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December 2020

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Decentralized Finance (DeFi), a new field applying blockchain technology to the financial industry, is reshaping the existing structure of the financial system.  This article provides a deep understanding of how DeFi makes traditional financial markets more resilient, improves financial inclusion, boosts innovations to traditional financial services, and whether regulators could set new legal frameworks for it. DeFi refers to a decentralized financial system supported by

Download As PDF Note from the Principals We want to take this opportunity to thank all our investors and subscribers for an amazing year. We appreciate the support, feedback and shared passion for this asset class. It really brings us great pleasure to build products and services that enable safe, secure access, and the broader adoption of digital assets. We have some huge things in

Interest rates have been present in human civilization for centuries, with the oldest known example in ancient Babylonian society around 2000BC. The moneylender profession was admirable in this time, with interest rates of 25% being commonplace, particularly if precious metals such as gold or silver were on the table. Although, operations were typically small scale and privately run with very few examples of

Download As PDF Week in Review NB - note that the next Week in Review (Mon 21st Dec) will be our last for 2020 as the team takes a well-deserved break!Newsflow has been strong this week with Wells Fargo, Bloomberg and a host of other institutional players releasing analysis and media around bitcoin.Reuters reports Crypto Fund inflows as being their second-highest on record.Fidelity has released

Date of birthsBaby boomers: 1946 - 1964Generation X: 1965 - 1980 Millennials (Generation Y): 1981 - 1996 Generation Z: 1997 - 2010    In the broad context of asset classes, cryptocurrencies and digital assets are a relatively recent addition, with the Bitcoin whitepaper released in October of 2008. Many financial commentators argue that Bitcoin’s disruptive frameworks and attachment to digital modernity is what drove millennials to

In March 2020, the Bitcoin (BTC) price took a dive, dropping almost 50% in just a few days. Since then, the cryptocurrency has seen a supply shock unlike any before it. A surge in demand by both retail and institutional investors was expected due to the price discount and increasing faith in the asset’s utility. However, the main driving factor was the increase

Download As PDF Week in Review Zerocap Principal Trent Barnes was interviewed by ex-Bloomberg anchor Angie Lau explaining why Bitcoin’s current bull run will not be ending anytime soon. S&P Dow Jones Indices announced the launch of cryptocurrency indices in 2021, containing more than 550 of the top traded coins. Visa Inc. connected its global payment network to the U.S. Dollar Coin (USDC) on ethereum blockchain, to

https://youtu.be/aE1QAC0XYOs Originally published on Forkast News on December 1st, 2020 When Melbourne-based digital assets investments and custodial services firm Zerocap published its report, “Bitcoin: This is the Hedge,” at the end of Q3 this year, bitcoin prices had recovered to above US$10,000 since the Coronavirus Crash of March. Back then, Zerocap advised: “You haven’t missed the boat yet. Now is the time to ride the

Originally published on Capitalist Exploits on November 27, 2020. Imagine a world where you can loan money, access credit markets, trade both financial and non-financial assets, margin trade or even invest in a managed fund, all without financial institutions acting as intermediaries. Instantly and globally. How? Through Decentralised Finance. Decentralised Finance (DeFi) is an ecosystem of financial services, facilitated through the use of smart contracts deployed on