Recap: DeFi Week of Jan. 4 🦄 The Defiant

Hello Defiers! Hope you’re having a great weekend.

Summing up: The first week of 2021 was intense. The crypto bull run continues to heat up, with ETH getting comfortable at over $1k, and Bitcoin doubling its previous 2017 all-time high and climbing over $40k. DeFi made its own milestones, hitting records in total value locked, DeFi index prices and DEX volume. All metrics seemed to point upwards except ETH locked in DeFi, and we explore why. There was also big news on the regulatory front; the OCC decision to allow banks to transact with stablecoins and operate blockchain nodes, and the deadline to make comments on a FinCen proposal to require KYC on self-hosted wallets —which we covered in out Defiant Weekly video.

In other market news, Grayscale products were up to new shenanigans, Deribit introduced a $10k ETH option, technical analysis says an #altszn is around the corner, and while long-term drivers are looking good for ETH, short-term metrics are flashing a correction might be due. Meanwhile, ShapeShift scrapped KYC, and NFTX wants to bring liquidity to NFTs.

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“I’m a Strong Believer in Blockchain; This is Just the Beginning:” Atari CEO Fred Chesnias

In this week’s podcast episode, we interview Fred Chesnias, the CEO of Atari. The video game company now has a token and plans to release a wallet and even an exchange. The token is an erc20, which Atari hopes will get used across any game, not just its own. With the token, users will be able to buy Atari NFTs, which include wearables to make a fashion statement in the metaverse. Chesnias says he’s a big believer in blockchains and thinks it can be a way to make it out of poverty, even leveraging video games themselves. Beyond blockchains he also talks about business; Chesnias was able to take Atari out of deep financial stress and turn it around.

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  • As Rioters Stormed the US Capitol, Markets Rallied On: Pro-Trump rioters lay an unprecedented siege on the U.S. Capitol. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones ended the day on a record high and cryptocurrencies, which are meant to protect from such chaos, also rallied, though it’s unlikely it was a reaction to the turmoil.

  • Ethereum’s Growth Catalysts in an Overheated Market: Ethereum has seen a wave of positive events unfold. While these are driving a confluence of improvements for Ethereum’s long-term potential, short-term metrics point to the recent rally being over-extended.









  • Yam Finance Votes to Remove Rebase Mechanism: YAM holders voted to remove the token’s rebase mechanisms, which expanded and contracted supply seeking to establish a stable price.

  • Cover is Migrating Holders to New Token After Exploit: Less than a week after COVER was exploited for $9.4M, a migration portal is now live for holders to claim a new token based on a snapshot that happened prior to the incident.

  • Crypto Heavy Weights Rallied Against FinCen Rule Change: Payments giant Square and crypto exchange Coinbase were among major crypto and fintech companies who rallied against FinCen’s proposed rule chain on crypto private wallets.




  • DeFi10 Returned 370% Thanks to ETH and Airdrops, by Camila Russo: At the start of the year, I invested $1,100 in 10 DeFi applications, plus MakerDAO’s Dai Savings rate as a benchmark. The requirement was that they could give me passive income; I would just send 100 Dai into their smart contracts, never touch it again, and then hopefully have more than 100 Dai at the end of the year, whether it be through interest, LP fees, or automated trading strategies. Fast forward to Dec. 31, and I had just over $5,200 in my wallet.

🧑‍💻 ✍️ Stories this week were written by Daniel Kahan, Owen Fernau, Cooper Turley, Lucas Outumuro and Christopher Attard, and edited by Camila Russo. Videos were produced by Robin Schmidt and Alp Gasimov, with writing from DeFiDad.

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