📌 Coinbase-BlackRock ETF, Crypto ‘Fake News’, and How to Not Be a Sh*tcoin


Coinbase & BlackRock Exploring a Crypto ETF

Coinbase is exploring the creation of a crypto exchange-traded fund (ETF) with the help from $6 trillion asset manager, BlackRock. The ETF would allow institutional – not retail – investors to gain access to the crypto markets via the stock exchange.

If Coinbase were to pursue creating a crypto ETF, they would join other parties we’ve covered in previous issues, including the highly touted CBOE/VanEck ETF (decision from SEC coming this month!)

Now nothing is confirmed yet as both firms are still “exploring.” But here we have arguably the most well-known and well-respected crypto company in the world teaming up with the largest fund manager in the world. An ETF will eventually happen. And these are the perfect guys for the job.

How to (Not) be a Sh*tcoin

In this must read, Chief Strategy Officer of CoinShares, Meltem Demirors provides us with her latest presentation slides on greed, investor psychology, shitcoins, and market cannibalization.

She explains (spark notes here) what caused the ICO rally of 2018 and what drives both the sell side (ICO issuers) and the buy side (ICO purchasers) to continue in irrational and destructive behavior (hint: a lot of greed).

Raising the Bar: Gemini Launches Tether Competitor; Citigroup Introduces Deposit Receipts

The self-proclaimed, world’s first, regulated stablecoin has just been revealed. The Gemini dollar (GUSD) aims to become what the controversial Tether (USDT) has not – a “trusted and regulated digital representation” of the U.S. dollar.

💥 It’s about time we gave the Winklevoss twins some credit for constantly bringing something new to the table. Every week, so it seems, they’ve got something to announce.

In another “world’s first” story from this week, Citigroup Inc. has introduced large Wall Street investors a less risky way of investing in the fledgling asset class by issuing so-called Digital Asset Receipts (DARs)… and it may be a game-changer.

The Coming Epic Battle Between Crypto & FAMGA (aka Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google, & Amazon)

Crypto seems poised to create more disruption and wealth creation in the next 20 years than the internet has in the last 20 claims Lou Kerner of CryptoOracle. As a VC, he asks the question of who is going to capture that massive wealth creation. Will it go to the largest tech firms in the last five years, or the underdog crypto natives?

“With trillions of dollars at stake, the battle will be epic.”


A Glimpse Into The Dark Underbelly of Cryptocurrency Markets

In this post, Nic Carter unveils the interplay between rankings sites (ex. CoinMarketCap), exchanges, and token issuers and how they are mutually working together to extract value from one group: retail investors.

A cabal? A conspiracy theory? Nonetheless, it’s worth being aware of the eye-opening situation.

The Crypto Growth ‘Ceiling’ Debate

We try our best to stay up to date with the Twitter battles…

Vitalik Buterin was quoted this week as saying:

“The days of explosive growth in the blockchain industry [are] likely gone… if you talk to the average educated person at this point, they probably have heard of blockchain at least once. There isn’t an opportunity for yet another 1,000-times growth in anything in the space anymore.”

This didn’t sit well with Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao. Zhao tweeted why he disagreed, which most likely prompted Vitalik last night to clarify his statements.

Goldman CFO Says Them Not Building a Bitcoin Trading Platform Is ‘Fake News’

On September 5th, news outlets reported that Goldman Sachs was dropping a plan to build a bitcoin trading platform. Bitcoin’s price subsequently dropped 5%. Now, the CFO of Goldman Sachs has come out and stated that this was all ‘fake news.’

Don’t be fooled folks. This wasn’t the first time prices have reacted to another media blunder, and it won’t be the last.

State of Bitcoin (Fall 2018)

There’s a lot going on in the world of bitcoin and keeping up with it all can often be difficult.

Thankfully, we sometimes stumble across hidden gems like this essay aiming to offer market participants a one stop shop regarding the current state of bitcoin. It covers everything from valuation, technology, regulation and the different ways of gaining exposure to the evolving asset class.


⚖️ U.S. Judge Says Initial Coin Offering Covered by Securities Law

We’ve been waiting for Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) to come under the US regulatory lens a bit more… and now they have. Yesterday, for the first time a United States District Judge ruled that securities laws could apply to ICOs.

The Case: In the first criminal case of its kind, federal judge Raymond Dearie in Brooklyn, NY, refused to dismiss a man charged with promoting “digital currencies” backed by investments in real estate & diamonds that prosecutors said were all smoke and mirrors.

The Defendant: New York resident Maksim Zaslavskiy reportedly swindled over $300,000 out of investor pockets through ICO sales of two different tokens. Zaslavskiy filed a motion to dismiss allegations, arguing that his cryptocurrencies couldn’t be regulated under securities law because they were cryptocurrencies. 🤔

The Takeaway: Federal prosecutors won a key legal victory in the fight against ICO scams.

Although it looks like the case will now go to trial, the interesting tidbit is that the judge defined the two cryptocurrencies used to defraud investors as ‘securities’ (Remember: the SEC has only exempted bitcoin and Ether as securities).

The question now is… which cryptocurrencies are going to get hit first?


Have we reached the point of extreme revulsion towards (ETH) yet? Looking at the ETH/BTC chart, if the channel boundary holds, we could see a bounce at around 0.025 BTC. Of course, ETH could go to zero, so be careful out there. But it’s certainly a cheap buy right now though… and could get cheaper. But we expect a significant bounce sometime soon.

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