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The second quarter of 2021 was characterized by price retracing in most crypto assets in the CoinDesk 20, signaling the early beginnings of a new crypto bear market. Notably, bitcoin (BTC) had its third worst quarter ever in price performance, dropping 40%. The CoinDesk Quarterly Review 2021 Q2 dives into the main trends, developments and […]

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In June, Bitcoin miners signaled support for Taproot, a bundle of three upgrades to Bitcoin aimed at improving network security, privacy and scalability. This CoinDesk Research report looks into the merits of the upgrade from the investor’s perspective, outlines some potential drawbacks and issues a reminder that Bitcoin is an investment in technology.

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In July, Ethereum is expected to undergo a backwards-incompatible upgrade, also called a “hard fork.” One of the most highly anticipated code changes in the upgrade dubbed “London” is Ethereum Improvement Proposal (EIP) 1559. At its core, EIP 1559 is designed to make transaction fees less volatile and more predictable. In this report, we give […]

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Is Bitcoin bad for the environment? This CoinDesk Research report looks at the data behind the most common critiques and shows that, while Bitcoin uses a lot of energy, the mix is evolving towards renewables. Bitcoin also incentivizes investment in clean energy sources, redistributes wasted power production and can convert pollution into value.

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The second quarter of 2021 was characterized by price retracing in most crypto assets in the CoinDesk 20, signaling the early beginnings of a new crypto bear market. Notably, bitcoin (BTC) had its third worst quarter ever in price performance, dropping 40%. The CoinDesk Quarterly Review 2021 Q2 dives into the main trends, developments and […]

In June, Bitcoin miners signaled support for Taproot, a bundle of three upgrades to Bitcoin aimed at improving network security, privacy and scalability. This CoinDesk Research report looks into the merits of the upgrade from the investor’s perspective, outlines some potential drawbacks and issues a reminder that Bitcoin is an investment in technology.

In July, Ethereum is expected to undergo a backwards-incompatible upgrade, also called a “hard fork.” One of the most highly anticipated code changes in the upgrade dubbed “London” is Ethereum Improvement Proposal (EIP) 1559. At its core, EIP 1559 is designed to make transaction fees less volatile and more predictable. In this report, we give […]

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The cryptocurrency sector is subject to increasing regulatory pressures, in particular in relation to compliance and fraud. As crypto exchanges and brokers look to expand rapidly and capitalise on market growth, they must also achieve balance and meet these requirements. The FATF travel rules are a current and topical example of this, targeting the anonymity […]

DeFi is changing the game for financial innovation and financial inclusion around the world, and institutions are eager to stake their claim. But as assets in DeFi continue to grow, staying on the right side of regulations and discovering trusted technical partners are fast becoming some of the top institutional concerns while trying to take […]

Among an increasing number of investors and portfolio managers, cryptocurrency is considered a legitimate and distinct asset class. Many institutions are entering the market for varying reasons as they look to diversify their exposure and maximise returns. The investment thesis for the wider crypto market has gathered momentum, however how these large firms enter the […]