eToro Social Trading Platform Hits A Record $600 Million In Revenue in 2020

eToro Social Trading Platform Hits A Record $600 Million In Revenue in 2020

  • eToro, the social trading platform, registered a record-breaking gross revenue of $600 million across 2020.
  • Over $1.5 trillion was traded on the platform as demand for cryptocurrencies surged in the year’s latter stages.
  • The app allows users to copy trade strategies across several assets, including cryptocurrencies, precious metals, and equities.

In an exclusive report on Finance Magnates this Tuesday, top social trading app, eToro, released its 2020 report, which shows a surging interest in cryptocurrency products on the platform. Over the past year, eToro registered a record gross revenue of $600 million as the interest in commission-free trading grows worldwide.

The social trading app started as an app that allows novice users to copy trade the strategies of experienced traders and has since added a host of other services. Speaking of the impressive revenue growth, eToro Co-founder and CEO Yoni Assia explained that the company is experiencing a rapid growth rate in the number of clients.

Over the past year, the company has experienced tremendous growth in its client base, growing over 30% in the last three-quarters of 2020 to 17 million customers. Additionally, the traders completed over $1.5 trillion in trading volumes across 2020, representing a 400% influx from 2019 records.

Crypto is Gradually Taking Over

According to a statement from Assia, the stock market remains the largest contributor to trading volumes on the platform with electric vehicles leading the charge. Tesla and Nio, a Chinese electric car company, led the rankings in trading volumes, closely followed by big tech companies such as Apple, Microsoft, and Alibaba.

However, cryptocurrencies seem to be gradually overtaking the interest in stock markets on eToro, Assia believes. This year, the company suspended its buy order functionality, citing increased demand for Bitcoin on the platform.

“2020 was a big year for stocks [but] 2021 to date has been dominated by crypto headlines,” he said. “So far this year, we have seen crypto trading volumes of more than 25X the same period of time last year.”

eToro has completed some big plays in the crypto industry in the past few months showing its commitment to growing space adoption. The firm introduced Visa-enabled crypto debit cards in the UK, launched its own stablecoin, GoodDollar, and rolled out its staking services to users.

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Author: Lujan Odera

‘Bullish Divergence’ for SNX; Nearly 80% of Synthetix’s Native Token is Locked as Collateral

Synthetix currently has about $600 million worth of crypto deposit locked, which is in decline since hitting the record $1 billion on Sept. 2nd, as per DeFi Pulse.

One of the top DeFi protocols, Synthetix, is a synthetic asset issuance and trading protocol that tracks real-world assets like crypto, fiat, and stocks and uses Chainlink’s oracle for price feed.

Launched on mainnet earlier last year, the protocol has a native token called SNX, which can be locked as collateral along with ETH to mint Synths, which are tradeable ERC20 tokens. Token holders also get the transaction fees generated from Synths being exchanged on Synthetix’s non-custodial DEX.

Ranked 40th as per market cap of $408 million, SNX currently trades at $4.10 in green. While up 500% YTD, the token has lost about 35% of its value in the past month.

But unlike the price, the address activity is holding up nicely with DAA sitting “well above its expected historical levels.”

“When price levels move down, but address activity stays high, this is something we tout as a bullish divergence,” states data provider Santiment.

So Little to Accumulate

With nearly 80% of SNX locked as collateral for minting synths like sUSD, only a small percentage of SNX supply is left for accumulation.

A meager, 3.8% of all SNX is available on crypto exchanges viz. Binance, Uniswap, Poloniex, and Kucoin.

For large players, the over-the-counter (OTC) market, which tends to be opaque, is the place to get their bid filled without incurring much slippage. Here, market participants make use of Airswap and Deversifi’s smart contracts to execute OTC deals.

Over the last six months, 4,520,232 SNX, 3.78% of the circulating SNX supply, worth over $21 million have been swapped through Airswap. During this period, July was the busiest month with 11 trades conducted.

It was also in that month that the leading spot exchange Binance listed SNX, which @Neuros12 says “likely to weigh negatively on future OTC activity for SNX.” With more than 5 million SNX in its wallet, Binance is the largest SNX holder among the centralized and decentralized exchanges.

Keep on Building

The protocol is currently preparing for a technical release called The Fomalhaut that includes Ether collateral enable ETH holders to mint sUSD when sUSD is trading above $1 to help reduce the premium and opening the possibility of sUSD borrowing against BTC tokens such as renBTC and tBTC in future.

Exchange rates aggregator V3 and migrating iETH rewards to the protocol, decrease to 0 SNX per week are also part of it. The Synthetix team continues to build and become an integral part of the DeFi ecosystem.

Amidst the sky-high Ether gas fees, there are also plans to implement layer2 solutions to scale the Ethereum network, which has gotten congested due to DeFi’s speculative frenzy.

“Everyone priced out of staking SNX due to high gas prices is about to be unpriced out,” tweeted Synthetix founder Kain Warwick.

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Author: AnTy

Swerve Amasses $600 Million in Deposits; Over 60% of Curve within a Week of Launch

Swerve Finance, an unaudited fork of DEX Curve Finance, has amassed more than $600 million in deposits or the total value locked (TVL) in the protocol.

In under a week, this decentralized finance protocol has gotten about 60% of Curve’s deposits, which currently stands at just under $1 billion.

This week, cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex also listed the SWRV token against USDT. Currently, the token is trading at $4.88, down 87.5% from its all-time high hit on the launch day itself.

“Swerve has the best rate out of any exchange for USDC, USDT or TUSD to DAI by both exchange rate and transaction fee! Get some stables and collect your comfortable APY,” boasts the decentralized exchange.

Swerve is fast catching up to Curve. However, volume on the former platform is not strong enough, yet The daily volume recorded on Swerve Finance is just about $15 million compared to Curve’s $135 million.

Curve is the second biggest DEX after Uniswap, which registered $1.3 billion of volume in the past week, accounting for 22% of the market share, compared to Uniswap’s nearly 65% share.

Overall, DEXs are seeing huge growth in 2020, recording $11.6 billion in total trading volume in the month of August. Now in September, already $10.9 billion in combined volume has been seen, as per data source Dune Analytics.

Swerve cloned Curve, a decentralized exchange protocol for trading stablecoins, with the key difference of the latest project being “100% community-owned and governed,” which means SWRV is generated by users with deposits right from the beginning.

Curve’s token CRV’s launch, however, was a botched one. Before the planned schedule, an anonymous developer front-run it and deployed the smart contract with some accusing the protocol of pre-mining the tokens.

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Author: AnTy