Just when you thought you’d seen it all in SEC filings, along comes the Coinbase prospectus. Which is really a direct listing. But who can tell during these days of ICOs and ITOs what a public offering even is.
The cryptocurrency platform which aims to “create an open financial system” is planning to go public via a Direct Listing on the Nasdaq in the near future. The docs dropped an hour ago.
While we dig through the paperwork, we thought we’d just share this gem from the “Definitions” page -- the section of an IPO prospectus dedicated to those terms erstwhile investors might not have heard of.
Won’t you look at that:Hodl: A term used in the crypto community for holding a crypto asset through ups and downs, rather than selling it.
There’s also an excellent use case (with our emphasis):Borrow & Lend. We allow our U.S. retail users to borrow against and lend their crypto asset portfolios. Our first product is a portfolio-backed loan: a flexible, non-purpose 12-month term loan that allows retail users to borrow U.S. dollars using their crypto assets as collateral. Secured by their investment portfolio, customers can use the line of credit to access U.S. dollars while maintaining a “hodl” investing strategy. Over time, we plan to offer our retail users the ability to opt into lending their crypto assets to earn a passive return on their long term investments.
This is otherwise known in the real financial world as . . . a basis trade.
Meanwhile, Izzy has been pointing out some other curiosities on Twitter:
We’d also add this, which Preston Byrne on Twitter pointed out:
Satoshi as a risk factor, who’d have thought?
More tomorrow, we’ve not even got to the financials yet.
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