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  • You’ve Learned How to Open a Maker Vault––Now What?

    The Maker Foundation’s latest video, How to Open a Maker Vault, demonstrates how easy it is to generate the Dai stablecoin. Anyone can open a Vault to generate Dai by locking accepted collateral (currently ETH, BAT, wBTC, USDC-A, USDC-B, or TUSD) into it, and making sure that the ratio of collateral value to the total Dai generated is the required minimum. If that ratio is breached at any time, the Vault will be automatically liquidated. To reclaim the collateral before a liquidation occurs, a … … More

  • Decentralized Finance (DeFi) Trends

    Decentralized Finance (DeFi) has become an exciting, highly valued movement in the blockchain space, with impressive innovation and growing traction over the last two years. In February, the Total Value Locked (TVL) in DeFi projects passed $1 billion for the first time. The value pulled back the following month, but DeFi TVL is now again flirting with that milestone. While $1B is a relatively modest amount by conventional financial sector standards, decentralized technologies clearly have the p… … More

  • Kaiko Launches Historical Tick-by-Tick Order Book Data

    The most granular order book data in the industry is now available for top exchangesTo read a more technically detailed version of this announcement, click here.Today, the Kaiko team is proud to announce the launch of historical tick-by-tick order books, the most granular cryptocurrency data type in the industry. This data will initially be available for Coinbase, Bitstamp, and Bitfinex, providing the unmatched ability to replicate historical market states at tick-level precision.This data type … … More

  • Tick-Level Order Books: Technical Product Overview

    This article provides a technical overview of Kaiko’s recently launched tick-by-tick historical order book product.Contents:L1 vs. L2 vs. L3 Order Book DataL3 Data in Cryptocurrency MarketsOrder Book Snapshots vs. Tick-Level Order BooksKaiko’s Tick-level Order Book DataUse CasesRequest Data SampleL1 vs. L2 vs. L3 Order Book DataFinancial market order book data can be divided into three categories: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. In cryptocurrency markets, these categories are often blurred and di… … More

  • Introducing: Research Factsheet V2

    Market Depth, Historical Volatility, Historical Correlations, Exchange Volumes, and MoreOur Interactive Factsheet provides data and charts for dozens of additional currency pairs.We are pleased to introduce the second version of our weekly Research Factsheet. Factsheet V2 places an increased emphasis on exchange/pair market data, historical time series, order book visualizations, and interactive data. Our Factsheet is a continual work in progress and we greatly appreciated the feedback we receiv… … More

  • How Dai Became A Favorite Crypto in Latin America

    Latin Americans grasped the significance of cryptocurrency at an early stage. Faced with struggling economies, hyperinflation, and capital controls, many people throughout Central and South America started turning to Bitcoin as economic conditions worsened in 2015. Its limited supply and censorship-resistance made Bitcoin very attractive; however, its volatility prevented it from becoming a reliable day-to-day store of value.  For Latin Americans, the true safe-haven currency is the US … … More

  • Shake Off Your Fear of Cryptocurrency

    Cryptocurrency can be difficult to understand. Industry jargon can be confusing, the fine points of blockchain and distributed ledger technology can overwhelm new users, and white papers describing the various layers of protocols and smart contracts are often extremely complex. Moreover, that complexity and the anxiety it spurs can breed misinformation, which can cause fear of cryptocurrency.  The good news, though, is that concerns dissipate when people realize that crypto offers financial … … More

  • How Dai Helps Meet the Needs of the Unbanked in America and Beyond

    Banks are arguably safe places to store wealth, gain access to loans and online payment services, earn interest on savings, and more. But not everyone can enjoy those amenities. Many people in the world, for any number of reasons, do not have access to the beneficial financial services they need to prosper personally or in business. MakerDAO is helping to change that via its decentralized stablecoin Dai, the world’s first unbiased currency. Generated through the Maker Protocol, which is built o… … More

  • WBTC Approved as Collateral by Maker Governance; Generate Dai Now with Bitcoin

    As a result of an Executive Vote held this afternoon, MKR holders have accepted WBTC (wrapped Bitcoin) as a new collateral asset in the Maker Protocol. WBTC will help bring greater liquidity to the Ethereum and decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystems, and to decentralized exchanges (DEXs). The fourth collateral type approved by Maker Governance, WBTC can now be used in addition to ETH, BAT, and USDC to open Maker Vaults in order to generate Dai.   Prior to the vote, the Maker community discu… … More

  • A Guide to Single-Collateral Dai (Sai) Shutdown

    UPDATE April 21, 2020: With community approval, on April 24, the MKR Oracle will be deactivated. This means that during the grace period, people still holding CDPs will not have to pay Stability Fees. Learn more here. The Shutdown of Maker’s Single-Collateral Dai (Sai) system is an event the community has been expecting since it was first officially discussed in the Single-Collateral Dai (SCD)-to-Multi-Collateral Dai (MCD) upgrade timeline last November. Many in the community have already mi… … More

  • What is Web 3.0, and What Does it Promise Financial Services Consumers?

    In just three decades, the internet has gone from research/academic technology to ubiquitous utility—and the web apps and upgrades keep on comin’. Today’s internet technology shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, it is quickly heading in amazing directions driven by real needs, many of which were born from the shortcomings of the tech that came before. Some resulting new services are similar to what we’re already familiar with, except in one inspiring regard: they put users back in the drive… … More

  • A Guide to Dai Stats

    The Maker Protocol is a complicated system with many moving parts and purposes. Anyone can gain the benefits of using Maker’s popular stablecoin, Dai. The transparency of the blockchain means there’s a wealth of data just waiting for users to explore.  To examine that data all in one place, there’s no better resource than daistats.com, an independent creation of Maker’s Head of Smart Contracts, Mariano Conti. By collating the most important Dai metrics on one web page, Conti has made it… … More

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