Insurance

Ethereum-Based Nexus Mutual Expands Its Decentralized ‘Insurance’ to Centralized Exchanges

Nexus Mutual, a startup that provides a decentralized alternative to insurance, is extending its community-based offering to cover users of well-established cryptocurrency exchanges such as Coinbase, Binance, Kraken and Gemini. Until now Nexus, which uses digital tokens to revamp the traditional idea of mutual cover, was only focused on the world of decentralized exchange (DEXs), …

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Proposal seeks to overhaul Aave’s $375 million Safety Module

In a largely celebratory community call devoted in part to commemorating lending protocol Aave’s January 8th “Aaveversary” — a full year of Aave on Ethereum mainnet — there was also a look into Aave’s possible future: a proposal from Delphi Digital seeking to fundamentally alter Aave’s Safety Module and create a new insurance product offering.  …

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Chamath Palihapitiya sees Bitcoin as insurance against uncertainty

Bitcoin’s (BTC) price has risen dramatically over the past days and weeks, recently wheeling past $40,000. An asset largely untied to governmental authority, Bitcoin is a hedge against global uncertainty, according to venture capitalist and billionaire Chamath Palihapitiya. Citing a possible five or 10-year time horizon, Palihapitiya said he thinks Bitcoin will likely reach $200,000 …

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Who Insures the Insurer? Cover Protocol Attack Exposes DeFi’s Promise and Peril

Monday’s $4 million attack on the Cover Protocol, a decentralized insurance service, sent my mind to that classic nursery rhyme, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. You know, the one where an unfortunate woman keeps eating ever larger animals to catch the previously swallowed animal.  Decentralized finance faces a similar problem with …

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Interview with Sergey Nazarov

Chainlink Co-Founder Sergey Nazarov believes that increasing the decentralization and scalability of oracle technologies are key to ensure trust in the DeFi ecosystem. Oracles play a key role in the correct functioning of DeFI protocols by connecting them to real-world data. However, the trustworthiness of oracles becomes compromised in instances where they rely on a …

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MassMutual Bitcoin purchase proves crypto demand is rising, JPMorgan says

MassMutual’s $100 million Bitcoin (BTC) purchase shows that the demand for cryptocurrency will be growing further, according to strategists at major investment bank JPMorgan. In an investor note on Dec. 11, JPMorgan strategists including Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou reportedly suggested that Bitcoin adoption is now expanding from family offices and wealthy investors to bigger investors like insurance …

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Origin Dollar compensation plan marks progressing maturation of DeFi space

On Friday, decentralized finance (DeFi) stablecoin project Origin Finance announced a plan to compensate users affected by a $7 million November exploit — part of a wider trend from developers, users, and traders that has seen actors across the DeFi space more widely embrace insurance products and other exploit backstops.  On November 17th, Origin Dollar …

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Etherisc to offer blockchain-based crop insurance to Kenyan farmers

Today the Chainlink Community Grant program announced funding for a low-cost insurance collaboration between Etherisc, a decentralized insurance protocol, and ACRE Africa, a microinsurance issuer focused on the second-most populous continent on the planet.  According to an announcement from Chainlink, the project aims to build a blockchain-based insurance platform that delivers affordable coverage for the …

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Major Swiss health insurance company now accepts crypto payments

A major health insurance provider in Switzerland has made Bitcoin and Ether payments available to its policyholders. According to an Aug. 31 announcement, Atupri Health Insurance is partnering with crypto financial services company Bitcoin Suisse for its 200,000 customers to make payments using Bitcoin (BTC) or Ethereum (ETH). Atupri, based in Bern, will not be …

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Alphabet’s Verily begins offering stop-loss health insurance

Verily Verily, Alphabet’s healthcare business, is overseeing a new subsidiary that will offer stop-loss insurance to employers. Coefficient Insurance Company is backed by insurance megacorp Swiss Re, and relies on data analytics to predict and reduce risk. Stop-loss insurance is designed to help employers who self-fund their plans cover sudden, catastrophic health benefit claims. Under …

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