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Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Jack Tatar is an angel investor and advisor to startups in the cryptoasset community, and speaks and writes frequently on the topic. With over two decades of experience in financial services, he was one of the first financial professionals to receive certification from the Digital Currency Council. He is the coauthor of one of the earliest books on Bitcoin, What’s the Deal with Bitcoins? --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
From the Publisher
Chris Burniske is a cofounder of Placeholder Ventures, a New York firm that specializes in cryptoassets. Prior to Placeholder, he pioneered ARK Investment Management’s Next Generation Internet strategy, leading the firm to become the first public fund manager to invest in bitcoin. He then transitioned to focus exclusively on cryptoassets, paving the way for Wall Street to recognize it as a new asset class. His commentary has been featured on national media outlets, including CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Forbes.
Jack Tatar is an angel investor and advisor to startups in the cryptoasset community, and speaks and writes frequently on the topic. With over two decades of experience in financial services, he was one of the first financial professionals to receive certification from the Digital Currency Council. He is the coauthor of one of the earliest books on Bitcoin, What’s the Deal with Bitcoins?
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B0743MPV9R
- Publisher : McGraw-Hill Education; 1st edition (October 20, 2017)
- Publication date : October 20, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 12526 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 369 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #33,181 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The authors start with a brief historical overview, beginning with the 2008 financial crisis, providing a narrative baseline that helps make Bitcoin and all the cryptoassets that came after, make sense. The description of the technical aspects is not too complicated, while providing a clear solid description of what blockchain is and why it matters as an innovative leap forward. When discussing Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Golem, etc. many people default to calling these assets "coins" or "cryptocurrency". The authors do not do this. I think, one of the key points they bring to the discussion is that cryptoassets are not simply currency. Cryptoassets include currencies, along with commodities, and tokens. As the market matures understanding this will become more important. The distinction the authors make by focusing on assets verses currency also helps as they move through the topic of investing and how to determine the merit of one asset type over another.
For someone who has not followed the development of cryptoassets from 2009 to the present, the description of how cryptoassets have been received by the traditional investing community and the US government, was particularly useful. It provides a picture of how developed the market is and what needs to happen for the market to continue mature relative to existing practices. As a prior hands-off/non-investor the discussion of financial tools like exchange traded funds (ETF), or the recent development of initial coin offerings, or initial cryptoassets offering, (ICO) and the current government perception of taxing cryptoassets was all very helpful. Most likely, cryptoassets will transform investing more than they already have. The book suggests possible ways this might play out without being overly rigid with assumptions.
Practical overviews of exchanges, wallets, mining, were also helpful. There is an inherent limitation in discussing these subjects. The technical aspect can easily get mired down in quickly changing minutia, which is not the point or strength of this book.
The authors also address the merit of cryptoassts as an asset class. They provide a defense of cryptoassets and, by comparison show how cryptoassets differ from money making schemes and fraudulent ways of separating people from their money. That is not to say no cryptoassets are scams. Like with fiat currency, scams exist within the crypto world. Cryptoassets are not inherently a scam. In fact, they offer many benefits. Although I was already convinced of the value of cryptoassets, these sections strengthened my own understanding and ability to talk with other people.
I've ordered and read several books on cryptoassets. This book is easily one of the best places for a beginner or dabbler to start growing their understanding of cryptoassets and investing. It does an excellent job of introducing both. It should be in any crypto-investor's library. I hope as the market and technology develop this book is updated in order to remain current. As of early 2018 it is still quite relevant.
I bought the Kindle, Audible, and hardcover versions. The Audible narrator, Dave Clark, made the sections I listened to easy to follow. I would listen to him again without reservation.
My only criticism is that the book’s view of cryptocurrency doesn’t include an interesting class of tokens focused on exchange for assets (and to some extent being asset-backed). I own several of those currencies and don’t find that the book’s approach to evaluating the cryptocurrency applies. Maybe that will be addressed in future editions.
There should be future editions of this book. The book cuts off at the beginning of January 2017 and we all know the explosion in cryptocurrency since then. I hope the authors revise and extend the book using their sound methodology so it doesn’t go too far out of date. We need more books like this with good investment advice and no hype.
Most valuable to me is their fundamental analysis system for cryptoassets and the framework for valueing ico’s. Technical analysis is only slightly covered: support, resistance, simple moving average and volume. They also cover topics such as exchanges and storing your crypto.
If you are looking for a fundamental analysis system and more info on crypto before you get in, this is a book for you.
If you are looking to get better at reading price charts and using technical analysis however, there are other books to consider.
El libro no tiene una perspectiva ni técnica ni financiera de las criptomonedas debemos aclarar. Es un libro acerca de como se utiliza herramientas financieras con una perspectiva de insertar las criptos dentro de un plan.
If you have been interested in cyptoassets for a while and want to get your toes wet, this is it. It works also for crypto veterans since the long term approach can do some justice on an industry plagued with traders and short-termism.