DeFi index: Top 5 DeFi index by capitalization in July 2022
What are the best DeFi indexes? About it all in order. After 6 months of continuous decline, the cryptocurrency market is showing the first signs of recovery. The U.S. Federal Reserve raised its interest rate by 75 basis points in late July. The top cryptocurrencies immediately reacted by raising their rates.
Just for a month Bitcoin rose in price by 12% (from $20.28 to $22.91 thousand); Ethereum – by 52.8% ($1.06 to $1.62 thousand). The total capitalization of the market increased by 8.5% (from $921 billion to $1 trillion), and one of its main sectors – DeFi – grew by 21.9% (from $79.22 billion to $96.57 billion).
The industry of decentralized finance continues to grow rapidly. Traditional market participants are showing interest in DeFi projects. However, it is not easy for newcomers to understand the variety of protocols and trends. To exclude risks, investors decide to buy DeFi index – ETF analogues.
What is a DeFi index
What is a DeFi index? It is essentially a diversified portfolio of carefully selected assets. Unlike traditional indexes, in decentralized indexes, rebalancing and re-weighting of coins is done automatically through smart contracts. This increases the likelihood of profits. Even if one token falls in value, the rest will maintain their index value.
In July 2022, the crypto DeFi index segment holds only 10% of the decentralized finance market ($94.5 million). However, its growth is only a matter of time.
The largest crypto-DeFi index in the market remains the DeFi Pulse Index. The DPI basket includes top DeFi tokens (Uniswap, Aave, Maker) and promising newcomers (Balancer, Ren). DeFi Pulse Index capitalization is $41.61 million (55.9% of the segment).
DPI was created by the DeFi Pulse analytics project and Set Protocol teams. The Index evaluates tokens based on many criteria, selecting the most reliable and promising ones. The DeFi Pulse Index is weighted based on the value of each asset’s circulating supply. DPI’s July 2022 native token is trading at $109.08.
In second place is the Index Coop – ETH 2x Flexible Leverage Index. The EHT2x-FLI native basket token was capitalized at $19.72 million (20.8% of the segment) in July.
Index Coop – ETH 2x Flexible Leverage Index facilitates leverage in the Ethereum ecosystem. The index allows leverage with minimal fees and collateral risks, reduces rebalancing needs, and significantly reduces liquidations. The current price of EHT2x-FLI is $14.47.
Third in the ranking of the largest DeFi indexes by capitalization was the Interest Compounding ETH Index. In July, the current ICETH offering was valued at $11.72 million (12.4% of the market), with a rate of $1.56k.
The index provides increased returns on investments in Ethereum through using liquid leveraged rates in the Set and Aave protocols. ICETH features include automatic debt position management, rebalancing, and liquidation protection. Therefore, it makes sense for investors to pay attention to DeFi index funds.
The top 5 largest DeFi indices by capitalization also include:
- Metaverse Index (MVI) – $8.02 million (8.4% of the segment). The index trades at $43.10.
- BTC 2x Flexible Leverage Index (BTC2X-FLI) – $2.24 million (2.3% of total circulating supply). The index can be bought for $6.67.
Bitcoin onchain metric are stronger than ever
Galaxy Digital analysts published a report that examined key bitcoins onchain metrics (BTC), compared the world’s main cryptocurrency to other asset classes and explained what events could be the catalyst for the coming price rally. The company is confident that the bulls have plenty of reasons to remain optimistic – even despite difficult macroeconomic conditions.
BTC has become the best performing asset of 2023
Bitcoin is the best performing asset in 2023 compared to a lot of stocks, fixed income securities, indices, and commodities. It shows the best or some of the best performance over various time horizons (except for 1 year), and it looks even stronger over the long haul.
In addition, bitcoin’s correlation with the Nasdaq and S&P 500 stock indices has begun to decline, while its correlation with gold, which is considered a classic haven asset, has risen sharply. This happened against the backdrop of the crisis that engulfed U.S. banks and led to the closure of Silicon Valley Bank, Silvergate and Signature.
Given the nature of the current crisis, in which the system of partial bank reserves is tested for strength, the fundamental characteristics of the BTC favorably distinguish it from traditional assets.
Accumulation, not driving price rally speculation
A number of key market indicators indicate that bitcoin’s price rally is driven by the accumulation of coins on the spot, not speculation in the derivatives market. The futures funding indicator has remained virtually unchanged since the beginning of 2023 – meaning that the market is net-neutral regarding speculative positioning. The same can be said about volume and open interest in the CME.
The total number of addresses with non-zero balances also continues to grow rapidly, with more than 45 million wallets holding BTC today. At the same time, most of them have never spent coins, but only received new ones.
The approaching halving will affect the level of inflation in the BTC network
The next bitcoin halving will occur in April 2024 and will cause the network’s inflation rate to fall below 1%. The halving events of 2012, 2016 and 2020 catalyzed a price rally and reached a new all-time high as investor demand for BTC quickly exceeded the declining supply level.
This event will put bitcoin among the most stable assets and make it less susceptible to inflation than gold and silver.
Early we reported that Whales are interested in Litecoin, again.
Whales are interested in Litecoin, again: will it help LTC price return to the $100 mark
In February, Litecoin, albeit briefly, returned to the $100 level for the first time since the collapse of the Terra ecosystem in May 2022. In early March, the price of the asset dipped below the $70 mark again. But that didn’t seem to hinder the whales’ plans, as large holders actively bought LTC during the correction.
Whale activity continues to rise
According to analyst firm IntoTheBlock, the average LTC transaction size increased more than 600% in March 2023, from $13,355 to $81,022.
The increase in average transaction size as the price pulls back signals an influx of large investors looking to buy back the decline in the asset. Given the financial strength of the whales, this could push LTC to another rally in the coming weeks.
Litecoin price forecast – could reach the $110 mark
Santiment’s Market to Realized Value Ratio (MVRV) shows that investors who bought Litecoin in the last 30 days made a 10% profit. According to historical MVRV readings, LTC holders have often captured profits of around 20%. This means that the $100 level is likely to be the next resistance zone.
If the price of the asset can combine above $100, the coin may continue its upward movement towards $115. However, bears can reverse the situation if the LTC falls below $80. With further declines, LTC could fall back below $70.
Early we reported that China intends to work with crypto-businesses through Hong Kong.
China intends to work with crypto-businesses through Hong Kong
Hong Kong subsidiaries of major Chinese banks began to provide services for local cryptocurrency firms involved in projects related to Bitcoin, altcoins and various startups. It was reported by Bloomberg, citing sources in the region.
It is alleged that the local branches of Bank of Communications, Bank of China and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank have begun, or are working to provide banking services to crypto-businesses. According to the publication, a representative of an unnamed Chinese bank even visited the office of a crypto firm to promote the services of the financial institution. A top manager of an unnamed large Chinese bank said in a media commentary that banks promote their services in Hong Kong due to the tacit approval of Beijing. The interest in the business is also due to the uncertainty around lending to the local market, they said.
Loyal attitude to the market of cryptocurrencies in Hong Kong has already “bounced back” to local investors with considerable losses. According to calculations by local law enforcement agencies, the region lost over $200 million in 2022 alone. 2,336 cases of crypto-fraud were registered in Hong Kong in 2022.
However, Chinese authorities’ interest is not limited to the crypto market. In early March, the South China Morning Post reported that China intends to stimulate the digitalization of the economy in Hong Kong with its own currency. The authorities are offering citizens a 20% discount for making payments in digital yuan. At the same time, the promotion is valid only for Hong Kong citizens and only in the southern technology center of Shenzhen (connecting China and Hong Kong).
Recall that in the fall of 2022, Hong Kong authorities announced plans to develop a cryptocurrency market in the region. According to the Hong Kong government’s website, the authorities will work with local regulators to create “favorable conditions” for developing the local cryptocurrency industry.
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