- Alameda’s accumulation of 14,654 WBTC last month came after the quantitative trading firm lobbied in July for an increase in the amount of collateral placed to earn interest on the Compound platform from 0% to 40%. Notably, the firm had not minted WBTC prior to August.
- The proposal was introduced and later approved after a previous proposal from Alameda to increase collateral to 65% was rejected.
- At the time, the firm said WBTC would diversify the assets used for collateral on the platform and increase interoperability between Compound and MakerDAO, which also supports WBTC as collateral.
- Alameda co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried has called wrapped bitcoin the “easiest bridge” between Bitcoin and Ethereum’s decentralized finance ecosystem.
- “Alameda has a tremendous reach within the market,” said Kiarash Mosayeri, product manager at BitGo, the company that helped spearhead Wrapped Bitcoin. “It's great to see another robust onramp help make Bitcoin more available for use on trustless protocols,” he told CoinDesk, speaking about the growing demand to use bitcoin in the Ethereum-base DeFi ecosystem.
- Beyond wrapped bitcoin, the aggregate supply of all tokenized bitcoins tripled in August, as already strong demand to denominate DeFi-based trades and loans in bitcoin continues to grow.
- Notably, the supply of renBTC, the second-largest tokenized bitcoin project, exploded from just under 2,000 renBTC in July to over 13,500 renBTC in August.
- Wrapped Bitcoin, still the dominant form of tokenized bitcoin, represented nearly 70% of the total supply of bitcoins on Ethereum.
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