Heptagon Future Trends - Demystifying DeFi

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Alex Gunz, Heptagon Future Trends Equity Fund Manager

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Forget traditional financial institutions; put users in control instead. This is the promise offered by advocates of decentralised finance. Think of DeFi (the preferred abbreviation) as being a set of protocols that allow for the creation of an open, borderless, autonomous and self-sustaining financial system. DeFi also constitutes part of the broader Web 3.0 revolution, or the democratisation of the internet. Advocates would point to the $2tr digital currency market (primarily Bitcoin and Ethereum) or the fact that more than $30bn was invested in private crypto and blockchain businesses last year. The opportunity to address the currently unbanked – who should benefit from such a financial revolution – might be worth almost $400bn.

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