The Crypto Basic Podcast is an educational, honest, and entertaining exploration of the fascinating world of cryptocurrencies. Join hosts Brent Philbin, Karim Baruque, and Adam "Roothlus" Levy as they explore concepts and cryptos such as Bitcoin, NEO, Ethereum, Litecoin, Blockchain, Cardano and much more. How does Bitcoin actually work? Should I use Coinbase or Binance? What in the world is an IEO? Listen to our 101 episodes on each topic for an in-depth, beginner friendly discussion to find out. Join this trio of professional poker players and lifelong friends as they learn, teach, and joke their way into serious crypto knowledge.
Episode 247 - It's time for Sushi... swap.
Hello everybody and welcome to the Crypto Basic Podcast! Now, before you start rage-tweeting us, we know we've been away for quite some time, but people need vacation, and we're definitely people. Besides vacation though, we decided that the Crypto Basic Podcast will be releasing episodes less often, but with more concise and in-depth information. By releasing weekly episodes, we're doing a disservice to the quality of the podcast as sometimes we scramble to find interesting stuff that frankly, sometimes is just not there, and that way we're doing a disservice to you, the listener. However, we're not going anywhere. Sorry haters. So, expect less but better Crypto Basic goodness from now on.
In today's episode we talk about Sushiswap, a decentralized exchange on the Ethereum blockchain that shows a lot of promise. There has been some drama -its creator fucking up big time, that is- that we didn't cover because we recorded this episode about a week ago and didn't release it in time, but talking about the project and its ins and outs still made for a very interesting and engaging discussion. Tune in to find out more!
Episode 246 - Crypto Scams through Tik Tok?
Welcome to the Crypto Basic Podcast!
Joining you are Brent "Pump and Dump" Philbin, Adam "The TikToker" Levy, and Karim "You guys are insane" Baruque.
Our issue for today is a call to action posted on TikTok, that urges users to invest 25$ in dogecoin en masse, leading to artificial inflation of its price, AKA a pump and dump. We discuss its implications, it's dangers, and what it means for the future of crypto that these kinds of things are now reaching the teen and preteen demographics. Tune in now!
Hey Karim, what's the price of Dogecoin??
Dogecoin spikes 1900% in 2 days.
Global search interest in “how to buy dogecoin” also skyrocketed from a score of 25 to 100, the highest possible search popularity score, over the past few days, according to 12-month Google Trends data analyzed by CoinDesk.
Why is Dogecoin spiking?? Not entirely sure the exact origin of it but a few TIk Tokkers posted a video talking about how if you invest $25 into Dogecoin you get 10k shares. if it goes to $1 we all make $10k. then people started buying it and it actually spiked 20% tuesday.
Effect of Tik Tok on crypto. Gen Z is growing up. Do you think they will adopt? Could this be the start of a bull? This could also be the start of another Bitconnect with people getting hurt by a pump and dump.
Could be a bunch of Dogecoiners getting together and trying to get the coin to blow up on tik tok. Things can go viral there in a hot second.
Videos on videos coming out talking about how Doge is a good investment.
For those who don't know, Jackson Palmer, the CEO of Dogecoin, created it as a memecoin bc Coinmarketcap and Doge memes were the two tabs open in his web browser.
It has no real use case.
Kid influencers ( https://www.reddit.com/r/CryptoCurrency/comments/hnetus/discussing_how_doge_can_reach_1/ )
Episode 245 - Where are they now?
Welcome to another episode of the Crypto Basic Podcast! Today the gang is doing a self-reflective session on our predictions and critique of various coins and projects throughout the time the podcast has been active. How did we do in making judgments and assumption on projects such as Substratum, Kucoin, Bitcoin Hex, Tether, Divi, Dragonchain and others? Did our scam callouts turn out to be scams? All of the above and more on today's episode of the Crypto Basic Podcast.
Coins CryptoBasic called out on previous shows, how did they end up?
* Episode 1 ( https://www.cryptobasicpodcast.com/home/161 )
* Episode 2 ( https://www.cryptobasicpodcast.com/home/substratum )
* Our position on the? VERY hard scam. We had 3 full episodes and talked a lot of shit with their community.
* Subreddit has been dead since 9 months ago.
* Highest price point AFTER the 2017 bubble - *$.82* in May of 2018. For reference we released the first episode warning listeners of the scam in November of 2018.
* They raised $13M in ICO funds and delivered nada.
* They announced that they were seeking private funding in September of 2019, and now it is a completely dead project.
* Verdict - WE WERE RIGHT
* Episode where we first mentioned Kucoin ( https://www.cryptobasicpodcast.com/home/exchangecoins )
* Our position on them? Lukewarm. Mike really liked them, but I didn't like their pyramid style marketing. I also had some issues with their interface. I never went so far as to call them a scam, but never trusted them with a single cent. We did pull the referral bonus from the shownotes. We called the flags "offwhite"
* Hilariously shitty MLM style video. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VM9NYqzVyWU )
* They're still operational, subreddit is booming, and they're one of the exchanges with name recognition.
* Storytime about Kucoin. My first troll.
* We did cover some of the red flags over the course of the time after we talked about them. They had some issues with where their location was and they got
* Highest price point after the 2017 bubble - $4.99 May 2018
* Current price as of recording - $.81
* Verdict - We were basically wrong here. More risk than a high end exchange, but they're ranked just below Gemini.
* Cryptopia ( https://www.cryptopia.co.nz/ )
* Our position on the scam: I wouldn't put my money on the site. Didn't call them an outright scam.
* Went down on July 3, 2019.
* They're still in liquidation.
* People will not be made whole.
* Bitcoin Hex
* This is an ongoing scam - I want to do a red flags episode which we'll record next week on Bitcoin hex.
* Right now, they're still kicking.
* What I remember is that Trevon James, a previous Bitconnect shill, was shilling it.
* I went to his Youtube. HO LEE SHIT
* Some great fucking titles
* "5 steps to turn $200 into $200,000 with Cryptocurrency"
* Vitalik Sent me $600,000 worth of HEX
* How to Make Money with Crypto (holding up stacks of USD cash)
* Why HEX can EASILY reach $1
* Hex is up 315% what a scam right?
* Verdict - Episode next week.
* Our position - Tether is a scam. It is not backed, and you cannot trust it.
* Price - $1
* Price - $1
* Stop using Tether
* Tell Story about how easy DAI is
* Episode on the Divi Project ( https://www.cryptobasicpodcast.com/home/divi )
* This was a coin we did a 101 on and Karim and Mike definitely disagreed on the evaluation. Karim didn't call it a scam, he just didn't like the project. Here's what I remember about Karim's negative thoughts - this was the only coin that ever had one of their team members have a rational response to it.
* Coin Market cap doesn't have data that far back, oddly, but the earliest they have the price was $.009. per coin b ack in November of 2018.
* Today's price - $.04 - a 440% increase
* Verdict - Wrong for now, probably eat crow.
* 79th in Market Cap
* Dragonchain ( https://www.cryptoba
Episode 244 - Notes on the Federal Reserve
Welcome to the Crypto Basic Podcast! We'd been gone for a little while (blame our editor and his "exams", yeah right) but we're back and this week we're talking about the big ol' Fed, which announced that it will start buying individual corporate bonds. What does that mean for the economy and the banking system? What the hell are SMFCCs and SPVs? And are they sexually transmitted diseases, or do they just sound like that? Tune into today's episode for the answer to this truly profound and engaging question, and many many more.
Fed says it is going to start buying individual corporate bonds ( https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/15/the-fed-says-it-is-going-to-start-buying-individual-corporate-bonds.html )
* *The Federal Reserve said Monday it will start buying individual corporate bonds.* In order to “support market function and eases credit conditions.” they added functions to its *Secondary Market corporate Credit Facility (SMCCF)* SMCCF? - It is a Special Purpose Vehicle launched by the Fed in March
* SPV? ( https://www.investopedia.com/terms/s/spv.asp ) - A subsidiary created by a parent company to isolate risk
* Basically creates separate company with isolated balance sheet
* SPV operations limited to acquiring and financing specific assets
* SPV may be created solely to securitize debt so that investors can be assured of repayment.
* Can help companies securitize assets,
* create joint ventures,
* isolate corporate assets, or perform other financial transactions.
* Fed is trying to ensure banks continue to lend to corporations
* The SMCCF then buys corporate bonds and Bond ETFs,
* To encourage lending by ensuring demand for the bonds
* But it was only started with bond ETFs…. So lets talk about these functions
* So whereas before it was “passively” buying ETFs at fair market value is (metrics and restrictions)
* Now it has $750b to buy individual corporate bonds directly (with a maturity of within 5yrs)
* This is on top of ETFs in the market
* The loans will be tailored to small- and medium-sized companies and can range from $250,000 to $300 million.
* Dow went from down 700 to a +157pt spike after announcement
* Fed has yet to launch its Primary Market Corporate Credit Facility.
Episode 243 - Bitmain Coup?
Welcome to the CryptoBasic Podcast! This time around we don't go over a lot of things - we just focus on the basics, the important info, the headlines. Kung Fu, private militias, corporate coups, you know, the good stuff. If this sounds weird to you, tune in to find out what the heck has been going on with Bitmain and how the crypto space can sometimes offer stories and incidents that are truly hollywood-worthy.
* What is Bitmain exactly?
* Bitmain produces ASIC miners for the Bitcoin Blockchain. The Antminer. Basically the gold standard in mining gear.
* They also run Antpool, which is a big mining firm that has a lot of hashpower - but they aren't the biggest.
* Remember when we covered this in a flagship? Lets go back over ( https://www.coindesk.com/bitmain-turmoil-co-founder-and-director-micree-zhan-ousted-from-management#:~:text=Bitmain%20Turmoil:%20Co-Founder%20and%20Executive%20Director%20Micree%20Zhan%20Ousted,internal%20email%20sent%20to%20staff. ).
* This was back in October 2019.
* Jihan Wu sent an e-mail to the entire Bitmain team that said that Ketuan Zhan was dismissed from the company.
* Wu was then given the roles of executive director and legal representative.
* Then is, Zhan still had 36% of the company in shares, and it wasn't clear what was happing with them.
* Zhan then filed a lawsuit in the Cayman islands to try and stop this from happening.
* They also filed to go public in the US with the SEC right before all of this.
* Zhan wins a victory in April. ( https://www.coindesk.com/ousted-bitmain-co-founder-wins-partial-victory-in-latest-legal-battle )
* So the Bejing District Bureau if Justice actually went ahead and blocked Bitmain's attempt at replacing the legal representative with their current CFO. Even though Jihan Wu was the representative, Bitmain wanted to switch.
* This has been in courts since Jan 2.
* He was then granted the right to return to his post as legal representative.
* When he tried to attend the beaureau to collect his registration, he was surrounded by those loyal to Wu, and his license was grabbed from his hands.
* Then shit got physical, details are sparse.
* There's now TWO official seals somehow. Zhan wasn't in possession of the real one because it was physically taken from him. I guess in Chinese law the physical seal is pretty important. So there are now two serial numbers and there's dispute as to which one is accurate.
* Getting more interesting ( https://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-mining-bitmain-staff-management-feud )
* So most of the staff was working from home because of the Pandemic
* On June 4 Zhan actually sent all employees a notification via wechat that he was back in the office starting the day before, and that they needed to return to the office to work.
* There's literally a video out there of Zhan marchingg on the Bitmain offices with armed guards ( https://twitter.com/BlockBeatsChina/status/1268452013139824640 )
* So he used his private guard force to enter the office and has apparently seized control.
* He was handing out $10,000 worth of Yuan for anyone that showed up to the office to work with him.
* He made a public decree to finish the IPO and have a market cap of over $50M in 5 years.
* It looks like Zhan has taken control of the company's Wechat account, and has been posting saying that the "new" seal is the official seal. ( https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/6fzhGTxBMsV6vQPMgr-WOg )
* Karim's video suggestion ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeOVbeh2yr0 )
Episode 242 - US Monetary Outlook
Today the gang's all here, gathered around the fireplace, eating metaphorical marshmallows as papa Karim, our resident economist, busts out the spit facts. We're going over the current economic state of the US, monetary strategies, how they affect economies and trade between them, and much, much more. So, grab a stick, poke a marshmallow and relax while Karim gets them FACTS into your brain.
The U.S. Treasury Will Borrow A Record $3 Trillion This Quarter As Stimulus Spending Soars ( https://www.forbes.com/sites/sarahhansen/2020/05/04/the-us-treasury-will-borrow-a-record-3-trillion-this-quarter-as-stimulus-spending-soars/#bc820ba5306c )
* Over last two months Congress has authorized more than $3 Trillion in emergency stimulus
* In order to come up with that cash the Treasury will have to issue record breaking amount of debt
* Last quarter, the Treasury borrowed about $500 billion, and it plans to borrow another $677 billion in the third quarter.
* relatively cheap to borrow with record low interest rates (10 year note yielding about 0.6%)
* The Treasury’s numbers only account for legislation that has been passed to date. Another stimulus package is in the works
US Debt big picture
* $25 Trillion threshold crossed, $7 trillion in the last 5 years
* According to data from the US Treasury growth is
* $1.2 million per minute
* $1.7+ billion per day
National Debt Clock ( https://www.usdebtclock.org/ )
* Every 15 secs our tax revenue is falling by like 100k
* Debt per citizen $75,600
* Per Tax payer though that’s $200,000
* Currency Creation (M2 Money supply) +$100,000 every few seconds
Who owns that debt?
* Majority of US debt owned by Americans (investors, fed, banks).
* 30% owned by foreign entities
* China and Japan more than 1 Trillion each
Debt to GDP
* 2019 -publicly held federal debt was almost 80% percent, $17 trillion
* According to CBO estimates ( https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/2020-03/56165-CBO-debt-primer.pdf ) then, debt was already rising faster than the economy and was projected to reach 98% by 2030
* now at 107% and projected to 108% by 2021 ( https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-national-debt-is-out-of-control/2020/05/10/4bdac9aa-916a-11ea-9e23-6914ee410a5f_story.html ) , our record was 106% year after WWII ( https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/FYPUGDA188S ) Another chart shows Gross debt to GDP after WWII at around 118%
* Checked again this morning on Nat debt clock, looks like we broke this barrier as of 5/21 119.08%
Saw this back of envelope simplifications 35m to 1 reduction ( https://www.titusvilleherald.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/article_83fe1ef2-95c2-11ea-bba7-1f928e1b6615.html )
US as household
* Income - 100k p/yr
* Debt - $714k
* Unfunded liabilities (medicare,SS,VA) - $4.2m
International perspective ( https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/04/29/coronavirus-downturn-likely-to-add-to-high-government-debt-in-some-countries/ )
FWIW Trump said if he gets re-elected he’ll wipe the debt =) he said that last time too and it was +5Trillion going into this (last time we cleared the debt was Andrew Jackson 1835)
Interesting quote though to keep this in perspective -
“If the Fed didn’t take these and other emergency measures, “the system already would have blown up,The markets would have crashed 10 times over.” - Tim Duy University of Oregon (Economist, US Treasury) ( https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/money/2020/05/12/coronavirushow-u-s-printing-dollars-save-economy-during-crisis-fed/3038117001/ )
Modern Monetary Theory ( https://econofact.org/what-is-modern-monetary-theory ) , Is there a limit?
* MTT points out a government that controls its own currency can't default on debt
* But defecit + interest rates increase outstanding debt, is there a limit?
* Sustainability does not require the government deficit to be zero, or surpluses
* it requires that the d
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