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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 …

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 …

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 …