Crypto prices have surged in value over the past few days, and the total value locked (TVL) in decentralized finance (defi) has surpassed the $50 billion mark for the first time since the collapse of FTX. As of Feb. 16, 2023, the TVL in defi is $51.1 billion, with the liquid staking protocol Lido accounting for 17.18% of the total.
Ethereum Dominates Defi With Over 60% of TVL, While Tron and Binance Smart Chain Battle for Second Place
In the past 24 hours, the entire cryptocurrency market has risen more than 5% against the U.S. dollar, and the market capitalization of the top smart contract platform tokens has increased by 7%. During the same period, ethereum increased by 6.5%, BNB rose by 4.2%, cardano increased by 2.4%, and polygon rose by 8.3% against the U.S. dollar. Solana saw a 3.9% increase, polkadot rose by 3.6%, and avalanche gained 5.7%.
The aforementioned price increases have propelled the total value locked (TVL) in decentralized finance (defi) above the $50 billion mark for the first time since Nov. 8, 2022. As of Feb. 16, 2023, statistics show that the TVL is approximately $51.1 billion, with $8.78 billion held by Lido. Lido is the largest protocol in terms of TVL, capturing 17.18% of the total. The liquid staking protocol is followed by Makerdao, Curve, Aave, and Convex Finance, respectively.
This week, more than 60% of the total value locked in defi, amounting to $30.98 billion, is tied to Ethereum. Tron is the second-largest blockchain in terms of TVL size, commanding 10.39% of the total value locked. Binance Smart Chain (BSC), which used to be the second-largest chain in terms of TVL size, is now in third place, with 9.57% of the total value. After Ethereum, Tron, and BSC, the next largest blockchains by TVL are Arbitrum, Polygon, Avalanche, Optimism, Fantom, and Cronos.
The largest protocol bridges in terms of value locked include WBTC, Multichain, Justcrypto, and Portal. As of Feb. 16, 2023, the top decentralized exchange (dex) platforms include Uniswap, Curve, Sunswap, Pancakeswap, Balancer, Trader Joe, Spookyswap, Velodrome, and Orca. Dex platforms processed $3.7 billion in global trade volume over the past 24 hours. The largest lenders in defi include Aave, Venus, Justlend, Radiant, Geist Finance, Solend, Tectonic, and Pando Rings.
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