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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

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

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

Download As PDF Week in Review ETH 2.0’s Beacon Chain genesis was locked on the 1st December, as Ethereum’s deposit contract met its threshold of 524,288 Ether before the deadline.  A merger spree in DeFi occurred last week. Yearn Finance announced a merger with Pickle Finance last Tuesday, which was the first M&A deal in DeFi. On Thursday, Yearn Finance published another upcoming integration with Cream,

Download As PDF Week in Review U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton, who blocked a number of potential bitcoin ETFs from launching, will step down at the end of this year before term expiry. Galaxy Digital launched its “CI Galaxy Bitcoin Fund” in Canada for the general public, increasing its Bitcoin offerings for large investors.Canadian investment fund manager 3iQ Corp raised $57M in

Download As PDF Week in Review We published our Ethereum Primer, a look into what makes Ethereum a fantastic system for smart contracts and foolproof transactions, with grounded examples of its applications. PayPal's crypto trading is officially live in the US, with plans to make a global release for worldwide merchants soon.  Number of Ethereum-based DeFi users grew 55% in the past six weeks, according to a

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,

Download As PDF Week in Review Joe Biden wins the US election, whilst Trump’s administration contests the results and sues for alleged issues on mail-in ballots.Ethereum aims for a December 1st launch of their upgraded ETH 2.0 network, bringing substantially higher scalability and safety protocols to its blockchain. PayPal crypto services will be available by early 2021, according to CEO Dan Schulman.Crypto exchange Blox became the

Download As PDF Week in Review The US election national polls last week pointed to a Biden win, although we are already seeing the race tightening in battleground swing states.Fidelity Digital Asset Services is set to make custody services available to Asian investors, meeting their increasing demand for cryptocurrencies.The Swiss National Bank (SNB) and the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) plan to test a central

Download As PDF Week in Review Paypal will allow investors to invest and trade cryptocurrencies in their system, providing shopping with cryptocurrencies early next year, further facilitating broader adoption.Nearly $900 million in Venture Capital went to crypto companies in Q3,  2020.The Federal Reserve will take a cautious approach on issuing a digital currency, Chairman Jerome Powell said in the IMF annual meeting.  A London Stock Exchange-listed