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If You Build the Blockchain, Regulators Will Come

The hardest part of drafting any new regulation is establishing a definition. In fact, most of the policy work is in the definition and there are alarmingly few policy considerations after something is defined as a covered entity. The definition of cryptocurrency has already proved problematic for regulators. Essentially, to commodities regulators, virtual currency is a commodity. For bank regulators, it is a bank. For securities regulators, it is a security. For those who regulate money transmitters, it is a money transmitter. For the purpose of property taxes, it is a property. Everyone wants a stake in the new world of virtual currency.

07/12/2016
4 Graphs Bernanke Doesn’t Want You to See
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Issue Analysis

4 Graphs Bernanke Doesn’t Want You to See

We wrote up a “QE3 Fact Sheet” after Ben Bernanke’s announcement on monetary policy Thursday. Left-wing apologists for the central bank came out in full swing, advocating for the money injection as a beacon of hope.

09/20/2012
Private Fiat Working in USA
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Private Fiat Working in USA

Across the country in various towns, people are printing private currencies backed by American dollars.  USA Today reports that there are at least five different private currencies circulating in the country.  

04/07/2009