Is DeFi for Real?

Is Defi For Real?

What Is DeFi And What Is It Used For? Decentralized Finance or DeFi has several use cases today, but the technological and regulatory frameworks needed to mainstream it are yet to evolve. DeFi is a novel way of approaching financial transactions that removes the need for custodial and third party agencies between any two users in a transaction. Traditional banks and financiers are no longer needed for financial dealings in DeFi, allowing it to offer more choices for secure transfers to a wider customer base. Users can choose from several dApps…

High Ethereum Fees Push Tether to Its Eighth Blockchain, OMG Network

Tether has adopted Ethereum scaling solution OMG Network amid record demand for settlement space on the “world computer.” “The integration [between Tether and OMG Network] will result in a reduction of confirmation times delivering faster payments while fees will be reduced without compromising on-chain security,” Tether Inc. said in a blog Wednesday. OMG Network can handle thousands of transactions at a third of the cost of Ethereum as a Layer 2 solution for Ethereum that batches transactions before settlement, OMG Network CEO Vansa Chatikavanij said in a statement. Tether –…

Record Ethereum Network Use and Gas Fees Pose Risk to DeFi Expansion

The number of Ethereum network transactions more than doubled in 2020 and is now virtually identical to the January 2018 all-time high.  As shown on the chart below, the number of transactions doubled in the past six months to stand at 1.23 million per day.  Ethereum 7-day average daily transactions. Source: CoinMetrics This situation might seem very bullish at first, but one must remember both EOS and Tron (TRX) started as ERC-20 tokens before launching their own mainnet and running fully independent blockchains. A similar chain migration is happening on…

Ethereum Price Regains Bullish Momentum, But $400 Still A Key Hurdle

Ethereum recovered nicely above the $380 and $390 levels against the US Dollar. ETH price must surpass the $400 barrier for another leg higher in the near term. Ethereum is up over 5% and it broke the key $380 and $390 resistance levels. The price traded close to the $398 level and it settled above the 100 hourly simple moving average. There was a break above a major bearish trend line with resistance near $390 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD (data feed via Kraken). The pair could correct a…

Aggregators Now Drive 20% of Ethereum DEX Volume

Crypto market data firm Messari estimates that 20% of all decentralized exchange (DEX) volume on Ethereum is routed via DEX aggregators. In a newsletter, Messari writes that “the 21st century is dominated by aggregators,” adding, “Amazon aggregates consumers and merchants. Uber aggregates riders and drivers. Netflix aggregates viewers and content. The list goes on.” With “the first attempts at aggregation in DeFi” beginning to take shape, Messari states that many of the sector’s aggregators “are seeing early product-market-fit” and will be able to capture significant value as the DeFi ecosystem…

Ethereum Smashes Another Hurdle: A Strong Case for Upside To $350

Ethereum gained more than 4% and it surged above the $335 resistance against the US Dollar. ETH price traded to a new monthly high at $343 and it could rise further to $350. Ethereum started a fresh increase above the $325 and $335 resistance levels. The price traded to a new monthly high at $343 and it settled well above the 100 hourly simple moving average. There was a break above a crucial contracting triangle with resistance near $320 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD (data feed via Kraken). The…

Ethereum Could Soon Get “Launched” Past $400 as Technical Strength Grows

Ethereum’s price action has been closely correlated to that of Bitcoin throughout the past few days. This has caused ETH to enter a consolidation phase as it trades just below $320. Although its slight decline seen overnight has led it to flash some signs of weakness, its macro outlook still remains incredibly bright. Analysts are noting that the cryptocurrency is about to close above a historically significant level, which may open the gates for a move up towards $400 in the near-term. While zooming out and looking at the cryptocurrency’s…

5 Years In, Ethereum Network Growth Echoes Nvidia’s Pre-2016 Bull Run

In July 2016, a mere four years ago, Nvidia was a $26-billion company focused on GPU chips and graphic card production. In comparison, the long-standing sector leader was Intel Corp, with a $166-billion market capitalization.  The nearly 40-year old chip manufacturer was a blue-chip Fortune 500 company and at the time, it was likely unfazed by such a small competitor. Nvidia’s previous peak market capitalization occurred in October 2007 as its value approached $22 billion. After the 2008 financial crisis, the stock collapsed over 80% and took nine years to…

Despite Its Success, Ethereum Doesn’t Get Media Attention It Deserves

Ethereum’s perception in the media has been on a roller-coaster ride since its inception in 2015, but the blockchain and its native Ether (ETH) cryptocurrency are clearly still seen as being in second place behind Bitcoin (BTC). While Bitcoin rose to fame due to the notorious Silk Road darknet marketplace and its price climax of $20,000 back in 2017, Ethereum has had fewer notable interactions with the mainstream media, even though some might reference how it enabled the initial-coin-offering craze and made trading virtual cats a worthwhile pastime. Vitalik Buterin…