David Fauchier – Market Neutral Crypto

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Bill Brewster

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David Fauchier stops by The Business Brew to discuss crypto and market neutral strategies in crypto assets. David works at Nickel Digital Asset Management, an investment manager connecting traditional finance with the digital assets market. The firm deploys highly sophisticated low-latency algorithmic trading, pursuing a range of arbitrage strategies in both spot and derivative markets, as well as a range of directional buy-and-hold products. All funds are designed with institutional clients in mind, but we hope the discussion is broadly applicable.

You can reach David at @dfauchier on Twitter.

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  • 4:19 – What David does – market neutral strategies in crypto
  • 6:04 – How to look at market neutral strategies when there is not “value” in a coin
  • 8:48 – David’s take on crypto and monetary regimes
  • 14:39 – How decentralized networks validate change, and therefore confirm “truth” in the chain
  • 13:44 – BitCoin as a substitute for gold and as a network architecture
  • 16:49 – Why David was comfortable moving into crypto professionally
  • 20:24 – The role of Etherium in crypto and why Etherium was a big change
  • 24:49 – What is Ethereum?
  • 29:44 – How to find the good assets in a sea of bad ideas
  • 34:58 – Zero Knowledge Proofs and how they help crypto scale
  • 43:39 – How do the big cloud players fit into the landscape in the future?
  • 47:04 – How blockchain/Web 3 will potentially give users power over their data
  • 51:04 – What could be enabled in the Web 3 world?
  • 56:34 – Digital scarcity and what that may mean in the future
  • 59:34 – When something that’s stupid and crazy gets more stupid and crazy then it probably isn’t stupid and crazy.
  • 1:04:04 – Obligatory Metaverse discussion
  • 1:07:34 – NFTs and fraud
  • 1:10:44 – How David thinks of counterparty risk
  • 1:23:04 – Whether crypto markets will continue trading the volume they do
  • 1:27:04 – Coinbase as a business

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