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Exploring the Crypto Derivatives Market

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jan 04, 2021

Crypto derivatives are beginning to make some serious noise. A whole new asset class is emerging in the blockchain space, and the crypto derivatives market is taking the industry by storm. An entirely new generation of investors is gaining access to investment opportunities that were difficult to participate in before crypto.

Investors and institutions alike are beginning to realize that the crypto derivatives market is both huge and largely untapped. Additionally, crypto derivatives innovations help the blockchain industry integrate with the traditional financial sector like never before.

In this article, we’re going to explore the crypto derivatives market, how it functions, and industry-specific features that are appealing to investors. We’ll also take a look at some of the most popular crypto derivatives platforms in use currently and discuss the impact this could have on the traditional derivatives market.

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Top 10 DeFi Platforms You Need To Know About: Breaking Down Defi Pulse

Written By Ivan on Tech

Oct 13, 2020

This year, some of the biggest developments in the cryptocurrency industry have been due to the uptick in decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms, offering many of the same services as the legacy financial institutions, but on-chain. This is why we are now breaking down the top 10 DeFi platforms according to the Defi Pulse listing.

There have been countless projects, some with huge success and popularity from users. In this article, we have collated the top 10 DeFi platforms as of the time of writing, from DeFi Pulse - the best place for tracking DeFi analytics and key metrics.

We have described a brief overview and background in addition to the services the platform provides. Moreover, welcome to Ivan on Tech Academy - the best place to learn about all things blockchain and crypto, and keeping up-to-date with the latest developments in the space.

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DeFi Deep Dive - What is Synthetix?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jul 29, 2020

Synthetix is the name of a decentralized, synthetic-asset exchange. “Synthetics,” on the other hand, are financial instruments that simulate other instruments. They play a big role in the world of traditional finance. And this is what the company, Synthetix, aims to bring to the world of decentralized finance (DeFi) 

But, before we dig into the role that Synthetix plays in the DeFi space, let’s look at the traditional role that synthetics have always played. We’ll start with derivatives.

What are Derivatives?

A derivative is a security that derives its value from an underlying asset (or group of assets). Futures, swaps, and options are all examples of derivatives. The derivative holds no value in and of itself. Its value is based on its underlying asset(s).

Underlying assets can be things like stocks, bonds, and currencies. Bitcoin could be an underlying asset. Thus Bitcoin’s intrinsic value could drive the price of a derivative.

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