Value Locked in Defi Slips 5% in 24 Hours, AMM and Rebase Tokens Take Double-Digit Losses

Value Locked in Defi Slips 5% in 24 Hours, AMM and Rebase Tokens Take Double-Digit LossesSince mid-November the total value locked (TVL) in decentralized finance (defi) has slid from $257 billion to $250.55 billion and during the last 24 hours it lost a touch more than 5%. Over the last seven days, defi tokens like uniswap, pancakeswap, curve dao token, 1inch and sushi have lost anywhere between 15% to 23.9% […]
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Games Coins, Defi Tokens, Metaverse Assets Rise Above Market Downturn With Double-Digit Gains

Games Coins, Defi Tokens, Metaverse Assets Rise Above Market Downturn With Double-Digit GainsWhile digital currencies like bitcoin and ethereum lost roughly 10% in value during the last seven days, the decentralized finance (defi) economy has weathered the storm better than the top two leading crypto assets. A slew of blockchain games coins, defi tokens, and metaverse assets like gala, crypto.com coin, wax, kadena, wonderland, and avalanche have […]
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Reactivated Ethereum pools trigger a 78% surge in THORChain price

RUNE looks ready to extend its gains after the reactivation of ETH-based pools resulted in a 78% rally last week.

Ealier this year THORChain underwent a series of protocol exploits which led to $8 million being drained from its reserves and these successive attack took a heavy tool on RUNE price. This week, the protocol announced that it would re-open its Ethereum pool, along with other altcoin and BTC-based pools and the announcement appears to be having a positive impact on RUNE price.

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that since hitting a low of $2.95 on July 20, the price of RUNE has increased 283% to a$11.64 and there is also a noticable uptick in trading volume.

RUNE/USDT 1-day chart. Source: TradingView

Two reasons behind the recovery and building strength seen in RUNE include the relaunching of trading capabilities on all five supported blockchains including the Ethereum (ETH) network and the upcoming launch of multiple new projects on the THORChain network.

Ethereum pools are open

The main development driving the momentum behind RUNE has been the reactivation of trading services across all supported blockchain networks, with Ethereum reopening on Oct. 21.

Trading activity was restricted following the April hack and after checking through the code again, the Bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin (LTC), Binance Coin (BNB), Ethereum and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) pools in the process of being reopened.

According to data provided by THORChain, the pent up demand for trading on the protocol was demonstrated by the near instant $2 million in trading volume for ERC-20 tokens minutes after the pool re-opened.

Related: Pension fund for Texas firefighters reportedly allocates $25M to Bitcoin and Ether

Future airdrops and token launches

Another reason for the bullish price move for RUNE is the upcoming launch of multiple new projects on the THORChain network which will soon be listed on the Thorstarter (XRUNE) platform, which is a decentralized launchpad for the RUNE ecosystem.

Some of the major upcoming launches include THORSwap, THORWallet, Brokkr Finance, Skipp Swap, DeFiSwap and XDEFI wallet.

According to data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro, market conditions for RUNE have been favorable for some time.

The VORTECS™ Score, exclusive to Cointelegraph, is an algorithmic comparison of historical and current market conditions derived from a combination of data points including market sentiment, trading volume, recent price movements and Twitter activity.

VORTECS™ Score (green) vs. RUNE price. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

As seen in the chart above, the VORTECS™ Score for RUNE has been elevated in the green zone for the majority of the past week and it reached a high of 74 on Oct. 18, around nineteen hours before the price increased 29% over the next two days.

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.

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Data fails to conclude that Bitfinex shorts are depressing Bitcoin price

A significant surge in Bitfinex short contracts is being attributed to Bitcoin’s current downturn but there are other major factors at play.

One of the most common errors traders make when analyzing cryptocurrency markets is taking an exchanges’ bid and ask data and traded volumes at face value. When doing this type of analysis, the trader has to exclude the trading venues mentioned on multiple ‘fake trading volumes’ reports, like the one Bitwise published in March 2019.

There’s really no way to know if the top exchanges inflate their volumes by granting special access and zero fees for market makers.

Even the exchanges themselves have no way to know if a group of users are related or conducting multiple transactions among themselves to inflate prices or volumes. There are hundreds, if not thousands of influencers, pump and dump chat rooms, trading apps, and the like.

Therefore, not every wash trade or transaction between related entities has been brainstormed by the exchange or the crypto projects with a foundation or marketing team.

As Philip Gradwell, chief economist of Chainalysis, explained:

“If you want to get serious money into crypto, you have got to build up their confidence that there are actually good trading venues […] If you’re an exchange and you have good incentives to report real volume, you may actually get institutional money coming in, but if you don’t have those incentives, they’ll stay away.”

Investors usually speculate that these unethical practices happen only at exchanges located on remote islands. However, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission fined Coinbase after an employee “self-traded” to create the illusion of volume and demand for Litecoin (LTC) before Sept. 2018.

In case you’re wondering, decentralized exchanges (DEX) have also been used for ‘wash trading’ activity as there are barely any impediments, apart from network gas fees.

Bitcoin price at Coinbase, USD (left) vs. Bitfinex BTC Margin Shorts (right). Source: TradingView

Take notice how the 22,000 Bitcoin margin short increase at Bitfinex initiated as the price dropped below $34,000 and remained at a steady pace while Bitcoin continued to plunge.

The hourly price candles at Coinbase show a descending pattern that perfectly matches Bitfinex’s margin short activity. However, it is worth noting that Bitcoin’s $2.5 billion monthly options expiry took place at 8 am UTC, roughly one hour before the price action highlighted above.

Furthermore, the CME futures expiry occurred at 3 pm UTC, potentially involving 12.6k Bitcoin contracts worth $412 million. However, there is no reason to believe that derivatives expiries directly relate to the Bitfinex margin short increase.

One must analyze spot exchanges’ volumes to understand whether Bitfinex played a significant role in the Bitcoin price correction initiated in the early hours of June 25.

Bitcoin spot exchanges aggregate volume. Source: Coinalyze

Hourly volume candles from the past four days clearly show a significant hike in Bitfinex’s market share starting at 9 am UTC on June 25. The movement lasted for seven hours but mostly dissipated shortly afterward.

Traders might as well have been spooked by a similar move earlier this month, when Bitfinex margin shorts increased to 25,000 BTC, right before the price initiated a one-week plunge down to a $28,800 low on June 22.

Such events may or may not result in a profitable trade for bears, usually making a heavy impression on traders. After all, not everyone has the margin required to short 22,000 Bitcoin, worth $726 million.

In short, there is a clear indication that the market downturn had little relation to derivatives expiry, as the Bitfinex spot volumes spike coincided with the margin shorts increase. However, once the pressure disappeared, Bitcoin could recover the $32,000 support, which might be enough to motivate buyers.

Weekends usually display lower volumes so it will be interesting to see how cautious investors are in the face of this mammoth short seller.

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Analyst says DeFi and stablecoins held up well as crypto markets imploded

DeFi showed tremendous strength during last week’s sell-off as DEX activity and stablecoin stability prove the sector may be ready for mass adoption.

The decentralized finance (DeFi) sector faced its first real challenge during last week’s market sell-off that saw more than $1 trillion wiped from the global cryptocurrency market cap as traders feverishly ran for the safety of stablecoins amid tumbling prices. 

Despite rapidly declining token prices, the nascent DeFi sector held its own as decentralized exchanges experienced a record $11.7 billion in trading volume on May 19. Uniswap (UNI) led with $5.7 billion in volume, followed by SushiSwap (SUSHI) which saw $2.8 billion in 24-hour trading volume.

Daily DEX volume. Source: Dune Analytics

According to the recent DeFi Uncovered report from Glassnode, blue-chip DeFi tokens including, UNI, SUSHI, Maker (MKR), Aave (AAVE) and Compound (COMP) have largely mirrored the decline of Ether (ETH) over the past two weeks, “showing relatively high beta to ETH but not exceeding the decline from ATH by more than 15% from the decline of ETH.”

New users increase despite declining TVL

The pullback in prices, combined with users removing liquidity and rotating into stablecoins led to a 42% decline in the total value locked on smart contracts, which also closely tracked the falling price of Ether.

Total value locked in smart contracts vs. ETH/USD. Source: Glassnode

TVL is intrinsically tied to the underlying value of the deposited tokens and given that Ether is one of the main tokens locked across DeFi platforms, the falling TVL has less to do with users removing funds and is mostly related to the pullback in prices.

Throughout last week’s downturn, the percentage of the Ethereum supply locked in smart contracts remained above 23% while the supply on exchanges “jumped from 11.13% to 11.75%.”

Despite falling prices, new users continue to enter the DeFi ecosystem and the total number of unique 30-day traders on the top DEXs surpassed the 1 million mark for the first time amid last week’s sell-off.

Unique DEX traders. Source: Glassnode

Uniswap is the clear leader with 815,000 unique users between April 24 to May 23, while 1inch (1INCH) came second with 78,200 users and SUSHI ranked third with 10,900 users.

Stablecoins hold their pegs

Much of the strength seen in DeFi during the sell-off can be attributed to the healthy stablecoin market and the ability for major stablecoins like USD Coin (USDC), Tether (USDT) and Dai (DAI) to maintain their dollar peg “for the majority of the crash with volume-weighted average prices (VWAP) staying at $1.00 the majority of the time.”

DAI price vs. USDT price vs. USDC price. Source: Glassnode

The performance of DAI was seen as “especially positive for DeFi” according to Glassnode, as its circulating supply was able to adjust accordingly in response to collateral requirements and protocol stability. The report also highlighted that reclaimed collateral and DAI were removed from the supply as redemptions were claimed by collateral holders.

Posey said:

“This behavior allows collateral to stay healthy, liquidations remain at a healthy level, and DAI to maintain its peg.”

The one stablecoin that struggled to maintain its peg was TerraUSD (UST), which lost its peg on May 18 as the value of its collateral from LUNA fell below that of the stablecoin it collateralized. This led to “unhealthy behavior in its lending market Anchor (ANC),” causing a higher than average number of liquidations on the protocol’s native lending platform.

Overall, stablecoins performed their intended function and pegs held steady across the ecosystem with the on-chain stablecoin transfer volume reaching a record $52 billion during the height of the sell-off.

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.

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