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Exploring MATIC’s long-term potential post Ethereum ‘Merge’

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Ethereum’s Merge date is days away and the countdown has many people wondering about the fate of layer-2 scaling solutions.

You may have noticed Ethereum-associated cryptocurrencies and tokens such as MATIC are up substantially in the last few weeks.

However, the move to proof of stake will solve some of the scalability issues associated with Ethereum, thus the curiosity about the future of L2s.

Polygon is one of the layer-2 solutions whose future might be at stake due to the Merge.

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However, that will most likely not be the case.

Here’s why

Although one of Polygon’s benefits is the rapid transaction count which is miles ahead of the Ethereum mainnet. Even so, Polygon also provides significantly lower fees.

Congestion and high ETH prices are the main reasons for expensive mainnet fees.

ETH’s price has gone up ahead of the Merge and will likely continue rallying. This means the transition to the PoS (Proof of Stake) consensus mechanism will do little to lower gas fees.

Polygon and other layer-2 solutions will continue operating to provide lower fees, hence MATIC will still be in demand.

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Nevertheless, there is more to Polygon than meets the eye.

Partnerships with major enterprises such as Disney and Mercedes Benz are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

Polygon plans to become the bridge for the transfer of liquidity from traditional finance to crypto.

These developments might trigger an exponential increase in the demand for MATIC. Thus, aiding its long-term price action.

MATIC’s price action

MATIC was up by 163% at press time on 4 August, from its bottom in June. It has been ascending within a support and resistance range, which is currently approaching the support line.

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Source: TradingView

MATIC’s price action was headed upwards towards the end of last week.

However, its price action saw a significant pullback which kicked off at the end of July.

This is consistent with sudden and heavy outflows from the supply held by top addresses.

Source: Santiment

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Those outflows were arguably due to panic selling courtesy of the selling pressure in the last three days and thanks to MATIC’s vesting schedule.

There was also a sharp spike in MATIC’s active addresses in the last 24 hours of 4 August.

This is likely due to the return of investors who previously cashed out in anticipation of the sell pressure from the vesting schedule.

Investors are now buying in lower, now that the vesting has already taken place.

Even the top addresses have increased their balances in the last two days.

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Source: Santiment

The quick re-accumulation just days later suggests that investors expect MATIC to continue rallying ahead of the merge.

Although MATIC currently looks bullish, investors should consider future vesting schedules which may suppress the price as more tokens are released into the market.

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Michael is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. He has 5 years of experience in finance and forex and more than two years as a writer in the crypto and blockchain segments. Michael’s writing at AMBCrypto is primarily focused on cryptocurrency market news and technical analysis. His interests include motorcycles and exotic cars.

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Axie Infinity holders have reasons to celebrate market drawdown

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Axie Infinity holders have reasons to celebrate market drawdown

The market crash has affected every cryptocurrency in some or the other way. And, the recovery from the same has been a nightmare for many. But not for the Axie Infinity holders.

These GameFi token holders stand to be some of the most thriving individuals when compared to the investors of other cryptocurrencies.

Axie Infinity, no worries

The altcoin marked its all-time high of $160 back in November 2021. However, it has consistently been on a downtrend.

Down by almost 90%, AXS was seen trading at $17.8 on 9 August after rising by about 40% from the lows of the June crash.

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Now, in such a case, at least a majority of the investors would be bound to take a hit in some or the other way. But surprisingly, not a lot of investors are suffering losses.

This is because even before Axie Infinity came anywhere close to its all-time high (ATH), the investors were already in profit since they had been accumulating for a very long time.

Consequently, in November, not even 1% of the investors were at a loss. However, as prices began falling, their profitability did too.

Plus, the ones who bought their supply around the time AXS was at its highest point are a part of the cohort which noted losses. Their FOMO purchase is taking a hit as the price has returned to its 15-month lows.

At the moment, after a 40% recovery over the month, Axie Infinity investors are noting a slight improvement, although 22.29% of them are still at a loss, which is still a far lower concentration in comparison to the market.

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But even for these 22.29% investors, profits do not lie millions of miles away from the ATH.

As the loss-bearing holders’ concentration would come down to just 6%, AXS would be a profitable investment once again.

Aaryamann is a freelance crypto journalist working with AMBCrypto. He is currently investing his time in the crypto-space. He has a keen interest in DeFi, the ever-expanding possibilities of blockchain technology, as well as the political impact they would have.

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USDC, USDT, BUSD caught in the midst of tornado- Here’s how

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USDC, USDT, BUSD caught in the midst of tornado- Here’s how

The invention of Bitcoin [BTC] in 2008 led to the idea of decentralization which became the mantra of the entire crypto ecosystem. However, it was necessary to involve regulators and central authorities because of some illegal activities and their negative effect on unsuspecting investors.

The latest is the money laundering enterprise set up by Tornado Cash, which has somehow pointed to some defects around stablecoins. The mission behind the platform creation was to let users make private transactions using the Ethereum [ETH] network. However, they went beyond their jurisdiction. 

According to a New York Times report on 8 August, Tornado Cash has been involved in laundering over $7 billion worth of stolen cryptocurrency.

This led the United States (US) treasury department to blacklist the company. Similarly, Circle, the company behind stablecoin, USDC, froze the accounts of its users linked to the platform. 

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This action led to conversations around the true nature of crypto decentralization. Crypto investor and Bankless CEO Ryan Adams referred to the action as an “assault on crypto.”

Today the US sanctioned Ethereum addresses associated w/ a privacy service called Tornado cash.

Circle immediately froze the USDC in those accounts. GitHub suspended contributors to Tornado.

If you were waiting for the opening shot of big brother’s assault on crypto this was it

— RYAN SΞAN ADAMS – rsa.eth 🦇🔊 (@RyanSAdams) August 8, 2022

Time up!

In response to the same decision, a researcher at Proximityfi, a NEAR-based DeFi platform, said that the crypto community needed actual decentralized stablecoins.

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According to him, the trio of Circle [USDC], Tether [USDT], and Binance USD [BUSD], were past their relevance.

After recent events, it is time the crypto space develops a new stablecoin that is

– 100% decentralized
– censorship resistant
– truly resilient

In this thread I’ll explain and summarize one interesting idea to issue a BTC/ETH-backed stablecoin using derivatives contracts 🧵👇

— Res ®️ (@resdegen) August 8, 2022

In the thread, he explained that the top three stablecoins in market value do not align with the ideas behind decentralization.

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Additionally, he mentioned that there were genuinely decentralized stablecoins that were not as popular, including RAI and LUSD, revealing that Ethereum Founder Vitaik Buterin was a big fan of the former.

He went further by proposing the idea of a stablecoin backed by BTC or ETH to achieve true decentralization.

Interestingly, there have been debates about USDC superseding USDT. So will this latest proposal bring an end to both stablecoins?

Responses?

At press time, the Tornado cash website had been brought down with its developers booted out of GitHub. However, there was no response from the camps of Circle, Tether, or Binance regarding the proclamation.

In conclusion, the recent actions of Circle may contrast with its earlier claims.

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On 18 June, CEO Jeremy Allaire debunked claims that the company could freeze accounts at any point.

With the recent happenings, it may seem that the concerns of EthHub founder Anthony Sassano were valid. The future will tell where USDC, BUSD, and USDT go next or make improvements.

Manisha is a News Editor at AMBCrypto. With a Master’s degree focused on Mass Communication, Manisha is good at multitasking with an eye for detail. She is fascinated by new, emerging technologies and her interests lie in the regulatory implications of such tech.

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Assessing the odds of Polkadot [DOT] sustaining its growth

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Assessing the odds of Polkadot [DOT] sustaining its growth

Polkadot has been grabbing headlines recently with its performance. The latest updates on the network have added fuel to DOT’s uptrend in the crypto market.

This has made DOT the highest performing crypto asset among CoinMarketCap’s top 10 tokens. DOT, at press time, was trading at $9.01 after gaining a significant bull charge over the week by 16.35%.

The token has, however, lost momentum since 8 August and has taken a hit of 3.34%.

Dotting the map

According to data from Lunar Crush, Polkadot has scaled new heights during this week. In a weekly review update, Polkadot Insider has provided information to support this claim.

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Social signals of the network suggest that Acala, Moonbeam, and Astar are the most influential projects on Polkadot right now.

Social mentions of Polkadot have clocked around 211.29k while social dominance has racked up at 0.40% over the period under review.

Impressively, social engagements surrounding Polkadot have crossed more than 700 million during the first week of August.

Source: Polkadot Insider/ Twitter

Furthermore, the Polkadot-based Astar network has announced a partnership with Alchemy Platform to accelerate dApp development.

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This news release will certainly be a boost for Polkadot as it will promote user growth on it.

Another Polkadot-based network, Phala, has launched a stake pool description function on its application.

It will allow pool owners to access social channels such as Discord and Twitter directly from the application.

1/ Last week the Polkadot ecosystem continued building, deploying and growing. Check out some of the announcements from the ecosystem and hear the latest news from the parachain teams, infrastructure providers, and wallets in this week’s #PolkadotRoundup.

Read the 🧵below

— Polkadot (@Polkadot) August 8, 2022

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Well, Polkadot has certainly shown growth in several on-chain metrics. The market-wide sentiment has provided a timely boost to support Polkadot in its future.

However, a report suggests that DOT could yet see a near-term setback. It followed bears at press time after noting a negative change in the past day.

A sudden setback has shifted the course of network volume which was still 36% up on 9 August.

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Kanav is a journalist at AMBCrypto. He has a Masters in Media and International Conflict and is interested in areas of digital society, crypto developments in the political sphere and the socio-cultural impact of a crypto-society.

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