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Brief intro to Bitcoin Bitcoin is widely regarded as the world’s leading cryptocurrency, a type of digital asset that utilises blockchain technology to create a decentralised, transparent and secure monetary network. Released in 2008 as a targeted response to the Global Financial Crisis, Bitcoin’s early-day proponents hoped to develop an asset that could provide a secure and reliable currency, removed from a ‘broken’ centralised

Download As PDF Week in Review Equities continue to push higher levels as the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Index continue to make all-time highs.The market cap of the cryptocurrency market crosses $2 trillion. Hong Kong-listed company, Meitu, buys another $10 million in bitcoin.Bitcoin’s futures market hits a record-high of $73,500 for June contracts. Coinbase reported astonishing numbers in their Q1 earnings report ahead of its IPO

Image source: The Economist Over the past few months, the cryptocurrency market has witnessed the rise of NFTs - or non-fungible tokens - across the financial ecosystem. Artists, celebrities, companies, amongst others are issuing thousands of these tokens across blockchain networks, some being sold for up to 69 million dollars.    Auctions with such high-level bids and applicability concerns have left many wondering if NFTs are

Download As PDF Week in Review Archego’s Bill Hwang unwinds billions in leveraged equity positions causing an intraday sell off of key stocks. However, this was short-lived with the S&P 500 closing at over 4000 points, making a new all time high.Biden intends to fund a $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan with an increase in corporate tax rates.BlackRock dips it toes into Bitcoin futures.PayPal launches crypto

Download As PDF Week in Review Elon Musk announces that Teslas can be bought with bitcoin, and “bitcoin paid to Tesla will be retained as bitcoin, not converted to fiat currency.”Biden plans to spend a reported $3 trillion on recovery plans, with detailed proposals to be discussed in the coming weeks.Fidelity Investments and SkyBridge Capital file for bitcoin ETFs.Crypto hedge funds grew by 35% last

The days of physical currencies seem to be numbered, particularly in light of covid. As digital finance grows in worldwide adoption, central banks have been pushing the envelope towards frameworks that eliminate the use of cash and replace it with fully-digital banking and centralised digital currencies.   Will there be a point when we migrate to a fully-cashless economy? If so, what are the pros

Download As PDF Week in Review The Federal Reserve triggers a muted rally on stocks and crypto by signalling there will be no increase in yield rates at least until 2023.Morgan Stanley rumoured to invest in Bithumb, a cryptocurrency exchange based in Korea.Hong Kong listed company, Meitu, buys another 16,000 ETH and 386 BTC.Deutsche Bank crypto report states that “bitcoin is too important to ignore”. Visa

Image source: crypto-economy.com A highly anticipated scaling solution for Ethereum, called Optimism, is slated to launch this month. By helping Ethereum run computations off-chain and only publishing transaction data on-chain, testing has shown that Optimism can reduce Ethereum’s current fees by 100x or more. We have seen how alternate high throughput versions of Ethereum like Binance Smart Chain have grown (see charts below), which

Download As PDF Week in Review JP Morgan announces it will issue a structured note offering for a cryptocurrency basket, giving investors exposure to bitcoin-holding companies such as Microstrategy and Square.Norway listed company sets up an investment arm, allocating $58 million to Bitcoin and digital asset ventures.BlockFi, a digital asset lending platform, raises $350 million valuing the company at $3 billion. Amazon Web Services now supports

The Macroeconomic Mirage The US and global economies are currently in a unique position. As global debt reaches US$281 trillion with no sign of slowing down, the macroeconomic horizon is becoming more uncertain. In 2020, the federal reserve injected over US$3 trillion and a further US$1.9 trillion is expected in early 2021 under the Biden administration.  The act has led to a domino effect resulting

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