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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

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 and to

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 settlement is the current de facto

In November of 2020, it was reported that payments company Circle has been working with the United States government to develop a reliable method to provide foreign aid to Venezuela in a way that bypasses the Nicolás Maduro government and directly supports the country’s population. Their chosen method? Through stablecoins. In this article, we cover the American logistics of how the US uses stablecoins

As Bitcoin (BTC) sits near its all-time high alongside many crypto assets, global focus is being placed on its value as a tradable store of wealth that has immense value to any individual’s portfolio. While this is one key component of BTC’s value and many digital assets’, alternative uses are flourishing in nations across Africa. A region plagued with misfortune and underdeveloped infrastructure

The 2020 presidential run was certainly one for the history books. Surrounded by the rising threat of a global pandemic, economic meltdown and election fraud accusations, the past year was a callous one to handle in the world of politics. Yet, regardless of political positions and the openly disputed authenticity of results, the next four years have begun; Joe Biden has been sworn

Grayscale, established in 2013 and based in New York, is the largest digital asset manager with $23.3 billion AUM as of 5th January 2021. Offering a set of digital asset trusts, such as the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) and the Grayscale Ethereum Trust (ETHE), they provide the infrastructure for traditional investors and institutions to easily invest into digital assets. GBTC alone has seen

In 2020, bitcoin experienced a tremendous rise in interest from corporations, entrepreneurial personalities and institutional investors. Twitter’s Square Inc. acquired US$50 million in bitcoin for its capability of “economic empowerment”, software developer MicroStrategy purchased over US$1 billion of the crypto and established firms like MassMutual which acquired US$100 million of the digital currency in December. There are currently several adoption examples of the

Decentralized Finance (DeFi), a new field applying blockchain technology to the financial industry, is reshaping the existing structure of the financial system and creating new approaches towards the future of finance.  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

Central bank 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