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Altcoin Season!

Take Advantage Of Altcoin Price Trends Of 2021

The evidence is abundant that 2021 is the year that will bring a jaw-dropping Altcoin Season. Just as the sun rises in the East and sets in the West, Bitcoin is the first cryptocurrency to rise in price, and the Altcoins eventually follow.

Bitcoin Leads, The Altcoins Follow

There’s no questioning that Bitcoin is the definitive OG of the cryptoshere, as is most likely best highlighted by the point that the flagship digital asset has been in a position to pique the interest of many prominent legacy financial institutions – like Microstrategy, BlackRock, Grayscale – during the last year or thereabouts.

Not just that, in recent months, a selection of banks and venture capital funds as JP Morgan, Raiffeisen, Pantera Capital have projected BTC to scale past beyond the $100k mark with great ease (not to mention our own Bitcoin prediction exceeding $379,000 in 2021), indirectly indicating their growing confidence in this yet incipient asset class.

Even with all the sell offs and volatility which was witnessed during the last week, data available on the web definitely shows that the number of addresses with 1,000 or over Bitcoin (referred to as “whales” in the crypto world) has continued to increase. As is ALWAYS so with professional institutional money, the “buy-the-dip” strategy is employed with full force.

It’s called “talking your book” om Wall Street jargon.

While big institutional players plant news stories and give interviews that create fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) – thus driving the price down as nervous traders sell – at the same time they are accumulating for themselves at lower prices.

Like it or not, that’s standard operating procedure for traditional markets, and especially crypto.

Bottom line: whales continue to buy Bitcoin.

And where Bitcoin leads, the altcoins will follow.

Forecasting Altcoin Market Activity for the Coming Year

We’ve been pounding the table that 2021 is going to be another moonshot type of year due to the 4-year cycle. 2013 was the year of the first 4-year cycle top. 2017 was the second instance of a tremendous crypto bull run into the second top of the 4-year cycle.

2021 will be the year of the third top of the 4-year cycle.

In order to gain a better understanding of how the 4 year cycle top will play out, we’ll go back and examine the previous iteration of the cycle.

Looking At The Altcoin Season Of 2017

It’s been said that “History doesn’t repeat, but it sure does rhyme.” If you go back and look at historical prices of Bitcoin from previous years, it’s very obvious that Bitcoin isn’t following the 4-year cycle precisely 100% on a daily basis, but the correlation is over 90%.

In other words, Bitcoin price action rhymes with previous Bitcoin price action.

Let’s look closely at Bitcoin’s price action in 2017 as well as the leader of the altcoins, Ethereum.

Bitcoin Price Action In 2017

Bitcoin was priced at $1,003 on January 1, 2017.

It took 138 days for Bitcoin to double in price. (May 18)

It took 216 days for Bitcoin to triple in price. (August 4)

It took 226 days for Bitcoin to quadruple in price. (August 14)

It took 284 days for Bitcoin to quintuple in price. (October 11)

Ultimately, Bitcoin went up more than 19-fold into the 4-year cycle high on December 17, 2017.

Ethereum Price Action In 2017

Ethereum was priced at $8.20 on January 1, 2017.

It took 60 days for Ethereum to double in price. (March 1)

It took 72 days for Ethereum to triple in price. (March 13)

It took 74 days for Ethereum to quadruple in price. (March 15)

It took 75 days for Ethereum to quintuple in price. (March 16)

By the first day of summer, June 21, Ethereum had increased in price by a factor of 41 times over.

Ultimately, Ethereum went up more than 170-fold into the 4-year cycle high on January 10, 2018.

Altcoin Season Lessons

Looking at the above prices of both Bitcoin and Ethereum, we can gain insights into how the altcoin season of 2021 will unfold.

Here are some key takeaways:

  1. Once altcoin season starts to gain momentum, prices of meritable altcoins will rise faster than Bitcoin.
  2. March is likely to be a very good month for the leading altcoins.
  3. By the summer of 2021, a handful of the best altcoins should be as much as 40 times higher in price compared to where they started the year.
  4. The top altcoins could go up in price more than 150 times their value at the start of the year.
  5. Bitcoin will reach its 4-year cycle peak 3 to 4 weeks before the altcoins do, and will start its new bear market.
  6. The entire altcoin market will follow Bitcoin into its next bear market.

Specific Price Targets

There’s no question in our minds that 2021 is going to be a very, very exciting year for cryptocurrency investors.

You should, however, remember that prices don’t move in a straight line higher. Bitcoin Experienced several LARGE drops in 2017, even though the the overall trend was wildly bullish.

The same is likely to be the case this year.

If you’d like to see some of our specific 2021 price predictions for specific coins, simply head on over to this page.

Altcoin Season Basics

An altcoin season is also a term used for a season in which an altcoin is outperforming the price of the original: Bitcoin. There are three stages to an altcoin season. The first stage is when there is a profiting trend on an altcoin that is very new, or a trend that is new to a particular altcoin. The second stage is when the profiting trend dies down, and there is no longer any substantial profit potential from the altcoin in question.

In the third phase, after the profiting trend has died down, the altcoin season starts to see a new influx of traders who are looking to make a long position in the market. By this stage, the profitability potential in trading on any altcoin is significantly reduced. During the second phase, the price movement of all-time high prices of bitcoin continues on its upward trek.

One of the factors that makes the altcoin season so interesting to follow is the fact that there is considerable amount of volatility in the market. The large increase in volatility is what allows an investor to profit from the trading of ether and another high valued alternative currency. Volatility is usually considered a good thing for experienced traders because it increases the opportunities to profit from price movement – both UP and DOWN.

For investors and holders, however, the volatility can be nerve wracking.

lastly, it’s important to remember that the altcoin season doesn’t last forever. In fact, most (statistically it’s over 90%!) investors lose money during the bearish period. However, if you find several profitable altcoins during this time, it can be literally, life-changing.

Come the end of 2021, just remember one fact: trees don’t grow to the sky.

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Standard Hashrate Welcomes 5 New Miners To BTCST

Standard Hashrate Group (“SHG”) is an open platform where prominent miners standardize and tokenize their BTC hashrate. Today, SHG announced Atlas Mining, BTC.TOP, Easy2Mine, Genesis Mining and Hengjia as tokenization miners. SHG welcomes these industry-leading companies to tokenize a total of 25 PH/s of Bitcoin hashrate into Bitcoin Standard Hashrate Tokens (“BTCSTs”).

With its successful debut on Binance Launchpool, BTCST has become the benchmark hashrate token with deep market liquidity and price premium. Further contribution of Bitcoin hashrate by Atlas Mining, BTC.TOP, Easy2Mine, Genesis Mining and Hengjia Group will bring to BTCST best-in-class skills in hashrate provisioning and continuity assurance.

“Atlas Mining, BTC.TOP, Easy2Mine, Genesis Mining and Hengjia form a diverse and powerful group to join as BTCST’s new batch of tokenization miners. They share SHG’s vision of bringing exchange-level liquidity to mining power and bridging real-world mining to the DeFi world. Their rich experience and collaborative approaches in industrial scale mining will be greatly complementary to SHG,” said Alex Zhao, CEO of SHG.

“We believe BTCST has connected Bitcoin mining to the DeFi world,” said Tony Ma, CEO of Atlas Mining. “With BTCST, we can earn real BTC via crypto-native staking.”

“Mining is an asset intensive industry. BTCST has turned mining machines into high liquidity assets as Grayscale does to Bitcoin, injecting incremental value into the mining market,” said Zhuoer Jiang, CEO of BTC.TOP.

“We believe a project like BTCST should focus on decentralization of hashrate sourcing,” said Cathy Yu, CMO of Easy2Mine. “We are glad to support this project as a tokenization miner.”

“BTCST is really exciting,” said Rene Hennen, COO of Genesis Mining, “It is one of the rare inventions which expands the Bitcoin ecosystem with the potential to add a lot of value.”

“As the operator of some of the largest hydropower cryptocurrency mining facilities, we applaud the innovation of the BTCST project,” said Jiwei Zhu, Chairman of Hengjia Group. “We hope to work with the BTCST project to improve its ecosystem.”

BTCST is a token collateralized by real Bitcoin mining power. By staking BTCSTs, holders of the tokens will receive daily Bitcoin distributions that correspond to the mining power staked. With BTCST, you mine Bitcoin the DeFi way.

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Results Of Vaycaychella Cryptocurrency Survery

World Series of Golf, Inc. (OTC Pink: WSGF), parent company of Vaycaychella, today reported a very robust survey support of 95% in favor of the company’s cryptocurrency strategy in conjunction with the company’s overall fintech short-term rental property acquisition alternative finance business. 

In conjunction with the company’s newly developed cryptocurrency plans, management recently conducted a cryptocurrency survey. Today the company reported the survey results.

95% of respondents supported the company’s cryptocurrency strategy and 84% expressed interest in the purchase of real estate with cryptocurrency. Another 12% expressed interest in owning an interest in Vaycaychella through cryptocurrency. The full results are included below.

Vaycaychella is subsidiary operation of WSGF acquired last year that now represents the company’s primary business focus. A corporate name change is underway.

Vaycaychella has built a peer-to-peer (P2P) technology solution designed to connect short-term rental property buyers with alternative investors. The P2P application (app) is part of a fintech ecosystem solution suite for short-term rental property owners that includes a Visa Card solution and plans for a cryptocurrency component.

Over the past three years Vaycaychella has built a portfolio of short-term vacation property investments that would not qualify for conventional mortgages. Now the company is scaling its business model with the introduction of its P2P technology.

WSGF plans to beta launch its Vaycaychella P2P app to beta users in February 2021 with a production launch anticipated in June. 

Recently, the company announced plans to add a cryptocurrency strategy to its Vaycaychella P2P business model

Survey Results:

Cryptocurrency Experience

own one or more cryptourrencies                            55%
 ready to invest in cryptocurrency                            23%
 need to learn more before I am ready                      22%

Cryptocurrency Confidence

 believe cryptocurrency will replace cash and stocks            10%
 believe cryptocurrency will be an alternative to both          78%
 believe cryptocurrency is just a passing trend                      3%
 I don’t know                                                                      9%

Vaycaychella Cryptocurrency 

 support a Vaycaychella cryptocurrency strategy                     95%
 think Vaycaychella should stay out of cryptocurrency             5%

Vaycaychella Cryptocurrency Priority 

 capability to purchase properties with cryptocurrency               44%
 capacity to buy fractional ownership in one or more properties   40%
 cryptocurrency backed by ownership in Vaycaychella                   12%
 Vaycaychella should not have a cryptocurrency offering now        3%
 Other                                                                                              1%

Cryptocurrency Regulation

 understand cryptocurrency regulations                                 39%
 find cryptocurrency regulations confusing                            22%
 do not understand cryptocurrency regulations                      22%
 didn’t know there where cryptocurrency regulations             12%
 not interested in cryptocurrency regulations                          5%      

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Crypto Fear And Greed Index Rebounds From 40

Two days ago, on January 22, the Crypto Fear and Greed index sharply dropped to a value of forty, moving the market sentiment from “Extreme Greed” to “Fear.” The index dropped to this level for the first time since October 3, 2020, when Bitcoin was trading at around $10,500. Today the index has recovered to a level of 70.

Before dropping to forty, the Crypto Fear and Greed Index topped at ninety five on January 6, demonstrating that investors turned extremely greedy amid Bitcoin hitting the all time highs about $42,000 on January 8. The Bitcoin price subsequently had a significant correction, dipping to as low as $28,750 three days ago, on January 21.

The Crypto Fear and Greed Index has been providing a reading of’ Extreme Greed’ for months now. Often considerable Bitcoin price pullbacks haven’t dampened the enthusiasm. For the whole month of December, as well as the outset of January, just about all readings had been above 90/100. Nevertheless, after the significant correction earlier this month, scores haven’t exceeded ninety.

Back in March of 2020, the index spent several weeks hovering around the extreme fear level of 10. This recent pullback to 40 is considered a healthy sign by market technicians who warn against overly bullish buying activity which can lead to a market becoming “overbought”.

Now that the excessive bullish sentiment has been cleared from the market, conditions are more favorable for Bitcoin to resume it’s climb.

How The Crypto Fear and Greed Index Works

Volatility is used by the indicator, social media engagement, market dominance, as well as Google Trends to assess investor sentiment towards the cryptocurrency.

Like the fear and greed indexes in the classic markets, the Crypto Fear and Greed index is actually a tool which measures 2 of the main emotions that affect just how much investors are actually ready to purchase cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin.

The extreme fear level could be an indication that investors are very worried, which may suggest an excellent buying opportunity. In comparison, when investors are actually getting overly greedy, it might be an indication that the industry is actually ready for a correction.

The Crypto Fear and Greed Index is able to separate the bullish and bearish conditions of the market by measuring the levels of perceived demand and supply of the various buyers and sellers. When the sentiment of greed is prevalent, the index measures how high the prices are when compared to other times. When the sentiment of fear is prevalent, then the prices are lower than other times.

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VBit Technologies Evolves From Solely Mining To Broader Crypto Services

VBit Technologies, one of only a few US-based hosting hardware mining companies, unveiled its new branding that will be more in line with their ongoing business diversification set to roll out in 2021.

After three years of serving as the ultimate symbol of VBit Technologies’ mission, their first logo is being retired. A new group of VBit logos is being introduced- one variation for each of their services within the crypto industry.

“VBit is a brand that moves with the times, and we have evolved dramatically over the few years from a company that was known primarily for selling mining equipment to a name that is connected with broader services within the crypto value chain,” Danh Vo, CEO and founder, said.

They further stated that their mission is to accelerate the financial technology revolution by advocating the incredible potential of blockchain technology to a bigger audience and developing cutting-edge products and services, and they wanted their logos to reflect exactly that. VBit Technologies will remain the leading brand – gathering all VBit specific service brands under its umbrella. 

Mr. Vo shared more details: “Crypto as an industry has now come of age, and is now firmly in the mainstream -it is here to stay and so is VBit Technologies. Our infinity-inspired logo is implicating our stability and futuristic aspirations.”

VBit Mining brand will represent the company’s mining hardware distribution branch – a trusted retailer of the Antminer ASIC miners, the most popular Bitcoin mining hardware globally. VBit Data Centerslogo will be hanging in the rafters of their US and Canada data center facilities, which are servicing thousands of people worldwide, and are on their way to becoming one of the largest bitcoin mining operations in the world.

They hinted that other brands would be presented later this year, as the company plans to develop additional service branches as their “…Ultimate goal is enabling acceptance of crypto-based tools and operations in the everyday lives of people across the globe, and the new logo design marks the start of the new era for VBit.”

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Chainlink Price Prediction

This is 4th in our series of 2021 price predictions for some of the major coins by market cap. We’ve already outlined our Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Stellar Lumens price projections for 2021. Today will will provide our Chainlink price prediction.

Further down in this article we will go over the details of what exactly Chainlink is and the potential that it offers, but you’re here for a price prediction, and we’re going to get right to it.

As always, we like to review price forecasts made by others in the crypto industry before we provide our own.

CaptainAltcoin shares the following LINK predictions:

Let’s throw a glance at the eminent publications and personalities, and their predictions regarding the ChainLink (LINK) price, which will give us another point of view to consider:

Trading BeastsLINK – $20.78

Trading Beasts have given LINK prediction on monthly basis and they have forecasted that by the end of 2021, Chainlink might reach $20.78 to the maximum and $10.53 to the minimum.

Coin FanLINK – $23.18

Coin Fan is good at giving optimistic numbers and has predicted that by the end of 2021, LINK might reach $23.18, which is way more bullish and optimistic a prediction. They have even forecasted that by 2023, LINK might reach as much as $300, which is an unbelievable prediction.

Digital Coin Price LINK – $15.74

Digital Coin price also has given a monthly prediction for Chainlink and they have projected that by the end of 2021, LINK might reach $15.743, which is almost double the current price.

Wallet InvestorLINK – $18.32

Wallet Investor is known for giving not so optimistic prediction for almost every digital currencies. Even for Chainlink, it is not quite different. They have predicted that by 2021 end, LINK might go down to $18.325.

Looking at the above forecasts for the price Chainlink might climb to this year, we’d venture to say they need to update their forecasting methods!

LINK has already surpassed 3 out of the four, and has almost surpassed the fourth. Needless to say, there’ still a LOT of time left in 2021 for LINK to keep Climbing.

Let’s review a few other LINK forecasts.

Coinpedia.org offers this prediction:

Chainlink has drawn a lot of attention and attracted new fans to their project. Their activities and appreciation among other industry players have increased trust in the company. By the end of 2021, the coin may reach about $28.

CryptoEinfach reported these Chainlink price predictions for 2021:

Crypto-rating.com determined the year-by-year price change of Chainlink with their own AI-enabled algorithm, they are predicting In 2021, Chainlink will be priced around $19.82.

Digitalcoinprice.com thinks Chainlink will peak in 2024 with around $34.3 their prediction is a bit more pessimistic with a price in 2021 of $20.49.

Once again, LINK has already exceeded the two price forecasts above.

This is the LINK prediction as declared by gov.capital:

Our site uses a custom algorithm based on Deep Learning that helps our users to decide if LINK could be a good portfolio addition for the future. These predictions take several variables into account such as volume changes, price changes, market cycles, similar coins.

Future price of the asset is predicted at $33.033427 (57.429% ) after a year according to our prediction system.

Custom deep learning algorithm? Sounds so sophisticated. However, If our LINK prediction is anywhere near close to what actually occurs, it won’t be very long before it becomes crystal clear that their deep learning algo needs to go back to shcool.

Lastly, here is the LINK forecast provided by the bybit blog:

The Chainlink price is predicted to experience a bullish trend, sustaining over $23 in 2021 and paving the way for an eventual run up to $60 in 5 years

LINK over $23.00 during 2021? With the price of LINK quoted at press time of $22.22, that’s about as risk-free of a forecast as one can make.

It should be very evident from the forecasts above that all the “experts” are unanimously calling for the price of Chainlink to pretty much remain in the range of its current price.

We strongly disagree.

Our 2021 Chainlink Price Prediction

We’ve said it before, but it needs to be said again: there is a 4-year cycle in cryptocurrency prices. This cycle is most likely – or at least partially – caused by the Bitcoin halving cycle, which itself is a four year cycle.

This cycle has existed since the creation of Bitcoin. While it certainly could, we see no reason for this cycle to suddenly disappear this year.

This 4 year cycle, which has existed in the cryptocurrency market since day one, suggests that 2021 is going to be another roaring year for crypto prices.

Previous 4 Year Cycle Tops

The previous 2 tops of the 4 year cycle were 2013 and 2017. The next cycle peak is due around Christmas time in 2021.

Bitcoin has been through two complete 4 year cycles. Chainlink was released in June of 2017, and thus we don’t have a full cycle year to use as reference. Price history only goes back to mid September of that year. as such, we don’t have the data from a previous cycle to use as a basis for making a prediction for this cycle.

Instead, we are going to look at our projected multipliers for Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Stellar Lumens, and reason that the multiplier for LINK will probably be similar.

What Multiple For LINK?

We are predicting bitcoin to go up in price by a factor of 15.4 times to reach its high at the end of this year.

We are predicting Stellar Lumens to go up in price by a factor of 20 to 74 times to reach its high at the end of this year.

We are predicting Ethereum to go up in price by a factor of 18 to 34 times to reach its high at the end of this year.

LINK started 2021 at a price of $11.87 on January 1.

Chainlink 30x This Year

We believe that LINK’s price performance this year will mirror that of XLM and ETH. As such, we are going to use a multiplier of 30x.

Using this multiplier, we predict a price high for LINK at the end of this year to be $356.10.

Our LINK 2021 Price Prediction: $356.10

That’s our LINK prediction. While it may seem unreasonably high, let us remind you that at that price the total Market Cap of Chainlink would only be about $150 billion. As of press time, Ethereum has a total market cap of $140 billion. We believe it is reasonable to forecast LINK could reach a similar market cap.

What’s Chainlink (LINK)?

Chainlink is actually a blockchain platform developed to protect clients against unauthorized access when exchanging data while working for complicated smart contracts. The Chainlink solution offers advanced data protection both outside and inside of the blockchain.

The Chainlink blockchain consists of special nodes known as oracles. For the network to operate right, the smart contracts have to do the job properly, as well as the data sent to them should be dependable. A decentralized oracle network verifies the input data from different sources and then sends them to an intelligent contract. This achieves greater accuracy of input info, and that is at times difficult to confirm in a centralized fashion. Additionally, that eliminates data manipulation. The Chainlink oracle serves as a dependable bridge between data providers and the customers of theirs.

Chainlink is an answer necessary for blockchain to evolve.

Smart contracts enable you to move cryptocurrency from one address to the next when certain conditions are actually met. Readily available for public viewing in the blockchain, smart contracts are actually invariable, which implies that the parameters of the agreement or maybe contract features cannot be changed once they are deployed.

Smart contracts requiring off chain data need to have a dependable source to properly transfer details to the chain before this information is transferred forth and back to any off chain party. The communication issue had formerly held back the improvement of smart contracts. Nevertheless, with the growth of oracles, that issue is a factor of the past. Smart contracts may today be used for an assortment of scenarios.

Oracles

Oracles are actually used to transfer actual data to the blockchain via smart contracts. Any data could be transferred, weather forecast, the football or price details match score. Decentralized financing (DeFi) is actually probably the most typical use of an oracle because these platforms need probably the most correct and trustworthy sources of information readily available to avoid errors.

An oracle is actually a middleman or maybe middleware that functions like a bridge between a number of parties during the data transfer to and out of a blockchain. Oracle checks and transmits serious data to various blockchain ecosystems in which the information is then utilised. When oracles utilized in conjunction with smart contracts, they confirm that the conditions of the intelligent contract are actually fulfilled and that the data provided is actually dependable.

Chainlink’s Applications

Centralized oracles include a problem: if the system fails, it is able to result in a failure on some other platforms, possibly putting users’ funds at risk. If one single oracle shuts down for a short time, it is able to cause chaos for a lot of people. Which generates significant trust issues for a centralized oracle network.

Chainlink’s network of decentralized node operators is financially urged to attain a consensus on data reliability. Abusers are actually penalized for playing unfairly, and the data of theirs gets rejected without reaching consensus with the majority of the network. That is the decentralization element which makes the Chainlink network very safe.

Just how does Chainlink (LINK) work?

Chainlink (LINK) is actually a decentralized network of oracles whose main objective is actually connecting smart contracts with info coming out of the planet. Since a blockchain doesn’t have access that is totally free entry to info outside of the system of its, the oracle acts as an info channel in an intelligent contract.

The Chainlink network uses as its underlying asset LINK tokens, that are required to extract off network data flows. All tokens are actually created into a readable blockchain and off chain network computing system which offers a reliable, secure workflow.

Chainlink is based on clients and information providers. Clients choose specific desired data, as well as providers share just this data. Being a guarantee, data providers block a particular percent of LINK tokens if they publish an offer for data. These tokens may be confiscated in the event of vendor misconduct. At exactly the same time, Chainlink uses the oracle reputation system to gather and assess the data provided. When everything goes smoothly, suppliers just receive the payment of theirs, and everybody is satisfied.

Bottom line: Chainlink connects data providers with the buyers and has a very bright future.

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OKEx Releases Two New Decentralized Apps

OKEx, a world-leading cryptocurrency spot and derivatives exchange, is delighted to announce that the team behind the open-source blockchain OKExChain has launched two decentralized applications, OKEx Swap and OKEx Farm, on the protocol. Both these new features, along with the opening of the OKT/USDT Farm Pool commenced today at 10:00 am UTC. 

OKT withdrawals also opened at the same time, giving OKT holders the ability to stake OKT along with USDT in Swap to earn OKT-USDT LP tokens. These can then be used to stake in the OKT-USDT Farm Pool for additional earnings, such as mining new OKT.

The OKEx Swap and Farm initiatives have been enabled by the initial stability testing of the OKExChain mainnet that generated tens of thousands of OKT block rewards (according to OKExChain’s block reward rules). These tokens have not yet been allocated, meaning that OKT holders can unlock significant rewards by mining OKT on-chain.

The size of the reward will be voted on by the OKT/USDT whitelist pool on Jan. 26 at 10:00 am UTC. If the vote is approved, a snapshot will be taken according to the blocks that voted in favor, and the accumulated OKT will be distributed according to the proportion of OKT-USDT LP tokens that they had staked in the OKExChain Farm pool when the proposal was approved.

The amount of OKT that users can mine is equal to the number of tokens staked divided by the total number of tokens in the Farm Pool, multiplied by the cumulative amount of OKT. After the cumulative OKT allocation is complete, users can continue to mine through the OKT-USDT Farm Pool. Staking starts as soon as the Farm function is launched. 

“The phased launch of OKExChain is moving along at a very encouraging pace. Already after completion of the initial stage, we have seen its native token, OKT, commanding an all-time high of $86.54 in its first days of trading on the OKEx platform. We’re thrilled that the team behind OKExChain has been able to provide OKT holders with even more benefits through the Swap and Farm initiatives and to see OKExChain expanding its utility,” commented OKEx CEO Jay Hao.

In addition to staking and mining rewards via OKEx Swap and Farm, OKT provides users with further immediate utility and benefits, including voting rights and transaction-fee payments for decentralized exchanges and other DeFi applications built on the network. OKT is currently available to trade on the OKEx platform with zero fees on all trading pairs for the first 30 days.

For further information on OKEx Swap and OKEx Farm DApps, please visit the OKEx Support Center here.

OKEx is a world-leading cryptocurrency spot and derivatives exchange, OKEx offers the most diverse marketplace where global crypto investors, miners and institutional traders come to manage crypto assets, enhance investment opportunities and hedge risks. OKEx provides spot and derivatives trading — including futures, perpetual swap and options — of major cryptocurrencies, offering investors flexibility in formulating their strategies to maximize gains and mitigate risks.

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Clas Action Lawsuit Filed Against Bit Digital (BTBT)

Hagens Berman urges investors in Bit Digital, Inc. (NASDAQ: BTBTwith significant losses to submit their losses now.  A securities fraud class action has been filed and certain investors may have valuable claims.

Bit Digital, Inc. (BTBT) Securities Fraud Class Action:

The complaint centers on whether Defendants misled crytpocurrency investors about Bit Digital’s business operations and prospects by concealing that the company exaggerated its bitcoin mining operation.

Investors began to learn the truth, according to the complaint, on Jan. 11, 2021, when market analyst J Capital Research issued a scathing report about the company, concluding that Bit Digital operates “a fake crypto currency business” “designed to steal funds from investors.”

According to J Capital, “[t]he company reported at end Q3 2020 that it was operating 22,869 bitcoin miners in China,” but that “is simply not possible” and “[w]e verified with local governments supposedly hosting the BTBT mining operation that there are no bitcoin miners there.”

In response, the price of Bit Digital shares crashed lower.

“We’re focused on investor losses and proving Bit Digital faked its business by falsely portraying itself as a player in bitcoin mining,” said Reed Kathrein, the Hagens Berman partner leading the investigation.

Class Period: Dec. 21, 2020 – Jan. 8, 2021
Lead Plaintiff Deadline: Mar. 22, 2021
Visit: www.hbsslaw.com/investor-fraud/BTBT 
Contact An Attorney Now: BTBT@hbsslaw.com 
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Ecochain Expanding Its Crypto Mining To The Southeast

EcoChain, Inc., headquartered in Albany, New York, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mechanical Technology, Incorporated, a publicly traded company (OTC Pink: MKTY) announced yesterday an agreement to acquire land to build a green cryptocurrency mining center.

Today’s announcement of an agreement to acquire land is an important step in the Company’s plan to build an ultra low-cost green data center that will fulfill the Company’s goal of becoming an ultra capital efficient crypto mining operator.

The Company anticipates that the site, which is located in the Southeast United States, represents a critical step in its strategic roadmap to grow its EcoChain business.  The Company has set an objective to complete construction of a 25MW mining center that will be operational in the fourth quarter of 2021.

They expect this site will be the template for future greenfield and brownfield site builds, with a keen focus on operating and capital efficiency.

In cooperation with their technical partners at Soluna, MTI continues to build a robust pipeline of green powered ultra low-cost locations. Their pipeline incorporates a blend of greenfield, brownfield and ready to operate projects.

“We are excited to be executing on our plan to build out at least 50MW by years end,” commented Michael Toporek, CEO. Added Toporek: “We very specifically have set a target to have under our control and ramp up operations of 50MW of green powered ultra low-cost data center capacity by the end of the year.” Concluded Toporek: “It was important for us to begin executing on our 2021 objectives early. Our team continues to work to meet or beat its targets.”

About EcoChain, Inc.

EcoChain is engaged in developing and operating ultra low-cost green data centers focused on cryptocurrency mining. 

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Huobi Global Reports Trading Volume Of $2.3 Trillion In 2020

Huobi futures has noted that in 2020 there has been an impressive $2.3 trillion traded with an average of 6.3 billion per day. Within two years since its launch, Huobi Futures is now the largest cryptocurrency derivatives exchange by trading volume.

The futures market on Huobi has proven to be a popular and robust trading platform at a time where this style of trading and investing in cryptocurrencies has become increasingly popular. Marching alongside a steadily increasing price in Bitcoin, and other altcoins, Huobi Futures has kept pace with the needs of the market.

According to the statistics of TokenInsight, BTC rose by 90% from September to October last year. The open interest of BTC/USD swaps has risen from $1.2 billion to $2.4 billion in the same period with a growth rate of 100%. 

Making the process better

Huobi Futures has looked to keep in touch with the wants and needs of traders in order to offer a service that is robust, flexible, and easy to use. This has seen a number of different products and trading innovations launched.

From Coin-margined swaps to USDT-quoted options and coin-margined bi-quarterly futures, Huobi Futures offered improved services that lead to a new all-time high in 24-hour volume of over $28 billion on Nov. 26th.

Coin-margined Futures was the first product of Huobi Futures. Launched in December 2018, its trading volume has sustainably ranked first in the derivative market in only eight months. At present, Huobi’s coin-margined futures trading has included 13 major crypto assets with a unilateral trading volume of $1.32 trillion in 2020.

Following the introduction of their first flagship product coin-margined futures, coin-margined swaps launched on Mar. 27, 2020 and exceeded BitMEX, the largest coin-margined swaps exchange at that time, in 45 days. Its annual trading volume reached $785.5 billion in 2020 and it has covered 57 mainstream currencies, including a wealth of DeFi currencies for users to choose from.

In September last year, Huobi launched USDT-quoted options whereby users could trade without worrying about the risk of liquidation. 

The fourth product USDT-margined swaps. Launched in Oct. 26, 2020 its trading volume has grown rapidly with its cumulative trading amount exceeding $177.8 billion in just two months. 

What Has Huobi Futures Done In 2020?

Robust risk-control system and zero clawback

Huobi Futures is the first digital asset derivatives exchange in the industry that supports a three-phase liquidation protection mechanism and no transaction fees will be charged in partial liquidation. Moreover, the platform uses Exponential Moving Average (EMA) as a second reference for forced liquidation.

Due to its strong risk control system, the platform holds a record of zero clawback for 752 days since its launch in December of 2018. In version V6.3.0., the system has a throughput of 10W+, the response speed of placing and canceling orders is within 6ms, and the link delay is within 25ms.

Innovative functions

Huobi Futures supports multiple order types including Limit Order, Trigger Order, IOC and FOK. To improve the asset utilization and to reduce trading cost, Huobi introduced lots of innovative features like locked margin mechanism, take-profit and stop-loss, real-time settlement, Follow a Maker & Taker, etc. 

Huobi Futures also designed the “Switchable Leverage When Holding Positions” function for its coin-margined positions. With no need to close positions first, users can switch leverage with positions holding as long as there is no open order. All these exciting functions empower both institutional and retail traders to fetch out maximum benefits in derivatives trading. 

VIP level evaluations based on USD amount

Due to the fact that most crypto exchanges require at least hundreds of BTC to be traded per month to reach their VIP standard, many traders have been rejected by these platforms to get a VIP when the annual increase in Bitcoin price has risen by 400%. 

On Huobi Futures, as long as you have assets worth of 30,000 USDT in Huobi Futures account, you will be qualified for VIP. In addition to that, Huobi introduced an upgraded VIP Sharing Program, that is, VIPs of any other exchanges are considered as Huobi Futures VIP+1. Users could provide certificates of VIP level on other platforms to apply for a VIP+1 level on Huobi Futures for coin-margined swaps and coin-margined futures trading.

Conclusion

As we head into 2021, it appears there has been a further shift towards the digitalization of most things, including money. 

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Bitcoin Association Offers Free University-Style Bitcoin Courses

Bitcoin Association, the Switzerland-based global industry organization that works to advance business with the Bitcoin SV blockchain, today announces the official launch of Bitcoin SV Academy – a dedicated online education platform for Bitcoin, offering academia-quality, university-style courses and learning materials.

Developed by Bitcoin Association, Bitcoin SV Academy has been created to make learning about Bitcoin – the way creator Satoshi Nakamoto designed it – accessible, accurate and understandable. Courses are available in their entirety online and offered in three distinct streams:

Bitcoin Theory – covers the design of Bitcoin as a system as prescribed by Satoshi Nakamoto.

­­Bitcoin Development – provides vanguard information for application developers building with Bitcoin, including tools and techniques for leveraging the unique features of the network.

Bitcoin Infrastructure – looks at the underlying architecture of both the Bitcoin network and ledger, including how the network is constructed and scales.

Within each stream, courses are offered at introductory, intermediate and advanced levels, following a progressive structure designed to build on the concepts and knowledge introduced in the preceding course. At the conclusion of each course, participants will undertake an online assessment to test their understanding of the material, with certification available to those who pass.

The first course to launch, the introductory module of the Bitcoin Theory stream, is now available for enrollment at www.bitcoinsv.academy. Introductory level courses will be offered free of charge for the foreseeable future, part of Bitcoin Association’s commitment to making Bitcoin education available to as wide of an audience as possible.

Speaking on today’s announcement, Bitcoin Association Founding President Jimmy Nguyen, commented:

‘Education is a cornerstone of the work we do at Bitcoin Association, as we help businesses and individuals alike understand the Bitcoin system envisioned by Satoshi Nakamoto, and how Bitcoin SV is the only project implementing that Satoshi Vision. Bitcoin SV Academy will be a key component of that work moving forward, providing a platform to deliver a robust curriculum tailored to all levels of ability and knowledge, as we educate the world about just what’s possible with the power of the original Bitcoin protocol.’

Also commenting, Steve Shadders, Technical Director of the Bitcoin SV Infrastructure Team, said:

“The most important piece of infrastructure that Bitcoin can have is access and availability of education – not only does it broaden the pool of talent available to work and build with Bitcoin, but it also helps to spread awareness of what Bitcoin as an entire technology system can do and is truly capable of. The launch of Bitcoin SV Academy is a huge step forward in making meaningful change in this area – and having taken the first course myself, I can confirm that there really is something for everybody to learn in there.”

About Bitcoin Association

Bitcoin Association is the Switzerland-based global industry organization that works to advance business on the Bitcoin SV blockchain. It brings together essential components of the Bitcoin SV ecosystem – enterprises, start-up ventures, developers, merchants, exchanges, service providers, blockchain transaction processors (miners), and others – working alongside them, as well as in a representative capacity, to drive further use of the Bitcoin SV blockchain and uptake of the BSV digital currency.

The Association works to build a regulation-friendly ecosystem that fosters lawful conduct while facilitating innovation using all aspects of Bitcoin technology. More than a cryptocurrency and blockchain, Bitcoin is also a network protocol; just like Internet protocol, it is the foundational rule set for an entire data network.  The Association supports use of the original Bitcoin protocol to operate the world’s single blockchain on Bitcoin SV.

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With $5.3 Billion In Assets, Celsius Grows 10 Times In 2020

Celsius, the industry-leading cryptocurrency rewards-earning platform, announced today that it holds over $5.3 billion worth of cryptocurrency assets. In November 2020, Chainalysis was able to validate over $3.3b in total assets held by Celsius, making it the second-largest digital asset manager in the world.

Celsius continues to be one of the fastest-growing crypto platforms. Since the Chainalysis confirmation this past November, Celsius has gained over 125,000 new users totaling over 340,000 active users worldwide.

As Celsius gears up for another year of growth, other notable milestones for the company at this time include:

  • Over 340,000 active users worldwide
  • Over $200 million in crypto rewards distributed to the Celsius community
  • Over 52% of Celsius members choosing to earn weekly rewards in CEL token
  • Over 55,000 BTC held under management
  • 45 different tokens and coins supported and earning yield

“The crypto industry as a whole grew substantially in 2020. Celsius is proud to contribute to this growth and to provide many people with yield income on 45 assets they can not find anywhere else,” said Alex Mashinsky, CEO of Celsius. “As we see record numbers of institutions and retail users entering the space, they are looking for a store of value and yield to protect their assets from the debasement of the US Dollar. The record number of new dollars being printed by the FED is making the savviest investors in the world allocate assets to Bitcoin. Our results represent the growing need of savers to diversification and the lack of trust and transparency between financial institutions and the community. We have seen time and time again that customers choose Celsius for yield and loans because they trust us, and our goal is to always act in their best interests and consistently deliver industry-leading transparency.”

Through the Celsius platform, customers can earn weekly compounding rewards at rates up to 15% APY and borrow dollars against their digital assets at rates as low as 1% APR. Celsius created the yield-earning use case for crypto, and attributes its exponential growth to its community-driven mission and consistently distributing up to 80% of its revenues back to its community.

About Celsius
Celsius helps hundreds of thousands of consumers worldwide to find the path towards financial independence through a high compounding reward income wallet and instant low-cost loans accessible via a web and mobile app. Built on the belief that financial services should only do what is in the best interests of the customers and community, Celsius is a Blockchain-based fee-free platform where membership provides access to curated financial services that are not available through traditional financial institutions. 

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WSGF Is Developing A Real Estate Cryptocurrency

World Series of Golf, Inc., a publicly-trade company, (OTC Pink: WSGF) is developing a cryptocurrency strategy in conjunction with the company’s overall fintech short-term rental property acquisition alternative finance business. In conjunction with the company’s cryptocurrency plans, management has launched and encouraged participation in the company’s cryptocurrency survey. Today the company announced plans to publish the results of the survey this Friday, January 22, 2020. Until then, anyone interested can still take the brief survey.

Vaycaychella is subsidiary operation of WSGF acquired last year that now represents the company’s primary business focus.  A corporate name change is underway.

Vaycaychella has built a peer-to-peer (P2P) technology solution designed to connect short-term rental property buyers with alternative investors. The P2P application (app) is part of a fintech ecosystem solution suite for short-term rental property owners that includes a Visa Card solution and plans for a cryptocurrency component.

Over the past three years Vaycaychella has built a portfolio of short-term vacation property investments that would not qualify for conventional mortgages. Now the company is scaling its business model with the introduction of its P2P technology.

The recent Airbnb IPO has brought attention to the burgeoning short-term rental property sector of the overall travel accommodations sector. At the same time, it has highlighted the limited availability of resources available to short-term rental property owners and operators marketing through Airbnb and its peers such as VRBO and Booking.com.

WSGF plans to beta launch its Vaycaychella P2P app to beta users in February 2021 with a production launch anticipated in June. 

Recently, the company announced plans to add a cryptocurrency strategy to its Vaycaychella P2P business model. In conjunction with the development of its cryptocurrency strategy, the company has today launched a cryptocurrency survey as part of an overall effort to gather important information in developing its overall cryptocurrency strategy.

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Stellar Lumens Price Prediction

Two weeks ago we released our Bitcoin price prediction for 2021. Two days ago we released our Ethereum price prediction for 2021. Today we’d like to present our Stellar Lumens price prediction for this year.

Several Popular XLM Predictions

As is our tradition, before we present our forecast for the price of a cryptocurrency, we always like to share a few predictions from others within the crypto industry.

PrimeXBT shares these Stellar Lumens predictions:

Crypto Rating – XLM $0.69
Crypto Rating, an esteemed authority and providing realistic price predictions on various cryptocurrency assets, has given XLM a price forecast of just $0.46 within a year, and in the next five years expects Stellar to reach a price target of $0.69. Given past performance, these estimates are modest.

The Economy Forecast Agency – XLM $0.64
The Economy Forecast Agency uses a long-term forecasting valuation model to predict prices of various assets, including cryptocurrencies, projects Stellar Lumens growth to reach just $0.64, matching the sentiment of many of the other experts and analysts listed.

CoinSwitch – XLM $1.00
CoinSwitch, another price prediction authority, points to an estimate of $1 per XLM token, with price action being driven by partnerships with IBM and various governments.

Trading Beasts – XLM $0.10
Trading Beasts provides yet another extremely modest expectation in the short-term, with XLM reaching $0.10 per token.

CryptoGround – XLM $0.74
Cryptoground.com expects the altcoin cryptocurrency to reach a price of $0.74, which is the strongest out of all price predictions for XLM by industry experts.

Investor Place repeated 4 of the above XLM predictions, and added the following XLM forecast:

Coinliker – XLM $3.33
Coinliker takes a much more bullish stance on the cryptocurrency with an estimate of $3.33 in five years’ time .

Elevenews provided five more XLM predictions worth reporting:

Long Forecast Stellar Prediction – $0.30
Long Forecast gave an entirely conservative prediction, as their stellar price prediction forecasts that XLM might reach $0.30, which make sit look like it won’t grow much as compared to the current price.

Wallet Investor XLM Price Prediction – XLM $1.05
Wallet Investor updates prices and predictions every three minutes using the latest technical analysis. They have very conservatively made a 5-Year forecast of $1.005.

Mega Crypto Price – XLM $5.10
The price forecast at Mega Crypto Price has been very optimistic for all the cryptocurrencies and its the same for XLM price forecast, too, predicting that Stellar could be worth $5.10 by the end of 2020. The team says that this can be achieved as long as there are no major security flaws and the overall sector performs well.

Monetize Info – XLM $3.00
Monetize believes that Stellar’s major partnerships will be the major reason behind an upcoming price surge, which might result in XLM’s price reaching $2-$3 by 2020. Beyond IBM, Stellar’s partners include Stripe, Deloitte, etc.

For example, Stripe gave Stellar a 3-million-dollar capital injection a few years back which Stellar immediately returned in XLM.

The Economy Forecast Agency – XLM $0.64
This website features a long-range forecasting model to make market forecasts for corporate clients. The website has its own price prediction for 2020, which says XLM will see a high of $0.64 in 2020, which is by far the most conservative and pessimistic of XLM’s price predictions.

There are other popular websites that share predictions for the price of Stellar Lumens, however, the forecasts are rather outdated and have already proven inaccurate. For instance, cryptonewsz.com predicts:

The predicted high for 2021 might be around $0.089 and on the downside, the low might be around $0.065.

As of press time, January 20, 2021, and at last check the current price of XLM is just a tad under $0.29. Stellar Lumens has already tripled the yearly high predicted by cryptonewsz.com.

A Summary of Stellar Lumens Predictions

The above Stellar Lumens price predictions for 2021 range from a low of $0.10 to the highest XLM forecast price of $5.10.

Our Analysis suggests that all of the above 11 XLM predictions are too low.

It is our conviction that 2021 is the year in which the next 4 year cycle top is due. The first 4 year cycle top arrive in 2013, and the second 4 year cycle top arrived in 2017.

XLM To Surge For 4 Year Cycle High In 2021

Bitcoin is the only coin that we have data for both 4 year cycle tops. To calculate our Ethereum price prediction for 2021 we only had data from one 4 year cycle top. We reported that, “Ethereum went up by a factor between 89x and 173x during 2017 for the last 4 year cycle top.”

We use previous price performance as a guide to possible future price performance. Of course, it’s no guarantee, only a guide.

So what was Stellar Lumens’ price performance in 2017?

Stellar Lumens In The Previous 4 Year Cycle High

On January 1, 2017, XLM was priced at one-fourth of a cent, $0.0025. It ended the year at 36 cents, $0.36. However, it did reach an all time high 4 days later at over 93 cents.

Depending on whether you’re looking at the highest price reached on January 4, or whether you’re looking at the end of the year price 4 days prior, XLM went up in price between 144x and 372x.

We do not expect XLM to increase by the same amount. Bitcoin’s 2nd four year cycle saw gains much less than its first, and we expect Stellar Lumens to do the same.

All factors considered, including the macro financial climate, the new crypto-friendly administration in the U.S., and the 4 year cycle, we are expecting XLM to go up in price by a factor between 29x and 74x.

Stellar Lumens started this year at a price just shy of $0.13. Thus, are target high price for XLM at year end is between $3.77 and $10.01.

Stellar Lumens at $10.01 in 2021

We believe the conditions favor a very strong crypto bull run in 2021, and thus we are going to base our Stellar Lumens price prediction on the high side of the range and forecast an end of the year price target for XLM to be $10.01.

What Is Stellar?

Stellar is an open source, decentralized protocol for digital currency to fiat money transfers which allows cross-border transactions between any pair of currencies. The Stellar protocol is supported by a Delaware nonprofit corporation, the Stellar Development Foundation, though this organization does not enjoy 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with the IRS.

Stellar is an open-source protocol for exchanging money or tokens using the Stellar Consensus Protocol. The platform’s source code is hosted on GitHub.

Servers run a software implementation of the protocol, and use the Internet to connect to and communicate with other Stellar servers. Each server stores a ledger of all the accounts in the network. 3 nodes are operated by the Stellar Development Foundation, in conjunction with 21 other organizations, providing for a total of 66 validator nodes. Transactions among accounts occur not through mining but rather through a consensus process among accounts in quorum slice. The current network fee is 100 stroops, equivalent to 0.00001 XLM or 1/10,000th of a cent.

History of Stellar

In 2014, Jed McCaleb, founder of Mt. Gox and co-founder of Ripple, launched the network system Stellar with former lawyer Joyce Kim. Before the official launch, McCaleb formed a website called “Secret Bitcoin Project” seeking alpha testers. The nonprofit Stellar Development Foundation was created in collaboration with Stripe CEO Patrick Collison and the project officially launched that July. Stellar received $3 million in seed funding from Stripe. Stellar was released as a decentralized payment network and protocol with a native currency, stellar. At its launch, the network had 100 billion stellars. 25 percent of those would be given to other non-profits working toward financial inclusion. Stripe received 2 percent or 2 billion of the initial stellars in return for its seed investment. The cryptocurrency, originally known as stellar, was later called Lumens or XLM. In August 2014, Mercado Bitcoin, the first Brazilian bitcoin exchange, announced it would be using the Stellar network. By January 2015, Stellar had approximately 3 million registered user accounts on its platform and its market cap was almost $15 million.

The Stellar Development Foundation released an upgraded protocol with a new consensus algorithm in April 2015 which went live in November 2015. The new algorithm used SCP, a cryptocurrency protocol created by Stanford professor David Mazières.

Lightyear.io, a for-profit entity of Stellar, launched in May 2017 as the commercial arm of the company. In September 2017, Stellar announced a benefits program, part of its Stellar Partnership Grant Program, which would award partners up to $2 million worth of Lumens for project development. In September 2018, Lightyear Corporation acquired Chain, Inc and the combined company was named Interstellar.

Real-world Applications of Stellar

In 2015, it was announced that Stellar was releasing an integration into Vumi, the open-sourced messaging platform of the Praekelt Foundation. Vumi uses cellphone talk time as currency using the Stellar protocol. Stellar partnered with cloud-based banking software company Oradian in April 2015 to integrate Stellar into Oradian’s banking platform to add microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Nigeria.

Deloitte announced its integration with Stellar in 2016 to build a cross-border payments application, Deloitte Digital Bank. In December 2016, it was announced that Stellar’s payment network had expanded to include Coins.ph, a mobile payments startup in the Philippines, ICICI Bank in India, African mobile payments firm Flutterwave, and French remittances company Tempo Money Transfer.

In October 2017, Stellar partnered with IBM and KlickEx to facilitate cross-border transactions in the South Pacific region. The cross-border payment system developed by IBM includes partnerships with banks in the area.

In December 2017, TechCrunch announced Stellar’s partnership with SureRemit, a Nigerian-based non-cash remittances platform.

On January 6, 2021, Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine announced cooperation and partnership with Stellar in development of Ukraine digital infrastructure after which Stellar value increased by 40%.

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Roger Ver Donates $2 Million To The Foundation For Economic Education

The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE.org) announced today that Bitcoin.com founder and early cryptocurrency investor Roger Ver has made two gifts totaling $2,000,000 in Bitcoin Cash (BCH) to support FEE’s work in advancing individual liberty and educating students around the world on the moral and economic foundations of a free society.

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The first $1 million gift supports FEE’s marquee events in 2021-FEE’s 75th anniversary year-as well as additional student programs, including online educational content and books. The second $1M gift takes the form of an endowment, which will be a perpetual source of support for FEE’s educational activities.

Ver, who previously donated $1,000,000 in Bitcoin to FEE in 2013, said he owes an intellectual debt to FEE and is making this new donation at a time during which he believes FEE’s work is needed more than ever.

“I was a subscriber to FEE’s long-running magazine ‘The Freeman’ when I was in high school and I owe a lot of my success in Bitcoin to what I learned reading about the moral urgency of having a monetary system that exists separate from state force,”

said Roger Ver. He continued:

“I was looking around the world today and I saw global lockdowns, inflation, attacks on individual liberty, and I thought: ‘Who are the most important voices of freedom today?’ FEE is at the top of my list. I want to help FEE have the same impact on the lives of millions of young people that they did on mine.”

FEE – Anything Peaceful

Founded in 1946, FEE is the oldest libertarian think tank in the U.S. Fee is celebrating its milestone 75th anniversary with events throughout 2021, including FEEcon (in Atlanta from June 17-19) and the FEE 75th Anniversary Gala on June 19th. Each year, FEE reaches an audience of hundreds of millions online and nearly 20,000 students through classroom programs in colleges and high schools in both the United States and Latin America.

“Roger supercharged our online growth in 2013 when he gave an unprecedented $1M in Bitcoin to FEE,”

said FEE’s Executive Vice President Richard N. Lorenc, who went on to say:

“At the time, this was the largest-ever donation of cryptocurrency and helped us significantly along a path of growing educational impact ever since. With these new major gifts of Bitcoin Cash, Roger continues his transformational giving just as we begin to celebrate FEE’s 75th year and unveil our campaign to expose ever greater numbers of students to the ideas of liberty, both in their classrooms and online.”

Asked why he chose to make his gift in Bitcoin Cash, Ver remarked:

“Bitcoin Cash of all cryptocurrencies has the best chance at creating more economic freedom around the world. Unlike the legacy Bitcoin chain, Bitcoin Cash can be sent instantly around the world to anyone for a fraction of a penny without arbitrary government limitations. It has the kind of potential that got me so excited about first investing in Bitcoin and Bitcoin companies back in 2011, and that potential lines up perfectly with the work FEE is doing to realize a freer, more peaceful world.”

With the new gifts from Ver, FEE plans to quickly grow their capacity to continue producing powerful videos, writing compelling articles, and developing classroom materials all focused on advancing individual liberty, free enterprise, and limited government in the realms of economics, art, careers, culture, and more. 

“Roger’s pioneering work in the cryptocurrency space shows how ideas can and do change the world,” 

said FEE’s President Zilvinas Silenas

“Likewise, Roger’s continued investment in FEE emphasizes FEE’s vital role in the field of economic education. FEE is the premier player in introducing the ideas of liberty and individual empowerment to young audiences, and we are honored that Roger recognizes our groundbreaking work online and in the classrooms. With the support of farsighted philanthropists such as Roger Ver, FEE will succeed in making human liberty the most credible economic and political philosophy among the rising generation.”

To learn more about FEE’s online and classroom programs and online media, visit FEE.org. To learn how you can attend FEEcon 2021, visit FEEcon.org. To join FEE in their mission to advance the foundational ideas and principles of a free society -individual liberty, free enterprise, limited government, entrepreneurial value creation, and high moral character – for the rising generation, visit: FEE.org/donate.

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Terra (LUNA) Token Launched On Voyager Digital

Voyager Digital Ltd., a publicly-traded, licensed crypto-asset broker that provides investors with a turnkey solution to trade crypto assets, today announced the listing of the Terra (LUNA) Token on the Voyager platform, expanding Voyager’s industry-leading offering to 57 digital assets.

“By adding the LUNA Token to the Voyager platform, our U.S. customers will now have one of the first direct fiat-to-crypto on-ramps available on mobile devices,” said Steve Ehrlich, Co-founder and CEO of Voyager. “Our commission-free agency broker platform is quickly becoming the most trusted and transparent vehicle for investors to buy, trade and hold digital assets. We will continue to enhance our customer-centric platform with additional offerings including debit and credit cards, margin and the listing of other digital assets.”

Terra LUNA is a next-generation smart contract platform and programmable money for the internet. Terra’s platform supports stablecoins that offer instant settlements, low fees and seamless cross-border exchange, and are loved by millions of users and merchants.

“Both Terra and Voyager are making crypto and blockchain more accessible for mainstream adoption,” added Terra Co-Founder and CEO, Do Kwon. “Terra’s focus on merchant and payment adoption will be pushing the future forward on blockchain-powered digital payments. We’re excited to be partnered with Voyager, availing the power of LUNA to the masses.”

About Terra
Terra‘s stablecoin ecosystem aims to make money easier to spend and more attractive to hold for users. Terra is the first (and today the largest by market cap) algorithmic stablecoin protocol in existence, supported by the Terra blockchain’s native asset, LUNA. Terra creates stablecoins pegged to the world’s major fiat currencies (USD, EUR, CNY, JPY, GBP, KRW, and the IMF SDR) that deploy decentralized monetary supply controls to retain value, generate stable interest, and keep transaction costs low. Terra now has the third highest number of transactions of all blockchains (after BTC and Ethereum) and is generating 13M USD in fees annually. TerraKRW today powers Chai, one of the largest e-commerce wallets in Korea, which hosts over 2 million users and generates $1.2 billion in annualized transaction volume. Investors in Terraform Labs (TFL), the group behind Terra, include Arrington XRP Capital, PolyChain Capital, Binance Labs, Huobi Capital, FBG Capital, and TransLink Capital.

About Voyager Digital Ltd.
Voyager Digital Ltd. is a crypto-asset broker that provides retail and institutional investors with a turnkey solution to trade crypto assets. Voyager offers customers best execution and safe custody on a wide choice of popular crypto-assets. Voyager was founded by established Wall Street and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who teamed to bring a better, more transparent, and cost-efficient alternative for trading crypto-assets to the marketplace.

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Ethereum Price Prediction

Earlier today we reported on the “unprecedented demand” for Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. As we reported, this very strong demand is the driving force behind pushing the price of cryptocurrencies to all time highs and beyond.

Bitcoin has already more than doubled its previous all time high price of just under $20,000 back in 2017. On the other hand, Ethereum has only recently approached its all time high price from early 2018.

Our prediction for the price of Bitcoin this year is well into the 6 digit range. However, what is our prediction for the price of Ethereum this year?

Here are three Ethereum price predictions made by financial professionals, followed by our own prognostication.

Raoul Pal Ethereum Prediction For 2021 and Beyond

Raoul Pal is well known in financial circles. He is CEO & Co-Founder, Real Vision Group & Global Macro Investor. Raoul Pal leads Real Vision to provide unparalleled access to the very best insights and analysis from the brightest financial minds. He prides himself on being a Business Cycle Economist, Investment Strategist, and Economic Historian.

In a very recent video he states:

But it suggests that Ethereum could go to $20,000 on this cycle. Over time, I believe, and if you look at it, the adoption actually of market cap versus number of wallet addresses of Ethereum is ahead of, significantly ahead of where Bitcoin was.

And you see the distribution of returns – Again, I put some of that on twitter. I’ve written this whole piece. I will do a piece of Real Vision crypto in the next couple of weeks. It shows potentially that Ethereum is getting adopted faster and will potentially have a larger market cap than Bitcoin over time.

Again, I’m not putting a “flippening” happening immediately, blah, blah, bl;ah, I’m talking about platform versus asset. And the platform is often more valuable than an asset.

When Raoul states that Ethereum “could go to $20,000 on this cycle”, he is talking about this year, as in 2021. “This cycle” refers to the next 4 year cycle top, due around Christmas of 2021, or a few weeks later.

Longer term, meaning possibly a decade or so, Rauol believes that the price of Ethereum could be higher than the price of Bitcoin. You can see his full Ethereum prediction in this video:

Tyler Winklevoss 2021 Ethereum Prediction

Tyler Winklevoss recently gave an interview in which he predicted that Bitcoin would eventually be worth at least $500,000. In the same interview he also made some forecasts for Ethereum. he stated:

“So, you know, Ether’s got to upgrade. It’s moving to ETH 2.0. There’s some scalability things it’s got to work through. But, like, I’m an optimist and the smartest folks in the room are working on it. So if Ether’a the global computer in the future, what’s that worth? It’s gotta be a ton, and it’s gotta be worth as much as digital gold I would think, maybe more.”

Previously in the interview he stated that digital gold would be equivalent to a $9 trillion market cap. At the time of the interview a couple of weeks ago, the market cap of Ethereum was $84.56 billion. If the total market cap of Ethereum grows to $9 trillion, that would mean that each Ethereum token would be worth about $78,000 a piece, assuming that the growth of the number of new Ethereum tokens created each day continues at the same pace.

Tyler’s full interview can be viewed in this video:

Blocktown Capital’s James Todaro ETH Prediction For 2021

James Todaro, managing partner at Blocktown Capital, thinks that ETH has the potential to reach a $1 trillion market cap on the basis of the growing DeFi industry. According to his estimate, the value of Ethereum could surge to $9,000.

Our Own Ethereum Prediction For 2021

When looking at the fundamentals, we can clearly see that blockchain is a disruptive technology that will invade all of finance and the economy just as software has done in the past 50 years. Fundamentally speaking, crypto is the future.

That’s the basis for our forecast of the continued growth of the industry.

Fundamentals vs. Technicals

When it comes to price forecasting, we always want our technical price analysis to dovetail with our fundamental analysis. Our technical analysis looks at past price behavior, and our fundamental analysis sheds light on whether or not we feel it likely that previous price trends will continue or not.

In the case of Ethereum, like the 3 analysts above, we do feel confident that the positive price trends will continue.

The 4 Year Cycle In Crypto Prices

There is clearly a 4 year cycle in the cryptocurrency market. The next 4 year cycle peak is due around December of 2021.

Bitcoin has gone through 2 complete cycles, but Ethereum has not. With less of a track record, it makes it more difficult to predict where the price of Ethereum will be at the end of 2021.

Looking back at the previous year which was a 4 year cycle top, 2017, Bitcoin started the year on January 1, at $998.33. It ended the year on December 31, 2018 at $14,156.40, after climbing over $19,400 in mid December of that year. Depending on whether you’re looking at the highest price reached in mid December or whether you’re looking at the end of the year price, Bitcoin went up by a factor of between 14x and 19x during the last 4 year cycle top.

While this performance is still exceptional, it is quite a bit less than the gains from the previous 4 year cycle top that happened 4 years prior, in 2013.

Bitcoin started that year on January 1, at $13.30. It ended the year on December 31, at $805.90, after climbing over $1,237 in early December of that year. Again, depending on whether you’re looking at the highest price reached in early December or whether you’re looking at the end of the year price, Bitcoin went up by a factor of between 60x and 93x during the last 4 year cycle top.

The point of looking at Bitcoin’s first two cycles is to see that the first cycle saw larger percentage gain than the second.

Ethereum’s One Cycle Iteration

Ethereum wasn’t created/released until July 30, 2015, so there is no price data from 2013 – it didn’t exist back then.

So Ethereum’s price performance in 2017 was only it’s first 4 year cycle top.

We therefore anticipate that – just like had occurred with Bitcoin – the gains of the second 4 year cycle peak would be less than those of the first 4 year cycle top.

So, how did Ethereum fare in 2017, and what can we extrapolate for 2021?

Ethereum’s Past Price Performance

Ethereum started 2017 on January 1, at $8.20. It ended the year on December 31, 2017 at $736.77, after climbing to $800 in mid December of that year. The Altcoins had a cycle peak that was a couple weeks after Bitcoin reached its ultimate peak. After closing out 2017 at $736.77, Ethereum reached its 4 year cycle peak 2 weeks later on January 13 at $1,423.20. Depending on whether you’re looking at the highest price reached in mid January or whether you’re looking at the end of the year price, Ethereum went up by a factor of between 89x and 173x during 2017 for the last 4 year cycle top.

To recap, Bitcoin went up by 60x and 93x during its first iteration of the 4 year cycle peak, and 14x and 19x during its second iteration.

Ethereum has only seen one 4 year cycle peak during its existence, going up between 89x and 173x.

Price History As A Guide

If Ethereum follows Bitcoin’s lead and the rate of increase slows by the same amount that Bitcoin’s did from the first iteration to the second, that would mean that this year Ethereum will “only” go up between 18x and 34x.

With Ethereum starting the year at $729.12, that equates to a predicted price high between $13,124 and $24,790.

That’s our Ethereum prediction.

As the saying goes, “past performance does not guarantee future results.”

Like all future predictions, at this point in time we don’t know if the forecast is accurate or not, but as of press time, we have a high degree of confidence in our forecast price range being reached.

Time will tell.

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It’s Not Just Institutional Thirst, Retail Demand For Crypto Reaches ‘Unprecedented’ Levels

There’s just not enough Bitcoin to meet demand.

That’s not just some hopium-based fantasy by the leader of a fringe crypto cult.

No, it’s simple fact from tallying just a couple places where Bitcoin can be bought.

We’ve reported that institutional money is moving into cryptocurrency assets, and that institutional demand is higher than it has ever been.

Retail demand is also currently at “unprecedented levels.”

Unprecedented levels

Israeli trading and investing platform Etoro warned customers in Europe on Friday of possible limitations on crypto purchasing over the weekend. In an email, the exchange said: “The unprecedented demand for crypto, coupled with limited liquidity, presents challenges to our ability to support buy orders over the weekend. In light of this, it may be necessary for us to place limitations on crypto buy orders.”

eToro’s statement acknowledging unprecedented demand is just one of many that point to the fact that there isn’t enough Bitcoin available at today’s prices to meet demand.

Pantera Capital’s recent monthly letter to investors states that:

In last month’s investor letter we discussed that after 30 months of operation, Square’s Cash App is estimated to be buying around 40% of all newly-issued bitcoin.

PayPal just launched their new service that enables customers to buy, sell, and hold cryptocurrency directly from their PayPal accounts. It’s already having a huge impact.

The bitcoin community is proud to have grown to 100 million users over twelve years. PayPal has 300 million active users. As we’ve argued — and will argue more fully in our December investor letter — this rally is much more sustainable than 2017. One of the main differences is the ease of investing in bitcoin now — via PayPal, Cash App, Robinhood, etc.

Previously the friction to buy bitcoin was pretty onerous: take a selfie with your passport, wait days to a week to get activated, daily limits.

Three hundred million people just got instant access to Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies.

BOOM! The results are already apparent.

PayPal’s crypto infrastructure provider is Paxos. Prior to PayPal’s integration of crypto, itBit, the Paxos-run exchange, was doing a fairly constant amount of trading volume — the white line in the chart below.

When PayPal went live, volume started exploding. The increase in itBit volume implies that within four weeks of going live, PayPal is already buying almost 70% of the new supply of bitcoins.

PayPal and Cash App are already buying more than 100% of all newly-issued bitcoins.

Only 900 New Bitcoins Created Each Day

Bitcoin supply is growing daily. Literally, it’s growing by 6.25 newly created Bitcoins with each new block mined. By design, one Bitcoin block is mined every 10 minutes, resulting in an average of 144 new blocks every day. 144 x 6.25 equals 900 new Bitcoins created each day.

Genuine Bitcoin Investor Demand

As we reported above, just Paypal and Cash App are responsible for buying more than 900 Bitcoin per day.

Let’s look at another rather obscure place to buy Bitcoin: LocalBitcoins.com. This is a site outside of the massive mainstream crypto exchanges. It is sort of a peer-to-peer classified ad site that matches buyers with sellers on an individual level.

Compared to the big exchanges, such as Coinbase, this site is tiny. For instance, Binance alone had a Bitcoin trading volume in the past 24 hours of $2.77 billion at press time.

Contrast that to the average daily trading of Bitcoin at localbitcoins.com which is a mere $6 million. The difference in size is staggering. The point being, trading volume at localbitcoins.com is a tiny, extremely tiny, amount of Bitcoin being bought each day.

Now, be aware that most of the trading volume on Binance and other big exchanges is just that: trading, not investing. A trader can buy and sell multiple times per day with each of those trades adding into the cumulative total trading volume.

On localbitcoins.com it is definitely not “traders” doing the trading, it is mom and pop type of people buying Bitcoin to hold as an investment.

So let’s look at the numbers. $6 million worth of Bitcoin are being bought right now every day on localbitcoins.com.

How many Bitcoin is that?

$6,000,000/$37,000 each equals 162 Bitcoin.

Remember, there’s only 900 being created. And this tiniest little peer-to-peer exchange is responsible for its users buying up almost 1/5 of all newly created Bitcoin each and every day. This is purely Bitcoin volume, and does not include other cryptos such as XRP and Litecoin.

Paypal and Cash App are already buying more Bitcoin than are being created each day. This tiny little site is facilitating the buying of nearly 20% of all new Bitcoin being create. What about the customers of Binance? What about demand from the customers of Coinbase, Gemini, Kraken, Bittrex, Bitstamp, Huobi, Bitfinex, and hundreds of other exchanges are are many times lager than localbitcoins? Where will all the Bitcoin come from for those buyers to be able to purchase?

Only Existing Holders Can Supply Bitcoin To Match Soaring Demand

One thing is certain, there is no way to increase the supply of new Bitcoin being created each day and available on the market. With demand absolutely overwhelming new supply, that only leaves existing holders willing to sell in order to satiate buyer demand.

Which means only one thing: prices will continue to be bid higher.

There’s good reason for the crypto fear and greed index to be pegged on greed.

How high is high? Here’s our Bitcoin forecast for this year and beyond.

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Will Tether Quake The Crypto Market This Week?

A Big Nothing Burger Or The Pin That Pops The Bubble?

If the events in the crypto market of December 2020 teach us anything, it’s that the actions of the financial regulators can cause quakes that have a tremendous impact on crypto prices.

Think back to late November and early December. There was an abundance of enthusiasm towards XRP with the (back then) forthcoming airdrop of Spark tokens. In late November, the price of XRP stood at 26 cents.

Airdrop Of Spark Tokens

With the interest in holding XRP tokens so as to benefit from the Spark airdrop, crypto investors were rushing into XRP, and drove its price above 70 cents.

The upward momentum in price was invigorating.

Even after the airdrop, the price of XRP was hovering around 60 cents as late as December 20.

Enter The SEC

Then the news hit.

The SEC had filed a lawsuit against Ripple. The price immediately crashed to 20 cents, wiping out more than 2/3rds of XRP’s value in a matter of days.

The moral of the story: actions taken by financial regulators can have an overwhelming effect on price.

Fast-forward to today. An important deadline has arrived in the case of Attorney General of the State of New York v. iFinex Inc. (the parent company of both Bitfinex and Tether).

Tether vs. New York State

Some history of this case:

Back in April 2019, the New York Attorney General (NYAG) accused stablecoin operator Tether of covering Bifinex’s $850 million losses by sourcing its USDT to cover the shortfall. Nevertheless, Tether replied calling this accusation in “bad faith” and “riddled with false assertions”. Note NYAG has filed charges against iFinex, the parent company of Bitfinex and Tether.

During the preliminary injunction in May 2019, Judge Joel Cohen extended the deadline to ninety more days. By August 2019, NYAG presented another proof and evidence in the case highlighting how Bitfinex and Tether were allegedly involved in covering up the $850 million losses. Later, the NYAG also called out iFinex’s motion “an improper attempt to impede a lawful investigation”.

The case took an interesting turn last year in September 2020 when Judge Cohen ruled that both Tether and Bitfinex should produce documents disclosing their financial relationship. In addition, he also passed an injunction barring Tether to issue loans to Bitfinex by ninety more days.

Deadline Extended

Last month, on December 9th, 2020, Attorney General Letitia James filed a document requesting Judge Cohen to extend the timeline to January 15. The Attorney General said that “the parties continue to cooperate on the production of documents in response to the 354 Order, and anticipate that the production might be finalized in the coming weeks.”

Two days ago, Friday, January 15, was the d-day for iFinex to produce necessary info and the documents so that NYAG is able to continue the investigation further. iFinex had to produce documents detailing the issuance and redemptions of Tether’s USDT stablecoins, and also disclose the trading activity on Bitfinex concerning Bitcoin and USDT.

We’re currently at the crossroads of the most crucial cases in the crypto space. Tether’s market cap has grown to $25 billion, and the token currently sits at #3 on coinmarketcap’s list of the largest cryptocurrencies in existence.

Will Tether Drag The Entire Crypto Market Lower?

Some market analysts believe that the issuance of Tether is being used to prop up the price of Bitcoin, and by extension the entire crypto market. Others, such as Ganesh Viswanath-Natraj, Assistant Professor of Finance at Warwick Business School, stated on a recent podcast, “Based on our evidence there, there’s no effect of tether issuance on crypto asset prices.”

While there were no new statements from the NY Supreme Court on deadline day, a statement is likely to be forthcoming this week.

If and when the statement unfolds, the BIG question for the entire crypto market is “Will it be a nothing-burger, or will it be the pin that pops the crypto bubble?”

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DeFi Crypto Assets Start 2021 By Thundering Higher

Although we’re just beyond 2 weeks in, 2021 has started off with a burst for the cryptocurrency world.

Amid political chaos in the United States, the value of cryptocurrencies have risen significantly and so far this year. Bitcoin started 2021 around $29,000; and in two weeks time is has already soared above $40,000. More than a few analysts are predicting a 6-digit Bitcoin price this year.

Nevertheless, it’s not only about Bitcoin; beyond BTC, there has been an explosion in coin prices across the board, as cryptocurrency funds see record inflows. This is especially true with DeFi coins and tokens. At press time, we took a look at five major DeFi assets listed on coinmarketcap. In no particular order:

  1. Chainlink (LINK) Chainlink started the year around $12 and has gained as much as 83%, reaching a high above $22.00. LINK is a decentralized oracle network which aims to connect smart contracts with data from the real world. Chainlink was developed by Sergey Nazarov, with Steve Ellis as the other co-founder. It held an ICO in September 2017, raising $32 million, with a total supply of 1 billion LINK tokens. LINK, the cryptocurrency native to the Chainlink decentralized oracle network, is used to pay node operators.
  2. Ren (REN) Ren started the year around 34 cents and has gained as much as 85%, reaching a high above 63 cents. Ren (REN) is an open protocol built to provide interoperability and liquidity between different blockchain platforms. Formerly known as Republic Protocol, Ren launched RenVM, its virtual machine mainnet, in May 2020, having completed a $34 million initial coin offering (ICO) in 2018. The protocol’s native token, REN, functions as a bond for those running nodes which power RenVM, known as Darknodes. Ren aims to expand the interoperability, and hence accessibility, of decentralized finance (DeFi) by removing hurdles involved in liquidity between blockchains.
  3. Sushiswap (SUSHI) Sushiswap started the year around $3 and has gained as much as 153%, reaching a high above $7.60. SushiSwap (SUSHI) is an example of an automated market maker (AMM). An increasingly popular tool among cryptocurrency users, AMMs are decentralized exchanges which use smart contracts to create markets for any given pair of tokens. SushiSwap launched in September 2020 as a fork of Uniswap, the AMM which has become synonymous with the decentralized finance (DeFi) movement and associated trading boom in DeFi tokens. SushiSwap aims to diversify the AMM market and also add additional features not previously present on Uniswap, such as increased rewards for network participants via its in-house token, SUSHI.
  4. Aave (AAVE) Aave started the year around $90 and has gained as much as 114%, reaching a high above $203.00. Aave is a decentralized finance protocol that allows people to lend and borrow crypto. Lenders earn interest by depositing digital assets into specially created liquidity pools. Borrowers can then use their crypto as collateral to take out a flash loan using this liquidity. Aave (which means “ghost” in Finnish) was originally known as ETHLend when it launched in November 2017, but the rebranding to Aave happened in September 2018. AAVE provides holders with discounted fees on the platform, and it also serves as a governance token — giving owners a say in the future development of the protocol.
  5. Uniswap (UNI) Uniswap started the year at just about $5 and has gained as much as 80%, reaching a high of $9.00. Uniswap is a popular decentralized trading protocol, known for its role in facilitating automated trading of decentralized finance (DeFi) tokens. An example of an automated market maker (AMM), Uniswap launched in November 2018, but has gained considerable popularity this year thanks to the DeFi phenomenon and associated surge in token trading. Uniswap aims to keep token trading automated and completely open to anyone who holds tokens, while improving the efficiency of trading versus that on traditional exchanges. Uniswap creates more efficiency by solving liquidity issues with automated solutions, avoiding the problems which plagued the first decentralized exchanges. In September 2020, Uniswap went a step further by creating and awarding its own governance token, UNI, to past users of the protocol. This added both profitability potential and the ability for users to shape its future — an attractive aspect of decentralized entities.