The Kind of Regulatory Moment Crypto Needs
By Vin Narayanan on April 28, 2023
Crypto Market Musings As I write, bitcoin is trading around $29,000. Ethereum is trading close to $1,900. And the rest of the markets are a mess. Welcome to crypto allergy season, everyone. The bear market is over. The bull market hasn’t started. That means cryptos aren’t moving up in lockstep. And they’re not moving down in unison. Some days will be good. Some days, the markets or certain cryptos will have allergies. Macroeconomic factors…
The Early Investing Podcast: We Need More Transparent Private Markets
By Early Investing on January 18, 2023
The private markets have a transparency problem. Current regulations don’t require private companies to provide the same amount of information to investors as public companies are required to provide. And this is doing some real harm to investors. How did we get here? And can things…
FTX and the Crypto Regulations Still to Come
By Vin Narayanan on November 21, 2022
It’s been a crazy couple of weeks in the crypto market as it tries to sort through the fallout of crypto exchange FTX filing for bankruptcy. For a more detailed account of how it happened, please read this update I wrote…
Why Regulation Plays Are Often the Best Investment Opportunities
By Andy Gordon on March 16, 2022
I once ran a business in Asia. And the only reason I made a bit of money was because I was more lucky than business savvy. But when I went to Thailand, I was prepared. I had a great plan. Thailand had just approved some new…
Crypto Insider: SEC Stealth Regulations Threaten the Crypto Industry
By Early Investing on February 14, 2022
The SEC decided to increase its regulatory oversight of alternative trading systems — specifically those dealing with government securities (treasurys, debt, etc.). Notably, this expanded oversight opens the door for regulators to poke their noses into crypto. It will allow them to regulate DeFi (decentralized finance),…
Look Beyond Big Tech Investments
By Allison Brickell on October 13, 2021
Last Monday, Facebook experienced an outage that lasted for about six hours. Users couldn’t access Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Whatsapp or OculusVR. The effects were felt across the world. Suddenly, everyone who relied on Facebook or WhatsApp for communication was left in a lurch. Even…
Crypto Insider: Regulators Push for Crypto Rules
By Early Investing on September 30, 2021
Legislators have caught crypto fever once again. In August, we covered Congress’ $1 trillion infrastructure bill, which includes overly broad language that forces most anyone who touches a crypto transaction to report it to the IRS. That requirement isn’t feasible for…
Crypto Monitor: Assessing the Coronavirus
By Early Investing on February 28, 2020
Adam Sharp and Vin Narayanan assess the impact of the novel coronavirus on the markets, debate whether where Binance is headquartered is important and talk about the new EU banking rules for crypto.
How to Modernize the SEC
By Vin Narayanan on October 2, 2019
The slow-moving SEC is in desperate need of an overhaul. And investors need to push for it.
The SEC’s Crypto Market Manipulation Fears Make No Sense
By Vin Narayanan on September 20, 2019
The SEC is refusing to approve a bitcoin ETF out of fear of market manipulation. But that fear is nonsensical.
Cannabis Report: One of the Most Important Lessons for Cannabis Investors
By Early Investing on August 8, 2019
In order to succeed, cannabis investors need to learn a very important lesson about industry regulations.
Congress Scolds Facebook Instead of Moving Fintech Innovation Forward
By Vin Narayanan on July 18, 2019
This week, legislators had the opportunity to make progress on key issues surrounding Facebook’s innovative Libra proposal. But too many politicians wasted it.
Crypto Monitor: Understanding the Market Dip and Upcoming Catalysts
By Allison Brickell on November 30, 2018
The crypto markets have taken a dip in the past couple weeks, but there are also plenty of promising catalysts on the horizon.
Distrusting Candidates (but Not Crypto)
By Allison Brickell on November 12, 2018
A week after the midterm elections, we’re seeing how crypto is playing an increasingly large role in political campaigns.
Mailbag: Coinbase Limitations; Why Doesn’t Congress Act?
By Early Investing on September 2, 2018
The Early Investing team looks at why Coinbase doesn’t list more altcoins and whether Congress should pass legislation regulating cryptocurrencies.
Congressional Hearings Show Appetite for Smart Crypto Regulations
By Vin Narayanan on July 20, 2018
After years of keeping bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies at arm’s length, Congress looks like it’s getting serious about regulating digital assets.