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zkEVM buzz continues to power Polygon, where is MATIC headed?

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zkEVM buzz continues to power Polygon, where is MATIC headed?

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  • The total transaction fees paid on the network quadrupled over the last 30 days
  • MATIC was one of the best-performing currencies in the market in 2023, having leaped 94% since the start of the year

On 21 February, Hinkal, a privacy protocol which lets users anonymize DeFi transactions, announced on Twitter that it would make Polygon [MATIC] network its home.


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With an added layer of security, Hinkal’s onboarding was a shot in the arm for Polygon’s DeFi ecosystem, which has experienced significant growth of late. Polygon’s total value locked (TVL) expanded 24% since the start of 2023 and looked on course to recover the losses made since the FTX debacle, as per data from DeFiLlama.

Source: DeFiLlama

Excitement builds up as zkEVM has a launch date

A lot of the renewed interest could be attributed to the much-anticipated Polygon’s zkEVM scaling solution, which is being touted as a game changer for both Polygon [MATIC] and Ethereum [ETH]. The layer 2 scaling solution is expected to increase network throughput significantly and reduce gas prices.

Recently, Polygon announced that it set 27 March as the launch date for the zkEVM mainnet beta.

The excitement was palpable as the total transaction fees paid on the network quadrupled over the last 30 days, per data from Token Terminal. Since MATIC holders take a share of the total fees paid on the network, the exponential surge drove the protocol revenue towards the skies as well.

Source: Token Terminal

Polygon also found good allies in big addresses. According to WhaleStats, $208 million worth of MATIC was being held by top ETH whales at the time of writing.

MATIC looked set for further gains

Despite this, Polygon’s on-chain activity left a lot to be desired. The Transaction Volume steadily declined over the past week while the rate at which new addresses adopted MATIC was uninspiring, data from Santiment revealed.

Another issue was the high 30-day MVRV Ratio, which indicated that the network was profitable for most token holders and it could cause selling pressure for the coin.

It was evident that most holders were in an accumulation mode in anticipation of the high returns that could come their way after the zkEVM launch next month.

Source: Santiment

MATIC was one of the best-performing currencies in the market in 2023, having leaped 94% since the start of the year. Its daily chart looked bullishly positioned, with higher-highs and higher-lows.


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The RSI (Relative Strength Index) rose sharply in the last few days, and was seen moving towards overbought territory. The On Balance Volume (OBV) has been on an upward trajectory since last week, indicating that buying was the flavor of the season.

Short-term bulls looking to profit could lead to a pullback, but a reversal seemed unlikely at this stage.

Source: Trading View MATIC/USD

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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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