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Hosts Matt Walsh and Nic Carter of Castle Island Ventures explore the political, ethical, and economic significance of Bitcoin and other public blockchains and talk to some of the leading experts in the industry. Learn more and stay up to date at CastleIsland.vc and follow on twitter @CastleIslandVC

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Hosts Matt Walsh and Nic Carter of Castle Island Ventures explore the political, ethical, and economic significance of Bitcoin and other public blockchains and talk to some of the leading experts in the industry. Learn more and stay up to date at CastleIsland.vc and follow on twitter @CastleIslandVC

    Prof. Ladislav Krištoufek (Charles University) on the market effects of stablecoin issuance

    Prof. Ladislav Krištoufek (Charles University) on the market effects of stablecoin issuance

    Economics professor at Charles University Ladislav Krištoufek joins us for a discussion centered on his new paper, On the Role of Stablecoins in Cryptoasset Pricing Dynamics. In this episode: 
    How Ladislav began covering crypto markets in 2013 Ladislav's research agenda as it pertains to the crypto markets Why the quality of so much Bitcoin academia is dubious The academic-practitioner gap and how to close it How Ladislav came to write his newest paper Methodological details How to interpret the findings in the paper Whether issuance of stablecoins affects the price of bitcoin Ladislav's critiques of the Griffin and Shams paper Key takeaways from Ladislav's paper Ladislav's ultimate explanation for stablecoin issuance Other papers Ladislav recommends on stablecoins Also mentioned: 
    'What Keeps Stablecoins Stable?', OTB discussion with Ganesh Viswanath-Natraj Is Bitcoin Really Untethered? by Griffin and Shams

    • 52 min
    Weekly Roundup 01/22/21 (Bitcoin's 'double spend', our Tether perspective, Bitcoin as an escape valve)

    Weekly Roundup 01/22/21 (Bitcoin's 'double spend', our Tether perspective, Bitcoin as an escape valve)

    Nic and Matt cover an insane week of deals and market turmoil. In this episode: 
    The Biden admin freezes the Treasury guidance on unhosted wallets Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen expresses her concern about cryptocurrency for terrorist financing Bitcoin as a monetary escape valve The real reasons behind Treasury's concern about Bitcoin The prospects for monetary repression in the US Prospects for Chris Brummer as the new head of the CFTC Blackrock warms to Bitcoin Our point by point 'debunking' of the anonymous blog post on Tether Why Tether critiques are so popular Why a Tether implosion would emphasize Bitcoin's value proposition We explain the Bitcoin 'double spend' How Bitcoin settlement is probabilistic Content mentioned in this episode: 
    Nic in NYMag, What Explains Bitcoin's Resurgence? On The Brink, Interview with Ganesh Viswanath-Natraj The Bit Short: Inside Crypto's Doomsday Machine Kraken, On Tether, Journalists Defy Logic

    • 40 min
    Iain Murray (Competitive Enterprise Institute) on the history of Operation Choke Point

    Iain Murray (Competitive Enterprise Institute) on the history of Operation Choke Point

    Iain Murray, VP of Strategy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, joins the show to discuss the history of Operation Choke Point, a 2011-2015 program used to exclude legal businesses from banking led by the DoJ and FDIC. In this episode: 
    How Iain Murray came to be one of the main historians of Operation Choke Point The roots of Choke Point in the crackdown on poker sites in 2011 How Choke Point was started on a whim by two midlevel DoJ lawyers in 2011 How OCP targeted completely legal but politically disfavored industries How mechanically the DoJ was able to get banks to comply with their informal guidance Why the closed nature of banking means that alternatives financial service providers for these industries couldn't be created How bank consolidation meant that OCP was easier to instrumentalize How successful was Choke Point in marginalizing targeted industries? Did OCP have buy-in from the highest levels of the Obama administration? How regulations should have implemented the rules they sought to create with Choke Point – and why they chose not to How OCP was an end-around the administrative procedure act, and why it was done covertly Was there any accountability for the individuals behind OCP? Was anyone fired? Why individuals on any side of the political spectrum should be concerned about OCP Did Choke Point ever really end? The long term enduring effects of OCP How the Wyoming SPDI is a reaction to Choke Point Whether Iain agrees with the OCC's 'Fair Access' rule Content mentioned in this episode: 
    Iain Murray at CEI, Operation Choke Point: What it is and why it matters OCC, 'Fair Access' rule 

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    Weekly Roundup 01/15/21 (Gensler in at SEC, the Spakkt, a new OCC charter)

    Weekly Roundup 01/15/21 (Gensler in at SEC, the Spakkt, a new OCC charter)

    Nic and Matt return for another explosive week. In this episode:
    The bike saga enters its final chapter Sci Hub tries Handshake Is Choke Point returning? We break down the Bakkt SPAC FinCEN extends the comment period for its notice of proposed rulemaking Gemini announces a credit card with crypto rewards What Gary Gensler as SEC Chairman means for the industry Prospects for a Bitcoin ETF under a Gensler SEC The OCC creates a national crypto bank charter One reason why Miami could make it as a tech hub We discuss the latest NYT article on losing coins Content mentioned in this article
    Nic Carter in Coindesk, Twitter, Trump, and the 'Private Company' Fallacy FinCEN extends its comment period OCC, OCC Conditionally Approves Conversion of Anchorage Digital Bank Brian Brooks in the FT, Get Ready for Self-Driving Banks  

    • 31 min
    Matthew Gould (Unstoppable Domains) on the blockchain domain name opportunity

    Matthew Gould (Unstoppable Domains) on the blockchain domain name opportunity

    Matthew Gould, co-founder and CEO of Unstoppable Domains joins the show. In this episode we discuss:
    Matthew’s path into the cryptocurrency industry and the insight behind launching Unstoppable Domains. How Matthew sees the opportunity for blockchain-based domain systems. Tradeoffs between the various layer-one blockchains that are addressing this opportunity. Views on single sign-on and potential future adjacent use-cases. To learn more about Unstoppable Domains visit their website.
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    • 32 min
    Weekly Roundup 01/08/21 (Banks can use blockchains, best FinCEN comment letters)

    Weekly Roundup 01/08/21 (Banks can use blockchains, best FinCEN comment letters)

    Nic and Matt return for another week of ATHs. In this episode: 
    Coindesk acquires Tradeblock The OCC says that banks can use public blockchains and stablecoins We digest the OCC letter Potential drawbacks to the new OCC guidance Has Brian Brooks had the most successful regulatory term in recent memory? The Treasury's comment period expires Does the Treasury even have the authority to pass these new rules? Our favorite comment letters in response to the Treasury rules Does JPM's price call make them hypocrites on the topic of Bitcoin? Ripple's series C lead investor is suing Ripple Strike announces Strike Global How crypto-based fiat-to-fiat remittances work Our favorite quarterly investor letters Content mentioned in this episode: 
    Coin Center, Supplemental Comments to FinCEN Neha Narula and Patrick Murck, Letter to FinCEN Fidelity Digital Assets, Letter to FinCEN Bill Miller, Q4 2020 Market Letter Stone Ridge, 2020 Shareholder Letter Matt Hougan and David Lawant, CFA research brief on Cryptoassets

    • 32 min

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