Fundstrat Global Advisors LLC, the investment management firm co-founded by noted bitcoin bull Thomas Lee, said Thursday it is launching five new cryptocurrency indexes.
“The five gauges — based on the sectors Commodities, Platforms, Privacy, Exchanges and Stablecoins — include 75 percent of today’s crypto market cap. Commodity tokens comprise the largest chunk, at 47 percent, but that’s because the index components are Bitcoin, Bitcoin cash, Litecoin, Monero and Zcash,” reports Bloomberg.
New York-based Fundstrat “is an independent research boutique, serving a broad array of clients, including institutional investors, wealth advisors, pension funds and high net worth individuals,” according to its website.
In an interview with CNBC last week, Lee said Bitcoin can make it to $25,000 by the end of this year.
Looking At The Indexes
There are over 1,500 alt-coins out there, but many feature small market caps and will not be included, at least not yet, in the Fundstrat benchmarks. The combined market capitalization of the digital currency space ascended above $425 billion earlier this week, but a huge chunk of that total is controlled by just a few coins. For example, bitcoin has a market cap of $150.79 billion at this writing.
The second- through fifth-largest coins, including ethereum and ripple, have a combined market value of about $129 billion. Some of the new Fundstrat indexes feature just a small amount of digital coins.
From Bloomberg: “Commodity tokens, in our view, are on-ramps for institutional inflows, given the expanding options for access (futures, etc.),” strategists including Thomas Lee, Robert Sluymer and Sam Doctor wrote in a note Thursday. “And commodity tokens face less regulatory risk relative to other types of tokens at the moment.”
$19 million worth of Bitcoin (BTC) seized in dark web drug probe
The U.S. government has seized $19 million worth of BTC from a drug trafficker, who allegedly laundered funds through the cryptocurrency on the original dark web marketplace known as “Silk Road.”
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced the news on Thursday, saying that the trafficker, Hugh Brian Haney, 60, was arrested near Columbus, Ohio. In 2017 and 2018, Haney allegedly transferred bitcoins representing drug proceeds he had earned through Silk Road to an account held at a company involved in the exchange of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. He claimed falsely that the source of these bitcoins was from mining.
Haney is charged with one count of concealment money laundering and one count of engaging in a financial transaction in a criminally derived property. The former count carries a maximum jail term of 20 years, while the latter a maximum term of 10 years.
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agent-in-charge Angel M. Melendez said:
“HSI special agents employed blockchain analytics to uncover and seize bitcoins valued at $19 million and usher Haney out of the dark web shadows to face justice in the Southern District of New York.”
“Cryptocurrency is a great idea” – Ron Paul
During a recent “Squawk Alley” interview, Former Republican congressman and presidential candidate, Ron Paul- discusses how he is in favor of cryptocurrencies as well as block change technology. Apparently, he enjoys competing currencies and believes they are a good idea.
He also believes that the governments only have the right to step in to prevent fraud from taking place. In the interview, Paul states that, “the government has a role. And if somebody has a case that there is fraud, I think it should be investigated.” Paul then goes on to state that what he wants to do “is legalize the freedom of choice, absent blatant fraud.” Agreeably so, this is exactly the type of perspective that the crypto world needs.
Throughout the interview, Paul compares crypto to gold in many ways. He points out how both assets are competing with traditional fiat money. He discusses how our government has never been “very tolerant of competition, and they’re not even tolerant with using the Constitution to compete with the fiat dollar. Because gold and silver, you can’t use it.”
This isn’t the first time that Ron Paul has discussed his views on crypto. Back in 2014, the Former Republican Congressman displayed his concerns about the foundation of crypto and Bitcoin. However, he acquired a bearish pro-crypto outlook on the future of fiat money. Paul believes that the dollar won’t last long as “they all self-destruct.” According to Paul, the only competition for the dollar is the euro and yen- which “isn’t any good.”
33 CryptoCurrencies In 4 Words Or Less
We put together this list to describe the top cryptocurrencies that are worth your time in 2019.
Each gets four words. There are many!
Hopefully this provides orientation.
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