DeFi

Contagion only hit firms with ‘poor balance sheet management’ — Kraken Aus boss

The crypto contagion sparked by Terra’s infamous implosion this year only spread to companies and protocols with “poor balance sheet management” and not the underlying blockchain technology, says Kraken Australia’s managing director Jonathon Miller. Speaking with Cointelegraph, the Australian crypto exchange head argued that sectors such as Ethereum-based decentralized finance (DeFi) revealed its fundamental strength this year by weathering severe market conditions: “Some of the contagion that we saw across some of the lending models in the space, [was in] this traditional finance kind of lending model sitting on top of crypto. But what we didn’t see is a kind of catastrophic failure of the underlying protocols. And I think that’s been recognized by a lot of people.” “Platforms...

Gamers plug into DeFi through the new Razer rewards partnership

Gamers and customers of IT and gaming hardware firm Razer are set to plug into the world of decentralized finance (DeFi) through a new rewards swap program in partnership with Cake DeFi. Razer remains a household favorite brand for gamers around the world, with its Razer Gold rewards program allowing gamers to earn and redeem Razer Silver points for a variety of hardware and digital rewards, including Steam games and discount vouchers. Cake DeFi has teamed up with the rewards program from Razer to enable customers the ability to convert Razer Silver points into Cake DeFi vouchers. This essentially provides a bridge from the Razer loyalty program to the world of cryptocurrencies and DeFi products. Related: Crypto gaming and the monkey run: How we should build the future of GameFi Razer game...

How low can Ethereum price drop versus Bitcoin amid the DeFi contagion?

Ethereum’s native token Ether (ETH) has declined by more than 35% against Bitcoin (BTC) since December 2021 with a potential to decline further in the coming months. ETH/BTC weekly price chart. Source: TradingView ETH/BTC dynamics The ETH/BTC pair’s bullish trends typically suggest an increasing risk appetite among crypto traders, where speculation is more focused on Ether’s future valuations versus keeping their capital long-term in BTC.  Conversely, a bearish ETH/BTC cycle is typically accompanied by a plunge in altcoins and Ethereum’s decline in market share. As a result, traders seek safety in BTC, showcasing their risk-off sentiment within the crypto industry. Ethereum TVL wipe-out Interest in the Ethereum blockchain soared during the pandemic as developer...

Nonfungible airdrops: Could NFA become the next big acronym in the crypto space?

Airdrops have become the bread and butter of the crypto world — for good reason. They’re an indispensable marketing tool for up-and-coming projects that want to create a buzz around their ecosystems. Done right, distributing free tokens to the public can help elevate demand — and unlock big benefits for recipients. After all, if these altcoins end up being listed on major exchanges at a later date, their value could explode. Unfortunately though, downsides have started to emerge. These campaigns aren’t just reaching enthusiasts who passionately believe in what a project has to offer, but “airdrop hunters” who are merely scouring for ways to turn a quick profit. Airdrop hunters typically want to sell off the tokens they’ve received for free — as soon as they ca...

DeFi summer 3.0? Uniswap overtakes Ethereum on fees, DeFi outperforms

Decentralized exchange (DEX) Uniswap has overtaken its host blockchain Ethereum in terms of fees paid over a seven-day rolling average. The surge appears part of a recent spate of high demand for DeFi amid the current bear market. Decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms such as AAVE and Synthetix have seen surges in fees paid over the past seven days, while their native tokens, and others such as Compound (COMP) have also boomed in price too. According to data from Crypto Fees, traders on Uniswap accounted for an average daily total of $4.87 million worth of fees between June 15 and June 21, overtaking the average fees from Ethereum users which accounted for $4.58 million. Uniswap’s most advanced V3 protocol (based on the Ethereum mainnet) accounted for the lion’s share of the total f...

Avalanche (AVAX) price drops 45% in a month and data points to further downside

Avalanche (AVAX) is down 45% in 30 days and in the same time the cryptocurrencies’ total market capitalization shrank by 29%. Despite the recent downturn, this decentralized application (DApp) platform remains a top contender in the layer1 and layer2 race and it ranks high in terms of smart contract deposits and active addresses. Yet, the lackluster token price is still causing investors to rethink whether the network remains a “serious” competitor. AVAX token/USD at FTX. Source: TradingView The brutal sell-off on risk assets caused AVAX to test the $14.80 support multiple times, while the current market capitalization stands at $4.8 billion. It’s important to also note that the network’s total value locked (TVL) holds an impressive $3.2 billion. As a comparison, Solana (SOL) o...

Ethereum risks another 60% drop after breaking below $1K to 18-month lows

The price of Ethereum’s native token, Ether (ETH), careened below $1,000 on June 18 as the ongoing sell-off in the crypto market continued despite the weekend. Ether reached $975, its lowest level since January 2021, losing 80% of its value from its record high in November 2021. The decline appeared amid concerns about the Federal Reserve’s 75 basis points rate hike, a move that pushed both cryptocurrencies and stocks into a strong bear market. “The Federal Reserve has barely started raising rates, and for the record, they haven’t sold anything on their balance sheet either,” noted Nick, an analyst at data resource Ecoinometrics, warnings that “there is bound to be more downside coming.” ETH/USD weekly price chart. Source: TradingView Ethereum...

Cake DeFi offers hope as uncertainty rocks the crypto DeFi space

This week has been nothing short of “Maniac Week’ for the crypto community as crypto prices continue to fall. Bitcoin (BTC) has been leading the fall and it is currently barely holding above $20,000. Alongside the plunge, crypto services providers are starting to become shaky with a few already being forced to pause services. On Monday, DeFi participants woke to the shocking news that the crypto lending giant Celsius was pausing withdrawals, transfers, and swaps indefinitely and the services are yet to resume to date. There are also rumors that the crypto lender may be insolvent; although the company has not responded to this. But fast forward to Cake DeFi, a Singapore-based staking, lending, and liquidity pool platform that enables users to deposit and earn a yield on a variety of digital...

Ethereum price falls below $1.1K and data suggests the bottom is still a ways away

Ether (ETH) price nosedived below $1,100 in the early hours of June 14 to prices not seen since January 2021. The downside move marks a 78% correction since the $4,870 all-time high on Nov. 10, 2021. More importantly, Ether has underperformed Bitcoin (BTC) by 33% between May 10 and June 14, 2022, and the last time a similar event happened was mid-2021. ETH/BTC price at Binance, 2021. Source: TradingView Even though Bitcoin oscillated in a narrow range two weeks before the 0.082 ETH/BTC peak, this period marked the “DeFi summer” peak when Ethereum’s total value locked (TVL) catapulted to $93 billion from $42 billion two months earlier. What’s behind Ether’s 2021 underperformance? Before jumping to conclusions, a broader set of data is needed to understand what led to the 3...

Ethereum price enters ‘oversold’ zone for the first time since November 2018

Ethereum’s native token Ether (ETH) entered its “oversold” territory this June 12, for the first time since November 2018, according to its weekly relative strength index (RSI). This is the last time $ETH went oversold on the weekly (hasn’t confirmed here yet). I had no followers, but macro bottom ticked it. Note, you can push way lower on weekly rsi, not trying to catch a bottom. https://t.co/kLCynTKTcS — The Wolf Of All Streets (@scottmelker) June 12, 2022 ETH eyes oversold bounce Traditional analysts consider an asset to be excessively sold after its RSI reading fall below 30. Furthermore, they also see the drop as an opportunity to “buy the dip,” believing an oversold signal would lead to a trend reversal. Ether’s previous oversold reading appeared i...

Cake DeFi’s customers take home record US$317 million in rewards

Cake DeFi, the fastest growing decentralized exchange (DeFi) platform based in Singapore, is celebrating its third anniversary in style after it announced that it has paid out more than US$317 million in rewards to its customers by the end of the first fiscal quarter of 2022. Cake DeFi has seen robust business growth since it was launched. It has grown by about 90% since 2019. While making the announcement, the CEO and Co-Founder of Cake DeFi, Dr Julian Hosp, said: “Our third anniversary is an important milestone for us. Despite the recent downturn in crypto prices, we have continued to experience tremendous growth in the past three years. We are now one of the fastest-growing Decentralized Finance (DeFi) platforms in Asia. This is only made possible by relentlessly creating value for our ...

Exotic Markets Interview: Generating yield by selling optionality

It has been a turbulent time in the cryptocurrency markets recently. With the macro climate worsening to the point that we have more bearish sentiment than at any time since the Great Financial Crisis, coupled with the now-infamous UST debacle that saw a stablecoin worth $18 billion vanish into thin air, investors are fighting an intensely risk-off environment.  It is precisely this environment that highlights how vital diversification and portfolio allocation is. This is part of the thesis behind Exotic Markets, who we interviewed last week following the launch of a Dual Currency Note (DCN) on the Solana network. In short, this product allows investors to generate yield by selling upside.  Investors receive upside in their preferred currency, while avoiding the need for wrapped ...

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