Money Legos keep stacking! Finance Redefined 4/21-4/28

Happy Wednesday fellow DeFi degens!  I was expecting to spend a large portion of this edition of Finance Redefined analyzing Aave’s liquidity mining program. There was some anxiety from investors that the emission of 2,200 $AAVE per day (which would translate to roughly 5% of the ecosystem reserve fund of 2.8 million AAVE per year) might end up dragging down the token’s price as farmers earn and dump.   I would feel very uncomfortable holding an asset if the governance token of a very important protocol ends up in the hands…

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Vinnik trial for extortion and Bitcoin money laundering begins in Paris

The trial of the alleged launderer of $4 billion worth of Bitcoin (BTC), Alexander Vinnik, got underway in Paris on Oct 19. However, despite reported links to the 300,000 BTC hack of Mt. Gox in 2014, prosecutors are focusing on a €135 million ($159 million) ransomware fraud targeting French businesses and organizations between 2016 and 2018. According to AP News, Russian national Vinnik is being charged with extortion, money laundering and criminal association after 20 victims of the “Locky” malware paid the ransom in Bitcoin through BTC-e. Vinnik is alleged…

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