Are Current Events in China / Hong Kong Actually Forcing the Validation of Bitcoin?

Bitcoin rose about $1,000 overnight today (Aug. 5th) and could very well be undergoing the type of transformation that will secure its place in the new global economy – truly being used as a store of value in a significant part of the world. One of the core tenets of cryptocurrency, and bitcoin in particular, is that it is a borderless, decentralized method of exchange that is free from government control. During its earlier stages,…

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Treat Crypto and Digital Currencies as an Opportunity, Not a Burden!

I don’t know how to say it any other way – this is one of the best examples of how more traditional firms in finance treat crypto at the moment, even at the risk of losing the forest for trees. It’s from Anthony Pompliano’s “Off the Chain” newsletter and details a private client of a large bank being considered a “suspicious customer” simply because of their crypto holdings. Instead of losing a $50MM account quicker…

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Potential Effects of Blockchain and Crypto: THE HUNGER GAMES

One of the things that worries me in a profound manner are the potential, far-reaching possibilities (i.e. unintended consequences) of the world’s digital transformation that could lead to something eventually looking like Panem in the movie, “The Hunger Games”. While I believe that digital assets will first allow another “golden age” of increased productivity, scale and efficiency on a global basis, it will likely also increase the divide of the “haves” and the “have-nots” to…

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Potential Effects of Blockchain and Crypto: THE APPEARANCE OF AMAZON COIN

This concept is so simple that someone on Jeff Bezos’ staff must have brought this to his attention already… While Facebook’s Libra came on to the digital scene much quicker than anyone expected, the most obvious, tech-savvy candidate to be next (and do it more advantageously for themselves) is Amazon. And why not? They have the perfect, existing ecosystem waiting to be utilized. Amazon already functions like a casino: they give you the online retailer’s…

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Potential Effects of Blockchain and Crypto: LOSING THE USE OF FIAT CURRENCY

A fairly recent crypto news article caught my attention – it was about the car company, Jaguar Land Rover, and the ability of drivers of its vehicles to earn Iota, a digital currency. At first, it was simply interesting because it involved crypto and was another data point of a digital currency becoming more mainstream. But then, after analyzing it a bit more, the more serious implication hit me: what if this was a small,…

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The Socially Responsible Crypto Investor: A Chat with Anthony Emtman, CEO of Ikigai Asset Management

Ikigai (which means “a reason for being” in Japanese) is one of the more recognized digital asset managers in crypto, due in part to Travis Kling’s notable prior investment experience as a portfolio manager at Steve Cohen’s hedge fund, Point72. As Ikigai’s Chief Investment Officer, Travis is known for being forthright and speaking his mind, which is considered by many in the crypto space to be refreshing. However, there is also a lot to Ikigai…

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Fact or Fiction? Institutional Adoption of Digital Currencies is Already Here

The answer is that it’s a little bit of both – some institutions are already involved, some are investing through VC funds, a lot are interested and starting to pay close attention, BUT the lion’s share of traditional, institutional asset managers (mutual funds, hedge funds, pensions, endowments, sovereign wealth funds, private wealth advisors, etc.) are still on the sideline. So, who are the institutions that are already involved, particularly those that either invest or transact…

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Why Traditional Financial Institutions Should Pay Attention to Fidelity Investments

There is a vast amount of digitally-native start-up companies that are revolutionizing the investment and capital markets landscape as quickly as possible and doing a fantastic job. However, they have the innate advantage of not having a legacy business to incorporate change into – at the risk of some over-simplification, they can identify an opportunity, code a solution, deliver it to the market and see how the customer base reacts. Therefore, the firm that I…

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