Contributor: Flipside Crypto shows the latest data for its FCAS 'health' indicator for December 2020.
Who Is In, Who Is Out?
Members of the Fundamental Crypto Asset Score (FCAS) 25 are reevaluated each month and must be ranked within the top 25 for at least 40 days to qualify. The FCAS is a comparative metric that evaluates the fundamental health of a crypto project, and the FCAS 25 is a weighted moving average of the top 25 projects that aims to show the overall health of the crypto industry.
Today, a new set of members was released with Ethereum Classic, Loopring and Status replacing Augur, Basic Attention Token and Aragon.
Overall industry health can be assessed by taking the average FCAS of the 25 top projects. This Overall Industry Health metric works as a good proxy for how the industry is doing as a whole. The score increased 6-points since last month.
Loopring: Will the PayPal for Crypto Stay Relevant after Ethereum 2.0?
LRC FCAS climbed 81-points (10.3%) in the past month.
Loopring is a hybrid type of cryptocurrency exchange, which centrally manages orders but settles trades on Ethereum’s distributed ledger. This design seeks to keep the security and transparency of DEXes while increasing the efficiency of order execution, and enhancing liquidity.
The Loopring exchange also has its native token LRC, a token similar to most exchange tokens that allows users to stake and pay fees associated with trading and transfer.
In June, Loopring released a new payment product called Loopring Pay, which aspires to be the PayPal for crypto. Built on top of Loopring v3.0, Loopring Pay allows users to send ETH and ERC20 tokens without paying for Ethereum’s expensive gas fees.
Though the launch of Ethereum 2.0 is still several years out, it’s interesting to consider whether Loopring Pay will continue to have a real use-case once Ethereum turns to a faster, more scalable, consensus model (with lower transaction fees). The answer is, Ethereum 2.0 can’t hurt. L2 scalability solutions like Loopring’s will continue to exist on top of Ethereum 2.0, only improving scalability and ease of use for making payments.
Is Status’ Latest Upgrade Controversial?
SNT’s FCAS skyrocketed 138-points (18.5%) in the past month.
The debate around whether social media platforms should have the right to censor fake news and hate speech has become deeply political. In the U.S. at least, the majority of people who have turned to alternative social media sites like Parle, are conservatives who feel that Facebook and Twitter have a bias against them. In Europe too, there are talks of government imposed fines on platforms that failed to censor terrorist propaganda and other violent content.
Although current news could make Status’ latest upgrade especially political, the lack of reaction from the crypto community is a reminder that a world order powered by public blockchains, i.e. a decentralized, private, and regulation-free environment, is already deeply controversial. Adding a private status feed is nothing new.