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Wrapped Bitcoin ‘Burns’ Outpaced Minting for the First Time in December

Wrapped Bitcoin ‘Burns’ Outpaced Minting for the First Time in December WikiBit 2021-01-11 11:49

Traders are swapping their tokenized bitcoins for the real thing more than ever.

  • BitGo saw a record 11,613 wrapped bitcoin (WBTC) swapped for real bitcoin(BTC) in December, with only 2,731 BTC exchanged for the bitcoin-backed ERC-20 tokens last month.

  • December marked the first time in the young projects history that “burns,” the reversion of WBTC back to BTC, have outnumbered “mints.”

  • The total value of the “burned” WBTC is approximately $235 million, based on bitcoins price at the time the tokens were swapped for BTC.

  • Diminishing yields in decentralized finance (DeFi), a primary use case for WBTC, and increased trading activity on traditional cryptocurrency exchanges amid bitcoins recent eye-popping surge are likely reasons for the increase in burns and slowed rate of minting.

  • Most of the burns came from trading firms Alameda Research and Three Arrows Capital.

  • BitGos Wrapped Bitcoin project gained wide popularity through Q3 and early Q4 2020 amid a DeFi frenzy that saw over 124,000 BTC tokenized on Ethereum at its peak after starting the year with less than 600 BTC.

  • In mid August, demand for WBTC was so high that bitcoins were being tokenized faster than they were being mined.

  • To date, roughly 110,000 WBTC are still circulating in the DeFi ecosystem.

Wrapped Bitcoin mints and burns in December

Source: Wrapped Bitcoin, CoinDesk Research


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