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What Are Stablecoins and How Can I Invest in Them?

Paulina Likos, U.S. News and World Report, May 21, 2021

For investors interested in gaining exposure to cryptocurrency but worried about rampant volatility, stablecoins may be worth a look.

While cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum have disrupted the way many investors interact and think about money, traditional investors may opt to steer clear as prices can change drastically from one moment to the next.

Stablecoins, on the other hand, are less subject to volatility. Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies that are backed by an asset, most often a fiat currency. They maintain much of the appeal of other cryptocurrencies, however, allowing investors access to a new and evolving asset class.

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Don’t fear Tether

Dan Held, The Held Report, January 2021

Whenever Bitcoin has a bull run, naysayers try to cope with missing the boat by rationalizing why it will fail through “Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt” (FUD). Most of these are completely unsubstantiated, but annoyingly persist as negative narratives Bitcoin must fight against.

If you’re reading this post and expecting a 40 page research report with statistical analysis of Tether then stop here because I’m not going to deliver that. Neither would you have been convinced if I did. …

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What is a stablecoin?

Coinbase

Stablecoins bridge the worlds of cryptocurrency and everyday fiat currency because their prices are pegged to a reserve asset like the U.S. dollar or gold. This dramatically reduces volatility compared to something like Bitcoin and results in a form of digital money that is better suited to everything from day-to-day commerce to making transfers between exchanges. …

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Stablecoins: The Reserve Asset of the New Economy

Blockworks webinar, November 17, 2020

In 2020, the market capitalization of stablecoins exploded from $6 billion to over $20 billion.  This webinar with Jeremy Allaire of Circle and Steve Kokinos of Algorand will dive deep into how stablecoins unseated bitcoin as the reserve asset of the crypto economy. …

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Tether Is a Trail of Shady Deals and Shattered Promises. Too Bad Cryptocurrency Now Depends on It

Jeff Wise, Men’s Journal

Tether stands out as the ticking time bomb of cryptocurrency…except now the system can’t do without it.

CAS PIANCEY could feel his heart pounding as the elevator doors slid open onto a tiled corridor of the eighth floor of the K Wah Centre. He was sweat-grimed and wrung out after a day of scouring Hong Kong for traces of a mysterious corporate entity. This was his final stop. Ahead lay a door marked “Proxy CPA Co. Ltd.” Piancey reached for the buzzer, then paused. What if the people he was chasing were really here—and understood what he was after? …

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Fireside Chat: Unlocking Commerce with Stablecoins

Pantera Capital Blockchain Summit, May 11, 2011

A fireside chat featuring Jeremy Allaire, CEO, Circle; Cuy Sheffield, Head of Crypto, Visa; and Dan Morehead, CEO and co-chief investment officer, Pantera Capital. …

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Caitlin Long: Stablecoins and the Fed

Stephan Livera Podcast, July 16, 2021

Caitlin Long of Avanti rejoins the show to talk about the coming regulatory crackdown. Topics include:

  • The growth in stablecoins 
  • How there’s so much stablecoin volume off a low base
  • Coming regulatory crackdown
  • Getting direct access to the Fed
  • Compliance in the industry
  • Improving the on ramps for Bitcoin

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