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Ethereum hit a $46b valuation with 1 value accrual mechanism. Wait until there are three

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Ethereum is by far the largest cryptocurrency behind Bitcoin. The asset has a market capitalization of $46 billion, which makes it around the size of a medium-cap company in the S&P 500.

Although impressive, analysts say that Ethereum could rally exponentially higher, likely towards its previous all-time highs, once it gains two more value accrual mechanisms.

The first value accrual mechanism, which is ETH acting as a store of value, is arguably already in place as millions of coins have been locked as collateral in DeFi contracts.

The two other value accrual mechanisms, Ethereum Improvement Proposal 1559 (EIP-1559) and ETH 2.0 staking, have yet to arrive.

The importance of EIP-1559

The first value accrual pillar on the chopping block is EIP-1559.

EIP-1559 is a technical improvement that suggests that the current transaction model of the blockchain is currently “inefficient and needlessly costly to users.”

To solve the inefficiencies caused by this system, the authors of EIP-1559 propose a flat rate for all Ethereum transactions:

“The purpose of EIP 1559, according to Eric Conner, is to provide wallets and users a much needed improvement to the user-experience of gas management. The way that EIP 1559 solves the gas-management problem also improves Ethereum’s monetary management system.”

EIP-1559 also has the crucial ability to burn a small amount of ETH after every transaction is sent. That’s to say, the more transactions are sent, the more ETH is destroyed forever.

Estimates suggest that if the upgrade as implemented over the past year, nearly one million Ethereum, valued at over $400 million, would have burned.

This upgrade has the potential to make Ethereum deflationary, whereas the number of ETH burnt each year will actually outpace the number of coins mined or produced, resulting in a deflationary asset. Assuming demand stays consistent, prices should start to surge higher as the amount of Ethereum in the market, the supply, has trouble meeting demand.

Ethereum 2.0 to play a longer-term role

The second value accrual pillar in the works is the Ethereum 2.0 (a.k.a. ETH2 or Serenity) upgrade.

Along with improving the Ethereum user experience, ETH2 will also activate what is known as Proof of Stake. Staking, where users put up ETH as collateral to process transactions, will replace mining.

Estimates suggest that stakers will be able to earn around 5-12 percent a year on deposits of ETH.

Analysts believe that the ability to earn yield natively on Ethereum within the protocol will drive prices higher as ETH gains a staking premium.

Adam Cochran, a professor of information science at Conestoga College and a member of the DuckDuckGo team, has suggested that the introduction of Ethereum staking will create the “biggest economic shift” the crypto industry has ever seen. He believes that the introduction of safe yields to Ethereum will drive prices dramatically higher as both retail investors and “whales” look to participate:

“This is one of the most effective components of ETH’s new layout, as whales will pour new money into the market to continue to round-up their stakable amounts of ETH.”

This has been echoed by Delphi Digital, a leading research firm in the digital asset space:

“Tying things together, EIP 1559 and staking [create a] symbiotic relationship where not only does increase usage drive value but the introduction of cash flows to a wider group of participants for securing the network creates a more effective long term value proposition [for ETH].”

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Source: https://cryptoslate.com/ethereum-hit-a-46b-valuation-with-1-value-accrual-mechanism-wait-until-there-are-three/

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YFI’s Andre Cronje Unveils Multi-Purpose DeFi Protocol Deriswap

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Andre Cronje, the brain behind the popular DeFi protocol Yearn Finance and the most expensive cryptocurrency YFI, has unveiled yet another DeFi protocol called Deriswap.

Obsessed With Capital Efficiency

The project focuses on capital efficiency, an aspect of DeFi that Cronje said he is obsessed with. The YFI creator is set to change the current segmented liquidity, which only allows users to choose one of Swaps (Uniswap, Sushiswap, Bancor, etc.), Options (Deribit, Hegic, Opyn, etc.), and Loans (Aave, Compound, DyDx, etc.). 

He described Deriswap as a protocol that combines multiple DeFi services, including Swaps, Options, and Loans, into a capital-efficient single contract. According to the developer, this allows the interaction between two assets that make up the pair. 

For Swaps, Cronje explained that the contract on Deriswap utilizes the standard Uniswap x * y = k. For example, suppose Liquidity Providers (LPs) provide ETH-BTC as liquidity. In that case, the protocol will allow traders to swap BTC and ETH while using the oracle’s time as the weighted average price (TWAP). 

No Deriswap Token Yet

He notes that Deriswap uses the Black Scholes option pricing model to quote options. While Futures are an extension and simplification of Options, Loans are an extension and simplification of Futures. To get a loan, the user will pay a premium and collateral to access the borrowed assets. 

Lastly, the markets (loan, futures, and options) can be tokenized via Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) to create secondary markets. 

As with many DeFi protocols, it is expected that Deriswap will have a token, and maybe with a limited supply. As a result, DeFi degens are hoping to dive in early. However, the protocol is currently under audit; hence, there’s no official Deriswap token yet. 

Cronje Continues To Explore DeFi

Since YFI’s success, Andre Cronje has become a prominent player in the DeFi ecosystem. The developer is always exploring and “experimenting” with DeFi products, even though some cost investors money due to exploits

Despite the recording failure with Eminence protocol, Cronje’s last project Keep3r Network was quite different as Keep3r’s KP3R token rallied more than 2000%, with the price moving from $10 to over $200 within a few days.

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Inevitable: Ethereum Classic’s Latest Hard Fork Called Thanos Scheduled for November 29th

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Less than two months after its latest network upgrade, Ethereum Classic plans to undergo another one on November 29th. Dubbed Thanos, the new hard fork will enhance security while maintaining its compatibility with Ethereum.

Thanos Is An Inevitable ETC Network Upgrade

The Ethereum Classic team would like to quickly forget the summer of 2020. In the span of one month, the network was subject to three separate 51% attacks.

The Ethereum Classic Core developer team and Ethereum Classic Labs decided to counteract the growing securities issues by implementing the Modified Exponential Subjective Scoring (MESS) solution on October 2nd.

MESS went live on the Mordor Testnet after passing “rigorous stress tests and simulated attacks.” It aimed to prevent attacks by making large block reorganizations up to “31x more expensive, removing any profit motive.”

However, the ETC Cooperative and Cardano developer IOHK published a report disputing the claim that the MESS update will provide “robust security.” Moreover, it argued that there’s “no guarantee that further attacks will not succeed.”

The latest response from the ETC developer team and ETC Labs has tapped the Marvel Universe for its name – Thanos.

The statement described the upgrade as an “important milestone for ETC as the network continues to drive innovations that will support existing miners and attract new ones while continuing to maintain compatibility with Ethereum.”

The Next Logical Step

According to the announcement, the Mordor Testnet activation occurred on block 2,520,000 – on October 18th, 2020. The ETC Mainnet activation is expected to take place at block 11,700,000 – around November 29th, 2020.

Consumers need to upgrade their node software to a fork compatible version to Core-geth v1.11.16 or later to ensure the success of the hard fork.

Founder and Chairman of Ethereum Classic Labs, James Wo, believes that the Thanos network upgrade will enhance the security while helping ETC to “distinguish itself and increase functionality for its users.”

“The Thanos hard fork is the natural next step for the network, reducing the DAG size to help cultivate a more distributed and healthy mining ecosystem, increasing hash rate, and allowing miners to continue mining ETC and for new miners to join the ecosystem.” – Wo added.

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PayPal CEO: 28 Million Merchants Will be Able to Use Cryptocurrency for Transactions in 2021

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It is now a well-known fact that payments giant PayPal is knee-deep in the Bitcoin market. In today’s interview with CNBC, CEO Dan Schulman explained his rationale behind the world’s top cryptocurrency value. He also elucidated on why his company is placing giant buying bets on BTC.

The Utility Surrounding Bitcoin And Cryptocurrencies Is What Imparts Them Value

Upon being asked to explain the inherent value of bitcoin, PayPal CEO Dan Schulman immediately said that BTC and the aggregated class of crypto assets derive value from their utilities.

Mr. Schulman pointed out a scenario where dependability on cash has dropped 40 – 70 percent due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Central banks, he said, will eventually go digital, converting paper fiat into their electronic counterparts.

The above will, in turn, bolster the utility aspect of cryptocurrencies in a significant way, in the words of the PayPal boss. Also, the company will allow the usage of crypto as a funding source for 28 million merchants on its platform.

“Early next year we’re going to allow cryptocurrencies to be a Funding Source for any transaction happening on all 28 million of our merchants and that will significantly bolster the utility of cryptocurrencies”

Lastly, Schulman pointed out the recipe for the success of cryptocurrencies. He said that the key is in working as a team with regulators.

Square, PayPal, Grayscale Rapidly Lapping Up All Available BTC

As reported by CryptoPotato, Pantera Capital attributed the latest face-melting bitcoin rally to PayPal and Square’s aggressive buying spree.

When PayPal went live, volume started exploding. The increase in itBit volume implies that within four weeks of going live, PayPal is already buying almost 70% of the new supply of bitcoins. PayPal and Cash App are already buying more than 100% of all newly-issued bitcoins.

Such is the buying pressure from these financial services heavyweights that it’s causing an acute BTC shortage in the market. Due to the pre-programmed supply mathematics. Which in turn is pushing bitcoin (BTC) prices up.

As per Pantera Capital in a previous report,  the firm estimated that Cash App was picking up 40 percent of all the newly produced bitcoins that miners. Add to this the additional 70 percent BTC supply that PayPal is buying. This results in a 110 percent shopping activity. This, in turn, is creating a net 10 percent shortage.

Also, top institutional investment focused bitcoin and crypto investment fund Grayscale recently logged its best quarter with its stash size growing to 500,000 BTC. This accumulated buying activity explains why prices of the flagship cryptocurrency found their north star and are on their way to reclaiming the previous all-time highs.

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