New WallStreetBets Defi App Aims to ‘Take Over’ Traditional Financial Markets

September 08, 2021, 1:00 PM AEST - 2 weeks ago

Popular subreddit WallStreetBets (WSB) aims to take over traditional finance with a new application called WSB DApp, a protocol that allows traders to swap synthetic stocks backed by blockchain technology. 

‘DeFi’ing Wall Street’

The r/WallStreetBet group claims it has created a decentralised platform that solves the “fees and market manipulation problem” coming from traditional financial institutions. The protocol is a direct market that allows borderless trading, open 24/7.

Landing page of WSB DApp.

Synthetic Stocks and $WSB

Users can trade synthetic stocks backed by blockchain technology. Synthetic tokens are an options strategy designed to emulate a long stock position in the stock market.

The protocol also has its own native token, $WSB, of which there are 1 billion in circulation. WSB is priced at 0.03 with over US$1 million worth of WSB exchanged in the past 24 hours.

The token has been performing pretty well in the market. One-month metrics show WSB is up 58 percent to date, and its aggregate WSB market valuation hit over US$30 million last weekend.

Jaime Rogozinski and WallStreetBet

According to a recent video on Twitter posted by @wallstreetbets, the project is led by Jaime Rogozinski , a Mexican writer and founder of WallStreetBets, and author of WallStreetBets: How Boomers Made the World’s Biggest Casino for Millennials.

Video posted by WallStreetBets. Source: Twitter.com

The subreddit group has become one of the largest communities in the retail trading world, featured in several important outlets including CNN, Forbes and Fortune, especially after the community joined forces to purchase massive amounts of GME stocks and hold them in an attempt to drive the stock price higher and defy hedge funds, causing worldwide controversy.

The GME hype might be over but now WSB wants to bring a more democratic space, rooted in the core concepts of decentralised finance, concepts that seemed flipped over when last week the SEC quietly signed a deal to spy on crypto/DeFi transactions with Californian analytics firm AnChain.AI.

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