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🙊 Bored Ape’s Floor Price Seesaws as Investors Claim New Coin

APE's Debut Anything But Dull as Investors Buy NFTs

By Owen Fernau

DEBUT Maybe it was a surprise, maybe it wasn’t. Whatever. The Bored Ape Yacht Club now has a token. The ticker? APE, of course. And its debut was anything but boring.

WHIPSAWED No sooner did the token hit the tape on Thursday morning than heavy price action whipsawed one of the NFT world’s most popular collections. Holders of Bored Ape NFTs, as well as Mutant Ape Yacht Club (MAYC), are entitled to claim APE tokens. So after it was released, the BAYC floor price spiked to 106 ETH from 92 ETH, a 13.2% jump, as buyers piled into NFTs.

PROFITS By 1 PM New York time, the BAYC floor price had dropped by a quarter, to 79.5 ETH before stabilizing at 89 ETH, according to CoinGecko data. As for APE, it’s sporting a whopping $746M market cap on its opening day. But the token is down 22% from its open, probably because investors are rapidly flipping it to pocket profits.


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🌪 A Radical Proposal to Revive MakerDAO Roils Community

Project Considers Tapping Real World Assets and Equity Offer

By Samuel Haig

LIQUIDATIONS MakerDAO, the trailblazing DeFi lending and savings project, has reached a crossroads. Its token, MKR, is languishing. Rivals are challenging its position as the go-to decentralized stablecoin provider. And more worrisome, its dwindling surplus fund is raising fears that the platform might suffer heavy liquidations in a long bear market.

RADICAL MOVES But help is on the way, maybe. On March 17, Hexonaut, a protocol engineer at MakerDAO, joined forces with colleagues and submitted a new governance proposal called “Aggressive Growth Strategy.” It’s urging Maker’s membership to consider a bevy of radical moves to rejuvenate the popular DeFi project, including tapping real world assets to shore up its surplus fund. The authors estimate that move will generate an additional $20M to $40M in annual revenues.

BEDROCK It’s striking to see that MakerDAO, a s considering cozying up to TradFi to stabilize its financial bedrock. The project remains a steadfast and sizable force in decentralzied finance, with a market cap of $1.8B and total value locked of $16B, according to DeFiLlama. But Hexonaut and the engineer’s fellow authors say the problem has become acute.


Market Action

📈 Ether Bulls Ascendant as Anticipation Builds for The Merge

By Samuel Haig

BULLISH After a bearish start to 2022, Ethereum market sentiment appears to be flipping bullish.

RALLY The first quarter has been rough for Ethereum and DeFi, with ETH shedding a quarter of its value and the combined capitalization of DeFi assets falling 22%. The downturn prompted many analysts to declare the bull trend over, but Ether now appears poised to rally ahead of its highly anticipated Eth2 chain merge.

TESTNET On March 15, The Merge was successfully completed on the Kiln merge testnet, marking the final test of the chain merge before it is deployed to public testnets. Analysts took to Twitter to remind the community what can be expected when the Ethereum mainnet merges with the Eth2 Beacon Chain, forecasting a 90% reduction in Ether issuance and a more than 99% drop in energy consumption.

THE MERGE The progress towards The Merge appears to be reflected by Ether’s recent bounce, with ETH gaining 14.4% since March 14. And institutions loading up their ETH bags.


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🧐 What is Compound?

Learn About A Leading Crypto Lender in This DeFi Guide

Kurt Ivy walks you through the basics.

TL;DR At the most basic level, Compound is an autonomous protocol that calculates interest rates using algorithms. It is permissionless, meaning anyone can access the tools provided at any time. There is no verification process and no user identification mechanism. This real-time interest rate calculation can be used for a variety of financial applications.

INTEREST For individuals, Compound is primarily used as a cryptocurrency borrowing and lending protocol. Users can deposit one of the supported tokens into a shared pool at any time and receive interest. Or, after depositing their tokens, they can borrow a smaller amount of tokens and pay interest. The amount of interest is determined by the supply and demand of tokens deposited and borrowed in the pool.

LIQUIDITY To lend with this protocol, all you need to do is supply the cryptocurrency that you want to provide liquidity for. Lenders deposit tokens into a liquid fund. Once you do that, you will immediately start earning interest, which is controlled by the supply and demand of the currency.


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