Wrapped Bitcoin has Seen an Increase in Unwrapping

December 4, 2020


The bitcoin-backed token wrapped bitcoin has now a market capitalization of above $2B, has observed an increase in the unwrapping by some of its biggest clients as the ETH-based DeFi sector continues to cool down.


BitGo customers including Alameda Research and Three Arrows Capital are trading an increasing value of their tokenized bitcoin minted at the beginning of this year for the actual bitcoins as the bullish crypto market continues to focus on Ethereum and bitcoin, Decentralized finance has taken a back seat now.


The market value of wrapped bitcoin (WBTC) is more than $2.3B at the time of writing.


In the months following DeFi’s super-hot summer when bitcoins were wrapped quicker than they were mined, the area has cooled altogether and yields across different Ethereum-based conventions have therefore dropped. 


Alameda’s WBTC burns are likewise halfway the consequence of movements in their OTC order flow and inside capital base rearrangement as the cost of bitcoin keeps on climbing, the firm told. 


As indicated by Kiarash Mosayeri, a wrapped bitcoin product manager at BitGo, another catalyst for the expansion in burns could be the sunsetting of liquidity rewards program for driving decentralized trade Uniswap on November 17, giving clients less of an incentive to keep assets on the stage.


Until this point, almost 120,000 WBTC are as yet available for use with more than 8,000 WBTC minted in November. A record of 4,300 WBTC was signed over a similar period. Notwithstanding, almost 2,000 more were additionally burned in the initial not many long periods of December with no new minting. 


Three Arrows Capital, another unmistakable wrapped bitcoin merchant that consumed more than 4,000 WBTC in the previous fourteen days, declined to remark on why they unwrapped these coins. According to BitGo’s wrapped bitcoin order book, the Singapore-based exchanging firm has not minted new WBTC since mid-October.


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