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Here’s how Compound and Aave are now targeting institutional investors

Here’s how Compound and Aave are now targeting institutional investors

Quick Take Decentralized Finance has typically been too unregulated or complex for institutional investors. But some DeFi firms are now trying to offer products aimed specifically at institutions. Here are the key details for the two biggest offerings: Aave and Compound. This feature story is available to subscribers of The Block Daily. You can continue …

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A U.K. Ban on Crypto Derivatives Will Hurt, Not Protect Investors

A U.K. Ban on Crypto Derivatives Will Hurt, Not Protect Investors

This week the U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which regulates the country’s financial services, issued a ban on the sale of crypto derivatives and ETNs to retail investors.  While this may not seem particularly material to crypto asset markets overall – U.K. retail investors weren’t that much into crypto derivatives anyway, and the market hardly …

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What Investors Get Wrong About Volatility (and Not Just for Crypto)

What Investors Get Wrong About Volatility (and Not Just for Crypto)

In a week in which we are yet again reminded how sharply sentiment can shift in crypto asset markets, it’s appropriate to look at the role volatility plays in our narratives, our portfolios and our psyches.  I also want to examine what volatility is not, as its specter takes on a disproportionate influence in times of …

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SEC and CFTC say Maryland Ponzi scheme defrauded over 1,000 investors out of $27 million by promising crypto trading returns

SEC and CFTC say Maryland Ponzi scheme defrauded over 1,000 investors out of $27 million by promising crypto trading returns

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Commodities Future Trading Commission (CFTC) have both charged a Maryland-based Ponzi scheme for allegedly defrauding over 1,000 investors to the tune of over $27 million. The defendants allegedly told participants their funds would be used by licensed traders for foreign exchange and cryptocurrency trading. Over the course of …

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Why Are Traditional Investors So Hungry for Yield Curve Control?

Why Are Traditional Investors So Hungry for Yield Curve Control?

When FOMC minutes suggested the Federal Reserve might not employ yield curve control, the markets reacted angrily. On today’s edition of The Breakdown’s Long Reads Sunday, our selections have to do with one of the hottest topics in central banking: yield curve control.  “What Is Yield Curve Control?”The first piece is from the St. Louis …

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Don't rule out retail investors just yet

Don’t rule out retail investors just yet

The Bitcoin community has juggled multiple reports and speculations over the past few weeks, all regarding Grayscale’s BTC accumulation, a development that in the minds of many, represents the rise of institutional investors. However, hypnotized by developments such as these, people tend to forget about the market’s reliance on retail investors just a few months …

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For Bitcoin's institutional investors, how important is a regulated environment?

For Bitcoin’s institutional investors, how important is a regulated environment?

When it comes to crypto-markets, the last few years have seen increased institutional interest. Today, Bitcoin is viewed as a legitimate investment tool, with the king coin having doubled down on its store of value narrative. With the third block reward halving taking place in little over a week’s time and with BTC’s price going …

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