The impossible trinity, otherwise known as the impossible trilemma or the Unholy Trinity, is a concept in macroeconomics that states it is impossible for a country to have all three of the following at the same time: a fixed foreign exchange rate, free capital movement, and an independent monetary policy.
In the early days of bitcoin, the industry made a grave mistake; they bundled all the projects together and dubbed them "cryptocurrencies". The term cryptocurrency has hindered the space more than any event, hack or uninformed opinion out of Wall Street. It assumes that everything in crypto is attempting to become a global currency; this couldn't be further from the truth.
This weekend we explore real use cases of the emerging decentralised finance world. In the same way our current financial system possesses core financial primitives such as the ability to pay, exchange, lend, borrow, and hedge, so does the decentralised world.
2021 has been a rewarding year for anyone participating in crypto markets with bitcoin up 20,40% and Ethereum up 246%. Whilst the two most well-known crypto networks have done well, the best performance can be found in the broader crypto landscape.
Investment at its most basic is just deferred consumption. Like other financial assets, Bitcoin requires market participants to defer their consumption today by investing in something they believe will allow for additional consumption in the future. This is the implicit idea behind almost every investment. Why would anyone invest if they weren't expecting their wealth to grow as a by-product of making that investment?
This week we thought we would take some time to reflect on the Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) surrounding bitcoin and its network. These stories and FUD only really seem to rear their head every few years or so when bitcoin is in the spotlight and regulators are anxious.
Bitcoin is legal tender. These are words we didn't really expect to hear in 2021. Yet, somehow, on the 8th of June 2021, in Central America, the country of El Salvador passed a bill that officially recognises bitcoin as legal tender in its country. It took 12 short years to go from the online chatrooms of Cyberpunks and computer scientists to nation-state money. To say we are proud is an understatement.
Today we will explore layer 2 scaling solutions. With the high cost of Ethereum gas fees at the moment, we decided it was an appropriate topic to delve into. But Why Do We Need Layer 2's In The First Place? All blockchains have their limitations. They make tradeoffs to provide a specific service to their end-users. Vitalik Buterin, the creator of Ethereum, has dubbed it the blockchain trilemma
This week, we will review the Chainlink project, a core asset of the Etherbridge Fund. Part of the Fund’s mandate is investing in what we consider the core infrastructure required to establish a fully functional digital economy. We will explain what Chainlink is and why it’s important, review its year so far, and where it plans to go in the future.
Trust is essential to a societies prosperity. It is fundamental to economic coordination and underpins the way a society operates. If there is a lack of trust in society, transaction costs are high. There are many types of transaction costs that we incur when we enter into a transaction, and generally, one party always stands to gain more than the other if trust is violated. Therefore, the party that stands the most to lose will often expend resources to ensure that the other party does not violate the conditions of their agreement.