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NFT Rally Paves Way for Fractionalization and Derivatives

NFTs are a simple idea, but not for long. We’ve already seen how they’re being tapped as collateral for loans. Now more complex instruments are coming, thanks in part to projects breaking NFTs into pieces in a process called fractionalization.  That’s not all — some financial engineers are reportedly fashioning futures contracts derived from NFTs.  …

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After the Gold Rush: What Are the Next Steps for NFTs?

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) exploded into popular consciousness in the first half of 2021. In particular, the art world really began to take notice of this asset class, which allows for clear ownership of a unique virtual item.  Whether it was the digital artist Beeple selling his NFT piece for more than $60 million, Covid Alien …

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Sunday Gas Wars: Ethereum Gas Prices Spike After NFT Frenzy

Ethereum gas prices spiked on Sunday as collectors, bots and apes raced to get their hands on newly launched NFT projects.  Gas fees, which briefly hit 600 gwei on Sunday due to demand, were reminiscent of a time when triple-digit gas fees were the norm. Gas fees for minting an NFT cost around $160. Yet, …

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The World Wide Web Is Now an NFT

The source code for the World Wide Web is being turned into an NFT.  Created by World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the NFT is composed of four elements: the time-stamped files containing the source code, a moving visualization of the code, a letter written by Berners-Lee reflecting on the code’s creation, and a …

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