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2021 Hashed Blockchain & Crypto Market Predictions 102
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Simon Seojoon Kim is the CEO and Managing Companion at South Korea-based blockchain accelerator Hashed.
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I. Bitcoin

A stable and steady Bitcoin (BTC) bull run is predicted in 2021.

Because the inception of Bitcoin, the quantity of BTC owned by the exchanges has steadily elevated. Nonetheless, ranging from February 2020, institutional traders have began to withdraw giant volumes of BTC from these exchanges for strategic long run holding. Such withdrawals have created stress on BTC liquidity, and the sell-side crunch has pushed up the BTC worth since mid-2020 in line with the chart beneath. We count on this pattern to proceed in 2021, and because of the lower in BTC provide, the value of BTC in all fairness anticipated to align with the pattern.

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Quantity of Bitcoin owned by crypto exchanges decreased since establishments began shopping for Bitcoin in 2020 (ref: CryptoQuant)

Grayscale within the US offers additional proof of the rising institutional curiosity as it’s a car by way of which institutional traders have gained publicity to BTC. In early 2020, Grayscale began out with USD 2bn in belongings beneath administration (AUM), and the AUM quickly grew to USD 20bn by late 2020. Most of its belongings are concentrated in BTC, and it’s anticipated that such a spotlight might be maintained.

Furthermore, the CME lately overtook OKEx on the commerce quantity of futures, and the information signifies that institutional curiosity in Bitcoin will outweigh, if not already, retail curiosity as extra gamers enter into the market by way of conventional entities. Mixed with the phenomenon that increasingly public firms corresponding to MicroStrategy are instantly buying bitcoin, the maturation of digital belongings as a sexy funding asset class will naturally lend to extra gamers searching for to hedge towards the quantitative easing of central banks.

Amid such indicators, it’s worthwhile to notice that BTC’s complete market capitalization has exceeded that of the careworn international locations’ currencies corresponding to Venezuela. In 2021, there could also be even international locations buying bitcoin as a reserve asset.

With these in thoughts, Hashed might be making the next predictions for 2021:

  • Prediction 1 — Bitcoin ETF might be permitted for the primary time in historical past.
  • Prediction 2 — The worth of Bitcoin will take a look at USD 100,000.

II. Ethereum

Whereas the media has to date centered on the value of bitcoin in 2020, the value of ethereum (ETH) rose at a extra fast charge in comparison with that of Bitcoin.

  • BTC: USD 7,195 → USD 29,001 (4.03x)
  • ETH: USD 129.6 → USD 737.8 (5.69x)

The on-chain fundamentals of Ethereum have additionally dramatically improved in comparison with that of Bitcoin. As DeFi (decentralized finance) actions, or monetary companies and merchandise inside the Ethereum ecosystem, exploded with modern experiments in 2020, on-chain transaction charges of Ethereum have exceeded these of Bitcoin.

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Comparability between Bitcoin and Ethereum complete transaction charges, 2020

Given such substantive use instances of Ethereum, it is just affordable to count on that institutional traders may even diversify their digital asset portfolio to incorporate ethereum. It’s no coincidence that the CME Group might be launching ETH futures in February 2021.

As for the ETH 2.0 replace, it’s slowly however progressively reaching its growth milestones. The success of Part 0 staking goal demonstrates the agency help of Ethereum core communities together with each retail traders and establishments who participated within the staking.

It is usually doubtless that monetary establishments which have jumped into the crypto market early on is not going to solely understand ETH as an funding asset, but in addition notice its full potential to innovate your complete monetary system given its sensible contract and ETH-based cryptocurrency options. Extra sturdy and aggressive experiments on Ethereum might result in revolutionary results in 2021.

  • Prediction 3 — Ethereum worth will attain new ATH.

(Word: On the time of writing the unique textual content in Korean, the all-time excessive worth of ETH was about USD 2,100 with a big premium in KRW)

III. Stablecoin

Other than China, there might be international locations that begin take a look at working CBDC (central financial institution digital forex), which is able to speed up and implement the digitization of standard monetary programs and belongings.

CBDC relies on personal blockchains and is definitely built-in and utilized to traditional monetary establishments; nevertheless, utilizing personal blockchains signifies that CBDC will be unable to make the most of the open-source ecosystem or develop modern composability instances. Additionally, their origins can’t be free from the central authorities censorship debate. Given the conflicting philosophies between private and non-private blockchains, the enlargement of CBDC may very well develop into the driving power behind the expansion of public blockchain-based stablecoin ecosystems.

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Stablecoin issuance on Ethereum amounting to USD 20B

For public blockchain supporters, it is just affordable to count on that stablecoins will additional acquire significance in crypto exchanges, DeFi, and finally various areas of the fintech sphere together with fee, remittance, funding, and so forth. In actual fact, for the reason that Workplace of the Comptroller of the Foreign money (OCC) within the US has simply introduced that banks can use stablecoins in banking transactions, personal monetary establishments and banks will competitively search to challenge their very own stablecoins and be pressured to think about the advantages of decentralized programs.

Ultimately, it’s doubtless that stablecoins issued primarily based on algorithms or crypto collaterals corresponding to DAI with sufficiently decentralized and working entities will show extra profitable than centralized stablecoins to resist towards time-and-time examined obstacles of abuse and censorship.

  • Prediction 4 — Stablecoins primarily based on public blockchain will exceed the market capitalization of USD 100bn.

IV. DeFi

The expansion of the DeFi sector in 2020 proved to the world that the on-chain protocol financial system can transcend the shop of worth characteristic of digital gold, and turn into a fancy monetary paradigm. Together with supporting tendencies such because the unfold of various crypto asset pockets options, DeFi will combine with extra B2C fintech companies and pursue a greater person expertise, finally resulting in a rise in Complete Worth Locked in 2021.

Excessive charges and lagging transaction affirmation pace, main downsides of DeFi, might be resolved by way of various Layer 2 tasks and applied sciences corresponding to zkRollup. And as these options are built-in into main DeFi tasks in 2021, the interoperability amongst DeFi tasks in several Layer 2 options and even totally different important chains will develop into the brand new focal factors of curiosity with much more explosive potential.

As a result of early part of sensible contracts, DeFi purposes go away extra room for bugs than conventional purposes. The inherent nature of DeFi purposes that entails leveraging current infrastructure elements could also be a contributing issue; nevertheless, these modern makes an attempt have additionally added important complexity to the general DeFi ecosystem. And as extra skilled builders enter the market, it’s doubtless that much more refined merchandise will develop into obtainable. Andre Cronje, the founding father of yearn.finance (YFI), is an effective instance.

This isn’t to disclaim that the world will witness extra hiccups and hacks inside the DeFi sector. However because the sector matures, the general efforts of passionate builders and group members will culminate in a extra sturdy structure that retains perfecting. In actual fact, we’re at the moment witnessing extra insurance coverage protocols coming into the market, and as soon as the best mixture is reached between dangers and danger administration, the general DeFi market has many causes to flourish.

  • Prediction 5 — DeFi TVL will surpass USD 100bn.
  • Prediction 6 — By the top of 2021, DeFi tokens might be 13+ among the many market cap prime 50 tokens (i.e. 30%+ improve).

V. DEX (Decentralized Trade)

In 2020, the annual complete DEX transaction quantity reached roughly USD 116bn. It’s a 39x development in comparison with how DEX carried out in 2019. This pattern is predicted to develop as extra DEXs migrate to Layer 2 in 2021. They’re positioned to course of much more transactions as they’re outfitted with higher infrastructure: decrease transaction charges and sooner transaction pace.

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2019/2020 DEX Month-to-month Buying and selling Quantity

As well as, we count on to see extra newly created decentralized by-product exchanges. Crypto natives have already witnessed that futures transaction quantity exceeding spot transaction quantity among the many centralized exchanges. This pattern will in all probability persist within the DEX ecosystem too.

  • Prediction 7 — Complete DEX transaction quantity will develop to USD 500+ billion in 2021.

VI. Safety Tokens

Throughout his panel dialogue with Brian Brooks, the Appearing Comptroller of the OCC, Jay Clayton, the earlier Chairman of the US Securities and Trade Fee (SEC), acknowledged, “if you happen to discuss buying and selling as we speak, all buying and selling is digital…That was not the case 20 years in the past…It might very effectively be the case that these all develop into tokenized.”

As many have anticipated for lengthy, safety tokens are gaining momentum in public consciousness to develop into the superset of current shares. With acceptable regulatory developments, safety tokenization can entail many instant advantages superior to these of conventional shares corresponding to simpler authentication, extra environment friendly administration, decrease transaction prices, and even programmable issuances and distributions.

Safety tokens might lay a technical basis for ‘protocol financial system’ — an thought of opening up governance and distributing honest compensation to platform financial system contributors. Because the South Korean Ministry of SMEs and Startups introduced that it’ll proceed with the protocol financial system blueprint as its coverage route ranging from 2021, we count on to see extra international locations and business sectors being attentive to safety token issuance and distribution and crafting related laws and pointers.

It is usually vital to notice that such prospects might not be restricted to regulated authorities entities since as crypto exchanges search to diversify their enterprise fashions they might additionally provide token securitization for brand spanking new enterprise alternatives.

  • Prediction 8 — Some firms will begin to challenge sure parts of their very own shares as tokens.

VII. IPO & M&A

As the largest US crypto change, Coinbase, introduced its pursuit of IPO, we will count on extra institutional cash coming into the crypto and blockchain house. And this pattern will result in extra vibrant M&As and IPOs of crypto and blockchain firms.

Such M&As and IPOs might also give rise to novel types as mergers between on-chain DeFi tasks could be extra environment friendly and efficient on account of their very nature of interoperability. The end result might show so as to add extra competitors available in the market and produce different helpful synergies amongst totally different communities.

As an example, there are starting indicators of such alternatives as yearn.finance and Pickle Finance introduced their merger. However not like this explicit incident the place the merger was extra of a advertising and marketing stunt quite than a elementary integration each, there might be extra substantial instances to witness in 2021.

  • Prediction 9 — Ranging from 2021, there might be extra blockchain firm M&As together with DeFi tasks.

VIII. NFTs (Non-fungible Tokens) & Blockchain Gaming

Though the blockchain gaming business didn’t see that a lot of a development in 2020, gaming giants like Ubisoft, Sq. Enix, and Atari are beginning their blockchain gaming initiatives with their robust IPs. Certainly, 2021 could also be a greater yr for the blockchain gaming business.

With many content material suppliers and leisure firms exploring the thought of the metaverse, extra analysis is being accomplished on tips on how to mix metaverse and NFTs. This experiment will result in the issuance of distinctive digital avatars. For example, The Sandbox is already experimenting with IPs like Smurfs and Care Bears for its NFTs.

Artwork is opening its door to NFTs as effectively. Dapper Labs is cooperating with Genies to create digital avatar and items ecosystems. In actual fact, a digital influencer, Miquela, issued its NFT by way of crypto artwork issuance/brokerage platform SuperRare and reached a sale of USD 100,000. Additionally, the world’s greatest public sale home Christie’s auctioned bitcoin-inspired artwork and related NFT. As we see extra frequent makes an attempt to combine NFTs into our lives, we might discover a profitable system for NFT this yr.

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NFT of digital influencer Lil Miquela

To this point the NFT market has exhibited graduated development closely depending on highly effective particular person contents and mental properties, which, to notice, is opposite to DeFi which grew organically. Whereas we predict numerous use instances of NFTs to emerge in bar gaming, this can be very troublesome to foretell the magnitude of development degree of the NFT market nor use any metrics as a holistic index. Nonetheless, no less than we might estimate the extent of public acceptability of blockchain-based asset possession certification by trying on the worth of a single NFT being traded on the market. By far the most costly NFT was an NFT character by Axie Infinity which topped USD 130,000 (ETH 300 on the time).

  • Prediction 10 — A single NFT might be issued at a worth of greater than USD 300,000 in 2021.

Appendix: Trying Again “Hashed 2020 Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Market Prediction”

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[The Korea Economic Daily] CEO of the biggest digital asset VC in Korea “BTC will make a record-breaking rally subsequent yr” revealed 18 Dec 2019.

On this appendix, we’re reviewing “10 Predictions of 2020 Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Market” which was introduced in the course of the 12 months-Finish Meetup at Hashed Lounge in December 2019, which was revealed by The Korea Financial Day by day (Hankyung).

1. Banks and safety firms will proactively enter the crypto market whereas complying with laws.
→ O: As South Korea’s Act on Reporting and Utilizing Specified Monetary Transaction Info is drawing close to to its enforcement, a number of Korean banks are getting into into the digital asset market. KB Kookmin Financial institution has fashioned a three way partnership KODA — a digital asset administration firm. Within the US, each financial institution is ready to present a custody service on digital belongings beneath OCC’s pointers.

2. These exchanges beneath jurisdictions that didn’t diversify enterprise fashions must try for survival.
→ O: Many small and medium crypto exchanges have gone out of enterprise or bankrupt. We anticipate that not many firms will be capable of purchase digital asset enterprise licenses beneath the Act on Reporting and Utilizing Specified Monetary Transaction Info which is because of develop into efficient in March 2021.

3. Chinese language digital yuan and its nationwide blockchain that backs the system might be launched.
→ O: China’s blockchain community BSN (Blockchain Service Community) is launched and three of its cities are testing digital yuan.

4. Libra and different competitor blockchain platforms with international IT giants might be launched.
→ △: Fb-led venture Libra (now – Diem) has delayed its launching and is predicted to be launched by early 2021 together with a single USD-pegged stablecoin. Celo represents itself to be the competitor of Libra, and it was launched with the participation of round 50 companies. Kakao’s Klaytn and Line’s Hyperlink have efficiently launched their mainnets, and they’re specializing in increasing their companies. Their native tokens have been listed on home exchanges, and Tencent and different China’s conglomerates are additionally taking their half in BSN.

5. Klaytn and Hyperlink will attain greater than 10m mainchain month-to-month lively customers by accommodating the general public of East Asia.
→ X: Each tasks built-in crypto pockets companies to their messengers (Kakao and Line, respectively) after launching their blockchain mainnets. Nonetheless, no efficient promotions or exposures to their customers happened on account of an immaturity of third-party dapp (decentralized app) ecosystems and laws. We predict Klaytn and Hyperlink to proactively construct their ecosystems in 2021.

6. DeFi sector complete worth locked (TVL) will develop to a price of greater than USD 2bn and can appeal to 3 instances extra fintech start-ups than it’s now.
→ O: DeFi sector TVL has grown to USD 15bn: it’s 7 instances greater than what we’ve anticipated. Additionally, the engagement between DeFi and fintech/centralized finance companies is rising at scale.

7. There might be blockchain video games which have each day lively customers (DAU) of greater than 30,000.
→ X: Development in blockchain gaming was slower than we anticipated. In October 2020, Axie Infinity recorded 5,500 DAU.

8. Conventional enterprise capitalists (VCs) will begin to make an fairness funding in startups that create revenues with public blockchain ecosystems.
→ O: Onchain knowledge evaluation firm, Chainalysis, listed its identify as a unicorn start-up adopted by a USD 100bn funding led by VCs corresponding to Addition, Accel, Benchmarket, and Rabbit. Chai Company which grew quickly with its partnership with Terra blockchain closed KRW 88bn (USD 80m) from conventional VCs by way of collection A and B. Uniswap is taken into account to be a decentralized change with essentially the most liquidity in DeFi because it raised USD 11m from a16z and USV even earlier than issuing its personal token. Compound, a crypto lending protocol, was additionally invested by VCs earlier than issuing its native token.

9. Bitcoin worth might be at all-time excessive.
→ O: BTC worth is on a record-breaking rally each in KRW and USD.

10. There might be a number of BTC funds that retail traders can chip in.
→ O: In April 2020, a Bitcoin fund was listed for the primary time in historical past within the Toronto Inventory Trade. Bitwise Asset Administration, Inc. additionally launched an index fund that tracks 10 crypto belongings for American traders in December 2020. Plenty of monetary establishments have already introduced that they may launch crypto funds in 2021.

Total: 7.5/10
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Disclaimer: Hashed has invested in Klaytn, Hyperlink, Ethereum, Terra, Chai, The Sandbox, Axie Infinity, amongst different firms.
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