Bloomberg Crypto

Bloomberg Crypto

Crypto is the world's hottest financial trend. Digital tokens like Bitcoin and NFTs have moved from niche products to showing up in Super Bowl commercials and song lyrics. Advocates of these new asset classes promise they will democratize the finance industry, and they hail the blockchain technology that backs it all as the future of computing. Skeptics say it's another financial house of cards. No newsroom on the planet is better equipped than Bloomberg to cut through all the noise and provide clarity, context and authority. In this new daily podcast, Bloomberg’s reporting team will tease out what’s actually important in the crypto conversation. Led by crypto expert Stacy-Marie Ishmael, the podcast will draw on reporters in every region and credible voices in the industry to cover everything from regulation to alt coins to DeFi, and even the environmental impact of the currency that promises to change the finance landscape indefinitely.

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July 1, 2022 16 min

One of the most closely-watched fights in crypto might sound a little obscure, but it’s really important. It pits a company called Grayscale Investments against the US Securities and Exchange Commission, a crucial regulator. And it involves so-called exchange traded funds, an extremely popular type of investment vehicle, and Bitcoin, the largest and most liquid cryptocurrency.  Grayscale had been lobbying regulators to allow it to ...

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It might feel like there’s always some kind of election happening in the US - and that’s because there is. State and local elections can happen every year, while ​​Congressional mIdterms occur every other year, allowing US voters to decide who will represent them. These elections really matter, and crypto executives are spending significant amounts of money to influence them. In 2022, for the very first time, political spending by ...

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Rishi Sunak, one of the most senior people in the UK government, this year announced he wanted to establish the country as a global hub for crypto . He’s got some catching up to do: the competition between countries trying to attract crypto talent is only getting more intense. But this environment, in which politicians seem to be willing to make major concessions to the crypto industry, gives rise to an important question: who’s st...

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June 28, 2022 15 min

One of the features that early crypto investors would talk about is something called correlation - specifically, the lack of it. Correlation refers to the relationship between different financial assets - if the gold price goes up, and the price of oil also goes up, you could say those prices are positively correlated. For investors looking to diversify their portfolios, correlation isn’t always a good thing. What they want is some...

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June 27, 2022 14 min

California’s Silicon Valley is both a place and a philosophy. It’s hailed as *the* place for US tech startups to get funding and attract talent. VCs, or venture capitalists, are integral to this mythology.  These are the people who provide the private capital - billions of dollars worth - so tech startups can chase the next big thing. Despite the volatile crypto market, some of those VCs are still betting big on the potential of th...

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June 24, 2022 15 min

Prior to the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, the Ukrainian government and the country’s crypto community would not have been described as allies. There was skepticism, distrust and even a few police raids on unlicensed crypto exchanges. That shifted with the war: Digital asset leaders in Ukraine are now hailed, by some, as heroes because of their work with the Ukrainian government to finance the war effort. Ukraine's d...

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June 23, 2022 18 min

The Washington Nationals baseball team didn’t have a great start to their season, and that’s not just because of their losing record. They also managed to debut a sponsorship deal with the organization behind the not-so-stable stablecoin, TerraUSD. The name of that organization, Terraform Labs, is now splashed all over billboards, uniforms, seats – everything. It might have seemed like a good play when they signed the contract, but...

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June 22, 2022 18 min

El Salvador’s millennial president Nayib Bukele is no tourist when it comes to Bitcoin. Last year, under his leadership, El Salvador became the first country in the world to approve Bitcoin as a form of legal tender. Since then, President Bukele has bought more than 2,000 Bitcoins using public funds. He doesn’t appear to be stressed by the market volatility, or by the drumbeat of international organizations like the IMF that have c...

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June 21, 2022 20 min

On this episode of Bloomberg Crypto, Bloomberg reporters Claire Ballentine and Charlie Wells join stacy-marie to talk about crypto addiction. There are rehab centers for people seeking treatment for addictions to drugs and alcohol, to gambling, and more recently, to online experiences like gaming. Now, these centers are seeing an uptake in people looking for help controlling their crypto trading. 

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June 17, 2022 18 min

There is a real drive on Capitol Hill to figure out how to define and regulate cryptocurrency and protect consumers. One such effort comes from Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) and Republican Senator Cynthia Lummis (WY). They are proposing legislation to clarify the roles of how two different government agencies would divvy up the crypto landscape. Their bill also contains a proposal for regulating crypto mining. But can ...

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June 16, 2022 16 min

It’s been a wild week for crypto markets. Bloomberg reporters Muyao Shen and Matt Turner join the podcast to discuss what’s happening in the world of digital tokens and crypto-related stocks - and why sentiment is so negative.

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June 15, 2022 12 min

What happens to your crypto after you die? Beyond the existential question of the permanence of the blockchain, the answers here aren’t straightforward. For estate planners, what to do with digital assets like Bitcoin and NFTs present a new challenge to inheritance law.  There’s more and more money pouring into these assets, and people are starting to think about their digital legacies. But how do you pass on something that’s built...

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June 14, 2022 19 min

Have you ever heard the saying, “Everything’s Bigger in Texas”? That same ethos applies to mining Bitcoin in the Lonestar state. The state of Texas is flush with bitcoin prospectors. The City of Fort Worth even started a small mining operation out of City Hall. In this episode, Bloomberg reporter Mike Smith shares his reporting about what makes this state so attractive to crypto enthusiasts. And Lee Bratcher, head of the Texas Bloc...

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June 13, 2022 14 min

Have you heard the one about the crypto investor who got hacked and lost all their Bitcoin? It’s true - cryptocurrency spam, hacks, and fraud are all on the rise. That means there’s an urgent need to think about the security risks to often-valuable digital investments. Bloomberg reporter Hannah Miller talks about the nature and scope of these hacks, and Ronghui Gu, chief executive officer of the blockchain security firm CertiK shar...

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In January 2020, the United Kingdom officially withdrew from the European Union. The fallout from Brexit, as we all came to know it, is still being measured across all industries. Some analysts predict it will take years to understand it’s full impact on the UK economy.  Brexit even affected the crypto market, especially as far as regulations are concerned. Bloomberg reporter Emily Nicolle sees cautious optimism among investors abo...

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June 9, 2022 19 min

In March of 2022, hackers stole about $600 million from a crypto network. It was one of the biggest exploits of this asset class to date, and left many investors shaken. Can a decentralized financial system work if investors get spooked when significant assets are lost? In this episode: a roundtable discussion with Bloomberg reporter Olga Kharif and Bloomberg Opinion columnist Parmy Olson about the scope and the effect these attack...

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June 8, 2022 19 min

Did you know that both Madonna and Justin Bieber own expensive digital images of apes? It’s true: Bored Apes and other nonfungible tokens are a must-have celebrity accessory these days. But should you put your trust in movie stars, pop singers and athletes when it comes to crypto? What are some of the legal questions at play with these celebrity endorsements? Bloomberg reporter Misy Egkolfopoulou stops in for a look at what's b...

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June 7, 2022 10 min

Fidelity, one of the largest investment managers in the world, made headlines when it announced its intention to offer clients the ability to invest in crypto through their 401(k) retirement accounts. In such a volatile environment, is it a risky bet to add digital assets to a retirement plan? Bloomberg reporter Suzanne Woolley joins this episode to talk about the recent history of 401(k) investments in crypto, and why the US Labor...

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June 6, 2022 20 min

You might already consider crypto to be synonymous with the word volatility. But what about all the other words that get thrown around by enthusiasts? What’s staking all about? How are bridges created and used? And why are so many folks on Twitter sending messages that just say, “GM”? Never fear: Bloomberg reporters Hannah Miller and Vildana Hajric are here to help with a crypto glossary.  Because it’s good to define our terms.

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June 3, 2022 16 min

Cryptocurrencies are increasingly popular as investments - everyone from retail traders on Reddit to big institutional shops like Fidelity seems to have a crypto strategy. But what happens when the people investing in this asset class are also the ones in charge of regulating it? Senators like Pat Toomey and Cynthia Lummis own crypto investments while also weighing in on who and how to potentially regulate the industry. Bloomberg r...

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