15: Arthur Hayes — The Wild West of Crypto Futures

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Arthur Hayes, co-founder and CEO of BitMEX
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Link to story
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Exchange comparison [Source]
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BitMEX founding team — Arthur Hayes, Samuel Reed, Ben Delo
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See full bitcoin price history and related events
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KRW-BTC has grown from 11% volume in August to 18.6% as of 12/06/17 [Source]
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The WAX token sale ended Nov 2017 and raised 160k ETH (then ~$80m USD)
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The BitMEX dashboard
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The swap cumulative funding rate vs spot price. A swap can be used to earn passive income without taking direction on the bitcoin price.
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% share of BTC USD volume, including both spot and futures exchanges [Source: BitMEX]
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Monthly volume of the largest crypto exchanges BTC/USD
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“We’ve seen pent-up demand by clients. Bitcoin is a story that hasn’t gone away and we’re constantly getting calls about how we’re going to list this product,” CME CEO Terry Duffy 10/31/17. [See: Bloomberg video]
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Full Ethereum price history. What do you think one Ether should be worth?
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ICO banter in WeChat forums: “IOT Chain— buy buy buy” I got out of YoYow in Sept. But today it increased like 20x, but I have no regrets lolz” [Courtesy TLDR Capital]
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LocalBitcoins facilitates over-the-counter trading of local currency for bitcoins.
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When Bitcoin classic (BTC) was forked in August 2017, Bitcoin Cash (BCH) was created and now has a market cap of $25 billion. BCH increases the size of blocks from 1MB to 8MB allowing more transactions to be processed. Bitcoin Gold (BTG) was created when bitcoin forked again in October. [More on bitcoin forks.]
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Arthur Hayes’ full post on SegWit2X on the BitMEX blog.
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