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The Cheapest DEXes To Trade On Layer 1 Ethereum

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The past couple of years has seen decentralized finance (DeFi) maintain a meteoric rise. Such an impressive growth can only mean one thing—a rise in decentralized exchanges as well.

With centralized exchanges proving a little complicated and problematic at times, the crypto space will agree that decentralized exchanges are the future of cryptocurrency trading on Layer 1 Ethereum.

While these decentralized solutions are great and have caused a rise in DeFi activities, users have had to contend with paying miners higher transaction/gas fees.

But these solutions don’t have to be expensive and there are some great exchanges keeping things economical. Here are some of the cheapest DEXes to trade on layer 1 Ethereum.

#1. Balancer

Balancer launched in 2020 as an Automated Market Maker allowing DEXes to function more efficiently in the DeFi space. One of Balancer’s aims has been reducing gas fees for traders on Ethereum and making liquidity pools relatively gas-efficient for new smart contracts.

The protocol has set out to make loads of features solid but streamlined. Balancer has recently integrated with blockchain network Gnosis, creating the Balancer-Gnosis protocol (BGP). Their joint work culminated with the launch of CowSwap DEX, which has users needing only to pay a fraction of the gas fees other traders pay to use other DEXes. The gasless option however only functions for ERC-20 tokens.

#2. Uniswap

Uniswap is seen as the benchmark for decentralized exchanges in the crypto space. The platform is the most used DEX, recording a 7-day trading volume of $12.5 billion in September.

Uniswap is also the biggest gas consumer on the Ethereum network. While Ethereum transaction fees have gone really high over the years and have become economically non-viable for less bigger users.

However, Uniswap tries to keep things cost-effective for traders. It charges three fee tiers of 0.05%, 0.30%, and 1.00%, depending on the pair. Fees are paid to liquidity pools

#3. Sushiswap

Sushiswap and its token, $SUSHI, were launched in August 2020 as a decentralized exchange and a crypto token respectively. Sushiswap offers traders a 0.3% fee for swaps.

Out of this fee, 0.25% of it is forwarded to the liquidity pool while the remaining 0.05% is distributed to the holders of SUSHI token.

#4. 1inch

The 1inch platform utilizes a gas token called Chi which is minted when gas prices fall and burnt when gas prices are high. It allows the exchange to save at least 40% in gas fees despite trade going through exchanges like Sushiswap or Uniswap. It charges no swapping fees.

The DEX aggregator searches for some of the best rates on more than one dex. It splits the trade by pools to retrieve the maximum number of tokens possible in a single transaction. This is great for bigger trades where passing through multiple exchanges will be beneficial to maintain a better exchange rate while reducing lost value from gas fees.

#5. dYdX

dYdX is primarily a derivative decentralized crypto exchange. On dYdX, there are no deposit or withdrawal fees associated with transactions. Users are however responsible for the cost of gas that accrues from their withdrawal or deposit transactions.

However, the platform charges takers a fee of 0.10% and makers 0.05%. A recent study shows that the fees that dydx charges are higher than the industry average contract trading fees.

Conclusion

At the moment, DeFi platforms are getting the well-deserved recognition and patronage they deserve from investors and consumers.

Despite struggling with rising transaction fees, DEXes on the Ethereum layer 1 blockchain is still out to offer some of the cheapest decentralized exchanges for traders to thrive on. If you’re on the lookout for a DEX you can trust, you can start with Balancer and other DEXes on the list.

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Downward DOGE: Descending Dogecoin Pattern Predicts Deadly Drop

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Dogecoin has had a dramatic year. Starting only one year ago, DOGEUSD passed the one cent mark and embarked on a meme-fueled moon mission toward $1.

It never quite got there, and has been in a downtrend ever since. The downtrend has also since taken a walk down a dangerous path, putting the altcoin in jeopardy of another deadly drop. Here is what could be in store for Dogecoin in the days ahead.

Crypto House Training: Good DOGE, Bad Behaviors

There are two sides to every coin, and even a good dog can behave badly at times. Dogecoin was last year’s cryptocurrency all-star, rising from under a penny to nearly $1. It even managed to crack into the top five cryptocurrencies by market cap. It also caused a whirlwind of imitators.

Fans of the popular pup-based coin range from Snoop Dogg to the Dogefather himself, Elon Musk. These celebrity figures and the masses of the mainstream rode the Dogecoin rocket to success. Robinhood investors rejoiced; meme-coins went viral on TikTok.

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The ride itself has been rather bumpy as of late due to the increasingly risky macro environment. However, a possible chart pattern might suggest that it is time to abandon ship and send your DOGE back to the pound (or the dollar).

Is this a descending triangle in Dogecoin? | Source: DOGEUSD on TradingView.com

The Dangerous Descending Triangle In Dogecoin

Dogecoin is exhibiting a possible descending triangle chart pattern, pictured above. For comparison, the primary phase of the Bitcoin bear market is depicted side by side with DOGEUSD. A similar-sized drop would take Dogecoin back to around between five to ten cents per coin or lower.

Descending triangles have a bearish tendency to break down below support, but that doesn’t necessarily mean certain doom for DOGE.

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In the comparison, Bitcoin fell another 50% to its eventual bear market bottom. After the final breakdown of the triangle, the bottom was in and the cycle began anew.

While things could turn worse for Dogecoin investors – especially those who bought near the peak – it might also not be very long until the market reverses if the range lower can be defended.

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70% Of Bitcoin Supply Is In Profit – Why Bulls Need To Defend This Level

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On-chain data shows about 70% of the total Bitcoin supply is currently in profit, a level that has historically been important for bulls.

Around 30% Of Total Bitcoin Supply Is Now Underwater

As per the latest weekly report from Glassnode, the percentage of BTC supply in profit has now fallen off to just 70%.

The “percent of supply in profit” is an indicator that measures the percentage of the total Bitcoin supply that’s currently in the green.

When the value of this metric increases, it means more coins have started to get into profit. This leads to holders becoming more probable to sell their coins in order to harvest their gains.

At very high values of the indicator (more than 95%), the price of Bitcoin has usually approached a top as profits are realized.

On the other hand, when the metric moves down, it means more coins are entering into the red. Below certain low levels, investors may capitulate to cut their losses. However, when more than 50% of the supply is underwater, bottoms have historically formed.

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Now, here is a chart that shows the trend in the value of the Bitcoin supply in profit over the last couple of years:

Looks like the value of the indicator has declined recently | Source: The Glassnode Week Onchain - Week 3, 2022

As you can see in the above graph, the metric has been falling down since a few months now. And so at the moment, only around 70% of the Bitcoin supply is in profit.

Related Reading | Bitcoin Miners Show Strong Accumulation As Their Inventories Spike Up

The 70% level seems to have been significant historically as bulls had to defend it twice in the past two years. The first instance was shortly after the COVID crash, between May 2020 to July 2020.

The other instance was 2021’s mini-bear period between May and July. The bulls came out on top during both the periods after a while of sideways movement.

The report notes that the medium-term outlook of the price likely depends on how the market responds to the level this time. If more of the supply enters underwater, those in the red may finally capitulate.

On the other hand, a bullish reversal can bring more Bitcoin into profit and prevent these holders from selling here.

BTC Price

At the time of writing, Bitcoin’s price floats around $42k, up 0.5% in the last seven days. Over the past month, the crypto has lost 8% in value.

The below chart shows the trend in the price of BTC over the last five days.

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BTC's price has once again stumbled down in the past few days | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView
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The NFT Investor’s Worst Nightmare: IRS Craves For A Crackdown

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Last year, when the NFT Everydays: The First 5,000 Days by Beeple sold at Christie’s for $69.3 million, it catapulted the non-fungible token’s market into the mainstream. A large number of people have invested billions in this industry and the boom is not stopping.

Recently, NewsBTC reported an aggressive surge in the NFT trading volume this year despite the falling crypto market. A report by Dappradar showed that in the first ten days of January, NFT trading generated around $11.9 billion.

Our previous report quotes Mason Nystrom, a senior research analyst at Messari, who alleged that “The cryptomarkets are fairly correlated – the market tends to rise and fall with Bitcoin. This has made it surprisingly interesting over the recent downturn as the NFT market has continued to increase in volumes.”

However, the rapid rise of the NFT space has not moved the officials of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to shed some light on the taxation parameters for the assets.

Even taxation experts are confused on the matter and can only speculate about the possible outcomes. As a large share of NFT traffic comes from the younger generations, are users prepared for tax filing season? The IRS is gazing at future penalties.

Related Reading | January Proves Turbulent For Investors But NFT And GameFi Seems To Be Eating Good

The IRS Gears Up

In November 2021, the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill was signed into law by President Joe Biden as a key part of his economic agenda, proposing large investments in the country’s infrastructure. The funding is to come from a few sources involving tax changes.

Watching over the cryptocurrency industry’s boom, the infrastructure bill directly targets its investors, but they fail to educate digital assets users on all the information they need to report. The unawareness could result in possible felony convictions for tax evasion.

However, the law updates the definition of the terms “broker” and “digital assets”, and clarifies that users with regular transactions or any crypto transaction over $10,000 must report that data to the IRS. In this case, taxation works for digital assets in a similar way it does for capital gains relative to stock and bond trades.

However, non-fungible tokens are not close to being as clearly defined by the law as other digital assets, so there is a lot of room left for interpretation. That’s a dangerous game for investors, but the IRS investigators seem eager for cases to surge soon and are ready to crackdown on the market. They might see billions of dollars coming from the NFT gains tax bills.

Are NFT Investors Evading Taxes?

The murky confusion originates because it is not clear whether NFTs are taxable as art collectibles or not. It is fundamental to be aware of this because most crypto assets and stocks have a long-term capital-gains rate up to 20%, but for art collectibles, it’s 28%. And if NFTs are to be considered as ordinary income, the rate could go as high as 37%.

Michael Desmond, the former chief counsel at the IRS who is now a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, commented for Bloomberg that the rising NFT trading traffic might force the IRS to clarify the rules, “but it may begin auditing people first.”

The best-case scenario is gearing up and going through large amounts of paperwork, like the NFT investor Adam Hollander did, spending 50 hours checking months’ worth of transactions. He stated that “It’s an absolute nightmare,” and added that “There are people who aren’t going to be willing to do what I’m doing.”

And that nightmare really is the best-case scenario compared to tax evasion penalties.

Related Reading | Sports NFT Marketplace Lympo Suffers An $18.7 Million Hack

Total crypto market cap at $1,9 trillion in the daily chart | Source: TradingView.com
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