DeFi needs more fixed-rate lending protocols: Messari researcher

Researcher argues that fixed rate lending and borrowing would bring DeFi closer to traditional finance DeFi lending protocols have attracted billions of dollars in liquidity provision by offering huge returns, however the sector badly needs more fixed rate lending options according to one researcher. A number of protocols, including Yield Protocol, UMA Protocol, and Mainframe are already venturing into fixed rate lending and borrowing markets for crypto collateral. According to Messari researcher Jack Purdy fixed rates provide certainty for lenders and borrowers looking to accurately forecast their costs and returns…

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Aave transfers governance to token holders

Aave’s core developers have transferred governance rights over to AAVE token holders, giving its community control over the future of the protocol. Aave has become the latest decentralized finance (DeFi) project to transfer governance rights to its token holders. On Oct. 29, Aave announced that the protocol’s admin keys had been transferred from its core developers to governance communities under the command of holders of its native LEND utility token. “Today marks a historic moment for the Aave Protocol: we have officially handed over the protocol admin keys to the…

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Andre Cronje’s new KP3R token surges 2000% in hours

The latest token offering by Yearn Finance founder Cronje has surged within hours of launch A newly launched token by Yearn Finance founder Andre Cronje has skyrocketed within hours of launch as degen farmers load up. The new token called KP3R is for Cronje’s latest project called Keep3r Network which is a decentralized gig-style, smart contract powered marketplace for technical jobs. Within hours of the token launch, traders and degen farmers had ‘aped’ into it causing prices to surge, topping out at over $180 a couple of hours ago according…

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Report: 55% of US Investors Show Interest in Bitcoin Investment, Covid-19 Catalyst to Changing Preferences

A recent survey study reveals that more than half of U.S. investors (55%) have an interest in investing in bitcoin, a figure which is 19 percentage points higher than that of last year. This translates to a potential U.S. market of nearly 32 million bitcoin investor households. According to the study’s findings, this increase reflects the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on attitudes and perspectives around the digital currency. Covid-19 Spurs Bitcoin Interest Jointly conducted by Grayscale Investments and 8 Acre Perspective, the study details the extent of the pandemic’s…

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Digital yuan will combat US ‘dollarization’ says former PBoC governor

“We need to prevent dollarization — this is one of the major designing points of the Chinese DCEP,” said Zhou Xiaochuan. China’s digital currency approach will favor its domestic retail system and prevent the dollarization of the economy according to one former senior official. Zhou Xiaochuan, the president of the Chinese Finance Association and former governor of the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), told attendees at a Eurasia Forum conference on Oct. 27 that the central bank’s focus in creating a digital currency differed considerably from that of the countries…

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‘David Hasselhoff Invented Bitcoin’ – 9 Celebrities Wish Bitcoin a Happy Birthday

Ahead of the 12th anniversary of the Bitcoin white paper, a large group of celebrities published cameo videos saying “happy birthday” to the world’s first cryptocurrency. A number of popular stars appear in the videos including Charlie Sheen, David Hasselhoff, Carole Baskin, Gilbert Gottfried, and more. On Halloween, this Saturday, October 31, a great number of cryptocurrency advocates will be celebrating the day Satoshi Nakamoto published the Bitcoin white paper. Satoshi Nakamoto published the paper, titled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” on the website metzdowd.com on the cryptography mailing…

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Paxful launches crypto debit card in Mexico

The debit card was made possible thanks to an alliance with a Spanish neobank Bitcoin (BTC) P2P marketplace Paxful has partnered with Spanish neobank Bnext to launch its first crypto debit card in Mexico. The partnership will allow Paxful’s Mexican customers to use their crypto funds to pay with a debit card in any national and foreign point-of-sale, or PoS, and even withdraw cash from ATMs without fees. Bnext customers will also have direct access to the P2P marketplace to buy and sell crypto. Paxful explained in the announcement that…

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COVID-19 forces Aussie stock exchange to delay DLT overhaul to 2023

“We have increased the scope of the project and extended the timeline,” said ASX CEO Dominic Stevens. The Australian Securities Exchange, or ASX, has delayed its switch to blockchain for the third time, citing complications due to COVID-19 and additional feedback from stakeholders.  According to an Oct. 28 update from the ASX, the exchange has officially delayed the rollout of distributed ledger technology (DLT) infrastructure to replace its current system for processing equity transactions. ASX will now release the project — the replacement for the Clearing House Electronic Subregister System…

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Bitcoin bulls set to defend $13K as $450M in BTC futures expire Friday

$450 million in Bitcoin futures are set to expire on Friday and data shows bullish pro traders are prepared to defend $13K. A total of 62K Bitcoin (BTC) options are set to expire this Friday, and this is equivalent to $830 million in open interest. These massive numbers fail to reflect the fact that 58% of these options are now deemed worthless. As we approach the expiry date, call (buy) options above the current level begin to depreciate very fast. It is not worth paying $20 for the opportunity to…

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Avanti launches crypto-friendly bank in Wyoming

The Wyoming State Banking Board voted unanimously to grant Avanti a bank charter. According to an Oct. 28 announcement from Avanti, The Wyoming State Banking Board voted 8-0 to grant the financial institution a bank charter. The approval will allow Avanti to operate the new crypto-friendly bank under the name Avanti Bank & Trust as well as its “tokenized U.S. dollar” Avit, designed to modernize USD payments. Avanti said it planned to open for customers in early 2021, but will be limited to high minimum balance accounts. Retail clients will…

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