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95% of cryptocurrencies are illiquid

I often hear that the majority of cryptocurrencies will eventually go to $0. While that’s not exactly the case, it’s technically true nonetheless: most of the coins won’t go to zero-value but they will be illiquid. In fact, most of the cryptocurrencies are already illiquid today. CoinGecko, perhaps the most accurate data aggregator, currently lists […]
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Dec 23, 2019, 12:38PM UTC

S&P 500 options on the blockchain? Not as silly as you think

As a journalist, skepticism can be your best friend.  But in some cases, it can also be your worst enemy, shielding you from what might actually be interesting because you are too busy looking for “the catch.” At The Block, we strive to be especially vigilant because of the history of hyperbole in this space.  […]
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Oct 10, 2019, 2:24PM UTC

Fear and Loathing on the Blockchain: Leibowitz et al. v. iFinex et al.

Leibowitz et al. v. iFinex et al., case 1:19-cv-09236, U.S. District Court, S.D.N.Y. [PDF] There’s a passage in Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear & Loathing on the Campaign Trail where Thompson describes then-congressional candidate (and later U.S. President) Lyndon Johnson using a tactic Thompson referred to as “one of the oldest and most effective tricks in politics” to […]
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Oct 8, 2019, 9:38PM UTC

Don't ask for permission, hire good lawyers and then ask for forgiveness

The SEC announced yesterday that it has settled charges against Block.one, the issuer of EOS, for conducting an unregistered ICO in 2017–2018. After allegedly raising $4.1 billion, the firm has agreed to pay a $24 million penalty for selling unregistered securities. That’s a slap on the wrist — only 0.6% of the total raise. In a statement, […]
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Oct 1, 2019, 9:35AM UTC

Global Coin Research: China central bank digital currency is 'ready', BitGo quietly expands presence in Japan

The following weekly newsletter is republished with permission from Global Coin Research, a global research firm with a focus on Asia blockchain and related technologies. You can find more resources on Asia Cryptocurrency and Blockchain at GlobalCoinResearch.com and on Twitter at @globalcoinrsrch Global Coin Research Newsletters in Chinese   Top News According to China’s central bank […]
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Aug 13, 2019, 11:21PM UTC

Mad Crypto: Hypothesizing bitcoin in a downcycle

This post first appeared in Frank Chaparro’s weekly column “Mad Crypto,” which is sent to Genesis members’ inbox every Monday morning. Born in the shadow of 2008’s global economic turmoil, bitcoin has yet to experience a full-blown recession. However, with the Dow experiencing its sixth-worst point drop in history on Monday and the escalating trade […]
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Aug 7, 2019, 5:27PM UTC

Global Coin Research: Trade war fears ignite, China accelerates CBDC efforts

The following weekly newsletter is republished with permission from Global Coin Research, a global research firm with a focus on Asia blockchain and related technologies. You can find more resources on Asia Cryptocurrency and Blockchain at GlobalCoinResearch.com and on Twitter at @globalcoinrsrch Global Coin Research Newsletters in Chinese Trade War Fears Ignite The Chinese renminbi depreciated […]
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Aug 6, 2019, 10:34PM UTC

Global Coin Research: Justin Sun's international game of PR, China drives $30M daily tether OTC volume in Russia

The following weekly newsletter is republished with permission from Global Coin Research, a global research firm with a focus on Asia blockchain and related technologies. You can find more resources on Asia Cryptocurrency and Blockchain at GlobalCoinResearch.com and on Twitter at @globalcoinrsrch Global Coin Research Newsletters in Chinese Top News Bank of China, one of the […]
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Jul 31, 2019, 4:30PM UTC

Kraken acquires crypto accounting specialist Interchange, aiming to serve institutional clients under one roof

This free preview of The Block Genesis is offered to our loyal readers as a representation of the valuable research our Genesis members receive daily. If you’d like to receive all Genesis content on our site and via daily newsletter, join today. A recent acquisition shows how San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Kraken wants to serve […]
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Jul 31, 2019, 12:09PM UTC

Global Coin Research: Iran finalizing crypto mining tariffs, South Korean crypto-related crimes prove costly

The following twice a week newsletter released Tuesday and Friday is republished with permission from Global Coin Research, a global research firm with a focus on Asia blockchain and related technologies. You can find more resources on Asia Cryptocurrency and Blockchain at GlobalCoinResearch.com and on Twitter at @globalcoinrsrch Global Coin Research Newsletters in Chinese Top News […]
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Jul 23, 2019, 11:55PM UTC

Global Coin Research: China leads global Libra search traffic, Thailand SEC talks about its stablecoin

This twice-weekly newsletter is republished with permission from Global Coin Research, a global research firm with a focus on Asia blockchain and related technologies. You can find more resources on Asia Cryptocurrency and Blockchain at GlobalCoinResearch.com and on Twitter at @globalcoinrsrch Global Coin Research Newsletters in Chinese Top News China Leads the World in Google Searches […]
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Jul 19, 2019, 10:50PM UTC

Global Coin Research: China CBDC, Binance expansion into Singapore, Libra faces thorny Thai regulatory pressure, and more

This twice-weekly newsletter is republished with permission from Global Coin Research, a global research firm with a focus on Asia blockchain and related technologies. You can find more resources on Asia Cryptocurrency and Blockchain at GlobalCoinResearch.com and on Twitter at @globalcoinrsrch Top News Ex- China central bank chief: Beijing may delegate the issuance of digital […]
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Jul 12, 2019, 3:59PM UTC

Global Coin Research: Asia Blockchain Summit, Libra in Asia, exchanges boost data offerings, and more

This twice-weekly newsletter is republished with permission from Global Coin Research, a global research firm with a focus on Asia blockchain and related technologies. You can find more resources on Asia Cryptocurrency and Blockchain at GlobalCoinResearch.com and on Twitter at @globalcoinrsrch This is a double-edition including last week’s Friday Global Coin Research post that featured […]
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Jul 10, 2019, 8:15PM UTC

Global Coin Research: News from the Asia Blockchain Summit in Taipei

This twice-weekly newsletter is republished with permission from Global Coin Research, a global research firm with a focus on Asia blockchain and related technologies. You can find more resources on Asia Cryptocurrency and Blockchain at GlobalCoinResearch.com and on Twitter at @globalcoinrsrch This week, I’m at the Asia Blockchain Summit in Taipei. Thus far at the […]
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Jul 3, 2019, 7:23PM UTC

Proof of Work: Lottery concept comes to open finance

The following newsletter is republished with permission from Eric Meltzer of Primitive Ventures, a global venture investment firm with a focus on blockchain and related technologies. You can follow Eric on Twitter at @wheatpond and subscribe here to Proof of Work. A few housekeeping notes; We’re now running updates from Keep & Solana, two interesting […]
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Jun 29, 2019, 3:13PM UTC

Global Coin Research: Top news in Asia from Tuesday to today

This twice-weekly newsletter is republished with permission from Global Coin Research, a global research firm with a focus on Asia blockchain and related technologies. You can find more resources on Asia Cryptocurrency and Blockchain at GlobalCoinResearch.com and on Twitter at @globalcoinrsrch Top News It’s Now Harder to Mine Bitcoin Than Ever. The arrival of the rainy […]
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Jun 28, 2019, 9:35PM UTC

Global Coin Research: Top news in Asia from the weekend to today

This twice-weekly newsletter is republished with permission from Global Coin Research, a global research firm with a focus on Asia blockchain and related technologies. You can find more resources on Asia Cryptocurrency and Blockchain at GlobalCoinResearch.com and on Twitter at @globalcoinrsrch Top News in Asia from Saturday to Today Binance Chain gaining traction:  -Blockchain ride-hailing […]
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Jun 25, 2019, 10:30PM UTC

Global Coin Research: Top news in Asia from Tuesday to today

This twice-weekly newsletter is republished with permission from Global Coin Research, a global research firm with a focus on Asia blockchain and related technologies. You can find more resources on Asia Cryptocurrency and Blockchain at GlobalCoinResearch.com and on Twitter at @globalcoinrsrch The most popular Japanese messaging giant LINE (but it’s actually a Korean company) close to […]
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Jun 21, 2019, 7:34PM UTC

Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency: where are the banks?

When looking at a new money or payments system meant to replace an old one, one need only look at who is missing from the list of partners to understand what is being replaced. In the case of the Facebook-led Libra Association, which was unveiled today, the missing link from our current financial world is […]
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Jun 18, 2019, 1:07PM UTC

Let's stop the Libra FUD

Facebook announced the launch of Libra just a couple of hours ago. And it’s very different from what was anticipated. The code is open source, transactions will be pseudo-anonymous and even though it is a permissioned blockchain to start, it is set to transition to permissionless over time. What’s most important, though, is that Facebook […]
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Jun 18, 2019, 10:36AM UTC
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