⛏️Miners Drove Post-ETF Capitulation
Bitcoin miners comprised a major source of selling pressure amid last week's spot ETF launches, with data from CryptoQuant indicating that miner wallets offloaded $4.7B worth of BTC last week. The ETFs also inspired a surge in activity for institutional crypto products, with the sector hosting $17.5B worth of volume — nearly nine times the weekly average during 2023.
In other news, pre-orders are now live for the next Solana smartphone, Socket resumed operations after users suffered a $3.3M exploit, and the discount on Grayscale Ethereum Trust shares is quickly shrinking.
Plus, the emergent liquid restaking sector is making waves amid the meteoric growth of EigenLayer.
✍️ In today’s newsletter:
- Miners offloaded 110,000 BTC last week
- Institutional activity surges
- Pre-orders for Solana's next smartphone
- Socket users exploited for $3.3M
- Discount drops on Grayscale's ETHE
- The rise of liquid restaking
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Miners Offloaded $5B of Bitcoin Into ETF Launch
TLDR Data from CryptoQuant shows Bitcoin miners sending almost 50,000 BTC to exchange two on Jan. 9, and then an additional 60,000 BTC on Jan. 11 — the same day that the highly anticipated spot Bitcoin ETFs began trading.
SO WHAT The long-awaited approval and launch of the first U.S.-based spot Bitcoin ETFs manifested as a sell-on-the-news event for BTC, with the asset pulling back by 12% after posting a local high on Jan. 11.
Institutional Crypto Trading Tops $17B During ETF Launch Week, Highest On Record
TLDR Institutional crypto products saw a frenzy of activity last week amid the lead-up to and approval of the first spot Bitcoin ETFs. Said products hosted $1.2B in inflows and $17.5B in trade volume — nearly 800% more than last year's weekly average.
SO WHAT The freshly-launched spot Bitcoin ETFs could attract traders away from institutional crypto products by providing an alternative regulated vehicle for accessing digital asset exposure.
Solana Mobile Opens Preorders for New Smartphone
TLDR Solana Mobile has opened pre-orders for the Saga Chapter 2 smartphone. Users can secure the forthcoming phone for $450 — less than half the price of its the debut phone.
SO WHAT The first Saga smartphone sold out within a week of launching, with many buyers racing to get their hands on the unit for its complimentary allocation of BONK tokens, a recently surging Solana-based memecoin. The new device is expected to ship next year.
Stellar Network's Soroban Smart Contract Platform Releases the Phased Rollout Timeline
Over the past two years, the Stellar Development Foundation (SDF) and the wider Stellar community have worked tirelessly to bring smart contract functionality to the Stellar network, which will usher in new capabilities and opportunities that will work with all existing network functionality.
Recently the Stellar Development Foundation and the maintainers of key Stellar SDKs announced the release of a full suite of software that supports Protocol 20, which will bring Soroban smart contracts to Stellar. With the technical pieces now in place, Stellar network validators have agreed to a January 30 vote on the Mainnet upgrade to Protocol 20.
Socket Resumes Operations After Users Lost $3.3M To Exploit
TLDR Socket has resumed operations after becoming the latest cross-chain bridge to suffer an exploit. Hackers took advantage of a recent buggy contract upgrade to steal $3.3M from users with unlimited approvals active for Socket before the affected smart contract was paused.
SO WHAT Socket says it plans to do right by its users an recover the stolen assets. The incident follows at least two exploits targeting web3 bridges last month.
Investors Ponder Ether ETF as ETHE Discount Shrinks
TLDR The discount on Grayscale Ethereum Trust shares compared to ETH has dropped from 47% to 15% over the past 12 months. The move mirrors a similar trend for Grayscale Bitcoin Trust shares leading up to its conversion to a spot ETF last week.
SO WHAT The trend was likely propelled by spot Ether ETF speculation, with Grayscale filing to convert its Ethereum Trust into an ETF in October. Grayscale is among several asset issuers with pending Ether ETF applications,
Emerging Liquid Restaking Sector Approaches Half-Billion TVL
TLDR An emerging cohort of liquid restaking protocols are building on top of EigenLayer, the pioneering Ethereum restaking protocol. EtherFi already boasts a $216M TVL, while Kelp DAO has amassed $170M, and Renzo's deposits total $75M.
SO WHAT The rise of the liquid restaking narrative follows EigenLayer's TVL rocketing from $252M in mid-December to $1.65B after increasing its limits last month. The protocol will introduce support for three new liquid staking tokens with caps of 200,000 ETH each on Jan. 29, setting the stage for its TVL to increase by a further 100%.