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From Abra’s CEO – This Week in Crypto – September 16, 2020


  • Abra Crypto Giveaway!
  • Apple Pay comes to Abra 
  • Crypto Trading Movers and Shakers
  • “Asset Allocation” in crypto
  • Abra raises interest rates on BTC and ETH
  • Tweet of the Week

Abra Crypto Giveaway!

Abra is giving away $200 in crypto to one lucky winner. Check out the tweet below to participate. And if you like the idea we may keep doing it!  

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Apple Pay comes to Abra

We’re super excited to make Apple Pay based purchases of dozens of cryptos available from Please use your debit card if possible as some credit cards may be blocked by your local bank – they still don’t get crypto for some strange reason! 

The process is very easy: 

  • Generate a deposit address for your desired crypto via the Abra app. 
  • Go to and use the buy via credit card service from the top menu. Remember to use the Safari browser for using Apple Pay.
  • Choose which crypto you want to buy.  
  • Accept the quote and paste the deposit address into the buy widget. 
  • Enter your card details and complete your purchase.

First time users will have to complete the identity verification with our partner (Moonpay) one time. That’s it. On the iPhone, it took me about 60 seconds to onboard and complete an XRP and LTC purchase with my US debit card.

For US users it’s way cheaper to buy crypto using your bank account in the Abra app, but if you don’t have bank access or don’t want to use your bank account directly then debit card based purchases are a great alternative.

Crypto Trading Movers and Shakers

Source:  (Sound of Music)

“Cryptos and tokens and moves with big candles. These are a few of my favorite things.” Isn’t that how the song goes? I can never remember. Oh well.

Well here are a few of my favorite things… in crypto!

XRP – the team at Ripple is investing huge amounts of money into creating an XRP ecosystem with a particular emphasis on remittances. Bitso and Moneygram are leading the charge processing significant cross border transaction volume with XRP based settlement. This is a very exciting development for sure. Go Ripple!

LTC – Litecoin is the best testbed for new crypto technologies in the world. If you want to see what Bitcoin might look like in 3 years, use Litecoin today. Litecoin (and sometimes Bitcoin Cash or Monero) are my go-to cryptos for small dollar person to person money transfers. The fees are low, wallets are now pervasive and I trust the underlying technology.  If I receive payments in Litecoin, I can also easily use Abra to convert it back to Bitcoin if I want to.

ADA – with the Shelley upgrade now mostly complete, I’m excitedly anticipating Abra’s upgrade once our custody partner is ready. Cardano is a very advanced based smart contract platform. Now we get to see what developers will do with it and I can’t wait!

XLM – Stellar is the most underrated platform for new token creation. It’s so easy to create a new token with Stellar it’s almost scary. Abra is also going to be using the Stellar and Lumens based platform in future service offerings and I can’t wait!

LINK – Chainlink is a super interesting project trying to literally solve the missing link for DeFi services and smart contracts that need real-world data. 

BTC –  Every crypto project thinks they’re going to be the next bitcoin.  That’s not going to happen. We’ll end up with lots of interesting cryptos but there can still be only one true bitcoin. Network effects, proven technology, huge and growing liquidity all points to a thriving ecosystem and long term future for the king of cryptos. Bitcoin will be our first trillion dollar digital asset.

On the horizon? I’ve got my eye on Sushi-/Uni- Swap and DeFi in general, and also crypto gaming (check out WAX and also Reality Clash) have also recently piqued my interest.

Hey, you may ask, “what about my favorite crypto project?” I can tell you that it’s getting harder and harder to keep up with the pace of token protocol innovations happening today. The implication is we’ll see more and more specialization of expertise in the crypto space since no one can keep pace with the inner workings of Bitcoin, developments in smart contract technologies, tokenization of real-world assets, etc. The opportunities in the space continue to explode.


“Asset Allocation” in Crypto

I  got a lot of questions and comments about this last week. Let me address this head-on. First, we’re not in the business of giving investment advice. But I have my own opinions as to what I should as it relates to crypto investing and I’m happy to share that with all of you. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do your own homework as well.

My asset allocation looks something like this:

10% – Bitcoin (and some Ethereum) in Abra interest account

5% – myriad altcoins (see above) – these are actively held and traded

15% – USD in Abra Interest Account 

70% – traditional investment portfolio (non crypto)

I may raise the 15% allocation of USD in my Abra Interest Account over time given the high rates possible there but I’ll likely never go above 20% of my portfolio.

The only short term speculation I do in this portfolio is with altcoins and that depends on market conditions at any given time.

I know many people have a much higher allocation to crypto than 10%. Long term this may turn out to be a great strategy, especially for younger people who can afford a much longer-term time horizon with lots of time for government-led inflation to help prop up certain crypto assets like Bitcoin and smooth out short term price volatility.

Do your homework and invest wisely!


Abra raises interest rates on BTC and ETH

In addition to our industry topping 10% rate on USD deposits, we’re now giving an interest rate of 4.25% on Bitcoin and Ethereum

Are you getting push notifications every Monday morning to your smartphone alerting you to your free USD and crypto? If not, sign up for the Abra Interest Account now and start earning some crypto!



Tweet of the Week

Going all the way in on Bitcoin! Tweet of the week is from Michael Saylor, Founder and CEO, Microstrategy (Nasdaq: MSTR), the largest independent publicly-traded business intelligence company. 

In words of Michael, “MicroStrategy has recognized Bitcoin as a legitimate investment asset that can be superior to cash and accordingly has made Bitcoin the principal holding in its treasury reserve strategy.”

See you all Friday on the next Money Talks

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Peace and Love,



Disclaimer: Abra Interest Accounts are issued by Prime Trust a Nevada Chartered Trust Company. Rates for Abra Interest Accounts are subject to change. Digital currencies are not legal tender, are not backed by any government, and Abra Interest Accounts are not subject to FDIC or SIPC insurance protections. Any opinions, news, research, analyses, prices, or other information provided here is a general market commentary and does not constitute investment advice. Abra does not recommend that any cryptocurrency should be bought, sold, or held by you. Do conduct your own due diligence and consult your financial advisor before making any investment decisions. Abra will not accept liability for any loss or damage, including without limitation to, any loss of profit, which may arise directly or indirectly from use of or reliance on such information.





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