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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….

Technical Analysis: Spring Awakening?

“Technical analysis is not the holy grail but the best approach to grasp the hyper complex markets at a glance.” Florian Grummes Key Takeaways Technically, Bitcoin and thus the entire crypto sector was definitely in a bear market until the end of March 2019. Since the sharp outbreak of over $4,150 and the rise to…

Equity Tokens

“Fractional ownership is not unique to blockchain, in fact, it’s not even unique to this century. Joint ownership dates back to the Roman Republic, or the Dutch East India Company in more modern times. However, some assets classes such as commercial real estate and fine art continue to be characterized by high unit costs. A…

Legal Challenges for Blockchain-Based Capital Markets

“Blockchain technology can achieve what governments wanted to achieve for a long time: a fair, secure and attractive capital market for start-ups, SMEs and investors.” Christian Meisser, LEXR AG Key Takeaways Tokenization seems to be interesting for small and medium-sized enterprises, as the cost of raising capital via tokens is sometimes lower than on the…

Institutional Requirements for an Investible Crypto Index

“Creating an index that accurately tracks the market requires consideration of three main factors: reflecting market dynamics, maintaining/governing the respective rules, and preventing manipulation.” Patrick Valovic Key Takeaways Indices that act as benchmarks must be investable and replicable. In order for institutional investors to be able to invest, crypto currencies must be able to be…

A Bitcoin Standard? Saifedean Ammous Musing with the Crypto Research Report

“Sound money is money that gains in value slightly over time, meaning that holding onto it is likely to offer an increase in purchasing power” Saifedean Ammous   Key Takeaways One reason gold has been used as a store of value and medium of account is because of its low annual supply growth. The optimal…

Solutions for Crypto Currencies

“The next level for the crypto community is for additional institutions to enter the space. They will only do so if there is a super secure way of storing the assets or the private key.” Philipp Vonmoos, CEO of Swiss Crypto Vault AG   Key Takeaways At no point should a crypto custody solution provider…

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