DeFi

Sectors Realizing the Full Potential of DeFi Protocols In 2020

As the new decade unreels, a new wave of disruption seems to be coming to the shores of the global financial system. That wave is called decentralized finance protocols. Decentralized finance, or DeFi, simply refers to financial software that is built on the blockchain to make it easy for anyone to piece together digital assets …

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Understanding Defi Flash Loans: Complex Attacks, Inflation and Composable Systems

</header> <strong>Two recent flash loans on the defi platform Bzx have started a fierce debate about the subject of using uncollateralized loans in a quick trade. Essentially these flash loans are providing people with the ability to borrow crypto without relinquishing any collateral. The scheme was used to exploit funds from the Bzx platform twice, …

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Are the BZx Flash Loan Attacks Signaling the End of DeFi?

Earlier this week, the decentralized lending protocol bZx was exploited in back-to-back “flash loan” attacks. While the two exploits were distinct, the end results remained the same. In total, $954,000 was gleaned from the platform. But what exactly happened? Was it an exploit, a simple case of arbitrage or a malicious attack? And where does …

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DeFi Insurance Firm Nexus Mutual Makes Its First Payout Following bZx Attacks

Insurance works in crypto so far, though it hasn’t had many big tests yet. Not many people had insurance on assets locked up in bZx’s Fulcrum, but after a bug yielded an exploit of its smart contract, a couple of accounts that did were covered by Nexus Mutual, the London-based crypto insurance company. Nexus Mutual …

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Defi for Bitcoin: Collateral Peg Platform Provides Noncustodial BTC Lending on Ethereum

</header> <strong>During the second week of February, a new project called tBTC was unveiled that is similar to the Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC) created with the Ethereum network. However, the tBTC effort claims to be a noncustodial application that allows users to deposit <a class=”lar-automated-link” href=”https://markets.bitcoin.com/crypto/BTC” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>BTC</a>, mint tBTC, and lend it with interest.</strong> …

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Is It Exploitation Season for DeFi?

Are two recent attacks taking advantage of “flash loans,” low liquidity and price oracle issues the first of more to come? Part of what makes decentralized finance, or DeFi, interesting to people is how it takes advantage of open-source protocols to enable types of transactions never before available. The problem, however, is financial structures mean …

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DEX Volume Soars But Bzx Exploit Raises Questions About ‘Decentralization Theatre’

</header> <strong>As the decentralized finance juggernaut rolls inexorably forward, the exploitation of defi project Bzx – in which $350K, or around 2% of total assets was taken – has called the decentralization of the industry into doubt. The attack forced an admin key reset to redeem lost funds and sparked a surge in defi insurance, …

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Mind the Gap: Why ETH Price and DeFi Adoption Aren’t in Sync

In his 1991 book, “Crossing the Chasm,” management consultant Geoffrey Moore defined a crucial gap between the early adopters of a new technology and the larger populations of users that come later. Decentralized finance (DeFi) may now be approaching a gap of its own.  This article focuses on DeFi services that allow deposits of ether …

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Exploit During ETHDenver Reveals Experimental Nature of Decentralized Finance

Decentralized finance (DeFi) project bZx has suffered an attack in which a hacker successfully gamed multiple DeFi protocols to extract $350,000 from the platform, about 2 percent of the assets under management. In response, the company took down its lending and trading protocol Fulcrum at 7 AM UTC. The company was presenting at ETHDenver during …

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The Top Narratives Driving Crypto Market Growth, Feat. Travis Kling

The halving? Coronavirus and volatility? Fed action? Listeners vote on what’s driving crypto growth. There’s no denying 2020 is off to a roaring start. From prices to volume to social media, sentiment is up, up, up. But what’s driving it? On this special Valentine’s Day episode, @nlw reacts to listeners’ votes about which narratives are driving …

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