DeFi is Happening #77

Market Meditations | January 18, 2021

Bitcoin’s consolidation phase or ‘bull breather’ creates a window of opportunity that anyone can take advantage of

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Bitcoin’s consolidation phase or ‘bull breather’ creates a window of opportunity that anyone can take advantage of ?

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The Great Restructuring: Do DeFi Tokens Deserve A Spot in The Top-20 Altcoins?

For today’s article, we start by taking a look at bitcoin’s price action and why the current consolidation phase provides a window of opportunity for altcoin traders

Later, we take a look at SUSHI and AAVE and expand on why the market might be preferring them over the rest of the altcoins.

Thoughts on Bitcoin

Bitcoin went through its first real correction last week (since the breakout in October). 

Dropping ~27% from it’s all-time high at ~$42,000. 

Bitcoin is now trading within a consolidation pattern and it will likely take a while before we see the next big impulse move. 

Bitcoin cooling off has meant that altcoins have had some room to breathe, noticeable by the abundance of trading opportunities currently present in the market. 

As long as bitcoin consolidates, altcoins should be your main focus. 

It’s a window of opportunity that almost anybody can take advantage of with the right tools in your tool belt ?

Why DeFi?

Although Zhu’s tweet was meant to be exaggerated a little bit, there’s some truth to it as well. 

In comparison to 2017 ICO tokens, the projects behind some of the most popular DeFi tokens have working products with a decent and growing cash flow to justify their valuations

Total value locked (TVL)
in DeFi protocols keeps making new highs every single week and is up 25x compared to this time last year, continuing its exponential growth with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. 

Due to the reflexive nature of those DeFi protocols, some token valuations have now become even more attractive as higher token prices lead to more volume, which in turn leads to more fees that accrue back to the token holders.

One thing to keep in mind though, this positive flywheeleffect currently acting as a strong tailwind is true to the downside as well

A significant decrease in volume if the market were to turn would very likely lead to significant downwards pressure on price. Know where we are in the cycle, don’t get left holding the bag.

AAVE and SUSHI Outperform

It seems that the market is maturing and ghost chains worth billions of dollars are severely underperforming up and coming DeFi projects. 

Within that DeFi ecosystem, there are two coins that have significantly outperformed the rest of the market over the last few weeks: SUSHI and AAVE

Crypto trader Hsaka visualized this on a price performance chart shared on Twitter ?

Everything has gone up, but both SUSHI and AAVE were the better choices by far with both pairs almost going up parabolically the last few weeks. 


SUSHI, saved from death after Chef Nomi returned the funds he stole from the dev fund, is now a flourishing ecosystem with new and innovative features being released at an incredible speed. 

It is now considered to be a DeFi blue chip and the only DEX meaningfully challenging Uniswap for the #1 spot. 

AAVE, previously known as ETHLend, has established itself as the market leader in lending and borrowing and currently has over $3 billion in assets locked up in the protocol. 

Although price is up more than 100x this year, analysts continue to believe the project might be undervalued when taking a look at the underlying fundamentals of the protocol. 


Bitcoin is experiencing what many traders deemed to have been an inevitable correction. During these conditions, we can explore other trading opportunities. Namely, Defi. Because one thing is certain: DeFi is here to stay.

Unlike some of the 2017 ICO coins, it is backed by strong fundamentals. These are only the first iterations of products that will take a while to attract mainstream attention and investors.  Keep an open mind at all times and never be afraid to question your beliefs. 

The upside is enormous, but many projects will fail in the process. Which is why, as always, and as is common practise amongst the greatest traders in the world: it is essential you maintain good trading discipline and ? risk management.

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On Mondays, our ‘Scan The Week’ section is designed to show our community what events and headlines we will be keeping an eye on.

Monday, 18th January 

  • Martin Luther King Day ??
    The U.S. markets are closed today in honour of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The day is dedicated to celebrating his life and achievements: most notable are his campaigns to end racial equality in the United States. 

Tuesday, 19th January 

  • NEAR listing on (50% off) ✅
    NEAR will be listed on The Syndicate platform. All Coin (CRO) stakers will be able to participate in a discounted sale event for $250,000 USD worth of NEAR at 50% off. The Syndicate event will commence on Tuesday, 19 January 2021 on the Exchange lasting for 24 hours.

  • Market Meditations Podcast Release ?
    The Crypto Lark: Emerging Crypto Trends

Wednesday, 20th January 

  • Binance Coin (BNB) Burn ?
    The 14th burn of BNB happens this week, announced by CZ himself. 

Thursday, 21st January 

  • Market Meditations Podcast Release ?:
    Notsofast: Taking Profit on Bitcoin in 2021

Friday, 22nd January 

  • TomoChain (TOMO) Zorro Upgrade
    This release marks an important milestone and demonstrates the robust development underway on the TomoChain public blockchain. With this upgrade, a variety of important and exciting functionalities will be added to TomoChain Mainnet.’

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