GMB Ep #118: DeFi State of Affairs With Matteo Binfarè

 

Decentralized finance (DeFi) is an emerging system of financial products and services built on blockchain technology. It utilizes secure distributed ledgers similar to those used by cryptocurrencies. In today’s episode of Grow Money Business, we have an insightful conversation with Matteo Binfarè, a professor at the University of Missouri. He teaches his students about investments, pensions, endowments, and decentralized finance. Throughout the conversation, Matteo imparts his insight and years of experience in decentralized finance and cryptocurrency.

 

 

Show Notes

[02:33] Decentralized Finance – To kick off the conversation, Matteo defines decentralized finance and discusses its current state.

[07:13] Cryptocurrency – Matteo shares his thoughts on the impact of cryptocurrency.

[10:34] Asset Class – Matteo shares his thoughts on whether cryptocurrency deserves its own asset class.

[13:28] Web 3.0 – Web 3.0, the next avatar of the internet’s world, is a technology capable of understanding and interpreting the concept of data on its own. Matteo explains Web 3.0 is and how it works.

[19:11] Governments and Bitcoin – Matteo discusses a variety of government viewpoints and regulations surrounding bitcoins.

[23:49] Smart Contracts – Matteo defines a smart contract and outlines its potential applications and benefits.

[26:25] Matteo’s Story – Matteo shares his background and journey thus far.

[32:03] Asset Allocation – Matteo expresses his thoughts on whether or not cryptocurrency deserves a place in most people’s portfolios, as well as how much an individual should consider allocating to it.

[43:47] Institutions – Matteo explores how institutions are approaching cryptocurrency and allocating resources.

[47:43] Research and Studies – Matteo discusses his research studies and plans to study cryptocurrencies and DeFi formally.

[24:59] Hazards – Matteo points out some key risks to consider while investing in cryptocurrencies.

 

Resources

GMB EP #101: Bitcoin ETFS Are Here

 

Bitcoin ETFs are here.

They’re not quite what you might think though. We walk through the details of how these beasts are structured and what you need to know before buying them in this week’s podcast episode.

 

 

Show Notes

[02:09] Recent Developments – Grant starts the discussion with a review of how and why cryptocurrencies grew in popularity over the last few years.

[04:37] Diversity of ETFs – How the diverse nature of the ETFs allowed them to utilize cryptocurrencies and the challenges associated with getting a cryptocurrency involved in a mainstream investment vehicle.

[08:12] Newcomers to the Market – Grant reviews a couple of newly introduced ETFs that are backed by Bitcoin and the pros and cons of investing in these compared to a traditional ETF.

[10:48] Futures Contracts – How the futures markets work and how they relate to the way crypto-backed ETFs function.

[14:36] Obscure Costs – Because of the way BTC-backed ETFs are connected to futures contracts, there are some costs involved in the process that may go unnoticed. Grant explains what investors need to keep in mind about the costs of the Bitcoin ETFs.

[16:41] Leveraged ETFs & Mutual Funds – Grant shares his thoughts on the functionality of the two investment vehicles and the similarities they share with Bitcoin ETFs.

[20:10] Bond Funds – Grant explains the difference between how bond funds operate versus investment vehicles based on futures contracts.

 

 

Resources

The Wall Street Journal – ETFs Are a Bad Way to Bet on Bitcoin:

wsj.com/articles/etfs-are-a-bad-way-to-bet-on-bitcoin-11635261745

 

The Wall Street Journal – Bitcoin ETF’s Success Could Come at Fundholders’ Expense:

wsj.com/articles/bitcoin-etfs-success-could-come-at-fundholders-expense-11635080580