Bitcoin and Blockchain

Friday, October 26th, 2018

One of the beautiful aspects of Bitcoin is that the creator is still unknown.

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Under ideal conditions, stablecoins would come to exist due to pure market demand rather than as a reflection of the regulatory climate that has limited access to conventional banking services.

Monday, October 8th, 2018

Regulation means both Gemini and Paxos must comply with NYDFS anti-money-laundering (AML) rules as well as efforts to counter the financing of terrorists (CFT).

Friday, September 28th, 2018

What this is about is what is called provenance, which is the definitive establishment and documentation of who has owned what and where it has been. This is the foundation contribution of blockchain, to prove provenance better than any other technology in history.

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Disruptive technologies are rarely superior to incumbents in every single product or service the latter provides. And incumbents are rarely passive enough not to adapt and adopt in response to technological change.

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Price volatility is a big problem in the crypto world. But stable coins like Tether, Sagacoin, and Basis have their own issues.

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

"While we sit around wondering why blockchain and other technologies aren’t turning the world upside down before our very eyes, it’s instructive to remember that epoch-defining inventions of the past that we now reduce to a sentence or two actually took ages to unfold." ~ Max Gulker

Friday, September 7th, 2018

A number one fallacy in the history of economics is the labor theory of value. The idea here is that things and actions are made valuable by how much work we put into making them. Sounds intuitively right. It’s completely wrong. Things have value because you and I value them, regardless of labor inputs.

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

This isn’t a ponzi scheme, conspiratorial black box, or “animal spirits” run amok. This, my friends, in all its messy and occasionally terrifying glory, is a market.

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

A fixed money supply is not a good monetary rule. Efforts to move toward more elastic supplies should be welcomed.

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Financial privacy does not get much attention from central bankers. But questions about privacy are becoming increasingly important.

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Bitcoin and crypto in general are especially susceptible to shady operations. People assume two things about this sector: 1) it is too hard for normal people to understand, and 2) if you are not in, you are missing out. This is a perfect opportunity for the con man.

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

A new NBER working paper shows how cryptocurrencies have no exposure to most common stock market risks but do have their own exposure.

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

The blockchain can intermediate funds. That means the elements are in place for the development of a stable financial market.

Saturday, August 4th, 2018

How is it possible in a free market to use “too much” electricity to mine Bitcoin? The problem lies in the pricing in our electricity markets, and it isn’t going away anytime soon.

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology in general face a particularly high hurdle when it comes to people’s developing an intuitive mental model.

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

A new blockchain initiative promises to make it easier for refugees transporting wealth.

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

The beauty of blockchain technology is that it makes old intermediaries unnecessary. Intermediation of cryptocurrency can be performed on the blockchain. It does not require a third party.

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

A new cryptocurrency, "basis," seeks to eliminate price volatility by setting up an “algorithmic central bank,” that is, a set of rules that adjust the money supply without human intervention.

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