PODCAST: Why Bitcoin is a “Once-in-a-Species” Asset Class

In this episode, DWealthMuse host, Dara Albright, and guest Jeff Ross, CIO of Vailshire Capital Management, discuss why bitcoin may just be that once-in-a-species asset class that saves the planet from economic and, yes, even environmental ruin.

This episode is loaded with so many great insights including:

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  • Why Jeff believes bitcoin’s investment risk has evaporated;
  • How bitcoin fits into Warren Buffet’s investment thesis;
  • Two characteristics bitcoin skeptics share: a lack of understanding and deep ties to the traditional banking system;
  • Why bitcoin is a dishonest politician’s worst nightmare;
  • Why every modern retirement portfolio should have bitcoin exposure;
  • Why regulatory scrutiny may be turning away from bitcoin and heading straight towards ethereum and altcoins;
  • How bitcoin could solve the world’s energy problems;
  • Why we may be nearing the end of the Keynesian economic experiment;
  • How bitcoin forces an honest unit of accounting by governments;
  • Why fiat is destined to self-destruct while bitcoin is designed to appreciate in time;
  • Whether bitcoin can reach a new all-time high by Jeff’s August 29th birthday and cross 100,000 by Dara’s December 24th birthday?

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Bitcoin “Hodling” and Gresham’s Law

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BY Connor Mortell

In 2013, a bitcoiner posted “I AM HODLING” on a bitcoin forum, intending to write that he was holding during a large price drop. He was explaining that most people are not successful traders and as a result they will inevitably just lose out in the process of trying to time the bear market, so instead he encouraged that bitcoiners should hold and trust bitcoin.

Citation: https://www.r2library.com/Resource/Title/0826102549

Since that day, this typo, “hodl,” has worked its way into the everyday vernacular of bitcoiners. It now represents the stance that not only should one not attempt to trade bitcoin through bull and bear runs, but also should not sell bitcoin under any circumstances because whatever asset it is one may purchase with it will one day be outperformed by bitcoin. For some purposes, this may be helpful, but for the adoption of a private money, this is exceedingly dangerous.

REF: https://medicalexecutivepost.com/2018/11/09/what-is-greshams-law-of-money-economics/

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PODCAST: Curmudgeon On “Crypto-Currency”

Curmudgeon on Crypto-currency


Vitaliy Katsenelson, CFA

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Asset Protection Issues For [Physicians] and Crypto Investors

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Crypto currency is all the rage and continues to make some coin investors small fortunes even as prices swing widely and scams emerge. These are some basic defensive measures to keep your digital wallet safe.

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What is a Non-Fungible Token?

About NFTs

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According to Wikipedia, a non-fungible token (NFT) (previously referred to as Bitcoin 2.0) is a unit of data stored on a digital ledger, called a blockchain, that certifies a digital asset to be unique and therefore not interchangeable. NFTs can be used to represent items such as photos, videos, audio, and other types of digital files. Access to any copy of the original file, however, is not restricted to the buyer of the NFT. While copies of these digital items are available for anyone to obtain, NFTs are tracked on blockchains to provide the owner with a proof of ownership that is separate from copyright.

In 2021, there has been increased interest in using NFTs. Blockchains like Ethereum, Flow, and Tezos have their own standards when it comes to supporting NFTs, but each works to ensure that the digital item represented is authentically one-of-a-kind. NFTs are now being used to commodify digital assets in art, music, sports, and other popular entertainment. Most NFTs are part of the Ethereum blockchain; however, other blockchains can implement their own versions of NFTs.

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The NFT market value tripled in 2020, reaching more than $250 million. The rise of NFT transactions has also led to increased environmental criticism. The computation-heavy processes associated with proof-of-work blockchains, the type primarily used for NFTs, require high energy inputs that are contributing to global warming. The carbon emissions produced by the energy needed to maintain these blockchains has forced some in the NFT market to rethink their carbon footprint.

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IS BITCOIN CLOSE TO BECOMING “WORTH-LESS”?

MAYBE – MAYBE NOT?

By Dr. David E. Marcinko MBA

An article by Market Watch’s Atuyla Sarin titled, “Bitcoin is Close to Becoming Worthless” made the rounds on social media and got some people and physician investors panicking.

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And so, colleague Pete Quinones, over at the “Free Man Beyond The Wall”, invited Cointext CTO Vin Armani to come on the show to refute the reporting in the article. Vin also commented on the state of the crypto markets and Ohio’s accepting of Bitcoin for tax payments.

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The Price of Bitcoin Round-Up

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WHAT IS “GRESHAM’S LAW” OF MONEY ECONOMICS?

Is it still relevant today?

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The law was named in 1860 by Henry Dunning Macleod, after Sir Thomas Gresham (1519–1579), who was an English financier during the Tudor dynasty. However, there are predecessors.

The law had been stated earlier by Nicolaus Copernicus. It was also stated in the 14th century, by Nicole Oresme in his treatise On the Origin, Nature, Law, and Alterations of Money, and by jurist and historian Al-Maqrizi (1364–1442) in the Mamluk Empire; and noted by Aristophanes in his play The Frogs, which dates from around the end of the 5th century BC.

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IOW: It is the tendency for money of lower intrinsic value to circulate more freely than money of higher intrinsic and equal nominal value (often expressed as “Bad money drives out good”).

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Gresham’s Law applies to new coins and worn coins. Worn coins are likely to have lost some of their metallic weight through wear and tear, so they should have less value than new coins. But government sets them to have the same value. Thus worn coins are artificially overvalued and new coins are artificially undervalued.

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So, is Gresham’s Law still relevant today?

THINK: The modern Bitcoin, and related crypto-currency, controversy? We asked colleague Timothy J. McIntosh CFP® MPH CFA for some insights.

ESSAY: https://medicalexecutivepost.com/2014/01/23/understanding-currencies-bitcoins/

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No More ICO’s Before Reading This …

To my valued connections,

By Alan Yong

I have serious concerns about the current state of ICO’s and their future potential could be in jeopardy, if the current trend continues. Please take a moment to read the following articles before investing in, participating with, giving legal advice on, or launching your own ICO. Personally, I believe that ICOs are the best tools for capital formation if properly regulated.

Investopedia report finds 80% of all ICO’s to be scams – 92% never reach exchange
https://www.investopedia.com/news/80-icos-are-scams-report/

Alan Yong Provides Long Term Viability Solution for ICO’s
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Bitcoin …. SLOWS

And, we don’t mean price!

[By MIT Technology Review]

Bitcoin transactions have always been slow, but now they are expensive too, which means that small transactions are no longer worth it. The average cost has gone from less than a dollar at the beginning of 2017 to more than $40 per transaction yesterday, as the growing demand for new transactions has exceeded the network’s capacity to confirm them. Arguments over what to do about the bottleneck have grown into a full-fledged Bitcoin civil war.

One proposed solution is to build a secondary network that lets people transact “off-chain.” Some exchanges already allow users to exchange Bitcoin with each other without using the main blockchain. But in the context of blockchain research and development, “off-chain” means something more sophisticated.

The challenge: Bitcoin maintains its distributed ledger by having each computer running the Bitcoin software, called a “node,” process every single transaction. This is the essence of its decentralized nature, but it also makes the process of confirming transactions very slow, at least compared with traditional credit card networks. (Bitcoin can handle only a few transactions per second, whereas Visa can handle thousands.) Ethereum, the second largest public blockchain system, works similarly, which is why the network was brought to a near standstill recently by a mega-popular new platform for trading digital cats.

Finding a faster, more efficient way to confirm transactions on public blockchains would also reduce fees. Ideally, not every node would have to validate every transaction. But the trick will be achieving this without compromising the rest of the network’s trust.

How off-chain payments would work: It’s possible for multiple users to set up a “state channel,” in which a part of the main blockchain is locked in a certain state and can only be unlocked if each of the users signs off. The individuals can then send payments among themselves in a cryptographically-secure way, but without touching the main blockchain. At some point, users can update the state on the real chain to validate all of the transactions in between. The idea is that this principle can be extended to build a more complex payment network made of multiple channels, with a system for routing payments through them.

The players: One project aimed at creating a “layer two” for Bitcoin that would facilitate off-chain microtransactions is called the Lightning Network. An effort to achieve a similar goal for Ethereum is called the Raiden Network.

The current state of the tech: The Lightning and Raiden networks are still in the early stages of development, and each faces significant technical challenges. A simplified version of the Raiden Network that makes it possible to set up unidirectional payment channels is already available, however. The Lightning Network is said to have achieved a major milestone earlier this month when developers sent two Lightning transactions over the Bitcoin blockchain.

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Bitcoin – “Millennials Fake Gold”

Bitcoin – The  Digital Generation’s Gold Surrogate

By Vitaliy Katsenelson CFA

I’ve been asked about Bitcoin a lot lately. I’ haven’t written anything about it because I find myself in an uncomfortable place in agreeing with the mainstream media: It’s a bubble.

Bitcoin started out as what I’d call “millennial gold” – the young (digital) generation looked at it as their gold substitute.

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On Ethereum Smart Contracts

Breeding digital cats might help you figure out Ethereum

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Bitcoin’s younger cousin has its own programming language that people can use to write so-called smart contracts, applications that run on processing power provided by computers on the network.

Confused?

A new game that lets you use Ethereum smart contracts to breed digital cats might help.

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What the heck is an Initial Coin Offering anyway?

 Wither the I.C.O.

By MIT Technology Review

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You may have heard a buzz surrounding the new fundraising tool known as an ICO, which is how many new blockchain startups are raising cash.

But for those of you who are too embarrassed to ask, let us tell you what they’re all about.

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Bitcoins for Retirement?

 In a Balanced Portfolio?

By Rick Kahler CFP®

A reader recently sent me the following email: “As you know, there are ‘market experts’ pitching bitcoins as an ‘investment’. Has a Huge YTD gain. I’d bet a lot of your readers would like to know if a bitcoin position has a place in a balanced financial portfolio.”

I always appreciate hearing from readers, especially when they challenge me with topics I would normally not have considered. Bitcoins are not something to which I’ve paid serious attention.

How they Work

First, let me explain that a Bitcoin is a type of digital currency which is traded person to person. It is not backed by a government or considered legal tender. While Bitcoin is one of the earliest and most widely known digital currency systems, it is not the only one that is available. These are sometimes called “altcoin,” “virtual currency,” or crypto-currency.”

Unlike government-created currencies where a central bank controls the creation of the currency, Bitcoins are uncontrolled or tracked by any government. This allows people to send or receive money across borders freely, with none of the restrictions, tracking, or caps that are normally placed on transactions by governments.

A digital money system has an inherent problem common to all money systems. How do you keep the currency, especially one that is entirely digital, from being counterfeited? What stops someone from creating Bitcoins or selling the same Bitcoin multiple times?

The solution is a type of open source, public ledger that tracks every Bitcoin transaction from the beginning of Bitcoin time. It makes it virtually impossible to cheat. The creation of new Bitcoins is controlled via a process called mining. Only a limited number of new Bitcoins are allowed into the system annually, similar to how the precious metal supply gradually expands annually based on the mining of new metal.

The market in trading Bitcoins is probably as “free” as a currency market can get. The price of Bitcoins is based on supply and demand. Since Bitcoin was only created in 2009, it has less than a decade of performance to evaluate, but throughout its short history the price has fluctuated wildly. For example, it reached $31 in July of 2011, then dropped back to $2 by that December. In November of 2013 it hit a high of $1,242. The following month, the price dropped to $600, rebounded, crashed, and eventually stabilized to a range of $650 to $800.

The reader who asked me about Bitcoin was certainly right about its impressive 2017 year-to-date performance. On January 1, 2017, a Bitcoin sold for $496.90. As of August 19 it closed at $4,109.10, nearly a ten-fold increase in just eight months.

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Operating History

An article on Investopedia offers a good overview of Bitcoin‘s operation and history.

It also describes some of the risks to evaluate before considering it as an investment. These include the relative novelty and lack of track record of digital currency, the possibilities for hacking and fraud, the uncertainties of future regulation, and the competition of other developing virtual currency systems. It also points out that Bitcoin transactions are similar to dealing with cash. They are “permanent and irreversible,” with “no third party or a payment processor, as in the case of a debit or credit card – hence, no source of protection or appeal if there is a problem.”

Assessment

While I like the libertarian freedom of the idea of a currency uncontrolled by government intervention, I don’t consider owning such a currency an investment. I do consider buying or selling digital currencies like Bitcoin a speculation. Like other speculative investments, these do not belong in any retirement portfolio. 

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The Crypto-future through Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple XRP and IOTA

Peering into the Crypto-Future 

By Phil Baumann RN

In order to gain a clearer view of the impacts of the incoming future of technologies and their economic, behavioral, cultural, political and other impacts, categorization can perform useful veil-lifting.

I’ll let the reader do the deep-dive research into the technologies underlying each of these currencies, but here is a peeled-away breakdown of their respective categories:

Whether these specific “coins” succeed the slaughtering rapidity of techno-culture shocks remains to be seen.

Yes, they are traded assets that can make you rich or poor. That’s certainly interesting. What matters much more than their capital markets is that each has attempted to confront crucial problems that can liberate the ramifying “potential energies” of other technologies that can plug in to them.

Their premises spur economy-generating economies.

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Don’t feel bad if you missed the Bitcoin gold-rush. That’s in the past. Sometimes understanding the world confers its own wealth (insert Latin aphorism here). If you run the currency of knowledge through the circuitry of imagination you gain the power of foresight.

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That’s my two cents: take them and spread the wealth.

Disclosure: I hold Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple XRP and IOTA (MIOTA). But this post is not about finance per se nor is it about promoting these currencies as investments. Rather this post is about envisioning the four kinds of markets that the respective technologies underlying each of these four cryptocoins can help grow and power. These aren’t simply currencies and stores of monetary value – they are technologies.

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An Interesting Book

Reputation Economics by Joshua Klein builds on the observation that humans ultimately prefer to trade goods with persons they genuinely trust. The invention of money as a medium of exchange may have solved a lot of inconveniences, but it also distanced the seller and the buyer.

He suggests that our Information Age is ironically ushering in a return of barter, where many goods and services can be directly exchanged between parties who create a track record of their trustworthiness online.

Interestingly, your personal identity doesn’t need to be part of that reputation. And if barter isn’t available, enter cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, which preserves anonymity but commands trust.

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