The total value locked (TVL) in decentralized finance (defi) has risen above the $50 billion mark after falling below the range throughout most of March. At present, the value locked in defi is approximately $50.34 billion, up 1.97% over the past 24 hours.
Defi Value Swells Close to 2% Higher to Over $50 Billion
With crypto assets swelling in value and the crypto economy rising 1.2% to $1.24 trillion, the total value locked (TVL) in defi on Wednesday was $50.34 billion. The defi platform Lido Finance dominates the top defi protocols with $10.76 billion, up 10.60% in seven days and up 24.61% over the past month. Makerdao’s TVL is the only defi protocol out of the top five that has seen a TVL reduction of 1.29%. Aave, Curve, and Uniswap have seen increases with Curve jumping ahead by 13.62%.
Most of the rise in defi has stemmed from the smart contract platform market capitalization rising 3.6% over the last day to $357 billion. The top five smart contract tokens have increased in value over the last week except for polygon (MATIC), which is down 3.9% over the past seven days. In terms of TVL by blockchain, Ethereum dominates the $50.34 billion by more than 59% with a total of $29.71 billion. Ethereum is followed by Tron ($5.35B), BSC ($5.1B), Arbitrum ($2B), and Polygon ($1.07B).
As far as liquid staking, the top protocol on Ethereum is Lido, on Tron it’s Neopin Staking, on BSC it’s Ankr, on Arbitrum the top liquid staking app is Tenderize, and the top staking protocol on Polygon is Thunderpokt. For Ethereum, there’s 7,843,929 ETH worth $14.29 billion locked into liquid staking protocols today, with Lido dominating the pack. Behind Lido is Coinbase ($2.15B), Rocketpool ($805.53M), Frax ($224.22M), Stakewise ($158.34M), and Stakehound ($118.85M). The top five bridges, as far as TVL is concerned, include WBTC, Justcryptos, Multichain, Poly Network, and Portal.
At 3:30 p.m. (ET) on March 22, 2023, after the recent Fed rate hike and bitcoin (BTC) dropping 3.4%, the TVL in defi has managed to remain just above the $50 billion range at $50.08 billion.
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