54 minutes | Feb 23rd 2021

Matt Hougan, CIO of Bitwise: Allocating To Digital Assets, Bitcoin ETF and The First Ever DeFi Index Fund

This week on The Encrypted Economy, my guest is Matt Hougan, the CIO of Bitwise Asset Management. Bitwise was founded in 2017 and brought investors the first cryptocurrency index fund. Now they are one of the key players in the push for a Bitcoin ETF, and as of last week they became the provider of the first index based DeFi fund. Matt and Bitwise are leading the charge on rule-based exposure to the digital asset space, and he is a valuable voice to have to walk us through it all. We cover a wide range of topics and, as a bonus, this episode contains an extra section that Matt and I recorded after our original taping focused entirely on Bitwise’s new DeFi Index. It is a loaded episode of The Encrypted Economy that you will not want to miss!  Topics Covered  Matt’s Background The Battle and Structure for a Bitcoin ETF  Distinguishing DeFi and its Risks  Crypto’s Intersection with Traditional Finance  The SEC’s Perspective on Bitcoin   The Promise of Ethereum   Additional Resources on Crypto and Blockchain   The Shifting Perspectives of Financial Advisors on Crypto   What is Worrying in Crypto?   BONUS CONTENT: Bitwise’sDeFi Index Fund Resource List  Matt’s LinkedIn  Bitwise Website  The Bitwise DeFi Fund  Cathie Wood on Bitcoin ETF  Cryptocurrency Forks  IOS 14.4 Security Bugs  Fidelity’s Comment  Letter  Aave Safety Module  Our Episode with Joel Revill   2nd SEC Winklevoss ETF Rejection Order  Biwise ETF SEC Rejection Order  Wilshire Phoenix ETF SEC Rejection Order  Bitcoin vs Ethereum  Why Ethereum has Value – Matt on Forbes  Stone Ridge Holdings 2020 Shareholder Letter  Matt’s CFA Institute Guide to Crypto  Nic Carter on the Grant Williams Podcast  Bitwise Benchmark Financial Advisor Survey  
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