The “crypto dominos” are crashing, sending shockwaves across the entire landscape, including decentralized finance, a senior European Central Bank official said during a keynote address on Wednesday. Board member and crypto skeptic Fabio Panetta’s statement, particularly in the decentralized finance (DeFi) space, only tells half the story. While cryptocurrencies have experienced a series of “painful bankruptcies” that have only underscored how strongly large interconnected corporations have become, activity in competing protocols supporting DeFi applications has yet to collapse completely. DeFi has become an unsung hero as users lose faith in fraud and endless errors between centralized crypto institutions. Jehan Chu, the founder of Hong Kong-based investment and trading firm Kenetic, told Blockworks. Although regulations are emerging… increased mental commitment pays off DeFi is your chance to shine and show you have long-term advantages over centralized systems,” Chu said. Looking at the sector, most projects or protocols seemed lifeless in the fledgling sector. Decentralized exchanges have fallen in every period since the middle of the year. That was before volume surged in November due to an industry-wide panic courtesy of FTX. The total decentralized exchange volume recorded around $95 million in June, data from Dune Analytical Programs.
This number fell to a low of around $44 million in October before peaking in November. December data comes in at about $8 million, indicating below-average trading activity by user’s month to date. Still, data from DeFiLlama shows that the Total Value (TVL) in DeFi logs is hovering around the highs of February 2021, when DeFi had just started to rally in earnest.
Devi’s protocols were valued at about $54 billion at their peak before rocketing to an all-time high of about $244 billion just 10 months later. It currently stands at roughly $55 billion TVL, falling by about 77% from its peak.
Meanwhile, activity on Ethereum Layer 2 Optimism and Arbitrum, thought to be the two largest post-launch so far, show that both total transactions per day and active addresses have trended upwards since late August, albeit choppy. On August 28, the dynamic addresses of Arbitrum and Optimism were around 27,000 and 10,000, respectively. The data shows that those numbers have more than doubled to 56,000 and 36,000. Daily transactions on Arbitrum are up more than 480% from the July 10 lows of around 58,800 to 338,400.
Optimism is up more than 546%, from 55,600 to 349,800 over the same period. The contracts provided, showing how many users are busy and performing tasks on both networks, show that Optimism data has outperformed most other weekly periods over the past 90 days, while Arbitrum continues to make very good progress.
People seem to be more interested in the “free money” included in airdrops during the crypto winter, so the focus is on Arbitrum, which has yet to launch a token, a spokesman for the firm said, versus Blockworks. Chain data analysis. Naturally, as an alternative to Layer 1 and its success in protocols like GMX and Magic, interest in Layer 2 is increasing,” they said. Towards the end of the year, interest in DeFi remains strong, a counterpoint to contractionary trends.
In metrics like cash flows from crypto-focused funds from traditional institutions.