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Tether as a Central Bank

Central banks routinely issue money without any reserve backing it. Could Tether do the same and become the first decentralized central bank? I have expressed before skepticism about Tether (a.k.a USDT) and the fact that a high level of uncertainty still exists on the actual level of reserves backing the token issuance. For all the bad press […]

What is prime brokerage and how does it apply to digital assets?

There is a lot of talk in the crypto economy about prime brokerage: many participants frame themselves as “prime brokers” (PB), with the usual superlatives. What exactly are we talking about? A broker is an intermediary between a buyer and a seller: for a multitude of reasons despite the costs involved, it often makes sense […]

Is Bitcoin a safe haven in times of crisis?

This article examines the behavior of various assets during the recent crash, specifically bitcoin, ether, equity markets (in the form of the S&P 500), bond markets (in the form of U.S. interest rates), and gold. The study specifically addresses the following question: did bitcoin withstand the downturn better than other assets, and would an investor have had an incentive to transfer some of his positions in Bitcoin before the downturn?