Day: February 28, 2021

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The Future of DeFi

The biggest question in DeFi is always: What’s next? And that’s what’s so magnificent about this new world of DeFi: nobody knows, but whatever it is, it’s coming fast and furious. Back up a moment to appreciate DeFi in 2020–the landmark year of Ethereum to date. You can ponder regrets having not bought ETH for …

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Top 10 DeFi Resources

There are countless resources that can provide crucial information and education to help you along in your DeFi journey. These (in no particular order or ranking) are our Top 10 DeFi Resources: The Defiant. No surprise here. Subscribe to The Defiant YouTube channel, newsletter and podcast, covering the most interesting, most extraordinary, and sometimes, most …

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Risks of DeFi

You can lose 100% of your money in any DeFi app or protocol. So above all else, apply a simple rule of thumb to help mitigate this risk: don’t deposit more than you’re willing to lose. Here’s a rundown of the 7 most common risks (or 7 most deadly DeFi sins) that everyone should consider …

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DeFi Insurance and how Nexus Mutual Works

As more apps and protocols launch, and more money pours into DeFi, it’s important that DeFi investors can mitigate the risk of losing their funds. With great power, comes great responsibility. Insurance protects us from the unexpected, and in DeFi, there’s nothing more expected than the unexpected. While DeFi is exploding in growth, it also …

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DeFi On-Chain Options

Options are yet another money lego growing like crazy on Ethereum, with growing liquidity on Hegic and Opyn. Options, like the name implies, give traders the option to buy or sell an asset at a pre-determined price on a future date. They are used to protect against price volatility and speculate on market moves. Options …

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Algorithmic Stablecoins

Stablecoins on Ethereum boast an estimated $20B in liquidity (according to usdonethereum.com) and they show no signs of slowing down in growth.  Stablecoins, examples of which include DAI, sUSD, USDC or USDT, come in all sorts of varieties: decentralized vs centralized, backed 1:1 by dollars vs overcollateralized vs reportedly undercollateralized (in the case of USDT). …

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What’s Layer 1 vs Layer 2?

If you have tried DeFi recently, you have probably experienced the frustrations of high transaction fees. As the demand for DeFi services on Ethereum have increased, it has become “normal” to pay higher fees such as $20 per transaction or even several hundred dollars on occasion. If this blockchain scalability problem isn’t resolved, these transaction …

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DEXs vs CEXs

CeFi vs DeFi. Centralized exchanges (CEXs) versus decentralized exchanges (DEXs). Trading on CEXs involves trusting a centralized company with your private keys and information. It also often means a faster trading experience. Trading on DEXs means not having to ask for permission and maintaining control of your assets and information. The differences between trading on …

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What is yearn.finance

Yearn.finance automates yield earning. It started out as a “yield bouncer” called iearn.finance, automatically moving stablecoins like DAI from one lending protocol to the next across Compound, dYdX, Aave, and more to maximize lending yield. Then the idea evolved when founder Andre Cronje combined this yield bouncing strategy with a stablecoin pool in Curve. Anyone …

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What is Yield Farming and Liquidity Providing

Yield farming is one of the many memes that was created by the DeFi community. While it’s a term that gets tossed around loosely, there’s a narrower criteria to define what is yield farming: It often requires providing liquidity or lending liquidity in a permissionless DeFi protocol to earn passive income. It results in traders …

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DEX Aggregators; The Search Engines of DeFi Trading

One of the most important new tools to master in DeFi is trading on decentralized exchanges (DEXs) on Ethereum. For those trading tokens powered by Ethereum (ERC20 tokens), it’s important we can find the best trading rates across a growing list of liquidity sources in DeFi. It’s very similar to searching for the best flight …

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What are Automated Market Makers Like Uniswap

Automated Market Makers (AMM) are one of the most popular DeFi applications today. An AMM is a decentralized asset trading pool that enables market participants to buy or sell cryptocurrencies. AMMs are non-custodial, meaning you never give up control of your funds like on a centralized exchange, and they’re permissionless in nature, meaning all you …

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