The Evolving Open Finance Ecosystem

    During this period of low Bitcoin volatility, decentralized (or open) finance has turned into a hype that is reminiscent of the 2017 ICO mania. Why has it attracted so much attention in a short timespan?

    Examining Crypto Volatility

    While crypto investors and traders are used to large price swings, volatility has dropped down to historically low levels over the past weeks. What is the current market environment? And how do “the other BTC charts”, valued against non-USD currencies, look like?

    Token Incentives in Decentralized Finance

    Altcoins, and especially the ones with smaller market caps, have performed well this year. One particular group of tokens stood out: those related to decentralized finance. What is the current hype all about?

    Scaling the Second Layer

    For mainstream adoption, scaling blockchains is a key challenge. Over the past six months, significant improvements to transaction speed and cost have been achieved using second layer technologies.

    Bitcoin SV: Back to Genesis

    Since Bitcoin Satoshi Vision came into existence in November 2018, a lot has happened on the chain, from the establishment of decentralized social media to simplified payment solutions. Miners – or transaction processors – will play a key role moving forward.

    Ethereum’s Path to Serenity

    Ethereum is inching closer to one of its most anticipated events: the launch of Ethereum 2. The key factor to look out for that could signal an imminent launch is a multi-client testnet that runs smoothly for 2-3 months. Meanwhile, stablecoins are dominating value transfer on the current Ethereum chain.

    Block Reward Halvings and the Rational Miner

    Bitcoin’s third block reward halving in May will reshape the mining landscape and strongly affect the economics of mining. What will this mean for the supply of BTC coming from miners to the open markets?

    Turn on the Money Printers!

    The current global crisis has led governments and central banks to launch extensive measures in fiscal and monetary policies. This brings up the discussion about a fundamental aspect of cryptocurrencies: their use as a hedge against inflation.

    A Flight to Safety

    Cryptocurrencies were not immune to concerns about the global economy and saw a market-wide sell-off last week. What happened? And how did it happen?

    Blockchain, not Bitcoin?

    An often-heard stance on the digital asset space is: “Blockchain yes, cryptocurrencies no.” However, the value proposition of the two is linked together, and cryptocurrencies are an integral part of decentralized blockchains.

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