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In 2019, the crypto industry overcame a bear market, delivered new innovative apps, and saw the continued entry of traditional financial and tech titans, with Facebook and its stable Libra project leading the way.
However, it was not all clear. The regulatory landscape lacks clarity, institutional investors remain on the sidelines and the idea that products and services based on blockchains and cryptocurrencies will become widespread remains more of a promise than a reality.
So if you’re new (or are finally coming back) to the fast-paced world of cryptography to start 2020, Kraken Intelligence, our in-house research team, offers its 2019 Crypto-in-Review, which breaks down the year which was in four themes that shaped the industry.
Our research note aims to give readers everything they need to look towards 2020 with a more complete perspective, addressing questions such as:
- What is DeFi and what will be its impact on financial services? Discover the emerging movement of decentralized finance (DeFi) and the reasons for its impressive early growth.
- When will institutional investors get involved? We share an overview of how institutional investors think this new asset class fits into their strategies. We also explain why many remain on the sidelines and share some key indicators and milestones that could lead to change in 2020.
- Will regulators publish guidelines and what could they be? We detail how governments around the world are struggling to standardize industry approaches. Particular attention is devoted to the FATF travel rule and the global response to Facebook’s Libra.
- Which financial giants could make a difference? Companies like Visa, Fidelity and JP Morgan are all looking to offer their customers exposure to cryptography. We have also seen new fintech companies and challenger banks such as Square, Revolut, eToro expand their cryptography services. Find out how (and why) these newcomers could shape the market.