Nicholas Leong
Analyst
Nicholas is currently a trainee advocate & solicitor with Messrs Lai Mun Onn & Co in Singapore. A graduate of the University of Manchester and BPP Law School, he is also effectively bilingual in English and Chinese. Nicholas has long maintained a keen interest in blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies, with particular emphasis on their potential for logistics and supply-chain management.
Assessing Bitcoin’s all-time transaction fee high last year
Nicholas Leong Nicholas Leong
Jul 19, 2018
4 MIN READ
Bitcoin made waves when it reached an all-time price high in December last year. In comparison, its transaction fees went under the mainstream media’s radar. We analyse why the transaction fees were so high then - and why they are so low now.
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Growing Debate: Should Crypto’s be securities
Nicholas Leong Nicholas Leong
Jun 26, 2018
5 MIN READ
There has been much confusion over the classification of cryptocurrencies for regulation as well as consumer protection. Too many people have lost too much money in exchange hacks and collapses - to say nothing of Initial Coin Offerings that eventually turned out to be scams. By treating cryptocurrencies like stocks and cryptocurrencies like stock exchanges, it was initially intended to address this lacuna in the financial world. Would that have worked - and should that even have been contemplated, to begin with?
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The Bitcoin Effect: Why Bitcoin remains dominant
Nicholas Leong Nicholas Leong
Jun 19, 2018
4 MIN READ
Bitcoin is the first and the oldest of the cryptocurrencies. It has already been a decade since its inception, but no other cryptocurrency has come close to toppling it from its dominant position. In this piece, we examine how – and why Bitcoin has continued to remain so strong.
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Should Cryptocurrency exchanges be regulated?
Nicholas Leong Nicholas Leong
Jun 15, 2018
4 MIN READ
There have been consistent attempts to hack into cryptocurrency exchanges around the world. Mt. Gox has been the most infamous example to date, and its collapse both ended as well as defined an era of cryptocurrency trading. Following on from its example, should exchanges be regulated to create safer trading conditions for the protection of traders?
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Could Recent Scandals spell disaster for Privacy Coins
Nicholas Leong Nicholas Leong
Jun 14, 2018
4 MIN READ
Money laundering schemes and other financial crimes may have turned public opinion against cryptocurrencies. Initially heralded as a decentralised future, cryptocurrency’s anonymity features are now being looked at in a different light. What will this mean for privacy coins, which completely hide everything from prying eyes?
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1600 cryptocurrencies: Do we need them all?
Nicholas Leong Nicholas Leong
Jun 7, 2018
4 MIN READ
Nearly a decade has passed since the first Bitcoin was mined, and in that span of time, it has been joined by over 1,600 other cryptocurrencies. Dubbed “altcoins” as a portmanteau of “alternative” and “coin”, these other cryptocurrencies were largely created in an attempt to emulate Bitcoin’s success. Nevertheless, the venerable cryptocurrency has yet to be displaced from its first-mover advantage and continues to be a staple purchase for newcomers to the scene.
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Revealed: Billions of illicit funds still laundered by crypto says Europol
Nicholas Leong Nicholas Leong
Jun 3, 2018
4 MIN READ
Cryptocurrencies have apparently acquired a reputation as the preferred currency of choice for discerning criminals looking to avoid the prying eyes of authorities around the world. How did that reputation come to be acquired – and to what extent is it deserved? 
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South Korea’s Confusing Approach to Cryptocurrencies
Nicholas Leong Nicholas Leong
May 31, 2018
4 MIN READ
South Korea’s confusing approach to cryptocurrencies has left many wondering as to the exact stance that the authorities are taking. Why is the government struggling where others have not?
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The continued survival of cryptocurrencies in China
Nicholas Leong Nicholas Leong
May 27, 2018
5 MIN READ
To the rest of the world, it appears as though the Chinese government has totally stamped out the mining and trading of cryptocurrencies within the country. Why it has done so is still subject to speculation, but one thing is clear – China has yet to abandon cryptocurrencies entirely.
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