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Protocol-backed investment accounts are a paradigm shift

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Blockchain’s version of retail investment accounts can improve yields, remove the middleman, and enable public services.

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The coming to market of “challenger banks” like N26 and Revolut, modern savings products like Goldman’s Marcus, and finance apps like M1Finance, suggests that personal finance is repositioning as generationally minded mobile applications and web apps. But blockchain’s decentralized finance version of banking and investments is not merely the next iteration of tech challengers, it is a paradigm shift.

In the near future, many interactions with blockchains will simply look like an investment account to the end user.

In the near future, many interactions with blockchains will simply look like an investment account to the end user. Activities like providing security to a public blockchain or liquidity to a financial protocol will be available in “investment account format” — just deposit any amount of dough, take some risk, and earn a return. The innovative part of this scheme is that depositing capital into the supply side of decentralized protocols is crucial for their successful operation. Just imagine if every American deposited $100 into an account for Ethereum 2.0 staking — Ethereum would have the power of an extra $32.7 billion (~1.5x current market cap) in network security, and the user can earn up to 10.3% in Ether-denominated return.

With products like M1 Finance, Millennials can borrow money from their mobile apps today.

Though currently more risky, could protocols begin to stand in for traditional investment accounts over time? This past year, the market’s highest yielding savings account by Wealthfront clocked in at 2.53% APR, accepted investments as lows a $1, and lowered costs through technological automation. Similar products from Goldman Sachs, Ally, and others are popular in the market, with customers focused on higher rates of return and Millennials under increased pressure to save 40% of their paycheck. At the same time, Charles Schwab, TD Ameritrade, and other brokerages have found themselves cutting trading fees to 0 as customers in a digital world now value transaction facilitation less than advice and other services.

Imagine if every American deposited $100 into an account for Ethereum 2.0 staking — Ethereum would have the power of an extra $32.7 billion in network security, and the user can earn up to 10.3% in Ether-denominated return.

Given how quickly tech products are penetrating personal finance, traditional savings accounts seem woefully out of date. In traditional savings, the customer makes a deposit into the fractional-reserve banking system. A bank takes the capital and uses it to make proprietary investments — notably, lending — which produce a rate of return. A small fraction of the return is shared with the customer. Drawbacks of this system include that customers can neither practically opt out of fractional-reserve banking, nor mitigate the counterparty risk of the bank without invoking expensive federal regulation and insurance. Returns for customers are dictated by providers, diluted by the need for shareholder profits, and don’t go far enough to counteract the consumer’s exposure to inflation. All in all, the scope, function, and performance of the traditional savings account leaves much to be desired in our modern context.

Comparison of traditional savings, traditional brokerage, and protocol-backed investment accounts.

In the protocol-backed investment account model, the customer makes a deposit into a set of public protocols whose economies provide a rate of return. In doing so, the customer can trades off the counterparty risk of an intermediary for the technical risks of interacting with protocols. Over time, these latter risks are mitigated by engineering as is routinely done with software. In some cases, like lending stablecoins, its possible to guarantee a nonnegative fiat return in exchange for the risks of that asset’s stability mechanism.

By going to protocols, customers remove the profit-seeking intermediary, and gross returns incur only the network transaction fees of interacting with blockchains. Because these deposits amount to a supply-side activity for a public network, protocol-backed accounts become both a form of ownership and governance in public goods and services. In the future, shifting the protocol allocation of an investment account may be a form of registering preferences, or voting, on public services.

In the future, shifting the protocol allocation of an investment account may be a form of registering preferences, or voting, on public services.

Participating in decentralized protocols through an investment account foreshadows how the simple, traditional concept of an account at an institution will eventually be completely rehabilitated. It will increase an individual’s financial self-sovereignty, improve consumer choice, and remove the middleman — all while helping to serve up useful public services like blockchains, domain registration, cloud storage, and even universal basic income systems down the line.

DeFi wallet products, empowered with breakthrough interoperability technologies like WalletConnect, are available for download today. You invest your digital assets in a decentralized lending protocol right now. In 2020, we should expect to see a lot more options and tools for interacting with protocol-backed investment accounts, while traditional products are likely to continue puttering along.


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Bitcoin Dominance at 2-Month High: Disaster for Altcoins

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August was a bullish month for altcoin traders as they ranked in profits, forcing Bitcoin dominance to drop below 60% for the first time since the start of the year. However, the altcoin euphoria was shortlived as September brought along the bears.

The end of Q3 wasn’t great for Bitcoin traders, but that was expected as September is usually not a profitable month for Bitcoin. In fact, data shows that Bitcoin has lost more in September than in any other month.

As expected, the Bitcoin effect was seen across boards in the market. Altcoins suffered the most, shredding almost all of the profits accumulated in the previous month.

Bitcoin Eyes $12K

Bitcoin is pushing hard towards the $12k mark. It traded as high as $11,942 for the first time since mid-August.

Analysts believe the trend is the start of a new bull cycle for the leading cryptocurrency considering the coin shielded itself and recovered quickly from the recent negative news, including BitMEX’s charges and OKEx’s withdrawal saga.

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Although October has been impressive for Bitcoin, and the coin has since recovered from the bearish move in September, altcoins continue to live in the terrible nightmare from the past month.

October: Another Nightmare For Altcoins

Bitcoin dominance started rising in mid-September after it went as low as 55%. At the time of writing, the cryptocurrency maintains a 60.3% dominance of the entire crypto market while the altcoins struggle with 39.7%.

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Bitcoin Dominance. Source: CoinMarketCap

Even Ether (ETH), the second-largest cryptocurrency, was not spared. In August, the coin traded near the $500 mark, reaching $485 for the first time in two years. In the last two months, Ether lost over 20% of its value, and market dominance dropped from above 15% to 11%.

Now, ETH is exchanging hands at $369 with a 2% loss on the daily chart. However, speculation in the market is that the upcoming ETH 2.0 Phase 0 could provide the needed boost for Ether bulls.

Looking at the top 100, a handful of altcoins have shredded at least 15% of their value on today’s trading session. Some of the most significant losers include Uniswap (-17%), Crypto.com (-25%), Balancer (-19%). Meanwhile, Flexacoin saw a big boost with over 258.11% gains in the last 24 hours.

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Crypto.com Integrates PayID Offering 5M Users an Easy and Unique Way to Send & Receive Crypto

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[PRESS RELEASE]

HONG KONG, October 19, 2020 — Crypto.com today announced PayID, a universal payment identity developed by the Open Payments Coalition, is now available on the Crypto.com App.

Crypto.com’s 5M+ users can register for a PayID from the Crypto.com app, consolidating complex wallet addresses and accounts into a simple ID that works across any payment network and currency. Users who register for their unique PayID will get an exclusive Crypto.com-branded, easy-to-read ID — such as “yourname$payid.crypto.com — that enables users to send/receive crypto payments from other compatible wallets with just a single ID, easing their ability to connect to 100M+ crypto users worldwide.

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PayID solves a key pain point in the crypto payments world, which consists of many closed and complex networks. Participants must manage multiple long and random wallet addresses, increasing the likelihood of erroneous transactions. PayID creates a free, open and common protocol that allows for interoperability between any payment network or currency.

Starting today, Crypto.com is offering early access for select customers to register their unique Crypto.com PayID. To be eligible:

  • Stake 10,000 CRO or more in Crypto.com Exchange; or
  • Stake 10,000 CRO or more in Crypto.com App

On 2 November 2020 all Crypto.com App users can register their own Crypto.com PayID within the Crypto.com App.

Once registered, users can send crypto from other compatible wallets to the Crypto.com App with just their PayID, instead of a full-length crypto address. At launch, supported cryptocurrencies include CRO, ETH, BTC, XRP and many more ERC20 tokens. Users can also send crypto to other compatible wallets using PayID hosted by other members in the Open Payments Coalition.

About Crypto.com

Crypto.com was founded in 2016 on a simple belief: it’s a basic human right for everyone to control their money, data and identity. Crypto.com serves over 5 million customers today, providing them with a powerful alternative to traditional financial services through the Crypto.com App, the Crypto.com Card, the Crypto.com Exchange and Crypto.com DeFi Wallet. Crypto.com is built on a solid foundation of security, privacy and compliance and is the first cryptocurrency company in the world to have ISO/IEC 27701:2019, CCSS Level 3, ISO27001:2013 and PCI:DSS 3.2.1, Level 1 compliance. Crypto.com is headquartered in Hong Kong with a 600+ strong team. Find out more by visiting https://crypto.com

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Crypto More Popular Than Gold Among Russian Investors: Report

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A survey among over 2,000 Russian investors has placed cryptocurrency next to gold in terms of popularity. Moreover, younger investors aged below 30 have displayed significant favoritism towards digital assets.

Crypto Ranks Above Gold Among Russian Investors

According to the study published by the World Gold Council, investors from the world’s largest country by landmass have allocated the most funds into generally accepted as safer instruments such as savings accounts, foreign currencies, real estate, and life insurance.

When asked what sorts of investment tools they had invested in the past 12 months, they placed cryptocurrencies as the fifth most popular asset with 17%. Interestingly, gold came next with 16%.

Investments Made In Russia 12 Months Back. Source: World Gold Council
Investments Made In Russia 12 Months Back. Source: World Gold Council

World Gold Council Director of Central Banks and Public Policy, Dr. Tatiana Fic, commented that gold had been a valuable part of Russia’s history. She explained that the development of the gold mining industry began in 1745 with the discovery of gold in the Urals. In the next 100 years, more than half of the global gold production came from Siberia.

However, she noted that the investment market has declined in interest lately. Dr. Fic reasoned that there’s an evident lack of education, resulting in people steering clear from the bullion. She also claimed that investors fear buying fake or counterfeit gold products.

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It’s worth noting that Russia seized purchasing gold earlier this year following half of decade of increased accumulation.

Younger Generations Keen To Experiment With Crypto

WGC’s report confirmed previous narratives that younger generations prefer allocating funds into riskier investment instruments such as digital assets.

“18-to-24-year-olds are much more willing to take risks to get exponential growth, rather than take a long-term view. For example, they are the least likely to have invested in a savings account but are the most likely to have invested in collectibles – and around two-thirds are considering investing in cryptocurrencies.” – the report reads.

The paper highlighted that the growing role of mobile apps linked to investment accounts have made it easier for tech-savvy youth to purchase their preferred assets. Cryptocurrencies lead the way “with nearly 80% being bought exclusively online.”

Although physical gold has been bought mostly offline, the report noted that online investments in gold-backed ETFs and vaulted gold have jumped in the past few years as well.

Investment Assets Purchases In Russia. Source: WorldGoldCouncil
Investment Assets Purchases In Russia. Source: WorldGoldCouncil
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