Petra Diamonds Puts Up for Sale as $650 Million Debt Looms

PETRA Diamonds said on Friday it would seek offers for the company after concluding a strategic review aimed at finding ways to repay $650m in debt. An option would be to sell certain assets in the group which largely consist of South African mines bought over the years from De Beers, including the famed Cullinan mine. The London-listed company said on Friday it had “… decided to seek offers for the company, or for parts of the business or assts of the Petra Diamonds group”. The strategic review was conducted with Rothschilds & Co, a bank.

Australian Securities Exchange Delays Switch To Blockchain Till April 2022

The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) has further delayed its switch to blockchain after public lobbying from key stakeholders. According to a June 30 update from the ASX, the exchange has officially delayed the rollout of Distributed Ledger infrastructure to replace its current system for processing equity transactions. ASX will now release the project — the…

Diamonds Sales Boom During Lockdown

Diamonds have enjoyed a boom in sales during lockdown with some wealthy investors seeking to lift their spirits with a sparkling new precious stone. Recently, a multi-coloured ‘Tutti Frutti’ diamond bracelet made by Cartier in 1930 sold for £1.1million at an online Sotheby’s auction. It comfortably beat the £650,000 estimate despite the New York auction only being open to internet bidders. Yet although diamonds can represent a good investment, they are not for the faint-hearted.

Israeli Blockchain Startup Kirobo Invents Undo Button for Bitcoin Transactions

Kirobo, a two-year-old Israeli blockchain startup, announced on Tuesday that it has found a way to tackle problems related to human error in cryptocurrency transactions. In a recent survey by the Fio Foundation, 55% of respondents reported experiencing stressful human errors when sending cryptocurrency, and 18% reported loss of funds due to such errors. As such, Kirobo has invented “Retrievable Transfer,” a way for senders to cancel a transaction that is sent to the wrong address. Kirobo provides a unique code to the sender and the receiver has to enter the matching password in order to receive the transfer.

From Chatbots to Blockchain, Technology Is Changing The Face Of Personal Finance

Personal finance is being transformed by cutting-edge technologies that make possible outstanding customer experiences, personalisation, and integrity of financial data. Increasingly, consumers expect financial services firms to have easy-to-use technologies that make interaction effortless, fruitful, and secure. Consumers also expect financial services firms to cater to them like never before. They hope financial services firms…

Vanguard Advances Blockchain Technology Pilot With Technology Partner Symbiont

US-based investment management firm Vanguard announced on Thursday another step towards applying blockchain technology to digitize asset-backed securities markets. Through a partnership with technology provider Symbiont and in close collaboration with a large US ABS issuer, as well as BNY Mellon, Citi, and State Street, Vanguard managed to model the full lifecycle of an ABS…

13 Evolving And Emerging Uses For Blockchain Technology

Many consumers may have heard of blockchain technology, especially in relation to cryptocurrency. However, they may not be aware of its full potential and impact across industries. Blockchain has the potential to simplify and add greater security to data management, and since its inception, this technology has quietly been changing business processes. To get further…

How Can Blockchain Change The Space Industry?

Cryptocurrency, blockchain and decentralized data are all buzzwords we’ve seen floating around in recent years, but the technology is so new that it’s hard to see direct applications to our lives, even in space exploration. But blockchain and space have more ties than you might expect. What these concepts all describe is a different way…

EY Japan To Use Blockchain To Fight Counterfiting of Japanese Sake and Fruits

EY Japan, the Japanese branch of global accountancy firm Ernst & Young, has announced plans to launch a blockchain system for tracking Japanese sake and fruit and preventing the sale of fraudulent or counterfeit products. According to Asian Nikkei Review, EY Japan’s SAKE Blockchain will be rolled out across Asia once the threat of the…

Reddit To Launch Its Blockchain Based Points System On Ethereum

Through a video posted on Reddit, it is now clear that Reddit’s blockchain based points system will be launched on Ethereum’s blockchain. It is a huge boost to the Ethereum community at a time when it’s looking forward to implementing Eth 2.0. In the video, the Redditor recorded the phone screen detailing more of the…