What are flash loans in DeFi?

Similar to traditional loans, flash loans are expected to be paid back in full eventually. However, there are also marked differences. In typical lending processes, a borrower loans money from a lender. The amount is expected to be paid back in full eventually, with interest, depending on the terms discussed between the lender and the borrower.  Flash loans operate on a similar framework but have some unique terms and premises: Use of smart contracts A smart contract is a tool used in most blockchains to ensure that funds do not…

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…

NFTs and DeFi overturn a banker’s generational curse of poverty in 2 years

Brenda Gentry, a former USAA mortgage underwriter from Texas, believes that the cryptocurrency ecosystem offers a fighting chance to overcome the generational curse of poverty.  Gentry, a.k.a. MsCryptoMom, left her decade-long job as a banker to pursue a full-time crypto career as her initial investments from early 2020 confirmed the “unprecedented opportunities offered by crypto.” She currently runs Gentry Media Productions, a firm that advises decentralized finance (DeFi) and nonfungible token (NFT) projects — generating up to 20 ether (ETH) each month, nearly $50,000 at the time of writing. Speaking…

New research expects a gloomy year for Bitcoin as DeFi and DAOs rise

Another major player in the cryptocurrency world is forecasting a dismal year for Bitcoin (BTC) in 2022. Following the Federal Reserve’s and other central banks’ tightening of liquidity measures, Huobi Research believes that BTC will enter a bear market. On the brighter side, decentralized finance (DeFi) will continue to expand and adapt, with DAO governance eventually becoming a major driver of activity on the chain. Bitcoin and Ether (ETH) prices plummeted on Thursday night on the cryptocurrency market, shedding about $150 billion from the market. Over the last 24 hours, Bitcoin…

New $75M DeFi Fund Signals Big Investment in Blockchain

Decentral Park Capital, an early-stage investment firm, now with $140 million in assets under management, has launched a brand new $75 million fund to invest in DeFi initiatives. This fund aims to deploy funds to invest in decentralized exchanges, lending protocols, derivatives, structured products, oracles, staking, and middleware infrastructure. The money pouring into decentralized finance and blockchain tools is huge, with hundreds of millions being committed by sophisticated “big money” investors. John Quinn, the firm’s founder, said that returning investors for the fund were mostly family offices, which are private…

THORChain brings DeFi yields and swaps to DOGE

Cross-chain liquidity network THORChain has enabled support for Dogecoin (DOGE) — bringing a new suite of decentralized finance (DeFi) capabilities to the popular memecoin. Beginning this week, users have the ability to swap DOGE or earn yield on their DOGE holdings using THORSwap, a non-custodial decentralized exchange. In practice, this means users can swap DOGE for native assets such as Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Binance Coin (BNB), Litecoin (LTC) and stablecoins such as Tether (USDT), USD Coin (USDC) and Binance USD (BUSD). All swaps between THORChain assets, including DOGE, can…

DeFi Needs to Be More Accessible for Greater Adoption

Decentralized technologies are about to revolutionize the global financial system and its institutions. Decentralized Finance (DeFi) offers interesting potential to reduce costs and increase the speed of payments by eliminating friction in terms of technology, contracting and coordination between several parties. DeFi delivers on the promise of faster, better, and cheaper payments, but a number of hurdles need to be overcome, including regulatory, business and technical adoption of this nascent infrastructure. The sad reality is that most decentralized finance (DeFi) wallets and protocols are complicated to use, especially for newbies.…

Solana-based DeFi protocol Hubble raises $10M, prepares for mainnet launch

The Solana (SOL) network is ready to see the mainnet launch for another decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol, aimed at Web3 development and backed by bigshots from the crypto industry. Hubble Protocol, a project aiming to develop a censorship-resistant crypto-backed stablecoin among other DeFi services, has raised $10 million from Three Arrows / DeFiance Capital, Delphi Digital, Digital Currency Group (DCG), Crypto.com Capital, ParaFi, Jump Capital, Decentral Park Capital, CMS, Spartan, DeFi Alliance and Mechanism Capital. Hubble plans to expand its team and DeFi products with fresh funds, starting with its…

Chinese police unearth multi-million dollar DeFi rug pull

Beijing’s crackdown on crypto continued with the start of the new year as Chinese police froze nearly 6 million yuan ($1 million) worth of crypto and arrested eight people involved with it.  As per a report published in Nikkei Asia, the public security bureau of Chizhou unearthed a crypto rug pull fraud that could be worth 50 million yuan ($7.8 million). The police began an investigation after an investor lost 590,000 yuan worth of crypto in June last year. The trail of the inquiry led to eight people living in…

Structure to Develop Mobile App to Drive DeFi Adoption

Global trading platform Structure, which aims to facilitate crypto-based lending and investing for mobile users, just raised $20 million from investors and from a private sale of its digital currency $STXR. The company will offer decentralized finance (DeFi) crypto-denominated lending outside of traditional banking, as well as investing in tokenized assets, digital versions of assets such as stocks and real estate. Of course, Structure isn’t the only company looking to gain a stake in the nascent but fast-growing crypto lending space. While retail investors don’t have access to private token…