Category: Research

Mapping out Kenetic Capital’s portfolio

Mapping out Kenetic Capital’s portfolio

Quick Take Kenetic Capital is a Hong Kong-based blockchain-focused investment firm and proprietary trading shop founded in 2016 Over the last year and more recently, Kenetic has primarily focused on providing investment to Asia, enterprise/institutional, and equity-related deals The Block has mapped out 104 startups and protocols across 15 verticals, which are part of Kenetic […]

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Examining the STABLE Act Proposal, Part II

Examining the STABLE Act Proposal, Part II

Quick Take A controversial legislative proposal for the Stablecoin Tethering and Bank Licensing Enforcement (STABLE) Act was recently announced by members of Congress, which could have extensive implications for digital assets if the bill were signed into law.  Our two-part series examines the STABLE Act Discussion Draft, those endorsing the potential legislation, reactions from the […]

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Fiat Freeway: Anchorage Receives OCC Approval to Become a Federally Chartered Bank and Brian P. Brooks Steps Down From the OCC

Fiat Freeway: Anchorage Receives OCC Approval to Become a Federally Chartered Bank and Brian P. Brooks Steps Down From the OCC

Quick Take ‘Fiat Freeway’ is a weekly column providing the latest updates on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and stablecoins. This week’s column explores Anchorage’s conditional approval from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) for a national trust charter and Brian P. Brooks departs from the OCC. This research piece is available […]

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Dollar-Cost Averaging Crypto Profits: Low-Risk Bitcoin Investing Without All the Stress

Dollar-Cost Averaging Crypto Profits: Low-Risk Bitcoin Investing Without All the Stress

Bitcoin prices and a number of other digital assets have grown significantly in value during the last decade. Some people have made millions and even billions throwing down everything they have during the cryptocurrency’s earliest days of price discovery. However, there’s another method of investing called dollar-cost averaging or DCA, a scheme that’s considered far […]

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Mapping out Polkadot’s ecosystem

Mapping out Polkadot’s ecosystem

Quick Take Polkadot is one of the more anticipated Proof-of-Stake networks and smart contract challengers to Ethereum, the most prevalent dapp platform today From September-November 2020, roughly 19% of DeFi projects that received venture funding were building on Polkadot The Block has mapped out a total of 127 projects across sixteen different verticals that are […]

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Fiat Freeway: The OCC addresses the use of Stablecoins for Payment Activities

Fiat Freeway: The OCC addresses the use of Stablecoins for Payment Activities

Quick Take ‘Fiat Freeway’ is a weekly column providing the latest updates on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and stablecoins.  This week’s column examines the most recent interpretive letter on digital assets from the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC). This research piece is available to members of The Block Genesis. You […]

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Examining the STABLE Act Proposal, Part I

Examining the STABLE Act Proposal, Part I

Quick Take A controversial legislative proposal for the Stablecoin Tethering and Bank Licensing Enforcement (STABLE) Act was recently announced by members of Congress, which could have extensive implications for digital assets if the bill were signed into law.  Our two-part series will examine the STABLE Act Discussion Draft, those endorsing the potential legislation, reactions from […]

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Data & Analytics firms are ripe candidates for M&A activity in 2021

Data & Analytics firms are ripe candidates for M&A activity in 2021

Quick Take An increase in regulatory and compliance mandates for the industry will continue to make data & analytics companies more attractive Dating back since 2016, there’s been a total of roughly $460.7 million in M&A volume across 26 transactions Crypto tax software companies will likely be desirable to exchanges, external players looking to enter […]

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Fiat Freeway: GMO’s JPY-pegged Stablecoin Rises in the Big Apple and Fed Researchers Weigh-in on Digital Asset Tokens vs. Accounts

Fiat Freeway: GMO’s JPY-pegged Stablecoin Rises in the Big Apple and Fed Researchers Weigh-in on Digital Asset Tokens vs. Accounts

Quick Take ‘Fiat Freeway’ is a weekly column providing the latest updates on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and stablecoins.  This week’s column first examines GMO-Z.com Trust Company Inc.’s trust charter approval from the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS).  We conclude with a review of a recent FEDS Note on the tokens […]

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