- The Federal Reserve today announced it would keep its overnight interest rate near zero.
- Fed Chair Jerome Powell said that there was “great uncertainty ahead.”
- This may lead to more Bitcoin investment.
The Federal Reserve, the United States’ central bank, said today at the conclusion of its regular Federal Open Market Committee meeting that it would keep its key overnight interest rate near zero and make no change to its monthly bond purchases of at least $120 billion.
In an expected move from the US central bank, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell announced that it would keep its strategy in place at least until there is a bounce back from the COVID-induced recession—but added there was “great uncertainty ahead.”
“The pace of the recovery has moderated in recent months,” he said, adding: “The path ahead remains highly uncertain.” The Fed also said that the coronavirus crisis was weighing on economic activity, employment, and inflation.
Keeping interest rates low makes borrowing cheaper so people can go out, spend, and in turn stimulate the economy.
So what does this mean for the crypto world?
Well, just like previous times the Fed announced it would keep interest rates at zero, we were told that it would be likely investors could turn to alternative assets—like .
This is because interest-bearing investments—like bonds or debt-based financial instruments—aren’t generating interest, and would therefore be less attractive. Moreover, since lower interest rates tend to go together with higher inflation, Bitcoin becomes a hedge against devaluation of the dollar.
Since the Fed announced last September that interest rates would remain near zero, the price of Bitcoin has rocketed—by over 186%—and investors have been eyeing-up assets like gold as a safe haven.
With the US central bank keeping its aggressive monetary policy in place, it looks as if the shift toward alternative assets—including crypto—may well continue.
The views and opinions expressed by the author are for informational purposes only and do not constitute financial, investment, or other advice.
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Uniswap’s decentralized exchange has emerged as one of the critical pieces in the decentralized finance sector, with the DEX benefiting from the first-mover advantage after it became the go-to exchange for new projects and traders in 2020.
In late 2020, 400 UNI tokens were distributed to all wallet addresses that previously provided liquidity on the platform at at its peak thhe impromptu airdrop was worth north of $3,500.
By late October of 2020 the DeFi market has sold-off sharply and this pinned UNI price below the $4.00 mark for weeks but since the start of 2021, UNI token has gained 335% and reached a new all-time high at $15.35 on Jan. 27.
At the moment, the driving forces behind the rise in the price of UNI are an increase in daily volume transacted on the platform, the rise in the platform’s total value locked, and the roll-out of governance features as the Uniswap v3 launch approaches.
Total value locked continues to rise
Monitoring the total value locked (TVL) of a DeFi protocol is one of the primary metrics used to determine its legitimacy and how involved the community.
A rising TVL indicates that users of the platform trust the platform enough to deposit their funds to earn rewards and it typically means that the liquidity pools are more competitive than other exchanges in the sector.
The Uniswap platform recently established a new all-time high TVL of $3.16 billion on Jan. 24, and this was boosted by an increase in the price of many of the top cryptocurrencies as well as popular DeFi tokens.
Uniswap is now the top-ranked DEX in terms of TVL, and when it comes to lending the platform ranks fourth as Maker (MKR), AAVE and Compound (COMP) lead in this area.
Uniswap’s trading volume competes with the top centralized exchanges
A second driver of UNI’s recent surge is the sharp rise in trading volume on the exchange.
Data from Uniswap shows the DEX’s daily volume is consistently above $400 million since the beginning of 2021 and the metric surged to a new high at $1.3 billion on Jan. 11. This level of volume now places Uniswap in competition with some of the top centralized exchanges in cryptocurrency.
Transactions on Uniswap also surpass those of its direct competitors and data from Dune Analytics shows that in early 2019 the main competitors were Kyber Network and IDEX.
Since that time the number of DEXs has continued to expand but by March of 2020 Uniswap had established itself as the preferred choice for traders and it has remained the dominant DEX into 2021.
Excitement surrounding the v3 rollout bolsters UNI price
While many airdrop recipients were elated to sell their tokens shortly after receiving them, those who chose to hold on to them now have the ability to receive extra benefits with the addition of governance features.
The Uniswap Treasury currently has $500 million in it and recently Uniswap founder Hayden Adams asked the community “what are some of the most impactful ways governance can allocate this UNI?”
As the list of delegates for the Uniswap platform continues to grow, demand for UNI token is likely to increase as more UNI are locked on the platform for governance purposes.
Excitement around the upcoming Uniswap v3.0 continues to build and in addition to new governance features, solutions for the high gas fees and improvements to the impermanent loss structure are expected.
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