Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange in terms of market capitalization, has added Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC) to its list to show the support of the growth of decentralized finance, or DeFi.
As officially announced, Binance traders can now start deposit WBTC as well as trade the token against Bitcoin and Ether (ETH).
Wrapped Bitcoin is an Ethereum-based token that represents Bitcoin, with one WBTC being equal to one BTC. WBTC is a joint initiative by major DeFi players like BitGo, Ren, Dharma, Kyber Network, Compound, MakerDAO and the Set Protocol. The token aims to bring more liquidity into the Ethereum network with Bitcoin as well as implement it in the DeFi industry.
As part of WBTC’s functionality in DeFi, the token allows Bitcoin owners to keep holding BTC while also using DeFi apps like Compound for borrowing or lending money.
Opposed to traditional finance, decentralized finance or DeFi, envisions a brand-new monetary system based on top public blockchains. As DeFi platforms connect borrowers and lenders directly eliminating credit checks, and enable digital assets to be collateralized, DeFi provides decentralized lending as its key benefit.
The DeFi industry has been growing exponentially in 2020, with the total value locked (TVL) in the market hitting $9 billion on Aug. 30. Uniswap, the most widely-used decentralized exchange on Ethereum, surpassed major crypto exchange Coinbase in daily volume on Aug. 30.
As DeFi continues to show meteoric rise, the demand for WBTC is also rising, hitting $274 million in circulation by mid-August.
Binance has been embracing the DeFi market this year actively and usefully. In August 2020, Binance launched DeFi staking in partnership with major industry players like Compound Finance and Kava Labs. In April, Binance issued a new DeFi token backed by the crypto asset, Ontology (ONT).