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The sky isn't falling but it sure is getting dark around here. The Fed's intervention into overnight bank lending rates keeps expanding with further fund injections of at least $90 billion [scheduled for next week](https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/fed-announces-plans-to-provide-more-support-for-repo-market/2019/09/20/233031f0-dbe1-11e9-a1a5-162b8a9c9ca2_story.html) (and beyond) on top of last week's $278 billion. Apparently everything is fine, so there's that.
Crypto remains as engaging, distracting, and as divisive as ever. The Alts rallied to more or less universal surprise but they remain far from 'recovery mode'. Recent rate cuts by the ECB and the Fed could be considered positive for crypto. The BTC chart looks taut...Bakkt long lauded now has many pundits about a pending Bitcoin dump. Well, at least we live in interesting times.
## Picks of the Week
This [article](https://lindajxie.com/2019/09/11/decentralized-identity-and-reputation/) exploring decentralized identity and individual reputation systems is a highlight. Also highly recommend getting up to speed on the [Fed's recent market interventions](https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/fed-announces-plans-to-provide-more-support-for-repo-market/2019/09/20/233031f0-dbe1-11e9-a1a5-162b8a9c9ca2_story.html).
The real pushback against BTC (crypto) hasn't even begun:
A light-hearted 'How to BTC':
A BTC maximalist asks - when to sell?:
Bullish metrics for ETH
DAI is trading at a significant premium in Argentine - here's why (recommended):
On the current state of play for ETF proposals:
Deciphering Ripple's recent court filing (re: XRP as a security):
The banks have a plan (highly recommended):
Fed intervention in the repo market just became 'normal':
On investing (non-crypto specific):
Exploring the relationship between decentralized identity and reputation systems (highly recommended):
Mixicles - yet another new term worth being aware of (relating to smart contract-oracle-privacy):
Impress your (nerdy-dateless) friends by succinctly explaining a 'Merkle Tree':
A wallet that addresses Bitcoin privacy and why it's hard to get anyone to use it:
This should put you at ease (move along, nothing to see here):
That's a lot of cash on the sidelines:
Investment guidance by someone who has well earned the right to offer it (recommended):
Cryptocurrencies and the state are naturally in opposition to each other:
Fear and greed or just greed? (highly recommended if you trade):
Examining the relationship between global debt and asset bubbles:
Crypto insurance (for custodial services) sounds great but as usual, the devil is in the details (just an introduction to the topic):
Explaining government bonds and negative yields (recommended):
Trading volumes have dropped off in recent months (slightly dated but suppressed volume remains):
Ethereum's De-Fi network is building out impressively:
As has the Binance Chain ecosystem:
# Website / Utility
Bitcoin halving countdown utility:
Interesting times indeed! See you down the crypto rabbit hole once again next week.
**Note on Sources**:
*Twitter & Reddit (cryptos current meta-brains) / Medium / Trybe / Hackernoon / Whaleshares / TIMM and so on/ YouTube / various podcasts and whatever else I stumble upon. The aim is a useful weekly aggregator of ideas rather than news. Though I try to keep the sources current – I’ll reference these articles and podcasts etc. as I encounter them – they may have been published just a couple of days ago or in some cases quite a bit earlier.*
Also published on [TIMM](https://mentormarket.io/category/cryptocurrencies/).