📉 Floor Prices at Bored Apes Yacht Club Drop 33% Amid Swoon for NFT Projects

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NFT Downturn

📉 Floor Prices at Bored Apes Yacht Club Drop 33% Amid Swoon for NFT Projects

SLOWING DOWN Uh-oh. Don’t look now but floor prices have been cut in half at many leading NFT projects this week. Trading volume is slowing down, too. 

DROPPED The floor at Bored Apes Yacht Club, the second-highest ranking individual NFT project in terms of lifetime volume, has dropped by a third, to 29.47 from 44.05 ETH, according to a Dune Analytics dashboard

50% HAIRCUT It isn’t the only one: Meetbits, the fourth-highest ranking project, has a floor of 3.23 ETH, down more than 50% from a high of 7.50 ETH reached on Aug. 31, according to another Dune dashboard. LOOT’s floor is down about 80% from its Sep. 9 all-time, and Cool Cats has taken a 50% haircut

VOLUME The floors at 0N1 Force, Cryptoadz, Pudgy Penguins, Mutant Ape Yacht Club, Mekaverse, are all at least 45% below their all-time high points, according to the dashboards. Investors focus on floors, the lowest level of value for NFTs at a given moment, to set prices. That’s not all. NFT volume across the board has dropped 87%, to $48.48M, since an all-time high of $380.92M on Aug. 28. That’s when many of the top NFT projects’ floors peaked, according to a dashboard built by Dobby.


Fantom Tutorial

🦍 Ape Diaries: Yield Farming in the Fantom Zone

In this primer, yyctrader provides a how-to guide on using Fantom.

Fantom’s FTM token is the best performing among Layer 1 smart contract platforms this year and Total Value Locked (TVL) on the blockchain has soared since a liquidity mining program kicked off in September.

No less than 370M FTM tokens currently worth $888M have been allotted to the program.

If you’re looking to get in on the action, here’s a step-by-step guide.

Bridging Assets To Fantom

If you’re already familiar with DeFi on Ethereum, you’ll find this pretty simple. For those Defiers newly joining us, please check out our DeFi 101 content before attempting to proceed.

Step 1: Add the Fantom Opera network to MetaMask. Navigate to Chainlist and connect, or add it manually using these parameters.

Step 2: You’ll need some FTM tokens to pay for gas fees. Fortunately, you can get some for free by joining the SpookySwap discord and using their faucet bot


DeFi Op-Ed

🏛 If Crypto Regulation is Inevitable Then Let’s Get Smart About Adapting to It

In this column, Christopher Harding argues that regulation is not only imminent but that the DeFi should embrace it as a key to growth. The challenge is how.

TLDR The debates over regulatory compliance rage in Washington, in the press, and across the crypto community. Whatever the ultimate fate of the bills and amendments put forward one thing remains constant: distributed ledgers and DeFi are here to stay.

FIAT SYSTEM They offer solutions to a host of issues that we’ve, so far, been unable to properly address through the fiat system. However, for those problems to be tackled we must take inventory of the issues we face in the shift to mass adoption, decide on the  best approach to solving them, and understand what compromises are needed to integrate blockchain solutions into the mainstream once and for all.

ONGOING DISCUSSIONS As long as compromise is on the table in good faith from all interested parties, the crypto industry will be able to augment the traditional financial system and make the world a better place for countless people. One thing we should all strive to keep in mind during these ongoing discussions is the real opportunity in reducing financial exclusion. People in developing countries need an alternative to their fiat-based systems and, provided certain safeguards are in place, DeFi is the perfect solution for them. 


The Tube

📺 SuperMassive NFT Show: Is it time for PFP's to grow up?


🔗 FTX Raises $420,690,000: CoinDesk

FTX has memed itself into another massive funding round. Sam Bankman-Fried’s Bahamas-based crypto exchange said Wednesday it had raised $420,690,000 in a Series B-1 funding round. Sixty-nine investors – including BlackRock and Tiger Global – joined the fast-growing crypto conglomerate.

🔗 Double spending bug in Polygon’s Plasma bridge: Gerhard Wagner

I thought I was out of the security game for a while now and that my interests have moved on to other fields. Last week I came back from an extended holiday, and refreshed I looked around on CT on what had happened.

🔗 Walmart Has Quietly Begun Hosting Bitcoin ATMs: CoinDesk

Walmart, the world’s largest company by revenue, is letting customers buy bitcoin at dozens of its U.S. stores.

🔗 Robinhood crypto wallet waitlist hits 1 million people: CoinTelegraph

More than 1 million people are on the waitlist for Robinhood’s long-awaited crypto wallet, according to CEO Vlad Tenev.

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