Aug 15, 2021 • 4M

Sunday Rundown - August 15, 2021

Mountains or molehills?

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Sorry I haven’t posted free content for a while, I’m still on travel. Thanks for sticking around :-)

Looks like bitcoin’s on the move, bringing the rest of the market with it. Is this a bull trap that will send the market down to its September 2020 lows? Or a disbelief rally that will send prices to the moon?

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Rumors say institutions are buying Ethereum now, then altcoins soon after. Don’t sleep on the king but don’t neglect the great projects trying to catch up. I have a healthy allocation to altcoins as part of my overall portfolio strategy.

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Read below from some articles you may enjoy.

Ecoinometrics - The Other 60/40 Portfolio

  • Bottom line: Ecoinometrics shared two ways to boost your non-crypto portfolio with bitcoin without trading or timing the market.

  • My take: more investment porn for tortoises. Also, food for thought. We often look only at gains/returns on our crypto but it’s also useful to think about how an asset fits within your larger financial plans.

  • Why we care: this is something to share with no-coiners. Many people buy stocks because “they go up” and bonds because “they don’t lose money” but mostly don’t buy bitcoin. A few of them might stop and reflect on their assumptions long enough to give it the benefit of the doubt. Or at least use this information from Ecoinometrics to rationalize their FOMO when they eventually put some money into the market.

BitMEX Crypto Exchange to Pay $100 Million to Settle Probes

  • Bottom line: BitMEX paid the US government $100 million to stay out of its business.

  • My take: good for them. For regulators, it’s all in a day’s work. Just look at all of the enforcement actions they make that have nothing to do with crypto, probably +1,000 each year. If major news outlets like Bloomberg covered every non-crypto enforcement action like they covered crypto enforcement actions, that’s all they’d ever write about. But nobody cares about whether OrangeHook, Inc got suspended for not filing its paperwork. Unless OrangeHook dealt in bitcoin. Then Bloomberg and Wall Street Journal would be all over it. Crypto gets clicks.

  • Why we care: a lot of people dismiss these stories as FUD or rally around the “government is killing us” meme. I’d love to see the data on whether crypto crimes get more attention from US authorities than other crimes. Perhaps it seems that way because we only hear about the crypto ones and not the others.

[US government] hits crypto exchange Poloniex with $10 million fine

  • Bottom line: Circle paid $10 million to make its troubles with Poloniex go away.

  • My take: see my comments on BitMEX. This settlement is probably a good move on Circle’s part. The company’s going public via a SPAC at a $4.5 billion valuation, I’m sure they don’t want to give potential investors even a moment’s pause over a former subsidiary’s crimes. For $10 million, they made those worries go away.

  • Why we care: the US government has fined crypto businesses for years. These fines mean nothing—they’re usually chump change. BlockOne paid $24 million for an unregistered $4 billion ICO. Don’t worry about these fines.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the US government’s business, but regulators don’t make the laws, they simply enforce the laws.

I’m sure FinCEN, SEC, and other agencies want more authority or latitude, but that comes from Congress. Congress doesn’t know WTF it’s doing on crypto and it’s certainly not a priority (yet). During the infrastructure debate, the Secretary of the Treasury plead her case to Congress and lost. Things don’t always go the way you think they will.

Let’s not get complacent, but also let’s not make a mountain out of a molehill. It’s great that crypto went nuts about an infrastructure bill with a probably-unenforceable provision that won’t take effect until 2023. We need that sort of vigilance because in politics, once you give an inch, somebody will end up taking a mile.

As far as investors and participants in this market, we don’t need to factor the US government into any of our decisions yet. Don’t worry until you need to.

Relax and enjoy the ride!

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