Good morning, and welcome to First Mover. I’m Lyllah Ledesma, here to take you through the latest in crypto markets, news and insights.
- Price Point: Bitcoin and altcoins are trading up over the last 24 hours despite widespread risk aversion and more negative news from crypto lenders.
- Market Moves: A decentralized exchange says it's pushing back against that crypto-market convention – with plans to offer "expirable" futures contracts
Celsius, which is facing a liquidity crisis, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, the lender said in a statement issued late Wednesday.
BTC was trading at around $19,820 at the time of writing, holding surprisingly well even after negative news. Ether (ETH) was also slightly down over the last 24 hours, at $1,070.
Also rallying overnight was decentralized exchange Uniswap's UNI token, which climbed 16%.
“We’ve seen strong gains across select decentralized finance (DeFi) coins overnight, such as UNI, SYN and LDO,” said Matthew Dibb, co-founder of Stack Funds.
“While the gains aren’t on huge volume, they appear to be forming a technical base at these levels, which may lay ground for further upside,” said Dibb.
Meanwhile, bankrupt crypto lending platform Voyager Digital's native coin voyager (VGX) has more than tripled in three days. According to one analyst, the move appears to be driven by a short squeeze.
Since Tuesday, VGX has increased by 257% from $0.14 to $0.50 with prices hitting a high of $1.01 in the past 24 hours, CoinDesk data shows.
A metric which measures the difference between bitcoin’s going market value and its 200-day simple moving average (SMA), the Mayer Multiple, is suggesting the $836 billion crypto market may be close to bottom.
At press time, the Mayer Multiple was 0.53, meaning the crypto market valued at $863 billion was worth almost half of its 200-day average of $1.603 trillion.
The Block reported that "move-to-earn" Solana-based project Stepn, which awards users for walking/jogging, announced Tuesday that it earned $122.5 million from platform fees in the second quarter of 2022, and 5% of those earnings will go toward buying and burning the project's native token, green metaverse token (GMT).
DEX Contango Pushes Retro Alternative to Perps With 'Expirable Futures'
Perpetual swaps are like futures contracts without expiration dates; they can be held indefinitely without the need to roll over contracts as they reach maturity.
The decentralized exchange Contango says it's pushing back against that crypto-market convention – with plans to offer "expirable" contracts that more closely resemble the traditional futures traded on exchanges like CME, linked to everything from bitcoin to crude oil and pork bellies.
Contango says its offering will be the first of its kind on a decentralized exchange, or DEX. The firm said Thursday in a statement that it raised $4 million in a seed round in December, at a $45 million valuation, from an investment group led by ParaFi and including Coinbase Ventures, Spartan Group and Amber Group.
The company says its platform is undergoing security audits and that it plans to launch a beta version later in the summer.
The downside of perpetual futures is that funding rates (periodic payments that are long or short based on the difference between perpetual and spot prices) are largely unpredictable, according to Contango’s co-founder, Kamel Aouane.
Whereas with expirable futures, investors are in full control of the cost from the beginning.
“With perpetual futures, if you are on the wrong side of the market, you are bleeding money,” said Aouane, in an interview with CoinDesk.
Contango prices futures using spot and interest rates, as implied by the interest rate parity, a formula well known in traditional finance.
In the report, Jump Crypto wrote that the decentralized derivatives markets across both futures and options are “under-developed” compared with their centralized counterparties.
Read the full story here: DEX Contango Pushes Retro Alternative to Perps With 'Expirable Futures'
- Digital Euro Would Be a Success Only if Widely Used, ECB Says The European Central Bank expects to complete the investigation phase of its digital euro project in the autumn of 2023.
- Voyager Digital's Token Surges Over 250% on 'Short Squeeze' A short squeeze refers to a sharp rally fueled by the unwinding of bearish positions or several sellers rushing to take profits.
- OKX Secures License in Dubai and Plans to Open Regional Hub OKX has followed in the footsteps of FTX and Kraken in securing a license in the UAE.
- India's Crypto Industry Advocacy Body Disbanded The Blockchain and Crypto Assets Council was the only body representing the interests of India's crypto industry.
- Celsius' Mining Unit Files for Bankruptcy Just Months After Announcing IPO Intention Celsius Network's mining unit, which said in March it planned to go public, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, along with its parent company.
- Celsius Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy The troubled crypto lender says its purpose for the voluntary action is to enable a "comprehensive restructuring plan" that benefits all "stakeholders."
- Brazilian Congress Postpones Crypto Bill Vote Until After October Presidential Elections Deputies were originally scheduled to consider the text this week, which has already been approved by the Senate.
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