OlympusDAO is tackling one of the greatest challenges of the crypto ecosystem — Unpegging DeFi from fiat currencies — through a DAO-governed treasury that’s expanding quickly and creating the right participation incentives to keep the gods happy.

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OlympusDAO gained some traction on social media due to the incredibly high APY associated with the protocol.

Naturally, at this early stage of the project, much is uncertain, and one can detect the growth marketing hype from a mile away (looking at those shiny new OHMies NFTs), and we don’t want to get caught up in the fact that Mark Cuban owns a small stack.

Some points worth exploring before “aping in” would include the difference between APR and APY and looking under the hood to see what’s running this DeFi engine.

The DAO’s governance manages the monetary policy of…


Curve Finance is a decentralized exchange (DEX) built on Ethereum. Its original and primary purpose is to allow for efficient cryptocurrency trading and accommodate high annual interest returns on crypto funds deposited into Curve Finance by liquidity providers (LPs).

If you’re using decentralized lending platforms, you’re likely using Curve without even realizing it. Curve Finance’s main product is its community-governed DEX, and it is the powerhouse of the DeFi aggregator Yearn.finance.

With a daily trading volume of over $1 billion and a total locked value (TVL) of over $7.88 billion, Curve Finance competes with Aave as the most valuable DeFi platform.

Disclaimer: The writer of this article has no stake in Curve Finance at this time, though they may invest in the future.

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Today We Unpack Nexus Mutual ($NXM), a Leader in the Burgeoning Smart Contract Insurance Sector. Worry Not, this one’s still got plenty of moon fuel left, along with passive yield.

Big Takeaways:

  • Nexus will benefit directly from Ethereum’s continued adoption because the Nexus capital pool is 100% comprised of $ETH.
  • Nexus provides exposure to $ETH as well as a hedge, all while offering yield.
  • Demand for DeFi insurance is strong and rapidly growing, while competition is thin. Nexus’s capital pool grows more robust every week, further solidifying its staying power.
  • Speculators can arbitrage price differences in $NXM and $wNXM by tracking the bonding curve.

Introducing Nexus Mutual:

We’ve got a real banger for this week.

“Nexus Mutual is a decentralized insurance protocol built on Ethereum that currently offers cover for…


(Market Capitalization as of December 11, 2020)

Note: I adapted this work from the Uncommon Core podcast, hosted by Su Zhu, the CEO and founder of Three Arrows Capital, and Hasu, a crypto researcher and writer.

Head over to CoinMarketCap for the best overview of the global crypto market cap. They don’t have everything, so if you can’t find what you need, check BeInCrypto.com or Coingecko.com.

Crypto can change hands fast, and by the time I wholly publish this series, the leaderboards will have already shifted. …


(As of December 11, 2020)

Note: I adapted this work from the Uncommon Core podcast, hosted by Su Zhu, the CEO, and founder of Three Arrows Capital, and Hasu, a crypto researcher and writer.

Head over to CoinMarketCap for the best overview of the global crypto market cap. They don’t have everything, so if you can’t find what you need, check BeInCrypto.com or Coingecko.com.

Crypto can change hands fast, so by the time this article’s published, the list will have already shifted. I’ll cover the same 20 projects mentioned by Su and Hasu in their podcast, and we can start a conversation from there.

Notes for Discussion:

  • Wherever…


Revision: While I'll leave this critique here for the archives, the concerns and confusion over Mina Protocol's use of Google Cloud and the archive nodes has been addressed by Evan Shapiro, an O(1) Labs CEO & Mina Foundation Board Member.

In summary, running an archive node is optional to anyone who wishes to run a node, and node operators have free reign to run the nodes on Google Cloud, personal machines, or even durable storage like Arweave.

Evan also addresses the concerns over low through-put (TPS), stating the team chose to focus on optimizing launch time for Mina as one of the first programmable platforms to successfully utilize ZKPs. He says that increasing TPS will come second, and will be rather easy and not take as much time as the former goal.

Source: https://medium.com/minaprotocol/answering-community-questions-and-whats-ahead-for-mina-d771fa94489b


Mina Protocol aims to solve a list of problems that have plagued the cryptocurrency industry since the beginning. Their end game is to create a “privacy-preserving gateway between the real world and crypto.”

Data security, network congestion, transaction costs, ease of use, and ease of integration into traditional services have all played a role in limiting progress in cryptocurrencies and fintech in general. But is Mina Protocol up to the task of solving them all?

First, let’s take a 20,000-foot overview of how the protocol works.

Disclaimer: This article is not a promotional piece or an attack on Mina Protocol or the technology behind it. I’m merely a non-math-savvy nerd poking around the fringes to understand better what makes this ship seaworthy. …


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You’ve heard of CryptoKitties, the grandmother of non-fungible tokens (NFTs, defined later) that nearly killed Ethereum a few years back. Maybe you’ve also come across Gods Unchained or the virtual reality metaverse Decentraland.

The latter is proof that while the NFT market is still small compared to the overall crypto space, this tech has potential. Proven applications have set the stage for a wave of adoption and speculation.

Scroll to the bottom if you’re just here to freeload on Alpha Trades’ top NFT pick of 2020.

When I say “small,” I’m speaking relatively. According to NonFungible.com’s 2019 yearly report, the…


Amol’s 10 Commandments of Trader Discipline

Whether you’ve just begun your journey as a trader, or you’re already on the path of making this a career, one thing is sure: You need principles. Every successful trader has guidelines for keeping their trades clean and their mentality fresh. They are prepared to take whatever punches or high-fives the market throws at them.

I want to give you ten rules, my ten commandments of trader discipline, which have helped me to become a consistently successful trader.

No one will squeeze your arm, but these are the pacts I have made with myself, take it or leave it. I’ve…

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