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So what exactly is gas? Why are transaction fees so high at the moment? And what are some of the ways to make the transaction cost lower? You’ll find answers to these questions in this article.

Let’s start with what gas actually is.

What Is Gas

Gas is a unit used for measuring the amount of computational effort required to perform specific actions on the Ethereum blockchain.

The name itself hasn’t been chosen by accident. Similarly to gasoline fueling a car and allowing it to drive, gas on the Ethereum network fuels transactions and allows them to perform different operations.


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So what’s the future of finance? Is decentralized finance better than the current financial system? What problems does it solve? And does it have a chance to improve or completely replace traditional finance? You’ll find answers to these questions in this article.

The Financial System

The financial system that we know today went through decades of technological advances.

The earliest attempts to make finance more efficient started as early as the 1920s with the introduction of accounting machines and punch cards. This was followed by the rise of the mainframe computers that significantly sped up the banking system in the 1950s and beyond.


So what are derivatives? Why are they important? And what are some of the most popular derivatives protocols in defi? You’ll find answers to these questions in this article.

Derivatives

Derivatives are one of the key elements of any mature financial system. As the name suggests derivatives derive their value from something. This “something” is usually the price of another underlying financial asset such as a stock, a bond, a commodity, an interest rate, a currency or a cryptocurrency. Some of the most commonly used derivatives are forwards, futures, options and swaps.

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There are two main use cases for derivatives: hedging…


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So what is Aave all about? How was it able to go from 0 to $3B in total value locked in less than a year? And what’s the use case for the AAVE token? You’ll find answers to these questions in this article.

Let’s start from the beginning.

ETHLend

The initial version of Aave — which is currently one of the most popular lending protocols in decentralized finance — came into existence in 2017. Before the rebranding that happened later in September 2018, the project was known as ETHLend.


So what is The Graph Protocol all about? Why do some people call it the Google of Blockchains? And what is the use case for the GRT token? You’ll find answers to these questions in this article.

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Let’s start with what The Graph actually is.

Introduction

The Graph is an indexing protocol for querying blockchain data that enables the creation of fully decentralized applications.

The project was started in late 2017 by a trio of software engineers who were frustrated by the lack of tooling in the Ethereum ecosystem which made building decentralized applications hard. …


So what’s the story behind Decentralized Finance? How has all of this started? What happened in DeFi in 2020? And where are we going in the future? You’ll find answers to these questions in this article.

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Let’s start from the beginning.

Although there is no one agreed-upon date when decentralized finance was born, there were a few important events that made DeFi possible.

Bitcoin

The first of them was the creation of Bitcoin in 2009 by Satoshi Nakamoto.

Despite whether Bitcoin should be classified as DeFi or not, its inception was the key enabler for the whole cryptocurrency industry which decentralized…


So Bitcoin on Ethereum — a good or a bad idea? What are the use cases for moving your precious BTC to Ethereum? What are the risks? And what are the protocols that make all of this possible? You’ll find answers to these questions in this article.

Why

Okay, so let’s start with why someone would want to move their Bitcoin to Ethereum in the first place?

The short answer is decentralized finance. Let’s try to understand why this is the case.

DeFi took the whole crypto space by storm, showing that payments is not the only area of finance that…


So what are the top 3 DeFi-friendly wallets? What features do they support? And what are the pros and cons of using each of them? We’ll answer all of these questions in this article.

Cryptocurrency Wallets

Wallets, in essence, allow for sending, receiving and storing cryptocurrency.

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They come in many different shapes and forms, but the most popular options are:

  • a browser extension
  • a hardware wallet
  • a mobile app
  • or a web wallet

DeFi-friendly wallets facilitate managing your digital assets and interacting with DeFi applications such as decentralized exchanges or lending and borrowing protocols.

Let’s start with a wallet that most DeFi…


So have you ever been wondering how lending and borrowing works in DeFi? How are the supply and borrow rates determined? And what is the main difference between the most popular lending protocols such as Compound and Aave? We’ll answer all of these questions in this article.

What Is Lending and Borrowing

Let’s start with what lending and borrowing is.

Lending and borrowing is one of the most important elements of any financial system. Most people at some point in their life are exposed to borrowing, usually by taking a student loan, a car loan or a mortgage.

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The whole concept is quite simple. Lenders…


So what is Ethereum Layer 2 scaling all about? And what is the difference between projects such as Optimism, xDai, OMG and Loopring? We’ll answer all of these questions in this article.

Need For Scaling

Ethereum scaling has been one of the most discussed topics pretty much since the time when the network launched. The scaling debate always heats up after a period of major network congestion.

One of the first periods like this was the 2017 crypto bull market where infamous CryptoKitties, together with ICOs, were able to clog up the entire Ethereum network causing a major spike in the gas fees.

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