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This Week in Crypto: Bitcoin Metrics Signal a Trend Reversal; Solana Exploits Linked to Leaked Seed Phrases on Slope Wallets

Aug 5, 2022 5 min read
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L1/L2 Development of the Week

This week, we take a look at Kujira, a Cosmos Layer 1 blockchain. 

Kujira found its beginnings on Terra Classic as ORCA, a liquidation platform on Anchor Protocol. Following Terra Classic’s fallout, it migrated to Cosmos as its own sovereign Layer 1 blockchain. Kujira differentiates itself by leveling the playing field in DeFi, with protocols within the ecosystem aiming to be friendly to average users. 

Read more here as we dive into Kujira’s ecosystem, its tokenomics, and recent developments. 

DeFi Updates of the Week

This week, we bring you up to speed with Synthetix, a decentralized synthetic asset issuance protocol on Ethereum Layer 1 and Layer 2 (Optimism). 

Synthetix has been in the limelight with its spiraling trading volume in the bear market. Atomic Swaps, a new exchange function, were regarded as the main driving force behind the growth. 

Read more details here as we delve deep into its recent developments and future outlook.

On-Chain Round-Up for the Week

The broader crypto market wavered slightly after the Federal Reserve officials reiterated the bureau’s hawkish stance on curbing inflation. However, the market shortly recovers its ground on the back of more bullish news on the adoption and investment front. BTC snaps its seven-day decline and finds a stronger foothold above the $23k threshold. Meanwhile, ETH continues to test the upper bound of its narrow trading range, despite the buzz around the Merge gradually losing steam.

On-chain metrics are signaling a trend reversal amid muted selling pressure. The adjusted Spent Output Profit Ratio (SOPR), a datapoint that captures the average profit realized by spent coins, is approaching the benchmark at 1.0 for the second time since early June. A clear break above the 1.0 mark indicates that the market structure is dominated by realized profits, which are absorbed by growing demand. Usually, it takes a few tries to break away from the bearish inertia and reach an escape velocity. But it’s nice to know that the market is heading in the right direction. 

On a more positive note, Bitcoin’s Lightning Network is expanding its capacity organically and continues to reach new heights. The total capacity saw an impressive 19% increase over the last two months against the unfavorable macro backdrop. The organic growth in the absence of any incentive program shows that much liquidity has been routed through nodes in the public channels, suggesting that the network is experiencing healthy expansion. 

Shortly after the largest mining difficulty reduction since 2021, BTC’s hash rate has seen a significant uptick on the back of improved mining profitability. The rising hash rate in turn lifts the block production rate to 6.13 blocks per hour, a value that is slightly above the targeted rate. 

Macro Events to look out for in the Coming Week 

Aug 5, 2022

  1. US non-farm payroll to be released 

Aug 9, 2022

  1. World Mobile Token early staking snapshot 

Aug 10, 2022

  1. China CPI report to be released 

  2. US core CPI report to be released 

Aug 11, 2022

  1. Japan GDP data 

  2. Ethereum Georli Merge

Aug 12, 2022

  1. Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index to be released 

Three coins to watch

Token

Reason 

DOT

Polkadot makes a crucial step toward the promise of full interoperability after the deployment of a critical component of internal operability across the ecosystem. The leap forward will look into how native solutions allow the Relay Chain to be a Layer 0 solution to parachains, while using Substrate to connect Polkadot with other blockchains. Moonbeam’s recent integration with Osmosis relied on this technology, marking a big step forward for Polkadot.

FTM

Since Andrew Cronje’s departure, the Fantom community has not shown constructive developments. There is a sign of ecosystem revival as FTM’s community recently approved the proposal to channel a portion of the transaction fees to an “Ecosystem Support Vault”. This would eventually become incentives for building quality projects in the Fantom ecosystem. 

SNX

Since the launch of Atomic Swaps, the trading volume on Synthetix has been spiraling. Synthetix recently formed new partnerships to allow users to bridge their assets to Optimism, which facilitated the smooth onboarding of more users into the Synthetix ecosystem. 

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