The People’s Bank of China said in September this year that “all virtual currency-related business activities are illegal financial activities”, including services by overseas cryptocurrency exchanges to Chinese residents through the Internet.
Imagine that you and your partners come up with an excellent business idea. After drafting a thorough plan, all you need is the money to execute it. For that, you can set up a decentralized autonomous organization, or DAO. To join the organization, people buy tokens, gaining part ownership of your company while investing in it.
Decentralized financing (DeFi) is a blockchain-based financial system that does not rely on traditional financial institutions like banks. Decentralized financing platforms allow users to trade cryptocurrencies and make available other financial services, like borrowing and lending. In 2021, DeFi industry has grown to US$80 billion, with an expected ten-fold growth by 2022.
Imagine being paid generously for playing video games. Sounds like a dream—or an overly ambitious American movie—doesn’t it? Well, it’s reality for those following the rise of NFTs or non-fungible tokens. According to the Chief Executive of video game company Electronic Arts (EA), Andrew Wilson, collectible NFTs are “an important part of the future of [the gaming] industry”.
The doge meme and the cryptocurrencies associated with it have been gaining popularity all through 2021, and you have business magnate Elon Musk to thank for it—from spending the first half of 2021 tweeting about Dogecoin to outrightly admitting that he doesn’t have any Shiba Inu.
Non-fungible tokens or NFTs have been taking over the digital world in 2021. The sales volume of NFTs reached US$2.5 billion in the first quarter of this year. Their popularity is evident with NFT memes like side-eyeing Chloe going for US$76,377.50.
As of September 2021, Bitcoin’s market capitalization was US$782.65 billion. The cryptocurrency has been gaining massive ground, with over 2,300 US businesses accepting it as a form of payment and Paypal launching crypto services in their U.K. app. However, in spite of the surge in Bitcoin adoption, the currency isn’t quite as safe as one might think it is.
2021 has been a great year for Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), with sales volumes growing eightfold and reaching US$10.7 billion in the third quarter of 2021. The rising popularity of NFTs has encouraged a large number of people, from memers to musicians and even adult entertainers, to join in on the trend!
From art pieces like EVERYDAYS: THE FIRST 5000 DAYS by Mike Winkelmann to cryptopunks and memes like Side-eyeing Chloe, the popularity of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) has been on the uptick. They have also been blowing up in value in 2021. NFT sale volumes have surged eightfold, reaching US$10.7 billion in the third quarter of 2021.
As of October, Tether, the largest stablecoin in the world, is the fifth largest cryptocurrency in the world. As of October 18, Tether has a market capitalization of over US$69 billion. However, to make sense of this development, let’s break down what a stablecoin is, and then look at the various kinds of stablecoins and what the future holds for them.
Oh, to be a viral meme and earn thousands of dollars. From “Bad Luck Brian” to “Success Kid”—the creators and faces of these memes have immortalized themselves on the internet. What’s more? In doing so, they have made a lot of money. Here’s a look at our list of top five memes that sold as NFTs:
Anyone who has heard about NFTs will marvel at the astonishing prices people are willing to pay for them. Recently, the “Side-Eye Chloe” meme sold as an NFT for US$76,377.50, joining many other legendary meme NFTs. But what are NFTs? And why are people willing to bear such an expense to own them?
In 2013, the then two-year-old Chloe Clems went viral as her hilarious side-eyeing expression made her into a beloved internet meme. In her meme avatar, little Chloe has ruled over the hearts of many a Twitter and Reddit enthusiast and has been dubbed the “Patron saint of Tumblr” by Buzzfeed.
A week after crypto mining operations in China’s Sichuan province came to a halt, the country has now declared all crypto transactions illegal. On September 24, ten Chinese government agencies, including the central bank, made a statement saying that they would work closely to ensure a “high-pressure clampdown” on crypto trading.