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Here's how we're starting the week:
- WTF is going on with Genesis and Grayscale
- Legendary investor's crypto thesis
- Chart of the Day
- Milky Memes
GENESIS NEEDS $1B
Genesis is owned by Digital Currency Group. At the Crypto Thanksgiving, both of them aren't just sitting at the adults table, they're leading the prayer.
Genesis had $2.8b in total active loans at the end of Q3 2022 and DCG owns some of the biggest companies in crypto (Genesis, Grayscale, and Coindesk).
But last Wednesday in the FTX aftermath, Genesis said they were pausing loan originations and customer withdrawals.
Since then, we've heard nothing but bad news.
Here's what we now know:
1/ Genesis needs $1b emergency funding
A lot of crypto lenders are in trouble, and Genesis is no different.
Just look at this:
- Lent $2.4b+ to now bankrupt 3AC and probably aren't getting any of that back
- In August, Genesis cut 20% of its staff and the CEO Michael Moro quit
- Lost $175m when FTX blew up
And now, Genesis is seeking an emergency $1b capital infusion to plug what appears to be a 10-figure hole.
2/ That $1b may or may not be owed to their parent company Digital Currency Group (DCG)
It's not just the fact Genesis needs $1b, it's that the $1b could be owed to its parent company DCG.
They say actions speak louder than words, and g*ddamn these actions aren't inspiring:
- DCG deleted their “About” page. Now it's just a 404
- In August, DCG removed management bios from the website
- GBTC discount is at 45%. It’s 45% cheaper to buy GBTC than BTC, which means investors are losing confidence in Grayscale and GBTC
- It's been 2 weeks since Barry Silbert, CEO of DCG, has tweeted
DCG is also the parent company of Grayscale, the cryptocurrency trust manager and provider of GBTC. The GBTC trust owns 635k Bitcoin, about 3% of the world's supply.
These actions have left us fearing the worst...what would a DCG / Genesis collapse do to crypto?
Here's what the smart people are saying:
The Milk Man is hoping for the best but prepared for the worst.
A LEGENDARY INVESTOR'S CRYPTO THESIS
Bill Ackman ...
Legendary hedge fund investor.
Manages over $18b.
Made $2b from COVID credit default swaps.
Model of, "Just For Men", Touch of Gray.
Yesterday, Bill got on Twitter to share his thesis on crypto.
Like many of us, initially he was a crypto skeptic. But after some research he:
- Compared crypto to the telephone and internet
- Believes issuing tokens to incentivize participants in a venture will enable the formation of useful businesses and technologies
- Used Helium Network and Dimo to prove the utility of blockchain technology. While both projects are good use cases in theory, both have had a difficult time getting users.
Bill said he is an investor in Dimo, 7 VC funds, and multiple other crypto projects, but crypto investments make up less than 2% of his total assets.
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CHARTS OF THE DAY
Year to date bitcoin is down 65%.
You got Mark Cuban giving up on crypto, Paul Graham tweeting crypto FUD, and the third largest exchange hitting the roulette table with our deposits.
But don't let the FUD get to you.
Will Clemente shared a chart over the weekend that made us bullish on Bitcoin.
Long-term holder supply is at all-time highs.
The tourists are skipping town but the locals are ordering another round.
MILKY MEMES TO MAKE IT ALL BETTER
Thanksgiving this year 😂 😂
That's a wrap for this week. Stay thirsty & see ya next week!
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DISCLAIMER: None of this is financial advice. This newsletter is strictly educational and is not investment advice or a solicitation to buy or sell any assets or to make any financial decisions. Please be careful and do your own researchBut
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