To the DeFi Community,
The launch of Eth2 staking is a monumental moment for crypto.
Years of hard work are finally coming into fruition. The entire 2017 bull run was predicated on “Eth2 is around the corner”, three years later and that statement finally holds true. Anyone in the world can participate in the initial bond offering for the decentralized economy. All you need is 32 ETH. And while this is a significant barrier to entry for now, staking pools and other alternatives, like Rocket Pool, will democratize access to the perpetual bond of the future. Don’t get us wrong either – staking in ETH2 right now is risky. This is the frontier of the internet economy. But those that decide to take the risk will be rewarded handsomely. At the current parameters, those who lock up ETH in the deposit contract will be entitled to a 21% APY on their ETH – a respectable yield even in the lens of yield farming.
Eth2 launches December 1st 2020.
ETH staking will begin.
This is the initial bond offering for the largest non-sovereign global economy the world has ever seen.
No longer a commodity.
No longer a money.
ETH becomes a capital asset too.
ETH is a triple-point asset.
— Ryan Sean Adams – rsa.eth ?? (@RyanSAdams) November 4, 2020
The biggest whales, like Vitalik and others, are beginning to lock up their ETH in order to participate and secure the network. And the market is starting to respond. While the BTC halving earlier this year acts as a tailwind for the broader crypto market, the launch of the Eth2 deposit contract acts as another token sink for ETH. Once deposited, that ether is locked away for years, continuously siphoning away a portion of the supply that can ever circulate secondary markets. All while DeFi continues to disrupt traditional finance on the Eth1.x chain and bring financial services to anyone in the world with an internet connection.
While ETH and BTC begin to climb, DeFi tokens across the board are rebounding. People are back to aping into the hottest yield farms and DeFi tokens. It feels like DeFi is back, but with a renewed respect for what we’re building. The amount of scams and rug pulls have dropped dramatically while new projects (with audits) are beginning to launch of mainnet, offering new building blocks for the world of open finance.
A few weeks ago, we wrote about how there’s blood in the streets and the peace and quiet in DeFi won’t last for long.
That’s starting to hold true. So hold on tight – 2021 is going to be an exciting year.
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Ethereum 2.0 deposits are open on mainnet for prospective validators
The decentralized derivatives protocol introduced a novel new mining mechanism for developers
The DEX aggregator released v2, featuring a new UI and more!
A new protocol is here allowing anyone to lend and borrow crypto at fixed rates
In other news…
- Maker executive vote to onboard BAL and YFI as collateral
- Step by step guide on how to participate in APY Finance
- yEarn announces yveCRV Vault, codename yBackscratcher
- SnowSwap released details for OUSD staking
- Total Value Locked: $12.32B (up +12.4% from last week)
- DeFi Market Cap: $15.8B (up +7.4%)
- DEX Weekly volume: $3.2B (down -56% due to Harvest Finance exploit last week)
- DAI supply: 952.7M (up +2.8%)
- Total DeFi users: 825K (up +10%)
- [Mara Schmiedt & Collin Myers – Bankless] ETH: The Internet Bond
- [Vitalik Buterin – Ethereum] Why Proof of Stake (November 2020)
- [CoinMetrics Team – CoinMetrics] Fundamentals show Bitcoin is poised for takeoff
- [Anthony Pompliano – The Pomp Letter] How investors are preparing for the 2020 election
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Analyst at Bankless – one of the leading resources for open finance. Lucas is an active contributor to the DeFi ecosystem with appearances in other notable DeFi outlets including The Defiant and Our Network. He has years of experience working with dozens blockchain and token startups where he focused on token economics, marketing, and growth.