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Crypto Clarified: Is Crypto Currency a Fad?

October 01, 2021

Watch Time 2:20 MIN

In this episode of Crypto Clarified, Head of Digital Asset Research Matthew Sigel explains how the cycle of new technologies applies to cryptocurrencies and why they are here to stay.

Is it a fad? Let’s remember that on the day that Apple Computer went public in 1980, investors in the state of Massachusetts were not allowed to touch that stock because the security was deemed “too risky” – they were unprofitable. Today it’s the most valuable company in the S&P 500.

I would make a similar analogy with crypto, you can find plenty of examples in history of luddites or control freaks rejecting, or trying to slow down, a disruptive new technology because of edge use cases that may be distasteful to some, but what we find in the end so often is that technological progress doesn’t wait, because open source beats closed, global beats local, free beats vs. expensive. And we think digital assets win on all of those. And so while the vast majority of these new monetary policies may not find long-term traction, and many of these tokens may disappear, some number will persist and provide investors with a choice of where to allocate their capital. The underlying technology which builds on decades of research by cryptographers and mathematicians, many of which have won Turing Award prizes which is the Noble prize for mathematics, validates that view that the technology is disruptive. The first killer app that was built on top of that innovation was bitcoin. We can argue that the second was Ethereum. Stablecoins are another. No doubt there will be many more. So, far from a fad in our view.


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