撰写的有政治动机的观点。废币对我们经济是必要的。GDP是6.5,但在即将到来的金融期,GDP将会增加。

Prashant Deshmukh · 1 days ago

Modi government just busy in dialog bazi….They want all your money in returns nothing…. See today how cylinder pricesincrease when oil and gas prices internationally soften


Anil Desousa · 1 days ago

Kaushik Basu should resign ; instead of worrying- he hasnt done his job properly

Kaushik Basu应该辞职而不是在那担心——他没有把工作做好

Jayeshkumar Panchal · 1 days ago

Forget the Demonetization, Where is InterestRate Benefit that these banks are simply refusing to pass on to the Oldcustomers!. Remember it all (the Demand) starts with Money with the people, andin their pockets, and not a loads of Money held/piled up in all these Banks.


Aaditya Kulkarni · 1 days ago

to hell with the growth that happens based onblack money and favors rich to become more rich and more corrupt


Abhi 739 · 1 days ago

Assuming everybody is corrupt, how did RBI thenget back 16 lakh crore, all the money it was expecting?


Kajan Lakhan · 1 days ago

Well, smart corruptors, made interest and thenreturned the money!That”s how you make money clean.




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Will blockchain technology transform real estate?

People disussing business on laptopPeople disussing business on laptop
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It’s been described as a technology that will ‘change the world’. Banks believe it could be the future of financial transactions, utilities hope it will modernise the grid and musicians anticipate that it could change the way they receive royalties without going through a record label.

So what is this disruptive technology that is having a transformative impact on how business is done?

Blockchain isn’t a household buzzword yet but it is fast becoming the new method through which digital transactions are made. Conceptualised in 2008, blockchain, which acts as a core component of the digital currency Bitcoin, is a database that chronologically and securely records all transactions across a shared peer-to-peer network. The chain of transactions cannot be hacked and are publicly verifiable, making safety, transparency and collaboration key.

“The potential to create, authenticate and audit contracts in real-time, across the world and without intervention from a ‘middle man’ makes blockchain attractive to many and is why it could drive a new era of ‘smart’ contracts,” says Ashley Perry, Senior Project Manager in JLL’s Project Management team. “These contracts have instructions rooted in the transaction so that payment can only be taken as long as the instructions are fulfilled providing complete transparency to all parties and reducing the likelihood of payment disputes.”

The technology is steadily gaining traction. A survey conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit, which asked executives across the globe what technology trends would have the biggest impact on business by 2020, found that 10 percent of respondents cited blockchain.

And, there are already a number of industries already using and benefitting from it. In 2016, Barclays carried out the world’s first trade financial deal using blockchain which helped the firm cut its usual processing time of seven to ten days down to just four hours.

In the same year, singer songwriter Imogen Heap developed Mycelia, an online platform promoting fair trade music, using the technology to enable direct payments to artists and offer control over how their music is distributed in the public domain. Even the diamond industry is feeling the effects of blockchain. Everledger, in partnership with IBM, has implemented a verification process at each link in its supply chain to stop the spread of conflict diamonds.

Blockchain in real estate

But is blockchain making an impression on the real estate world? “In short, yes, but we are still several years away from wide scale implementation” says Perry. “The real estate industry struggles with highly regulated, complex and time-consuming systems. If we look particularly at construction, building regulations have enforced minimum standards and contracts require certification from approved companies and individuals, which in spite of being important, creates large delays.”

“Nevertheless, there are real estate companies out there who are beginning to embrace the benefits of increased speed, lower cost and better security associated with blockchain,” he adds.

Sweden became the first Western country to trial the use of blockchain for real estate in July 2016. The Swedish Land Registry tested how the groups involved in a property transaction – the buyer, seller, lender, and government – could track the deal’s progress on a blockchain. Due to its success, it is believed that a full-scale blockchain based system could be implemented towards the end of 2017.

Meanwhile, California-based blockchain start-up Propy has just announced its partnership with the government of Ukraine to allow foreign investors to make online real estate purchases for the first time. And in the United Kingdom, Cai-Capital is one of the real estate pioneers investigating ways to add Bitcoin and Blockchain to its accepted payments. Given the fact that the firm operates in several international markets that favour digital currency, such as Brazil, the intention is to make global transactions easier to process.

A new era of business transactions

For now it’s small steps towards a new way of doing business. “Blockchain’s electronic recording system is bringing about an end to a paper fueled world, where real estate in particular can benefit,” says Perry. “One big advantage of a blockchain system is its ability to eliminate risks such as fraud. This in turn provides process integrity, transparency, high quality data, faster transaction and lower costs.”

Yet that’s not to say it’s free from faults. “In spite of the vast and undeniable benefits, blockchain isn’t 100 percent fault proof right now,” Perry says. “There are still cyber security concerns that need to be addressed before the general public will entrust their personal data to a blockchain application. There are also issues around the initial cost of integration as well as getting buy in from users and operators.”

More also needs to be done to improve awareness and understanding of how it works in the wider business world if blockchain is get the investment it needs to achieve its early promise. Like all new technologies there are unknown factors but overtime, it is believed trust will grow and adoption will take place, Perry believes.

“The real estate industry has historically been slow to embrace change”, he concludes. “But conversations are starting to take place in the industry and with ever increasing demands for improvements to transaction efficiency, it might not be too long before we see blockchain revolutionize the way we do business.”

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