How low can Ethereum price drop versus Bitcoin amid the DeFi contagion?

Ethereum’s native token Ether (ETH) has declined by more than 35% against Bitcoin (BTC) since December 2021 with a potential to decline further in the coming months. ETH/BTC weekly price chart. Source: TradingView ETH/BTC dynamics The ETH/BTC pair’s bullish trends typically suggest an increasing risk appetite among crypto traders, where speculation is more focused on Ether’s future valuations versus keeping their capital long-term in BTC.  Conversely, a bearish ETH/BTC cycle is typically accompanied by a plunge in altcoins and Ethereum’s decline in market share. As a result, traders seek safety…

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SBF and Alameda step in to prevent crypto collapse contagion

Sam Bankman-Fried’s (SBF) Alameda Research is “stepping in” to prevent further contagion across the crypto sector during the current bear market. Numerous crypto companies are facing liquidity issues (of varying severity) as a result of the strong market downturn throughout 2022. Major firms such as Celsius and Three Arrows Capital (3AC) are both reportedly on the brink of insolvency and could potentially bring others down with them if they were to collapse. During an interview with NPR on Sunday, SBF stated that given the stature of his companies, Alameda and…

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NEXO Price Drops by 40% In Three Days as Fear From Defi Contagion and Insolvency Crypto Fund Grows

The price of Nexo (NEXO) kept falling on June 15 as crypto lending firms continued to be shaken by the crypto winter season. Nexo was speculated to be related to Three Arrows Capital (3AC), a Dubai-based crypto fund at risk of going insolvent. However, the company has denied the rumors of exposure to the company and has 100% liquidity to meet its debt obligations. NEXO, a security token at a cryptocurrency lending platform bearing the same name, fell by almost 25% to $0.61 a unit, its lowest price valuation since…

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DeFi contagion? Analysts warn of ‘Staked Ether’ de-pegging from Ethereum by 50%

The next big crypto crash could be around the corner due to Lido Staked Ether (stETH), a liquid token from the Lido protocol that is supposed to be 100% pegged by Ethereum’s native token, Ether (ETH). Notably, the stETH peg could drop against ETH by 50% in the coming weeks, raising the risk of a “DeFi contagion” as Ethereum moves toward proof-of-stake (PoS), argues popular Bitcoin investor and independent analyst Brad Mills. Over 1M Ether liability risks default In detail, investors deposit ETH in Lido’s smart contracts to participate in The Merge,…

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Terra contagion leads to 80%+ decline in DeFi protocols associated with UST

The knock-on effect of the collapse of Terra (LUNA) and its TerraUSD (UST) stablecoin have spread wide across the cryptocurrency market on May 11 as projects with any kind of association with the DeFi ecosystem have seen their prices hammered.  The forced selling of the Bitcoin (BTC) holdings backing a portion of UST also influenced BTC’s current drop to $29,000 and analysts fear that DeFi platforms that have liquidity pools primarily comprised of UST and LUNA will collapse.  LUNA, ANC, ASTRO and MARS in USDT pairings. 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView…

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Decentralized insurance could save DeFi from contagion, according to ShapeShift report

Decentralized finance has many of the hallmarks of previous cryptocurrency bull markets: incredible gains, extreme volatility and massive risks. In a new report, leading noncustodial cryptocurrency exchange ShapeShift explains the four biggest risks facing DeFi investors and why the emerging field of decentralized insurance could offer a solution. The report, titled “Spreading the Risk: Decentralized Insurance,” categorizes DeFi risk into the following “landmines”: custodial risk, smart contract risk, protocol risk and oracle risk. The history of crypto is filled with examples of centralized exchanges “losing or absconding with users’ funds,”…

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