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Fantom is a proof-of-stake network where validators are assigned work on the blockchain, and the ability to earn rewabitcoin halving date and pricerds, in proportion to their holdings of the network digital asset. Fantom validator nodes must hold a min of 3,175,000 FTM to participate while stakers are to assign their tokens to a staking pool that earns rewards on their behalf. The minimum for a staker is 1 FTM. Nodes and stakers are assigned rewards regularly for their services to the network.A secondary utility of the tokens is payments enabled by Fantom’s fast speeds. Finally, FTM is used as the gas to power any smart contract interaction on the network.
The Fantom staking mechanismAs mentioned, Fantom is a proof-of-stake blockchain where users can either run their own validator nodes or assign their stake to a validator which will earn rewards on their behalf. This means that anyone who holds FTM tokens can choose to delegate some of their SOL to one or more validators, who process transactions and run the network.There is no minimum staking period for FTM. Additionally, Liquid Staking unlocks the value of FTM once it is staked. sFTM is minted in a 1:1 ratio to staked FTM and can be used as collateral in Fantom Finance, the platform’s DeFi suite.StakingRewards.com lists Fantom as the 17th-largest blockchain by value of assets staked - with US$2,386,542,598 staked. There are just ~64% of token holders participating in Fantom, which implies 36% of token holders are passively holding their FTM and are likely just speculators.Fantom is an emerging proof-of-stake still in its early adoption phase. This means rewards for stakers are still relatively high.
The current estimated interest rate for FTM holders who delegate their tokens to a validator is 9.6%. Adjusted for the inflation rate of network supply, however, this interest rate drops to 2.4%. According to Staking Rewards, validators running a Fantom Node will earn an interest rate of 11.34% but once adjusted for network supply inflation this drops to 4.1%.Users can delegate their tokens to a staking pool that will, for a fee, participate in the network’s Proof-of-Stake consensus on behalf of the delegator. Or they can run a node themselves and directly participate in consensus. Staking rewards.com describes the complexity of delegating FTM to a staking pool as ‘easy’. The FTM wallet is a web application built for Fantom that allows users to allocate to a pool within minutes. Increasing stake and unstaking is simple and can be completed within the same wallet.
A curated weekly summary of forward-focused crypto news that matters. This week, Ethereum hovers around US$4000 after its first deflationary day, Bitcoin's appeal as a macro asset grows, and Solana continues its epic surge, climbing up the top 10 digital asset chart.It was a bullish week of trading in the digital asset markets with a surging Ethereum leading to strong gains throughout the week. Ethereum (ETH) ended the week up an impressive 22% and is poised to challenge the key US$4000 price level. Bitcoin (BTC) ended the week up ~6% having broken the key US$50,000 price level. Alpha performers amongst large cap assets included Solana (SOL), and Filecoin (FIL), which rose ~46% and ~60% respectively.Ethereum had its first ever deflationary day on September 3rd. This means that more Ethereum was burnt from transaction fees than was earned by miners. On September 3rd over 13,814 ETH worth ~US$55 million was burnt, a new record, compared to the 12932 ETH that was minted.The burning or removal of ETH out of circulation is a new feature of the network. It was introduced on August 5th, as part of EIP1559, which was implemented during the non-backward compatible London hard fork. ETH has been on a sustained rally ever since, rising by ~58%. EIP1559 also introduced a base transaction fee burn mechanism. The base fee required for all Ethereum network transactions is now burnt, a design choice to prevent miner collusion.
The burn feature means that ETH now has a Bitcoin halving-esque supply constriction mechanism. The yearly inflation (money supply) growth rate is set to reduce significantly and gives ETH more appeal as a buy and hold asset.The design of the burn mechanism means that as the transaction demand of Ethereum increases, more ETH is taken out of circulation. So if demand increases, the new supply decreases, and these two tailwinds should push the price of ETH higher. The biggest driver of demand to use Ethereum in the last week has been the booming Non-Fungible-Token (NFT) market. OpenSea, the biggest marketplace for Ethereum-based NFTs, is the largest user of gas on the network. Other NFT projects driving gas usage include Trash Pandas and the Lucky Buddha Club.
Bitcoin had a strong Sunday on the back of global stagflation concerns. The market is bullish on macro hedge investments and with large outflows of US government debt now occurring, money is flowing into risk assets. Tech stocks and Bitcoin have both surged as a result.Stagflation occurs when growth is slow but inflation is high. In this environment, even aggressive monetary policy can be ineffective in stimulating economic activity. Last month saw the U.S. create the fewest new jobs in seven months. Job creation in the United States is drying up due to a new rise in COVID19 infections. Sectors that have been especially hard hit include leisure and hospitality.This macro-environment appears ideal for Bitcoin, and the wider crypto-asset space, to achieve further gains as more investors search for yield and hedging opportunities.Trading set-ups for the week
Pro trader Josh Olszewicz explores trading options and signals for BTC and ETH - and lays out the trading setups he's watching for the upcoming week. Start your week off right with Josh's thoughts on trading strategies on a weekly basis.Crypto news for the week aheadSeptember 7th - Basic Attention Token Community callA community call will be held this week for the ever-popular BAT token and Brave browser communities. The number of Brave users has just crossed the 36 million mark and the platform now has over 1.2 million users. The price of BAT is up ~18% in the last 7 days.
September 12th - Alonzo hard forkThe third-largest asset in crypto is set to implement smart contracts to its mainnet as part of the upcoming Alonzo hard fork. After a four-year wait, developers will finally be able to build dapps and programs on the chain. There are, however, concerns around the efficacy of Cardano’s UTXO model. A testnet AMM designed for high throughput dapps struggled to handle transaction demand. Cardano (ADA) is up ~2% and is up ~107% in the last 30 days.
Top 10 Crypto SummaryIt was a bumper week for large-cap assets on the Brave New Coin market cap table with many assets enjoying double-digit gains. Solana rose another spot on the table, from 7th to 8th, and is up ~46% in the last seven days. Pyth went live on Solana a week ago. Pyth Network is a decentralized, cross-chain data oracle that is set to make dapp building easier by creating a funnel for real-time market data to DeFi applications.
Bitcoin surged past the US$51,000 price level this week and looks primed to rise higher. Glassnode reports that long term holders continue to accumulate BTC. At present, the majority of on-chain volume represents coins that have moved in the last month. That means older coins are staying put with the hands of long-term investors. Glassnode suggests that this is a bullish indicator.What's a CryptoPunk and why are CryptoPunks so valuable? We look at the trends driving the booming NFT market - and ask what happens next?Non-Fungible-Tokens are crypto’s hottest investment space so far in 2021, with millions in trades and rare works like Beeple’s EVERYDAYS: THE FIRST 5000 DAYS, selling at a Christie’s auction in March for $69,346,250 - setting the record for the most expensive NFT ever sold.As the NFT market continues to explode, the nascent sector was given further legitimacy this week with an announcement that CryptoPunks are going Hollywood.The Hollywood Reporter reports that the CryptoPunks NFT project has signed with United Talent Agency for representation across film, TV, video games, publishing, and licensing. The UTA will also represent Meebits and Autoglyphs, two other NFT projects created by Larva Labs.It means that CryptoPunks will be the first example of blockchain-based IP to make the jump to more traditional forms of content.
The news follows last week's announcement that Visa had purchased a CryptoPunk NFT.Visa purchased CryptoPunk #7610 on August 18 for 49.5 ETH, valued at approximately $150,000.
“We think NFTs will play an important role in the future of retail, social media, entertainment, and commerce,” said Cuy Sheffield, Visa’s head of crypto, in a company blog post. Visa wanted to “signal our support” for people involved in the NFT market, Sheffield said.This week the sales volumes of CryptoPunks topped $150 million, a new record, according to data from industry website CryptoSlam. This follows a record July that saw sales volume explode.
August sales have reached $373 million, a new record. The previous largest single monthly sales total was $135.2 million during July. August's average price for a CryptoPunk is $209,000, more than double last month’s average price.The Visa purchase, dismissed by some as a publicity stunt, marks an incredible run for Cryptopunks, one of the original NFT projects. Six months ago, following the first NFT boom, the floor price for a Cryptopunk was an impressive $34,700.
Today that floor price is $395,000 and rising by the day.Crypto Punks can be bought and sold via the Larva Labs website, peer to peer between traders, or on NFT marketplaces such as OpenSea. The OpenSea NFT markets have seen 274,641 in ETH volume traded for CryptoPunks in the last 60 days. In total, CryptoPunks have done over 460,000 ETH in trading volume just on OpenSea - that's over $1.4 billion based on today's ETH price.The Christie's NodIn May fine art auction house Christie’s announced it would hold a high profile NFT auction featuring a collection of nine CryptoPunks. Noah Davis, a specialist in post-war & contemporary art at the auction house, described CryptoPunks as the ‘Alpha and Omega of the crypto art world’. As with the Beeple sale, payment in ETH was accepted for the auction. A lot of 9 CryptoPunks portraits ended up selling for just under $17 million, marking a key moment for NFT art sales.
The nine punks were sold from the personal collections of CryptoPunks' creators Matt Hall and John Watkinson. They highlight some interesting visual features of the CryptoPunks series — including muttonchops, earrings, big shades, crazy hair, a hoodie, a mohawk, and more.The punks come from the first 1000 punks issued - out of the 10,000 total punks. They include CryptoPunk 2, a female punk with a wild hair accessory, and CryptoPunk 635, one of the alien punks.
Shiba Inu is a meme token with a total supply of 1 quadrillion tokens. However, from the beginning, 50% of the tokens have been locked in Uniswap's liquidity pool and the remaining were gifted to Vitalik Buterin, the (co)founder of Ethereum. Buterin on his hand proceeded to burn most of the tokens that he got. He gave away the rest to charity, to help the devastating spread of COVID-19 in India.
So, even though Shiba Inu is a meme token, its team has made sure to increase the value and utility of the token in the crypto community.
Let’s check out the projected future market structure of the token to understand its value.If you want to analyze whether Shiba Inu is bullish or bearish, it is good to start with a high time frame. Here you see the 3-day chart of SHIB in USDT’s pair, on Binance.
Clearly, the token is trapped inside a range.
Binance listed Shiba Inu on May 10 during the mega hype-spike. As fast as Shiba Inu went up, it came down and formed the range after.
In this range, the lows have been swept and the price went up afterward. Especially on September 16, when it got listed on Coinbase. However, the momentum didn’t pick up after.