Why a $76B Asset Manager is Unlocking Onchain Yield to Institutions | Jan van Eck & Martin Leinweber

In today's episode of Empire Jason is joined by Jan van Eck, CEO of VanEck, a firm overseeing $76.4 billion in assets, and Martin Leinweber, a digital asset strategist at Market Vector Indexes. They dive into conversation ranging from the macroeconomic climate to the prospects of a Bitcoin ETF approval. They dissect how MarketVector aims to capture crypto native value through Ethereum staking rewards and other on-chain metrics, the demand for these products from institutions, and how MarketVector creates investible crypto products for institutions to get exposure. 

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(00:00) Macro Sentiment Check

(07:51) Budget Deficit Concern: Overblown?

(14:15) The van Eck Origin Story

(18:31) The 60-40 Portfolio

(22:23) Bitcoin ETF Likelihood in 2023 vs 2024

(28:11) Toku Ad

(29:25) MarketVector Changing Data and Indices

(40:46) Demand for Onchain Yield

(45:19) Corporate Strategy Focus on Crypto

(48:48) Identifying Tokens with Economic Traction

(53:15) Central Banks Buying BTC

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