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Ep 12: Square Buys $50 million in Bitcoin Under Pressure

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  • The Social Dilemma – Delete Facebook!
  • Bitmex follow up

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Ep.11: JP Morgan Breaking the Law vs. Bitmex Breaking the Law

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Ep.10: Weekly Reminder to Delete Facebook. Kucoin Hacked, Not Your Keys, Not Your Coins

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  •  $153 million of ETH and ERC-20 tokens.
  • 1,008 Bitcoin ($10.8 million).
  • 26,733 LTC (1.2 million).
  • 18,495,798 XRP ($4.5 million).
  • 14,713 BSV ($2.2 million).
  • 9,588,383 XLM ($705,522).
  • 228,952,838.064073 in TRX based tokens ($6.3 million).
  • $14 million worth of Tether (USDT) on the EOS and Omni blockchain.
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Episode 9: Michael Saylor Buys up the Bitcoin

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Ep.8: It’s on a Hard Drive Somewhere

Pedro and Nick rant on DeFi projects, Pedro fails to keep his travel history off of Google’s hard drives, and we discuss Bitcoin correlation to gold. This is episode 8 of The Nerdy Info Podcast.

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EP. 7: Delete Facebook

Nick deletes Facebook, we continue to talk DeFi, Bitcoin, and Crypto. Nick buys some vechain. This is the Nerdy Info Podcast.

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Today’s Bitcoin Price Drop

Today saw a dive in the stock market, and with it a dive in Bitcoin’s price. BTC tumbled over 6% after spending a full month above $11k. The price drop comes at a time when many bitcoin holders are calling for another extreme bull run, like 2017.

Here is my take on this. Bitcoin to a large degree is still tied to large moves in the stock market because of whales. Players with big money play around in the stock market and in crypto, and so when they get skittish and start pulling out of positions, they do that across the board. Hard core “bitcoiners” don’t do that, they are committed to holding their bitcoin, in some cases until what they believe will be the end of fiat currencies, and in other cases they believe bitcoin will crack 6 figures next year and are looking to cash in then.

However, whales do not care one way or the other. They are looking to make money daily on trading, and they are good at that, that is why they are whales. Personally, I like when they move out and we get to buy bitcoin at a “discount” and that wealth gets re-distributed by non-whales “buying the dip.” I think that is good for bitcoin. You can see whales getting out of DeFi today also, with eth dropping over 8% and the amount of money in DeFi moving from $9.5 billion to $9.1 billion. Money is being pulled out of everything today.

In addition, it would seem that miners moved out of bitcoin today when they saw the price movement, probably just looking to lock in their money. This is usually a signal of more sell pressure, but I am optimistic that we are still in the middle of a coming bull run. Todays sell-off would have been much worse a year ago and would have dropped below $10k (in my opinion.)

The stock market is still in a bubble. Either that or these new stock prices are signaling severe inflation and I would hope that is not the case. So, I will stick with the idea that the stock market is in a bubble and we are due for a big correction. I think when that correction comes, we will see bitcoin decouple from the stock markets trend and continue its bull run into what should be a wild 2021. In the meantime, I am going to buy this dip.

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Ep. 6: Dance Between the Dapps

Pedro keeps selling Nick on Podcast players, we go down the DeFi rabbit hole, and the fed is hell bent on tanking the Dollar. This is episode 6 of The Nerdy Info Podcast.

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Ep. 5: Garbage on Legs

Explanation on DAOs, spaghetti money, fortnite battles Apple, don’t trust Facebook or 23 and me. This is Episode 5 of the Nerdy Info Podcast.

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More DeFi news – Curve premature launch

Here is another post around the DeFi phenomenon, this time in regards to the Curve project. Curve claims itself to be a decentralized exchange pool that is built on Ethereum. They also claim that their fees are only .04% of any trade of stablecoins.

The contracts were posted to Github before the CurveDAO was launched, so an anonymous user went ahead and deployed the token and contracts on the Ethereum mainnet.

The Curve team reviewed the code, determined everything was legit and just went ahead and accepted that the protocol was live and they couldn’t do anything about it.

Users quickly noted that wallets had already started staking and earning Curve tokens. Users also noted that it was unfair.

I’ve shared my opinions on DeFi in general on the show. I think the technology is incredible – and this particular case shows even further what is so appealing about it. It is almost completely unregulated, and has a low barrier to entry. Almost anyone can join a DeFi protocol and has a shot at earning. However the immaturity of the technology also makes it dangerous for people not in the know, and also makes it easy for users that are more advanced to milk the system and leave the uninitiated holding the bag. Until there is more maturity in the DeFi space, and until some DAO’s breakout as the leaders, I am going to continue to watch from the sidelines. Bitcoin is boring compared to all of these DAOs, but I know what the rules are, and those rules apply to everybody.