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A Volatile Week for Cryptocurrencies

A Volatile Week for Cryptocurrencies
By Adam Sharp
Date September 7, 2017

I have just a quick update for everyone this week.

I’m in Washington, D.C. today and tomorrow, where my friends at The Oxford Club invited me to speak to some of their Members about cryptocurrencies and equity crowdfunding.

It was a volatile week for cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin briefly touched a new all-time high of $5,000, and most other coins rallied strongly. Then an announcement that China would ban ICOs (initial coin offerings) shook markets, and most crypto assets dropped around 20%.

However, this turned out to be an excellent buying opportunity. A Chinese government official corrected the statement, saying that ICOs would soon resume and be regulated.

As long as China takes a reasonable approach, which I expect it to, this is a very positive development. There are too many scammy ICOs coming to market these days. Reasonable regulation will bring more stability and trust to this nascent industry.

Overall it was a great week, and most coins have recovered to a point near their all-time highs. I expect the bull run to continue, as there is an incredible amount of money on the sidelines waiting to buy the dips.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my two research reports on cryptocurrencies:

Portfolio Updates

Some of our startup portfolio companies (both open and closed positions) are making news. Check out some recent headlines…

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Good investing,

Adam Sharp

Founder, First Stage Investor

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