Maker (MKR), the central token of the Maker smart contract platform and the Dai stablecoin system, has experienced a phenomenal rally over the past month, bolstered a major partnership and an investment from one of the cryptocurrency industry’s top venture funds.
Less than one month ago, on Sept. 12, MKR was trading below $300. Since then, the token has gone on a tear, rising 159 percent to a present value of $758 on Monday morning. The Maker price has risen 24 percent in the past 24 hours alone, raising the MKR market cap to $552 million and launching the token to 22nd in the market cap rankings.MKR/USD | Source: CoinMarketCap
Investors should note that this massive price swing has been accompanied by relatively little trading volume. Over the past 24 hours, for instance, MKR has seen just $3.3 million in trading volume, with approximately 60 percent of those trades concentrated on OasisDEX.
This caveat aside, though, MKR has seen a dramatic rise, and this rally has correlated with two major announcements regarding the cryptocurrency token.A16z Makes $15 Million MKR Bet
As CCN reported, legendary venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) recently invested $15 million in Maker, acquiring 7 percent of the network’s total currency supply and 6 percent of its total decision-making power. A16z has been investing in the cryptocurrency ecosystem for years, but the firm’s MKR purchase marked its first investment through its newly-launched $300 million cryptocurrency fund, which has received backing from Yale University’s $29.4 billion endowment.
“The investment of A16Z in MKR is conceptually similar to putting dollar savings in a US-based bank. Upon placing a certain amount of money in a bank like Goldman Sachs or JPMorgan, an individual receives a monthly or yearly return based on the program offered by the bank,” CCN explained at the time. “With money obtained from its clients, the bank then loans the capital out to tr...