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August 07 2020 – Weekly Recap

Weekly Recap

August 1st - August 7th, 2020

Welcome to our weekly recap for August.


Crypto News

  • Digital currency derivatives have been on fire during the last two weeks as Ethereum futures volumes touched an all-time high on Sunday. The popular derivatives trading platform Deribit saw 1.9 million ETH contracts traded and CME Group is now the third-largest exchange in terms of bitcoin futures open interest.

  • The four congressmen are Bill Foster (D) of Illinois, Darren Soto (D) of Florida, Tom Emmer (R) of Minnesota, and David Schweikert (R) of Arizona.

    In their letter addressed to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, the quartet expressed concern that the “taxation of staking rewards as income may overstate taxpayers’ actual gains from participating in this new technology.”

  • Ethereum Classic has suffered its second 51% attack in a week after more than 4,000 blocks were reorganized Thursday morning.

    Mining pool Ethermine’s parent entity Bitfly and crypto exchange Binance reported the reorganization, announcing all Ethereum Classic payouts, withdrawals and deposits had been suspended due to the attack.

  • Matthew McDermott, Goldman’s new digital asset global head, confirmed the U.S. investment bank was exploring whether to launch its own digital asset, CNBC reported Thursday.
    “We are exploring the commercial viability of creating our own fiat digital token, but it’s early days as we continue to work through the potential use cases,” he said.


DeFi – Synthetix



Synthetix is an Ethereum-based decentralized synthetic asset issuance protocol. The platform allows for the creation of synthetic assets that track the value of its real-world equivalent within its chain.

These synthetic assets, or Synths, can be minted through the use of the Synthetix Network Token (SNX) and cover a large range of derivatives including fiat currencies, commodities, and cryptocurrencies such as BTC, MKR, and LINK. The most popular being the platform’s native stable-coin, sUSD, which acts as an onramp to trade for other Synth assets. Stocks, indices, and other derivative support are planned for the future.

Source: https://twitter.com/synthetix_io

Synths are minted relative to the value of locked SNX at a collateralization ratio. Once minted, it is a tradeable ERC20 token that can be used for long-term investing, trading, or remittances. Stakers of SNX also earn a percentage of fees generated on Synthetix’s non-custodial DEX.

The Synths copy the price of an asset but don’t misunderstand that it is the same as holding the asset itself. For example, a synthetic crypto token would be the same price as it’s “real” equivalent, but without the voting and other rights associated with an actual token holder. However, the benefit is this allows users to bet on the price of an asset without holding the actual equivalent, enabling users to gain both long and short exposure to all available assets on the platform.

It is no surprise that Synthetix is the current third-largest DeFi project. The protocol enables multiple additional options for users in the market, both in terms of assets and trading strategies.


Synthetix’s token, SNX, is currently valued at $4.30, with a market cap of $482,797,505 USD. There are currently 112,205,257 / 195,899,536 SNX in the circulating supply.

Source: https://defipulse.com/synthetix





July 31st 2020 – Weekly Recap

Weekly Recap

July 24th - July 31st, 2020

Welcome to our weekly recap for July.


Crypto News

  • The Bank of England’s upcoming settlement service is being designed to support a possible central bank digital currency (CBDC). The new settlements system is being designed that the bank could incorporate a facility for digital currency transactions, should it decide to support a CBDC.

  • Instead of buying groceries or paying rent, many Americans opted to invest in the top cryptocurrency when they received their first stimulus checks in April. And the gamble paid off. Those that converted the free money to bitcoin have raked in up to 54% in profit in three months.

    Now, history may be about to repeat itself.

  • The United States has suffered its worst economic decline on record with the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) contracting by 32.9 percent in the second quarter. Most analysts expect the economy to manage a sharp bounce-back in the current July-September quarter. Yet with confirmed coronavirus cases elevated in a majority of states, the economy could worsen in the months ahead.

  • Around 2,500 stolen bitcoins ($28 million) from the 2016 Bitfinex breach were transferred from the hacker’s wallet on Monday.The last time the Bitfinex hackers moved funds from the hack four years ago, they moved around $5 million worth of coins on June 24. This time around, the top crypto asset by market capitalization touched new price highs for 2020 on July 27.


DeFi – Compound



The compound is a decentralized finance protocol, the second-largest in the current DeFi industry.

Similar to MakerDAO, Compound is also a decentralized finance protocol. However, it is more flexible than Maker. The platform supports BAT, DAI, SAI, ETH, REP, USDC, WBTC, and ZRX, compared to Maker supporting only ETH, BAT, and USDC. Depending on the quality of assets, users can apply for loans up to 50-75% of their collateral.

With the rise of Maker’s stability fees, Compound has been proving to be a very viable alternative to its competitors. During June 15, the platform’s governance token, COMP, began distribution and garnered additional interests for the project. Users could earn COMP for all cryptocurrencies lent, and borrowed on the app. Demands for the token was high due to limited liquid supply in the market, resulting in a large growth in project capital. Compound even briefly overtook Maker as the protocol with the most value locked during this period.


Compound’s token, COMP, is currently valued at $132.66, with a market cap of $419,109,289 USD. There are currently 3,154,176 / 10,000,000
COMP in the circulating supply.


Source: https://defipulse.com/compound





DeFi – MakerDAO



MakerDAO is a credit platform supported by Dai, a stable coin cryptocurrency whose value is pegged to USD. As a credit market, Maker allows users to collateralize cryptocurrencies and apply for Dai loans.

Holders of the MKR token can participate in Maker’s governance system by votes.

The platform itself was a major component for the growth of the DeFi industry in 2019, providing systemically important protocols that supported a majority of the DeFi ecosystem. As a result, MakerDAO has become the sector’s largest protocol, recently surpassing $1 billion in collateral value. However, it is noted that this increase in value is driven by ETH’s rising value, not by additional supply being deposited into the protocol.

A majority of activities on the platform consists of users taking leveraged long positions on ETH. This is accomplished by borrowing Dai against ETH and using that Dai to acquire more ETH. Users can borrow Dai up to 66% of their collateral value, with a 150% collateralization ratio. Vaults of users that fall below this rate are subjected to a 13% penalty and liquidation. Liquidated collateral is offloaded on an open market at a 3% discount.


Maker’s token, MKR, is currently valued at $512.97, with a market cap of $515,833,035 USD, totally 1,005,577 MKR in the current circulating supply.


Source: https://defipulse.com/maker





New Daily Post Format

Decentralized Finance (DeFi)


Since 2017, the cryptocurrency market has been evolving and building upon itself. From ICOs, to DAOs, and now DeFi.

DeFi, short for Decentralized Finance, utilizes open-source software and decentralized networks to apply trustless and transparent protocols to traditional financial products, automating them without unnecessary intermediaries. This would allow for anyone with internet access global, open alternatives to every financial service available today, from savings, loans, trading, insurance, and etc.

As of now, DeFi is one of the fastest-growing sectors in crypto; the growth of which is measured with a new metric, “ETH locked in DeFi”.

Source: (https://defipulse.com/)


Starting next week, SynQ will be posting daily blogs, highlighting one particular DeFi project per day, summarizing it’s fundamentals and past 7d performance.

Weekly highlights will now go live on Fridays, and will also include the DeFi projects of the week.

June 2020 Weekly Recap #5

June Weekly Recap 5

June 23th - June 30nd, 2020

Welcome to our 5th weekly recap for June.




Crypto News

  • Australians can now pay for Bitcoin (BTC) at national post offices, thanks to a new collaboration with local cryptocurrency exchange, Bitcoin.com.au. Customers will now be able to pay for BTC at more than 3,500 Australian Post offices.

  • The European Union’s Executive Vice President of the European Commission for An Economy that Works for People – said Europe had to seize the opportunity to become one of the main rule-makers for digital finance.

    The new regulatory regime for cryptocurrency will not only cover unregulated digital assets, but it will also consolidate and homogenize existing standards across the continent, Dombrovskis said.

  • In a research paper, titled “Flood & Loot: A Systemic Attack On The Lightning Network,” researchers Jona Harris and Aviv Zohar, both of Israel’s Hebrew University, found that attackers can exploit a bottleneck in the system to drain wallets of funds.

  • Fraudulent websites successfully have stolen the personal records of a number of individuals from the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, the United States, Singapore, Malaysia, Spain and more. The attack was executed as a targeted multistage Bitcoin (BTC) scam propagated by a number of fraudulent websites impersonating recognized media outlets and personalities.According to the Singapore-based intelligence company Group-IB, the attack exposed personal data for thousands of people.


June 2020 Weekly Recap #4

June Weekly Recap 4

June 16th - June 22nd, 2020

Welcome to our 4th weekly recap for June.



Crypto News

  • As of Tuesday, the number of bitcoin whales, as represented by the tally of unique entities holding at least 1,000 coins, was 1,840. That’s nearly 2% up from the level of 1,811 observed on May 1, according to data from blockchain analytics firm Glassnode. The metric clocked a recent high of 1,844 on Monday, a level last seen in November 2017.

  • Tom Kellermann, head of cybersecurity strategy at publicly traded software company VMWare, told lawmakers that virtual currencies need stronger oversight. There has been an increase in the number of security breaches and thefts at digital currency exchanges, which cybercriminals used to launder stolen money, he said.

  • This week the research firm the Tie tweeted about bitcoin’s (BTC) social activity to the company’s 6,300 Twitter followers. The company thinks that institutional interest and trading is a driving force right now. “Bitcoin is trading at an all-time high (ATH) relative to its social activity,” the Tie tweeted on Thursday.

  • The Center for Information and Industry Development (CCID), under China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, published its 18th update of crypto project rankings on Thursday.
  • In the 18th ranking, BTC improved slightly from the April revision overall, rising from the 14th position to the 12th position. BCH fell slightly from the 31st position to the 34th spot. Meanwhile, EOS, Tron, and ETH continue to top the overall ranking.


June 2020 Weekly Recap #3

June Weekly Recap 3

June 9th - June 16th, 2020

Welcome to our 3rd weekly recap for June.






Crypto News

  • Coca-Cola Amatil, the Asia-Pacific bottling giant, has partnered with digital assets platform Centrapay to integrate bitcoin as a payment option from its vending machines across Australia and New Zealand. This means over 2,000 smart vending machines now accept cryptocurrency.

  • The Indian government is reportedly reconsidering a plan to ban cryptocurrency and the finance ministry has initiated related inter-ministerial consultations.

  • At the virtual hearing with members of the DDF, Congress, and leaders from the Electronic Transactions Association, the group listened to a number of speakers. Speaking with the financial columnist, Rachel McIntosh, Christopher Giancarlo told the publication “the purpose of the hearing,” which includes “inclusive banking during a pandemic: using FedAccounts and Digital Tools to improve Delivery of Stimulus Payments,’ but it wasn’t only to discuss the ‘digital dollar,’ but to spark a conversation around better digital solutions for financial inclusion.”

  • In a new report entitled “Cryptocurrency takes its first stress test: Digital gold, pyrite, or something in between?” JPMorgan’s strategists say bitcoin is looking “mostly positive,” Bloomberg reported Friday. The report, led by head of U.S. interest rate derivatives strategy Joshua Younger and cross-asset research analyst Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou, shows that cryptocurrencies have “longevity as an asset class.”


June 2020 Weekly Recap #2

June Weekly Recap 2

June 1st - June 8th, 2020

Welcome to our 2nd weekly recap for June.






Crypto News

  • The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) recently approved two banks — Maerki Baumann and Incore Bank — to offer several cryptocurrency services on Friday.

  • The Indian cryptocurrency market is poised to gain considerable global market share starting this year, according to a report published last week by Coinpaprika, a cryptocurrency research platform, and Okex, a global cryptocurrency exchange.

  • Bitcoin automated teller machines (BATMs) will become the next target for regulators, as world governments tighten screws on money laundering. According to Ciphertrace CTO John Jeffries, crypto-cash machines will attract “greater…regulatory focus” in a bid to rein-in alleged cross-border illicit financial transfers.

  • Japan’s finance minister Taro Aso says he is opposed to reducing tax on bitcoin income to 20%, on par with stock dividends, arguing that most Japanese households find it difficult to invest in digital assets. The development suggests that Japan will uphold its current definition of cryptocurrency as miscellaneous income, whereby virtual currency is taxed at rates of up to 55%.