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The Lowly Fixed Income Interest Rate is the Magical Motor DeFi Needs

Have you watched Howl’s Moving Castle from Hayao Miyazaki? If you haven’t, please go check it out, it’s an amazing movie. As the name suggests, a magical castle roams across the landscape on a pair of spindly legs.  I find quite a parallel between this wonderful contraption and DeFi. The castle, devoid of symmetry and striking with …

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DeFi Rates are Sliding Closer to TradFi Yields

DeFi’s borrowing and lending rates are trending downwards, opening questions of what will happen to open finance if yields converge with those of traditional finance. Borrowing rates for USDC have declined to 2.5% and 3.1% on Compound and Aave, from over 15% three months ago, according to LoanScan. Lending rates have suffered similar compression, with …

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Federal Reserve Bigwig Defends Stablecoins as Alternative to Digital Dollars

There’s nothing to be afraid of with stablecoins. That’s the main message Randal Quarles, the vice chair for supervision at the Federal Reserve and a member of its board, delivered on June 28, surprising a DeFi community that’s become inured to getting dissed by the financial establishment. Quarles believes private-sector stablecoins are a worthy alternative to …

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Coinbase and Compound Vow to Manage Risks in Crypto Savings Push

Whopping interest rates on offer from crypto lending platforms have been a big story over the last several months. Now Coinbase and Compound, two giants in the space, are wading in with their own reinventions of an old banking staple — the savings account.  The question is, are customers ready for the torque and complexity …

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