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Data shows traders rushed to buy altcoins during Bitcoin’s dip to $50K

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Bitcoin’s (BTC) recent downturn temporarily pulled its dominance rate down to 49.5% which is the lowest level since August 2018. This has led a growing number of traders to predict that altcoins will outperform Bitcoin in the short term.

Over the past few months, the price action from altcoins seems to be disengaging from Bitcoin. Take for example, Ether (ETH), which hit a new all-time high today even as Bitcoin price is down 20% from its all-time high.

Crypto market data daily view. Source: Coin360

The major factor that could have tilted the scale in favor of altcoins is the massive rise in the popularity of the decentralized finance space. New York Stock Exchange president Thomas Farley pointed out in an interview with CNBC that “DeFi exchanges are doing as much volume if not more than Coinbase today.”

Let’s look at the fundamentals and technicals of three tokens that have been on the rise in the past few months.

LINK/USDT

Chainlink (LINK) is one of the most popular decentralized oracle solutions. To support the rapid pace of innovation in the crypto industry, Chainlink outlined its vision for the future in its new whitepaper dubbed Chainlink 2.0 on April 15.

The whitepaper presents a new architecture for building hybrid smart contracts where second-layer networks called Decentralized Oracle Networks store and compute the data off-chain before feeding the input on the blockchain. This new concept could empower developers to build hybrid smart contracts quickly, similar to application programming interfaces (APIs) that developers build in the web world.

Another positive for LINK investors came as Grayscale announced the addition of the altcoin to its Digital Large Cap Fund on April 6. Although the allocation is only 0.87%, the inclusion could bring it into the focus of institutional investors.

On April 2 Polkadot and Chainlink announced that Chainlink’s price feeds woul be available as Substrate oracle pallet, enabling projects in the Polkadot ecosystem to integrate Chainlink oracles through a simplified library.

LINK is currently correcting from its sharp rise from $23.61 on March 24 to the all-time high at $44.33 on April 15. Although the price plunged below the moving averages on April 18, the bulls aggressively bought at lower levels as seen from the long tail on the day’s candlestick.

LINK/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

Since then, the bears and the bulls have been battling it out at the 20-day exponential moving average ($35.89). The bulls are attempting to defend the 20-day EMA support and launch the next leg of the up-move while the bears are trying to extend the correction by breaking the support.

The marginally rising 20-day EMA and the relative strength index (RSI) above 57 indicate a minor advantage to the buyers. If the bulls can push and sustain the price above $40, the LINK/USDT pair could retest $44.33. A breakout of this resistance could start the next leg of the uptrend, which could reach $50 and then $55.72.

This bullish view will invalidate if the bears sink and sustain the price below the 20-day EMA. Such a move could pull the price down to the 50-day simple moving average ($31.42) and delay the start of the next leg of the uptrend.

BAND/USDT

Band Protocol (BAND) was featured by Cointelegraph on Feb. 2 when its price was at $11.14. Since then the price h rallied to an all-time high at $23.30 on April 15, a gain of 109% in about two and half months.

The protocol announced on April 15 that its oracle data is live on Google Cloud Public Data, which can be used to build traditional, hybrid blockchain and cloud applications. Band said that the integration into Google Cloud Public Data was the first among many use-cases being explored with partners “to bridge traditional enterprises and blockchain applications.”

Band has continued to build partnerships to increase its market share. In the past month, it has announced partnerships with Krystal, Equilibrium, and Polygon. Additionally, one of the biggest financial institutions in Thailand, SCB 10X partnered with Band as a node validator.

BAND is currently trading inside a large range between $11.50 and $20.62. The bulls had pushed the price above the overhead resistance of the range on April 15 and 16 but they could not build up on the breakout.

BAND/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

This suggests that bears are active at higher levels. The sellers pulled the price back into the range on April 17, trapping the aggressive bulls. Long liquidations could be one of the reasons for the sharp fall on April 18 that momentarily dropped below the $11.50 support.

However, the positive sign was that the bulls aggressively bought the dips on April 18 as seen from the long tail on the candlestick.

After staying between both moving averages for the past three days, the BAND/USDT pair has broken above the 20-day EMA ($17.04) today. The pair could once again move up to $20.62 where the bears are again likely to mount a stiff resistance.

The flat moving averages and the RSI just above the midpoint suggest that the range-bound action may continue for a few more days. A breakout and close above $21 could open the gates for the resumption of the uptrend. The next target on the upside could be $29.74.

QTUM/USDT

Qtum (QTUM) was covered by Cointelegraph on Feb. 11 when its price was at $7.59. The token took off and made an all-time high at $20.72 on April 19, rallying 173% in just over two months.

The most eagerly awaited development is the transition from 128-second block average to 32-second block average that is expected to take place via a hard fork on April 30.

On March 31 Qtum founder Patrick Dai said that the protocol was working to enable smart contracts for Filecoin through the Qtum network. On the same day, Dai teased that non-fungible tokens are also making their way on Qtum.

QTUM’s Doji candlestick pattern on April 19 indicated that the uptrend could be losing steam. The short-term weakness was confirmed further when the price continued lower on April 20.

QTUM/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

The bulls are currently attempting to defend the 20-day EMA ($15.08). A strong bounce off this support will indicate that the sentiment remains positive and the bulls are accumulating on dips.

The buyers will likely try to push the price to $18.63 and then $20.72. A breakout of this resistance will signal the resumption of the uptrend.

However, the negative divergence on the RSI suggests the momentum may be weakening. If the bears sink the price below the 20-day EMA, the QTUM/USDT pair could slump to the 50-day SMA ($10.47) where the buyers may step in to stall the decline.

A strong rebound off the 50-day SMA could keep the pair range-bound for a few days while a break below the support will suggest the bears are back in the game.

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.

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Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/data-shows-traders-rushed-to-buy-altcoins-during-bitcoin-s-dip-to-50k

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Bitcoinist Book Club: “The Bitcoin Standard” (Prologue and Chapter 1)

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To lay the foundation for everything we’ll learn in the Bitcoinist Book Club, we had to start with “The Bitcoin Standard” by Saifedean Ammous. A fair amount of experts in the field recommend it as the first Bitcoin book people should read. Does that mean it’s too basic for the Bitcoinist audience? Not at all. Our readers might already be familiar with these concepts, but seeing them used as building blocks to construct a case for Bitcoin is a thing of beauty.

Here’s an introductory deep dive into The Bitcoin Standard and the first iteration of the Bitcoin Book Club.

But first…

About The Coolest Club On Earth

The Bitcoinist Book Club has two different use cases: 

1.- For the superstar-executive-investor on the run, we’ll summarize the must-read books for cryptocurrency enthusiasts. One by one. Chapter by chapter. We read them so you don’t have to, and give you just the meaty bits. 

2.- For the meditative bookworm who’s here for the research, we’ll provide liner notes to accompany your reading. After our book club finishes with the book, you can always come back to refresh the concepts and find crucial quotes. 

Everybody wins.

That’s it. Let’s get into it.

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“The Bitcoin Standard” – Prologue

The book is divided into three parts. The first one discusses the concept of money and everything it implies. The second part goes back in time and analyzes the use of “sound and unsound forms of money throughout history.” The third, finally, gets into Bitcoin and the possibilities it brings to the table, “and analyzes the possible uses of Bitcoin as a form of sound money.”

The prologue also provides a solid definition of what Bitcoin is: 

In essence, Bitcoin offered a payment network with its own native currency, and used a sophisticated method for members to verify all transactions without having to trust in any single member of the network. The currency was issued at a predetermined rate to reward the members who spent their processing power on verifying the transactions, thus providing a reward for their work.

That means Bitcoin is, “the first demonstrably reliable operational example of digital cash and digital hard money.” This is huge. This is what the world needs. And, as we go through this book, we’ll find out exactly why.

The prologue cannot end without a familiar disclaimer: “This book does not offer investment advice.” Of course it doesn’t, and everybody involved resents the implication.

BTCUSD chart for 05/15/2021 - TradingView

BTC price chart on Bitstamp | Source: BTC/USD on TradingView.com

“The Bitcoin Standard” – Chapter 1: Money

The main function of money is as a medium of exchange. The second is as a store of value, and the third is as a unit of account. We need money because barter is not an efficient enough system for a complex society. So, “A good that assumes the role of a widely accepted medium of exchange is called money.” It doesn’t matter what it is and it doesn’t have to be “government paper.

What the market looks for in potential money is salability. That is, “the ease with which a good can be sold on the market whenever its holder desires, with the least loss in its price.” If that characteristic persists across time, then the asset displays an “ability to hold value into the future.” So, it becomes a store of value.

It therefore follows that for something to assume a monetary role, it has to be costly to produce, otherwise the temptation to make money on the cheap will destroy the wealth of the savers, and destroy the incentive anyone has to save in this medium.

If it’s difficult to produce new “monetary units,” that’s “hard money.” If it isn’t, then it’s “easy money.” Over time, people who use hard money will tremendously outperform people who use easy money. A constant increase in the supply will erode the purchasing power of the easy money, it’s as simple as that. The law of supply and demand never fails.

The ratio between the stock and flow is a reliable indicator of a good’s hardness as money, and how well it is suited to playing a monetary role.

With flow being the “extra production that will be made in the next time period.” These core concepts are the basis for PlanB’s Stock-To-Flow model. And this is the main reason that model works, “The higher the ratio of the stock to the flow, the more likely a good is to maintain its value over time.” Or to, you know… augment its value. 

It’s time to talk about liquidity, “the more people accept a monetary medium, the more liquid it is.” And acceptance throughout a community is the characteristic that allows for pricing to be, “expressed in its terms, which allows it to play the third function of money: unit of account.

So, money plays “the roles of medium of exchange to allow specialization; store of value to create future-orientation and incentivize individuals to direct resources to investment instead of consumption; and unit of account to allow economic calculation of profits and losses.

So simple, and yet it eludes even the smartest of us. 

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A Critique, Because It Can’t All Be Positive

This sentence should’ve been heavily edited, it sounds like a bad joke:

Producers can specialize in producing capital goods that will only produce final consumer goods after longer intervals, which allows for more productive and superior products.

Five product-related words in a row? Come on! And, as a bonus, in the same paragraph:

The production of these tools stretches the duration of the production process significantly while also increasing its productivity.

Three more product-related words? That’s a total of eight in the same paragraph. Too much.

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Stay tuned for the next installment of the Bitcoinist Book Club.

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Source: https://bitcoinist.com/bitcoinist-book-club-the-bitcoin-standard-prologue-and-chapter-1/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bitcoinist-book-club-the-bitcoin-standard-prologue-and-chapter-1

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says he would forever work to make bitcoin better.

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey expressed his support for the leading cryptocurrency bitcoin on his microblogging platform Twitter, in response to a tweet by the Square chief financial officer, Amrita Ahuja. “Our bitcoin strategy hasn’t changed. We’re deeply committed to this community, including working towards a greener future through our Bitcoin Clean Energy Initiative,” Ms Ahuja wrote on Twitter. These comments came a few days after Elon Musk’s Tesla suspended bitcoin payments. 

Square’s Bitcoin asset is valued at $410m. 

Square is a digital payments company founded by Twitter chief executive and Jim Kelvey and launched in 2020. The company valued at over $100 billion in 2020 is evaluating Bitcoin as an investment opportunity. Square has purchased a total of $220 million Bitcoin to date. Its Bitcoin asset is valued at $410m. Bitcoin was trading at $48,523.20 on Saturday and is down 13 percent over the past five days since Tesla announced to drop the cryptocurrency as a payment method. “Square is doing exactly this for bitcoin with @SqCrypto,” Jack Dorsey had tweeted last year. 

Tesla suspends the bitcoin payment option citing environmental reasons. 

Less than two months after Elon Musk had announced to accept the leading cryptocurrency bitcoin payments for Tesla vehicles, the company discontinued its support. Elon Musk announced that the reason they are suspending bitcoin payments is because of environmental concerns. Bitcoin mining uses specialized computers that use massive energy for the process of mining. However, Tesla would continue to retain bitcoin holdings that it acquired sometime in January this year. The leading electric car maker had purchased $1.5 billion worth of bitcoins earlier this year, sending the price of the leading cryptocurrency to new highs. 

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Source: https://coinnounce.com/twitter-ceo-jack-dorsey-says-he-would-forever-work-to-make-bitcoin-better/

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What is Party Parrot Finance?

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Party Parrot Finance is a non-custodial lending market equipped with a Virtual Automated Market Maker (AMM).

From humble beginnings to today, decentralized finance (DeFi) has grown exponentially. Currently, billions of dollars of value are locked into numerous DeFi systems, which are being turned into different yield generating tokens, such as the Uniswap LP tokens, or the AAVE interest-bearing tokens.

For the most part, the values of LP tokens are locked in the many ecosystems that make up DeFi and are ultimately inaccessible to the crypto community. Unfortunately, the value locked in DeFi as LP tokens are unavailable to the larger blockchain community because their risks are non-transparent, and their units of account are unsuitable for human consumption.

Thankfully, The Party Parrot is fully equipped to deal with such inconvenience, and is supported by well-established networks such as Solana.

Table of Contents

Background

Although not much is known about the Party Parrot’s team, it is fair to imply that the Parrot ecosystem was designed and built to be scalable. The team behind the platform has shown great enthusiasm and expects the protocol to be among the top crypto solutions of its category within the market very soon.

Additionally, the team has expressed its vision of a world with full-scale blockchain adoption, where all crypto or blockchain-related solutions ought to possess the following attributes, ensuring that as the world’s technology grows, the blockchain’s throughput grows as well.

Here are some of its perks:

  • Ability to process tens of thousands of trades per second and hundreds of thousands of orders per second
  • Ability to process 10 billion social media interactions per day, which is around 100k per second
  • Gas costs of less than $0.001
  • Scaling with the world
  • Ability to process all submissions on a human-reaction-time scale.

What is Party Parrot Finance?

Built on the Solana blockchain network, Party Parrot is a non-custodial lending market equipped with a Virtual Automated Market Maker (AMM). In general, the platform seeks to leverage locked LP tokens by making their value accessible through its highly efficient liquidity and lending network.

Additionally, The Parrot protocol is furnished with a margin trading algorithm designed to enable value locked within DeFi accessible. The protocol relies primarily on LP tokens used as collateral for all operations within its ecosystem.

The blockchain venture is an ambitious attempt to further the expansion of DeFi worldwide. The team behind its protocol aims to disrupt the worldwide DeFi ecosystem through its very first product, the stablecoin PAI, which will be backed by LP tokens as collaterals. In return, this will incentivize all LP token holders to trade with each other confidently.

Party Parrot is set out to create a margin trading product or virtual AMM, where the PAI token would be used as a tool to benefit the whole Parrot community.

Party Parrot Finance interface

Furthermore, through the Parrot lending market, LP token holders can enjoy the full potential of their tokens, as they are given the possibility to benefit from their locked value by borrowing against lender liquidity.

Overall, The Party Parrot financial venture is a for-profit project; so, all goods and services within the platform come with fees. But innovatively, the team behind the protocol will use the fees collected to purchase back the PRT token as protocol incentives.

Across the platform, the fees are collected from stability fees from the stablecoin PAI, as well as borrow interests on the PAI supply. Additionally, the blockchain ecosystem will be able to strive off borrow fees from the lending market, liquidation penalties, And trading fees for the vAMM.

The project is set to be following the roadmap below, ensuring a smooth implementation of all products:

  • 2021 Q2 April-June: Stablecoin with LP collaterals.
  • 2021 Q3 Solana DeFi Summer: Crypto lending with LP collaterals.
  • 2021 Q4 -2022-Q1: Margin trading with vAMM, using PAI.

PAI Stablecoin

Also built on the Solana blockchain ecosystem, the PAI stablecoin the Protocol’s very first product. Once fully operational, the token will play an important role within the platform’s ecosystem. Currently, the token is available on devnet for testing purposes and open to all crypto enthusiasts.

The PAI stablecoin will primarily be used to bridge LP tokens to Solana. It will also enable the staking of ETH and BTC tokens on an L1 swap where holders can earn LP yields. PAI holders will be able to also mint PAI, with LP tokens as collaterals, and buy BTC or ETH using PAI under the Serum ecosystem. 

Party Parrot Tokens (PRT and gPRT)

PRT is the Parrot protocol utility token, while gPRT is the platform’s governance token.

The PRT token is responsible for all operations and transactions within the platform and currently has a total supply of 1,000,000,000, where 35% is locked as protocol incentives, 17.5% control by the team, 10% as the reserve, and 20% saved for the platform’s ecosystem and partnerships.

As for the gPRT token, it is used as a tool to further long-term participation in governance within the system. gPRT tokens will be given to all individuals who lock up their PRT tokens, where the longer the lockup period, the greater the amount of gPRT tokens are minted for the supply locked.

For every gPRT in an individual possession, additional voting power and protocol incentives boost are granted. The lockup periods range from 1 to 4 years, guaranteeing various benefits depending on the number of years, which is as follow:

  • 1 year: 1x (gPRT1)
  • 2 years: 1.5x (gPRT2)
  • 3 years: 2x (gPRT3)
  • 4 years: 4x (gPRT4)

Conclusion

The Party Parrot protocol is a dynamic implementation and combination of already existing solutions powered by the blockchain. The growing DeFi ecosystem has revealed the need for such a solution within the market.

The blockchain solution not only empowers users and token holders but also enables them to benefit from all the services on the platform. Furthermore, through the PRT and gPRT tokens, users can potentially grow to become huge actors within the Parrot ecosystem, allowing them to take part in decisions and processes that affect the platform directly and indirectly.

Party Parrot is a unique protocol and is on pace to have an echoing impact within the blockchain ecosystem for years to come and eventually become a leader within the DeFi space.

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Source: https://www.asiacryptotoday.com/party-parrot-finance/

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