What to Expect in 2024: Recovering From Turbulence and Transition in Crypto

2023 was a year marked by significant events that impacted the landscape of traditional finance (TradFi), centralized finance (CeFi), and decentralized finance (DeFi). From regulatory shifts to major technological advancements, these pivotal changes set a complex, but perhaps more solid, stage for the crypto industry’s evolution. This article will take a look at these pivotal moments of the past year, the ongoing market transition, and what possibly lies ahead in 2024. We will also zoom into some new developments such as ETH restaking and liquid staking, alongside a look at trending topics within the DeFi community, complete with our insights and potential outlook in the coming months.

Key Events and Insights Impacting the Crypto Market Transition in 2024

The year 2023 witnessed a tumultuous journey for both traditional and digital asset markets. The aftermath of regulatory clampdowns, alongside the ripple effects of major CeFi collapses, has led to a bearish sentiment that the market is still navigating through. Despite these challenges, there has been a visible transition towards recovery, with good news such as the BTC ETF approval and surging BTC and ETH prices in recent weeks.

Furthermore, there seem to be hints of life in the DeFi space as Eigenlayer’s revolutionary concept of restaking excites the community, evoking a fresh wave of innovation and renewed funds into the industry.

Bitcoin Halving

One of the most anticipated events in the crypto calendar is the Bitcoin halving, expected to occur in April 2024. This event happens approximately every four years and will reduce the reward for mining new blocks by half, from the current reward of 6.25 bitcoins to 3.125 bitcoins per block. Historically, these anticipated halvings have been precursors to bullish market cycles, attributed to the decreased supply of new bitcoins and increased scarcity. Investors and market analysts closely watch this event, predicting significant impacts on Bitcoin’s price and the broader cryptocurrency market, and this year is no exception. In fact, there may be keener interest than ever before given the recent recovery from bitcoin’s price lull.

Regulatory Developments

2023 saw significant regulatory actions across various jurisdictions, impacting both CeFi and DeFi spaces. Most recently, Coinbase is pushing for the SEC to create regulatory framework for clearer handling of digital assets. Outside the US, however, many notable regions such as the EU and Hong Kong have already placed clear regulatory frameworks for the trading of digital assets. These developments have set the stage for more structured and possibly stringent regulatory frameworks in 2024, affecting market dynamics and investor sentiment.

Institutional Adoption

Despite the bear market, institutional interest in crypto assets continued to grow, with several large players making strategic moves into the space. This trend is expected to bolster market confidence and bring in new waves of capital inflows. This is clearly demonstrated by the success of BlackRock’s newly launched BTC ETF now holding a whopping 4% of bitcoin’s total supply, and showing no signs of slowing down.

Technological Advancements

While retail interest may have slowed in the past few years, developers in the Web3 space have not stopped believing and building the technology needed to push the industry forward. Innovations in blockchain technology, particularly around scalability and interoperability, have opened new avenues for applications. Projects focusing on layer 2 solutions and cross-chain functionalities are gaining traction, promising a more connected and efficient ecosystem.

One particularly notable advancement would be the restaking technology developed by Eigenlayer. This allows idle staked ETH on the Ethereum network to be put to use and secure applications built on top of Ethereum, which not only brings benefit to the entire Ethereum ecosystem by securing it, but also allows ETH stakers to generate greater yield by putting it to more work.

Our Participation in ETH Native Restaking, Staking, and Liquid Staking

Ethereum’s shift to a proof-of-stake mechanism introduced native staking, allowing ETH holders to participate in network security in exchange for rewards. RockX, having provided staking services for years prior to Ethereum’s transition, naturally onboarded this critical service and we are proud to be among the top 2 validators on Ethereum globally, ranked by effectiveness, at the time of writing. With over 13,000 active validators on Ethereum and a current TVL of more than $1.6B, we are proud to be supporting the most robust ecosystem in Web3. This significant amount of ETH staked also symbolizes the strong support we are receiving from our community and demonstrates confidence in Ethereum’s long-term vision.

RockX is also an official AVS operator on Eigenlayer, playing a critical role in the back-end operations of native ETH restaking. We are excited to be a part of the future of technology and finance.

On the note of innovation, liquid staking has emerged as a solution to the liquidity issues associated with traditional staking methods. By enabling stakers to receive liquid tokens representing their staked assets, participants can remain liquid and engage in other DeFi activities. Bedrock, incubated and powered by RockX, has been at the forefront of this innovation, contributing to the ecosystem’s growth and offering users enhanced staking solutions.

Bedrock currently offers two groundbreaking products – ETH liquid restaking and the first and only liquid staking product on the IoTeX blockchain. Standing at a total TVL of over $150m, Bedrock is also witnessing the strength of the DeFi community and seeks to bring the best of liquid staking to its partners and clients.

What’s Buzzing in the DeFi Community?

With the injection of fresh excitement into the DeFi community through the innovation of ETH restaking, more conversations are being opened up within the community on various topics. These include:

Sustainability and Green Finance: With increasing awareness of environmental issues, projects focusing on sustainability within DeFi are gaining popularity.

Interoperability: Solutions that facilitate seamless interaction between different blockchain networks are becoming critical for the DeFi ecosystem’s expansion.

LRTfi: Piggybacking on the above two, the combination of other innovations with the rise of LRTs (liquid restaking tokens) and investments strategies has truly taken center stage in recent times.

Stay Tuned for More Innovations and Event Highlights from RockX This Year

As we move through 2024, the Web3 scene is poised for exciting developments. From the Bitcoin halving to ongoing innovations in ETH staking and the broader DeFi ecosystem, there’s much to anticipate. RockX remains committed to leading the charge, offering cutting-edge solutions and insights into the evolving digital asset space. Stay tuned for more innovations and event highlights from RockX this year, as we navigate these dynamic markets and continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible in crypto and blockchain technology.

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