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Weekly Analysis And Opinion Highlights – 12 September 2022

And we’re kicking off the week with new analysis and opinion on investing, open banking, metaverse and more. Dive into the latest fintech insights and have a great start of the week!

Where does crypto go from here? (The Paypers)
It’s a fascinating time for the crypto space, with lots of headline-grabbing changes to the status quo. But within disruption there lies opportunity and forward-thinking companies have been preparing for this time of fluctuation for some time, building out other functionalities that extend beyond crypto trading. These are the organisations that are developing super apps, with crypto at the core, which aim to make cryptocurrencies a more regular and functional part of the financial mainstream. While recent speculation around crypto investments may have calmed down, what does the future hold and how will the industry withstand times of financial instability or even a potential recession? Read more

Amsterdam’s 101 Fastest Growing FinTech Startups (Fintech Energy)
Fintech Energy track over 200,000 fintech startups and over 1,000,000 people who hold key positions in these companies. they use this directory of startups to highlight top employees, founders and organizations which deserve more appreciation than they are currently getting. Fintech Energy ranked the top 101 FinTech companies in Amsterdam. The companies, startups and institutions listed in this article are all exceptional companies, well worth a follow. Read more

What Dutch farming tells us about climate agendas (Euromoney)
The government is prepared to take drastic measures to reduce the nitrogen produced by livestock. But as farmers resist being pushed out of a profitable sector, the dispute demonstrates the cost of turning climate agendas into a race to cut emissions as quickly as possible. Already burdened by rising input costs, a cash-flow squeeze and reduced access to financing, Dutch livestock farmers are now being told to downsize, move or get out of the business altogether. The government’s plan to cut nitrogen dioxide and ammonia emissions in the farming industry is prioritising buyouts of livestock as a quick way to reduce the manure they produce and preserve land for biodiversity. Read more

There’s No Future for DeFi Without Regulation (Coin Desk)
Believe it or not, the blockchain era is really America’s second experiment with decentralized finance (DeFi). Long before blockchains, the U.S. was the very last of the major industrial countries to establish a central bank. The Federal Reserve System was created in 1913, more than a century after the Bank of England was established and most big European countries had their own central banks as well. Even then, the Fed was established somewhat reluctantly after a series of financial crises. Crypto was supposed to be better than 19th century banks. The extreme transparency that blockchain technology enables should have made it clear which funds and firms were operating on the edge, exposed to risky products. Four factors came together to make it hard for a transparent, disciplined market to emerge. Read more

‘Everything’s Down This Year’: FTX Founder SBF (Decrypt)
The heavyweight CEO of crypto exchange FTX Sam Bankman-Fried also struck a balanced perspective on the debate over regulatory oversight. FTX Exchange’s founder and CEO Sam Bankman-Fried offered a reassuring perspective on this year’s plummet in crypto asset prices on Monday, arguing at the SALT conference in New York that the decline was part of a broader sell-off on Wall Street. “Everything’s down this year because dollars are up this year,” Bankman-Fried, a multibillionaire and crypto industry heavyweight, told interviewer and one-time Donald Trump press secretary Anthony Scaramucci at the conference, which is focused on “disruptive innovation.” Read more

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