Mobile payment service adoption
Crypto got a bounce when it was announced that PayPal and Venmo were to roll out crypto purchases through their apps. They plan to roll out direct sales of cryptocurrency to their 325 million users. This move will increase the number of users who are able to easily buy and sell crypto by effectively turning the apps into wallets, creating in the process, a very effective fiat on-ramp.
Currently PayPal can be used as an alternative means for withdrawing funds from exchanges such as Coinbase but this would be a first in terms of offering direct sales of crypto. This offer makes total sense as fintech apps that offer crypto are gaining significant traction. Square, the company behind payments app CashApp launched by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, rolled out bitcoin purchases in 2018 and reported $306 million in bitcoin revenue in its most recent earnings report. Then there is London-based Revolut and retail giant Robinhood, both offering crypto. The importance of these huge fintech apps’ exposure to the crypto market cannot be overstated. This is real world adoption indeed.
Record options open interest
On Friday June 26, roughly $1B+ worth of Bitcoin and Ethereum options contracts on Deribit, the leading crypto options exchange, expired. This is important as the rapid growth of options has created a sector that is now large enough to tangibly effect the market of spot Bitcoin and Ethereum trading. This record expiration gave good reason to think that Friday would be an extremely volatile day for crypto...and it was. Record options open interest also shows how the crypto industry is maturing and arguably attracting more sophisticated investors.
The Federal Reserve of New York
Last week the editorial section of the Federal Reserve of New York, Liberty Street Economics, argued that “Bitcoin is not a new type of money”, rather, the authors pointed out that Bitcoin’s innovation lies in a “new type of exchange mechanism”, unseen in history, chiefly an electronic exchange mechanism that does not rely on a trusted third party. Additionally, the authors speculated that, along the way, this new type of exchange mechanism could unleash new ways to facilitate the transfer for various assets in the future. Seems they are catching on.
DeFi is short for “Decentralized Finance” and includes digital assets, protocols, smart contracts, and dApps built on a blockchain. Over the last few weeks we have seen enormous excitement around DeFi, reminiscent of the ICO hype before the 2017 rally. Check out other jargon here.
Why is DeFi exciting for DCX10?
While DeFi tokens are not held in DCX10 yet, most of these tokens are on the Ethereum mainnet. A good example is $COMP token which saw an overnight price increase last week. The expected introduction of Ethereum 2.0 later this year will undoubtedly fuel bullish sentiment for ETH as it will enable DeFi projects to scale up properly. ETH has been one of the best-performing assets this year, +76%, partially due to the market beginning to price these developments in.
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