Decentralized finance (DeFi) is a natural product made possible by blockchain technology and has the right and ready infrastructure to propel the technology to a bigger playing field. The space has grown by leaps and bounds since the Ethereum network went live in July 2015, with Ethereum network transactions growing by 33x to 1.2 million per day currently, and blockchain transactions would exceed millions per day if other chains were included.
Most of these transactions originated from the DeFi services such as Uniswap, which facilitates over $1 billion swaps each day, as well as lending and borrowing protocols such as Aave, Compound and BondAppetit, with tens of billions in market size. While these are large numbers by any standard, it is only a decimal point of the trillion-dollar traditional finance (TradFi) industry.
DeFi is only scratching the surface of the TradFi services
The traditional financial system entails enabling exchanges of goods and services, including the stock market, debt market, derivative market, commodities market, payment, etc. This is facilitated by service providers — banks, insurance companies, stock exchanges, financial intermediaries, custodians, etc. — who collect trillion dollars of fees from the services provided.
Mainstream DeFi services currently include lending, borrowing, decentralized trading and yield-aggregating — a relatively short list as compared to the wide-ranging financial services offered in TradFi. This will not remain the status quo as the DeFi developers are actively exploring and building more services to the ecosystem. Protocols that find the right product/market fit will see explosive growth, e.g., the recent rise of dYdX.
The trillion-dollar TradFi market is ripe for disruption
Consumer banking. The global retail banking revenue is estimated at $2.3 trillion across multiple consumer finance products, including loan/lending, mortgage product, payment, etc. Specifically, consumer payments and transactions gross over $500 billion annual revenue to banks globally and could be tapped with a frictionless UI, a global stablecoin and broad acceptance points — the ambition of Facebook’s Diem before the regulatory pushback.
Capital market. Global equity market capitalization is estimated at over $100 trillion, compared to only over $243 billion total value locked (TVL) in decentralized finance. Security tokens are an inevitable trend that regulators will eventually need to approve and construct the regulatory framework, and centralized and decentralized exchanges that adhere to the know-your-customer (KYC) requirement can tap into this trillion-dollar equity market in TradFi.
Insurance. The global insurance industry is another trillion-dollar TradFi industry that can be perfected with smart contract technology. About one-third of the global insurance premium is allocated for administrative and commission costs, which is essentially short-changing the consumer. Smart contracts enable the cheap, fast and accurate implementation of the insurance processes from underwriting to claims, and will be a lucrative source of revenue for the DeFi industry.
DeFi’s addressable market size
Transaction volume. Ethereum network processes over 1.3 million transactions each day in 2021, encompassing remittance, trading, lending, borrowing and various other types of transactions. This is a tiny number as compared to over 1 billion daily global credit card transactions, and the around 5.5 billion daily trading volume in NASDAQ. Capturing 1% of the credit card transactions on the Ethereum chain is at least 8x-ing its current volume.
Protocol revenue. The annualized protocol revenue in all DeFi protocols is estimated at $5 billion. This, again, is a fraction against the $2.3 trillion global retail banking revenue; $2 trillion global cross-border payment revenue and $35 billion global stock exchange revenue. The TradFi industry is so lucrative that seizing a 1% market share means 10x-ing the DeFi revenue.
Crypto crackdown accelerates DeFi trend. Even though countries like China continue to crack down on crypto, it will only accelerate the use of DeFi. Active Ethereum wallet and browser extension MetaMask users have 10x-ed to 10 million in August 2021. While this is a seemingly high number, it represents only a 5% penetration rate amongst the 221 million global crypto users. This shows that the general crypto users, who are used to frictionless centralized services such as Robinhood, are a massive untapped market for DeFi and can be captured as the UI/UX is improved.
DeFi is only three years old with services that became mainstream for the crypto community in the 2021 DeFi summer. Lending platforms, such as Compound and Aave, together with decentralized exchanges such as Uniswap and Curve, cemented their positions as the market-leading protocols with the first-mover advantage. These didn’t come easy. Uniswap’s founder Hayden Adams wrote an article detailing his journey towards the launch of Uniswap V1 — it is a culmination of faith, friendship, support and hard work during the crypto winter. The DeFi builder community has grown stronger in this new cycle with more programmers from the traditional startups and big tech joining the blockchain and DeFi scene, and this can only mean we have more resources than ever to grow the space and technology.
On February 4, 2004, a dorm room project was born and became a $1 trillion company with 3 billion users in 2021 — it is called Facebook, or Meta after rebranding. DeFi has just started, and with the resources and talent flowing into the space now, growing 100x in the next 5 years is not a dream, it is inevitable.
Top Crypto Analyst Says Ethereum-Based DeFi Protocol Primed for Breakout As Binance Coin Targets New Record High
A popular crypto analyst is detailing a set of new predictions for two large-cap crypto assets.
The trader, pseudonymously known as Smart Contracter, tells his 184,000 Twitter followers that Binance Coin (BNB) will likely hit a new all-time high (ATH) well before Bitcoin (BTC) surges above its current record high of $69,044.
“BNB [is] going to send to new ATH from here, probably going to hit it long before BTC does.”
Binance Coin, which is the native crypto asset of the Binance ecosystem, hit its current record high of around $687 in May of 2021 and is trading at $636 at time of writing.
The trader is also bullish on the core crypto asset of the Ethereum-based decentralized finance protocol Curve DAO Token (CRV).
Smart Contracter says that when paired against Bitcoin, CRV appears primed to break out from a 400-day range.
“400-day CRV breakout on the BTC pair underway. I’m ready for the fireworks.”
CRV is trading at 0.00009613 BTC ($5.65) at the time of writing.
Smart Contracter says that the DeFi token is likely on the verge of surging on the Bitcoin chart after an accumulation phase that had lasted over 365 days.
“CRV daily bull flag breakout on the BTC pair plus 12 month+ accumulation. Valhalla awaits.”
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DeFi privacy project Panther raises $22M in 1.5-hour public sale
Panter announced to Cointelegraph on Nov. 25 that it raised $22 million in its recent public sale of ZKP tokens, bringing the total amount raised to $32 million.
Starting on Nov. 23, the Panther Protocol public sale successfully closed in just under 90 minutes, the Panther project previously announced.
Launched in Q3 2020, the Panther Protocol is built using zk-SNARKs, a new form of zero-knowledge cryptography implemented for popular privacy-focused cryptocurrencies like Zcash (ZEC). The acronym “zk-SNARK” stands for “Zero-Knowledge Succinct Non-Interactive Argument of Knowledge,” referring to a situation where one can prove possession of certain information without revealing that information.
Building on multiple blockchains including Ethereum, Polygon, Flare, Near and Avalanche, Panther is developing an interoperable privacy layer for DeFi and Web3. The protocol uses zAssets, 1:1 backed representations of the underlying assets offering users benefits of private transactions in the new asset type.
As previously announced by Panther, the protocol’s public sale involvea 5% of the total ZKP supply with “varying unlocking schedules.” 15% of the total supply was sold via pre-seed, seed and three subsequent private sale rounds. According to Panther, the protocol has raised $10 million through private funding.
Some of the supposed investors that were willing to participate in Panther’s $22 million public sale have complained about not being able to proceed with payment.
“Shocking support on the Discord, was on the site for 90 minutes and wouldn’t let me make a single payment because the buttons didn’t work, then no response for an hour from anybody in the discord,” one supposed investor reported.
Button did not work but everything else when you send your details ID and pictures works well through your mobile phone. So where is the justice now when we wait in line, registered KYC and all that things and now we have no chance to buy it! pic.twitter.com/b4IWR42eMk— Maro Pagi (@MaroPagi) November 23, 2021
The Panther project did not immediately respond to Cointelegraph’s request for comment.
Related: Polkadot-based privacy project Manta Network raises $5.5M
Amid a major rally on wider cryptocurrency markets, the DeFi industry has continued booming this year, with the total value locked across all DeFi protocols hitting a new record high above $270 billion in early November.
Source: DeFi Llama
In line with DeFi’s growing popularity, industry projects have been increasingly working on privacy solutions. According to Paolo Guida, head of investments for Blockchain Valley Ventures, privacy is the biggest challenge preventing DeFi lift-off.
DeFi Development Tools to Pay Attention To
Here are infrastructure projects aimed at supporting traditional businesses and emerging blockchain projects
The world of Web 2.0, based on the internet and characterized by centralization, is quickly changing into Web 3.0, based instead on the blockchain and characterized by its inherent decentralization. DeFi, GameFi, and SocialFi are all part of this incredible new world. Although the momentum and development of Web 3.0 is strong, it’s still in its early stages, and right now the construction of traditional business on the platform is the primary goal.
Currently the blockchain encounters certain problems, such as inadequate performance and an insufficient amount and quality of functions. With the continued progress of Ethereum 2.0 and the ongoing improvement of emerging public chains, performance problems on the blockchain are gradually being solved. However, there are still many shortcomings in the current functions. The difficulty for traditional business to migrate to the chain at a low threshold is one of such issues plaguing the current model. Functions that exist on the current internet such as collaboration and governance meet the requirements of traditional businesses. Governance in particular only supports voting. So infrastructure projects have been developed to support the operation, collaboration, and construction of traditional businesses and emerging blockchain projects. This article will briefly introduce those.
Encentive: Making DEX Construction Easier
Encentive is committed to bridging the blockchain operation model from Web 2.0 to Web 3.0, building an ecosystem of freely circulating assets through multi-directional modules and components. The project will help communities, projects, users, and even traditional businesses quickly and efficiently acquire operational capabilities such as fission marketing. Encentive itself offers a large number of decentralized operation tools, including Layer 2 nodes, an operation tool template library, DAO governance, Encentive UI, Encentive SDK, and more.
Through Encentive UI and Encentive SDK, developers will enjoy a low threshold for building new applications, or migrating existing applications to the chain. Via functions provided by Encentive and the graphical interface of DAO governance, developers can directly use operational functions while simultaneously interacting directly with contracts so that only a small amount of code is needed to integrate operating modules into existing Web 3.0 applications. Through Encentive’s DAO governance module, a customized governance framework can be built which includes basic DAO functions such as asset management, voting contract management, and authority management.
Encentive provides in-depth operation support. The project is capable of customizing commonly used project team operation functions such as point tasks, cross-chain burning, project promotion, staking, and embedding into the DAO framework- all according to specific project or business needs and characteristics. By combining with the Web 3.0 resource market, it also meets the needs of project teams for the development of customized operation functions and obtains external promotional resources.
Encentive itself is built on Ethereum, and further improves efficiency and reduces transaction costs through Layer 2 technology. Encentive has further reduced the obstacle of acquiring customers in the early stages of traditional businesses and emerging blockchain applications, and has significantly reduced the pain points of operating on such high thresholds. Encentive will further reduce the development threshold of these applications to promote the progress of Web 3.0
Additionally, Encentive can also provide developers with tools to develop their DEX by providing them with components.
Encentive provides a simple solution to developers for the creation of a DEX.
Since Encentive provides users with audited smart contracts as well as functions such as cross-chain burning, staking, and DEX creation, B-end users only need to invoke the corresponding contract to complete operations, including issuing a DEX.
In Encentive V2.0, Encentive will launch the DEX publishing function. By doing so, developers on the B side only need to follow Encentive’s prompts to enter the name of the new DEX, platform currency, platform logo, and the initial trading pairs to be included, as well as initial liquidity. In a few simple steps, developers can create a smooth functioning and attractive DEX.
By using Encentive, the period of time required to develop a DEX has dropped to less than ten minutes.
NULS: More Inclined to “Chain Creation”
NULS, the veteran blockchain technology, and its ecology was in its infancy as early as 2017. NULS is still regarded as one of the technologies facilitating Web 3.0 and is inclined towards “chain creation”.
As a customizable blockchain infrastructure, NULS is committed to building a multi-chain parallel and value-interconnected blockchain ecological network.
NULS features services such as smart contracts, microservices, rapid chain creation, cross-chain interoperability, and asset insurance. Even users without a sturdy code foundation can create a customized blockchain through Chain Factory and NULS’ ChainBox, easing the convenience of the creation of proprietary blockchains for many enterprises.
The NULS community also introduces microservice thinking in the design of the underlying infrastructure of the blockchain, designing software applications as independently deployable service suites, and introducing the most advanced ideas of the architecture design into the module, so that modules act as programs that start independently and are overall very flexible. Under this architecture, the coupling between modules is smaller. Multi-language development greatly improves the contribution of the code and the convenience of the users. At the same time, it is easier to expand and add on to. The modules even support distributed deployment, and the plugging and unplugging of modules is convenient and easy.
NutboxDAO: DAO Operating System for Web 3.0
Nutbox consists of three main sections: crowd-staking, governance, and DAO services. Nutbox provides developers with a series of open source plug-in systems which are highly flexible and extensible, and which adapt to DAOs in different Web 3.0 scenarios. Crowd-staking is a way to empower DAO value based on the staking economy. Holders of pledged assets can vote for community nodes or delegate the right to use pledged assets to the community to obtain DAO tokens.
Modern DAO can carry out DAO governance through the community proposal system and the community committee. This governance model effectively utilizes the advantages of decentralized governance and committee governance. DAO services are driven by the foundation, and the DAO flourishes and even incubates completely supported service function products to provide services to community members and other users.
Loopring Protocol LRC: Of Recent Interest and Gaining Steam
LRC is a DeFi infrastructure technology belonging to an established project. The Loopring protocol uses zero-knowledge proof technology to solve the bottleneck of Ethereum’s low throughput and high costs, allowing anyone to build high-throughput low-cost, non-custodial, order book-based decentralization on the Ethereum trading platform.
Loopring’s DEX supports traders in accurately analyzing K-line charts, order books, price trends, and set prices. With the improvement of performance and experience, as well as transactions done on decentralized exchanges, the Loopring protocol can provide services such as mortgage lending, asset issuance, and contract transactions the likes of which are seen on centralized exchanges. Many traditional businesses are expected to build their own DEX through the LRC protocol to further develop their business. Of course, the Looopring Agreement also needs to be used in conjunction with other technologies to meet such demands.
The above-mentioned infrastructure tools have their own strengths, but when compared with these tools we see that Encentive can provide the most extensive and comprehensive support in both development and operation, and is a promising infrastructure ecosystem. The technologies and tools of Web 3.0 are in a state of constant improvement, and it’s therefor foreseeable that traditional businesses built on the blockchain will also receive more and more in-depth support.