Top 3 Best Bitcoin Podcasts You Need to Follow

By Judy Smith

When it comes to the crypto sphere, podcasts are one of the most important sources of information. Not only do they provide an inside look at investment opportunities in the space, but they also help the audience get a better understanding of the investor that is being interviewed. 

As such, when you decide to buy bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency, podcasts should be one of your tools to follow the market. 

In this article, we will list the 3 best Bitcoin-related podcasts you should follow, while briefly describing what makes each one unique. Ready to delve in? Let’s get started.

1. The Pomp podcast by Anthony Pompliano

From all Bitcoin “influencers”, Anthony Pompliano is probably one of the most recognized figures. His podcast, “Off the Chain”, took off during the bear market of 2018 after he started interviewing many of the most prominent figures in finance with regards to their views on Bitcoin. Later on, the series was rebranded to “The Pomp podcast”.

The podcast episodes are usually structured around the individual that is being interviewed, and the topic of Bitcoin fits perfectly within the narrative. Each podcast episode is a little longer than an hour, segmented into parts, and focused on everything related to the future of technology and its effect on finance.

One of the most interesting episodes, and one we recommend watching is episode #256, featuring Chamath Palihapitiya:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/_hA3TV1bGsg

2. What Bitcoin Did by Peter McCormack

Hosted by Peter McCormack, What Bitcoin Did is probably one of the oldest Bitcoin podcasts around. The podcast started several years ago with the purpose of interviewing all Bitcoin pioneers, and helping beginners get a better understanding of the industry. 

Soon enough, however, the podcast took off, and the guests started coming from different background as well. Finance, banking, technology, you name it! Today, “What Bitcoin Did” is one of the most recognized podcasts in the space and one you should definitely check out to get a better idea about the future price of Bitcoin.

One of the most informative and interesting podcast episodes is number 154, featuring Plan B. The podcast goes in depth about the S2F and S2FX model, which has been accurately predicting the price of Bitcoin:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/RhEkZ5loH8w

3. Orange Pill by Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert

Closing with the best, we couldn’t skip Orange Pill. The podcast is hosted by Wallstreet veteran Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert, both of which have a very good (macro) understanding of financial markets. 

The podcast is mainly confirming the positive bias on Bitcoin’s future by comparing it with historic events, both recent and older in time, while the episodes also include interesting guests within the crypto space. These include personalities like Preston Pysh, Dan Held, Elizabeth Stark, and more.

Max is well known for his outspoken conversation style, a feature which here leads to interesting conversations you might not hear in more conservative podcasts, like some of the ones above. Aside from that Orange Pill also has a strong community on Telegram which keeps on growing, nearly parallel to Bitcoin’s price and Max’s price predictions.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/eoYJQPWgqbM

All in all, it should be noted that Orange Pill and UpOnly are more focused on entertainment while “What Bitcoin Did” and “The Pomp Podcast” are more oriented towards people who wish to digest compact information without any noise. We recommend checking out each of the options and taking things from there.

Everything You Need to Know About Mastercard Facilitating Cryptocurrency Transactions

In February, Mastercard announced that it would begin supporting certain cryptocurrency transactions on its payment network. The company has not yet made it clear which cryptocurrencies they will work with.

Mastercard has traced customer usage as it relates to the increase in popularity of cryptocurrency, in particular Bitcoin. They have seen their consumers using their Mastercard debit cards in order to buy crypto assets and begin to use crypto cards on its network. 

The Announcement

Overall, cryptocurrency transactions are becoming more accepted as a form of payment and as an investment. Mastercard has announced joining the trend and making it easier for people to make transactions with secure digital currencies. The exact date that this will become possible is not yet known. However, the company has said that it will become available at some point in 2021. With this being said, some professionals have questioned how feasible transacting with cryptocurrency would be based on Mastercard’s requirements. In order to be considered, cryptocurrencies must meet certain criteria which include the following. It must...

1. Provide strong consumer protection such as the privacy and security of consumer information and transaction data. 

2. Allow all stakeholders, including merchants, mobile network operators, and financial institutions, to contribute to and benefit from their blockchain networks. 

3. Operate in compliance with regulations and laws, including anti-money laundering laws. 

However, it is not clear if any of the existing cryptocurrencies can meet all of these requirements. It is difficult to maintain the decentralized nature of digital currencies amidst a regulatory environment. The company has not detailed which assets will be added to their network, but their announcement future legitimizes the use of crypto. Other companies such as Tesla, Venmo, and BNY Mellon have also announced that they plan to incorporate Bitcoin and cryptocurrency transactions into their business offerings. 

Things to Takeaway:

1. Mastercard’s announcement is another recent step companies have taken in legitimizing cryptocurrency and the technology behind it. 

2. Cryptocurrencies are becoming accepted as a form of payment at more and more places. 

3. The payment processing company has not announced which cryptocurrencies they will support, but their current requirements may exclude most of them. 

Other Announcements

In April of this year, Gemini, a cryptocurrency platform, has announced that they are partnering with Mastercard to offer a crypto rewards credit card. This card will launch this summer. Those interested can join a waitlist and will get priority when it comes to applying when it’s available. 

The BlockFi Bitcoin Rewards Credit Card, announced in December of 2020, was the first crypto-powered rewards credit card on the market. However, their $200 annual fee makes many hesitate. With the Gemini Credit Card, however, there is no annual fee and currently has more than 140,000 people on its waitlist. The card will also be available in all 50 states, making it accessible to many. They might not be the first crypto rewards card on the market, but they’ll be the first crypto rewards card to deliver rewards in real-time. 

The credit card will offer up to 3% back in the form of bitcoin or one of the other 30+ cryptocurrencies on Gemini’s platform. Bitcoin’s Rewards Credit Card only offers bitcoin rewards. Gemini Credit Card users will earn up to 3% back on dining, 2% on groceries, and 1% on everything else. They will also have the option to transfer their crypto rewards to Gemini Earn--similar to a high-yield savings account. However, they pay their depositors up to 7.4% APY on their cryptocurrencies. 

The metal card will be available in black, silver, or rose gold, and like the Apple Card, it won’t show a credit card number, adding to the security. The Gemini card will also give users access to Mastercard benefits with partners like HelloFresh, Lyft, Fandango, DoorDash, and ShopRunner. 

Key points to remember:

1. Gemini plans to launch a crypto rewards credit card this summer. 

2. The card will offer up to 3% cash back on qualifying purchases. 

3. Cardholders can choose to receive their rewards in any of the 30+ cryptocurrencies offered on Gemini’s platform. 

4. Gemini’s credit card won’t charge an annual fee like BlockFi Bitcoin Reward Credit Card--the first crypto-based rewards card. 

5. Cardholders will also get real-time access to reward as they earn them. 

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