The Maker Foundation's decentralization announcement came hot on the heels of a post-Black Thursday debt crisis that threatened to force an emergency shutdown of the MakerDAO decentralized lending platform. That was resolved a day earlier by a reverse auction following a series of votes by MKR token holders.
Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has called for a decentralized exchange to be built that enables swaps between bitcoin and ether. At present, those who want to convert their BTC into ETH, or vice versa, have little choice but to rely on centralized crypto exchanges, which often charge fees.
Decentralized finance giant MakerDAO has been holding crisis talks after dramatic falls in the price of Ether left debt worth about $4 million under-collateralized.
Ciara Sun, Vice President of Global Business at Huobi Group, said 2020 is the beginning of the “next phase of crypto. 2019 brought the first wave of institutional interest but 2020 is when we expect to see the industry mature with growing demand.”