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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

The US election results are in, but not quite. Although Biden has been declared the President-elect of the United States, the Trump administration is contesting key states for alleged voting fraud from mail-in ballots. Until the situation resolves itself, it is hard to tell what might happen in the events leading up to the presidential inauguration on January 20th – whether Joe Biden

Cryptocurrency derivative markets have seen a huge surge in popularity following the Covid-19 market crash as speculators attempt to capitalise on the volatility in both price and trading volume. In the lead up to this event, the range of markets available were increasing significantly despite mediocre trade volume. Although, following both the bitcoin halving and increased volatility, the types of contracts on offer

Originally published on Capitalist Exploits on November 12, 2020. Gold has remained a fundamental piece of culture among humans for thousands of years, although over time its uses have changed drastically. While it has held value to humans for millennia, its first recorded use as a medium of exchange was around 4000BC. From here it progressively became a cornerstone in the assets of individuals,

Glossary Ethereum – The platformEther (ETH) - The cryptocurrency used to run the network. Gas fee - The fee for transacting on the Ethereum network. Paid with ether. Ledger – A total record of transactions in a book or digital documentDecentralised – Where no central entity has power over an organisation  Introduction  Before Ethereum there was Bitcoin: The concept of Ethereum was conceived after the creation of Bitcoin,

Twelve years have passed since a whitepaper introduced Blockchain and Bitcoin to the world. A lot has changed, not only to its applications but also in how the world perceives them. Cryptocurrencies have worldwide applications, so it's no surprise that nations took notice and started working on their national frameworks. The first cryptocurrency policy took place in June of 2014. That's when Canada’s

Institutional investment in bitcoin has seen a steady increase over the past decade. While for some, this raises concern for the potential of crowding out retail investors, the opposite is likely to be true. A rise of involvement from institutions has increased market liquidity, price stability and aided in a heightened reputation among governments and regulators.1 Despite this, wide adoption has been stifled

The world economy faced numerous obstacles throughout this century. Whether through depressions, financial bubbles or as of more recently, Covid-19, the globalised structures of capital are constantly challenged. Nations still have a long way to go before recovering from the current pandemic recession. The value chain shock caused by the crisis has shed light on the fragility of traditional systems and has shown

Ever since its first implementations, global stock markets have provided the mainstream media with stereotypes of a fast-paced environment, where money comes and goes at a staggering pace as investors squeeze in their orders amongst hundreds of available options. Until fairly recently, the common image of a stock exchange were wall street brokers running around the halls, screaming orders from the top of