Bridging Real and Virtual Economies

In an era where decentralized finance (DeFi) promises revolutionary, permissionless, and credit-check-free access to financial services, the limitations to its application lie in the narrow range of digital assets it encompasses. But industry pioneers are working to widen its scope by introducing real-world assets (RWAs) to the digital realm. For instance, in collaboration with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), Ripple is embarking on a research project to try and tokenize real estate. This venture was made public about seven weeks ago as part of a broader initiative, the digital

Paribus. After the storm.

If the global financial system is an ocean and the ships on it represent the different markets, crypto would be the equivalent of a small boat tossed around by the storms we’ve experienced this year. Whatever happens with the development of the technology it’s impossible to avoid the effects of global shifts as we saw last week with the Federal Reserve’s latest rate hike. Even though the news from the Fed was exactly what markets had anticipated and priced in, the response was turbulent which caused more moves to the

The Final Stages

When we set out on our journey to develop a new type of borrowing and lending platform we had no idea how many twists and turns lay ahead of us. To be sure, we understood the landscape of the crypto space and the technical and business issues involved in developing a project. But who would have predicted the incredible events we’ve seen in 2022? Even during the final month of the most eventful year in crypto, more surprises are revealed on a weekly basis. The latest twist is the allegation

Organized Chaos

This week saw another round of interest rates hikes by central banks to try and control inflation. With all the talk of a potential pivot in monetary policy, interest rates continued their parabolic rise by 75 basis points in the UK, and the US. Initially the Federal Reserve’s announcement of a 0.75% interest rate increase caused markets to jump because this was the rise they’d been expecting and had already priced in. However, in the subsequent press conference the tone was more hawkish which caused the markets to drop a