Crypto is Easy: Insights for Profitable Investors
Crypto is Easy: Insights for Profitable Investors
Weekly Rundown - February 12, 2023

Weekly Rundown - February 12, 2023

Men who run into each other and fall down


It's Super Bowl Sunday in the United States, which always reminds me of a funny question I asked my dad when I was about five or six years old. He had some people over to watch the game and I asked them why they were watching a bunch of men run into each other and fall down.

I believe he replied, it's a metaphor for life. But not for us!

What does this have to do with crypto?

Nothing. Make sure you caught my market update from February 8, 2023.

Crypto is Easy: Insights for Profitable Investors
Bitcoin and Altcoin Market Update - February 8, 2023
In yesterday’s speech, the US Federal Reserve chairman said he’s keeping rates higher for longer but the commentators are telling you that he said the opposite. 🤷‍♂️ Sucks living in a world where your financial welfare depends on the decisions of 12 Americans. Oh well, at least we have crypto, right…
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Scroll down for a poll, some commentary on the US crypto crackdown, a meme, some crypto job listings, and other content you may enjoy.



US Legislative and Regulatory Outlook

This is not a newsletter about policy and regulation, but sometimes something happens that captures people’s attention across the cryptosphere.

After Kraken’s staking program got zapped, Nic Carter said the US government is trying a sophisticated, widespread crackdown against the crypto industry. Read his post about what he dubs “Operation Choke Point 2.0.”

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The Biden Administration is quietly trying to ban crypto. Nic Carter explains in an explosive guest post for Pirate Wires. -Solana What began as a trickle is now a flood: the US government is using the banking sector to organize a sophisticated, widespread crackdown against the crypto industry. And the administration’s efforts are no secret: they’re expr…
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As a former Congressional aide and current civil servant, I can assure you that the US government is not very good at sophisticated, widespread crackdowns on anything. They can do modestly effective crackdowns, at best, though sometimes that’s enough (usually not).

More likely, they’re trying to clear the way for Wall Street to launch “safe, regulated” crypto products that “follow the law.”

Those laws make no sense for crypto, but they exist. That’s all we have, for now.

Bitcoiners, relax. Bitcoin has broad support among all branches of government. Many members of Congress and public officials already hold bitcoin and advocate on its behalf. Regulators already accept it, businesses experiment with it, and some local jurisdictions embrace it.

Everything else in crypto? That’s hit-or-miss. Apparently, Americans are OK with an experimental non-governmental money system. Just don’t go creating a technology that takes profits from big banks and Wall Street.

Let’s see what Congress passes this year before we get too panicked. Kraken needs crypto, but crypto doesn’t need Kraken.

In fact, if crypto does what we want it to do, it will make Kraken’s core business model obsolete.

Speaking of Congress, listen to an interview with Kristin Smith, lead lobbyist for the Blockchain Association. In this interview, she gives you the inside scoop on where Congress’s head’s at and what you can expect for 2023.

Listen to the Interview

She doesn’t expect crypto legislation this year but I suspect Congress will have to do something. Either crypto has an “echo bubble” / “disbelief rally” that forces everybody’s hands or some other crypto entity blows up and creates real urgency for Congress to do something.

For the “how will prices go up?” crowd, let’s not forget that US money has gone into crypto for a long time and hasn’t necessarily done as much good as people think. Also, US users can still move money in and out of crypto, stake and participate on their own—just not through exchanges.

And what about people in 200+ other countries who have money and ways to get that money into crypto? Developers and entrepreneurs launching new projects outside of the US and geo-blocking US users?

The US’s loss, everybody else’s gain.

Digital Dogma

With the recent drama about NFTs on bitcoin, I’ve been thinking about digital dogma, the rejection of ideas that you don’t already believe.

Read this article from Daniel McGlynn, About Digital Dogma.

Read his Article

The challenge, as he puts it:

[Crypto asks you to be] open to alternatives and to envision a new financial system based on encrypted ledgers and alternative currencies. But at the same time, it demands that [you] immediately make decisions about which alternatives are best.

It’s a short post but not necessarily light reading. I’d love to hear your thoughts after you read it.

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Learn Metamask

One more reminder to take custody of your crypto. Get it off of the exchanges!

But learn how to do that first. Google and YouTube have so many useful guides for all of the many wallets you can use.

There are plenty of great wallets but Metamask is the most widely used. Make it easier to learn with the “Metamask Learn” tutorials.

Visit Metamask Learn

Nobody told me to say that. I just stumbled across the website and thought you might appreciate it.

For reference, I also use Trezor, Electrum, Linen,* Atomic Wallet, Core, Martian, Keplr, Yoroi, Anchor (EOS/WAX), and Nami.

If you ever want to consult about self-custody, I’m happy to share my knowledge and experience (though I can’t offer technical support). Schedule time with me on Superpeer.

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*I have a very small claim on future equity in Linen (the company that makes the Linen wallet).

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Relax and enjoy the ride!

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