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Digital Assets and US Stocks Rally On, While Gold Retraces

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Some said it couldn’t be done, but some of us had no doubts. In fact, looking at how markets and evaluation works, in hindsight it seems this was inevitable.

Cheaper to buy bitcoin then DeFi token.

That’s right, a small DeFi-related token belonging to yEarn.finance actually surpassed bitcoin today in price per coin. Of course, the total amount of YFI tokens in circulation is only 30,000, so the overall market capitalization comes out to just $400 million, which of course pales in comparison to bitcoin’s $218 billion.

That could change pretty soon though, as there is a proposal in the network to implement a 10-to-1 split, raising the total coins to 300,000. So it will be interesting to see how that split affects the price if it is implemented.

The entire DeFi space has been growing more and more insane lately, as the meme economy reaches peak kek. Here we can see the rocket ship blastoff chart of the total amount of money currently involved in DeFi contracts surpassing $6.5 billion.

Total value locked in US DeFi

Seems like just yesterday this figure passed $4.5 billion. No wait, that was two weeks ago. We’re definitely moving fast now. The latest project to be served to the market is called Spaghetti.

Other than making me hungry, I have no idea what it does, and according to the latest report, it’s already attracted $200 million in deposits.

For those who may be afraid of the speed at which this market is growing, allow me to make two points to ease your doubt. One, the market is diversifying itself. Notice that Maker Dominance is now just 21.9%. A few months ago, it was easily more than half the market.

Two, the awareness of risk has also grown. Very prominent risk disclaimers are displayed across a strong majority of the newer, riskier products. So most of the money that’s flowing in is more likely the kind of money that tinkerers in the space are glad to lose.

For myself, though some of these gainz and memes do look salivating, I’ve yet to physically venture into the ductile world of decentralized finance. Call me old fashioned, but I prefer to keep my bitcoin right where it is.

BTC/USD

For the meantime, it does almost seem as if the entire crypto market is taking its cues from the U.S. dollar. This is an analysis that I’m very proud to see on Bloomberg today, with big thanks to the author, Vildana Hajric.

Cryptocurrencies article.

Just like many other commodities, bitcoin and the crypto market have a somewhat negative correlation with the USD. This relationship is more prominent at some points than at others, of course. In fact, if we look at the short-term daily correlation, it actually doesn’t seem very strong at all.

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However, when we put the two assets on the same graph, we don’t really have to squint to notice the negative correlation. Here we can see the USD (green) declining since mid-May, while bitcoin (orange) partied hard.

Bitcoin USD

So when the U.S. dollar bounced off the lows yesterday, it did manifest as a weakness in other assets. Still, even though the movements were sharp, for now we haven’t seen any change in trend. We will need to keep a close watch over the next few days, but for now, no critical levels have been broken.

Even though we’re in a bull market, seeing this type of unidirectional market is quite rare.

Source: https://www.bitcoinmarketjournal.com/digital-assets-and-us-stocks/

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Ethereum Transaction Volumes Hit $41 Billion in November

Decentralized finance platforms were responsible for 99% of Ethereum transaction volume last month, says DappRadar.

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In brief

  • Ethereum transaction volume amounted to $41 billion in November, according to DappRadar’s monthly report.
  • The total value locked in decentralized finance projects surpassed $13 billion.
  • At the same time, Ethereum users’ activity declined compared to October.

November has been a turbulent month for Ethereum’s (ETH) decentralized applications (dapps) as all public attention was riveted to the long-awaited launch of ETH 2.0.

On one hand, the total value locked (TVL) in dapps surged to more than $13 billion, on the other—user activity declined in comparison to October, according to DappRadar’s monthly report published yesterday.

Per the report, while the TVL surpassed $13 billion, it was in big part due to the price volatility of Ethereum and other altcoins. The adjusted TVL (where price increases weren’t taken into account) amounted to around $11 billion in November.

Ethereum transaction volume increased by 1,784% year-on-year (i.e. compared to the same time period in 2019) but have dropped by 12% since October, amounting to over $41 billion. Decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms were responsible for 99% of this volume.

Ethereum transaction volume reached $41 billion in November. Image: DappRadar

Simultaneously, the price of ETH token reached its highest level this year, rising to nearly $600 by the end of November. However, despite the positive backdrop on the eve of Ethereum 2.0 launch, gas prices remained a “major network issue” for Ethereum, averaging to around 55 Gwei, the report noted.

Likewise, the total number of active daily wallets dropped by 19% compared to October—from 54,000 to 45,600.

“While overall activity mostly decreased in the DeFi dapp ecosystem in terms of headline figures there were still important events taking place. Important mergers happened during November,” the researchers noted.

The number of daily active wallets decreased in November. Image: DappRadar

Namely, popular DeFi platform Yearn Finance partnered or merged with several other projects in the space, including SushiSwap, Akropolis, Cover, Cream, and Pickle. DappRadar asserted that “the merge might result in increased activity within the category in the future.”

Technical vulnerabilities proved to be another pain point of DeFi, “undermining confidence in the sector’s security.” As Decrypt has noted, several DeFi projects have become victims of hackers recently, including Pickle Finance (hacked for $20 million) and Value DeFi (hacked for $6 million). And such flash loan attacks will only get worse, experts warn.

DappRadar said, “To conclude, November was all about Ethereum 2.0 news and speculation, token price growth, and increased TVL. Although transaction volume and daily active wallets decreased during November. We believe that improved results lie ahead for Ethereum.”

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Audio Streaming Mogul Spotify Considering Cryptocurrency Payments

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Joining the tech and financial services bigwigs in the payments revolution, Spotify too is going the crypto way. The Swedish audio streaming and music services giant just put up a job offer for an Associate Director, Payments Strategy & Innovation. The desired candidate will play a key role in ‘navigating the company’s payments rudder’ through the cryptocurrency ecosystem.

Spotify Looking To Be A ‘Leading Player In The Cryptocurrency Space’

As per an official job opening that Spotify just posted, the company is looking for an Associate Director for their Payments Strategy & Innovation Team. The said individual would report to the Director of the same team. And will be instrumental in Spotify gaining a considerable foothold wrt integration of cryptocurrency payments. According to the description:

We are now looking for an outstanding Associate Director to join our Payments Strategy & Innovation team. This role will report to the Director, Payments Strategy & Innovation and will play a key part in defining and implementing Spotify’s payments strategy as well as leading Spotify’s activity within the Libra stablecoin project and wider digital asset & cryptocurrency space.

The objective is to address the company’s plan of ‘enabling new monetization opportunities’ for music creators. Also, Spotify wants its platform to become accessible to a larger section of potential users.

Spotify intends to inculcate all the latest fintech trends in their payments strategy, including cryptocurrencies. So that users from all sections of the society can access the music streaming platform.

Crypto Agenda Involves Libra As Well

One of the designated roles of the incoming Associate Payments Strategy Director would be to lead ‘Spotify’s day-to-day engagement with the Libra Association.’ This is due to the ongoing alliance of the company with Facebook’s digital currency project.

Along with this, the company is looking to leverage all the blue-chip aspects of the blockchain and cryptocurrency space. This includes stablecoins and Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs). It is to streamline its transition to the most advanced payment methods available in finance at the moment.

The Associate Payments Strategy Director would be required to fulfill the above roadmap by making use of

Spotify’s global footprint to seek out innovation in the payments domain globally as well as emerging regulatory & market trends that could influence Spotify’s approach to payments.

Through all the above, the company actually intends to elevate its ‘reputation as a market leader in payments’, the website said. And give giant payments players like PayPal a run for their money.

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Source: https://cryptopotato.com/audio-streaming-mogul-spotify-considering-cryptocurrency-payments/

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India Reportedly Plans to Tax Crypto Investors As Bitcoin Price and Trading Activities Soar

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Barely ten months after the Indian Supreme Court lifted the RBI’s ban on cryptocurrency transactions, fresh reports from yesterday revealed that the country’s tax authority is now keeping a close watch on crypto traders as Bitcoin’s price continues its bullish trend.

Taxing Crypto Gains

According to local media, the Indian Tax Department is already in possession of data belonging to investors who invested in Bitcoin or cryptocurrencies through banking channels before the RBI’s ban in 2018. 

This development is coming after data shows a tremendous increase in crypto trading activities in India. Since the crypto ban was lifted earlier this year, retail investors between the ages of 25 and 40 have been spending millions of dollars on crypto trading every day. 

Over $25 Million Daily

Two of India’s largest crypto trading platforms, Binance-acquired WazirX and CoinDCX, saw a significant increase in activities over the last six months. According to an earlier report, WazirX recorded a massive 125% increase in user signups in the last two quarters. The exchange also has a daily trading volume of $19-26 million, with more than 85% of the transaction coming from Indian traders. 

Some experts believe it will be difficult for the country to tax crypto because there’s no regulation in place for crypto dealings. They feel a regulatory framework will provide the needed clarity to make taxation easier. While India is yet to release its crypto regulation, an earlier report suggests that the country may regulate crypto as commodities.

Declaring Bitcoin Profits As Capital Gains

Although it is unclear how India plans to implement the tax law, sources familiar with the matter claimed that the country’s taxman is already preparing to collect tax on the gains made from Bitcoin. And notice may be sent out to investors if “something goes out of this.”

Experts believe that the tax authorities may classify crypto gains as business income, and investors may have to pay up to 30% tax on profits made from selling cryptocurrencies. 

However, some tax experts are advising their clients to declare their Bitcoin earnings as capital gains, which is similar to profits generated from shares.

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