Welcome to Finance Redefined, your weekly dose of essential decentralized finance (DeFi) insights — a newsletter crafted to bring you the most significant developments from the past week.
The past week in the DeFi ecosystem was filled with ups and downs, from the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) investigation into multiple DeFi protocols to Binance CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao’s forecast that DeFi would outgrow centralized finance (CeFi) in the next bull run.
While CZ anticipates a bright future for DeFi, a report from the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) argues that a pure form of DeFi cannot survive independently and has little use case in the real world.
The Shiba Inu ecosystem’s layer-2 network, Shibarium, has continued its rapid growth post-relaunch, with over one million wallets created; however, its progress has yet to impact the price of the Shiba Inu (SHIB) token.
The top 100 DeFi tokens had a late Friday surge, with most of the tokens posting positive weekly gains.
Binance CEO CZ forecasts DeFi outgrowing CeFi in the next bull run
Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao predicts that DeFi has the potential to surpass centralized CeFi in the next bull run.
During a Sept. 1 live X (formerly Twitter) Spaces, titled CZ AMA, Zhao shared his thoughts on the future of DeFi. “I think the more decentralized the industry becomes, the better,” he declared, adding that it may not be long before it takes over CeFi trading volumes.
CFTC cracks down on DeFi protocols Opyn, ZeroEx and Deridex
The U.S. CFTC is taking regulatory action against three DeFi protocols for allegedly failing to register various derivatives trading offerings. The U.S. commodities regulator announced it had issued orders against protocols Opyn, ZeroEx and Deridex in a Sept. 8 statement.
Deridex and Opyn were charged for failing to register as a swap execution facility or designated contract market and failing to register as a futures commission merchant. The two protocols also failed to comply with customer provisions set out in the Bank Secrecy Act, the CFTC said.
“Pure” DeFi has little chance for real-world use because of need for oracles: BIS
The need for an oracle in DeFi is a major impediment to adoption in the real world, according to the authors of a Bank for International Settlements bulletin. The problems with oracles are both practical and principled, and the study’s authors saw no way around them.
An oracle is a third…