- A report from Coinmetrics dated 7 January 2020 noted the failed inflation mechanism of Stellar (XLM).
- In Stellar’s inflation mechanism, new lumens are added to the network at a rate of 1% per year and this is distributed to any account that receives over 0.05% of the votes from other accounts with a minimum balance of 100 XLM.
Every year, 1% of the base supply of lumens tokens are created and distributed to “inflation destinations”. Account holders could choose other accounts to receive the new tokens with the belief that tokens would go to the accounts with high potential developments. The inflation mechanism was a way to address certain criticisms that cryptocurrencies were deflationary, and to give people the incentive to collaboration and make decisions on allocating the inflation tokens.
However in September 2019, the Stellar Development Foundation (SDF) removed the inflation mechanism as it was not offering much functionality to network participants. The inflation mechanism was meant to send extra funds to projects through community vote, but most of the users have been joining pools to claim inflation for their own benefit.
Many people don’t have sufficient XLM to constitute the minimum 0.05% of supply required to receive inflation tokens, but can band together in inflation pools to accumulate the 0.05% needed. The inflation pools then distribute the inflation tokens received equally to its members, with some inflation pools charging a token fee for this service. The two largest pools were Lumenaut and XLM Pool. Exchanges such as Binance and Poloniex also participated in this process and distributed the inflation tokens to their members who held XLM balances.
Only 18.3% of accounts even designated an inflation destination and these were mainly exchanges, inflation pool accounts or SDF account addresses.
In fact, the Coinmetrics report pointed out that the SDF received 98% of all inflation tokens as a result of the mechanism. This meant the SDF had voted itself as the inflation destination since it holds 80% of XLM supply. Over the 5 years that Stellar has been in circulation, SDF has amassed over 5.4 billion XLM from the inflation mechanism. The inflation process had run 280 times and only 23 different addresses shared 5 billion of XLM as inflation destinations.
Yet SDF has also burned 5 billion XLM and set aside another 50 billion XLM for airdrops ever since Stellar halted its inflation mechanism. This brings down their control to 30 million of the remaining total of 50 million XLM supply.
The Coinmetrics report further states that only 834,000 XLM has gone to community projects, which defeats the objective of the inflation mechanism. Since November 2019, the SDF has spent about 340 million XLM on growth and development out of the 30 billion it manages.
The halt in the inflation mechanism as also drastically reduced the activity in Stellar as people are no longer receiving inflation tokens.
Indeed, it seems that the inflation mechanism has been a failed experiment in economics as the inflation tokens were not going towards the purpose it was meant.
News Today and Headlines for Stellar Lumens – February 18-2020
- Stellar Development Foundation is now a part of the Blockchain Association
- The Blockchain Association is Devoted to promoting crypto
- BA lobby’s for policymakers to reduce their strict regulation of the asset class
Stellar Lumens News Today – the Stellar Development Foundation, announced last week that it has become a member of the Blockchain Association. The Blockchain Association is an industry trade and lobbying movement that includes the biggest players in the crypto space, including Coinbase, Ripple, and Kraken to name a few. The Blockchain Association is devoted to spreading the crypto gospel to Congress and US regulators. The goal is to make sure that the Blockchain industry thrives in the United States.
Stellar (XLM) Price Today – XLM / USD
The Blockchain Association was Behind Advancing the Token Taxonomy Act
One of the big issues that the Blockchain Association faced last year was pushing the “The Token Taxonomy Act” forward. The act is aimed at excluding cryptocurrencies from been classified as a securities offering. The Blockchain Association is one of 40 different groups that are currently lobbying on behalf of the Blockchain and crypto initiatives per data from CQ Roll Call, a website dedicated to reports on Congress. These groups spent a total of $42 million lobbying Congress in quarter one of 2019.
By teaming up with SDF, the Blockchain Association will be able to leverage Stellar’s expertise to highlight the potential of Blockchain technology in their discussions with policymakers. Candace Kelly, Stellar’s general counsel, echoed this sentiment via a blog post that came with the announcement of SDF joining the Blockchain Association. Kelly said the Blockchain Association, represents a unified voice, that is fostering important conversations to educate policymakers on the advantages of the Blockchain.”
The U.S will be Left Behind in Blockchain Technology if Nothing is Done Soon
Lobbying groups like the Blockchain Association is designed to try to push US lawmakers to act fast on the Blockchain technology and crypto space as well as reduce some restrictions if the country is to rival economies like China and be a leader in the crypto space.
China is moving fast in the Blockchain space. The country has been working on the development of a state-backed digital asset. The Chinese government has expressed its support for the Blockchain industry. Now, many players in the US Blockchain industry are fighting to make sure that America isn’t left behind.
Recently, the United States government has expressed fear of cryptocurrency claiming that the asset class is disrupting the dominance of USD. Now the Trump Administration is preparing to release fresh crypto laws. While Washington’s discussions on Blockchain technology continue to mature, many in the country will continue to focus on Blockchain’s well-publicized and overblown negative uses.
Whether Congress is prepared to give in to the demands of lobbyists or not may potentially determine whether the US can catch its international rivals in the race to become number one in the Blockchain space.
Stellar Lumen (XLM) Price Nosedives Below $0.075, More Losses Possible
- Stellar lumen price topped near the $0.0888 area and declined heavily against the US Dollar.
- XLM price broke a few key supports near $0.0800 to enter a bearish zone.
- There was a break below a major bullish trend line with support near $0.0752 on the 4-hours chart (data feed via Kraken).
- The pair even broke the $0.0700 support area and it is currently consolidating losses.
Stellar lumen price is trading in a bearish zone against the US Dollar and bitcoin. XLM could continue to move down if it fails to recover back above $0.0780.
Stellar Lumen Price Analysis (XLM to USD)
After a strong upward move, stellar lumen price failed to continue higher above the $0.0888 level against the US Dollar. The XLM/USD pair formed a short term top and recently started a sharp decline below $0.0800.
There was a break below the $0.0780 support area and the 55 simple moving average (4-hours). It opened the doors for more losses and the price even broke the $0.0700 support area.
A swing low is formed near $0.0669 and the price is currently consolidating losses. An initial resistance is near the $0.0720 level. It coincides with the 23.6% Fibonacci retracement level of the recent decline from the $0.0888 high to $0.0669 low.
Besides, the broken bullish trend line might act as a key hurdle for the bulls near the $0.0750 level. The next resistance is seen near the $0.0760 level and the 55 simple moving average (4-hours).
To move into a positive zone, stellar price must move back above the $0.0780 and $0.0800 resistance levels. The 50% Fibonacci retracement level of the recent decline from the $0.0888 high to $0.0669 low is also near the $0.0780 level.
If not, the price is likely to continue lower below the $0.0700 and $0.0680 levels. On the downside, the first key support is seen near the $0.0650 level. If the bulls fail to defend the $0.0650 support, there is a risk of a larger decline below the $0.0620 support area in the near term.
Stellar Lumen Price
The chart indicates that XLM price is back in a negative zone below the $0.0750 level. If there is a clear break below the $0.0650, the bears are likely to take control. They might even target a test of the $0.0600 zone in the coming sessions.
4 hours MACD – The MACD for XLM/USD is currently losing momentum in the bearish zone.
4 hours RSI – The RSI for XLM/USD is now well below the 50 level.
Key Support Levels – $0.0680 and $0.0650.
Key Resistance Levels – $0.0760, $0.0780 and $0.0800.
Stellar Price Analysis: XLM/USD is looking to test a key resistance zone
- XLM is trading 4.24% higher on another good day for cryptos.
- XLM/USD is now headed toward a key level and if it breaks the sky is the limit.
XLM/USD Daily Chart
Stellar is looking up on Friday trading over 4% higher.
The XLM/USD pair is now headed to an important resistance zone at 0.08990.
This would be an important break out as the next resistance is much higher up.
If the level fails to breaks, then 0.0650 could be the next support although it’s pretty far out.