The Block Presents: Central Bank Digital Currencies - Design, Policy & Implementation

With the help of KPMG and Blockset by BRD, The Block Research has created a comprehensive report exploring the history, motivations, policy designs and technological implementations of Central Bank Digital Currency worldwide. On July 17th at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT The Block's Research analyst Mike Rogers will host a panel with leading Central Bank Digital Currency practitioners. 
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Jul 9, 2020, 5:37PM UTC

U.S. regulatory uncertainty is the biggest issue for crypto firms, research interviews show

Interviews of crypto firms conducted by The Block shows – perhaps unsurprisingly – that regulatory uncertainty in the U.S. remains the top barrier for companies working in the crypto and digital asset space. Ninety-one percent of companies interviewed as part of The Block Genesis’s Digital Asset Human Capital Trends Report, commissioned by the Blockchain Association, […]
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Jan 26, 2020, 4:53PM UTC

Research report - employment trends in the digital asset industry commissioned by the Blockchain Association

The Digital Asset Human Capital Trends Report was commissioned by the Blockchain Association, an association of industry leaders advocating for the innovation and collaboration necessary to support American leadership of the digital assets industry. Read the brief here. For the avoidance of doubt, the firms included in the sample were independent of the Blockchain Association’s […]
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Jan 23, 2020, 3:22PM UTC

12 percent of America's 100 biggest charity organizations accept bitcoin

Relatively few of the United States’ biggest charities currently accept bitcoin, new research data shows. The Block’s research team found that 12% of America’s top 100 charities of 2019 accept bitcoin donations. And many of those donations are being routed through a popular payment processor, BitPay. Over 90% of these charities accept bitcoins through third-party […]
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Jan 11, 2020, 5:43PM UTC

North America saw the most crypto and blockchain investment in 2019

The Block Genesis published an overview of industry investment activity for the 2019 period this week, finding that a staggering majority of it occurred in Asia, North America and Europe. As shown in the graph below, these regions saw activity dwarfed the number of developments in Oceania, South America and Africa, which were also surveyed […]
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Jan 4, 2020, 5:50PM UTC

Analyst Conference Call | October 2019 Research Report

The Block research team will host a conference call at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time / 1:30 p.m. Pacific time, Nov. 21, 2019, to discuss the Genesis October report. The conference call is exclusive to Genesis members. A transcript will be available on the Genesis website the following day. If you are interested in participating, reach […]
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Nov 20, 2019, 4:00PM UTC

Genesis Research Report | October 2019 | Unlocked By Lukka

The Block’s monthly Genesis Research Report, a compilation of the prior month’s most relevant research and analysis accompanied by new insights from the research team, has been unlocked by Lukka. The Block research team will host a conference call at 4:30 pm Eastern time / 1:30 pm Pacific time, November 21, 2019, to discuss the […]
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Nov 15, 2019, 12:50PM UTC

Data suggests mass adoption of NFTs is still a long way off

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are tokenized, blockchain-based provably scarce, non-divisible collectible items. The first well-received game utilizing NFTs, CryptoKitties, boomed in popularity at the end of 2017. At its (short-lived) peak, CryptoKitties consumed around 15% of Ethereum and drove the median transaction fees to upwards of $3 — more than 20 times the current median fee. Source: DappRadar […]
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Sep 12, 2019, 3:00PM UTC

Analysis: Is bitcoin a ‘safe-haven’ asset during capital market turmoil?

Bitcoin enthusiasts insist on calling the cryptocurrency a “safe-haven” asset. But is that the case? All signs point to no, according to analysis from The Block’s research analyst Ryan Todd. Safe-haven assets are those that investors flee into during times of economic turmoil. Typically, those assets are less risky. Looking at the volatility of perceived safe […]
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Aug 20, 2019, 12:12PM UTC

BlockFi clinches $18.3M Series A led by fintech investor

BlockFi, the cryptocurrency lending company, has secured an additional $18.3 million in venture capital funding as the firm eyes an international expansion and the roll-out of new financial products.  The firm’s Series A included a number a previous investors, including Morgan Creek, Galaxy Digital, and Fidelity, but is being led by a new investor, Valar […]
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Aug 6, 2019, 12:35PM UTC

Blockchain analytics startup Elliptic, MIT researchers collaborate to detect money laundering in bitcoin using machine learning

Bitcoin’s association with illicit activities like drug trafficking and hacks is often brought up by critics, but detecting such activities in Bitcoin is much easier compared to physical cash because of its transparent and pseudo-anonymous nature.  Now, blockchain analytics startup Elliptic has partnered with researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and tech giant IBM […]
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Aug 2, 2019, 1:00PM UTC

Crypto exchanges and the America problem: Is a check-box enough?

Disclaimer: This essay is provided for educational purposes only. It is not intended or offered as legal advice. If you need legal advice, hire a lawyer! Also, these are my opinions only, and aren’t authorized by any past, present or future employer. Also, I might change my mind. I contain multitudes. If you’ve been following […]
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Jul 30, 2019, 5:16PM UTC

Lolli looks to add lending, could eventually issue credit cards

Crypto e-commerce platform Lolli has said lending is in the works, and could be on-boarded in the next few months, Lolli CEO Alex Adelman on a forthcoming episode of The Block’s ‘The Scoop.’ Adelman said lending is important to the understanding of bitcoin itself. His platform allows users to gain bitcoin rewards for shopping at […]
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Jul 24, 2019, 4:26PM UTC

Ray Dalio's new research note urges investors to find the 'next best storehold of wealth' when central banks devalue the fiat system

  Ray Dalio, billionaire investor and co-chairman of Bridgewater Associates, called on investors in a research note to prepare portfolios for the coming transition out of this decade’s central bank-led reflationary environment into a future met with unsustainably large liabilities and rising social and geopolitical tensions.    The note, titled Paradigm Shifts, is a summation of […]
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Jul 18, 2019, 12:00AM UTC