As Africa remains the leading market in the crypto industry, Africa’s fastest-growing financial media company, Nairametrics, exclusively covered the African session of the 3rd-year anniversary of Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange, with key African crypto stakeholders deliberating on the crypto industry in Africa.
Senegalese-American music celebrity, Akon who was one of the guests in one of the sessions spoke on crypto adoption in present-day Africa, having popular Hollywood film producer and Akoin co-founder, Jon Karas with Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao moderating the session.
Akon spoke about his upcoming cryptocurrency known as Akoin, detailing how it is easier to exchange the digital coin through an internal conversion mechanism, which will allow users to convert in and out of other fiat currencies or crypto assets.
He also spoke about the payments revolution the crypto industry will bring to Africa that is preceded by poor mismanagement of resources, unstable currencies, amongst other limiting factors. According to Akon, Africa stands a chance of becoming the frontier in the global crypto market accompanied by a wider increased investment interest in cryptocurrencies.
In a prelude to Akon’s interview, Yele Bademosi, founder & CEO of Bundle, spoke about the need for crypto stakeholders to do more in educating the world’s fastest-growing market, Africa, as many young Africans are still on their learning curve trying to understand the advantages and usage of blockchain and cryptocurrencies.
In addition, Chuta Chimezie a leading crypto expert, spoke on the importance of regulatory stakeholders in supporting the future of payment as governments not regulating cryptocurrency may be a limiting factor in spurring its growth on the continent. He also advised that the inclusion of leading African banks will boost the crypto African market, as their role can’t be underestimated.
The session ended with BNB tokens and gifts disbursed to some participants of the session, marking the third anniversary of the world’s largest crypto exchange, Binance.
Bitcoin could potentially become superior to cash
BTC holds a maximum supply of about 21 million digital coins.
MicroStrategy, a publicly traded company in the US valued at over $1.2 billion, disclosed via an official statement that it would be adopting the world’s most valuable crypto as a “primary treasury reserve asset”.
“Since its inception over a decade ago, Bitcoin has emerged as a significant addition to the global financial system, with characteristics that are useful to both individuals and institutions. MicroStrategy has recognized Bitcoin as a legitimate investment asset that can be superior to cash and accordingly has made Bitcoin the principal holding in its treasury reserve strategy,” MicroStrategy CEO, Michael J. Saylor said. He also acknowledged that Bitcoin could potentially become superior to cash.
Data from Coin360 showed the flagship crypto-asset was trading above $11,700 with a market valuation above $216 billion and a daily trading volume of about $9.6 billion. This was as at the time this report was being drafted.
Why Bitcoin might be rising
What’s driving the most valuable crypto and its usage as an investment asset lately?
Well, many financial experts believe the sudden rise of crypto assets’ value might be due to the weakness in the US dollar.
The American dollar has fallen in recent months, on expectations that the Federal Reserve will keep interest rates near zero for the long term as a result of the financial disruption caused by the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
Quick fact: BTC holds a maximum supply of about 21 million digital coins of which there are about 18.5 million in circulation, while over 4 million BTCs have already been lost forever. These show that its definite supply protects it asset against value dilution.
Recall that Nairametrics earlier gave valuable insights into why Bitcoin is now the most preferred asset to own among institutional investors.
Changpeng Zhao, the CEO of Binance, on his Twitter feed commented on the reasons companies are investing in cryptos. He said:
“Smart publicly listed company buys $250,000,000 worth of bitcoin, as a safe haven asset. Stimulus money flowing from Wall Street into bitcoin. Are you in front of or behind them?”
Smart publicly listed company buys $250,000,000 worth of #bitcoin, as a safe heaven asset.
Stimulus money flowing from Wall Street into #bitcoin.
Are you in front or behind them? https://t.co/1FYLZERjkS
— CZ Binance (@cz_binance) August 11, 2020
Ethereum on rampage, surges to a 2-year high of $430
ETH breaking the strong resistance level of $450, in the nearest future.
The second most valuable crypto surged past its two-year high. Just a day after reaching a two-month low in address activity amid fears of soaring fees, ETH has defied short-term fundamental concerns and soared to a 2-year high of $430.
According to Santiment Research Company’s Twitter feed, Ethereum traders were also elated about sky-high social volume levels.
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🚀 Just a day after making a two-month low in address activity and fears of soaring fees, $ETH has defied the short-term fundamental concerns and soared to a 2-year high of $430! #Ethereum traders are rejoicing on sky-high social volume levels as well. 🎉 https://t.co/cRgCgaw4it pic.twitter.com/mndWglPl0T
— Santiment (@santimentfeed) August 13, 2020
The two-year high record band is now the new barrier to overcome as ETH sits above $400 per token. If the cryptocurrency manages to stay above $425, Nairametrics could soon see ETH breaking the strong resistance level of $450, in the nearest future.
But not everything is all smooth in the second most valuable crypto market. The growing popularity of Ethereum-based networks and the use of DeFi protocols are both a blessing and a curse.
The Ethereum network is presently close to reaching its technical limits, as DeFi and Tether are essentially responsible for as many transactions as the network can handle at the moment.
Quick fact: Ethereum is a cryptocurrency designed for decentralized applications and deployment of smart contracts, which are created and operated without fraud, interruption, control, or interference from a third party.
Like with many other crypto assets, speculating with Ethereum can be highly profitable and has had a good history of giving its investors huge returns. However, there are also many other options to make income from cryptocurrency. These include Ethereum mining, Ethereum faucets, and Ethereum staking.
Two day old crypto, YAM’s market value drops from $60 million to $0 in 35mins
Given YAM’s governance module, this bug would render it impossible to reach quorum.
Two-day-old crypto asset, YAM has seen its market capitalization vanish in less than 60 minutes. This happened after developers of the once-promising defi project attempted to fix a bug in the code, but weren’t successful.
Data from BKCoincapital, a crypto hedge fund, revealed how YAM, a liquidity mining protocol which attracted >$400mm in just its first 2 days of trading, had a bug discovered in its code. The bug caused the unaudited defi platform’s Market Capitalization to go from $60 million to $0 in approx. 35 minutes.
YAM, a liquidity mining protocol which attracted >$400mm in just its first 2 days of trading, had a bug discovered in its code, which caused the unaudited DeFi platform’s Market Capitalization to go from $60mm to $0 in approx. 35 minutes. #cryptocurrencies #YAM #Bitcoin pic.twitter.com/qBf07IzgVe
— BKCoinCapital (@BKCoinCapital) August 13, 2020
YAM is an experimental protocol mashing up some of the most exciting innovations in programmable money and governance.
YAM project developers, discovered a bug in the YAM rebasing contract that would mint far more YAM than intended to sell to the Uniswap YAM/yCRV pool, sending a large amount of excess YAM to the protocol reserve. Given YAM’s governance module, this bug would render it impossible to reach quorum, meaning no governance action would be possible and funds in the treasury would be locked.
At its core, YAM is an elastic supply cryptocurrency, which expands and contracts supply in response to market conditions, initially targeting 1 USD per YAM.