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CoinDesk Research’s Insight into Crypto Investment is the point of connection where investors can access a common source of crypto asset insights from the sector’s leading analysts.

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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What are the different value propositions of bitcoin and ether? How do they behave in the market, and how does their infrastructure differ? What do on-chain metrics tell us about their differences? This report from CoinDesk research dives into these questions and more.

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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 […]

Kaiko’s latest monthly report looks at crypto market volatility, record spot trading volumes, the rise of ETH, BTC’s faltering “digital gold” narrative, and the growth of altcoin assets compared to BTC that could fundamentally change market structure.

This report by TokenInsight looks into the projects built on Polkadot’s ecosystem and the underpinning market data of the Polkadot ecology.

This report by TokenInsight looks at the evolution of cryptocurrency futures & options over 2021 Q1, highlighting growing volumes and premiums, volatility relationships and exchange development.

How is hashrate calculated? What does thermocap represent? What do hashrate ribbons say about bitcoin price cycles? This research note looks at Bitcoin miner metrics and how investors can use them to glean insight into the asset’s price and network fundamentals.

DeFi projects on Ethereum have attracted so many users over the last year that gas fees on Ethereum have risen to levels that many consider exorbitant. Consequently, this has pushed users to seek alternative, cheaper platforms that allow them to participate in DeFi. One of such is Binance Smart Chain (BSC), which has seen total […]

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have soared in popularity in just the last few months, but questions abound regarding NFT valuations. CrossTower’s research team offers its thoughts on the components that it believes drive value in NFTs. It also examines how these attributes appear in some of the most valuable NFTs, including CryptoPunks, Hashmasks and Autoglyphs.

Kaiko’s latest monthly report looks at the divergence between BTC and ETH, Coinbase’s stock exchange debut, stablecoin tether’s vindication, the persistent issue of excess leverage in the crypto markets, and the accelerating growth of tokenized equities. The report also looks at the hourly volatility in BTC and ETH for the month of April and at […]

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.

This quarterly review of the decentralized application (dapp) industry shows astonishing growth (over 600%), as NFT excitement proved that the blockchain industry is about more than decentralized finance (DeFi).