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1500 Answers To Why Crypto Cares About Corona
Plus Caitlin Long on starting a crypto bank
What’s up Breakers?
The last two days were spectacularly normal in a way that highlighted how spectacularly weird things have been.
For a month, we’ve watch stocks continue to soar, ignoring entirely the fact that people are being quarantined by the millions and the supply chain epicenter of the world has been effectively shut down. As the Coronavirus makes it into Europe and South Korea, and US health organizations started sending a very different message than the administration, the “nothing matters” market is being put to the test.
On The Podcast
Monday: Caitlin Long on Coronavirus, Crypto Custody and Building a Bank
An incredible amount of work has gone into convincing institutional investors that bitcoin and crypto should be on their radar. Now that many are convinced, however, they face some significant limitations in the infrastructure.
A new crypto bank out of Wyoming is designed to address those problems. Founded by Caitlin Long, Avanti is apply for a special purpose depository institution (SPDI) charter and already has 8 products in its pipeline not currently available to US investors.
In this interview, Caitlin and I discuss:
Why Avanti is needed
Why Avanti will have 100% of assets in reserve at all times
Why the right model for crypto custody is more akin to valeting a car than current financial market models
Why building a crypto bank is important in the context of macro market turmoil
How Coronavirus is exposing pre-existing problems in the global economy
Tuesday: 6 Explanations for Crypto’s Coronavirus Focus
The spread of Coronavirus has dominated the news cycle across industries, but the discussion has been particularly fierce in both the finance and tech worlds, with crypto right in the lead.
For a month or more, prominent crypto voices have been discussing the event in terms of skepticism of reported government cases, questions of market impact, and plans for personal preparation.
I surveyed more than 1500 people on Crypto Twitter to ask why crypto was so interested in the Coronavirus.
These were their top answers.
This episode of The Breakdown also features an excerpt from Hidden Forces Ep 123: Market Nihilism: Price Discovery in a World Where Nothing Matters | Ben Hunt & Grant Williams
The Best Tweets You Missed
Matt Dibb summarizing JPMorgan’s weekend-released blockchain report:
Alex Gladstein responding to Noah Smith’s Bloomberg column on bitcoin.