Goldman Sachs Pulls Back, but Will Jump Back In
By Vin Narayanan on September 6, 2018
Goldman Sachs has pumped the brakes on its proposed crypto trading desk. Earlier this year, the investment bank hoped to begin trading bitcoin by the end of the third quarter. But its plans never came together. So now it’s moving on to crypto Plan B – building a custody solution for institutional investors. So what went wrong? Well, the fact that Goldman Sachs is now focusing on a custody solution for institutional investors provides the first hint.
Reverse Speculation and Irrational Exuberance
By Andy Gordon on September 5, 2018
Andy explores how speculation became a dirty word – and how it may be undeserved.
Mailbag: Coinbase Limitations; Why Doesn’t Congress Act?
By Early Investing on September 2, 2018
The Early Investing team looks at why Coinbase doesn’t list more altcoins and whether Congress should pass legislation regulating cryptocurrencies.
News Fix: More Access to Private Markets on the Way
By Vin Narayanan on September 1, 2018
Leading our weekly news roundup is the SEC trying to improve retail access to the private markets and equity crowdfunding going transatlantic.
Square’s Crypto Payment Plans, BTC vs. BCH
By Adam Sharp on August 31, 2018
Adam Sharp takes a closer look at Square's crypto payment network plans and bitcoin's path to victory over bitcoin cash.
Crypto Monitor: SEC Hits the “Undo” Button
By Vin Narayanan on August 31, 2018
Summary What’s going on at the SEC? One day, it’s denying nine bitcoin ETFs. The next day, it’s hitting the “undo” button on the denials. Andy Gordon and Vin Narayanan discuss that, the latest bitcoin news out of China, Nano’s stress test and much more in…
Don’t Be Intimidated by Crypto Communities
By Vin Narayanan on August 30, 2018
We spend a lot of time discussing the importance of community when it comes to investing in crypto. In fact, if a coin doesn’t have a strong community, we won’t invest in it. And we think you shouldn’t either. We also know that for many of you, figuring out…
Hype Cycle Puts Blockchain in Perspective
By Andy Gordon on August 29, 2018
Understanding where blockchain technology is in the Gartner Hype Cycle provides critical context for making investment decisions.
Doing the Math on Institutional Cash in Crypto
By Allison Brickell on August 27, 2018
Today’s chart shows that if even 1% of institutional money moved into crypto, it would more than double bitcoin’s market cap.
Why Doesn’t the SEC Like Bitcoin ETFs?
By Early Investing on August 26, 2018
The Early Investing team explains the SEC’s chief objections to bitcoin ETFs and shows you how to measure “community.”
News Fix: Bull Market, Wages and Bitcoin ETFs
By Vin Narayanan on August 25, 2018
The SEC is reconsidering its decision to deny nine bitcoin ETFs. Also, the bull market continues, but wages are still a mystery.
Portfolio and Crypto Market Update
By Adam Sharp on August 24, 2018
You’ve probably all seen the news that the SEC denied nine crypto ETF proposals on Wednesday. This was no surprise (though the SEC issuing a temporary stay on the denial the next day was). Fortunately, the market reacted appropriately and shrugged off the news. It’s important to note that the…
Steer Clear of the Bitmain IPO
By Adam Sharp on August 24, 2018
The world’s largest crypto mining company is going public, but Adam says you should steer clear of this IPO.
New Recommendation: Bitshares
By Adam Sharp on August 23, 2018
Bitshares Ticker: BTS Exchanges: Binance or BitShares Asset Exchange Price: $0.10 Market cap: $273 million Circulating supply: 2,653,190,000 BTS Max supply: 3,600,570,502 BTS Dear Member, BitShares is a leading blockchain-based financial platform. Think of it as a decentralized crypto bank, exchange and securities…
Where Do You Store Your Crypto?
By Allison Brickell on August 23, 2018
Two weeks ago, we polled First Stage Investor members about tariffs, bitcoin futures, startup sectors and cannabis-infused alcohol. Here’s what we learned… This week, we’re asking about the current bull market, space exploration, your crypto storage preferences and more. Click the image below to take…
Some of Bitcoin’s Biggest Trades Happen Out of Sight
By Andy Gordon on August 22, 2018
We know just how much bitcoin changes hands in centralized exchanges. But most whales don't trade there. Understanding that is critically important.