Is DeFi for Real?

Is Defi For Real?

What Is DeFi And What Is It Used For? Decentralized Finance or DeFi has several use cases today, but the technological and regulatory frameworks needed to mainstream it are yet to evolve. DeFi is a novel way of approaching financial transactions that removes the need for custodial and third party agencies between any two users in a transaction. Traditional banks and financiers are no longer needed for financial dealings in DeFi, allowing it to offer more choices for secure transfers to a wider customer base. Users can choose from several dApps…

Record Ethereum Network Use and Gas Fees Pose Risk to DeFi Expansion

The number of Ethereum network transactions more than doubled in 2020 and is now virtually identical to the January 2018 all-time high.  As shown on the chart below, the number of transactions doubled in the past six months to stand at 1.23 million per day.  Ethereum 7-day average daily transactions. Source: CoinMetrics This situation might seem very bullish at first, but one must remember both EOS and Tron (TRX) started as ERC-20 tokens before launching their own mainnet and running fully independent blockchains. A similar chain migration is happening on…

Ireland Will Transpose Latest EU Anti-Money Laundering Rules Into National Law

Cryptocurrency firms in Ireland will soon be regulated in line with the latest European legal framework for the prevention of money laundering and terrorism financing. On Aug. 10, the Cabinet of Ireland approved a bill to transpose the criminal justice elements of the European Union’s Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD5) into national law, thereby strengthening existing legislation.  Approval from the Cabinet gives Ireland’s Minister for Justice and Equality, Helen McEntee, the go-ahead to publish the new bill, entitled The Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020.  Among…

New York Financial Regulator Greenlights 10 Tokens for Custody

The New York State Department of Financial Services has issued a greenlist of 8 virtual currencies for sale and trade, and 10 coins approved for custody by licensed entities. According to a Aug. 3 update on the New York Department of Financial Services website (NYDFS), state regulators have approved 8 cryptocurrencies for listing and trading. These tokens include Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Litecoin (LTC), Binance USD (BUSD), Gemini Dollar (GUSD), Pax Gold (PAXG), and the Paxos Standard Token (PAX). The NYDFS also greenlighted the same coins for…

Number of Bitcoin Cash Whales Drop Following 39% Price Surge

Following a 39% price surge at the end of July, at least 10 Bitcoin Cash whales have left the network, possibly trading or selling their millions in holdings.  According to Crypto Twitter user Ali Martinez, data from analytics site Santiment shows the number of investors holding between 10,000-100,000 Bitcoin Cash (BCH) — roughly $3-30 million — has fallen by 10 since Aug. 1. The drop comes after the token surged 38.7% from $224.46 on July 17 to a three-month high of $311.34 on July 31, implying that a number of…

Americans Trade Depreciating Dollars For Bitcoin

A Bloomberg article claims that Americans are foregoing the safety of the dollar for more speculative assets like stocks, gold, and Bitcoin (BTC). High saving rates, low yields Because of the COVID-19 lockdown, the personal savings rate in the U.S. is at a historic high. The yield offered by the financial institutions on savings accounts, however, is close to zero. At the same time, assets as Bitcoin, equities, and gold, all have made double-digit gains since March. This is making them an attractive option for investors. Source: Bloomberg. The article…

Future Lotteries Could Benefit From ETH 2.0’s Randomness

Discussing Ethereum’s (ETH) hackathon in partnership with the Colorado State Lottery, Vitalik Buterin opined that in the future, such lotteries could benefit from Ethereum 2.0’s Verifiable Delay Function. No immediate use for Ethereum in the project The Ethereum creator will be one of the guests at the virtual opening ceremony for the Colorado State Lottery GameJam Hackathon. Jared Polis and Chainlink’s co-founder, Sergey Nazarov, will also be inattendance. Buterin does not believe that the Colorado Lottery will immediately start using the Ethereum blockchain for its games of chance, but suspects…

A 17 Year Old Was Just Arrested in Connection With Twitter’s Recent Hack

Authorities have taken a teen into custody, believing him to be the brains behind the recent Twitter breach. Authorities have taken a 17-year old into custody, claiming the not-yet-adult as the brains behind the recent massive Twitter breach.  “Early this morning, the FBI, IRS, US Secret Service, and Florida law enforcement placed a 17-year-old in Tampa, Florida, under arrest — accusing him of being the ‘mastermind’ behind the biggest security and privacy breach in Twitter’s history,” a July 31 article from The Verge said. The massive exploit saw many top…

Decentralized Exchange Bancor Officially Launches Upgraded V2 Platform

The Bancor project has launched a heavily upgraded version of its decentralized exchange, promising to solve what it calls “DeFi’s dirty little secret.” According to a blog post released on Friday, the contracts have been deployed to mainnet in a beta launch mode. Each pool will have its liquidity capped to $1 million until a “pool manager” permanently removes the limitation when it is confirmed safe. As Cointelegraph previously reported, the exchange mitigates the issue of impermanent loss, where liquidity providers could lose some of their money as prices for…

Blockchain Could Help Content Generation Industry Be More Profitable

Chinese content generation platform TikTok, a video-sharing app that has been called the fastest-growing social networking service in history, has been in the spotlight since early 2019 and now surpasses 800 million users. Despite the fact that the app’s data security breaches are raising controversy worldwide, more and more young people are using it as the go-to social media for the new generation, with a reported 69% of TikTok’s global audience being between the ages of 16 and 24. Despite its overwhelming success and rapidly growing user base, the truth…