Consolidation

As I was about to hit “send” on the newsletter this morning, a piece of news came through: Circle, founded by serial entrepreneur Jeremy Allaire (with two successful IPOs under his belt), announced its acquisition of crypto exchange Poloniex for a reported $400M. This from Fortune’s magazine’s article on the acquisition : “The acquisition will instantly make  … Read more


Posted: February 26th 2018 None

Governance

As the price of bitcoin rose to over $11,000 this morning (from lows near $6000 two weeks ago), governance was a key theme over the past week. While public comments from the SEC as well as regulators in South Korea and Singapore were fairly positive, the SEC this week warned on “pump and dump” cryptocurrency  … Read more


Posted: February 19th 2018 None

Regulatory Support: “My Niece is a Hodler”

Last Tuesday February the Senate Banking Committee held a hearing with SEC Chairman Jay Clayton and CFTC Chairman Christopher Giancarlo to discuss potential cryptocurrency regulation. As the chart below displays, the cryptocurrency market was in the middle of its second major correction of 2018, and began a recovery process after the hearings. Both Chairs acknowledged  … Read more


Posted: February 12th 2018 None

Crypto is Global

Cryptocurrencies lost over $250B of value last week as more regulators around the world issued guidance. Unfortunately much of the press coverage missed the mark, with many headlines claiming that India was banning cryptocurrencies. Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, during annual budget conversations, reiterated that bitcoin was not legal tender, and that the government would  … Read more


Posted: February 4th 2018 None