While the past year has been marked by the rise of decentralized finance, centralized entities like Coinbase and Binance continue to be some of the most important players in the industry as a whole as they are essential in attracting attention to promising projects and pave the way for wider adoption.
One protocol that has benefitted from the ‘Binance bump’ over the past week is IOST, a fully-fledged decentralized blockchain ecosystem that utilizes a unique proof-of-believability consensus protocol.
Data from Cointelegraph Markets and TradingView shows that the price of IOST has rallied 88% over the past week, going from a low of $0.0484 on April 7 to a multi-year high of $0.0912 on April 14 on a record $2.48 billion in 24-hour trading volume.
A scroll through the IOST Twitter feed shows that the recent momentum for the token was initiated by the April 12 announcement of an airdrop to users of the Citadel One mobile cryptocurrency wallet as a way to incentivize staking.
The airdrop announcement helped sparked a small rally in the price of IOST, but it was the subsequent announcement from Binance about a new “Spring Staking” event that offered a 27.49% APY on staked IOST that kicked off the double-digit price growth.
#Binance Staking Launches the 2nd “Spring Staking” Promo with Up to 47.79% APY
— Binance (@binance) April 13, 2021
Following the announcement, trading volume for IOST increased 480% on the 24-hour chart and surged to a record-high $2.5 billion with $890 million in volume being transacted on Binance exchange.
VORTECS™ data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro began to detect a bullish outlook for IOST on April 13, prior to the recent price rise.
The VORTECS™ Score, exclusive to Cointelegraph, is an algorithmic comparison of historic and current market conditions derived from a combination of data points including market sentiment, trading volume, recent price movements and Twitter activity.
As seen in the cart above, the VORTECS™ Score for IOST first entered the green zone earlier in the week on April 8 and then again on April 12 when it climbed to a high of 71 roughly twelve hours before the price increased by 62%.
With a growing community and attractive staking options on both centralized exchanges like Binance and on decentralized finance platforms like Donnie Finance, IOST has the potential to see further upside as the cryptocurrency ecosystem continues to expand.
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Ray Schuetz received a Masters Degree in computer science from The University of Texas (Austin). Ray has been working as a full-time blockchain consultant for the past 3 years. In his spare time, Ray enjoys writing for EthereumCryptocurrency.com and other crypto news publications.