Welcome to The Chopping Block – where crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, Tarun Chitra, and Robert Leshner chop it up about the latest news. This week, the four discuss Bitcoin’s price surge over the past week amid growing optimism that a spot BTC exchange traded fund would win regulatory approval, an erroneous Wall Street Journal story about crypto funding to the terrorist group Hamas and AI and crypto illiteracy among leading U.S. lawmakers.


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Show highlights:

  • the reasons why the price of Bitcoin has gone up so much in the last week
  • whether Bitcoin is decoupling from the traditional stock and equity markets
  • why Robert is convinced that Bitcoin pumped this much due to the BlackRock ETF news
  • what an ETF is and why it could be a big deal for Bitcoin
  • whether the analogy to the gold ETFs works for Bitcoin
  • how an inaccurate report from the Wall Street Journal about Hamas’ usage of crypto sparked so much criticism within the crypto community
  • why that crypto is not a good venue for illicit financing
  • how the US political class is ‘illiterate’ about AI and crypto, according to Tarun





Recent coverage of Unchained on spot Bitcoin ETFs:

Bitcoin ETFs