Weekly Market Index
Last week’s crypto market prices fell by -4.07%. Volume and volatility also dropped by -16.19% and -24.60%, respectively.
Chart of the Week
Ethereum account abstraction is a new paradigm to allow for a more user-friendly experience when interacting with decentralised applications (Dapps). Account abstraction within blockchain systems allows for assets to be exclusively held by smart contracts rather than being controlled by externally-owned accounts (EOAs). The ERC-4337 standard is the account abstraction token standard that aims to unlock the power of smart contract crypto wallets on the Ethereum blockchain. The chart below shows the growth in ERC-4337 user operations (UserOps). These are defined as transactions made by ERC-4337 smart accounts.
Selected key categories decreased in terms of market cap, in the past seven days.
- Mastercard announced that it has “successfully demonstrated capabilities of a new solution that enables CBDCs to be tokenised (or ‘wrapped’) onto different blockchains.” The company stated that this solution will provide consumers with “a new option to participate in commerce across multiple blockchains with increased security and ease.”
- JPMorgan debuted its in-house blockchain-based tokenisation application, the Tokenized Collateral Network (TCN). The application enables the conversion of traditional assets into digital assets and makes way for faster and more secure on-chain settlements.
- Ferrari will accept cryptocurrency payments for its luxury sports cars in the United States. The decision was driven by market demand and dealer requests, with numerous clients, including crypto-savvy young investors, having invested in digital currencies. The carmaker also plans to accept crypto payments in Europe.
- Digital currency and electronic payments business DeCurret Holdings intends to launch a Japanese yen-backed digital currency (DCJPY) in July 2024. The leading issuer of the DCJPY will be the Aozora Bank, a commercial entity with 19 domestic branches in Japan. DeCurret itself is backed by the likes of Japan Post Bank, Mitsubishi, and Dentsu Group.
Recent Research Reports
|Research Roundup Newsletter [September 2023]||Ethereum: Dencun Upgrade and Proto-Danksharding||Alpha Navigator: Quest for Alpha [September 2023]|
- Research Roundup Newsletter [September 2023]: We present to you our latest issue of Research Roundup, featuring trending market insights in September, charts of the month, and our insights on the Ethereum Dencun upgrade.
- Ethereum: Dencun Upgrade and Proto-Danksharding: Ethereum’s next major upgrade is Dencun, which introduces Proto-Danksharding. We explore what it is and its benefits.
- Alpha Navigator: Quest for Alpha [September 2023]: Risk assets end 3Q 2023 mostly down on a QoQ basis, but YTD paints a more positive picture. Inflation retreats. US avoids a government shutdown.
Recent University Articles
- What Is Ethereum Gas?: In the world of blockchain, every transaction comes with a cost, known as a ‘gas fee’. Here we explain the importance of gas for the network and how to calculate its cost.
- What Is Avalanche (AVAX)?: Dive into Avalanche’s AVAX token and learn about its consensus mechanism, tokenomics, and how it compares to other Layer-1 protocols.
- What Is MakerDAO (DAI)?: Learn about the DAO of DAOs and its stablecoin, DAI — including how to use, trade, and create it.
Research and Insights Team
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