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M3TA Recap

M3TA Recap: January 30 - February 05, 2023


Trang Nguyễn


06 Feb 2023


Inflation Rate
Centralized Exchange
AI Token




Top performers (7D)

◉ Dafi Protocol - DAFI: +275.1%

Price as of time of writing: DAFI/USDT - 0.03493

Dafi - a DeFi protocol that offers staking, liquidity and bounty based on growing network demand - recently saw an uptick in its native token DAFI price. 

This could be due to its latest unveiling of the "Web3's First Hybrid Crypto Exchange" on Feb 01. 

The hybrid model is claimed to solve the pains of CEX and DEX with better added functions. The most important added function must be SuperStaking: you stake DAFI, earn DAFI and more tokens from exchange fees (ETH, USDT, BNB, etc.)

Figure 1. The advantages of Dafi’s hybrid exchange model

The company has also teased the upcoming release of major news for the DAFI this week.

◉ FLEX Coin - FLEX: +148.8%

Price as of time of writing: FLEX/USDC - 1.4279

CoinFLEX, the futures exchange and yield platform, recently announced on Feb 02 that a rebranding of FLEX is next to no time with new tokenomic changes. This might explain the sharp increase in the value of the FLEX native token last week.

◉ MarsDAO - MDAO: +113.4%

Price as of time of writing: MDAO/BUSD - 0.5275

MarsDAO, a decentralized investment platform, announces a staking partnership on WePad IDO launchpad for rewards in MDAO tokens, driving MDAO price higher.

MarsDAO products range from DEX index contract, wallet bot, re-staking farming to tokenization of real assets (real estate, watches, aircraft, land, etc.)

WePad is a decentralized launchpad hosting and listing potential projects for IDO.

◉ Measurable Data - MDT: +112.7%

Price as of time of writing: MDT/BUSD - 0.06107

◉ SingularityNET - AGIX: +111.6%

Price as of time of writing: AGIX/BUSD - 0.41905

Last week, AI-related tokens saw a notable increase in price due to the rise of an underground trend in the AI space. Tokens such as MDT and AGIX experienced a surge in their respective prices.

Users will get rewards in MDT (Measurable Data Token) as they share anonymous data points through a dApp called MyMDT. Its parent company Measurable AI provides consumer insights to various businesses through data collected from transactions.

On the other hand, AGIX was created to become the exchange currency on the AI marketplace SingularityNET, on which anyone can sell and buy AI solutions that match their needs.


Top losers (7D)

◉ Constellation - DAG: -18.6%

Price as of time of writing: DAG/USDT - 0.049795

◉ Aptos - APT: -18.4%

Price as of time of writing: APT/USDT - 14.7102

◉ BTSE Token - BTSE: -16.9%

Price as of time of writing: BTSE/USD - 2.7334

◉ Ronin - RON: -14.8%

Price as of time of writing: RON/USDT - 0.829

These tokens experienced a significant increase in value two weeks ago, mirroring the trend of Bitcoin. Last week also saw a 3.41% drop in the price of Bitcoin, which led to a similar decline in the tokens' value. The cause of the drop could be attributed to some investors taking profits after a month-long bullish trend.

◉ STEPN - GMT: -15.6%

Price as of time of writing: GMT/USDT - 0.5112

STEPN to unlock 1.46% of total supply on Feb 09 might have caused existing investors to sell off for fear of extreme volatility.


News Highlight

1. Fantom’s fUSD V2 Plans to Launch

AMBCRYPTO - January 30, 2023

◉ No date fixed and fUSD V1 will be liquidated first.

◉ The upgrade focuses on improving stability and cost effectiveness of the platform, paving the way for more B2B products.

◉ The new version enables users and developers to allocate fees in either FTM or fUSD and predict cost in advance.

◉ fUSD is an over-collateralized stablecoin (similar to DAI) backed by staked FTM.

2. Djed - Cardano's Decentralized Stablecoin Launched on its Main Network

The Block - January 31, 2023 at 12:00 PM UTC

◉ Djed is a stablecoin developed by blockchain firm Coti and Cardano's core developer Input Output.

◉ Djed is aimed to be used in the Cardano ecosystem's DeFi protocols as a stable alternative to volatile cryptocurrencies, over-collateralized by 400-800% with ADA and using SHEN as a reserve coin.

◉ Expected to be integrated into 40 apps, receiving support from MinSwap, Wingriders, and MuesliSwap and planning to launch DjedPay for accepting stablecoin payments.

3. dYdX Delays Token Unlock

AMBCRYPTO - February 03, 2023

◉ dYdX delays token unlock until Dec 01, 2023.

◉ dYdX accrued less revenue for token holders than GMX despite growing volume.

◉ Whales remain optimistic about dYdX, but decreasing interest from new addresses and slowing network growth imply less transfer activity.

4. “Monday 👀” Posted by Many Projects on Twitter (?!)

Twitter - February 04, 2023 at 02:00 PM EST

No one actually comes forward and confirms what this weekend phenomenon is, although there are some circulating theories. Regarding the en masse of these DeFi projects, whatever this requires significant resources and widespread marketing partnership. It could be the launch of:

◉ either $crvUSD 

◉ or Arbitrum Airdrop

5. Huobi Listed a Token to Represent FTX's Debts and Named it $FUD

Twitter - February 05, 2023 at 11:55 AM UTC

Basically, they are securitizing subprime loans (a higher-interest loan for people who are usually late in payment and are not qualified for a standard-interest loan) and selling them out to naive investors. 

If this concept can be any more familiar, it's exactly how Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDOs) - the bad ones - were made back in the financial crisis in 2008.



1. Interest rate

Fed increases interest rates by 0.25 points, with a target range of 4.5% - 4.75%.

FOMC aimed at bringing down inflation, which is still elevated despite recent signs of slowing.

2. Job growth

Job numbers exceed forecasts, rising from 260,000 to 517,000.

Despite the promising number, the number might have been skewed by the service industry which is happily operating after Covid. 

But on the other hand, the employment landscape does not look that positive in the tech realm with FANG (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google) as well as several others (Microsoft, IBM, Salesforce, Paypal, etc.) continuously slashing jobs every day. Techies have been known to earn the highest average salary and likely spend the most across sectors, so the fact that they cannot keep their jobs could mean that the economy will become stagnant for a while.

Or, as Tom Simons - money market economist at Jefferies suggests, the increase in job numbers could be attributed to fewer workers being let go, rather than an actual increase in jobs created.



1. Cardano Experiences Significant Price Increase With a Bull Trigger

ZyCrypto - January 30, 2023

◉ Cardano (ADA) price has risen by over 50% since the beginning of the year.

◉ Mysterious buyers purchased over 4 billion ADA, worth approximately $1.72B between $0.365 and $0.376.

◉ The recent surge in ADA price triggers selling from whales, with 31 addresses holding 100,000 to 1,000,000 ADA selling or redistributing their tokens.

◉ 71% of ADA holders are currently holding at a loss, with 26% being profitable. The low profitability count may indicate that this is a good point for entering new positions.

2. Explosive Growth: Ethereum Network Sees 130,000 New Unique Addresses Daily in Tandem with Increased On-Chain Activity

CryptoGlobe - January 31, 2023

◉ Ethereum network's unique addresses increased by 130,000 per day, reaching 221.3 million. We do not eliminate the odds that a majority of these can be bot addresses.

◉ Aggressive accumulation of ETH by "shark addresses" seen in data from on-chain analytics firm Santiment: Wallets with 100-10,000 ETH have been accumulating ETH since Nov. 2020, resulting in the creation of 3,000 new shark addresses.

◉ Total number of shark addresses reached an all-time high of 48,556.

3. BNB Chain Releases Web3 Data Ownership - BNB Greenfield 

BNB Chain - February 01, 2023

◉ BNB Greenfield is a blockchain-based decentralized storage network that will enable Web3 cloud computing. It can be applied to: (1) website hosting, (2) personal cloud storage, (3) blockchain data storage, (4) publishing, (5) social media, (6) token-curated registries.

◉ If you're familiar with Google Drive, DropBox or AWS (Amazon Web Service), this solution is supposedly a competitor to that model.

◉ Read more about BNB Greenfield here:


M3TA Insights:

The crypto market movement this week appears weaker compared to 2 weeks ago, possibly due to the anticipation for the Federal Reserve interest rate announcement. Post-Fed's announcement, the market showed a slight recovery but failed to see a strong surge, causing a 4-day decline in BTC. Despite the fluctuations, the market remains in a sideway range and investors appear to be healthily greedy. It's advisable to exercise caution when managing assets.