DIGITAL ASSETS ON THE MOVE
Tezos is Surging
Tezos increased by approximately 140% against the USD in the past 30 days. Here are the main reasons why.
Tezos Protocol Amendment Voting Process in Action
Tezos features an on-chain mechanism with four stages for proposing, selecting, testing, and activating protocol upgrades. This is a substitute for the current primary method for blockchain network upgrades, known as hard forking, in which network participants start following a different set of consensus rules and essentially incorporate upgrades into the current network. Hard forks can be dangerous, as communities can split due to lack of social consensus, potentially resulting in two or more different blockchains.
Tezos is undergoing the first protocol amendment vote process and is currently in the middle of the second stage, the exploration vote period. In this stage, bakers (Tezos’ word for block producers) cast votes for selected proposals from the first stage. If votes reach a certain participation ratio and there is a supermajority of yes votes at the end of this period, the amendment process will proceed to the testing period; otherwise, the process will start over with the first period.
The current proposal being voted on is called Athens A. If passed, Athens A will increase the gas limit—the computational limit per block and decrease the roll size—the minimum amount required to become a baker—from 10k to 8K XTZ. This is the very first Tezos amendment process to go live, and for now, the process is developing as intended.
Current Market Focus on Proof-of-Stake and DeFi Applications
Lately, DeFi and staking are the centers of attention in the crypto community. The DeFi space is growing rapidly, with new applications emerging and their usage increasing. Staking is also gaining social attention, partly because of the increased development of Proof-of-Stake based blockchains in general (including the first Tezos protocol amendment process, the launch of Cosmos Hub, Loom’s DPoS PlasmaChain launch, the release of Cardano 1.5, and the Ethereum 2.0 Nimbus testnet) and partly because staking yield and interest rates from DeFi applications both enable holders to earn interest on their holdings. Increased general attention can lead to price increases due to greater awareness of the project and exposure to more potential investors.
Coinbase Custody Adds Staking Feature, Tezos First Supported Asset
Coinbase recently announced that they will enable asset staking and governance support in their Coinbase Custody solution for institutional clients. Tezos, which is currently not listed on their exchange platforms yet, was chosen as the first asset to be implemented. This means that Coinbase, one of the largest crypto financial companies, believes that Tezos has a bright future and that institutional investors can earn additional yield to capital gains while still storing assets using an institutional-grade custody solution, which may lead institutional investors to increase their portfolio allocation for Tezos. We believe this is the most important factor for Tezos price appreciation.