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🤗 The Merge Goes Live in Historic Upgrade for Ethereum

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The Merge

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The Merge

🤗 The Merge Goes Live in Historic Upgrade for Ethereum

After Years of Toil and Tests Ethereum Shifts to Proof of Stake and Sets Stage for Further Changes

By Samuel Haig

It’s done. The Merge was activated at 6:43 AM UTC time. The long-awaited upgrade to Ethereum occurred at block height 58,750,000,000,000,000,000,000, unifying the Proof of Stake, ‘Eth2’ Beacon Chain consensus layer with the Proof of Work mainnet and execution layer. 


Ethereum Classic

📈 Miners Pile Into Ethereum Classic Minutes After Merge as Hashrate Spikes 71%

Proof of Work Miners Seek Haven in Ethereum Classic as Main Network Goes PoS

By Samuel Haig

 MINERS It only took minutes for Proof of Work miners to flock to Ethereum Classic after The Merge activated at 6:43 UTC on Thursday morning. With Ethereum no longer reliant on mining as it changed to the Proof of Stake consensus mechanism, the hash rate of the Ethereum Classic network is at a record 106 terahashes per second (TH/s). 


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Trailing Stop now available to MakerDAO and Liquity users

Fans of Maker and Liquity protocols can now rely on the advanced trailing stop strategy for managing their DeFi positions using DeFi Saver, an all-in-one dashboard for sophisticated DeFi management. 

A trailing stop is a dynamic type strategy that allows users to configure a percentage drop from peak market value that would trigger the full closing of a position once reached. While with a standard Stop loss, a position would get closed at a fixed price, a Trailing stop actively follows any upward market movements by the set percentage, instead continuously increasing the stop price.

The new strategy is another in the series of automated trading strategies introduced to MakerDAO and Liquity by DeFi Saver, following Stop loss and Take Profit. Setting up is straightforward. Existing Maker and Liquity users need to visit DeFi Saver and switch to the Automate tab in the dedicated protocol dashboard. Users just need to input the percentage that they want the stop price to be below the reached market peak and to select the asset to which they want their position to be closed (e.g. collateral asset or debt asset).

A trailing stop is a great method to reduce losses or lock in profits. For example, when one is using these lending protocols to go long on ETH. It’s recommended to combine a trailing stop with a standard stop loss to further minimize potential losses in case of a market downturn. Users can find both of these options available in the dedicated protocol dashboards within the DeFi Saver app.

Check out the new Trailing Stop automation for Maker and Liquity by DeFi Saver.

Proof of Work

What The Merge Means For Proof-of-Work Miners

Ethereum Classic’s Hash Rate Is At An All-Time High

By Samuel Haig

MINERS Ethereum is not the only chain changing this week. Rival Proof-of-Work (PoW) chains are also being disrupted by The Merge. The upgrade boots PoW miners off the Ethereum network in favor of Proof-of-Stake (PoS) validators, displacing an estimated $5B worth of mining hardware. As a result, some miners have banded together and pledged to fork Ethereum and maintain the chain using Proof of Work consensus under the ticker ETHW. 


Merge Impact

👀 All The ETH On Aave Borrowed Ahead Of The Merge

Ether Borrow Rate Has Spiked To 190%

By Owen Fernau

Investors have borrowed 100% of the ETH available on Aave, a DeFi lending protocol with $6.5B in total value locked according to The Defiant Terminal. That’s around 643,660 ETH worth over $1B as of Sep. 14. 


Crypto Lending

🏦 Compound Treasury Launches Institutional Lending Service

Offering Latest Push in Revival of Crypto Lending

By Aleksandar Gilbert

NEW OFFERING Compound Treasury, a business that streamlines access to the Compound DeFi lending protocol on behalf of institutional clients, announced a new borrowing service Wednesday.



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🌌 What Is Cosmos?

A Step-by-Step Guide to the ‘Internet of Blockchains’

By Rahul Nambiampurath

LAYERS When it comes to decentralized finance, the networks that make it run are divided into layers. What lies below Layer 1 blockchains are made up of stalwarts such as Bitcoin or Ethereum. Layer 2 networks comprise next-generation projects such as Aribitrum. And Layer 0 networks may be the least understood.



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🔗 Ethereum ‘Merge’ concludes in key moment for crypto market: The Financial Times

Ethereum has completed a long-awaited upgrade to its system in a move expected to slash its energy costs and intended to prepare the ground for more use of crypto technology in mainstream finance.

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🧑‍💻 ✍️ Stories in The Defiant are written by Owen Fernau, Aleksandar Gilbert, Samuel Haig, and yyctrader, and edited by Edward Robinson, yyctrader and Camila Russo. Videos were produced by Robin Schmidt and Alp Gasimov. Podcast was led by Camila, edited by Alp.

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