|Welcome to issue #5 of the DeFi DeBrief, your weekly digest of the biggest news in DeFi.
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Ethereum is now proof-of-stake ⚡️
The Merge is complete.
Ethereum has moved from proof-of-work (PoW) to proof-of-stake (PoS), meaning it now requires just 0.05% of its prior energy consumption, and total new ETH issuance has dropped by roughly 90%.
At a gas price of just 16 gwei, at least 1,600 ETH is burned every day, so net ETH issuance could well hit zero, even turning deflationary during periods of high network usage. This is a watershed moment in Ethereum’s history.
This is game-changing for anyone interested in the blockchain.
Why should you care?
Since Ethereum’s inception, it has set its sights on shifting to proof-of-stake. Rumours of The Merge have circled for some five years, but constant delays led many to question if, not when, it would happen.
But Ethereum has merged. And even if the immediate effect is nominal, the new supply dynamics could well have an impact in the coming months.
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|IN THE HEADLINES
BTC trading coming to 34.4m Fidelity clients ₿
One of the most prominent institutions on Wall Street, Fidelity, might let individual brokerage accounts trade bitcoin. The financial services giant has more than 34.4 million such accounts, showing the scale of the decision.
The move would follow in the footsteps of BlackRock, which now offers crypto trading to its institutional customers. And it would be on top of Fidelity allowing corporate clients to add bitcoin to the 401(k) plans it manages.
IN THE HEADLINES
Coinbase funds lawsuits against U.S. Treasury ⚖️
Coinbase, one of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges, is paying the costs of a lawsuit against the U.S. Treasury Department over its recent sanctions of coin mixer Tornado Cash.
Tornado Cash lets users move crypto anonymously, but the Treasury recently banned Americans from interacting with the protocol. In response, six individuals have claimed the department ‘overstepped its authority.’
The lawsuit alleges the move ensnares law-abiding citizens, and Coinbase is fighting for the cause.
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