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Crypto market wrap: Little known Decred’s price balloons

By Monte Stewart


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Little known cryptocurrency Decred's price ballooned Friday. - Photo: Shutterstock

Little known cryptocurrency Decred’s price exploded Friday as most altcoin prices finished the week in the green.

Decred (DCR) more than doubled from its $26.80 price Thursday afternoon on the West Coast in North America.

(All figures based on CoinMarketCap Data.)

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Price spikes in short periods

At one point Friday, the price rose 50% in an hour. During about a two-hour stretch, Decred rose 30% to $60 from $40.

The spikes were driven by a number of large purchases according to Decred observers who in Twitter posts cited transaction data visible on the blockchain.

The reported large investments occurred a day after crypto echange operator Coinbase with giant global asset manager BlackRock. The partnership  will enable institutional investors to buy, hold and sell bitcoin (BTC).

Institutional investors making comebsck

While small and retail investors have been virtually shaken out of the space over the past few months, institutions are now making a comeback,” said Mikkel Morch, executive-director for digital asset fund ARK36.

“Evidently, big players like BlackRock see neither the recent slump in prices nor the waves of bankruptcies among crypto companies as evidence that it’s over for cryptocurrencies or that there is something fundamentally wrong with this asset class.”


Decred up 107% on week

Decred’s price finished the week up 107% from seven days earlier.

The coin’s supporters have attributed recent gains to Decred’s principle of ticketholder voting. To vote in the PoS process, stakeholders exchange some DCR for a ticket.

An individual investor may purchase one or more tickets.

DCR coin holders lock some of their coins in the protocol in exchange for a DCR ticket. Decred fans contend the locking mechanism has significantly tightened overall DCR supply, boosting the price.

A Decred website upgrade, which simplifies transactions for its users, may also have been a factor on Friday. In a tweet Thursday, Decred lead developer Jake Yocom-Platt said the upgrade was complete and ready to be deployed once stakeholders grant permission.


Two staking models

As reported in March, Decred is a blockchain-based autonomous digital currency that seeks to capitalize on community involvement and open governance. DCR is the Decred blockchain’s native coin and serves as a means of exchange.


178.98 Price
+2.380% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.0753%
Short position overnight fee 0.0069%
Overnight fee time 21:00 (UTC)
Spread 2.2652


65,469.80 Price
-0.620% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.0616%
Short position overnight fee 0.0137%
Overnight fee time 21:00 (UTC)
Spread 106.00


3,331.11 Price
-4.450% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.0616%
Short position overnight fee 0.0137%
Overnight fee time 21:00 (UTC)
Spread 6.00


0.13 Price
-1.470% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.0753%
Short position overnight fee 0.0069%
Overnight fee time 21:00 (UTC)
Spread 0.0012872

The coin is used for for staking and governance.

Decred uses a hybrid proof-of-work (PoW) and proof-of-stake (PoS) mining mechanism which guarantees that no single entity or individual can control the flow of transactions or make modifications to Decred without the community's approval.


PoS extremely popular

PoS has become extremely popular with investors lately because it is less energy-intensive than PoS and, therefore, much cheaper as global inflation accelerates.

In December 2021, Decred’s parent organization drastically alterred rewards tied to PoS and PoW. Investors who support the PoS mechanism receive 80% of coins generated, while PoW miners get only 10% and the Decred Treasury receives 30%.

Trio has good day

FLOW capped a good week by gaining 6%. The coin was up 48% from seven days earlier. On Thursday alone, FLOW gushed 32%.

Three other altcoins also had a good Friday.

NEAR climbed 17% and both THETA and  holo (HOT) increased 15%.


Bitcoin moves above $23,000

Bitcoin surpassed $23,000 after falling below that mark on Thursday.

But ether (ETH) performed better as it rose 7% in comparison to bitcoin’s 3% increase.

Nomad posts bounty

In other crypto news on Friday, Nomad offered a bounty in return for its stolen coins.

Any party who returns 90% of the total funds that it hacked will be considered a white hat hacker, Nomad said Friday in a Twitter post. About $190m was drained from Nomad’s bridge on Monday.

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Coinbase Global Inc (Extended Hours)
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-16.26 -1.930%

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