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The Financial Action Task Force Will Regulate DeFi

The Financial Action Task Force, the global Anti-Money Laundering (AML) authority, issued new guidance on Decentralized Finance (DeFi). more…


Gunnar Jaerv

8 April 2021
10 minute read
6 April 2021 Concepts: Polkadot

Polkadot’s (DOT) increased in price by 73% in just over two weeks.

1 April 2021 Concepts: The Cantillon Effect

The Cantillon Effect is an unintended side effect of pumping money into the economy that can make efforts to stimulate the economy less effectively and unfair. It was first observed by English Economist Richard Cantillon in the early 1700s.

29 March 2021 Concepts: Game Theory

Game theory is a way of creating a simplified interactive environment — a “game” — that lets us model how people and entities will respond.

24 March 2021 FDT Explorer: Ethereum gas fees are getting too high. What’s the solution?

Ethereum is the blockchain of choice for tokens, and for the increasingly large number of DeFi projects that use the network to generate returns for their investors and themselves.

18 March 2021 FDT Explorer: Looking back on the ICO boom

Just a few short years ago, ICOs promised to change the way investment was done.

16 March 2021 Concepts: Ethereum Gas Prices

Ethereum gas prices are in the news, but what is gas, why do you have to pay for it to use Ethereum, and why are gas prices so high right now?

11 March 2021 Concepts: Metcalfe’s Law

Metcalfe’s Law is a way of describing the usefulness of networks. Roughly put, Metcalfe’s Law states that the more users a network has, the more valuable it is to each individual user.

8 March 2021 1DT Explorer: Non-Fungible Tokens

One of the biggest selling points for tokenization on the blockchain is the fungibility of tokens.

2 March 2021 What are Institutional Investors looking for in the Digital Asset space?

Investment in the digital assets space increasingly comes from institutional investors.

1 March 2021 Digital Assets: BTC as The World’s Reserve Currency

Nations, cities and corporations all keep currency and assets in reserve, to preserve their value and to use for transactions with other similar entities.

19 February 2021 Concepts: Free Trade, Pins and the Invisible Hand - An Inquiry into Adam Smith

Adam Smith is the founder of modern economics. Before him, there was little effort to discover exactly how some countries became wealthier, some people more prosperous, than others. And in part this is because there was little need.

16 February 2021 Uncommon Stocks: The GameStop Story

GameStop is a computer games retail store, facing an uphill struggle in the days of lockdowns and downloadable games.

23 January 2021 Concepts: The Economic Consequences of John Maynard Keynes

John Maynard Keynes built on the ideas of Irving Fisher to propose a solution to the shortcomings of free markets that left the markets themselves mostly intact.

14 January 2021 2020 Roundup: The Year in Digital Assets, Finance and Economics

2020 was the year when states around the world got serious about digital assets. Some regulated them, some banned them, and some set about creating their own; many created clearer regulatory frameworks.

6 January 2021 As Sweden weighs the ‘e-Krona,’ what do CBDCs mean for the digital assets space?

Sweden is considering switching from its national currency, the Krona (Crown) to a digital equivalent: a stablecoin backed by the state’s fiat currency, referred to as a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC).

2 December 2020 Concepts: The Austrian School

The Austrian school of economics gave us concepts like opportunity cost, and called for a currency immune to inflation and central bank control.

28 November 2020 Concepts: Gresham’s Law

Gresham’s law states that bad money drives out good. But how can that happen, and what does it mean for modern economics and for digital assets investors?

3 November 2020 Can Digital Assets Solve the Problems of Modern Banking?

Whether retail or commercial, bank customers have their expectations shaped by a world of always-available, instantly-actioned tech. Payment apps and social media, communications and productivity, are all now non-local, device-agnostic and semi-automated.

21 October 2020 Concepts: ERC-721

ERC 721 Tokens is a technical standard used for non-fungible tokens, also known as deeds.

11 October 2020 Concepts: ERC-20

ERC 20 Tokens is a technical standard used for smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain for implementing tokens.

5 October 2020 The Strange Death and New Life of Cash

Cash money, once the self-evident standard of reliable exchange, is difficult to come by now. Where has it gone and what does the future hold?

28 September 2020 Concepts: Fractional Reserve Banking

Today’s banking system operates on a system called Fractional Reserve Banking. It’s the same interlocking system all over the world, and you might be surprised when you look under the hood and see how it actually works.

18 September 2020 DeFi: What Can the Case of YAM Teach Us About Yield Farming?

DeFi is the hottest newcomer to the burgeoning digital assets economy. With enormous growth in assets tied up in the system, it offers a tantalizing glimpse of high-reward investment.

28 August 2020 Concepts: Fiat Currency

Fiat money is money that government has decided is legal tender. Unlike a currency based on assets, fiat money is backed by a country’s whole economy.

17 August 2020 Concepts: Consensus Algorithms in Blockchain

On Blockchain, there is no central entity validating and verifying the transactions, yet every transaction on Blockchain is considered to be trusted and verified. What makes this possible?

13 August 2020 Leading Institutional Digital Asset Safekeeping Platforms in 2020

Picking a crypto safekeeping platform can be an arduous task. In this post, we’ll look over the best technologies currently available for digital asset custody.

10 August 2020 Concepts: Tokenized Securities

Securities can and are being issued on blockchain. What are the relevant touch-points with the regulation?

7 August 2020 MPC or HSM: Who Would Win?

Digital assets storage, custody and transactions require different approaches from traditional assets.

24 July 2020 US Banks Can Custody Digital Assets, Says OCC

On July 22, the US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced that it would let all chartered banks in the USA custody digital assets.

19 June 2020 What is Equity Investing?

An equity investment is any investment in a company that is made by purchasing shares of that company in the stock market.

14 June 2020 Hong Kong's LPF Regime Gives Investors an Alternative to the Caymans

Hong Kong is introducing a Limited Partnership for Funds (LPF) regime to support funds operators in the region and meet rising demand as previously available offshore solutions lose their appeal.

8 June 2020 Digital Assets Payments Systems: An Overview

Digital assets payment systems work by transferring digital tokens between accounts on a blockchain. At its most basic, this is how Bitcoin works.

4 June 2020 Digital Asset Custody and Trading Regulations: An Overview

Digital assets are increasingly coming to the attention of regulators and legislators at the national and supranational levels.

1 June 2020 Institutional Investment in Digital Assets

The market for digital assets has undergone several profound transformations since the 2009 release of the Bitcoin white paper.

27 May 2020 Hong Kong’s IRD Issues Guidance on Digital Asset Taxation

On March 27, 2020, Hong Kong’s Inland Revenue Department (IRD) issued its revised Departmental Interpretation and Practice Notes (DIPN) No. 39, laying out how the department was to treat various actors in Hong Kong’s tech and financial sectors.

25 May 2020 Concepts: Airdrop

An airdrop is a distribution of free digital assets to multiple addresses/accounts. The term comes from computer games and from there to the military, meaning supplies dropped from an aircraft.

20 May 2020 Alternative Investments Diversify Portfolios and Avoid Turbulence

An alternative investment is one that isn’t a stock or bond. Traditionally, ownership in companies was the most valuable asset with ownership of their debt a close second.

15 May 2020 Digital Assets Custody Technology

Custody for the digital assets space relies on progress and integration in two key areas: structure and technology.

1 April 2020 Concepts: Tokenization

Tokenization Asset tokenization is the process of creating tokens that stand in for a specific fraction of the value of an asset.

11 March 2020 What Is Coin Burn?

When you read a headline saying that a company has “burned” half its coins, as Stellar recently did, what actually happens? Why would a company destroy its assets in this way, and how does the process work technically?

26 February 2020 The Digital Asset Custody Landscape

Digital asset custody is a relatively young industry, yet it’s bootstrapping its way into maturity fast, based on increasing investment from institutional investors and the model of the extant traditional custody and trust world.