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Stretched thin? Wrapped Bitcoin assets may encourage supply crisis

Stretched thin? Wrapped Bitcoin assets may encourage supply crisis

In a weblog put up of Friday, Binance re-introduced BTCB to the world — a wrapped Bitcoin asset meant to deliver liquidity from the world’s largest cryptocurrency, BTC, to Binance Sensible Chain’s DeFi (decentralized finance) ecosystem. 

Nonetheless, hodlers could also be cheering the renewed curiosity in BTCB for a distinct purpose: every Bitcoin locked on BSC could contribute to a looming BTC provide disaster.

First introduced final yr, Binance initially noticed wrapped Bitcoin solely as a car for merchants to acquire cross-chain asset publicity with out leaving BSC. Since then, nonetheless, the utility of wrapped Bitcoin has boomed as a result of precocious maturation of the DeFi ecosystem.

As an illustration, WBTC — a wrapped Bitcoin token on Ethereum — has loved large success since its January 2019 launch: it at present ranks because the #14 cryptocurrency by marketcap, and has discovered important adoption in protocols comparable to Aave and Uniswap, whose contracts each rank among the many top-10 holders of WBTC. 

Of their weblog, Binance famous that related adoption could also be attainable for BTCB. The wrapped Bitcoin may very well be used to mint stablecoins with BSC-native protocols comparable to QIAN and Venus; as collateral for lending protocols comparable to CREAM; and in yield farming and liquidity mining protocols comparable to Beefy, Bakery, and Pancake. 

In accordance with what Binance calls a “Proof of Property” web page, there are at present over 9,600 Bitcoin on BSC — over $181 million value. Nonetheless, the weblog put up specifies that solely 2,00Zero are circulating. 

Different sensible contract-enabled chains intend to compound the rising shortage. Solana’s cross-chain Wormhole challenge will flip ERC-20 tokens into SPL tokens, together with WBTC, and likewise, Interlay is utilizing help from a Web3 Basis grant to construct a trustless bridge bringing wrapped Bitcoin to Polkadot. Interlay will launch in early 2021.

Significantly if the success of wrapped and cross-chain Bitcoin property proceed to develop, establishments trying to hoover the BTC provide might be confronted with mounting shortage. Aaron Wright, the co-founder of OpenLaw, pointed to such a attainable future in a Tweet: