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Freaked Out by DeFi? Swarm Markets Gets Licensed to Win Over Wary Investors

When Philipp Pieper and Timo Lehes co-founded Swarm Markets in 2017 in California and then moved to Berlin, they did a strange thing. They knocked on the door of Germany’s financial watchdog, known as BaFin, and said, please regulate us. That’s not supposed to happen in DeFi. The whole idea is to break free from …

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Ethereum’s Hashrate Plummets to New Lows as China Squeezes Crypto Mining

Just 40 days after Ethereum’s hashrate hit an all-time high, the key metric has plunged 17% in the last 10 days, according to data from Glassnode, a blockchain and intelligence provider. That’s the worst drop in a 10-day span in Ethereum’s history. The cause: China, probably. Ever since the Chinese government in May started warning …

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Love Dies Hard: Data Shows Institutions Still Sweet on BTC and Crypto

Welcome to the first Global Digital Finance x The Defiant column, bringing you the stories and discussions that have caught our eye this month.  From market infrastructure to institutional investors to the digitalization of private markets, we’ll look at how decentralization is reshaping traditional finance. .  ETPs showing that Digital assets are ‘here to stay’ Bitcoin-indexed …

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The Davos Crowd Dives Into DeFi with Policy-Maker ‘Toolkit’

The World Economic Forum, a bastion of the global establishment and ultra-exclusive club for heads of state, billionaires, and policymakers, is embracing DeFi. Well, sort of. In another sign that decentralized finance has spurred serious study in influential think tanks, the Geneva-based WEF issued a “Policy-Maker Toolkit.” The 38-page white paper explores DeFi’s benefits and …

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Crypto Community Strategies for Dispelling Legal FUD

I. Executive summary The crypto industry is hamstrung by legal cost, confusion, and delay.  Crypto projects frequently misunderstand the critical legal risks to their companies and have limited tools to mitigate those risks. Founders often find themselves facing high legal fees and regulatory scrutiny, impeding development of their project while accruing substantial cost. Given the …

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