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Cardano: Will this upcoming feature cement ADA as the ‘Ethereum killer’?

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  • Cardano’s new stablecoin Djed could prove to be a game changer.
  • The development activity of Cardano increased since the start of 2023.

Ethereum [ETH] could be in for tough competition in 2023 as Cardano [ADA] investors eagerly await the launch of Djed, the first algorithmic stablecoin on the network. 

The official Twitter handle of the stablecoin had announced earlier on 14 January that the much-awaited launch will happen in January 2023. 

In 2021, Cardano developer Input Output HK (IOHK) entered into a joint partnership with the fintech platform COTI to build and issue the network’s stablecoin, Djed. 

Read Cardano’s [ADA] Price Prediction 2023-24

Cardano builds up on its arsenal

As per a COTI blog, Djed is an over-collateralized algorithmic stablecoin pegged to USD. It is backed by Cardano’s native coin ADA and uses SHEN as its reserve currency, to offset the impact of ADA’s price fluctuation. 

To go with this, the developers will also roll out Djed Pay, a payment app that will allow retailers and non-profit organizations to accept Djed as a form of payment. 

Interestingly, the chief executive of COTI Group, Shahaf Bar-Geffen stated in 2021 that Djed could be used to settle transaction fees on the Cardano platform in the future. It is worth noting that no specific update has been provided on this aspect nor has anyone from Cardano confirmed this.

Will Cardano’s bullish rally continue?

Meanwhile, ADA continued its bullish run as it shook off the post-FTX gloom to record gains of about 35% since last month. At press time, the price faced resistance at 0.347 even as the trading volume dipped by 25% as per CoinMarketCap

The indicators suggested that the massive buying pressure which was seen last week had started to fade. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) climbed down from its highs while On Balance Volume (OBV) too recorded a similar trajectory. That said and done, the market sentiment for the coin still remained bullish. 

Source: TradingView

Well, the Development Activity has aggressively ascended since the start of 2023, reassuring the Cardano community of the network’s commitments to enhancements.

Other on-chain indicators responded positively to Djed’s launch announcement on 14 January. But since then, the activity has subsided. The frequency with which coins moved across the network dipped after hitting 3.25 on the day of the announcement.

Social buzz also cooled down after attracting a lot of traction on 14 January. 

Source: Santiment

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Unlike other volatile cryptocurrencies, stablecoins are not free-floating and hence provide stability, especially during bear markets. Stablecoin dominance, or basically their share in the crypto market hit almost 17% at the peak of last year’s great crypto crash. 

Source: Blockworks Research


Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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