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Analyzing the Fallout from the BitMEX Lawsuits (Full Length)

By |October 13, 2020|Antoine Le Calvez, Original Research|

On October 1st, the CFTC and Department of Justice jointly announced charges filed against BitMEX’s owners and operators. The CFTC is alleging they were illegally operating a derivatives trading platform and the Department of Justice that they violated various parts [...]

Ethereum’s DeFi Evolution: How DeFi Is Fueling Ethereum’s Growth (Full Length)

By |September 29, 2020|Nate Maddrey, Original Research|

Decentralized finance reached new heights over the last few months as dozens of projects launched and large amounts of capital flowed in. A majority of decentralized finance (DeFi) apps have been built on Ethereum, and DeFi’s explosion has rippled across [...]

Bitcoin As An Investment (ARK Invest + Coin Metrics)

By |September 17, 2020|Jon Geenty, Kevin Lu, Nate Maddrey, Original Research|

In Part 1 of this research, we described how we believe Bitcoin, a novel economic institution, satisfies the four assurances that maximize the probability of a robust and predictable financial system. In Part 2, we explore bitcoin as an emerging [...]

Measuring Bitcoin’s Decentralization (Full Length)

By |September 15, 2020|Karim Helmy, Original Research|

Key Takeaways Bitcoin’s decentralization can be quantified in terms of supply dispersion, hashpower distribution, and exchange consolidation, among other metrics. Key metrics like the number of active addresses and the network’s hashrate continue to rise. Bitcoin’s supply is becoming more [...]

Improving your Futures Roll: An Overview of the Basis Trade (Full Length)

By |September 9, 2020|Jon Geenty, Original Research|

Key Takeaways As futures volume balloons we take a look at the basis trade, which is when traders build a strategy around the difference between the spot price and futures contract price of a commodity. Unsurprisingly, volume shifts from the [...]


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