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In this episode of Intelligent Money Minute, we interviewed Matt Hougan, Chairman of Inside ETFs on whether NFTs are a fad. Commodities, common shares, and dollar bills are examples of fungible goods, which means they are able to be replaced by another identical item. My dollar bill in my pocket is essentially the same as the dollar bill in your pocket. Non-fungible tokens (or NFTs) are cryptographic assets on a blockchain with unique identification codes and metadata that distinguish them from each other. Unlike cryptocurrencies, they cannot be traded or exchanged at equivalency. This makes them quite volatile. NFTs differ from fungible tokens like cryptocurrencies, which are identical to each other and, therefore, can serve as a medium for commercial transactions. Non-fungible tokens are mostly digital art, but as Matt mentioned there are some potential uses for NFTs (like representing individuals’ identities or property rights). Time will tell which NFTs appreciate and which ones will be worthless.
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Matt Hougan Bio
Matt Hougan is one of the world’s leading experts on crypto, ETFs, and financial technology. He is the Global Head of Research for Bitwise Asset Management, creator of the world’s first cryptocurrency index fund. Hougan is also Chairman of Inside ETFs, the world’s largest ETF conference. He was previously CEO of ETF.com, where he helped build the world’s first ETF data and analytics system. Hougan is co-author of the CFA Institute’s Monograph on ETFs. He’s also a crypto columnist for Forbes and a three-time member of the Barron’s ETF Roundtable. For more resources from Matt Hougan click here.