Insider Insights May 2022 Issue

TerraUSD and Luna Stablecoin Ecosystem Crash: What’s Next?

Earlier this month, the price of the Luna digital asset crashed down to a fraction of a cent from a high over $77 over the span of a few short days. The asset had previously weathered a few bumps in the road and appeared to have a healthy ecosystem behind it, so the flash crash caught investors and onlookers off guard. The community is already conducting a sort of post-mortem analysis to determine what happened and how to potentially prevent it with other assets going forward.
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Insider Insights April 2022 Issue

Digital Assets Play a Role for Both Ukraine and Russia

On February 24, 2022, the Russian government invaded Ukraine, raising tensions to their highest point in the near decades-long dispute between the two countries. The world responded to the aggression with near-unanimous disapproval, and the United States and Europe levied harsh economic sanctions on Russia in response, removing much of Russia’s access to international banking systems. The invasion has placed a tremendous shock on the citizens of both countries, and digital assets have played a pivotal role in ensuring everyday individuals from both countries can continue to manage their day-to-day affairs.
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Insider Insights March 2022 Issue

Digital Asset Markets in Transition

Following their recent all time highs, Bitcoin and other digital assets have recently languished farther from them than most people would like. Global economic uncertainty continues as the Russo-Ukrainian crisis supplants COVID’s weakening grip on markets. Bitcoin’s behavior has slowly changed over time to correlate more closely with traditional investment assets, which may help provide a clue as to why prices have not yet recovered.
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Insider Insights February 2022 Issue

Supply Chain and Fiscal Policy Driving Inflation Woes 

Although there is much reason for optimism on the pandemic front, the long-awaited shock of inflation has finally hit the market and investors and banks are struggling to digest it. A combination of fiscal policy and supply chain slowdowns have caused inflation to spike and while it was widely known it was going to arrive at some point, the impact was a bit heavier than expected with implications for both traditional banking as well as the digital asset sphere.
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Varys Capital Announces Investment in Cherry Network

Varys Capital is pleased to announce an investment in Cherry Network. Cherry Network’s mission is to provide a truly trustless blockchain-based index system, allowing files to be optimally and efficiently retrieved on demand. Smart contracts running on the Cherry Virtual Machines are then able to interact with this decentralized file system synchronously and perform read/write and access rule operations.
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Insider Insights November 2021 Issue

The Metaverse Takes Hold

Facebook’s impending “Meta” rebrand has sparked interest and discussion about the “Metaverse” – a collection of highly customizable 3D worlds that focus on individual governance and digital asset economies with business, education, and retail applications. Though the Metaverse is still in its infancy, many prior and current use cases of online worlds with real-money transactions suggest that there is huge market potential for these online communities as their learning curves flatten and the products grow more flexible. The Metaverse saw an initial big spike in users in 2020 due to economies shifting online due to the pandemic – and a year later, it does not appear that they have any plans to leave.
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Insider Insights October 2021 Issue

Bitcoin Reaches New All-Time High and is Well-Positioned for More

The price of Bitcoin has reached an all-time high yet again, following mid-year doldrums in which the market was battered by negative sentiment including regulation in China, certain large players such as Tesla expressing doubt, and negative sentiment from the press over high electricity use. The price has remained surprisingly stable considering the drubbing the market had been absorbing, and over the past few weeks it has surprised everyone by reaching a new all-time high of $67,000 after the first-ever Bitcoin ETF made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange. Although the price has pulled back a notch as is to be expected, reaching a new ATH represents a renewed vote of confidence in digital assets following so much negativity in the preceding months.

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Insider Insights September 2021 Issue

China Cracks Down Further on Digital Assets, Markets Largely Unfazed

On September 24, the Chinese government announced that all monetary transactions involving digital assets were being made illegal, citing concerns over national security and social stability. Prices briefly dipped following the announcement, only to regain most of their ground a few short days later. Although the idea of regulators attempting to ban a currency is the very antithesis of what digital assets stand for, it seems that despite the harsh language used the global market may not be impacted nearly as much as previously feared.

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Insider Insights August 2021 Issue

High Tide in the Non-Fungible Token Marketplace

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) shot out of the gate in February 2021, and while they were initially dismissed as a fad, they have shown incredible staying power and continued growth as the year has progressed. While the most well-known uses for NFTs are for digital art, such as when Beeple sold a piece for $69m, the marketplace has so much more to offer and has managed to fill several new market needs in the process.

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