Emotional Players, Emotional Markets - Market Monday (08/10)

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David Hoffman David Hoffman Aug 10, 20207 min read
Emotional Players, Emotional Markets - Market Monday (08/10)

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Dear Bankless Nation,

Here’s something to think about:

Markets are the place where the expressions of many individual’s beliefs manifest into a singular output: Price.

We are all emotional beings, and while we are told to remove emotion from investing, in reality, emotionality is a key component of what enables markets to function.

Markets are subjective and emotional, as the people that compose markets are all subjective and emotional.

If you currently believe that we’re embarking on the early stages of a bull market, you therefore must prepare for the roller-coaster of emotions that it brings. Not everyone is good at this, and most people think they are better than they think they are.

Crypto prices will 3x.
You will be overjoyed! Genius! Steak time! Buy a friend a present!

Then they will 1/3.
You will feel like you got punched in the stomach. You’ll question your spending. Ramen for dinner.

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No one can fully detach from the emotional highs and lows of a market.

Anyone who holds a position in an asset is making a bet that they will get a hit of dopamine in the future from the price appreciation of their asset.

It’s better for you (and everyone around you) if you learn to integrate this reality rather than fight it.

Accept your emotions, and understand that they are apart of the game.

And remember the rule of thumb that can keep you safe: never position yourself in a way that could get you kicked out of the game.

If you lose a bet, make sure you can still play.

Vitalik Discusses ETH Supply on the State of the Nation

Speaking of emotional markets, you may have noticed a pretty spicy few days on Crypto-Twitter from members of the Bitcoiner camp who were voicing concerns that the Ethereum community had no good, quick, easy way to audit and verify the supply of ETH on Ethereum.

From the perspective of Bitcoiners, this is foundational to the structure of a blockchain.

I personally found it interesting that this wave of attacks from the Bitcoiner camp to the Etherean camp came after a two-week 20% price appreciation of ETH vs BTC, and the clear signal that the DeFi boom has been the main reason for the recent price appreciation in all crypto assets, Bitcoin included.

In some ways, the ETH/BTC ratio is a reflection of ETH/BTC community vitality, and I think it’s fair to claim that the collective emotions of twitter-Bitcoiner culminated into a dunking-on-Ethereum contest using a game they’ve invented.

Not to dodge the question about being able to audit the ETH supply on Ethereum.

It is important to be able to fully audit everything about a blockchain (a blockchain is itself one big audit). Ethereum and Bitcoin account for things differently, so using a Bitcoin frame-of-reference doesn’t work when discussing how Ethereum accounts for supply.

To help understand these differences, we’re bringing Vitalik Buterin onto the State of the Nation in order to unpack why Bitcoiners think it’s hilarious that Ethereans can’t audit ETH supply, and what Bitcoiners are willfully ignoring in order to present these criticisms.


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Market numbers 📊

  • ETH mellows out by 0.76% to $395 from $392 last Monday
  • BTC inches up 4.2% to $11,901 from $11,420 last Monday
  • Total value locked extends 12.8% to $4.75B from $4.21B last Monday
  • DAI stability fee stays at 0.00% with savings rate steady at 0.00%

Market opportunities 🤑

Yield Farming 🌾

What’s new 📰

What’s hot 🔥

Money reads 📚

Governing DeFi (new!)

  • Vote on Kyber Network’s new fee allocation. KNC holders can vote on their preferred allocation for protocol fees between voting rewards, liquidity rebates, and burns. Those who vote will be eligible to receive ETH rewards (currently ~444 ETH). Voting starts later today!
  • yEarn is revisiting the issuance schedule. YIP 36 proposes to allocate system rewards towards operation expenditures instead of streaming it to governance. While this doesn’t explicitly change anything about the issuance schedule, the proposal highlights that the YFI community is working with Delphi Digital and Gauntlet to develop an economic model & inflation schedule for YFI. Keep an eye out!


Check out a few cool things I’m capturing right now in crypto

Taking a day off. I’m not looking at prices today. I’m not on twitter. I’m resetting my mind, spending time with friends & family, and taking a break from the screens. If you’re on the Bankless journey I encourage you to do the same from time to time. Take time off. Reset. Quiet your mind.

Don’t lose sight of why we’re on the journey! It’s for our freedom. It’s for our loved ones. It’s for our relationships. It’s for our future. It’s for a better life.

Bankless is a means to an end.

Big thanks to Lucas and David who helped get Market Monday out today.


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Make time to complete this assignment before next week

Our weekly assignment will drop TOMORROW with Tactic Tuesday.

DeFi Dad is going to show you how to swap tokens with ZERO fees on Uniswap.

Yeah, that’s right - no gas fees. During a time when gas prices are through the roof, this can be extremely valuable for anyone who’s actively swapping tokens.

On that note, this past tutorial should serve as a nice compliment to tomorrow’s assignment:

How to get gas price alerts with Hal:

Extra Credit Learning

Some recent tweets…

Don’t let the FUD get to you. ETH’s supply is verifiable. And it’s money!


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