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Alameda Research invests $4M in Vietnamese DeFi project

The DeFi market continues to heat up, with Alameda Research identifying Southeast Asia as a potential growth hub.
Alameda Research has expanded its investment portfolio by allocating $4 million to Coin98 Finance, an up-and-coming decentralized finance platform from Vietnam, according to Chinese fintech outlet ChainNews.Coin98 Ventures, the venture capital firm behind Coin98, reportedly operates the biggest cryptocurrency fund in Vietnam and is also a key backer of the Solana Ecosystem Fund, which recently raised $40 million in strategic investments from major digital currency exchanges. As ChainNews notes, Coin98 operates a decentralized exchange and wallet, with transaction volumes totaling $20 million in March. The exchange boasts of roughly 200,000 users, mainly in Southeast Asia.Alameda Research is a quantitative investment firm that manages over $100 million in digital assets. It also operates FTX, one of the largest derivatives exchanges in all of crypto, with reported trade volumes of $11.3 billion as of Tuesday. Alameda is in the midst of an investment frenzy as the company seeks to expand its balance sheet and carve out a stronger position within the cryptocurrency sector. In March, Alameda invested $2 million in Efficient Frontier, a Tel Aviv-based algorithmic crypto market maker. During the same month, Alameda allotted $20 million to Reef Finance, a Polkadot-based DeFi platform. The DeFi market achieved a major milestone on Tuesday after breaking $100 billion in total value locked. As Cointelegraph reported, the DeFi sector’s TVL was less than $21 billion at the start of 2021.
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