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Defi Flies to New Highs

Defi market reaches new highs, Jan 2021The Decentralized Finance (DeFi) ethereum ecosystem has far surpassed its previous all time high. The combined market cap of all defi tokens is now nearly $34 billion, handling some $13…

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The Decentralized Finance (DeFi) ethereum ecosystem has far surpassed its previous all time high.

The combined market cap of all defi tokens is now nearly $34 billion, handling some $13 billion in trading volumes.

That’s considerably more than the $18 billion peak during the defi summer of 2020 as pictured above.

Top defi tokens, Jan 2021
Top defi tokens, Jan 2021

There’s numerous tokens now with a market cap above $1 billion, Aave rising to the very top of them all.

Unlike cryptos, these tokens are kind of like traditional publicly traded companies with revenues and profits as well as an equivalent of token dividents.

Uniswap for example has processed $2 million in fees during the past 24 hours for their 28,500 trading pairs.

These fees go to token holder with some going to liquidity providers, making these dapp systems amount to effectively decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) governed by the token holders.

Defi index on Synthetix, Jan 2021
Defi index on Synthetix, Jan 2021

Synthetix thus has risen to $2.3 billion, with this code based derivatives market having a defi index where you can effectively buy a basket of these tokens instead of select each and everyone.

That defi index has nearly doubled in days, showing much bullishness in this corner where innovation is accelerating.

Curve is apparently tokenizing a contract and then hedging it with it possible you can now tokenize this tokenized contract and hedge.

In effect they’re building complexity to hopefully end up with simplicity managed by the code in a fully transparent way.

That makes all this extremely efficient and the cost of handling it all far lower than in traditional finance, leading to a superior product and thus the growth of defi.

Some of that growth presumably will make its way to eth, if it is not doing so already, with a lot of this ecosystem having eth at its core even as tokenized bitcoins reach $5.5 billion with wBTC accounting for $4 billion of it.

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PlotX v2 Mainnet Launch: DeFi Prediction Markets

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AscendEX, formerly BitMax, an industry-leading digital asset trading platform built by Wall Street quant trading veterans, congratulates PlotX – a cross-chain prediction market protocol on their v2 Mainnet launch on the Polygon Network on May 14 at 12:00 p.m. UTC.

PlotX Version 1 (“v1”) was launched in October 2020 as a decentralized non-custodial prediction market protocol on the Ethereum Blockchain. PlotX allows crypto-traders to use their skills to predict the future value of digital assets like ETH, BTC. Markets on PlotX v1 were automatically created in intervals of 4 hour, 1 day and 1 week.

The v2 has been under development since December 2020 and the testnet was released on April 13th, 2021 for the public. After rigorous testing by the community, the launch of PlotX v2 on the Polygon Mainnet is now scheduled on May 14th, 2021.

PlotX v2 has focussed heavily on simplifying the prediction-making experience for users thanks to a consistent dialogue with their community via the research forum and their official community telegram group. It brings the experience closer to mainstream applications while retaining the DeFi ethos of being non-custodial and permissionless.

This can be seen in the marquee features that PlotX announced via their recent blog post about the mainnet release:

  1. Gasless prediction-making – via meta-transactions that abstract the process for users so they only have to make a single transaction while making predictions
  2. Smooth token bridging – via cross-chain swap technology, that enables users to move $PLOT between Ethereuem, Polygon and other EVM compatible chains like BSC & Solana, from within the application itself
  3. Guaranteed liquidity provisions – via incentive alignment of market creators for providing liquidity for new markets, making it lucrative for users to participate in
  4. Simple onboarding experience – for users, especially ones who are not familiar with metamask and RPC changes, to login using their email addresses without compromising on the non-custodial nature of the dapp

The team has built a class product and is highly receptive to the community. As per the roadmap, upgrades in V2 do not end here; numerous new features are slated to be introduced that will equip users with exciting new prediction opportunities.

Ish Goel, co-founder PlotX, shares his thoughts “It has been an exciting journey for us since the launch of PlotX v1 in October 2020. Prediction markets have always been an exciting derivative for crypto traders. However, they have always faced the challenges of a complex UX, high gas fees & low market liquidity that has also resulted in a lack of growth of the space. With PlotX v2 we have worked alongside our community to solve these challenges by introducing an overhauled UX, deploying on Polygon and introducing liquidity bootstrapping mechanisms for new markets. The community has reacted positively to these features and we’re super excited to reveal the mainnet app to them as well as the larger crypto trading community!”

About AscendEX

Originally founded in 2018 as BitMax.io, AscendEx is a leading crypto and digital asset financial platform catering to both professional and retail traders. Our venue offers spot, futures, margin trading and staking products and incorporates key elements from the DeFi space to foster a unique market structure for users. AscendEx is led by a team of Wall Street veterans who have applied traditional markets’ rigor to create a robust, secure, and reliable experience for all participants; and a consistent source of liquidity for primary offerings.

About PlotX

PlotX is a cross-chain Prediction Market protocol built by the ex-CTO of Nexus Mutual (>$1bn mcap). It enables crypto-asset price predictions, like “What will be the price of BTC/USDT in the next 1 hour?”

Dubbed as the Uniswap of Prediction Markets, PlotX is the simplest and most fun DeFi derivative for crypto traders.

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CBDCs Are Not That Stable And May Eventually Kill Bitcoin, Says Financial Expert

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Edward Chancellor – a British journalist and financial historian, explained that the first central bank digital currencies are likely to raise inflation which can lead to the destruction of Bitcoin. He agreed that CBDCs are ”cool” but certainly not stable.

CBDCs Would Mean The End Of BTC

Nowadays, many central banks of numerous leading economies such as China, Japan, and the US, are researching the option of launching their own CBDC. In a recent interview for Reuters, Edward Chancellor opined that central bank digital currencies are highly risky projects.

He said that CBDCs might even kill Bitcoin. Chancellor explained that it is much easier to distribute and ”print” digital currencies rather than cash, and that will cause an utterly high level of inflation.

He then added that in order to solve the issue, the governments and central banks would have to fix the emission of their digital coins – which number would be much higher than 21 million bitcoins:

”When banks get it right with CBDCs this will kill Bitcoin.”

The historian analyzed that changes in the form of money are normal and have happened multiple times in the past. As an example, he pointed to the paper money which once replaced metal coins. Chancellor predicted that in the process of the financial revolution, digital currencies would invade the world, but he opined that Bitcoin would not be among one of them.


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In conclusion, the journalist said that central bank digital currencies are ”cool” as a project but can not qualify as stable.

Deutsche Bank on CBDCs

Recently, the multinational investment banking giant – Deutsche bank – shared similar thoughts. The CIO of the German institution – Christian Nolting – predicted that CBDCs could damage Bitcoin’s role as a payment instrument. He also suggested that the primary cryptocurrency could serve as a store of value.

According to Nolting, the crypto industry is ”here to stay.” On the other hand, he warned that ”governments and more digitally-aware populations might ultimately prefer to go with CBDCs,” instead of relying on the decentralized nature of BTC. Furthermore, some potentially harming legislative frameworks developed by world regulators could reduce digital assets’ chances of serving as international payment instruments:

”A widespread introduction of CBDCs accompanied by higher regulation of cryptocurrencies could create a more challenging environment for crypto assets as some of their advantages compared to traditional financial assets would fade in the longer term.”

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Bitcoin Price Hit 11-Week Low: BTC Retesting The Lowest Weekly Close Since February

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In early Sunday trading, BTC prices had fallen to their lowest levels for over 11 weeks, hitting $46,700 before a minor recovery.

The last time Bitcoin dropped to these levels was at the end of February during the second major correction of this ongoing rally. A rebound off that bottom sent prices above $60K for the first time in the two weeks that followed.

Later today, Bitcoin is going to close another weekly candle. In case the candle closes at those levels, this will become the worst weekly close since February 22nd, when BTC ended the week at $45,240, according to Bitstamp. Two weeks ago the weekly candle closed at $49,200, which the current lowest week close since February.

Second ‘Lower Low’ For Bitcoin

This time around, things feel slightly different and the bearish sentiment is returning to crypto-asset markets. Since its all-time high of $65K on April 14, Bitcoin has made a lower high and has now formed a second lower low on the daily chart, which is indicative of a larger downtrend developing.

Analyst ‘CryptoFibonacci’ has been eyeing the weekly chart which also suggests the bulls could be running out of steam.


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The move appears to have been driven by Elon Musk again with a tweet about Bitcoin’s energy consumption on May 13. Bitcoin’s fear and greed index has dropped to 20 – ‘extreme fear’ – its lowest level since the March 2020 market crash. At the time of press, BTC was trading at just under $48,000, down 4% over the past 24 hours.

Market Cap Shrinks by $150B

As usual, the move has initiated a selloff for the majority of other cryptocurrencies resulting in around $150 billion exiting the markets over the past day or so.

The total market cap has declined to $2.3 trillion after an all-time high of $2.5 trillion on May 12. Things are still high on the long term view but losses could accelerate rapidly if the bearish sentiment increases.

Not all crypto assets are correcting this weekend, and some have been building on recent gains to push even higher – although they are few in number.

Those weekend warriors include Cardano which has added 4.8% on the day to trade at $2.27 according to Coingecko. ADA hit an all-time high on Saturday, May 15 reaching $2.36, a gain of 54% over the past 30 days.

Ripple’s XRP is also seeing a resurgence with a 13% pump on the day to flip Cardano for the fourth spot. XRP is currently trading at $1.58 with a market cap of $73 billion. The only other two cryptocurrencies in the green at the time of writing are Stellar and Solana, gaining 3.7% and 12% respectively.

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