December 08 – December 14, 2021 | North iQ Newsletter

North iQ Weekly Newsletter is curated to provide insights on digital asset industry developments, market announcements, and performance analysis.

December 08 – December 14, 2021 | North iQ Newsletter

Scaling Ethereum Without Trade-Offs: Inside EIP 4488

December 8, 2021​​​​ – ​​​​Last week, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin brought forth Ethereum Improvement Proposal (EIP) 4488, an upgrade that could drive down transaction costs for Ethereum rollups like Arbitrum, Optimism and zkSync. The proposal detailed the immediate steps for pushing gas fees down without sacrificing security, as well as the roadmap for moving forward post-Merge.

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December 08 – December 14, 2021 | North iQ Newsletter

Can exchanges do something about cascading liquidations?

December 9, 2021 – Last week an overheated derivatives market in crypto kicked-off a sharp sell-off. Can the exchanges do something?… The 24/7 nature of the crypto market mixed with the lack of guardrails imposed by exchanges means that traders have less time to digest information in the same way as traditional markets.

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December 08 – December 14, 2021 | North iQ Newsletter

Chainalysis Launches Support for Bitcoin Lightning Network

December 10, 2021 – Chainalysis announced product support for the Lightning Network, a layer 2 protocol built on the Bitcoin blockchain that allows faster, cheaper transactions. With Lightning, small, recurring transactions that wouldn’t be economical to carry out on the blockchain due to transaction fees become feasible, enabling new commercial use cases for Bitcoin.

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December 08 – December 14, 2021 | North iQ Newsletter

Bitcoin & The Quantum Computing Risk*

December 10, 2021 – Recent news of advances in quantum computing are stoking fears that Bitcoin’s wallet structure is vulnerable to exploits, theoretically undermining its security. Using quantum technologies to exploit the Bitcoin protocol is theoretically possible. However, it is exceptionally difficult to do in practice. To mitigate against such attacks, a soft fork with a commit–delay–reveal scheme could be implemented. *3iQ has a commercial relationship with CoinShares. Please review our disclosure below regarding third party content and websites.

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December 08 – December 14, 2021 | North iQ Newsletter IMF Wants ‘Comprehensive, Coordinated’ Global Crypto Regulation

December 10, 2021 – The crypto market’s $2.5 trillion market cap could reflect “froth in an environment of stretched valuations,” argued the International Monetary Fund (IMF).. The The International Monetary Fund IMF has warned of “systemic” financial stability risks from the growing crypto sector and called for “comprehensive, consistent and coordinated” global regulation of the industry.

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December 08 – December 14, 2021 | North iQ Newsletter

Bitcoin Exchange Outflows Resume as Stock Markets Get Over Fed Jitters

December 13, 2021​​​​ – Crypto investors appear to have resumed bitcoin accumulation, a sign they expect the price to rise, after U.S. stock markets overcame concerns about the economy to post their strongest gains in 10 months last week… “Crypto going into exchanges may signal selling pressure, while withdrawals potentially point to accumulation,” Lucas Outumuru, an IntoTheBlock research analyst, said in a weekly research note published Friday.

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Mr. Pye has managed private client portfolios with Landry Investment Management and various other investment dealers. Prior to this Mr. Pye was Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of Argentum Management and Research Corporation, a company dedicated to managing and distributing quantitative investment portfolios including the first long-short mutual fund in Canada.

He was also Senior Vice-President and National Sales Manager of Fidelity Investments Canada and an integral part of the team that saw assets rise from $80 million to over $7.5 billion in assets under management during his tenure. He also held various positions with Guardian Trust Company, which listed the first Gold, Silver and Platinum Certificates on the Montreal Exchange.

Mr. Pye obtained a Masters in Business Administration from Concordia University.