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On this episode of Intelligent Money Minute, we interview Matt Hougan, Chairman of Inside ETFs on cryptocurrency and how it works. During this episode, Matt pulls back the curtain and sheds light on the nuances of cryptocurrency. According to Matt, cryptocurrency is the first native way that money can move over the internet. For example, if you go online today and pay your internet bill, it could take multiple days for that money to transfer. Contrast that with a Bitcoin transaction. Matt gives an example of a billion-dollar transaction that settled in less than 10 minutes with a fee of .0007%. There are many misconceptions regarding cryptocurrency. Simply put, it’s a new rail for the modern transfer of money.
I recently read a quote, “Knowledge acquired by reason will dispel ignorance and thus destroy the greatest evil—fear.” As Matt points out, when you hear of something new, it is best to do some research in order to gain knowledge and a better understanding. We think the same holds true of cryptocurrency, blockchain, and alternative asset classes. Just because something is new, doesn’t make it wrong. At the same time, just because it is new, doesn’t mean it’s better. To learn more about our philosophies, go to our philosophy page.
Matt Hougan Bio
Matt Hougan is one of the world’s leading experts on crypto, ETFs, and financial technology. He is 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.