DeFi should complement TradFi, not attack it: Finance Redefined

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Welcome to Finance Redefined, your weekly dose of essential decentralized finance (DeFi) insights — a newsletter crafted to bring you significant developments over the last week.

Following FTX’s demise, the DeFi space is up for a complete remodel as crypto users demand better security and compliance practices.

SushiSwap’s roadmap for the coming year includes the development of a decentralized exchange (DEX) aggregator, a decentralized incubator and “several stealth projects.” All these projects combined can grow its market share 10x, said the CEO.

The co-founder and CEO of Ava Labs spoke with Cointelegraph at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on the future of DeFi and traditional finance (TradFi) and said DeFi should complement TradFi, not attack it. Another DeFi report suggests that decentralized forex could reduce costs by as much as 80%.

The top 100 DeFi tokens saw a second week of bullish price action, with a majority of the tokens trading in the green on the weekly charts.

SushiSwap’s new DEX aggregator will ‘10x our market share’ — head chef

Just a month after warning of a “significant deficit” in its treasury, the CEO of decentralized exchange SushiSwap has shared several planned updates to the platform, which he said are intended to “10x” its market share in 2023.

SushiSwap CEO, Jared Grey, laid out the plans for the DeFi platform in a Jan. 16 Medium post, saying it will focus on its product stack in line with prior plans to make Sushi more sustainable.

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DeFi should complement TradFi, not attack it: Ava Labs CEO | Davos 2023

DeFi is moving from becoming a small niche within the financial industry to something TradFi is trying to incorporate.

In an interview with Cointelegraph at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Emin Gun Sirer, the co-founder and CEO of Ava Labs, spoke on DeFi’s role in TradFi ecosystems and what users can expect in a future where both are center stage.

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Decentralized forex will reduce costs by as much as 80%: Report

If the foreign exchange market starts using DeFi protocols instead of the current centralized systems, the cost of remittances could be reduced by “as much as 80%,” according to a Jan. 19 paper jointly published by researchers at Circle and Uniswap.

The authors studied the trading activity of Circle’s USD Coin (USDC) and Euro Coin (EUROC) on Uniswap from July 2022 to January 2023. They found that the coins had $128 million in total volume, with trading volume as high as $8 million on some days.

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Raydium exploiter moves $2.7M to crypto mixer Tornado Cash

In an alert, blockchain security firm CertiK reported that the Raydium protocol exploiter had sent 1,774.5 Ether (ETH) to the Tornado Cash cryptocurrency mixer. The amount is worth around $2.7 million at the time of writing.

While security teams from various exchanges continue to combat the efforts of hackers, funds continue to flow to the sanctioned Tornado Cash.

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DeFi market overview

Analytical data reveals that DeFi’s total market value remained over $40 billion this past week, trading at about $44.9 billion at the time of writing. Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView show that DeFi’s top 100 tokens by market capitalization had a bullish week, with nearly all the tokens breaking past multi-week highs.

Convex Finance (CVX) was the biggest gainer on the weekly charts, registering a 37% price surge over the last seven days, followed by Kava (KAVA) with a 34% surge. Synthetix (SNX) recorded a 29% surge on the weekly charts, while the rest of the tokens in the top 100 also saw bullish gains over the past week.

Thanks for reading our summary of this week’s most impactful DeFi developments. Join us next Friday for more stories, insights and education in this dynamically advancing space.

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