Concentrated Liquidity Increases Risk of Impermanent Loss, Bancor and IntoTheBlock Found

On-Chain Markets Update by IntoTheBlock Uniswap v3’s concentrated liquidity improved capital efficiency, but also amplified the risks…

Rising Fees on Avalanche Trigger Scramble for Solutions

Avalanche's transaction fees are rising, triggering a push for solutions and setting up a contest with Ethereum.

Markets Roundup: Avalanche and Gaming Tokens Surge Amid DeFi Retreat

In recent days, Avalanche, gaming and metaverse tokens have bucked the downward trend in DeFi markets.

First Uniswap ETP Goes Live as Institutional DeFi Products Proliferate

Institutional investors appear to be flocking into DeFi assets, with a flurry of institutional investment products offering…
DeFi Blue Chips Are Lagging ETH by The Most Ever Amid Record-Breaking Rally

DeFi Blue Chips Are Lagging ETH by The Most Ever Amid Record-Breaking Rally

The DeFi Pulse Index comprising Uniswap, Aave, and other blue chips has lagged Ethereum during the latest rally.
Bellwether DeFi Pulse Breaks Past $100B in Historic Moment for Decentralized Finance

Bellwether DeFi Pulse Breaks Past $100B in Historic Moment for Decentralized Finance

DeFi Pulse's bellwether DeFi Index crossed $100B for first time.
Hey Bitcoin ETF! Say Hello to the 500 DeFi Index Funds Already Trading

Hey Bitcoin ETF! Say Hello to the 500 DeFi Index Funds Already Trading

The long wait for this one imperfect trading product shows exactly why DeFi will disrupt and upend traditional finance.
Shell Protocol Jumps into 'Concentrated Liquidity'  Just Like Uniswap and Curve

Shell Protocol Jumps into 'Concentrated Liquidity' Just Like Uniswap and Curve

When decentralized exchanges started to take off in 2019, the designs were very simple, but simplicity in these marketplaces might soon be a distant memory. The most successful category of decentralized exchanges are the automated market makers (AMMs), such as…
Fractionalization Makes NFTs Affordable... and Big Targets for Securities Regulators

Fractionalization Makes NFTs Affordable... and Big Targets for Securities Regulators

Fractionalisation of NFTs is a key development in a maturing market. These assets amount to more than just a craze for artists to sell digital art at sky-high valuations. Non-fungible tokens are also being used in sophisticated ways such as…
DeFi Powerhouses Curve and Aave Deploy on  Avalanche to Profit from Incentives

DeFi Powerhouses Curve and Aave Deploy on Avalanche to Profit from Incentives

Incentives work. Or at least they do in terms of wooing DeFi protocols to deploy on other blockchains.  Case in point, Curve Finance, the automated market maker, and Aave, the leading DeFi lending project, have each deployed their offerings on…
DAOs Accelerate Token Swaps in Push to Diversify Their Treasuries

DAOs Accelerate Token Swaps in Push to Diversify Their Treasuries

DeFi DAOs have made some serious cash in 2021 — but generally only in their native tokens. Now they’re looking to diversify. Fueled by a combination of rising token prices and an explosion in fee revenues as DeFi continues to…

Exploring the Multi-Chain Universe Amid Incentives & Upgrades

On-Chain Markets Update by Lucas Outumuro, IntoTheBlock Smart contract platforms’ tokens have been amongst the top performers of 2021. While Ether has recorded a remarkable 330% return year-to-date, newer platforms such as Solana, Avalanche and Terra have seen their tokens…
Crypto is Hungry for a Political Leader From its Own Ranks

Crypto is Hungry for a Political Leader From its Own Ranks

The blockchain industry is ready for one of its own to join the U.S. Congress, whether it’s Messari founder Ryan Selkis or someone else. That’s judging by reactions on the floor of Messari’s conference, Mainnet 2021, taking place at the…
Gensler Vows Action Against DeFi Platforms That Operate ‘Outside the Perimeter’

Gensler Vows Action Against DeFi Platforms That Operate ‘Outside the Perimeter’

All cryptocurrencies will be regulated. Or else. That was the clear and unambiguous message Gary Gensler, the chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, delivered Tuesday in a livestream with The Washington Post.  Gensler said there’s no question in his…
Solana Attracts Oracles as Momentum Builds for Next Phase of DeFi

Solana Attracts Oracles as Momentum Builds for Next Phase of DeFi

Blockchains really only know themselves. That’s what blockchains are good at: knowing the current state of assets held by all the blockhain’s users with confidence grounded in cryptographic verifiability. “[Blockchains] don’t have the ability to speak to the outside world,…
Coinbase Braces for SEC Action as Regulatory Crackdown on DeFi Intensifies 

Coinbase Braces for SEC Action as Regulatory Crackdown on DeFi Intensifies 

 Less than a week after news broke that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was investigating Uniswap, Coinbase, the publicly traded crypto exchange that’s become a bellwether for the burgeoning industry, said it expected to be sued by the agency…

Defiant Degens: How to Earn Future BETA Tokens Lending, Borrowing, and Short-Selling with Beta Finance

This is a weekly tutorial on the most compelling opportunities in yield farming, written by our friend DeFi Dad, an advisor to The Defiant and Head of Portfolio Support at Fourth Revolution Capital (4RC).  Background on Protocol: Crypto markets have…
Decentralized Exchanges Will Eventually Trade Everything: IOSG Report

Decentralized Exchanges Will Eventually Trade Everything: IOSG Report

This report was written by IOSG Ventures and published exclusively on The Defiant Early on, many believed DEXes would stand no chance against CEX giants in terms of cryptocurrency trading. How in the world could simple constant product AMM  replace…
SEC is Reported to Have Started Inquiries on Other DeFi Dapp Makers Beyond Uniswap

SEC is Reported to Have Started Inquiries on Other DeFi Dapp Makers Beyond Uniswap

U.S. regulators are looking at more decentralized finance players than just Uniswap, according to a person familiar with the matter.  Officials are making a broad-based inquiry into a number of platforms in DeFi, other than just the one into Uniswap…
DeFi Giant Uniswap Takes Hit After News of SEC Investigation Breaks

DeFi Giant Uniswap Takes Hit After News of SEC Investigation Breaks

Crypto traders are scrambling as news that Uniswap Labs is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission roiled the DeFi industry Friday.   Uniswap, a powerhouse in the DeFi space with a token sporting a $29B market cap, suffered…

Wall Street Swoons for Altcoins and the Drums Beat for Crypto ETFs: A DeFi Summer Roundup

Welcome to GDF’s FI Corner. We had a little break for the summer, but are back with a round up of the top stories from the establishment’s adoption of crypto. The US Senate bill may have dominated the news over…
Scaling DAOs Won't Be Easy: Five Major Challenges to Overcome

Scaling DAOs Won't Be Easy: Five Major Challenges to Overcome

The only thing cooler than working for one DAO is working for all the DAOs. But to do that you need to figure out what all DAOs need. That sounded tricky to us, too. So we asked! We gathered together…
Uniswap Proposal Stirs Up Controversy in DeFi on DAO Fund Management

Uniswap Proposal Stirs Up Controversy in DeFi on DAO Fund Management

A Uniswap governance proposal riled up the DeFi community this week.  The proposal, which has since been canceled, would have used yield generated from $25M in Uniswap treasury assets to pay employees at blockchain analytics platform Flipside Crypto. The payment…
Crypto Laws, Lobbying & Activism: The Time Has Come For DeFi to Get Serious About D.C.

Crypto Laws, Lobbying & Activism: The Time Has Come For DeFi to Get Serious About D.C.

Earlier this month when the infrastructure bill came with a provision to broadly expand the definition of brokers to include blockchain ecosystem participants such as miners, developers, and others, the crypto industry sprung into action.  Builders, investors, enthusiasts, lawyers, and…
Balancer’s New Kind of Pool Enters Battle for Crypto Liquidity

Balancer’s New Kind of Pool Enters Battle for Crypto Liquidity

Automated portfolio manager Balancer introduced a new mechanism to improve capital efficiency for liquidity providers as it aims to take a larger bite of the interest-bearing token market. Balancer’s so-called metastable pools have a  “nesting” feature, facilitating cheap swaps between…
Sushi Won't Launch on L2 Optimism, Citing Preferential Treatment of Uniswap

Sushi Won't Launch on L2 Optimism, Citing Preferential Treatment of Uniswap

Sushi is drawing back from plans to deploy on Optimism after a dispute over the Ethereum L2 solution’s launch process. On August 11, SushiSwap CTO Joseph Delong announced that Sushi would be taking a wait-and-see approach to deploying on Optimism…
Crypto Community Turns to House to Counter ‘Impossible’ Tax Requirements

Crypto Community Turns to House to Counter ‘Impossible’ Tax Requirements

Following a major setback yesterday, there is still hope that onerous new tax requirements for the cryptocurrency industry can be addressed before they become law.  That’s the upshot from a day of frustration on the floor of the U.S. Senate…
Crypto vs. Wall Street NFTs Dropping From pplpleasr and Fortune Magazine

Crypto vs. Wall Street NFTs Dropping From pplpleasr and Fortune Magazine

Artist pplpleasr, who has worked with big name DeFi protocols Uniswap, SushiSwap and Pickle Finance, has teamed up with Fortune Magazine for an NFT drop. The NFTs, which go live on Aug. 6 at 12 pm EST, will be based…

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Balancer’s New Kind of Pool Enters Battle for Crypto Liquidity

Automated portfolio manager Balancer introduced a new mechanism to improve capital efficiency for liquidity providers as it aims to take a larger bite of the interest-bearing token market. Balancer’s so-called metastable pools have a  “nesting” feature, facilitating cheap swaps between one pool’s tokens and those…

Sushi Won't Launch on L2 Optimism, Citing Preferential Treatment of Uniswap

Sushi is drawing back from plans to deploy on Optimism after a dispute over the Ethereum L2 solution’s launch process. On August 11, SushiSwap CTO Joseph Delong announced that Sushi would be taking a wait-and-see approach to deploying on Optimism due to what he described…

Crypto Community Turns to House to Counter ‘Impossible’ Tax Requirements

Following a major setback yesterday, there is still hope that onerous new tax requirements for the cryptocurrency industry can be addressed before they become law.  That’s the upshot from a day of frustration on the floor of the U.S. Senate when the crypto community got…

Crypto vs. Wall Street NFTs Dropping From pplpleasr and Fortune Magazine

Artist pplpleasr, who has worked with big name DeFi protocols Uniswap, SushiSwap and Pickle Finance, has teamed up with Fortune Magazine for an NFT drop. The NFTs, which go live on Aug. 6 at 12 pm EST, will be based on pplpleasr’s cover art for…

Decentralized or Not? The Uniswap Protocol and Interface Are Different Beasts

Uniswap is one of the few DeFi protocols that runs fully permissionlessly, without interruptions or possible human intervention. It’s considered to be the gold standard for the space, which is why it was so jarring when management behind the decentralized exchange decided to remove 100…

Crypto Stabilizes But White-Knuckle Ride May Continue as Investors Eye $20K Level

The crypto market’s all-time highs are just a memory. The summer slump now seems to be deepening into something more disturbing. And it’s not so far-fetched that Bitcoin may give back all of its gains since the first quarter if bears continue their rampage. Gird…

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