Kyle Torpey

Kyle Torpey

Kyle Torpey is a freelance writer and researcher who has been following Bitcoin since 2011. His work has been featured in VICE Motherboard, Business Insider, NASDAQ, New York Post,The Next Web, American Banker, and other media outlets. You can view all his work at kyletorpey.com or sign up for his personal newsletter.

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Bitcoin Transaction Fees Are Pretty Low Right Now: Here’s Why

Take a look at where the fees have dropped – and make sure you aren’t paying too much.

Kyle Torpey
Jan 31, 2018

Op-Ed: The Weiss Cryptocurrency Ratings Are Laughably Bad

Weiss Ratings released their cryptocurrency ratings yesterday. In response, they received a lot of criticism on social media. And rightly so.

Kyle Torpey
Jan 25, 2018

Study Suggests 25 Percent of Bitcoin Users Are Associated With Illegal Activity

In a newly published paper on the use of bitcoin for illegal activity, researchers from the University of Sydney, the University of Technology Sydney and the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga indicate that a quarter of all bitcoin users are associated with illegal activity. The use of bitcoin for illicit purposes has long been the […]

Kyle Torpey
Jan 22, 2018

Op Ed: Here’s What Paul Krugman Got Wrong in His Bitcoin Tweetstorm

Like many other mainstream economists, Paul Krugman has long-shown a complete disdain for Bitcoin. In late 2013, he went as far as to write a piece titled “Bitcoin Is Evil” for his column in The New York Times. Moral objections to bitcoin are one thing, but Krugman also does not see much utility in the […]

Kyle Torpey
Jan 22, 2018

“Bitcoin Laundering” Study: Where Do Criminals Turn to Mask Illicit Cryptoassets?

A recent study (PDF) from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance and blockchain analytics company Elliptic explored the “bitcoin laundering” ecosystem. In the study, Elliptic’s forensic analysis of the Bitcoin blockchain and other publicly available data were used to track the flows of illicit funds from 2013 to 2016. […]

Kyle Torpey
Jan 18, 2018

St. Louis Fed: In Some Ways, Bitcoin Is More Robust Than Many Fiat Currencies

In a recent article on the basics of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies (PDF), Aleksander Berentsen and Fabian Schär of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis cover the usefulness of bitcoin and other alternative cryptoassets. Throughout the article, Berentsen and Schär make the case that cryptoassets are well suited to become a new, important asset […]

Kyle Torpey
Jan 15, 2018

Credit Suisse Argues Irrational Exuberance Around ICOs Indicates Bitcoin Bubble

In a paper written in the fall of 2017 and published on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) on Friday, January 12, 2018, Credit Suisse’s Dietmar Peetz and Gregory Mall argue that the boom in the initial coin offering (ICO) market is the clearest indicator of a bubble in bitcoin. Zurich-based Credit Suisse is one […]

Kyle Torpey
Jan 15, 2018

How Airbitz Hopes to Keep Bitcoin Decentralized on Mobile Wallets

Recently, Bitcoin Magazine caught up with Airbitz CEO Paul Puey to get his thoughts on preserving Bitcoin’s decentralization in a smartphone environment.

Kyle Torpey
Jul 31, 2017

Four Visions for Scaling Bitcoin: A State of Digital Money Panel

At the recent State of Digital Money event in Los Angeles, Bitcoin scaling was the topic of conversation for a panel consisting of Airbitz CEO Paul Puey, derivatives trader Tone Vays, Yours CEO Ryan X. Charles and Bitcoin Core contributor Eric Lombrozo. During the panel discussion, each participant was able to share his vision for […]

Kyle Torpey
Jul 26, 2017

Lamassu’s Zach Harvey Shares Data on the Growing Use of Bitcoin ATMs

Lamassu is a bitcoin ATM manufacturer that started in 2013 with the goal of making it “as simple as possible to get bitcoin.” There are now hundreds of these bitcoin ATMs around the world, and one of Lamassu’s co-founders, Zach Harvey, recently shared some data related to how these machines are used at a Bitcoin […]

Kyle Torpey
Jul 25, 2017