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Understanding Decentralized Finance

How DeFi Is Changing the Future of Money

Understand the past, present and future of DeFi to unlock new opportunities, valuable takeaways and gain a competitive advantage in this emerging and rapidly-moving sector.
EAN: 9781398609372
Edition: 1
Format: 234 x 156
232 pages

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About the book

Understanding Decentralized Finance demystifies DeFi, locating the integration points between decentralized and centralized finance to help finance professionals unlock valuable opportunities.

DeFi - the next evolution of cryptocurrency - has brought a new wave of investors into the world of finance. As fintechs and financial institutions seek to integrate with DeFi, this book explores its history, its present context, and its future. It explains the world of DeFi by comparing it to the traditional finance sector, highlighting points of similarity, difference and integration.

Understanding Decentralized Finance explores the technologies underlying the DeFi market and how they differ from those of traditional financial markets. It scrutinizes the difference between centralized and decentralized cryptocurrency exchanges, how NFTs fit into DeFi and how collectibles can be financialized. Readers will also find out how collateralized loans, derivatives, margin trading and liquidity provision work in a world where there is no centralized institution to coordinate these activities - and how regulators in different jurisdictions are ensuring that financial regulations keep up with these innovations.

With examples from key actors in the field, including the movement of luxury organizations like Christie's and Sotheby's into the NFT space and the SushiSwap vampire attack, this is an essential read for anyone working in finance, fintech and technology who needs to understand the fast-moving world of DeFi.

About the authors

Rhian Lewis is a consultant software engineer and former digital journalist at The Times who is a regular international conference speaker and panellist on all things blockchain and cryptocurrency. She launched the altcoin portfolio tracker countmycrypto.com, co-founded the London Women in Bitcoin meetup group in 2014 and has acted as an advisor and strategist on various blockchain projects for the last seven years. She blogs on cryptocurrency and is the author of The Cryptocurrency Revolution (Kogan Page). She is based near Plymouth, the UK.
  • Understanding Decentralized Finance is a comprehensive guide to the world of DeFi. In a space that is fast moving and hard to navigate, Rhian takes the reader by the hand and describes the promise, the evolution and the current state of this emerging technology. A great read for newcomers and degens alike.
  • Jonas Seiferth, RetroPGF Lead, Optimism Foundation

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