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August 17, 2022

I recently went one on one with Tony Saliba, CEO of Mercury Digital Assets. Tony is also the founder and CEO of LiquidPoint, a trading platform, broker, and solution provider that he sold to Convergex for $250 million.


Adam: Thanks again for taking the time to share your advice. First things first, though, I am sure readers would love to learn more about you. How did you get here? What experiences, failures, setbacks, or challenges have been most instrumental to your growth?


Tony: An early setback led me to an important realization: when creating a technical product (software or system), always work with the assistance of experienced legal counsel. When I created my first trading application, I didn’t know anything about intellectual property rights. When the work was completed, I had one copy of the program that I designed/created and one copy that I sold for five times what it cost me. I was working on the project in tandem with another person who helped me write the program whom I paid fully to code the formulas that I had created. I was able to walk away with value for my ideas, however, he went on to sell the program to all the banks and clearing firms on Wall Street and then creating a support business of his own. Without my knowledge or participation. 22 years later I went back and bought that business from him for $11 million. In the long run it did help me learn a valuable lesson, but in the short term, cost me millions in opportunities. By the time I completed my fourth application, I knew to never work without legal counsel again.


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Risk, Options, and Seeing Opportunities – Real Vision

June 22, 2022

Mercury Digital Assets CEO Anthony Saliba delivers a masterclass on options and risk management, weaving in threads from his compelling life story. Saliba fell into trading by caddying, succeeded immediately, then failed horribly. But he picked himself up, and he’s applying what he learned along that journey, from one trade to the next. Saliba also shares how he saw opportunity in what was missing in the options pits. Mark Ritchie II of RTM 3 guides us through this market wizard’s entertaining story.


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7 Reasons People Invest in Crypto – GOBankingRates

June 22, 2022

It’s a Social Experience


“When the richest person in the world touts a coin across social media and talks about it on ‘Saturday Night Live’ or people hear of friends who have made 50x, 100x or more getting involved early in a hot altcoin, it draws others into the market,” said Ryan Hansen, head of sales for Mercury Digital Assets. “Like investing in stocks, everyone wants to buy low and sell high and have a story about how they got in early on the next big thing.”


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How To Avoid the Dangers of Crypto Addiction – GOBankingRates

June 8, 2022

What Makes Crypto So Addictive?


“Crypto assets trade 24/7/365,” said Ryan Hansen, head of sales for Mercury Digital Assets. “So you can always get a real-time look at your portfolio holdings, which may fluctuate dramatically since crypto is a young, relatively volatile asset class. This can be compounded by apps pushing notifications, so you don’t even have to log in to (access) engaging content that gets served up continuously on platforms like YouTube.”


Additionally, Hansen noted, crypto price activity is flooding media of all kinds, requiring a very disciplined effort to avoid looking at things that may affect your investments.


“Like buying stocks or any other asset class, it is exciting to watch your holdings increase in value and even more exciting when it happens quickly,” Hansen said, “so it is part human nature to want to get a dopamine hit when the market goes your way.”


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Are People Becoming More Comfortable Investing in Crypto? Experts Weigh In – GOBankingRates

May 31, 2022

What do you know about cryptocurrency? GOBankingRates recently surveyed 1,037 Americans to find out if they actively invest in crypto, and findings revealed that 60% do not because they don’t understand it.


Not understanding crypto is fairly understandable. The digital currency ecosystem is still fairly new and is often described as volatile in nature, especially compared to more traditional forms of investments. But are people gradually becoming more comfortable investing in crypto or do they hesitate to familiarize themselves with the technology?


Crypto Is a Mainstream Asset Class


According to a market sizing report from Crypto.com, the total crypto users worldwide will reach 1 billion by the end of 2022. It’s a significant growth trajectory from the start of 2021 where crypto only had 106 million global users and implies that more people are becoming comfortable investing in cryptocurrency.


Ryan Hansen, head of sales at Mercury Digital Assets, said heightened visibility is helping crypto become more mainstream. There are notable institution names, like Fidelity and Goldman Sachs, entering the space. Celebrities like Tom Brady and Steph Curry are shown during primetime media spots endorsing crypto brands. You can even see entities like Coinbase listed on stock exchanges.


The more visibility, coupled with the amount of time cryptocurrency has been around, is lending the digital currency greater measures of credibility.


“It’s not going away when some folks cried ‘bubble,’” said Hansen. “The heightened visibility of these happenings is not only a great marketing vehicle but also helps to build trust.”

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