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Fireside with Nick Szabo on Scaling Bitcoin

“There’s going to be some situations where a central bank can’t trust a foreign central bank or government with their bonds for example. One solution that’s been developed is to have the Swiss government hold it for you – that’s not a trust minimised solution. The Swiss government itself is subject to political pressures and…

Partner Insights: Lucas Ereth on Transforming Finance

“With a commitment in a structured product, specifically a tracker certificate, one does not invest directly in the cryptocurrency but follows the price movements like a shadow. Investment risk depends on price losses and creditworthiness of the issuer (default risk). However, the investor must remain vigilant. Just because he has purchased a tracker certificate from…

Gold Stablecoins

“The only reason that cryptocurrencies exist is because of regulations that stop us from using gold as money.” Peter Schiff Key Takeaways Similar to gold-ETFs, all of the gold-backed cryptocurrencies on the market are centralized. This means they have counterparty risk. Unlike storing your own physical gold, gold-backed cryptocurrencies require you to trust a company…

XRP and Ripple

“XRP Recently in Green, But Outsized Risks Prevail. XRP’s recent rally is unlikely to endure, in our view. Ripple’s litigation risks and the prospect of XRP being classified as a security were largely ignored over the past three months as XRP staved off the effects of the broader crypto-price collapse. This stalling has helped to…

Libra: The End of the State Money Monopoly?

“Money is an honest ledger that individuals use to keep track of real wealth, defined as productive assets. Sorry Facebook but real wealth doesn’t include ‘bank deposits and short-term government securities. That said, thank you Facebook for widening the conversation about what money really is. That is a true service to society. Libra is the…

In Case You Were Sleeping: Facebook Edition

“In an age of unlimited fiat currency printing, all value flows to scarce assets – and Bitcoin is the scarcest liquid asset in history.” Robert Breedlove Key Takeaways Bitcoin’s price crossed USD 13,000 on July 10th, and trading volume is up 20% compared to the monthly average year-to-date. All signs indicate that we are firmly…

John Tromp: Making Computer Science Great Again

“PoW (Proof-of-Work) makes for a fairer coin distribution as everyone has to compete on equal terms. A constant reward, resulting in linear emission, extends this fair competition across all times.” John Tromp Key Takeaways Cuckoo Cycle is memory-bound Proof of Work mining algorithm that tries to find a cycle within a particular type of graph,…

When the Tide Goes Out…

“Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.” Warren Buffett Key Takeaways Bitcoin’s price recovered 63% from its low of $3,125 in December. JP Morgan, Fidelity, Nasdaq, Goldman Sachs, Swissquote, Vontobel, and Twitter are preparing the drinks and food for guests in preparation of a new bull market. Investors have…

Gold and Bitcoin: A Crypto Strategy, also for Institutional Investors

“Digital gold and physical gold make a highly interesting combination as a portfolio. Excess volatility is dampened by gold, while you still can participate in much of Bitcoin’s optionality.” Mark Valek Key Takeaways Practical problems and structural hurdles have so far prevented most institutional investors from entering the crypto asset arena. A generally low level…

Cryptocurrency Mining in Theory and Practice

“The purpose of mining is not the creation of new bitcoin. That’s the incentive system. Mining is the mechanism by which bitcoin’s security is decentralized.” Andreas M. Antonopoulos Key Takeaways Cryptocurrency Mining can be seen as global arbitrage on electricity prices. Mining firms can strike lucrative deals with energy providers in Switzerland, the U.S., and Scandinavia….

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