Starry-Eyed Kids Stumbling in the Cryptoverse

One of the really sort-of sweet things about many who espouse the inevitability of digital assets is boundless hope for crypto domination derived from little knowledge of how the financial system actually works.  Last week, a prime example surfaced on Reuters, which touted a plan by which $10 billion of bitcoins would supplant the dollar as the global reserve currency.  Here’s to hoping, but the total USD money supply clocks in at close to $22 trillion, suggesting one might need more than a few billion to make even a bit of a dent.  Digital currency may well reign supreme, but it won’t be much more than a speculative bet until someone figures out how to integrate it into legacy systems and market, policy, and regulatory realities.