Crypto in the Eurozone and the BlackRock Report

The Coin Bureau Podcast: Crypto Without the Hype

Oct 5 2022 • 45 mins

Two more selections from our YouTube channel today, in which we take a look at the latest efforts by EU politicians to regulate crypto in the Eurozone and delve deep into a 2019 report by BlackRock which seemed to predict much of what we’re seeing play out in fiscal and monetary policy-making today.

We were lucky enough to get our hands on an advance copy of the EU’s Markets in Crypto Assets Regulation or MiCA bill, which will be passed by the European parliament in the next few days. We were also fortunate to get to work with insider and expert Patrick Hansen on going through it all. When the bill was originally presented a few months ago, it contained some alarming suggestions that threatened to seriously hamper the growth and development of the European crypto industry. Since that time, we have awaited the revised bill with bated breath.

Happily, much has changed during the revision period and it looks like Europe could become a trailblazer for regulatory clarity. There are still some concerns though and, in the first part of this episode, we break down what’s in the bill and give our assessment of what it all means for crypto in the EU and beyond.

Next, we dig through a report published by asset-management behemoth BlackRock all the way back in 2019, as the world barrelled unwittingly towards the era of covid-19. What’s strange is that this report has since proved to be spookily accurate when it comes to how fiscal and monetary policies would take shape in the aftermath of a global crisis, such as was then on the horizon. There’s a lot to unpack in this report, but our breakdown of it is essential listening - especially when you consider that BlackRock is arguably more powerful than most national governments. How did the report’s authors know so much about the future?

We hope you enjoy the show.

Producer for iHeartMedia: Noel Brown

Editor: Semir Mutapcic

Theme music composed by: Noel Brown

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