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Why Transferwise’s Co-Founder Backed This Blockchain Company

2020 was a massive year for blockchain adoption, with some of the largest financial institutions worldwide buying or integrating cryptocurrencies into their business model. It was also a historic year for decentralized finance (DeFi) which has grown from less than $1 billion in total value locked at the beginning of January 2020 to almost $15 […]

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2020 was a massive year for blockchain adoption, with some of the largest financial institutions worldwide buying or integrating cryptocurrencies into their business model. It was also a historic year for decentralized finance (DeFi) which has grown from less than $1 billion in total value locked at the beginning of January 2020 to almost $15 billion. As this technology continues to mature, more and more global organizations are beginning to understand the impact blockchain tech can have on increasing usability, transparency, and affordability of their platforms.

TransferWise, an online money transfer service based out of London, may not have integrated blockchain into its platform yet, but that doesn’t mean the company founders aren’t interested in the technology. Valued at over $5 billion and with over 2,000 employees, the founders of TransferWise have a deep understanding of what it takes for a platform to be successful in international remittance. TransferWise was co-founded by Taavet Hinrikus, a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer and adviser to the Prime Minister of Estonia’s digital agenda, one of the most accepting countries of blockchain tech in the world. Before starting TransferWise, Hinrikus started as Skype’s first full-time employee as the Director of Strategy. For someone so successful in the finance and remittance world, a blockchain project would need to provide real, underlying value to consumers for Hinrikus to consider an investment.

Hinrikus has investments across a variety of high tech sectors, such as ride-sharing and femtech, but also has select investments in the blockchain space. One of Hinrikus’ investments is in Radix, a public, decentralized ledger designed to facilitate the creation and execution of decentralized applications. On the Radix platform, developers and users can experience lightning fast interactions and transactions without having to sacrifice decentralization or security. With the demonstrated ability to handle 1.4 million transactions per second, Radix can lay a claim to being the most efficient decentralized ledger platform for DeFi applications.

How Radix Improves DeFi

DeFi has been catapulted into the mainstream this year, with decentralized exchanges like Uniswap generating some of the highest transaction fees of any blockchain platform. Decentralized finance offers an array of financial services that previously had to be regulated and run by a third party, such as exchanging financial assets, insurance, loans, and borrowing. Offering immediate transactions and services to anyone who requires them, decentralized applications have started to revolutionize the financial industry, taking power away from third parties that have traditionally acted as gatekeepers.

Although the concept and fundamentals of decentralized finance are strong, there are still many bottlenecks that are holding it back from broader adoption. Some of these factors include the high transaction fees and slow transaction speeds. Radix has built a platform that it believes will fully negate these aspects that are holding back DeFi usability. As someone who invests in potentially revolutionary technology that can fundamentally change how an industry operates, Hinrikus’ interest in the Radix platform comes as no surprise. His experience as an advisor to Estonia’s digital agenda highlights his knowledge of blockchain technology, and for Hinrikus, the Radix platform is one way he can see these applications come to fruition.

DeFi Without the Drawbacks

Some of the most talked-about “Ethereum killers” cannot compete with Radix when it comes to long term scalability and throughput. Even platforms with multi-billion dollar valuations are compelled to make trade-offs when they focus on increasing scalability while trying to maintain decentralization. Radix has created a platform that can effectively scale, remain decentralized, and drastically decrease transaction fees, factors that compelled one of the most successful tech entrepreneurs in the world to invest in the project.

Many others are starting to see the writing on the wall: that these decentralized platforms have the ability to completely change how the financial industry operates on a fundamental level. For decentralized applications to reach their full potential and offer users a viable alternative to the current infrastructure, DeFi needs to be able to provide the same speed and usability while remaining independent from third party control.

When compared to other decentralized application platforms like Cosmos and Polkadot, which are aiming for 4,000 and 3,000 transactions per second respectively, Radix blows these “rookie numbers” out of the water. Taavet Hinrikus understands this, and as Radix evolves, the shrewdness of his investment will come into sharp focus.

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Source: https://www.newsbtc.com/news/company/why-transferwises-co-founder-backed-this-blockchain-company/

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Kraken Daily Market Report for January 26 2021

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Overview


  • Total spot trading volume at $1.33 billion, near the 30-day average of $1.65 billion.
  • Total futures notional at $542.6 million.
  • The top 5 traded coins were, respectively, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Tether, Polkadot, and Chainlink.
  • Although Chainlink (-1.0%), Litecoin (-1.7%) and others were down; Bitcoin(+1.2%), Ethereum (+3.3%), and Uniswap (+23%) were up.

January 26, 2021 
 $1326.2M traded across all markets today
 Crypto, EUR, USD, JPY, CAD, GBP, CHF, AUD 
XBT 
$32529. 
↑1.2% 
$552.5M
ETH 
$1358.7 
↑3.3% 
$442.4M
USDT 
$1.0011 
↑0.1% 
$149.3M
DOT 
$17.117 
↓0.4% 
$40.4M
LINK 
$23.059 
↓1.0% 
$25.0M
USDC 
$0.9999 
↑0.0% 
$20.2M
BCH 
$427.28 
↓0.9% 
$19.6M
UNI 
$13.853 
↑23% 
$18.5M
ADA 
$0.3441 
↑0.7% 
$16.7M
LTC 
$134.74 
↓1.7% 
$14.6M
XRP 
$0.2681 
↑0.3% 
$13.2M
AAVE 
$277.08 
↑13% 
$8.43M
XLM 
$0.2614 
↑0.3% 
$5.41M
XTZ 
$2.9084 
↓0.26% 
$4.2M
FIL 
$22.180 
↓1.0% 
$3.61M
CRV 
$2.1399 
↑7.2% 
$3.43M
ALGO 
$0.6021 
↑8.6% 
$3.36M
SNX 
$16.771 
↑8.6% 
$3.2M
XMR 
$137.92 
↑0.6% 
$2.92M
DAI 
$1.0005 
↑0.02% 
$2.64M
GRT 
$0.5361 
↑1.5% 
$2.22M
EOS 
$2.6297 
↓0.6% 
$2.18M
ICX 
$0.8948 
↑11% 
$2.08M
COMP 
$236.97 
↑12% 
$1.95M
ATOM 
$7.7332 
↑0.29% 
$1.82M
YFI 
$30280. 
↑3.6% 
$1.69M
KEEP 
$0.3131 
↓4.2% 
$1.5M
KSM 
$102.03 
↑3.4% 
$1.33M
BAT 
$0.2989 
↓3.0% 
$1.28M
OMG 
$3.4422 
↓2.7% 
$1.19M
DASH 
$104.90 
↑0.4% 
$1.19M
TRX 
$0.0295 
↑0.2% 
$1.11M
XDG 
$0.0082 
↓0.7% 
$1.09M
QTUM 
$3.4386 
↑4.6% 
$1.04M
MLN 
$36.117 
↓5.6% 
$1.01M
NANO 
$3.2120 
↑1.2% 
$1.0M
MANA 
$0.1665 
↑1.0% 
$916K
ZEC 
$89.189 
↑1.6% 
$914K
WAVES 
$6.8173 
↑2.5% 
$905K
KAVA 
$2.3313 
↓1.5% 
$643K
ETC 
$7.4335 
↓0.7% 
$520K
STORJ 
$0.4256 
↑9.9% 
$393K
KNC 
$1.3156 
↓0.04% 
$355K
OXT 
$0.2995 
↑1.7% 
$288K
ANT 
$4.0750 
↑5.1% 
$270K
SC 
$0.0044 
↓1.2% 
$266K
PAXG 
$1869.4 
↑0.3% 
$246K
REP 
$21.454 
↑4.4% 
$221K
LSK 
$1.3000 
↓1.6% 
$187K
GNO 
$115.59 
↑0.8% 
$177K
BAL 
$21.730 
↑3.7% 
$127K
REPV2 
$19.177 
↓0.6% 
$59.7K
TBTC 
$33172. 
↓2.6% 
$56.2K



#####################. Trading Volume by Asset. ##########################################

Trading Volume by Asset


The figures below break down the trading volume of the largest, mid-size, and smallest assets. Cryptos are in purple, fiats are in blue. For each asset, the chart contains the daily trading volume in USD, and the percentage of the total trading volume. The percentages for fiats and cryptos are treated separately, so that they both add up to 100%.

Figure 1: Largest trading assets: trading volume (measured in USD) and its percentage of the total trading volume (January 26 2021)



Figure 2: Mid-size trading assets: (measured in USD) (January 26 2021)



Figure 3: Smallest trading assets: (measured in USD) (January 26 2021)



#####################. Spread %. ##########################################

Spread %


Spread percentage is the width of the bid/ask spread divided by the bid/ask midpoint. The values are generated by taking the median spread percentage over each minute, then the average of the medians over the day.

Figure 4: Average spread % by pair (January 26 2021)



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#########. Returns and Volume ############################################

Returns and Volume


Figure 5: Returns of the four highest volume pairs (January 26 2021)


Figure 6: Volume of the major currencies and an average line that fits the data to a sinusoidal curve to show the daily volume highs and lows (January 26 2021)



###########. Daily Returns. #################################################

Daily Returns %


Figure 7: Returns over USD and XBT. Relative volume and return size is indicated by the size of the font. (January 26 2021)



###########. Disclaimer #################################################

The values generated in this report are from public market data distributed from Kraken WebSockets api. The total volumes and returns are calculated over the reporting day using UTC time.

Source: https://blog.kraken.com/post/7623/kraken-daily-market-report-for-january-26-2021/

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Solana targets growth in Southeast Asia with a $5M grants scheme

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Solana has turned its focus towards decentralized finance in Southeast Asia with a new $5 million development fund.

The Solana Foundation created the fund in partnership with Vietnam-based investment firm Coin98 Ventures, enabling regional startups building on Solana to receive technical, marketing, and community support, as well as up to $100,000 in funding. The fund will run for the next three years with a specific focus on projects within the DeFi and Web3 spaces, including marketplaces, exchanges, and other DApps or tooling.

This is one of the first grants specifying a core region of interest, with a particular focus on Vietnam. Solana Foundation Executive Director Eric Williams:

“Our goal is to create the optimal conditions for developers in Southeast Asia to build amazing things on Solana.”

According to the announcement, “project teams may be distributed, but must have a physical presence in Southeast Asia.” The announcement makes it clear that if they do not have a presence there, they will not qualify for the fund.

Williams explained that the foundation partnered with Coin98 Ventures because of the technical and community support they can provide, adding that the key to this fund being successful is the combination of financial and technical support:

“Sometimes hurdles can be solved with extra money, other times they cannot.”

DeFi is gaining traction within the Solana ecosystem, driving trading volume to all-time highs earlier this month.

Using treasuries and fund campaigns to boost developer ecosystems within blockchains is common with programs already available for a range of blockchain networks including Bitcoin, Ethereum, OkCoin, and Polkadot.

In September last year, Polkadot received one of the largest fund boosts to date with Digital asset development company RockX investing $20 million to support the Polkadot ecosystem over the next five years.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/solana-targets-growth-in-southeast-asia-with-a-5m-grants-scheme

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TA: Bitcoin Holds Strong At $31K, Why The Bulls Are Facing Uphill Task

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Bitcoin price is stuck in a range below the $33,500 and $33,800 resistance levels against the US Dollar. BTC is likely to continue lower unless it clears the $33,800 resistance.

  • Bitcoin retested the $31,000 zone and managed to stay in a range.
  • The price is currently facing resistance near $32,800 and the 100 hourly simple moving average.
  • There is a short-term ascending channel or a » Read more

” href=”https://www.newsbtc.com/dictionary/bear/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>bear flag forming with support near $31,900 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken).

  • The pair could trade in a range, with a strong resistance near $33,500 and $33,800.
  • Bitcoin Price Is Facing Strong Resistance

    After a failed attempt to clear the $35,000 resistance, bitcoin price trimmed gains and traded below $33,800. BTC even broke the $32,500 level and settled below the 100 hourly simple moving average.

    There was a spike below the $31,000 level, but it remained stable above $30,800. A low is formed near $30,823 and the price is currently recovering higher. It surpassed the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the downward move from the $34,915 high to $30,823 low.

    Bitcoin price is currently facing resistance near $32,800 and the 100 hourly simple moving average. The 50% Fib retracement level of the downward move from the $34,915 high to $30,823 low is also near $32,800.

    Bitcoin Price

    Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

    At the outset, it seems like there is a short-term ascending channel or a » Read more

    ” href=”https://www.newsbtc.com/dictionary/bear/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>bear flag forming with support near $31,900 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair.  To continue higher, the bulls need to gain strength above $32,500, $32,800 and the 100 hourly SMA.

    The next strong resistance is near the $33,500 and $33,800 levels. A close above $33,800 could increase the chances of a steady rise in the coming sessions.

    Fresh Dip in BTC?

    If bitcoin fails to clear the $32,800 resistance or $33,500, it could start a fresh decline. An initial support is near the channel support at $31,900.

    A clear break below the channel support could open the doors for a larger decline towards the $30,800 support. Any more losses may possibly call for a downside break below the $30,000 support zone.

    Technical indicators:

    Hourly MACD – The MACD is struggling to gain momentum in the bullish zone.

    Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BTC/USD is now close to the 50 level.

    Major Support Levels – $31,800, followed by $30,800.

    Major Resistance Levels – $32,800, $33,500 and $33,800.

    Source: https://www.newsbtc.com/analysis/btc/bitcoin-holds-strong-at-31k/

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