DeFi & L1L2 Weekly (08/11/2023)

Celestia launches its mainnet beta following the TIA token airdrop. Optimism introduces the Canyon Hardfork. Arbitrum DAO passes proposal to allow ARB token staking.

Nov 08, 2023 DeFi Weekly

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This week’s market cap and volatility indices were positive at +15.30% and +36.93%, respectively, while the volatility index was negative at -40.54%. DeFi Index
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Modular blockchain Celestia has successfully deployed its mainnet beta, enabling rollups and other modular chains to use it for data availability and consensus, marking the arrival of the ‘modular era’. This follows the airdrop of its native TIA token, issuing 60 million TIA to 580,000 active users in Cosmos and Ethereum Layer-2 ecosystems. 

The Celestia data availability (DA) layer incorporates a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) blockchain known as the celestia-app. This blockchain is the foundation for facilitating transactions within the DA layer and was developed using the Cosmos SDK. 

The launch of Celestia and TIA boosted the Cosmos ecosystem, with the total value locked (TVL) surging 23% month-on-month. Celestia TIA Price Cosmos TVL DeFi Index Token Performance
  • Decentralised exchange PancakeSwap announced a partnership with DeFi protocol Bril Finance to introduce a portfolio manager function. This new feature allows PancakeSwap users to deposit tokens into single-asset vaults for investing in diverse liquidity pools. During the first four weeks of the feature’s launch, additional rewards in PancakeSwap’s governance token, CAKE, will be offered. TVL of Top Chains Top DEX by Chain

News Highlights

  • Optimism announced the Canyon Hardfork, an upgrade to the Superchain that introduces support for Shanghai and Capella EIPs, bug fixes, and OP-Stack-specific changes. Canyon adjusts the EIP-1559 base fee change rate, and the deployment is scheduled for the OP Sepolia, OP Goerli, Base Sepolia, Base Goerli, PGN Sepolia, and Zora Sepolia testnets on 14 November.
  • The Arbitrum DAO approved an initial governance proposal allowing holders of its ARB token to stake their holdings in exchange for a yield paid out in tokens. Over 66% of the members voted in favour of the lowest tier allocating 1% (100 million tokens) toward staking, and the annualised percentage yield can be anywhere between 7.84% and 78.43% depending on the percentage of ARB token supply staked. 
  • DeFi protocol Aave paused its markets on multiple chains after receiving reports of an issue with the protocol. To mitigate risks, it paused Aave V2 on Ethereum and certain assets on Aave V2 on Avalanche, and froze certain assets on Aave V3 on Polygon, Arbitrum, and Optimism. 
  • Layer-1 blockchain Cardano announced plans to use Polkadot’s Substrate framework to develop its upcoming ‘partner chain’ initiative. According to Cardano, Substrate was chosen for its modular structure and flexible design, and the partnership aims to create a global network of interconnected blockchains with the partner chain model, which will allow independent chains to interact seamlessly with each other.
  • Frax Finance has regained control over its primary domains, and, after a potential security breach. The company quickly resolved the misrouting issue, and an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the incident.
  • A wallet address turned nearly 1.9 million Fantom (FTM) worth US$280,000 to US$1.9 million within hours of exploiting the Multichain Bridge. This was executed during a momentary opening in the long-frozen bridge, leading to insider job speculations among the crypto community. The wallet address first withdrew 1.9 million FTM and swapped them for BTC on the Fantom Network, then used the BTC for a cross-chain transfer through the Multichain Bridge to Ethereum.

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