Venture funding into blockchain and crypto companies totaled $897.7 million in Q3 2020. The funds went into 212 startups in the industry.
According to the research data analyzed and published by Comprar Acciones, August was the peak month during the quarter, with a total of $367.48 million in funding.
Moreover, based on a report by Outlier Ventures, crypto funding reached $280 million in August. It thus accounted for more than two-thirds of the total funding. Of the total number of deals in August, DeFi & Fintech was the leading vertical, accounting for 62%.
$9 Billion Flows into Ethereum Thanks to DeFi, Highest Inflow Ever
As a result of the yield farming movement and decentralized finance (DeFi) hype, CoinGecko revealed that $9.15 billion flowed into Ethereum during Q3 2020. This was the largest capital inflow into the blockchain since its inception.
Tether, one of the most popular stablecoins, grew its market cap by $5.9 billion during the quarter, a 61% rise quarter-over-quarter (QoQ). US Digital Coin (USDC) market cap grew by $1.5 billion, a 157% QoQ. For Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC), the growth was an impressive 1,766% following a $946 million increase.
For the top 10 decentralized exchanges (DEX), there was a 700% increase in trading volume, from $3.8 billion in July to $30.4 billion in September. While DEX trading volume grew by an average of 197% month-on-month in the quarter, CEX volume grew by 35%.
Uniswap and Curve were the dominant crypto exchanges accounting for 80% of trading volume during Q3 2020. Overall trading volumes for CEX and DEX platforms shot up by $155 billion or 88%.
On the other hand, DeFi tokens outperformed the crypto market from Q1 to Q3 2020. Among the top performers was LEND, which grew by 3,177% year-to-date (YTD) around the end of September. YFI, on the other hand, grew by 2,908% while UMA soared by 2,819%. Comparatively, Bitcoin and Ethereum posted 50% YTD gains in the same duration, while Ripple grew by 25%.
Experts Predict Ethereum Price to Hit $19,842 by 2025
Thirty-five experts have come together to predict the price of ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency after bitcoin. On average, they expect the price of ether to hit $19,842 by 2025. The majority of panelists say now is the time to buy ethereum while 28 percent say to hodl.
The “Finder Cryptocurrency Predictions 2021” which was updated Monday predicts that the price of ether will be nearly $20K by 2025 according to 35 experts on Finder’s cryptocurrency panel. The report says: “By 2025, the panel expects Ethereum to hit $19,842 on average.”
The ethereum price, after beginning the year at under $1,000 per ether token, has smashed through $4,000—climbing alongside bitcoin and most other major cryptocurrencies.
Now, an expert panel has predicted ethereum is set to soar to almost $20,000 by 2025, an increase of 400 percent from its current price, with “major upgrades” to the ethereum network potentially pushing it higher.
The highest forecast came from Bitbull Capital COO Sarah Bergstrand who believes that the price of ether would be $100,000 by 2025. “We are likely to see major upgrades to the Ethereum network this year, and those can be expected to push the price higher,” she explained.
One of the most bearish forecasts came from UNSW associate professor Elvira Sojli who predicted that ETH will end 2025 at just $1,850.
The report continues: “The majority of panelists (59 percent) say now is the time to buy ethereum, while 28 percent say ‘hodl’ and 13 percent say it’s time to sell.”
As for the price prediction for the year 2021, the report notes that the “Panellists predict that the price of Ethereum will hit $4,512 on average by the end of the year. That’s a 234% increase from December’s end-of-year prediction of $1,351.”
One of the highest forecasts came from YAP Global founder and CEO Samantha Yap who noted that the price of ether would be $10,000 at the end of this year, emphasizing that “once BTC is mass adopted, ETH will be next on people’s list.”
Paul Ennis, a lecturer and assistant professor at the University College of Dublin, arrived at the same forecast of $10K for ETH this year, “arguing ethereum is highly undervalued and has far more uses than bitcoin.”
LMAX Group’s cryptocurrency strategist, Joel Kruger, gave a more moderate forecast of $2,000. He is also convinced of “ethereum’s potential, viewing the currency as the major hub of innovation on the blockchain.” He described that “As crypto adoption continues, most of that innovation will therefore be hosted on Ethereum, which we expect will translate into a much higher valuation.”
The panelists include Bitriver CEO Igor Runets; Thomson Reuter’s technologist Joseph Raczynski; Okcoin COO Jason Lau; Etoro analyst and senior account manager Simon Peters; Consensys head economist Lex Sokolin; Coinmama CEO Sagi Bakshi; Unocoin CEO Sathvik Vishwanath; and Origin Protocol co-founder Josh Fraser.
Tesla Suspension Won’t Derail Bitcoin, It’s Still a Buy- Says Bloomberg’s McGlone
Elon Musk’s concern that bitcoin might be bad for the environment isn’t enough to derail the cryptocurrency’s potential for further price gains, said Bloomberg Intelligence commodity strategist Mike McGlone.
McGlone in a new report on Thursday wrote “Elon Musk saying Tesla is suspending purchases using bitcoin doesn’t shake our thesis that the crypto is in early price discovery days on its way to becoming the global digital reserve asset in a world of accelerating digitalization and electrification.”
The report follows a 13 percent drop in the price of bitcoin, the most in a single day in almost four months. The drop was prompted by Musk, Tesla’s CEO, saying late Wednesday the electric-car company was ending its bitcoin-for-cars offer made earlier in the year. That Feb. 8 announcement drove up bitcoin’s price so dramatically – by 19 percent – that it was lionized by some fans of the cryptocurrency as “Elon’s candle,” in a reference to the resulting pattern on price charts.
Now, bitcoin analysts are scrambling to adjust their price forecasts and respond to concerns about bitcoin’s energy needs contribute to fossil-fuel burning, making it a climate threat at a time when environmental, social and governance concerns are becoming more important to institutional investors.
McGlone is considered a hot hand in cryptocurrency markets because he accurately forecasts bitcoin’s price rise to $50,000 last year, at a time when it was trading at just a fraction of that level.
What matters the most, according to McGlone, is the source of the Bitcoin network’s energy.
“The source of electricity is increasing from solar and wind, which are cost effective,” according to the report. “On a global scale, electricity is going renewable.”
Musk’s remarks about the crypto’s electricity consumption are “odd” coming from an automaker whose product is “fed solely by electricity,” the analyst wrote.
McGlone wrote that bitcoin “shows comfort at the whole-number level around $50,000, which was our initial call on a 2021 target resistance value.”
“The rule of money flowing to where it’s treated best looks like an enduring tailwind for bitcoin,” he wrote.
Coinbase Take Steps To Add DOGE
Coinbase, known for being particularly choosy in the cryptocurrencies it allows to list, has decided to be a lot more inclusive, potentially bringing in a flood of new revenue as a result.
As part of the new policy, the leading U.S. exchange will be listing meme-based cryptocurrency dogecoin in the next six to eight weeks.
Coinbase sat on the sidelines this year as competing exchanges raked in untold millions of fees as trading in dogecoin, a cryptocurrency that was started as a joke, exploded in popularity.
Speaking on the company’s Q1 earnings call, CEO Brian Armstrong said Coinbase is also changing its process for listing coins to include digital assets that have just been minted. In the future, the company will start listing what are called “debut” coins or cryptocurrencies that have just been minted and are seeing their first day of trading volume.
Currently, the company evaluates cryptocurrencies based on the security of the digital asset and whether or not it could potentially be deemed a security. This is the first time the exchange’s executives have said they would list coins with no volume.
“We’re going to have to do this in the future–be the first to list a number of these coins,” CEO Brian Armstrong said.
Currently, there is a backlog of assets that the exchange needs to get to, and it’s working on accelerating its coin listing process, Armstrong added.
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