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Outlook 2022: A new DeFi summer and the emergence of ‘RDeFi’

Darius Moukhtarzade is a researcher at Sygnum, the world’s first digital asset bank. Prior to Sygnum, he worked for Ernst & Young in blockchain consultancy and for several startups in the Swiss Crypto Valley. Undoubtedly, NFTs have received the most attention in the crypto space in 2021. While some market observers had foreseen their rise in popularity and use a while ago, their skyrocketing adoption among both traditional and crypto-native players took most of us by surprise. The hype around …

Can DeFi break out of the partisan trap in 2022?

Graham Newhall is a senior advisor to the DeFi Education Fund. As the public becomes more aware of decentralized finance in the coming year, we may witness the continuation of an unfortunate, parallel trend: criticism and support of DeFi from national politicians becoming increasingly partisan. This is a lamentable (but perhaps expected) outcome, given that so many of our country’s most important questions become almost immediately mired in partisan bickering the moment those issues arise in the public consciousness. Some …

Crypto lobbying kicked into high gear this year

Kristin Smith is the executive director of the Blockchain Association, the Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing the most prominent and reputable organizations in the crypto industry. The past year was an awakening for crypto’s nascent national advocacy community. It’s true: the industry raised a firestorm in Washington around the crypto broker provision in the infrastructure bill and was narrowly defeated in its efforts to remove that provision from the final bill by an unfortunate bit of Senate rule gamesmanship. We …

Crypto ‘starts to eat the world’: Peter Johnson of Jump Capital’s 2022 predictions

Peter Johnson is a Partner at Jump Capital, where he leads their investments in the fintech and crypto sectors.  At the beginning of 2021, we predicted that it would be a seminal year for crypto and made 10 bold predictions. Over the year, the majority of these predictions came true – including bitcoin hitting $50,000, stablecoins hitting $100 billion in supply, exponential growth in DeFi, an ETF being approved, and the rise of crypto IPOs and M&A. We believe 2022 …

Competitive outlook for DeFi in 2022

December 9, 2021, 5:26PM EST • 8 min read Quick Take This is a section from The Block Research’s upcoming 2022 Digital Assets Outlook report Some DeFi sectors could benefit from user base diversification, such as prediction markets, non-dollar stablecoins, etc. DeFi would continue to foster innovation in areas like derivatives, liquidity bootstrapping, governance, etc. DeFi is set to bifurcate into two branches, a regulatory-compliant permissioned and a decentralized permissionless ecosystem catered to different user groups Join The Block Research …