DoubleLine’s Jeffrey Sherman and Sam Lau welcome Bitwise Chief Investment Officer Matt Hougan for a deep dive into crypto investing. Messrs. Sherman, Lau and Hougan discuss why indexing is good in the crypto world (6:28), why crypto deserves a place in the portfolio (10:16), the impact of central bank digital currency on this emerging space (15:00) and what makes a crypto asset high quality (22:44), among other topics. The group also talks about the role of regulation in the crypto market (16:27), which Mr. Hougan sees as crucial to protect the growing industry from bad actors and bad press. “I think crypto needs some level of regulation to set it free,” he says. Other subjects covered include why bigger is better in crypto (7:35) and the crush of celebrity/meme coins (20:48). In addition, Messrs. Sherman and Lau (and Mama Lau in spirit) take up Mr. Hougan on his offer to explain cryptocurrency in three minutes, and he does so with 10 seconds to spare (30:27 – 33:17). This episode was recorded on Sept. 15, 2021.
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