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From Abra’s CEO – This Week in Crypto – July 23, 2020

Today’s Topics:

  • Altcoins on the move
  • Ethereum 2.0 update
  • Stablecoins be rockin
  • Feds allow US banks to hold crypto

This week on Money Talks, Friday at 9 AM PDT (noon EDT)

On this week’s episode of Money Talks: Altcoins on the move; Ethereum looking super hot as  2.0 preps for final testnet … the Ethereum 2.0 promise looks to become reality; Are Stablecoins the future of banking? Feds allow US banks to hold crypto! As always, we answer all your burning Abra questions!

Join us Friday at 9 AM PDT:


Altcoins on the move

We’ve seen this show before. As Bitcoin’s price range gets narrower – we believe the rubber band is winding up for a huge bitcoin move – we’re seeing lots of movement in many altcoins supported by Abra.  Bitcoin broke through a very narrow price range to the upside this afternoon. Let’s see if this is the breakthrough we’re waiting for. My gut tells me we’re still 3-4 weeks away from the big breakout either way.

Some big gainers over the past few days include:

  • Augur (REP) – up over 20% this month on news that version 2.0 of its prediction market will be launching soon. Holders of REP will receive new REP tokens as part of the fork. Abra users need not take any action as the exchange will be handled for you.
  • Digibyte (DGB) – up over 12% this week on the heels of several distribution deals on mid tier exchanges and a debit card project with ZelaPay in the Middle East that looks interesting.
  • Dogecoin (DOGE) – up over 30% this month! The fun with Doge just never seems to end. Even Elon is getting in on the Doge commentary. (disclaimer: yes I’ve been in the one and only, true DOGE-car.)
  • Golem (GNT) – up about 5% this week. A recent research project released by their foundation showcasing a concept for identity authentication using Proof of Device, based around Intel’s SGX technology which enables super secure instruction sets on their CPU’s.
  • Navcoin (NAV) – also up about 5% this week. They seem to be riding the wave of crypto yield seeking investors. Something we’ll have more to say about in the coming days!
  • NEM – (XEM) – up over 10% this week. While still down from its crazy spike early in the year, NEM is still up big for the year and seems to be on a methodical march towards that high. Their big ambitions to create a truly decentralized social ecosystem include the DAO Maker project.
  • Stellar (XLM) is now up over 35% in the past 30 days as it continues its impressive growth. Thanks to the Stellar Development Foundation for having me on their quarterly update call last week. It was a lot of fun. We gave a sneak peek of our big announcement coming next week (sorry can’t give it away just yet.)

As a quick follow-up to last week’s commentary on Robinhood vs Crypto, Tesla has clearly broken out as the Bitcoin of the equities world. As of today, Tesla is up over 350% vs its March lows. That is an absolutely incredible run. As I said, I expect to see a big move in Bitcoin over the next 60 days, possibly big moves in both directions. The last two times Bitcoin volatility reached these lows it exploded in price soon after, once to the downside and once to the upside.


Crypto Spotlight

Latest Crypto News:

Market data summary via Coinmarketcap as of 9:45 AM PT July 23

Ethereum 2.0 Update

The official testnet for Ethereum 2.0, called “Medalla,” was recently released. It looks like Ethereum 2.0 may actually be official before the end of the year. Ethereum 2.0 developers released the specifications for the “official” testnet on Wednesday, ahead of a presumed end-of-year launch. Apparently “Medalla” is the name of a Buenos Aires metro stop. Shout out to Abra’s Argentina based devs!

This release has been multiple years in the making.  I covered the details of Ethereum 2.0 in a previous newsletter here. This is certainly exciting and a big deal for both the cryptocurrency and the stablecoin ecosystem.


Stablecoins be rockin

As you all know, Abra supports a whole bunch of stablecoins: Tether, True USD, Paxos, USDC, Dai and others.

These stablecoins will account for about $500 Billion in crypto transaction volume in 2020 according to Messari.  Abra estimates there are over $12 Billion in stablecoins in circulation today. Tether still commands the majority of the market but all of the USD backed coins are showing strong growth.

I believe that stablecoins will start to compete with traditional banking in three areas in the next 12 months:

  1. Lending – stablecoins are ideal for cross border lending and adding credit balances to debit cards via p2p loans
  2. Merchant payment – expect to see the major card networks and other payment processors start to dabble in stablecoin based merchant settlement.  Removing the banks from this flow will save everyone (except the banks) a lot of money.
  3. Money transfer & remittances – Libra (via Facebook) was built on the premise that stablecoins and crypto could fix money transfer. Many crypto companies have their sights set on this problem.


Feds allow US banks to hold crypto

We had some breaking news come in just as we were about to go to press with our newsletter. The US Treasury Department oversees the issuance of national bank charters in the United States. The specific group within Treasury that issues these charters and oversees banks is the ominous sounding OCC or Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Today the OCC clarified in a public letter that national banks have the authority to provide fiat bank accounts and cryptocurrency custodial services to cryptocurrency businesses. That is a very big deal indeed.

The implications of this are far reaching. That means that Abra could in theory become a nationally chartered bank in the US. It also means that existing national banks could eventually compete with Abra. Welcome to the party banks!


Tweet of the Week

Simple and to the point, Muneeb Ali, co-founder of Blockstack nails it with this tweet. Stablecoins are a better way to move money. Bitcoin is a better way to save money and fight the inflation bug. Well said @muneeb!


See you all Friday on the next Money Talks!

Peace and Love,






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