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ETP Issuer Valour Set To Provide Exposure To Uniswap (UNI)

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Uniswap is one of the top decentralized exchanges in the crypto industry right now. The price shows a 2.50% increase in 24-hour operations, and it stands at number 13 in the CoinMarketCap ranking.

This shows that the token is moving towards price growth. Uniswap community is also hopeful that as the exchange gains more exposure, there’ll be more positive trade volume and price increase.

Uniswap To Gain More Exposure Through Valour

In a recent development, an issuer of ETPs based in Zurich is set to launch an investment product that will bring the long-awaited exposure to UNI. So, there is more enthusiasm in the community as this action might help increase UNI’s value.

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UNI maintains an upward trend | Source: UNIUSD on TradingView

The new product relies on UNI as its underlying asset. Uniswap ETP is a passive investment instrument available on Boerse Frankfurt Zertifikate AG, a stock exchange in Europe.

Many people in the community have wondered at the reason behind the creation of the Uniswap ETP. But Diana Biggs, the Valour CEO, revealed that stock exchanges and traditional markets don’t have access to investment products based on the blockchain. Therefore, this product now is a way to ensure that investors can also participate in Defi seamlessly.

A Brief on Valour Assets

Valour is one of the ETP issuers that supposedly connects investors to innovative products for investments. The team is claimed to have top-notch experience in digital assets and financial markets stemming from their many years in the sector. The firm has been operating since 2019 and has been growing tremendously since then.

For instance, in 2015, the founders listed a crypto Exchange-traded product on Nasdaq, which none other has done. In 2017, they also became the first to list a crypto mining firm on the Toronto Stock.

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The company has been recording massive growth since its launch. On October 25, it reported that its AUM (assets under management) rose more than 3,000% this year, a $290 million increase from recorded trading on traditional SEs.

Uniswap, on the other hand, has been recording growth as well. It also rose above $500 billion in trading volume from 2018.

Many players opine that the volume increase in Uniswap Layer 2 solution is due to high fees for transactions on Ethereum. But that’s not all; even the Uniswap v3 is also recording huge volumes to the tune of $115 million daily across diverse networks.

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Votes are in: over 7 million Uniswap holders in favor of Polygon’s deployment proposal

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The votes are in and the Uniswap community has spoken. Interestingly, almost 100% of the votes on a proposal to deploy Uniswap on Polygon were in favor of the integration. Thus, clearly highlighting the explosive popularity that layer-2 protocols have been receiving of late.

Almost a week ago, Polygon developers had put forward a proposal on Uniswap’s governance portal. This, in order to pitch their goals of integration to the larger Uniswap community. The first phase of the governance process was initiated on 23 November. It encompassed the Temperature Check Poll, which tried to gauge an initial consensus on whether the proposal is even worth going ahead with.

Reportedly, over 7.79 million Uniswap holders voted yes to deploying Uniswap V3 to the Polygon PoS chain. Well, only 25,000 favorable votes were required for the proposal to move on to the next phase.

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Polygon stated that “this is the right moment for this deployment to happen.” Since it could drastically decrease the transaction fee and time that users spend on the network. Especially, while interacting with Ethereum. Besides, expanding the decentralized exchange’s user base and revenues through scalability solutions.

The top DEXs like Sushiswap and Aave have already been deployed on Polygon. Well, the L2 protocol is ready to even allocate huge capital for this integration. Primarily, due to Uniswap’s respectable market position.

This includes participation in the design and execution of liquidity mining campaigns. In addition to the promotion of Uniswap V3 as a “money lego.”

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Now that the temperature check poll has delivered a favorable outcome, the proposal will be moving to the next stage. It will be the “Consensus Check.” It requires 50,000 affirmative votes to be passed to the final stage of governance. Well, the purpose of the Consensus Check is to start a formal discussion by creating a new poll based on the feedback from the Temperature Check.

When one Twitter user pointed out that it could take months for the deployment to go live, Polygon co-founder Mihailo Bjelic replied,

“It can be done much quicker, assuming the governance process finishes successfully.”

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Furthermore, with the overwhelming support from the Uniswap community, a delay in this process would rather be unlikely at this point.

In fact, owing to the soaring gas fee and longer transaction time, many are migrating to Layer-2 protocols. It scales the network and drastically increases its throughput. Not to forget, Polygon has turned out to be one of the most successful of those, with around $4.74 billion total value locked at press time.

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Analyzing what exactly is the state of Uniswap’s investors

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Uniswap [UNI], despite being a top-20 cryptocurrency, has been going on without an entire cohort of investors in its bag. However, even though investors managed to turn that around, the altcoin has been relentless and investors are losing patience due to UNI’s ongoing price action.

Uniswap going down?

Uniswap is one of the biggest DEXs on Ethereum and in the market. And yet, its performance week-on-week has made investors concerned about their investments.

According to a Crypto.com report, Uniswap was the worst-performing DEX over the previous week with almost 24.36% of its market cap and 14% of its average weekly volumes observing a depreciation.

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DEXes performance | Source: Crypto.com

UNI holders, on the contrary, from September onwards, finally crossed an important milestone of holding their assets for more than 1 year, leading to 47k addresses becoming the first-ever Long term Holders on the network. Increasing Month-on-Month, their percentage crossed 17% less than 24 hours ago. 

Uniswap holders distribution | Source: Intotheblock – AMBCrypto

Alas, this one positive development is not enough to counter the effects of a dejected market, one where UNI is unable to rise at all.

While the month of October wasn’t as harmful thanks to its consolidation, all of that safety was stripped away after UNI finally fell through the $23-support level. At the time of writing, it was looking at the critical support of $18.9.

Uniswap price action | Source: TradingView – AMBCrypto

Furthermore, the rising losses have led to over 52% of the addresses losing their profits. It is actually the worst condition investors have been in since the dip in July.

Uniswap profitable addresses | Source: Intotheblock – AMBCrypto

This 2 month-long price pattern explains why investors aren’t really moving their UNI. As a result, the number of transactions has fallen to 1.2k. This further resulted in UNI not changing hands as frequently and the network’s velocity falling to a 7 month low.

On the other hand, thanks to the ongoing market movement, volatility has fallen to its all-time low. This could prove to be essential for a sustainable recovery on the charts.

Uniswap volatility | Source: Intotheblock – AMBCrypto

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50% of Uniswap Liquidity Providers Are Losing Money Compared to HODLers: Survey

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A new report on liquidity providers shows that half of the users providing liquidity on Uniswap V3 are losing money compared to HODLers. 

The belief that all liquidity providers (LPs) make lucrative gains for depositing funds across various decentralized protocols like Uniswap and Compound, among others, has been refuted by a new study conducted by Topaze Blue and decentralized liquidity platform Bancor.

Liquidity Providers Make Losses

According to the survey shared with CryptoPotato, nearly half of the users providing liquidity on Uniswap V3 always end up losing money as against making gains from just holding the crypto assets.

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This is as a result of the impermanent losses (IL) incurred on trading fees across various pools, the report added.

The study focused on activities on Uniswap V3, an Ethereum-based DeFi protocol, between May 5, 2021, and September 20, 2021.

During the study, over 17,000 wallets belonging to liquidity providers on the platform were analyzed. Furthermore, a total of 17 pools, including MATIC/ETH, COMP/ETH, and USDC/ETH, were also observed in the study.

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Impermanent Losses Surpasses Trading Fees

Of the $108.5 billion trading volume recorded across these pools, trading fees accounted for $199 million. While this could have been major gains for LPs, impermanent losses wiped out fee income in more than 80% of the pools, with $260 million incurred in IL alone.

Based on this, users were left with a net loss of over $60 million, while 49.5% of liquidity providers had to settle for a loss.

The report noted that for every $100 worth of fees, users suffered an impermanent loss of $180, representing a net loss of $80.

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Per the study, the pools that saw the major impermanent losses are MATIC/ETH (51%), COMP/ETH (59%), USDC/ETH (62%), COMP/ETH (59%), and MKR/ETH (74%).

“Our core finding is that overall, and for almost all analyzed pools, impermanent loss surpasses the fees earned during this period,” the report noted.

All Trading Styles Affected

The study also examined whether some LPs made more profit than others in terms of their trading style.

For this segment, the researchers made comparisons between active users, traders who adjust their positions more frequently, and passive users, and traders who prefer to hold their assets for a long term.

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However, there was no statistical evidence that active traders made more gains than their passive counterparts, as IL surged more than the fees in all categories.

Interestingly, the only group of users who made more gains were just-in-time (JIT) traders, who benefitted from providing liquidity for a single block and quickly removing their deposits before impermanent losses set in.

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