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Dismal Numbers at OpenSea May Augur Long Winter for NFT Market
By Samuel Haig
NEWS In a sign the NFT market is enduring a brutal winter, OpenSea’s trading volume plunged to its lowest level in 13 months on Tuesday. OpenSea, the No. 1 NFT marketplace, handled $6.5M worth of trades, a fraction of the $204M executed at its peak in February, according to data from DappRadar.
WAY DOWN The number of transactions on the site has also plunged by two-thirds in the last six months. As for active players, that, too, is way down with 15,220 traders on the marketplace, a 70% dive from the heady days of February.
HUMOR OpenSea is not the only platform in the dumps. Volume on NBA Top Shot, Dapper Labs’ NFT sports series, is down 87.4% from its high of $3.17M on April 29. There’s plenty of gallows humor in the NFT space.
ART “I’m here for the art,” Twitter user apebayc tweeted sarcastically after watching the value of their NFT portfolio slump from $1M to $300,000 in the last 12 months. Bubz0088 replied that their portfolio was worth just $10 after investing $30,000 into NFTs.
Protocols Like Redacted, Umami and GMX Share Revenue In ETH and Stablecoins
YIELD Whether it’s DeFi 2.0 or ultrasound money, crypto loves its narratives. The latest one is “real yield,” which, like the DeFi trends before it, is being touted in both substantive and vaporous ways.
STAKING Real yield is a share of a protocol’s revenue, denominated in a mainstream asset like ETH or USDC, which holders of a protocol’s governance tokens can access by staking or locking them. If this sounds like a dividend, you’re not far off. For many DeFi users left holding governance tokens down 80% or more off all-time highs, cash flow in ETH or stablecoins is a welcome change.
FUELED The concept of real yield contrasts with the ponzi-esque APYs of 2021, when people barely batted an eye at four-digit yields. Those returns were broadly fueled by projects’ native tokens, which would be distributed at unsustainable rates in order to attract users’ deposits.
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A New Open-Source Validator Client Is Planned
By Claire Gu
SPEED Jump Crypto will work with the Solana Foundation to develop a new open-source validator client for Solana in an effort to boost the speed and reliability of the network.
CRUCIAL Validators are responsible for verifying transactions on a blockchain and thus are crucial to a blockchain’s efficiency and security. This ambitious plan is called Firedancer and is set to take up to 24 months to complete, with a goal of “drastically increasing Solana’s networking throughput, resiliency and efficiency”, according to the statement from Jump Crypto. Solana has suffered multiple outages in the past year.
STOLEN The crypto arm of proprietary trading firm Jump Trading was launched in September 2021 and has been a key supporter of the Solana project. It stepped in to reimburse over $300M worth of crypto assets stolen when the Wormhole bridge was exploited earlier this year.
Aave DAO Weighs Proposal to Commit To Proof-of-Stake Ethereum
By Jason Levin
SHIFT Aave may shift exclusively to the Proof-of-Stake version of Ethereum that will be rolled out after completion of The Merge on Sept. 14.
FORKED According to a proposal floated Tuesday by members of the DAO governing the DeFi money market, the organization will consider whether to commit to the new version of the Ethereum mainnet and shun any forked versions that continue to use the Proof-of-Work consensus mechanism that has maintained the blockchain since it went live in 2015.
LENDING In other words, if passed, the Aave protocol will be shut down on the Proof-of-Work (PoW) Ethereum chain. With $7.45B in total value locked (TVL), Aave is the third-largest DeFi app in the world. Headquartered in London, it runs a decentralized non-custodial lending protocol where users can participate by borrowing or depositing assets. It was founded by Stani Kulechov and launched initially as ETHLend in a 2017 ICO, but rebranded to Aave in September 2018.
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The U.S. Federal Reserve said Monday it is publishing its final guidance for novel financial institutions to access its "master accounts," something these firms need to participate in the global payment system.
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Growing List Of DeFi Apps Ban Tornado Cash Users Several dapps on Ethereum have started to ban users in the wake of sanctions levied on Tornado Cash. Major protocols currently include Circle, dYdX, Aave, Uniswap, and Balancer.
Royalty-Free Sudoswap Is Finding Favor With NFT Traders With all the regulatory news threatening fundamental tenets of DeFi, it’s easy to forget about NFTs. Not everyone has forgotten, however, as NFT traders pushed cumulative trading volume on sudoAMM, a recently launched NFT marketplace, over $10M on Aug. 11.
Dev Pinpoints Exact Minute The Merge Goes Live First it was the third quarter. Then it was sometime in September. Next it was around Sept. 15. Now we know the precise minute The Merge, the most sweeping upgrade in Ethereum’s history, will take place: 20:57:34 U.K. time, on Sept. 14.
🧑💻 ✍️ Stories in The Defiant are written by Owen Fernau, Aleksandar Gilbert, Claire Gu, Samuel Haig, Jason Levin, and yyctrader, and edited by Edward Robinson, yyctrader and Camila Russo. Videos were produced by Robin Schmidt and Alp Gasimov. Podcast was led by Camila, edited by Alp.
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