It’s Official: Facebook’s Libra is Boring

In April 2020, Facebook updated its Libra white paper. More specifically, it totally revamped its plans for the Libra cryptocurrency. Did you, like me, expect mainstream coverage of this event? Did you sit on this article for almost two months hoping enough people would notice to make it worth publishing? YouTube didn't cover it. Twitter … Continue reading It’s Official: Facebook’s Libra is Boring

Will Bitcoin Survive Covid-19?

Every now and then, somebody sends me an unpublished article that catches my eye. This one comes from Mary Ann Callahan, who you catch up with on Medium. Happy to post, hope you enjoy it. The Covid-19 pandemic is causing havoc everywhere in the world. This is definitely true in the Bitcoin markets. Up until … Continue reading Will Bitcoin Survive Covid-19?

Goldman Sachs Can Say Whatever it Wants. Wall Street is Still Buying Your Bitcoin

On May 27, 2020, Goldman Sachs hosted a call about bitcoin, gold, and inflation. Leading up to this call, the cryptosphere praised Goldman Sachs and buzzed about institutional adoption. After the call, they lambasted Wall Street’s ignorance and ridiculed Goldman Sachs for being out of touch. What happened? Goldman Sachs told investors that cryptocurrency is … Continue reading Goldman Sachs Can Say Whatever it Wants. Wall Street is Still Buying Your Bitcoin

Want Bitcoin’s Price to go up? Bet on People, Not Inflation

Financial uncertainty makes people do strange things. In April 2020, people bought oil contracts, silver, and shares of companies that have no customers or profits. This, despite massive job losses, pandemic disease, and a global economic meltdown. Silver plays no role in modern finance and we have enough oil above ground to last six months under … Continue reading Want Bitcoin’s Price to go up? Bet on People, Not Inflation

Two Minutes on Bitcoin—May 26, 2020

Now and then I write two minute’s worth of thoughts on bitcoin. It’s my very, very brief commentary. I hope you enjoy it. To really make the best decisions, you have to understand what’s going on around you. You have to grasp that larger world of which crypto is only a small part. If you … Continue reading Two Minutes on Bitcoin—May 26, 2020

Why China’s Cryptocurrency Matters More Than Bitcoin

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Cryptocurrency advocates remain massed and ready to rush the barricades of traditional finance. Who will rise to lead this charge? The Chinese government, if you can believe that. It will soon launch a digital yuan on its nascent Blockchain Service Network (BSN), dubbed "the blockchain of blockchains.” It's already testing this digital yuan in several … Continue reading Why China’s Cryptocurrency Matters More Than Bitcoin

The Best Way to Talk to Normal People About Cryptocurrency

In August 2019, I published "Stop Arguing With People. Show Them How Cryptocurrency is Useful." Earlier this year, I wrote "Education Will Not Get People to Use Bitcoin—Here’s Why." Contradiction? No. Most people don't like to learn or argue, but they like useful things. Maybe that's where cryptocurrency fails? In late 2019 and early 2020, … Continue reading The Best Way to Talk to Normal People About Cryptocurrency

The Biggest Problem Cryptocurrency Solves That Nobody Talks About

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It's 2020. Bitcoin's been around for eleven years. Ethereum's almost six years old. Cardano's still in the womb. Over that time, cryptocurrency has given true believers enough evidence to claim it's legit technology while giving mainstream thinkers ample opportunities to say it's a scam. Meanwhile, the vast majority of people care about only one thing: … Continue reading The Biggest Problem Cryptocurrency Solves That Nobody Talks About

Why Buy Bitcoin: The Ultimate, Easiest Investment Thesis Ever

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Whenever bitcoin comes up in conversation, somebody always asks me whether they should buy it. In the midst of financial crisis and pandemic disease, they're still all about the money, not the substance. Do they think they might need a source of money that works when banks don't? Do they care about the potential social … Continue reading Why Buy Bitcoin: The Ultimate, Easiest Investment Thesis Ever

Bailouts, Not Inflation, Will Make Bitcoin Boom

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According to social media, Coronavirus-related money-printing will send bitcoin’s price to the moon. https://twitter.com/jpurd17/status/1241783612158197760 The BRRRR meme is strong, but this financial panic will take a while to play out, with uncertain consequences for all of us. I would not bet on inflation, though we may get it. If you’re going to bet on anything, bet … Continue reading Bailouts, Not Inflation, Will Make Bitcoin Boom