🎆 48,000% Returns? Popping the Hood on NFT Mania

Hello Defiers! Here’s what we are covering today, News Lyra Plunges into Layer 2 Options Pool with Offering for Hedge Hungry Investors The Uniswap of Avalanche Is Having its Biggest Week Ever Research 48,000% Returns? Popping the Hood on NFT Mania Vi...

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Layer 1 Rally

❄️ The Uniswap of Avalanche Is Having its Biggest Week Ever

NEWS The decentralized exchange Pangolin, the Uniswap of the Avalanche blockchain, is having its biggest week to date, and the week isn’t over.

DOUBLING According to the exchange’s analytics, it’s closing in on $900 million for the week, already doubling last week’s volume of $425 million, which had also been by far its biggest week.

PANGOLIN From the end of May to mid-August, volumes had been much lower, seldom coming close to $50 million for the week. For many weeks prior to that, however, it had consistently run more than $100 million in weekly volume. Pangolin launched in February.



Layer 2 Options

😋 Lyra Plunges into Layer 2 Options Pool with Offering for Hedge-Hungry Investors

TLDR With the market for Layer 1 tokens such as AVAX red hot this month, it would be easy to overlook a development on the Layer 2 side of the DeFi universe. Yet three days ago Lyra, a cryptocurrency options platform, released a new offering that will let investors trade on Layer 2, a catch-all term for applications that improve the scale and speed of blockchains tied to Ethereum.

SO WHAT Launched on Optimism, a Layer 2 protocol, Lyra uses an automated market maker to help traders buy and sell calls and puts, which are bets that a token will rise or fall in value. Investors often use such instruments in both TradFi and DeFi to hedge the risk of their positions. Lyra’s move will test how well an AMM can handle pricing and liquidity when it comes to options in a Layer 2 environment.


GAS It’s hard to hedge on Ethereum’s Layer 1 because pricing options often costs too much in gas. With action spiking across the cryptocurrency market on the back of a slew of regulatory news and innovations, investors’ appetite for a cost-effective way to protect their flanks may surge in the months to come.




Molly Wintermute Releases Hegic V8888: 0% Trading Fees and Gas Fee-Free Options Trading

Hegic V8888 is live in mainnet:


Hegic is an on-chain peer-to-pool options trading protocol built on Ethereum. With Hegic, DeFi and crypto users can trade 24/7 American, cash-settled, on-chain ETH and WBTC call / put options with no KYC or registration required for trading.

Hegic was founded 1.5 years ago in February, 2020. Hegic V888 (the previous version) was live for 10 months. The results achieved by V888:

● $492,075,000 total volume

● $22M record daily volume

● 6,450 options traded

● 2,825 unique users

● $10,415,000 earned by HEGIC staking lots holders

Introducing Hegic V8888

Trading Options on Hegic V8888

● 0% trading fees: pay only a premium

● 100% gas fee-free options trading

● The lowest prices for ETH and WBTC call / put options

● Auto-exercising of in-the-money options

● Tokenized options for trading on the secondary market

● 90 days is the new maximum period of holding options

Earning Yield on Hegic V8888

● Zero-loss options selling pools with auto-hedging

● x2 higher capital efficiency with flexible collateralization

● Independent pools for selling call and put options

● Individual lock-ups for each liquidity tranche deposited

● Pools’ unrealized profits front-running prevention

● Real-time data on pools APY and P&L per each option sold

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🎆 48,000% Returns? Popping the Hood on NFT Mania

In this week’s IntoTheBlock columnLucas Outumurocrunches the numbers on the soaring valuations in the NFT space.

WAVE NFT mania continues to grow, with new drops popping up every day and Ethereum’s gas prices consistently back above triple digits. The recent wave into NFTs was further amplified by Visa’s acquisition of a CryptoPunk and Budweiser’s buy of the beer.eth domain.

IMPRESSIVE Prices of notable NFT collections such as CryptoPunks and Bored Ape Yacht club had already been climbing throughout the past month and accelerated this week amidst the institutional interest coming into the space. This has led to impressive growth in volumes trading at OpenSea and increased demand for the Ethereum blockchain.


PRICE The average price for a CryptoPunk recently reached 67 ETH, representing a 730% increase year-to-date. The even simpler Art Blocks Squiggles have done even better, with their average price up an astonishing 48,000% this year.

DEMAND The success of NFT collections like these has led to a flood of new projects launching their NFTs seemingly every day now. From apes to penguins to koalas, and with several copycats of CryptoPunks, the supply of NFTs appears to be increasing to fill the large surge in demand.



📺 Jam Session #5: Ethereum Scaling


🔗 Cuba Regulates the Use of Virtual Assets for Commercial Transactions: CoinDesk

Cuba’s Central Bank issued a resolution establishing rules to regulate the use of virtual assets in commercial transactions and licensing of service providers in that sector.

🔗 Cross-chain governance and open-sourcing the Aave UI: Medium

The Aave Companies are committed to creating open source software that empowers users’ financial, social and cultural independence. For this software, decentralization and — most specifically decentralized governance — will be a core feature; and it is this decentralization that allows community members to contribute to the larger social, cultural and financial ecosystem growing around any software protocol.

🔗3LAU Launches Blockchain Music Investment Company Backed By Paradigm And Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund: Forbes

Electronic dance music artist and producer Justin Blau, a.k.a 3LAU, stirred the music industry in February when he sold the world’s first-ever tokenized album, which grossed $11.7 million in under 24 hours and briefly held the record for the most expensive single non-fungible token ever sold.


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