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Here are some of the big projects coming to Polkadot (DOT) in 2021

After signing off on an action-packed year, Polkadot is gearing up for an even more eventful 2021.

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After signing off on an action-packed year, Polkadot is gearing up for an even more eventful 2021. We take a look at some of the projects that are set to launch on the blockchain platform this year, as well as a few major updates to the networks that are set to see the light of day in the coming weeks.

Frontier

With interoperability being one of the key foundation blocks Polkadot was built on, Frontier pops up as one of the most important additions to the blockchain. Developed by Parity Technologies, Frontier is an Ethereum-Substrate compatibility program that’s set to be released this year. Substrate is a modular, extensible blockchain network that makes it easier to build custom blockchains and Polkadot parachains.

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Frontier Readme file. Source: Github

Gavin Wood, the founder and lead developer of Polkadot, said that the program was “almost completely done” in his end-of-the-year blog post, adding that it will lead to a major interoperability movement within the blockchain.

Frontier is Substrate’s own Ethereum compatibility layer that allows developers to run unmodified Ethereum dApps. The program will allow any Substrate chain to appear exactly as an Ethereum chain would, as well as host any tooling supported by Ethereum’s Solidity programming language, which includes MetaMask, Truffle, and any other tool that uses the Web3 RPC.

Moonbeam

Another Ethereum-compatible smart contract parachain on Polkadot, Moonbeam is set to reach its full functionality in 2021. While a big part of Moonbeam’s functionality relies on the implementation of Frontier, the blockchain also has a set of unique features that target Ethereum developers.

Aside from being an EVM implementation on Polkadot, Moonbeam is also a highly-specialized Layer 1.5 chain that mirrors Ethereum’s Web3 RPC, accounts, keys, subscriptions, logs, etc. The goal of the platform is to extend the base feature set found on Ethereum with additional features and functionalities that include on-chain governance, staking, and cross-chain integrations.

Acala

Acala is the first stablecoin to launch natively on Polkadot. However, Acala wants to become much more than just another stablecoin on the market—its development team wants to build a decentralized finance hub and a stablecoin platform that power cross-blockchain liquidity and various applications.

The Acala Dollar (aUSD) is still in its testnet phase, but once launched on the mainnet will provide users with more functionality than other stablecoins. Namely, users will be able to borrow and lend aUSD to manage outstanding loans and earn interest on their holdings, as well as use the token to participate in governance.

Acala is set to launch both on Kusama and Polkadot this year, as well as enable derivative and DEX trading of aUSD.

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Source: https://cryptoslate.com/here-are-some-of-the-big-projects-coming-to-polkadot-dot-in-2021/

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2020 Crypto-In-Review: The Year of The ₿ull

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Prices are soaring, innovation is breaking ground, opportunities are flourishing and cryptocurrency adoption is relentless. As we begin a new year with unbridled enthusiasm, Kraken examines the
past year — one that won’t be soon forgotten. 

The year 2020 will be remembered for economic and humanitarian catastrophe. It will also be recognized by the crypto community as the beginning of a new bull market. 

The COVID-19 pandemic sent shockwaves through the financial markets and cryptocurrencies were not spared from the carnage. The “Black Thursday” market selloff was one of the worst days for bitcoin as price dropped 41% – the second worst intraday loss in its history. 

Since the $3,911 low on March 13, 2020, bitcoin has produced over 700% returns and institutional demand for the premier cryptocurrency has surged as those companies seek a store of value. Favorable legislative action such as Wyoming establishing a path for digital asset banks and institutional adoption from major companies such as Square, PayPal, MicroStrategy, MassMutual, and others have set the stage for a promising future in the cryptocurrency industry. 

Kraken Intelligence has compiled a comprehensive report exploring all of the fundamental factors that have influenced the cryptocurrency industry in 2020. Our team provides insight on developments like the DeFi markets, institutional adoption, legislative and regulatory changes, industry innovation, price action and so much more to help market participants for the year ahead.

By downloading this report, we anticipate you will have a greater understanding of where the growth opportunities are emerging in cryptocurrencies, which projects you should consider and an understanding of market dynamics.

We cover:

  • What’s Influencing Adoption – Institutional buying has surged as nearly 6% of the total bitcoin supply is now held in corporate treasury. Wallets holding over 100 BTC grew significantly since the beginning of March and wallets with less than 1 BTC saw double digit growth in that same time period. 2020 is the year when we witnessed a groundbreaking uptick in institutional investor interest. 
  • The Halving – Provable scarcity is one of the main appeals of bitcoin. The hard-coded event to reduce the block reward subsidy and further enforce the disinflationary trend of bitcoin’s supply growth has often foreshadowed each new bull cycle. On May 11, 2020, the latest halving event occurred and by the end of the year, nearly 90% of all of bitcoin’s 21 million supply had been mined. With demand rising for a limited supply, price has once again shown to be on the rise. 
  • Yield Farming – The emergence of Decentralized Finance has not only helped growth in stablecoins, but has created a new opportunity for crypto investors – a yield curve. DeFi has provided crypto holders yield in exchange for offering their coins into liquidity pools. The emergence of yield in cryptocurrency is another step in the direction towards challenging the existing financial infrastructure as it provides an opportunity to earn for those holding long term.
  • Stablecoin Growth – Stablecoin adoption exploded in 2020 with the rise in  Decentralized Finance as traders began utilizing them for yield farming. The total market supply for stablecoins rose nearly 400% to $27.7 billion by end-of-year. As Visa announced that it will connect their global payment network to USDC, it appears this may just be the beginning of a stablecoin paradigm shift. Stablecoins are proving to be an on-ramp for individuals that may have difficulty accessing traditional financial products as well as safe havens in periods of volatility, thus increasing their appeal in a growing industry.

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Source: https://blog.kraken.com/post/7496/2020-crypto-in-review-the-year-of-the-%e2%82%bfull/

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Chinese Investors Fight Over Crypto as They Look for Safe Haven

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Customary institutional speculators once thought about cryptographic forms of money as a venture for the strong or the dumb: a specialty market with a terrible standing and high unpredictability. In 2017, J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon considered Bitcoin a fake. 

In 2020, J.P. Morgan began offering banking administrations for digital forms of money and its experts anticipated Bitcoin price could hit $146,000 in the long haul. Bitcoin’s value flooded to $20,000 a year ago, entering the standard. On Jan. 9, 2021, it momentarily hit $41,000. As of the hour of composing, one Bitcoin costs $36,500. 

Throughout the most recent year, well-to-do Chinese have rushed to blockchain-based advanced resources as a venture—and a more secure spot to stash their cash—industry insiders told. There are no hard figures on the amount Chinese speculators are placing into the generally untraceable universe of crypto.

Chinese investors have generally favored stopping their resources in US markets through interests in stocks, reserves, land, and the sky’s the limit from there. The US is an mature and fluid market, with generally close authority over corporate structures and low expenses on capital increases, making it a famous objective for the world’s riches. 

Major league salary Chinese are currently viewing cryptographic forms of money as a place of refuge for their resources, said Flex Yang, CEO and fellow benefactor of Babel Finance, a Hong Kong-based Chinese digital money resource the executives organization. 

About $50 billion in digital currencies was moved from East Asia to abroad records in the year finishing off with June 2020.

“China is a large part of this activity in East Asia,” a representative from Chainalysis told, however it has not yet examined nation level information. In light of their own meetings with specialists, Chainalysis said that probably a portion of this $50 billion speaks to capital flight.

Get the latest in Asian Bitcoin news here at Coin News Asia.

Source: http://www.coinnewsasia.com/chinese-investors-fight-over-crypto-as-they-look-for-safe-haven/

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Why This Bull Market Is Different

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This isn’t the first crypto bull run. This is the fourth market cycle since the Bitcoin Genesis Block in January 2009; each preceding one, without fail, has led to unprecedented growth and development in terms of market capitalization, infrastructure, and most importantly of all, new participants. 

In that sense, this bull cycle is no different from the last. The rush of new investors has led prices to hit new all-time highs that seemed utter fantasy months ago. In 2017, the parabolic price action that attracted so much media attention was fueled by retail traders and crypto-focused funds. The real big fish – the blue-chips and the billion-dollar hedge funds – sat on the sidelines, unsure over whether bitcoin really could be an investable asset.

Fast forward to today and those same big fish are the ones now ploughing billions of dollars into the crypto market. Investors like Stanley Druckenmiller, Paul Tudor Jones and Christopher Wood have added bitcoin to their portfolios. Square, MicroStrategy and MassMutual have each allocated millions into bitcoin while CME group will soon introduce ETH futures built on CF Benchmarks crypto indices. PayPal has made bitcoin available to their hundreds of millions of users worldwide; BlackRock, Citibank and JP Morgan, institutions with trillions of dollars on their balance sheets, have expressed interest in doing the same. 

What’s most fascinating about this run is how Kraken volumes have reached new all-time highs but, according to Google Analytics, public interest in bitcoin is nearly half of what it was at the previous high. To this point, it appears this run is mostly being driven by institutions and that individual investors are playing catch up. 

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“This time is different” is a market cliche proven wrong on countless occasions. But following 2020, a year of pandemics, unprecedented monetary policy and fiscal stimulus, this time really is different. 

With its fixed supply, many believe bitcoin is digital gold. An allocation into bitcoin can protect the value of households and businesses’ hard-earned savings, as well as a hedge against the possibility of out of control inflation. Since March 2020, nearly 4 trillion U.S. dollars have entered circulation, increasing total money supply by more than 20%. 

Thanks to the hard work entities such as Kraken have devoted to educating investors, more people than ever are now using cryptocurrencies to help navigate through these trying and unpredictable times. Access has improved remarkably, compared to three years ago. Kraken’s new retail app — available in over 100 European countries and launching soon in the U.S. — provides anyone with the ability to buy cryptocurrency in just a few clicks from their phones. 

The stage is set for cryptocurrencies to become an investable asset complete with a valid value proposition underpinning it. This is the time to invest in your future. Whether it is diversification of assets, holding custody over your money or hedging against uncertainty, the time is now.

Source: https://blog.kraken.com/post/7470/this-bull-market-is-different/

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