Month: March 2017

Bitcoin ETF Will Be Approved, One Way or the Other

Jeff John Roberts on Fortune has a good write-up of the imminent SEC decision (probably today) on the Winklevoss ETF. Those of you thinking about finding a way to invest in BTC without all the hassles of actually buying it may soon be able to buy it on the market, I think one way or the other. Some takeaways: While there are plenty of places to buy bitcoin, many investment funds can only hold assets that meet certain regulatory standards—such as approval from the SEC. Pessimists… can point to two sets of concerns that could lead the SEC to give the thumbs down. The first of these relates to how the Winklevoss intend to run the operation. Some people are uneasy that the proposed ETF would use Winklevoss-controlled businesses to source and store the bitcoins that would back the shares. If the SEC says no, it will have a negative effect, though probably not a very dramatic one. The reason is there are two other ETF application[s] before the agency. …there is a general feeling that approval for a bitcoin ETF of one type or another is inevitable, and so a rebuff by the SEC to the Winkelvoss proposal would only be a temporary setback. One of the other 2 apps in front of the SEC includes an ETF that proposes to insure it’s assets. It’s not a matter...

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Average American Scared of Autonomous Cars

A great article by Matt Posky at The Truth About Cars: ”[A] vast majority of surveyed Americans admitted to being “afraid” of riding in an autonomous vehicle while over half said they felt less safe at the prospect of sharing the road with driverless technology.” “[From] a random sampling of 1,012 adults, AAA found that 78 percent of American drivers surveyed reported feelings of fear at the mere concept of being a passenger in a self-driving vehicle.” “By and large, every study on current and future autonomous features seems to underscore added safety.” But hey, shark attacks make the news, although a human being is more likely to die from influenza than ANY type of automobile accident. The stats are questionable, but Elon Musk states that currently Tesla’s Autopilot is 50% safer than human-piloted...

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