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Panic at the disco or panic sell your ETH?

London Block Exchange

11th September 2018

Do you believe ETH can’t drop more because ICOs have sold all their ether?

Panic at the disco or panic sell your ETH?

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Do you believe ETH can’t drop more because ICOs have sold all their ether?

As US corporate debt reaches a high level historically associated with the beginning of a recession, it seems one group of companies still have plenty of free cash: crypto startups. The talk about treasury management — ICO death spiral — claims that most had mismanaged their finances and recently panic sold their ETH.

However, Diar’s latest analysis shows popular projects still have £525 ($685) million worth of ether — having sold an equal amount over the past monthand a total of 63% of the initial funds. Also, it seems that DappCapitulation, the website that fuelled this narrative, is “sloppy and inaccurate at best, deliberately misleading at worst” — as Spencer Noon remarks.


As the top 100 projects only moved 0.3% yesterday, what else is there?

Yesterday, we reported on rumours that Citigroup was “getting legally ‘creative’ to serve its customers with a tradable, physical Bitcoin asset”. The ICO Journal, the source, is a publication that isn’t well-regarded, but the news turned out to be true. However, as Bloomberg’s Matt Levine explainsironically, they weren’t being so innovative.

Briefly, Citigroup wants to allow investors cryptoasset exposure without the need to hold them. Evidently, institutions also want ETFs and custody solutions that can run contrary to the sacred principles of the cryptosphere — but what’s sad is that the approach neglects the opportunity to improve upon the establishment.


Filter the noise and stay ahead of the pack

▪ Two ERC20 stablecoins launched yesterday. The Winklevoss twins’ Gemini Dollar and the Paxos Standard — both US-based, insured, and fully regulated, i.e. centralised.

Chris Burniske, a popular analyst, indirectly conjures that the next bull run might only happen after Bitcoin’s next halving, i.e. in 2021. Read here.

▪ Curious about the current returns of ICOs since January 2017? Tetras’ Alex Sunnarborg analysed the market and compared the results with other asset classes here.


An insight a day could give you more profits to play

▪ “Meltem Demirors Is Not the Sheryl Sandberg of Crypto” is a great interview of one of the most vocal people against ‘BS coins’ and the ‘myth of decentralisation’. Read here.

▪ “Economics back into cryptoeconomics” is a monster read by four multidisciplinary academics: Dick Bryan, Benjamin Lee, Robert Wosnitzer, and Akseli Virtanen They’re exploring new use cases for crypto-tokens as the cryptosphere’s “underlying economics is remarkably conventional and conservative.” The full monty here.

▪ “Bitcoin Cash is a fiat money” is Jimmy Song’s latest rant of the infamous fork. Written in preparation for a debate with Roger Ver, it’s a great overview of issue, check it.


Because the building blocks of crypto needn’t be irrelevant

The halving refers to Bitcoin’s planned reduction of the incentives it pays miners and of the expansion of its supply. The block reward gets cut in half every three years. The first halving took place in 2012, the next one will be in 2020.

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