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.
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
In response to the same decision, a researcher at Proximityfi, a NEAR-based DeFi platform, said that the crypto community needed actual decentralized stablecoins.
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.
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?
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.
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.
BNB and BUSD holders, this Binance announcement can affect…
Binance made a major expansion and partnership-related announcements recently. On 3 October, Binance announced that it signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Financial Monitoring Agency of Kazakhstan.
The MoU was signed as part of its ongoing efforts to educate law enforcement agencies around the world. Furthermore, as per the announcement, the company also set up offices in the Brazilian cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
These announcements coupled with recent developments from Binance might impact the dominance of the BUSD and the positive price movement of the Binance Coin [BNB].
Here’s AMBCrypto’s Price Prediction for Binance Coin for 2023-24
Positioning BUSD for dominance
Binance’s BUSD auto-conversion, which converts new deposits of USDC, USDP, and TUSD to BUSD at a 1:1 ratio, was announced on 5 September.
The exchange’s goal in implementing the BUSD auto-conversion was, ostensibly, to boost liquidity, and it was implemented on 29 September.
In terms of market cap, BUSD was now the third largest stablecoin, after USDT and USDC. According to Coinmarketcap, BUSD had a market cap of over $20 billion, with over $6 billion traded in the last 24 hours. In comparison to USDC, this trading volume was significantly higher.
Sideways but bullish
In recent weeks, the BNB price mainly moved sideways. However, following the news on 3 October, there was a rise in price. BNB began trading at $284.7, reached a high of $289.1, and closed at $286.9. As of the time of this writing, it was trading around $290.
On a daily time frame, the $256 area provided strong support, but fresh support appeared to be emerging in the $278 area. The $300 area was acting as resistance for quite some time.
Additionally, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) showed a bullish trend, with the RSI above the neutral line. The RSI reading above 50 indicated buying pressure was increasing relative to its level at the start of the period.
Based on the data provided by the Awesome Oscillator (AO), it was clear that the bullish trend was not particularly robust.
The plus DI and signal line of the Directional Movement Index (DMI) hovered just above 20, which also indicated a weak bullish trend.
Furthermore, the 30-day Market Value to Realized Value (MVRV) ratio for BNB was above 18%, which indicated that the asset was in the overvalued zone. In this region, sellers could step in as traders cashed out their gains.
However, developer activity was stagnant at 0.02, which suggested that the chain was not actively developing new features.
It’s to be noted here that Binance also announced on 29 September that it had opened local offices in New Zealand and registered with the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment there.
A-Z of how the BNB Chain fared in September
BNB Chain, home to leading decentralized exchanges PancakeSwap and Venus Protocol, closed Q3 with growth in some of its ecosystem metrics.
According to the decentralized finance (DeFi) analytics platform AnalytEx, BNB Chain recorded growth in its number of daily transactions. It also recorded growth in the number of unique wallet addresses, and daily block count in September.
The Chain, however, registered declines in the gas fees paid to process transactions on the network within the 30-day period. Furthermore, the average size of blocks mined per day on the network continued on its four-month-long decline.
BNB Chain in September
As per data from AnalytEx, a daily average of 3.25 million transactions were completed on the BNB Chain in September. This was a 1.2% growth from the 3.21 million transactions logged as a daily average in August.
With a count of 3.25 million transactions, the index for average daily transactions on BNB Chain in the last quarter fell by 14%. In July, daily average transactions on BNB Chain sat at 3.70 million.
AnalytEx further found that in September, the average number of daily active wallets on BNB Chain grew by 11.48%. According to the DeFi analytics platform, BNB Chain registered an average of 890,253 daily active wallets within the 30-day period.
In August, this stood at 798,559 addresses. While the BNB Chain saw a drop in its daily average transactions in the just concluded quarter, the average number of daily active wallets on the network grew by 2% in the last quarter.
A mixed bag of pros and cons
According to data from CoinGecko, within the period under review, the price per BNB rallied to a high of $297.82 on 12 September, after which it declined by over 5% to close the trading month at $281.
This fall in the price of BNB led to a drop in the gas fees paid for transactions completed on BNB Chain in September.
According to AnalytEx, the average gas fee paid for transactions on BNB Chain was 7.06 gwei, a 2.1% drop from the 7.21 gwei paid in August.
Interestingly, September’s average gas fee represented a decline from what was paid in August. It ranked as the second highest average gas fee paid for transactions on BNB Chain in the last six months.
Lastly, in addition to the decline in the average gas fee on the network, BNB Chain also witnessed a drop in the size of blocks mined per day in September. In fact, the average size of blocks mined on the network witnessed a consistent fall since May.
Can GRT chart a new course after Graph’s new Subgraph milestone
The Graph’s GRT cryptocurrency is arguably one of the poorest performing top cryptocurrencies by market cap.
Its performance has been rather docile in Q3, and at this point, it might need a catalyst to get things going. Recent developments have the potential to breathe life back into the coin in Q4.
Investors that scooped up some GRT since it reached its current bottom range in June are still waiting for a price pump. There were a few bullish attempts within the 3-month period. Unfortunately for the bulls, none of those attempts were enough for a strong breakout, thus, relegating GRT to its bottom range.
GRT’s price action found support just below the $0.100 price range. It hovered within this range for the last few weeks, but are there any prospects of an upcoming change?
Fortunately, the developers behind the projects have maintained healthy development activity. This activity increased significantly towards the end of September.
Some of this development activity may have been focused on increasing the number of subgraphs. The Graph’s latest announcement on Twitter revealed that there are now more than 500 subgraphs on the network. The increase was necessary to make indexing easier for the network to provide indexing services within the WEB3 landscape.
The higher subgraph count represents an important step forward. However, it is not clear whether this might be enough to generate more investors’ excitement. GRT’s 30-day MVRV ratio, at press time, was significantly higher than its lowest 4-week range despite still being in negative territory.
The same metric had a slight uptick in the last two days. This confirms that some buying activity occurred. Moreover, GRT’s velocity metric’s performance in September reflected the subdued nature of the price.
It registered its highest spike at the start of October, thus, confirming an increase in trading activity.
GRT did garner some upside by just over 4% in the last two days despite the velocity spike. This outcome suggested that most investors, especially whales are still on the sidelines waiting for the right time.
Its network growth metric indicated a decline since 22 September. A potential reason why investors’ excitement has not manifested.
GRT has been stuck in the lower range since June and has even broken out of the previous cup-and-handle pattern expectations.
Whether bullish volumes in the short-term would be a reality is still a toss-up but the long-term potential remains strong. This is because there is still a lot of demand for The Graph protocol’s indexing services.
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