The Breakdown
The Breakdown
Jan 21, 2021
Why the World's Largest Asset Manager Is Getting Into Bitcoin
Play • 14 min

Today on the Brief:

  • A new SPAC exchange-traded fund with bitcoin-experienced leadership
  • First look at Brian Brooks’ possible replacement at OCC
  • What to expect from institutional bitcoin price targets in the coming weeks

Our main discussion: BlackRock comes to bitcoin. 

BlackRock filings with the SEC suggest two funds might buy bitcoin futures. In this episode, NLW looks at:

  • The signs leading up to BlackRock’s interest
  • Why BlackRock’s CIO thinks bitcoin will out-compete gold for millennial investors 
  • How ARK ETFs are seeing startling fund flows, causing larger market FOMO around innovation
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Laura Shin
Unconfirmed: Coinbase's S-1: The Number That May Make the Exchange Nervous - Ep.215
Jeff Roberts, executive editor at Decrypt and author of “King of Crypto: One Startup’s Quest to take Cryptocurrency Out of Silicon Valley and Onto Wall Street” talks about Coinbase going public. In this episode we discuss: * Jeff's biggest takeaways from Coinbase’s S-1 filing (0:56) * why institutions are choosing Coinbase (2:42) * how Coinbase going public feels like validation for bitcoiners (4:37) * issues Coinbase may face as a business that currently generates 96% of revenue through transaction fees (6:25) * Why Surojit Chatterjee has so much equity in Coinbase (11:29) * why Coinbase has only invested $130 million in crypto through its corporate treasury (12:26) * whether or not decentralized exchanges like Uniswap pose a threat to Coinbase, and whether unregulated centralized exchanges might squeeze them from the other end (15:41) * challenges Coinbase will face going forward (19:13) * how well the stock will do once it's listed (20:05) * Crypto News Recap (20:59) Thank you to our sponsor! Download the app here: Episode Links Jeff Roberts Twitter: Personal Website: Decrypt: Kings of Crypto: Coinbase S-1 Filing Information S-1 Form: Coinbase Profit: S-1 Deep Dive: Sending to Satoshi Nakamoto: + Share Distribution: Pre-IPO Shares: Armstrong Income: Balance Sheet: Transaction Revenue: Link to the Crypto News Recap:
34 min
What Bitcoin Did
What Bitcoin Did
Peter McCormack
Sovereign Bonds & Bitcoin with Lyn Alden
“Yield curve controls are like rocket fuel for all of these inflationary assets. If they try to suppress yields while inflation moves up this summer thats rocket fuel for all these scarce assets.” — Lyn Alden Location: Remotely Date: Thursday 25th Feb Company: Role: Macroeconomist Bitcoin is not slowing down after its massive start to 2021, and February has been another incredibly bullish month for bitcoin.  First, following Tesla's announcement that they bought $1.5bn of bitcoin for their corporate treasury, the price surged above $50,000 for the first time. A few days later, with the bitcoin price at $53,763, the market capitalisation of bitcoin broke $1 trillion. Although bitcoin has since dropped back below the $1 trillion market cap, some analysts have suggested that if bitcoin can hold above that level, this de-risks bitcoin as an investment. With this, some institutional investors may begin to see bitcoin as a more feasible option. In this interview, I talk to Lyn Alden, a macroeconomist and investment strategist. We discuss Tesla buying bitcoin, MicroStrategy's billion-dollar raise, hitting a $1 trillion market cap and the sovereign bond market. This episode’s sponsors: Kraken - The best place to buy, sell & trade Bitcoin BlockFi - The future of Bitcoin financial services - Online sportsbook & casino that accepts Bitcoin Casa - The leading provider of Bitcoin multisig key security. Exodus - The world's leading Desktop, Mobile and Hardware crypto wallets. Ledger - State of the art Bitcoin hardware wallet ----- WBD314 - Show Notes ----- If you enjoy The What Bitcoin Did Podcast you can help support the show by doing the following: Become a Patron and get access to shows early or help contribute Make a tip: Bitcoin: 3FiC6w7eb3dkcaNHMAnj39ANTAkv8Ufi2S QR Codes: Bitcoin If you do send a tip then please email me so that I can say thank you Subscribe on iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | SoundCloud | YouTube | Deezer | TuneIn | RSS Feed Leave a review on iTunes Share the show and episodes with your friends and family Subscribe to the newsletter on my website Follow me on Twitter Personal | Twitter Podcast | Instagram | Medium | YouTube If you are interested in sponsoring the show, you can read more about that here or please feel free to drop me an email to discuss options.
1 hr 9 min
The Blockchain Debate Podcast
The Blockchain Debate Podcast
Richard Yan
Motion: Ethereum is too early for institutional money (Lyn Alden vs. Qiao Wang)
Guests: *Lyn Alden (****)* *Qiao Wang (****)* Host: *Richard Yan (****) * Today’s motion is “Ethereum is too early for institutional money.” Quite a few institutions have voted with their feet on Bitcoin. This ranges from corporate treasuries to money managers. At what point will Ethereum catch the attention of non-crypto native capital allocators? Our debaters today are Lyn Alden and Qiao Wang, both well known in crypto circles. Lyn wrote a well-researched article arguing that from an institutional perspective, Ethereum feels like an unfinished product and isn’t likely to pick up significant interest in the short run. Qiao has been looking at Ethereum as an investment in its early days, and it’s fair to say he has been a perma-bull.  If you’re into crypto and like to hear two sides of the story, be sure to also check out our previous episodes. We’ve featured some of the best known thinkers in the crypto space. By the way, we're planning episodes on CBDC, centralized lending versus de-centralized lending, the fad of NFT or non-fungible tokens, whether Bitcoin is good for America and whether Bitcoin is good for the environment. So if you're interested or know someone that would be interested in debating, please feel free to DM me at @blockdebate on Twitter.  Please note that nothing in our podcast should be construed as financial advice. Source of select items discussed in the debate (and supplemental material): * Lyn's investment strategy website: * DeFi alliance: * Grayscale ETHE trust: * John Pfeffer paper on crypto value accrual: Guest bios: Lyn Alden runs an investment research service for both retail and institutional investors at Her focus is on fundamental investing with a global macro overlay, with a specialization in currency differentials and equity valuations. She also manages financial operation of an aviation simulation research facility. Qiao Wang is a macro and crypto investor. He is one of the founders for DeFi Alliance, an accelerator for decentralized finance projects. Previously, Qiao Wang helped build Messari, a startup aiming to create Bloomberg for the crypto markets. Prior to that, Qiao was a quantitative trader. He ran R&D teams and helped build two trading businesses at IMC and Tower Research.
1 hr 6 min
The Scoop
The Scoop
The Block
Bloomberg's ETF whisperer says the SEC could approve a BTC ETF
Regulators in Canada approved two bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in recent days, marking the first approvals of their kind for North America. Since launch, the products have seen considerable inflows. With the demand for a bitcoin ETF now proven, many wonder what a Canadian approval could mean for a U.S. offering.  The Scoop spoke with Eric Balchunas, a senior ETF analyst at Bloomberg, about what an approved bitcoin ETF means for the landscape. During this week's episode Balchunas broke down the winding road to approval and why Canada was always likely to be a first. Now that Canada has its BTC ETFs, he argued that an approval from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is just around the corner. "I think it's just a matter of the SEC coming around, and then once they come around mentally, I imagine it will happen pretty quickly," he said. "But again, I'm not in that bubble. I'm not a regulatory analyst. That's just my sense from talking to people." How Canada has historically been a proving ground for novel financial products. The differences and similarities in the Canadian and U.S. approval processes. Why Balchunas thinks 2021 will be the year of a U.S. BTC ETF approval. Why it's only a matter of time before a meme ETF launches. This episode is brought to you by Kraken Whether you’re an experienced crypto trader or just starting out, Kraken has the tools to help you achieve financial freedom. With 50+ cryptocurrencies to choose from, industry-leading security and a wide variety of features to suit any investing strategy, Kraken puts the power in your hands to buy, sell and trade digital assets. Visit to get started today.
38 min
ROLLUP: 4th Week of February (BIG DIP, NFT Culture, Coinbase IPO, Ethereum Jobs)
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1 hr 26 min
Bitcoin Audible
Bitcoin Audible
Guy Swann
Read_499 - The Bitcoin Black Hole Effect [William Clemente]
"If the US Dollar really was to reach an uncontrollable level of inflation, a last move by the Fed may be to do this same trade on a Federal level by printing dollars to acquire Bitcoins to stack on their balance sheet. Only time will tell." - William Clemente III Today we read an excellent piece from by William Clemente on the various feedback loops that could lead not only to the qualitative loss of trust in the fiat system, but a quantitative pull to earn a near risk-free position in the Bitcoin collateralized lending markets. Edited in part by Preston Pysh who has discussed this idea in greater depth, what happens when multiple feedback loops within the Bitcoin markets converge to make it an increasingly liquid, low risk, high yield asset? It creates a Bitcoin Black Hole. The Bitcoin Black Hole Effect: For other great articles and episode mentioned in this show, check out the links below: Read 489 - The Cantillon Effect 2.0: Asset DNA - Speculative Attack: Bitcoin is the Great Definancialization: The MacroVoices episode on Interest Rates: A huge thank you to our amazing sponsors: SwanBitcoin - The #1 place to setup your automatic Bitcoin savings plan! ( BitBox - Minimal, user friendly, secure, Swiss made, open source, hardware wallet ( - The first Free, no-fee exchange & Bitcoin banking services! ( --- Send in a voice message:
1 hr 7 min
Tales from the Crypt: A Bitcoin Podcast
Tales from the Crypt: A Bitcoin Podcast
Marty Bent
Rabbit Hole Recap: Bitcoin Week of 2021.02.22
This week Marty and Matt discuss: - Taproot LOT OF LOTS  - BitPay Sanctions Violations  - Bitfinex and Tether settle with NY AG without admitting fault  - MicroStrategy bought another ~19.5k bitcoin for a ~$1.03B, they now hold 90.5k bitcoin  - Square quarterly earnings  - Coinbase discloses number ahead of Nasdaq listing  - Teleport Transactions CoinSwap implementation  - Arthur Hayes emerges  - Specter v1.2.0  - Onion Share v2.3  - RTL v0.10.1  - Hexa Wallet v1.4.5  - Samourai Dojo v1.9.0  - MyNode v0.2.27  - Sparrow Wallet v1.2.0  - Blockstream Green adds encryption to wallet metadata  - River raised $17.3M  - BottlePay raised $15.5M  - Can Governments Stop Bitcoin?  - BitMEX provides third grant for Michael Ford Shoutout to this week's sponsors. Cash App. Start #stackingsats today. Use the promo code: "stackingsats" to receive $10 and contribute $10 to OWLS Lacrosse when you download the app. Unchained Capital. Check out their white glove vault concierge service that will take you from zero to secure multisig setup in no time. Use the code TFTC and receive $50 off that package that includes 2 Trezor Model Ts and $1,000 in your vault. HodlHodl. Lend at Hodl Hodl is a new non-custodial bitcoin backed lending platform, that allows peer to peer lending and borrowing between users, globally, anonymously & on your own terms. Create you offers & set your own terms on
1 hr 52 min
Wall Street Unplugged - Your Best Source for Finance, Investing & Economics
Wall Street Unplugged - Your Best Source for Finance, Investing & Economics
Curzio Research
This is why 90% of investors get smoked
You’ve got to take what the market gives you.  Genia Turanova, editor of Unlimited Income and Moneyflow Trader here at Curzio Research, breaks down the current market environment from a macro level—including why valuations could remain elevated for the foreseeable future, given the actions of the Fed. We discuss the role interest rates play in valuations… which sectors to watch as economic lockdowns are lifted… and how investors can generate yield in today’s tough environment. And, since we all know the market can turn on a dime, Genia also shares the proper way to hedge your portfolio. [27:55] Then, Daniel and I discuss the incredible results from Lowe’s… the housing market... rising interest yields... Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s recent Q&A… and of course, bitcoin. [58:14]       Enjoyed this episode?  Get Wall Street Unplugged delivered FREE to your inbox every Wednesday:       Wall Street Unplugged podcast is available at: --: -- : -- :   : :. : :
1 hr 28 min
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