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Cardano’s ADA tops $3 for first time as smart contracts enter test mode

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The ADA token broke out to a new all-time high Thursday, nearing $100 billion in market cap.

Cardano’s ADA token surged more than 7% Thursday to an all-time high over $3 as the project’s lead developer announced that smart-contracts functionality had been activated on a test network, bringing the blockchain a step closer to competition with Ethereum.

The price rose as high as $3.09 before slipping to around $2.94 as of press time.

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The latest rally came as lead developer IOHK, headed by Charles Hoskinson, tweeted that the Cardano test network had successfully deployed smart-contracts capability, and that the focus would now turn to the “Alonzo” upgrade of the main network, “still on track for deployment on Sept. 12.”

Cardano is currently the third-largest cryptocurrency by market cap ($93.7 billion), behind rivals bitcoin ($934 billion) and Ethereum’s ether ($439 billion). The ADA token has soared 1,583% this year, versus 69% for bitcoin and 417% for ether.

Cardano is considered one of the so-called “Ethereum-killers” – fast, programmable blockchains that might eventually unseat Ethereum as the leader in the decentralized finance (DeFi) space, as well as in other use cases like non-fungible tokens or NFTs. The group, which also includes Solana, Terra and Polkadot, saw triple-digit price gains last month as Ethereum looks to resolve critical issues such as congestion and high fees on its network.

Testnet deployments and network upgrades known as “forks” are widely viewed as significant milestones for a cryptocurrency’s development, as nascent blockchain projects slowly mature and add new features.

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According to an informational video from IOHK, the recent upgrade will aim to test for stability, security, and the foundational code to write smart contracts is working properly.

The network is in the third phase of its five-era roadmap. The current “Goguen” era aims to add smart contract functionality to Cardano, giving developers the ability to build decentralized applications on the blockchain.

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In the Cardano ecosystem, Alonzo is one of the sub-phases of the Goguen era, which is further split into the the three Blue, White and Purple phases. Cardano’s smart-contract language is called Plutus.

Cardano is eyeing Sunday, Sept. 12, as the switch date to its mainnet, giving developers just under two weeks in the current test environment.

A spokesperson for Cardano did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Breaking: COTI Will Issue Djed Stablecoin on Cardano

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  • Cardano founder declared that COTI will be the official issuer of its new stablecoin.
  • Charles Hoskinson said this during the Cardano Summit.
  • It is said that the Djed stablecoin leverages smart contracts to ensure price stability.

The founder of Cardano (ADA), Charles Hoskinson, revealed in the Cardano Summit that COTI will be the official issuer of its new stablecoin based on the Djed stablecoin protocol.

Presently, Cardano is one of the world’s largest blockchain platforms. For the fast-growing Cardano ecosystem, the new stablecoin is a timely venture. In detail, the Djed stablecoin protocol leverages smart contracts to ensure price stability. What’s more, its smart contract programming mechanism also guarantees that the stablecoin will work effectively for decentralized finance (DeFi) transactions.

On the other hand, COTI is an all-encompassing “finance on the blockchain” ecosystem. It is designed to meet the needs of both centralized and decentralized finance. COTI assures this by “giving a new type of DAG-based base protocol and an infrastructure that is scalable, fast, private, inclusive, and low-cost, and optimized for finance.”

CEO at COTI Group, Shahaf Bar-Geffen, stated:

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The stablecoin ecosystem has matured tremendously over the past few years. Blockchain participants are using stablecoins to engage in everyday transactions because they allow monetary value to be exchanged in a seamless manner, regardless of the sender and recipient’s location. I believe that adding the Djed-based stablecoin to the Cardano blockchain will significantly improve how transactions are settled on the platform.

Furthermore, the Djed operates by maintaining a reserve of base coins. More so, it also lets users mint and burn both stablecoins and reserve coins. According to its creators, there are ongoing discussions regarding the implementation of Djed on Cardano — providing stablecoins in which Cardano’s network usage (transaction) fees could be paid through the “Babel fees”.

Finally, Charles Hoskinson, who’s also the CEO of IOHK — the driving force behind the Cardano platform, mentioned that: “The Djed stablecoin could be a game changer in the crypto space, appealing to an entirely new audience at a time when the industry is already experiencing astronomical growth. Djed shares our commitment to formal verification, proving a robust method of combating the price volatility of crypto markets. COTI has been a long time partner of the Cardano ecosystem, it’s great to have them on board with this new venture.”

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Cardano ($ADA) Announces New Stablecoin Issuer, Hoskinson Calls it Game-Changer

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Cardano ($ADA) blockchain is fast moving towards building its own decentralized ecosystem after the successful integration of smart contracts via Alonzo hardfork. During the ongoing Cardano Summit 2021, founder Charles Hoskinson announced COTI would be the official stablecoin issuer on the Cardano blockchain that would issue Djed stablecoins.

Hoskinson believes the new kind of Djed stablecoins could change the stablecoin game especially at a time when the demand is at the peak and regulatory scrutiny is also at its highest. Hoskinson said,

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“The Djed stablecoin could be a game-changer in the crypto space, appealing to an entirely new audience at a time when the industry is already experiencing astronomical growth. Djed shares our commitment to formal verification, proving a robust method of combating the price volatility of crypto markets. COTI has been a long-time partner of the Cardano ecosystem, it’s great to have them on board with this new venture.”

What are Djed Stabelcoin?

Djed stablecoins make use of  DAG-based infrastructure and base protocol that is private, affordable, scalable, inclusive, fast, and finance-optimized. The protocol makes use of smart contracts to maintain a stable price floor with a stable reserve. It allows traders to mint and burns stablecoins to maintain a stable price point for the token and uses the transaction fee to carry the network operations.

COTI Group CEO Shahaf Bar-Geffen believes its DAG protocol use could help it derive a new stablecoin on Cardano that would propel it in the current market due to its decentralized nature, scalability, and security. He explained,

“The stablecoin ecosystem has matured tremendously over the past few years. Blockchain participants are using stablecoins to engage in everyday transactions because they allow monetary value to be exchanged in a seamless manner, regardless of the sender and recipient’s location. I believe that adding the Djed-based stablecoin to the Cardano blockchain will significantly improve how transactions are settled on the platform.”

$ADA maintained its price above $2.20 and looks to break the $2.30 barrier as the crypto market recovers from China’s crypto ban FUD. The third-largest altcoins had broken past a new ATH of $3.10 in the run-up to the key Alonzo upgrade, but since then the bearish September month has kept its price in check.

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Cardano Will Soon Have Its First Stablecoin

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Cardano is going to have its first Stablecoin —Djed— soon, giving space to cheaper transactions and making it easier to run DeFi projects.

Software development company COTI announced a few hours ago the issuance of the first stablecoin designed to run on Cardano.

The news was first revealed by Charles Hoskinson, leader of Cardano, and Shahaf Bar-Geffen, CEO of COTI Group, at the Cardano Summit stage in Laramie, Wyoming.

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The Djed stablecoin will be issued on Cardano and will promote the growth of its nascent ecosystem, especially now that the blockchain is beginning to support smart contracts and markets have strong expectations about the possible development of DeFi platforms on a blockchain that has been touted as the future Ethereum Killer.

What is Djed and Why Does Cardano Needs a Stablecoin?

A stablecoin is a cryptocurrency designed to maintain a stable value with respect to a reference. The best-known stablecoins are cryptocurrencies like USDT or Stasis, which are pegged to fiat currencies such as the dollar or the Euro. However, there are cryptocurrencies whose value is pegged 1:1 to other commodities such as gold (like Digix) or even to other cryptocurrencies or baskets of cryptocurrencies.

There are several methods to achieve this relationship, ones more effective than others. The most popular is the holding or blocking of an amount of the reference asset that supports the issuance of a proportional amount of the correspondent stablecoin: For example, the market capitalization of USDC is $3,677,063,935 because there are 3,677,063,935 USDC tokens in circulation and Circle holds $3,677,063,935 in collateral.

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In the case of Djed, the value is kept stable by an algorithmic design, which leverages smart contract design on the Cardano blockchain to maintain a price as close as possible to $1. To achieve this, Djed maintains a reserve of base coins while mining and burning other stable assets and reserve coins to counter fluctuations.

Visual representation of how the Stablecoin Djed will work on Cardano. Source: IOHK
Visual representation of how Djed’s algorithmic design will work on Cardano. Source: IOHK

According to its whitepaper, there will be two versions of Djed: a minimal one, designed primarily to serve as a medium of exchange, and an extended one whose smart contract uses a continuous pricing model and dynamic fees to react faster to external events, ensure an optimal level of reserves and provide even more security when performing complex operations such as those performed in DeFi protocol transactions.

A Promising Development

Shahaf Bar-Geffen, chief executive of COTI Group, said at the conference that the use of a stablecoin such as Djed will allow users to maintain greater control over their transactions, thanks to its stable value and low fees.

Blockchain participants are using stablecoins to engage in everyday transactions because they allow monetary value to be exchanged in a seamless manner, regardless of the sender and recipient’s location. I believe that adding the Djed stablecoin to the Cardano blockchain will significantly improve how transactions are settled on the platform.

For his part, Charles Hoskinson was enthusiastic about this new project as it would be one of the most ambitious implementations aimed at strengthening the Cardano ecosystem.

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The Djed stablecoin could be a game-changer in the crypto space, appealing to an entirely new audience at a time when the industry is already experiencing astronomical growth. COTI has been a long-time partner of the Cardano ecosystem. It’s great to have them on board with this new venture.

This seems to be a major move for COTI. When its partnership with Cardano was first announced, COTI’s token spiked 50%, hitting an all-time high (ATH) of $0.60 in a couple of hours.

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