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Crypto Roundup: January 4th, 2021

Meanwhile, the altcoin rankings have been rearranged. As Ethereum has rocketed past $1K, Litecoin has flippened XRP to become the fourth biggest crypto by market cap. This follows yet more downside for XRP, which has dropped 4% this week as platforms including eToro’s US operation have delisted the coin in light of the SEC’s lawsuit. […]

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This Week’s Highlights

  • Ethereum gets five-figure price tag
  • Okung starts Bitcoin salary ball rolling

Ethereum gets a five-figure price tag

While Bitcoin is now far beyond the previous all-time high of $20K, Ethereum still hasn’t surpassed its 2018 peak of $1.4K.

And yet, the second-largest crypto could now be following it’s bigger brother’s lead. Late on Sunday, Ethereum crossed the $1K mark, concluding a week of almost 40% gains. This milestone comes exactly three years after the same price was surpassed in early 2018.

As Ethereum has made a resurgence, the entire crypto market cap has also hit a fresh all-time high of $880B, breaking the previous record set in January 2018.

Okung starts Bitcoin salary ball rolling

Bitcoin adoption reached a crescendo last week as NFL player Russell Okung said he will receive half of his $13M salary in Bitcoin.

By accepting the cryptoasset as payment, Okung is validating the asset to a whole new audience of sports fans. And, his decision has also got the Bitcoin ball rolling among pro athletes. According to reports from CoinDesk, athletes from two New York baseball and basketball teams are already seeking a similar salary arrangement.

The Week Ahead

As Bitcoin blasts through the stratosphere, cautious traders are pondering the possibility of a 30% pullback, just like those seen in previous bull rallies.

Such a move could take Bitcoin down to $24K, yet this may be counteracted by strong buying pressure from institutional players.

On the front page of this Monday morning’s Financial Times, a big blue Bitcoin logo greets readers for the first time, marking another key moment of acceptance for the leading crypto among the biggest players from traditional finance.

Source: https://www.newsbtc.com/etoro/crypto-roundup-january-4th-2021/

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Aave hits record $288 high as demand for flash loans and staking increases

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Aave (AAVE) price has been on an absolute tear for weeks and today the DeFi-token rallied to a new all-time high at $288.90. 

The decentralized finance protocol is one of the most popular in the market and the recent rally in the DeFi sector is one of the driving forces behind AAVE’s rally.

AAVE/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

At the start of 2021, AAVE price was trading at $83 and the recent rally appears to have bolstered the protocol’s surging total value locked, increasing buy volume on spot and derivatives exchanges and the continued development of Aave’s lending platform and flash loan issuance.

TVL soars to a new high

Data from DeFi Pulse shows that Aave’s TVL rose from $2.03 billion on Jan. 1 and as (BTC) and Ether (ETH) price went parabolic Aave’s TVL also surged.

Total value locked on AAVE. Source: DeFi Pulse

Currently, Aave’s TVL sits at a new all-time high of $3.75 billion, making the platform the second-largest DeFi platform by TVL behind Maker (MKR).

The steady addition of new tokens to the lending and borrowing protocol increases the likelihood that its TVL will continue to rise and help AAVE retain its standing as one of the top DeFi projects in the cryptocurrency space.

Staking drives demand for AAVE token

AAVE’s trading volume also surged at the beginning of 2021, increasing from $200 million on Jan. 3 to a high of $928 million on Jan. 16.

AAVE price vs. Reported trading volume. Source: TheTIE

As AAVE price reached a new high, it’s 24-hour trading volume notched a record $1.06 billion. This volume surge is partially driven by investors acquiring more tokens for staking, with 26.8% of the total supply of AAVE currently staked on the platform earning an APY of 6.1%

Flash loans attract investors

Another reason for AAVE’s recent surge is the growth of its flash loans.

Flash loans allow cryptocurrency holders to collatoralize their portfolio to fund other purchases or new crypto purchases. The loans also help investors utilize the value in their tokens without the need to sell see them and create a taxable event.

Since launching flash loans less than 12 months ago, more than $1.7 billion have been issued and it’s expected that this figure will increse as the crypto bull market progresses.

Total flash loan issuance to date on AAVE. Source: Messari

As can be seen in the chart above, the most dominant token requested for flash loans is the DAI stablecoin, followed by USDC and ETH. Data from Messari shows that Aave issued $25 million in loans in the first half of 2020, $500 million in Q3, and nearly $1 billion in Q4, including $450 million in December.

The expansion of the flash loan concept will likely attract more users to Aave, especially since they can be used for arbitrage opportunities between DEXs, collateral swaps, self-liquidations and a variety of other applications within the DeFi sector.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/aave-hits-record-288-high-as-demand-for-flash-loans-and-staking-increases

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Ethereum and the broader cryptocurrency market have seen mixed price action over the past few days and weeks. Ethereum Price is Surging Despite the selling pressure it has experienced at $1,200, ETH beat all odds and surged beyond $1,400, recording a new all-time high at $1,423.38.  At press time, the…

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Cryptocurrency makes World Economic Forum’s Davos Agenda

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The World Economic Forum’s upcoming Davos Agenda will feature two separate sessions on cryptocurrency, offering another compelling sign that digital assets have permeated mainstream consciousness. 

The sessions, titled Resetting Digital Currencies, will be held on Monday and Thursday. The first session will feature five public speakers, including Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey and Hikmet Ersek, president and CEO of Western Union.

Thursday’s group features four speakers, including Tharman Shanmugaratnam, a senior minister for the government of Singapore, and Zhu Min, chairman of the Beijing-based National Institute of Financial Research.

“COVID-19 has accelerated the long-term shift from cash,” reads the prospectus for both sessions. “Meanwhile, central bank digital currencies are emerging, potentially transforming how people use money worldwide.”

It continues:

“What policies, practices and partnerships are needed to leverage the opportunities posed by the rise of digital currencies?”

Davos Agenda is a five-day summit featuring some of the world’s leading figures in finance and government. The cryptocurrency series falls under the summit’s “Fairer Economies” theme. Other themes include “Tech for Good,” “How to Save the Planet” and “Healthy Futures.”

The World Economic Forum is devoting more resources to understanding blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. The Geneva-based organization has even created a cryptocurrency working group, which only last month published its inaugural review focusing on the various use cases for digital assets “beyond price and speculation.”

The Forum’s research has cited blockchain technology as a key driver of “sustainable digital finance.” Blockchain and smart contract capability, the Forum’s researchers argue, can unlock “hidden values of legacy digital systems.”

Central bank digital currencies, or CBDCs, are one area of research the Forum has delved into over the past 18 months. In Jan 2020, the Forum announced it had developed a framework to help banks “evaluate, design and potentially deploy CBDC.” The framework was developed in conjunction with over 40 central banks, financial institutions and academic researchers.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/cryptocurrency-makes-world-economic-forum-s-davos-agenda

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