As investors await the launch of Ether futures contracts from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in the coming week, ETH continues to pull in constant gains.
Ether (ETH) has reached its record high of over $1,700 on the 5th of February around 10:30 a.m. ET. Data by CoinDesk revealed that the world’s second-largest crypto asset by market cap surged 11.2% to $1,743.
ETH Climbs Record High
Following its recent increase to reach a new record high, the price of ETH fell. At press time, ETH is trading at $1,664.84, according to data from CoinMarketCap.
Ether has gained about 129% since the beginning of the year. With a market cap of nearly $191 billion, ETH has increased by 4.36% in its trading volume over the past 24 hours.
As of the 3rd of February, ETH had gained 126% since the start of January 2021. Raoul Pal, the Global Macro Investor and Real Vision Group CEO, said that he expects ETH to reach $20,000 by year-end.
The top two digital assets, Bitcoin and Ether, have both reached an all-time high in 2021. The world’s largest digital asset by market value, Bitcoin recorded its all-time high of nearly $42,000 in January. Precisely, BTC hit a fresh record high at $41,973 on the 8th of January. At the time, BTC had gained 40% in its year-to-date record.
The price of Bitcoin had dropped since then, however, and is currently trading at $39,390.50. Also, current records showed that the king coin has gained around 29% since the beginning of the year.
Investors Anticipate Launch of Ether Futures by CME
As investors await the launch of Ether futures contracts from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in the coming week, ETH continues to pull in constant gains. Trading in Ether futures is scheduled to begin on the 8th of February.
As CNBC stated in a report, some investors believe that futures and other crypto-focused derivatives will encourage institutional investors to invest in crypto.
Sachin Patodia, a partner at venture capital fund affiliated with FMR LLC, Avon Ventures, said:
“Bringing more financial instruments will bring more participants into the market. That probably is positive for the ether price.”
He further noted that Bitcoin is fuelling the increase in ETH:
“We’ve seen this pattern over many crypto cycles that we’ve gone through, where Bitcoin leads the way in price movement and then you see what we call the alt-coins get carried along.”
An analyst Simon Peters spoke to CNBC on the highly anticipated launch of ether futures from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The analyst said that the development by the CME may “spark” more ETH buying. Noting his reason, Peters said, “it provides a way for sophisticated investors to hedge their risk against positions that they may be holding on the underlying asset.”
Also, investors said that the major upgrade on the Ethereum blockchain. Ethereum 2.0 is another factor fuelling the ETH surge.
Notably, Grayscale recently added another 24,800 ether to its Ethereum Trust.
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Cardano Reaches All-Time High, Ahead of Ethereum in Transaction Volume
Today has been a monumental day for Cardano. Caught within the recent crypto bull market, its token, ADA, hit a new all-time high price of $1.38 this evening. This marks an increase of approximately 2600% over the past year, as tracked by Messari.
In fact, this milestone brings with it more good news for the smart contract platform. Over the past 24 hours, the surge of interest in Cardano has brought its on-chain transaction volume to $19.8 Billion, soaring past Ethereum’s $13.2 billion and second only to Bitcoin at $27.2 billion.
All this activity has brought ADA’s market cap has exceeded both BNB and USDT to the third highest in the market, behind Bitcoin and Ethereum.
Initially released in 2017, Cardano was created by Ethereum Co-Founder Charles Hoskinson, through his company Input Output Hong Kong (IOHK) and the Cardano Foundation. Although he had previously expressed apathy towards the value of ADA, Hoskinson appears to be celebrating Cardano’s achievements on Twitter:
One of these nights https://t.co/pPNmIHo0os
— Charles Hoskinson (@IOHK_Charles) February 27, 2021
Cardano as a Smart Contract Platform
Cardano’s recent success comes as a surprise given its lack of major projects utilizing the blockchain. Although it has surpassed Ethereum in terms of transaction volume, Ethereum remains far more popular with regard to blockchain-based applications. This raises the question, will Cardano be able to maintain this success without dApps to legitimize it as a platform for developers?
However, Cardano’s lack of major applications may eventually change due to the publicity of ADA’s recent bull run. Cardano’s previous lack of volume may have acted as a deterrent to developers looking for a platform for their application, ultimately attracted by the ensured popularity of the Ethereum network.
Alternatively, a developer might also consider the EVM-compatible Binance Smart Chain (BSC), which has found recent success in the realm of smart contracts. BSC remains noteworthy due to its popularity with recent larger applications despite a far lower market cap than Cardano.
This incredible surge of price may act as a resolution to the “chicken and the egg” scenario of lacking dApps due to lower volume and popularity, and lacking volume and popularity due to the lack of major dApps on the Cardano network. This bull market may very well put not only ADA’s future value in question, but Cardano’s future usage as a smart contract platform.
At the timing of writing, ADA remains just beneath its ATH and is holding steady, up 34% over the past 24 hours. Transaction volume continues to grow as ADA shows no signs of backing down.
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DeFi Alliance Announces New Investment Fund to Fuel Growth in DeFi Space
The newly launched DeFi Alliance Fund aims to help early-stage DeFi startups by offering them financial and regulatory guidance as well as helping them connect with institutional players to fuel growth.
The crypto DeFi market has seen explosive growth this year in 2021 surging more than 350% year-to-date. As the DeFi projects continue to gain strength, big players are coming together to take the industry further. To fuel the growth of DeFi space further, investors and DeFi experts have announced a proactive collaboration thereby announcing the first DeFi Alliance Fund. The DeFi Alliance came into existence with some of the big industry players joining hands. Popular personalities from the DeFi space like Aave‘s Stani Kulechov and Compound Finance’s Robert Lashner are part of the alliance.
The DeFi Alliance has more than 60 member companies and over 28 DeFi projects including dYdX, 0x, Kyber Network, IDEX, Synthetix, and much more. The newly announced DeFi Alliance Fund I has been seeded by Alliance members, its founding members, as well as popular investors like Mark Cuban. These players have raised an initial corpus of $15 million.
1/ The DeFi Alliance launched with a mission to grow DeFi to 1b users by 2025.
— DeFi Alliance (@defialliance) February 25, 2021
The official announcement further notes:
“The fund is designed to be collaborative and distribute capital broadly across the DeFi startup ecosystem and adjacent industries (such as NFTs). We will invest in several dozen early stage startups each year, which will allow the DeFi Alliance to formalize and fuel our accelerator program. We will distribute capital across the DeFi and adjacent industries (such as NFTs) investing in several dozen startups each year.”
DeFi Alliance Fund: Growth Plans for 2025
The DeFi Alliance has set some major goals and targets itself for the next five years. The Alliance plans to have over one billion users globally directly associated with the DeFi developments.
The latest funding introduced will help the alliance members to further formalize and fuel its accelerator program. This will thus provide necessary resources to DeFi startups to build, deploy, and grow their platforms. Besides, the alliance also plans to offer DeFi-focused ‘tracks’ in addition to the existing ones.
This will provide startups additional assistance with regulations, institutional liquidity, recruiting, and growth. These new ‘tracks’ will be specifically for Asian DeFi startups, NFTs, and other institutional educational platforms. Synthetix founder Kain Warwick has acknowledged this new financial support for DeFi startups. He wrote:
“Being part of the first cohort had such a huge impact for us, helping for several key strategic partnerships that wouldn’t have happened otherwise. The impact they have on early stage projects is even larger. Excited to see all the new projects they fund”.
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‘Shift 1% of Portfolio into Bitcoin’, JPMorgan Advises Investors as Bull Run Cools Off
Analysts of JPMorgan highlighted the evaporating liquid supply as multi-billion dollar institutions and corporations are buying substantial quantities at a fast rate.
JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM) strategists have suggested that investors should consider moving 1% of their portfolio into Bitcoin to serve as a hedge against fluctuations in traditional asset classes including stocks, bonds, and commodities.
Many people over the years including the majority of Wall Street saw Bitcoin as a commodity without any strong backing, hence doubting its ability to perform and stay in the financial scene. It seems the narrative about the biggest digital coin is gradually changing which is evident in the new wave of institutional influx in the crypto market.
The latest endorsement from the US multinational investment bank, JPMorgan has boosted the already existing notion which has seen many experts tout Bitcoin as a hedge against inflation. The bank has told its investors that they can shift 1% of their portfolio into Bitcoin only if those investors have just a small interest in Bitcoin.
Analysts from the bank highlighted the evaporating liquid supply as multi-billion dollar institutions and corporations are buying substantial quantities at a fast rate. “The demand for bitcoin is significantly higher than the actual supply and investors could put 1% of their portfolio in BTC,” JPMorgan advised.
Bitcoin’s last halving which happened in May last year, saw the production rate of new Bitcoins slashed into two. The increasing demand that followed the halving, coupled with its decreasing liquid supply drove the price of the coin up as it has gained over 50% value since January 1.
The latest interest from institutions has further fueled the decreasing liquid supply as MicroStrategy Inc (NASDAQ: MSTR) now owns over 90,000 Bitcoin, with Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) allocating $1.5 billion in the asset while Grayscale is purchasing new coins at record levels.
JPM strategists Joyce Chang and Amy Ho in a note to clients stated that “in a multi-asset portfolio, investors can likely add up to 1% of their allocation to cryptocurrencies in order to achieve any efficiency gain in the overall risk-adjusted returns of the portfolio.”
Bitcoin’s insane bull run looks to have hit a wall as its value has seen a 20% decline since its all-time high of over $58,000 on February 21. JP Morgan’s latest comments have been met with criticisms as it contradicts earlier statements made by other strategists from the bank, which stated that “crypto assets should be treated as investment vehicles and not funding currencies such as USD or JPY.”
The bank also claimed that “crypto assets continue to rank as the poorest hedge for major drawdowns in equities,” but looks to have circled back on its words.
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