Every decade or so, a catalyst is provided for a major economic crisis. The nineties had the dotcom bubble, the noughties had the sub-prime mortgage crisis and the twenties will have cryptocurrencies.

Rush hour traffic was a different kettle of fish on the Mekong. (Photo by Hieu Do on Unsplash)


Cryptocurrencies have long been derided for being a solution looking for a problem, but could decentralized finance or DeFi silence critics once and for all?

What happens next could change everything. (Photo by Tian Li on Unsplash)


The cryptocurrency markets may be reeling from the botched roll out of Bitcoin as legal tender in El Salvador, but the true revolution has already begun.

But what about control? (Photo by hannah joshua on Unsplash)


Bitcoin is often derided for its volatility, but ever since the U.S. abandoned the gold standard, stability with respect to currency is a far more plastic concept than understood.

Self-portrait took on an awkward turn.


While regulators are circling around the alleged illicit flows in cryptocurrencies, the systemic risks of stablecoins may already have seeped into the financial system.

The cockpit can be a bewildering place if you don’t know what to focus on. (Source: Christian Ettelt, airliners.net)


The guy who just sold everything he owns to go all-in on cryptocurrencies isn’t as crazy as you think he is.

Table stakes got pretty serious pretty fast. (Photo by Clifford Photography on Unsplash)


The ideal bagholder is one who adds more on every downturn (buying the dip) and who refuses to sell (diamond hands), holding on for the inevitable Fed-fueled rally to new highs.

Staring competition went on much longer than expected. (Photo by Ahmer Kalam on Unsplash)


Bitcoin is at a pivotal moment in its evolution as an asset class, and where it goes from here could make all the difference for what a future investment portfolio looks like.

Hall of the Presidents was strangely familiar. (Photo by Colin Watts on Unsplash)


Portfolio construction has to do with opportunity cost and with bond yields plunging, Bitcoin is starting to look attractive.

Traffic marshal became unlikely highlight of the day. (Photo by Thomas Evans on Unsplash)


The Chinese cryptocurrency mining cull may have been the best thing to have happened to the Bitcoin blockchain since its hard fork with Bitcoin Cash.

Palace may be here, but the Emperor lives elsewhere now. (Photo by Ling Tang on Unsplash)

Patrick Tan

CEO of Novum Alpha, an all-weather digital asset trading firm that uses Deep Learning tools to deliver dollar-returns in all market conditions.

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