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On The Brink with Castle Island

Jan 29, 2021

Nic and Matt return for another week of news and deals. In this episode: 

  • Our view on the Robinhood/Gamestop affair
  • Why 'rebuilding the financial system from scratch' is a good idea, actually
  • Could the brokerages deplatform Bitcoin financial products too?
  • Will FTX be the last Gamestop market standing?
  • Nic's reflections...

Jan 25, 2021

Economics professor at Charles University Ladislav Krištoufek joins us for a discussion centered on his new paper, On the Role of Stablecoins in Cryptoasset Pricing Dynamics. In this episode: 

  • How Ladislav began covering crypto markets in 2013
  • Ladislav's research agenda as it pertains to the crypto markets
  • Why the...

Jan 22, 2021

Nic and Matt cover an insane week of deals and market turmoil. In this episode: 

  • The Biden admin freezes the Treasury guidance on unhosted wallets
  • Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen expresses her concern about cryptocurrency for terrorist financing
  • Bitcoin as a monetary escape valve
  • The real reasons behind Treasury's...

Jan 18, 2021

Iain Murray, VP of Strategy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, joins the show to discuss the history of Operation Choke Point, a 2011-2015 program used to exclude legal businesses from banking led by the DoJ and FDIC. In this episode: 

  • How Iain Murray came to be one of the main historians of Operation Choke...

Jan 15, 2021

Nic and Matt return for another explosive week. In this episode:

  • The bike saga enters its final chapter
  • Sci Hub tries Handshake
  • Is Choke Point returning?
  • We break down the Bakkt SPAC
  • FinCEN extends the comment period for its notice of proposed rulemaking
  • Gemini announces a credit card with crypto rewards
  • What Gary...