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Europe Now World’s Biggest Crypto Economy: Boasts Over $1T Worth of Transactions

Central, Northern, and Western Europe (CNWE) has grown into the world’s largest cryptocurrency economy since July 2020. The region experienced a massive increase in trading activity since then– particularly in the DeFi space.

The European DeFi Boom

Data from Chainalysis shows that CNWE received over $1 trillion in cryptocurrency over the last year alone. This represents 25% of global trading activity. Furthermore, it is responsible for at least 25% of all crypto value received by other regions, including 34% of the value received in North America.

This makes the EU the most concentrated in the world in terms of cryptocurrency trading volume. This is partially due to increases in all forms of trading activity over the past year, coming mostly from institutional investors.

Large institutional transaction value grew from $1.4B in July 2020 to $46.3B in June 2021, coming to take up half of all CNWE trading activity. The most pronounced increases were seen on DeFi protocols, where over 80% of these large institutional transactions were sent in June.

The impact of DeFi is further established when ranking coins in terms of transaction activity in the region. Despite being the largest cryptocurrency by market cap, Bitcoin heavily trails Ethereum in transaction volume among large institutional investors. Additionally, DeFi protocols took up a majority share of funds received by cryptocurrency services in CNWE in June 2021.

The Decline in Eastern Asia

CNWE has seen significant absolute increases in its crypto trading volume. However, its new place as the world’s largest trading hub is partly due to a sharp decline in market share held by Eastern Asia– the previous world leader.

In early 2019 the region held over 30% of global transaction volume. This figure has since fallen sharply to about 15% – less than CNWE, North America, and even Central and Southern Asia.

This may be related to China’s continued push to prevent and discourage crypto trading within its borders. China re-announced their ban on crypto trading in the country days ago, and have been moving to prevent all access to exchanges within the country.

Paytm Founder: Crypto Is Here to Stay and Will Become Mainstream in 5 Years

The founder of Paytm, a major digital payment company in India, is “very positive about crypto.” Noting that cryptocurrency is here to stay, he expects it to become a mainstream technology in a few years. Paytm Founder Is ‘Very Positive About Crypto’ Vijay Shekhar Sharma, the founder of Paytm, said at a virtual conference organized::Listen

Paytm Founder Says Cryptocurrency Is Here to Stay — Predicts Crypto Will Be Mainstream in 5 Years

The founder of Paytm, a major digital payment company in India, is “very positive about crypto.” Noting that cryptocurrency is here to stay, he expects it to become a mainstream technology in a few years.

Paytm Founder Is ‘Very Positive About Crypto’

Vijay Shekhar Sharma, the founder of Paytm, said at a virtual conference organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Thursday that cryptocurrency is here to stay, PTI reported. He added that crypto is Silicon Valley’s answer to Wall Street.

Paytm is an Indian multinational technology company that specializes in digital payments. The company completed an initial public offering (IPO) last week. In its IPO filing, Paytm revealed that it has 337 million registered consumers and 22 million merchants.

Sharma opined:

I am very positive about crypto. It is fundamentally based on cryptography and will be the mainstream technology in a few years like the internet which is (now) part of daily life.

The Paytm founder admitted that cryptocurrency is currently being used in a speculative manner, elaborating:

Every government is confused. In five years, it will be the mainstream technology.

Sharma believes that people will realize how the world would be without crypto. However, he stressed that crypto will not replace sovereign currencies, like the Indian rupee.

The Paytm founder also said that once his company’s revenue crosses $1 billion, Paytm will be launched in developed countries. “Now Paytm in a JV with a Japanese entity is running Japan’s largest payments system. Later we will go without a partner,” he shared.

Early this month, Paytm Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Madhur Deora indicated that his company is open to offering bitcoin services if crypto assets become legal in India.

The Indian government is currently pushing for cryptocurrency legislation. A cryptocurrency bill is expected to be introduced and passed during the winter session of parliament which starts next week. The bill seeks to ban private cryptocurrencies with some exceptions. However, the bill has not been published and there have been conflicting reports coming out of India regarding the content of the bill.

What do you think about the comments by the Paytm founder? Let us know in the comments section below.

Europe Now World’s Biggest Crypto Economy: Boasts Over $1T Worth of Transactions

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