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New Year Introduces More Volatility + ETHC Staking Rewards

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HNY, frens! 🥂✨

Holy volatility, Batman!
Last year was a wild ride for crypto and this year is shaping up to be no different 🎢
But we’re used to this by now, right?
There’s always a million reasons why cryptocurrencies jump high or dip low, and this time it could be the Fed signalling a rate hike.
While this may be reactionary, we strongly believe this asset class is here to stay and that low time preference investors can stomach the volatility. Let’s not forget the sharp selloffs in 2012, 2013 and 2018. 📉
Ether Capital in the News
Despite the price, there’s a lot to be bullish about!
We caught up with Alix Steel on Bloomberg Markets earlier this week to share our crypto outlook for 2022 🔮 including access points and where institutional players like hedge funds fit into the equation.
ETHC Staking Rewards
Yield generation is an important part of the crypto narrative moving forward.
Last December, “we did a thing” and staked $50 million in Ether. After locking up more than 10,000 ETH on Ethereum 2.0 to contribute to network validation, we’re excited to see the fruits of our labour.
In our first 30 days, we’ve earned $140,000+ in new Ether. 🤑
And now we’re gearing up to deploy more of our balance sheet onto securing the new network. Say hello and follow our new Twitter ‘Botfolio’ to get the daily rewards report!
We also wrote a blog post on how we got to this point and what’s next for our company. 🚀🚀
Big Bets From Institutional Investors
Just as we predicted, we’re seeing more institutional support for the industry. Goldman Sachs believes bitcoin will outshine gold as a store of value and prices could top US$100,000 👀
Analyst Zach Pandl shared his perspective with clients of one of America’s largest banks, which is a huge sign of faith when it comes to institutional adoption of cryptocurrencies.
Institutions usually start out with bitcoin, but next stop will likely be Ethereum. We’ll take this as a win! 😎✔️
The Merge aka Bellatrix
The biggest achievement overall will be Ethereum’s transition to Ethereum 2.0, which will replace the outdated Proof-of-Work consensus (i.e., mining) with carbon-neutral Proof-of-Stake (i.e., staking). CoinDesk published a good explainer of the top five changes to expect this year.
For all you visual learners, Ethereum’s co-founder Vitalik Buterin released an updated roadmap last November of what to expect. He has also recently proposed a new fee structure to improve the network, which has often been criticized for high gas fees. ⛽
Newsworthy Links and Highlights
Vitalik Buterin joined Bankless for an in-depth conversation about the Ethereum 2.0 roadmap, where we are in its transition and strategies for alternative Layer 1s.
Dapper Labs officially becomes the first NFT company to register to lobby with the U.S. government. The company joins a parade of crypto influencers who have already taken to Congress in an effort to develop new policies.
FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried says two things to watch out for this year are more clarity around crypto regulation and institutional adoption. He says it won’t be something that happens overnight, but is worth embracing. We couldn’t agree more.
Final Fantasy developer Square Enix recently announced its enthusiasm for NFTs and blockchain gaming. The news came in the form of an open letter on New Year’s Day from the company’s president Yosuke Matsuda who gushed about the future of play-to-earn (P2E) games and the difference between those who “play to have fun” and “play to contribute.” Traditional gamers tend to be more skeptical when it comes to NFTs and the P2E model in general, so needless to say they were not very happy.
As always, feel free to contact us at info@ethcap.co with any comments, questions, or just to say hello!
Ether Capital (NEO:ETHC) is a leading technology company focused on participating in the development of the Ethereum and Web3 ecosystem. For more information, visit www.ethcap.co.
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