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Billions in Ethereum at Play: DeFi Meme Coins are No Joke

The wild world of crypto gets wilder, as the latest craze to take hold of the industry grows larger: DeFi meme coins. And they’re much more than just harmless fun.

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In brief

  • As DeFi has exploded this summer, so has its weird spin off: meme coins.
  • Although meme coins have been around since Dogecoin, DeFi meme coins are different—and billions of dollars are being invested into them.
  • And Ethereum developers who spoke to Decrypt said these coins are much more than just harmless fun.

Investors plugged $8 billion dollars into decentralized finance (DeFi) in the past three months alone, motivating the more creative members of its community to find new ways to create billions more in value.

The result is the latest craze that has taken hold of the cryptocurrency industry: DeFi versions of meme coins, crypto tokens whose worth depends on how funny the Internet finds the joke they represent.

DeFi “Degens,” as the users of such tokens self-identify, have cooked up an endless platter of meme coins: $TACO, $TENDIES, $YAM, $SUSHI, are among recent coins that riff on DeFi’s theme of “money lego,” with more coming out each day to serve investors’ endless appetite. They are immensely popular: $SUSHI, which powers a new take on decentralized exchange Uniswap, traded $127 million yesterday. And it only launched last week. 

But there’s a much darker side to meme tokens. Some think that they’re nothing but quick money grabs, reminiscent of the sham ICOs that took advantage of 2017’s bull market. More still think that these tokens are just another way to lure investors into an unsustainable DeFi economy.

“Meme tokens of today have actual value, but it’s propelled by this exuberation to keep farming, keep adding liquidity, keep earning interest. It’s quite insane,” Jordan Lyall, DeFi product lead at ConsenSys, told Decrypt. (Lyall got mixed up in this when he made a joke on Twitter and someone turned it into a meme coin). “Some are interesting models of distributing tokens, some are outright scams, the majority though are in this weird middle ground,” he said.

What are DeFi meme coins?

Meme coins have been around since the start of cryptocurrencies. The first major one was Dogecoin, which exploded with popularity—despite starting out as a joke. Launched in 2013 to poke fun at Bitcoin, it’s based on the Japanese Shiba Inu meme. To this day it’s the biggest meme coin—and Elon Musk’s favorite crypto, by the way—with a market cap of over $354 million. 

But DeFi meme coins are a little different. They are extensions of this summer’s DeFi craze: tools built on Ethereum that aim to rebuild financial services like borrowing and lending and make them available to anyone. The space took off: Investors have locked $9 billion of crypto into its smart contracts, per metrics site DeFi Pulse

Some DeFi meme coins add value to the space, or have their own unique takes on its core ideas of non-custodial finance. $SUSHI creates new incentives for people to provide liquidity to the decentralized exchange economy—a kind of Uniswap tailor made for the most “degen” of DeFi Degens. In the past 24 hours, $385 million of the token has been traded, CoinMarketCap data shows. The token’s market cap is more than $241 million. It didn’t exist a little over a week ago. 

Another, $BASED, wants to ward the industry away from price speculation to a focus on monetary supply. Every day, the protocol resets the price, burning or minting users’ tokens—its creators describe it as a “post-modern economic game.” If memes help spread DeFi’s gospel—non-custodial finance for all—then so be it, say the true believers. 

Meme coin $TACO works by allowing its users to “crunch” tokens by burning 6% of the Uniswap pool every day and earning a reward for their work. It claims to be a “fairer” and more fun version of TENDIES—the popular meme coin and deflationary token whose name has its origins in a dark Internet incest joke. 

Generally these coins are variations on yield farming—where users earn extra tokens by staking cryptocurrencies in DeFi protocols. The idea was spearheaded by Compound, one of the largest DeFi lending protocols, which in late-June started rewarding loyal customers with $COMP, a so-called governance token that lets holders vote on network proposals. They’re also held as speculative value, in practice are incentives to invest in DeFi lending protocols. 

Such DeFi yield farming coins include $YAM, which drew in $400 million in one day from investors. 

Short shelf lives 

But once the novelty wears off, these meme tokens reveal their unforgiving side. Set Labs product marketing manager and Co-Founder of EthHub, Anthony Sassano, said it’s just like the 2017 ICO scene: “Lots of people will get burnt by participating in things that they don’t understand,” he told Decrypt

Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum, even compared the DeFi yield farming craze to the way central banks are continuing to print money—and said he himself would be staying away from it.  

But that’s not the only worry, according to ETH developers. So-called flash farms—yield farms that only really last a week or so—are risky. Shrimp, Porkchop and Spaghetti all drew attention, with their emoji or meme to accompany their logo, and investors pouring in millions. Some have seemingly been forgotten about as the hottest new token hit the block. KIMCHI, a fork (essentially a copy) of $SUSHI, locked up nearly half a billion in value just hours after starting trading on Tuesday. 

ConsenSys developer Jack Clancy said you’d “have to be insane” to buy such tokens. “Unlike some of these yield farming experiments there isn’t really anything useful to learn here,” he said. “There’s no governance or anything so I don’t really understand the point. Maybe to learn if deflationary currencies work or whether people are willing to assign value to pure nonsense?” 

Sassano added in a blog post that these meme coins “tend to use unaudited and untested code” and are “obviously not sustainable.” The hugely popular $YAM, for example, had problems. After $600 million was locked up in the project, those behind it admitted there was a fault and would have to be shut down—all within 48 hours. It reworked a new version of the protocol for users but the token has now basically been abandoned. 

The team behind $TACO told Decrypt that the ETH developers had a point about the longevity of such projects and the risks involved: “The creators of these projects haven’t promised the next Bitcoin—or even the next Dogecoin,” they said. “They’ve promised a social experiment / on-chain game whose shelf life may prove to be limited, or, like Dogecoin, may prove to have surprising longevity.”

One thing is certain though: just like the ICO boom of 2017, some serious money is being made right now—but serious money will undoubtedly be lost, too. 

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The views and opinions expressed by the author are for informational purposes only and do not constitute financial, investment, or other advice.

Source: https://decrypt.co/40939/defi-meme-coins-no-joke-billions-ethereum

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Bitcoin Falls Below $1 Trillion Market Cap Following Bloody Week: The Crypto Weekly Recap

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This week saw a serious correction in the total cryptocurrency market. This has resulted in Bitcoin falling below the $1 trillion market cap level. The price corrected by more than 20% at one point as it lost around $13,000 from the recent all-time high before correcting to where it currently trades at around $48K.

In all fairness, Bitcoin’s downturn followed that of the entire legacy market. As we reported earlier, NASDAQ saw the biggest slump since October last year as government bond yields gave the market a jolt, and investors favor companies that would benefit from a broader economic recovery throughout the rest of the year.

In any case, the correlation between the traditional financial markets in the face of some of the largest indices, such as the NASDAQ Composite and the S&P 500, is more than evident. Nevertheless, the cryptocurrency market, in general, took a beating over the last week as it saw more than $300 billion wiped off its capitalization.

Not every coin is in the red, though. Cardano’s ADA doesn’t seem to care much about the rest of the market and continues to increase. It managed to overtake Tether’s USDT stablecoin and became the third-largest cryptocurrency by means of market capitalization. Interestingly enough, a large Dubai-based investment fund said that it would sell $750 million in Bitcoin to buy more ADA and Polkadot’s DOT.

To no one’s surprise, MicroStrategy continues to buy Bitcoin at an accelerated rate. The company announced yet another $1 billion BTC buy this week which came after the convertible senior notes offering.

In any case, it might be the case that the recent correction was a healthy one. The truth is that this bull run had almost no serious corrections on the way up, and it’s entirely natural for investors to take profit. In addition to that, the market was overly leveraged, which caused a cascading effect of long liquidations on the way down, adding more fuel to the fire.

Let’s hope that the worst is over, and let’s see what the next week has in store!

Market Data

Market Cap: $1494B | 24H Vol: 233B | BTC Dominance: 59.6%

BTC: $47,820 (-7.8%) | ETH: $1,525 (-21.3%) | XRP: $0.442 (-17.1%)

3 Possible Reasons Why Bitcoin Plunged Over 15% in 24 Hours. Bitcoin dipped by more than 15 in less than 24 hours and took the entire market down with it. With this in mind, we take a look at three of the possible reasons for the most recent downturn in the market, which resulted in the loss of more than $300 billion in its capitalization.

The Laser Eyes Meme: Not a Coincidence That This Marked a Local Top for Bitcoin (Opinion). The laser eye meme on Twitter is spreading like wildfire as some of the most prominent crypto proponents and people outside of the industry change their profile pictures to include the beams. This might have been one of the signals that the market is in a state of euphoria.

Crypto Investment Fund to Sell $750M in Bitcoin for Cardano and Polkadot. A Dubai-based cryptocurrency investment fund that has more than $1 billion of assets under management (AUM) thinks that the value of Polkadot and Cardano will be higher than that of BTC in the years to come. It has announced that it will sell $750 million of its BTC to buy more ADA and DOT.

JP Morgan: Put 1% In Bitcoin as a Hedge as Demand is ‘Massively Outstripping’ Supply. JP Morgan has supported the narrative that investors should allocate 1% of their portfolio in BTC as a hedge. This was asserted by strategists of the multinational investment bank as more and more people seem to add fuel to the merit that bitcoin could protect assets against the inflating fiat currencies.

Someone Just Moved 100 Bitcoins Now Worth $5M That Only Cost $8 in 2010. An early bitcoin adopter who has mined 100 BTC back in 2010, which then had a face value of no more than $8, has moved them for the first time in over 11 years. Currently, the bitcoins are worth around $5 million.

MicroStrategy Completes Another $1 Billion Bitcoin Buy. MicroStrategy, the company, spearheaded by one of Bitcoin’s most vocal proponents, Michael Saylor, has bought another $1 billion worth of the cryptocurrency. This comes shortly after they conducted a convertible senior note offering to raise the money.

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Galaxy Digital co-president explains two things deterring institutional crypto buying

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In recent months, companies such as MicroStrategy and Tesla have picked up sizable positions in Bitcoin. This trend has not yet become the norm for most companies, however. Damien Vanderwilt, co-president of Galaxy Digital, believes security and taxes may be acting as deterrents for crypto investing. 

“When we think about the conversations we have with corporates, and institutional clients, and any part of those constituencies considering investing in the sector, the first order problem is safety and are the assets that they’re buying going to be safe and available and secure,” Vanderwilt told Bloomberg in an interview on Thursday.

“The second order problem, particularly for the corporates, is tax treatment and the way that particularly under gaap accounting in the U.S., Bitcoin is viewed as an intangible asset,” he added.

The Bloomberg interviewer noted that “5% of finance executives” are considering Bitcoin purchases. This 5% figure came from a report recently published by research firm Gartner, detailing February survey results from 77 finance executives. “Just 5% of Finance Executives Polled in February 2021 Said They Planned to Hold Bitcoin as a Corporate Asset in 2021,” said a Feb. 16 public statement from Gartner on the report.

MicroStrategy, MassMutual, Tesla and Square have all allocated millions of dollars to Bitcoin. MicroStrategy spent more than $1 billion on the asset, and put an additional billion into BTC recently. Square also recently announced adding $170 million worth of Bitcoin to its stack. The firm spent $50 million on the coin last fall.

“They’re not unsolvable problems or things that companies can’t get comfortable with, but it does take a little bit of time,” Vanderwilt said of the two issues he mentioned.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/galaxy-digital-co-president-explains-two-things-deterring-institutional-crypto-buying

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Price analysis 2/26: BTC, ETH, ADA, BNB, DOT, XRP, LTC, LINK, BCH, XLM

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Every bull market witnesses periodic pullbacks, where the weaker hands sell anticipating a top and the stronger hands accumulate for the long term. Data from Coinbase Pro shows two large Bitcoin (BTC) outflows this week, suggesting that institutions are likely continueing to buy the current dip.

Comparing historical data, on-chain analytics resource Whalemap, recently said that previous macro tops in Bitcoin in 2017 and 2019 coincided with thousands of large Bitcoin transactions worth $5-7 million. However, the researchers believe there is “no such FOMO in sight for BTC.”

Daily cryptocurrency market performance. Source: Coin360

JPMorgan strategists Joyce Chang and Amy Ho recently endorsed a 1% allocation to Bitcoin in multi-asset portfolios “to achieve any efficiency gain in the overall risk-adjusted returns of the portfolio.”

With gold and the S&P500 both seeing a downturn in the short term, investors looking to hedge their portfolios may look for alternatives such as cryptocurrencie, which may limit the downside for Bitcoin.

While data suggests that the downside is limited, let’s analyze the charts of the top-10 cryptocurrencies to determine where buyers may step in.

BTC/USD

There is a tug of war currently going on between the bulls and the bears. The bulls attempted to resume the up-move on Feb. 25, but could not sustain the higher levels. Bitcoin reversed direction and broke below the 20-day exponential moving average ($48,159), which shows selling by the bears at higher levels.

BTC/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

However, the long tail on today’s candlestick shows that bears are not able to sustain the price below the 20-day EMA. This suggests traders are buying on dips.

The flat 20-day EMA and the relative strength index (RSI) near the midpoint suggest a possible consolidation in the near term. The support of the said range could be at $41,959.63, which is just above the 50-day simple moving average ($40,914).

If bears can sink the price below the 50-day SMA, the selling could intensify and the pair could even drop to $28,850.

Conversely, if the bulls can propel the price above $52,040.95, a retest of $58,341.03 may be on the cards.

ETH/USD

Ether (ETH) could not rise above the 20-day EMA ($1,686) on Feb. 24, which suggests the bears are defending this level. The biggest altcoin turned south on Feb. 25 and fell to the 50-day SMA ($1,498).

ETH/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

Although the price dipped below the 50-day SMA today, the bears could not break the Feb. 23 intraday low at $1,350. This shows a lack of selling pressure at lower levels.

The bulls have pushed the price back above the 50-day SMA. If they can sustain the momentum and propel the ETH/USD pair above the 20-day EMA, it could enhance the prospects of retesting $2,000.

On the other hand, if the price again turns down from the 20-day EMA, it will suggest a change in sentiment from buying the dips to selling the rallies. If the bears break the $1,350 support, the pair may drop to $1,000.

ADA/USD

Cardano (ADA) is in a strong uptrend and has broken into the top-three cryptocurrencies by market capitalization for the first time. The bulls attempted to push the price above $1.20 on Feb. 25 but failed. However, the bulls successfully flipped $0.9817712 to support today, which suggests aggressive buying on every minor dip.

ADA/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

The buyers have driven the price above the $1.20 overhead resistance, indicating the resumption of the uptrend. The altcoin could now rally to the next target objective at $1.25.

Both moving averages are sloping up and the RSI in the overbought territory, suggesting that bulls are in control.

This bullish view will be invalidated if the ADA/USD pair fails to sustain the breakout and sharply reverses direction, breaking below the 20-day EMA ($0.92).

BNB/USD

The failure of the bulls to push Binance Coin (BNB) above the downtrend line on Feb. 24 may have attracted another bout of profit-booking by traders. The altcoin has pared most of the gains made on Feb. 19.

BNB/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

If the current rebound sustains, the bulls will make one more attempt to push the price above the downtrend line. If they succeed, it will suggest that the short-term correction could be over. The BNB/USD pair may then rise to $300 and then to $348.6969.

The upsloping 20-day EMA ($192) and the RSI in the positive zone suggest bulls have the upper hand. Falling below the downtrend line and the 20-day EMA would invalidate this bullish scenario. Such a move could pull the price down to $118.

DOT/USD

Polkadot’s (DOT) sharp recovery on Feb. 23 faltered on Feb. 24 as the bulls could not push and sustain the price above the resistance line of the ascending channel. This may have attracted profit-booking from the dipbuyers.

DOT/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

The buyers are currently attempting to defend the 20-day EMA ($30.30). If they manage to sustain the bounce, the DOT/USD pair will again try to break out of the resistance line of the channel and retest the all-time high at $42.2848.

Conversely, if the pair again goes down below the resistance line of the channel, the bears will try to sink the price under the 20-day EMA. If they succeed, the pair may drop to the support line of the channel.

The 20-day EMA is gradually sloping up and the RSI is above 61, indicating a minor advantage to the bulls.

XRP/USD

The long tail on the Feb. 23 candlestick shows buying on dips, but the bulls could not keep up the momentum and push XRP price above the 20-day EMA ($0.048) on Feb. 24. This showed that demand dried up at higher levels.

XRP/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

The price has again dipped back to the 50-day SMA ($0.40). A lack of a strong rebound could attract further selling and the XRP/USD pair may drop to $0.359. A break below this support could clear the path for a fall toward $0.25.

Contrary to this assumption, if the pair sustains the current bounce, the bulls will make one more attempt to push the price above the $0.50 overhead resistance. If they succeed, the pair may consolidate between $0.65 and $0.359 for a few days.

LTC/USD

Litecoin (LTC) rallied above the 20-day EMA ($192) on Feb. 25, but the bulls failed to sustain the higher levels as seen from the long wick on the day’s candlestick. This suggests that traders are booking profits at higher levels.

LTC/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

However, the long tail on today’s candlestick suggests that bulls are buying the dips to the 50-day SMA ($166). If the bulls can push the price above the 20-day EMA and the $205.186 overhead resistance zone, the LINK/USD pair may rise to $230.

Contrary to this assumption, if the bulls fail to sustain the current rebound, the pair may U-turn and drop below the 50-day SMA and the uptrend line. If that happens, the pair may slide to $120.

LINK/USD

Chainlink (LINK) could not climb back into the ascending channel on Feb. 24, attracting profit-booking from the aggressive bulls who may have purchased the dip on Feb. 23. The altcoin turned down on Feb. 25 and dipped back to the 50-day SMA ($24.70) today.

LINK/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

The downsloping 20-day EMA ($28.80) and the RSI in the negative zone suggest bears have the upper hand. If the price slips below the 50-day SMA, the decline could extend to the critical support at $20.111.

Contrary to this assumption, if the current rebound off the 50-day SMA sustains, the bulls will make one more attempt to push the price above the 20-day EMA. If they succeed, the LINK/USD pair may begin a new uptrend.

BCH/USD

The relief rally in Bitcoin Cash (BCH) could not even rise to the 20-day EMA ($578) on Feb. 24 and 25, indicating a lack of urgency among the bulls to buy at these levels. The price turned down on Feb. 25 and dropped to the uptrend line.

BCH/USD daily chart. Source: TradingView

The downsloping 20-day EMA and the RSI in the negative zone suggest bears are in control. If the sellers sink the price below the uptrend line, the BCH/USD could start a deeper correction to $370.

On the contrary, if the bulls can build up on the current rebound off the uptrend line, the pair may rise to the 20-day EMA. A breakout of this resistance could push BCH price to $631.71.

XLM/USD

Stellar Lumens (XLM) could not rise above the 20-day EMA ($0.430) on Feb. 24 and 25, which shows the bears are selling on rallies to this resistance. The altcoin pulled back on Feb. 25 and fell to the critical support level at $0.35.

XLM/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

The downsloping 20-day EMA and the RSI in the negative territory suggest advantage to the bears. If the sellers can sink the price below the support line of the descending channel, the XLM/USD pair may decline to $0.23.

Conversely, if the bulls can sustain the current rebound off $0.35, the pair may rise to the 20-day EMA. A breakout of this resistance will suggest the bulls are back in the game. The pair could then rally to the resistance line of the channel.

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk. You should conduct your own research when making a decision.

Market data is provided by HitBTC exchange.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/price-analysis-2-26-btc-eth-ada-bnb-dot-xrp-ltc-link-bch-xlm

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