Reining in Crypto

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According to the New York Times, the SEC fined cryptocurrency lending firm Nexo for violating federal securities law. Questions: Source: Yaffe-Bellany, D. (2023) Crypto Lender Nexo Is Fined $45 Million as Crackdown Widens. The New York Times, Jan. 19 (Retrievable online at https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/19/business/nexo-sec-crypto-fined.html?)

Coinbase Reaches a Settlement with New York Regulators

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According to the New York Times, Coinbase, a publicly traded cryptocurrency trading exchange based in the United States, has reached a settlement with financial regulators in New York. Questions: Source: Goldstein, M. and E. Flitter. (2023). Coinbase Reaches $100 Million Settlement With New York Regulators. The New York Times, Jan. 4 (Retrievable online at https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/04/business/coinbase-settlement-anti-money-laundering.html)

Layoffs Announced at Robinhood

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According to the New York Times, Robinhood announced layoffs for the second time this year. Questions: What is Robinhood? What percent of employees will be layed off in this second round? Why are the layoffs occuring? What roles in the company will be primarily affected? Source Kelley, L. and D. Yaffee-Bellany. (2022). Robinhood lays off… Read more »

Access to Federal Reserve Alarms Financial Experts

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According to the Washington Post, notoriously risky cryptocurrency firms may be integrated into the traditional banking system under a little-noticed provision in a new bill that raises alarms among financial experts. Questions When was the bill introduced and what will it allow? What has happened to the digital asset market since early May? What are… Read more »

Attention Cryptocurrency Investors

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According to the New York Times, the fall in Bitcoin was accelerated in recent weeks by the collapse of two major cryptocurrency projects; this sows doubts about the stability of the overall cryptocurrency market. Questions: Bitcoin dropped below $20,000 this week. This is the first time since when? From March 2020 to November 2021, what… Read more »

Smart Thinking about Cryptocurrency

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According to Axios, cryto is no fad and it will change how, where and what people buy and sell.  Questions: According to the article, what is the unique investing relationship between millenials and cryptocurrency? According to the article, what is the relationship between crypto and blockchain? How is the value of crypto determined? If you… Read more »

Are they the Bitcoin Bonnie and Clyde?

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According to the New York Times, Ilya Lichtenstein and Heather Morgan were charged with conspiracy to launder billions of dollars worth of Bitcoin.Credit. Questions: What was the Bitfinex hacking? What was the role of the complex shuffling of Bitcoin by the couple in the fraud in January 2017?   When the government executed a search… Read more »

The Continuing Saga

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According to the Washington Post, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong said the SEC told the company that the upcoming product it is planning to offer is a type of security that should be registered with the government. Questions: What is Coinbase’s proposed product? Why does the SEC care? How does Neel Kashkari, president of the Minneapolis… Read more »

Alarm about Crypto Move into Banking

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According to the New York Times, with more companies offering cryptocurrency loans and high-yield deposit accounts Washington is worried about how this might disrupt the banking industry with a lack of regulations. Questions: Which company was mentioned in the article as aspiring to be the J.P. Morgan Chase of cryptocurrency? What crypto platform temporarily lost… Read more »

Do you want buy some popcorn with that?

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According to the Washington Post, AMC will allow customers to pay for popcorn and movie tickets with bitcoin by the end of the year. Questions: What has happened to AMC’s stock price since the first of the year? As of this week, how many AMC movie tickets could be bought with a single bitcoin? AMC… Read more »