Category Archives: Bubble

For Bitcoin Futures, the CFTC Defends the Indefensible

By | January 4, 2018

In a previous blog post, I criticized the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s decision to allow the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) to self-certify Bitcoin futures contract. Self-certification allows designated contract markets (DCMs)[1] to list new futures contracts one day after submitting documentation to the CFTC that demonstrates the new… Read More »

Why a Bitcoin Bubble is a Good Thing

By | December 5, 2017

Courtesy of Lee Reiners, Ryan Clements, and Sean Semmler In the late 1990s, it was widely understood that Beanie Babies – a line of miniature stuffed animals – were in the midst of a speculative bubble. At one point, Beanie Babies made up 10% of eBay’s sales and over 60% of American households owned at… Read More »

The Case for a Cryptocurrency Market Bubble

By | November 22, 2017

Courtesy of Lee Reiners, Ryan Clements, and Sean Semmler Predicting the future price of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is a fool’s errand. If you believe otherwise, take a look at BitcoinObituaries.com, which provides a running list of articles from publications such as The Economist and The Wall Street Journal that proclaim the end of Bitcoin… Read More »