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Brief intro to Bitcoin Bitcoin is widely regarded as the world’s leading cryptocurrency, a type of digital asset that utilises blockchain technology to create a decentralised, transparent and secure monetary network. Released in 2008 as a targeted response to the Global Financial Crisis, Bitcoin’s early-day proponents hoped to develop an asset that could provide a secure and reliable currency, removed from a ‘broken’ centralised

Image source: The Economist Over the past few months, the cryptocurrency market has witnessed the rise of NFTs - or non-fungible tokens - across the financial ecosystem. Artists, celebrities, companies, amongst others are issuing thousands of these tokens across blockchain networks, some being sold for up to 69 million dollars.    Auctions with such high-level bids and applicability concerns have left many wondering if NFTs are

The days of physical currencies seem to be numbered, particularly in light of covid. As digital finance grows in worldwide adoption, central banks have been pushing the envelope towards frameworks that eliminate the use of cash and replace it with fully-digital banking and centralised digital currencies.   Will there be a point when we migrate to a fully-cashless economy? If so, what are the pros

Image source: crypto-economy.com A highly anticipated scaling solution for Ethereum, called Optimism, is slated to launch this month. By helping Ethereum run computations off-chain and only publishing transaction data on-chain, testing has shown that Optimism can reduce Ethereum’s current fees by 100x or more. We have seen how alternate high throughput versions of Ethereum like Binance Smart Chain have grown (see charts below), which

The Macroeconomic Mirage The US and global economies are currently in a unique position. As global debt reaches US$281 trillion with no sign of slowing down, the macroeconomic horizon is becoming more uncertain. In 2020, the federal reserve injected over US$3 trillion and a further US$1.9 trillion is expected in early 2021 under the Biden administration.  The act has led to a domino effect resulting

Originally published on Capitalist Exploits on February 25th, 2021 In our Ethereum Primer, we outlined the platform’s underlying technology and functionalities, such as the ability to facilitate the global exchange of assets without an intermediary. But the question is: how do we quantify the value that Ethereum provides and how does this translate to ethereum’s value as an investable asset? There are few traditional financial

Image source: ComparaJá.pt On February 10th, MasterCard announced that it would allow its cardholders to execute transactions on their platforms through digital currencies, which will be available sometime in 2021. Visa is going through a similar path, revealing a roadmap on February 3rd to integrate the assets into their payment system. Such announcements from two of the main global payment providers present a substantial

The year 2020 introduced many investors in the world of traditional finance to the potential impact that cryptocurrencies will have in the coming decades. The bull market currently occurring in the digital asset space following the March 2020 crash prompted many to dive deeper into understanding Bitcoin (BTC) and the Ethereum network. With partial regulatory acceptance in key financial centres such as the

Image source: Bitcoinist Traditionally, financial metrics use numerical values extracted from financial statements to gain information about a company. Numbers found on a company’s financial statements - balance sheet, income and cash flow statements - are used to perform quantitative analysis to assess a company’s liquidity, leverage, growth, margins, profitability, rates of return, valuation and more. The analysis serves two main purposes; to track

Image source: BItcoinNews The United States Office of the Comptroller of the Currency recently permitted banks to utilise stablecoins, meaning traditional financial institutions could use them to facilitate payments and remittances. Jerome Powell, the chair of the Federal Reserve, estimates it will take “years rather than months” before the Fed releases a CBDC for the US dollar. This means Ethereum is the current de