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200M Dirt Piles in Brazil Aren’t There by Accident

November 26, 2018 |

Around the time Egypt’s pyramids were built, another massive project got underway in a different part of the world. And like the pyramids, the resulting site in northeastern Brazil is visible from space today. But there was no ramp or pulley, or even manpower. Rather, as entomologist Stephen Martin explains…
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Veterans aren’t getting GI Bill payments because VA’s 50-year-old computer system broke

November 19, 2018 |

Daniel Gorman knows what it’s like to return from war, and he wants to help fellow veterans come home, too: The former sailor turned New York National Guardsman is finishing a graduate degree in social work at Fordham University.

But the Department of Veterans Affairs has thrown his fall semester…


L.A. Times – Business

Two news anchors at China’s state-run news agency aren’t human

November 10, 2018 |

The news never sleeps, and neither do the two new anchors at China’s state-run news agency.

New China News Agency on Wednesday unveiled what it’s calling the world’s first news anchors powered by artificial intelligence, at the World Internet Conference in China’s Zhejiang province. From the outside,…


L.A. Times – Business

US Troops Aren’t Just Prepping for the Migrant Caravan

November 4, 2018 |

Troops headed for the US-Mexico border aren’t just aiming to help prevent migrant entry—they have unregulated militias and criminal organizations on their minds, too. According to planning documents obtained by Newsweek , the Department of Defense is aware of nearly 200 armed militias already operating along the southwest border. “Reported…
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Most Americans aren’t financially healthy despite booming economy, survey finds

November 2, 2018 |

The economy is growing, unemployment is low and, lately, workers are starting to see some wage gains.

But a new survey from USC and the nonprofit Center for Financial Services Innovation makes the case that, despite an overall healthy-looking economy, many Americans are struggling to save, pay…


L.A. Times – Business

The payments aren’t late, but the debt collectors are calling. What does it mean?

October 21, 2018 |

Dear Liz: In the last few months, I have received collection calls and emails for payment, sometimes before I even got the invoice and in every case before payment was due. For example, on Sept. 25 I was emailed for the second time for payment on an invoice with an Oct. 17 due date. Some but not…


L.A. Times – Business

Melania: Some White House Staffers Aren’t to Be Trusted

October 11, 2018 |

Melania Trump has doubts about some of the people who rub elbows with her husband in the West Wing. She thinks there are people there he can’t trust, the first lady tells ABC News ‘ Tom Llamas in a clip from an interview filmed during her trip to Africa. Trump…
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Orthodontists aren’t smiling about teeth-straightening start-ups

September 22, 2018 |

It’s easier than ever to get straighter teeth. Orthodontists think that’s a big problem.

Where metal braces installed in a doctor’s office were once the only way to correct misaligned teeth, a new method that uses removable clear aligners can eliminate a visit to an orthodontist and save patients…


L.A. Times – Business

Regulations Round-Up: MAS Official Says Tokens Aren’t Securities, SEC on Bookkeeping Obligations

September 21, 2018 |

Regulations Round-Up: MAS Official Says Tokens Aren't Securities, SEC on Bookkeeping Obligations

In recent regulatory news, an official representing the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has stated that no existing crypto tokens meet the regulator’s definition of a security offering; the chief accountant of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has emphasized the “fundamental” bookkeeping responsibilities of firms operating with cryptocurrencies; and the head of Abu Dhabi’s financial regulator has called on international legislators to “properly regulate” the cryptocurrency industries in order to facilitate greater market participation from mainstream institutions.

Also Read: The Daily: Coinbase Denies Self-Trading, Kraken Gets Feisty

MAS Official Argues Crypto Tokens Are Not Securities

Regulations Round-Up: MAS Official Says Tokens Aren't Securities, SEC on Bookkeeping ObligationsDamien Pang, the head of the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s technology infrastructure office for fintech and innovation, recently expressed his belief that no existing cryptocurrency tokens should be subject to securities legislation.

Speaking at the Consensus Singapore 2018 conference, Mr. Pang emphasized that the MAS currently identifies tokens as fitting into one of three categories – utility tokens, payments tokens, and securities tokens.

“The MAS does not intend to regulate utility tokens that are used to access certain services. But a payments service bill is expected to be enacted by the end of this year to apply to payment tokens, which have storage and payment values,” Mr. Pang stated.

Mr. Pang added that should the characteristics of a utility or payment token come to resemble the features of a securities offering, the MAS will accordingly regulate said tokens as such.

SEC Chief Accountant Emphasizes Bookkeeping Responsibilities of Firms Operating With Crypto

Regulations Round-Up: MAS Official Says Tokens Aren't Securities, SEC on Bookkeeping ObligationsThe chief accountant of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Wesley Bricker, recently delivered a speech to the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA) National Conference on Banks & Savings Institutions, in which Mr. Bricker emphasized the “fundamental” bookkeeping responsibilities for firms operating with virtual currencies.

“Distributed ledger technology and digital assets, despite their exciting possibilities, do not alter this fundamental responsibility,” the SEC chief accountant stated.

Mr. Bricker also urged the accounting industry to stay diligent with regards to emerging technological innovations such as cryptocurrency, emphasizing the role of accounting professionals as a gatekeeper for “issuer compliance related to financial reporting.”

Mr. Bricker stated: “It follows that changes in technology need not work against investors and the public capital markets. Moreover, companies must continue to maintain appropriate books and records—regardless of whether distributed ledger technology (such as blockchain) smart contracts, and other technology-driven applications are (or are not) used.”

Head of Abu Dhabi Financial Regulator on Institutional Investment Into Crypto

Regulations Round-Up: MAS Official Says Tokens Aren't Securities, SEC on Bookkeeping ObligationsIn a recent interview, Richard Teng the chief executive of the Abu Dhabi Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA), called for greater international consensus regarding crypto regulation, arguing that such is necessary in order to entice mainstream institutions to invest in the sector.

“This space needs to be properly regulated, otherwise there is the risk of financial crime. Every time a coin gets stolen or lost, it affects the confidence in this asset class,” Mr. Teng stated. “Once you bring [institutions] into the market, you will see the prices become much less volatile, but institutions only come in if you help them address the risks.”

Do you agree that cryptocurrency token offerings don’t comprise securities? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!


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Crypto Hedge Fund Managers Aren’t as Smart as You Think

September 12, 2018 |

Crypto Hedge Fund Managers Aren’t as Smart as You Think

There’s a tendency, societally, to place self-appointed experts on a pedestal. If a professional’s job title is impressive enough, and their resumé suitably polished, they are liable to be lauded, with their every sound bite liable to be quoted and turned into an opinion piece. In the world of cryptocurrency, this phenomenon can be observed with the deference given to hedge fund managers. As the events of this year have shown, however, crypto fund managers are as fallible as the rest of us.

Also read: SEC Takes Action Against ‘First US Regulated Crypto Asset Fund’

Beware the Silver-Tongued Hedge Fund Manager

Crypto Hedge Fund Managers Aren’t as Smart as You ThinkAs the saying goes, anyone can make money in a bull market, and in 2017, crypto hedge funds produced triple-digit percentage profits for fun. The best of these ventures granted investors returns in excess of those they could have made simply for holding BTC, and in doing so, turned their fresh-faced founders into revered oracles who could do no wrong.

Then came 2018.

Polychain Capital, led by the fantastically named Olaf Carlson-Wee, made 2,303% last year. This year, it has lost 40% of the $ 800 million it made its investors due to a combination of losses and early investors pulling out. More controversially, the fund’s 30-year-old founder chose to cash out a significant portion of his holdings several months ago, and is now largely in fiat, reports the WSJ. It quotes early Polychain investor Fred Ehrsam as pondering the genius of the once-lauded Olaf Carlson-Wee. “How much of it is luck, how much of it is skill and how much of it is luck disguised?” he wonders.

Crypto Fund Managers Are Faring No Better Than Retail Investors

Crypto hedge funds are naturally constrained by market forces. In a year in which BTC is down 55%, even the astutest of managers would have struggled to produce a profit. What these bearish conditions have illustrated, however, is that crypto funds are often no smarter than the “dumb” decisions made by retail investors. It was only a few months ago that Pantera Capital was maintaining an EOY prediction of $ 21,000 for BTC, a scenario which now looks unlikely.

Crypto Hedge Fund Managers Aren’t as Smart as You Think
Crypto hedge funds have been losing money for months

The Eurekahedge Crypto-Currency Hedge Fund Index tracks the performance of crypto funds, and their aggregated results for 2018 aren’t pretty. The funds are down an average of 51.58%, meaning they’ve scarcely performed better than a basic buy-and-hold BTC strategy. Given ethereum’s continued collapse, it is likely that September will close out with these funds nursing even heavier losses.

Hedge Funds Are Down 25% in Three Months

Crypto Hedge Fund Managers Aren’t as Smart as You Think
Olaf Carlson-Wee

The Eurekahedge tracker records average losses of 25% over the last three months. In 2017, these same funds reported an average annual profit of 1,708%. Impressive, but not as mind-blowing as the figure may suggest, given that BTC gained 1,318% that year and 13 other cryptocurrencies outperformed it, including ethereum with a 9,162% gain and ripple with over 36,000%. Any manager who put 80% of the funds at their disposal in BTC and the remaining 20% in any top 10 crypto would have effortlessly made 1,700% or more for their investors.

In a week in which the SEC has taken action against the first US crypto fund, it appears their luster is fading. (Its manager, Timothy Enneking, was quoted by Coindesk back in April, wrongly opining that the crypto winter was “largely over”.) The vast majority of these funds are law-abiding, and for high net worth individuals seeking a passive return – in a good year at least – they remain an attractive option. In years of exponential growth, a well managed fund might be a good bet. But when the market sours, a hedge fund, whose investors can seek no sanctuary in stablecoins, is a very precarious place to be.

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