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What is DeFi? Here are the DeFi basics: Definitions and tutorials to strap to your tool belt as you explore the frontier of finance.

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What is DeFi? A Decentralized Finance 101

Decentralized finance, or DeFi, is the ecosystem of financial applications being built with blockchain technology and without banks.  Money lives in cages:  Each financial system is locked within its own

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Ethereum DeFi Projects Map

DeFi is a growing ecosystem of protocols and applications, which are delivering value to several thousands of users, and transacting the equivalent of hundreds of millions of dollars in digital

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DeFi Security 101

This article was written together with Ledger, a hardware wallet and application to securely buy, sell, exchange, stake, lend & manage your crypto. Owning crypto is a path made of

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How Does DeFi Differ From CeFi?

There are 3 major differences to know between CeFi and DeFi. 1) Centralized finance (CeFi) refer to crypto banking companies like Coinbase, Binance, and Huobi, which are owned by a

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Trust, Intermediaries and Censorship

When you use a DeFi application, it’s powered by hardcoded rules. The idea is that these rules provide users with the ability to do powerful but predictable things with their

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KYC and Why It’s Not Needed in DeFi

While crypto has been around over 10 years, the most popular apps until the last year have been centralized crypto exchanges. These centralized exchanges like Binance and Coinbase do billions

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Top Tools to Get Started with DeFi

In DeFi, our money is controlled by us, the user, while the apps we use are created by different teams who share one common thread, the blockchain. In most cases

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Top Teams Building DeFi

DeFi is constantly changing, with new projects popping up seemingly every single day. This is by no means an exhaustive list. It’s just the tip of the iceberg. We went

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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

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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

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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”

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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

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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

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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

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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

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What is Gas and How to Save on Fees?

“Gas” is the ETH required to power every transaction on Ethereum. Gas is a term that was coined to describe the ETH (ether) required to transact on the Ethereum network.

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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

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A Handy Guide to DeFi Taxes

It’s that time of the year again. No, I don’t mean March Madness bracket busting, and I’m not talking about emerging from the depths of winter. That’s right, it’s the

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Five Leading DeFi Aggregators

As DeFi grows, keeping tabs on all the available products has become increasingly challenging. Even for those individuals who are able to keep track, the scattered nature of the many protocols,

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What is a DAO? Mapping Out the Ecosystem

This article offers a 10,000ft view on the ‘Decentralized {Autonomous} Organization’, or DAO tooling and project landscape. It’s intended to be complementary to introductory posts like Linda Xie’s ‘A beginner’s

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Solana DeFi Ecosystem Overview

Solana has emerged as one of the handful of smart contracts platforms competing to become a base layer for DeFi applications, with some of its projects gaining traction as its

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