Major cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has announced users will be able to earn 4% interest on USD Coin through a product the company compared to an alternative to a fiat savings account.
In a Tuesday blog post, Coinbase said its users could earn 4% annual percentage yield, or APY, by lending out their holdings for the U.S. dollar-pegged stablecoin USD Coin (USDC). The crypto exchange seemed to be targeting banks with the offering, claiming it has a better return than a typical savings account in the United States.
However, Coinbase said the loaned USDC is not protected by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or the Securities Investor Protection Corporation — unlike typical savings accounts in the U.S. — nor is the exchange offering a crypto interest account that provides “attractive rates on customers’ assets.” While most savings accounts in the United States provide returns of less than 1% on the dollar, many other crypto platforms provide an interest rate of roughly 8% for lending U.S. dollar-pegged stablecoins.
“While the high interest rates are appealing, they can present varying levels of risk,” claimed Coinbase. “You may find that your assets are loaned to unidentified third parties and subject to their credit risk, which could result in a total loss of your crypto holdings.”
The exchange originally offered 1.25% yields on USDC from October 2019 to June 2020, when it unexpectedly announced rewards for users holding the stablecoin would drop to 0.15%. The 4% yields represent Coinbase potentially increasing interest for USDC holders by more than 2,500%.
At the time of publication, USDC is the 8th largest cryptocurrency, with a market capitalization of more than $25 billion. Tether (USDT) remains the most popular stablecoin on the crypto market, coming in 3rd with a $62.5 billion market cap.
Binance’s Trading Volume Hits $100 Billion in Just One Day
Binance continues to see unprecedent trading activity while attempting to sail through regulatory hurdles
Binance’s daily volume hit an eye-popping $100 billion on Oct. 20, according to a tweet by CEO Changpeng Zhao.
The leading crypto exchange recorded this crucial milestone on the day Bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency, reached a new all-time high of $67,276.
Despite introducing stricter measures for users due to severe regulatory scrutiny, Binance enjoys a comfortable lead over other crypto exchanges in both spot and derivatives trading, according to data provided by CoinMarketCap.
Eerier this month, the trading platform also announced a $1 billion ecosystem fund.
Meanwhile, the decentralized finance sector is catching up with centralized behemoths. The total value locked in DeFi protocols has hit $100 billion for the first time.
Binance Smart Chain DeFi protocol PancakeHunny suffers flash loan attack
As the users argue “what’s better,” Ethereum or Binance Smart Chain, the latter saw another decentralized protocol being exploited. PancakeHunny on BSC was attacked by a flashloan and no, this wasn’t a first for the protocol.
Blockchain security and data analytics company Peckshield Inc. announced the attack on Twitter.
The last time that this protocol was exploited, was in June, wherein the team had noted the creation of a smart contract to exploit the Hunny Minter Smart Contract. The contract was subsequently executed 91 times, as per the team.
The team took a long time to respond to the hack this time but assured the users that their funds were safe. The team added in a preliminary report,
“On 20 October 2021, at 0920 UTC. A smart contract was created to exploit the Hunny TUSD vault. The Contract was subsequently executed 26 times.”
PeckShield provided some details about the same noting,
According to the agency, this hack was possible due to a profit inflation bug, which converts the relatively small amount of harvested ALPACA, to a large amount of TUSD for staking. PeckShield added,
“These converted TUSDs are then counted as profit, now inflated to mint large amount of $HUNNY!”
Actions taken by the team
The PancakeHunny team has stopped the minting process for the TUSD vault while assuring that funds in Hives were all SAFE. The exploit did not affect other Hives and Vaults but the price of HUNNY.
They added that the issue has been identified and the team will change its rooting to higher liquidity pools to prevent the aftereffects of price manipulation of LP pools.
NBA Makes Coinbase Its Exclusive Crypto Partner
Coinbase has joined FTX in scoring major partnerships in the sports industry
The National Basketball Association has announced a multi-year deal with Coinbase, America’s biggest crypto trading platform in an Oct. 19 press release.
Coinbase will act as the exclusive partner of the NBA, NBA G League, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), and other leagues.
As part of the deal, the exchange will have a brand presence during televised games as well as unique content and activations that are meant to boost crypto awareness.
Kate Rouch, Coinbase’s chief marketing officer, says that the company is proud of joining forces with the NBA:
The freedom to participate and benefit from the things you believe in is at the heart of Coinbase’s mission. Nobody believes this more than NBA and WNBA fans. We’re proud to become the Leagues’ official cryptocurrency partner.
The shares of Coinbase are up roughly 3% at press time.