October 31, 2023

🥛 Halloween: Crypto Edition 🎃

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We’ve got a special one for you today:

  • Halloween costumes: crypto edition 🎃

  • Join the festivities with Phemex 👀

  • Institutions invested $300M+ into crypto products last week 📈

  • The tokenized U.S. Treasury market just hit $698M 🍪


HALLOWEEN COSTUMES: CRYPTO EDITION 🎃

Here at Milk Road, we zig while others zag.

And since today’s Halloween, we decided to do something a little different.

Introducing… Halloween costumes: crypto edition.

We picked a few notable crypto players (founders, regulators, etc) and dressed them up for the holiday.

Without further adieu, let’s get started.

1/ Sam Bankman-Fried as “The Grinch”. 

Sam Bankman-Fried (formerly-known-as-SBF, or fkSBF for short) and the Grinch have a lot in common:

  • They both steal things (the Grinch stole Christmas and fkSBF stole everyone’s money)

  • They’re both mean and cranky and have hearts “two sizes too small”

It’s a perfect match.

2/ Brian Armstrong as “Mr. Clean”.

Crypto has been full of dirty, corrupt crypto founders. 

Do Kwon. Su Zhu. Kyle Davies. Alex Mashinsky. fkSBF…

**pauses to take a breath**

… Anatoly Legkodymov. Ruja Ignatova. Karl Greenwood… 

You get the point. It’s a long list.

Well in an industry full of dirtiness, one man is doing it the clean way

Brian Armstrong. He’s the founder of Coinbase, a crypto company that:

  • Doesn’t co-mingle customer funds

  • Doesn’t fake financial reports (their balance sheet is completely public)

  • And has been working with U.S. lawmakers to bring safe, fair regulation to crypto

Brian is the Mr. Clean of Crypto. 

Oh, and they’re both bald. So it kinda works out perfectly. 

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3/ Gary Gensler, Elizabeth Warren, and Jerome Powell as “A Nightmare On Capitol Hill”. 

This is one of those group costume ideas. The one where you hit up your friends to match a theme. 

Side note: Back in ‘99, the homies and I showed up to our Kindergarten costume contest as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

(We placed 2nd. Lost to The Spice Girls. Still salty about it.)

Anyways, back to crypto… this year we think Gary Gensler, Elizabeth Warren, and Jerome Powell should team up for a group costume. 

Together, they can be “A Nightmare on Capitol Hill”…

Jerome Powell = Freddy Kreuger. His interest rate hikes give investors nightmares and haunt them in their sleep. 

Elizabeth Warren = Michael Myers. A one-woman army with one goal: end crypto’s life. 

Gary Gensler = Jason. An unstoppable crypto-killing machine.

4/ Bitcoin as “The Grandpa from Up”.

I know, I know. Bitcoin isn’t a person so it can’t dress up for Halloween. 

But if it could, it’d be the Grandpa from the movie “Up”. 

They’re both old, stubborn, and keep going, well, up.

(Bitcoin is up over 100% this year)

Btw, the main thing that’s been lifting Bitcoin? News about a Bitcoin ETF

5/ Caroline Ellison as “Snow White and the 7 Balance Sheets”. 

We made this meme last week, but it also happens to be the perfect Halloween costume. Check it out…

Caroline Ellison is the former CEO of Alameda Research and fkSBF’s ex-girlfriend.

Well, she recently testified that she created 7 alternative balance sheets for Alameda Research.

The goal? Make the company look less risky to investors/lenders, so they could get more money.

And now, introducing…

Like Snow White, Caroline was just a girl looking for love but got a poisonous apple instead. (AKA fkSBF).

Alright, that’s all the crypto Halloween costumes we got today. 

Now we wanna hear from YOU. (Yes, you with that big ol’ grin on your face)

Hit us with your best Halloween costume ideas for crypto people, companies, etc. 

You can reply to this email or, if you wanna be extra milky, create a mockup of the costume idea and tag us on Twitter (@MilkRoadDaily). 

We’ll pick a few of the best ones and share them later this week!

INSTITUTIONS INVESTED $300M INTO CRYPTO PRODUCTS LAST WEEK 📈

The results from the latest weekly Digital Asset Fund Flows Report are in…

Crypto investment products saw inflows totaling $326M. It’s the largest week of inflows this year and the largest since July 2022.

Here are some of the top takeaways from the latest report:

  • Bitcoin saw $296M in inflows. This made up 90% of the total inflows for the week. 

  • Institutional investors are pumping money into BTC anticipating a spot ETF will launch soon. CoinShares’ analysts believe this is the main reason for the large inflows last week. 

  • Altcoins continue to see inflows too. SOL led the way with $24M, while other altcoins like Litecoin and XRP saw minor inflows. 

  • ETH had $6M in outflows. While most assets were at the inflows party, ETH didn’t get the invite. 

That’s now 5 straight weeks of inflows. We’ll see if the streak continues next week.

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