The community-centered approach to Web3 — Aave founder and CEO

Aave founder and chief executive officer Stani Kulechov said the firm was continuing to develop its decentralized social media platform, with Web3 potentially changing the way many view ownership. Speaking to Cointelegraph at the Collision conference in Toronto on Thursday, Kulechov said Web3 — a buzzword often thrown around which generally describes the next evolution of an internet based on blockchain technology — could impact how people use social media in much the same way cryptocurrency changed perceptions on finance. The Aave CEO remarked how developers had adapted protocols to…

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India to roll out CBDC using a graded approach: RBI Annual Report

Further cementing India’s decision to introduce an in-house central bank digital currency (CBDC) in 2022-23, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) proposed a three-step graded approach for rolling out CBDC “with little or no disruption” to the traditional financial system. In February, while discussing the budget for 2022, Indian finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman spoke about the launch of a digital rupee to provide a “big boost” to the digital economy. In the annual report released Friday by India’s central bank, RBI revealed exploring the pros and cons of introducing a…

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Pro traders adopt a hands-off approach as Bitcoin price explores new lows

Bitcoin’s (BTC) current 20% drop over the past four days has put the price at its lowest level in nine months and while these movements might seem extraordinary, quite a number of large listed companies and commodities faced a similar correction. For example, natural gas futures corrected 15.5% in four days and nickel futures traded down 8% on May 9. Other casualties of the correction include multiple $10 billion and higher market capitalization companies that are listed at U.S. stock exchanges. Bill.com (BILL) traded down 30%, while Cloudflare (NET) presented…

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DeFi protocols lost $1.6B, EU to rethink DeFi approach, and more

The past week in the decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem saw many new developments from an adoption perspective and protocol developments. The European Commission added a new chapter on DeFi, showing the growing impact of the nascent ecosystem, while a county in the United States State of Virginia wants to put its pension fund in a DeFi yield. DeFi exploits became the center of attention again as recent research shows that in the first two quarters of 2022, DeFi protocols have lost $1.6 billion to various exploits. Rari Fuze hacker, who…

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EU Commission report suggests rethink of regulatory approach to DeFi

Analysts from the European Commission showed an unexpected understanding of how decentralized finance (DeFi) actually functions, having defined it as something different from the traditional financial system and acknowledging that it would require rethinking the approach to regulation.  On Monday, May 2, crypto venture advisor at Presight Capital and a long-term expert on European regulation Patrick Hansen shared some important details from the EU Commission’s “European Financial Stability and Integration Review 2022.” T report, dated April 7, contains a 12-page chapter on DeFi, in which the authors demonstrate a sensible…

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How should average investors approach crypto?

Cryptocurrencies have come a long way over the last few years, so much so that their market capitalization is now above the $2 trillion mark, and large businesses including Tesla and MicroStrategy have invested billions in Bitcoin (BTC). While institutional investments in crypto assets have been growing over the last few years, discussion on how retail investors should approach cryptocurrency investments has dominated social media. While some advocate for all-or-nothing bets on small-cap altcoins, more conservative approaches include investing only in Bitcoin or gaining exposure via indexes. Younger generations are…

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BOE Forms New Regulatory Approach to Crypto

The Bank of England is working on a strict regulatory framework for crypto assets. The Bank of England announced these plans as part of its efforts to prevent the risks to financial stability that the rapid growth of cryptocurrencies could cause.  The global crypto sector flourished in 2021, with the total market cap for the sector growing by 187.5%. There are currently more than 17,000 crypto assets tokens in circulation. While recognizing the benefits of crypto such as low transaction costs and more choices for users, BOE emphasized the need…

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Green ‘light:’ The EU’s approach to crypto balances eco-values with regulatory relevance

Last week, Bitcoin (BTC) dodged a regulatory bullet in the European Union when proposed cryptocurrency legislation was altered to not include a ban on proof-of-work- (PoW)-based crypto assets. Policymakers had raised a number of concerns about the relative anonymity of crypto transactions and their environmental impact. Some experts including Tim Frost, founder and CEO of Yield App, believe that the “climate change” angle reflects a hidden attempt to ban Bitcoin. But, why?  The proposed EU regulation on Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA) can be seen as a hybrid approach, which…

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Are NFTs an animal to be regulated? A European approach to decentralization, Part 1

Nonfungible tokens (NFTs) are constantly in the news. NFT platforms are springing up like mushrooms and champions are emerging, such as OpenSea. It is a real platform economy that is emerging, like those in which YouTube or Booking.com gained a foothold. But it is a very young economy — one that is struggling to understand the legal issues that apply to it. Regulators are starting to take an interest in the subject, and there is risk of a backlash if the industry does not regulate itself quickly. And, as always,…

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How should DeFi be regulated? A European approach to decentralization

Decentralized finance, known as DeFi, is a new use of blockchain technology that is growing rapidly, with over $237 billion in value locked up in DeFi projects as of January 2022. Regulators are aware of this phenomenon and are beginning to act to regulate it. In this article, we briefly review the fundamentals and risks of DeFi before presenting the regulatory context. The fundamentals of DeFi DeFi is a set of alternative financial systems based on the blockchain that allows for more advanced financial operations than the simple transfer of…

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