Original Research2021-05-27T22:19:58+00:00

Original Research

ORIGINAL RESEARCH ON CRYPTO TOPICS

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Bitcoin: An Unprecedented Experiment in Fair Distribution (Full Length)

By |November 10, 2020|Lucas Nuzzi, Original Research|

Much has been written about the fundamental differences between Bitcoin and other asset classes. In fact, juxtapositions of Bitcoin and established commodities such as gold continue to lure swarms of newcomers into this industry, institutional and retail-alike. But are there [...]

Following Flows: A Look at Miners’ On-Chain Payments (Full Length)

By |November 3, 2020|Karim Helmy, Original Research|

Key Takeaways Using a new methodology that looks at addresses one hop out from the coinbase transaction, this report quantifies miner holdings and activity. This approach improves on previous attempts at tracking miner spending, which inadvertently measured pool operator activity [...]

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 [...]

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