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However, the total number of Ethereum locked up in DeFi plunged from 9.4 million ETH in mid-late October to the current 6.8 million ETH locked up at the time of writing.
The Total Value Locked (TVL) in all of the Decentralized Finance (DeFi) applications have crossed the $20 billion benchmark according to data from analytics firm DeFi Pulse. Per the data, the TVL locked in terms of United States Dollar is $20.57 billion with Ethereum-based lending protocol Maker, the issuer of the DAI stablecoin taking the lead position with a total of $4.12 billion locked.
The growth recorded in the DeFi space in the past year with just $1 billion as of January 2020 got the biggest boost in the last quarter of the year. The DeFi space as at the beginning of November 2020 had just a total of $10 billion locked with the additional $10 billion accumulated from that point to date. Aave, Uniswap, Compound, and Synthetix completes the list of the top 5 biggest gainers in the DeFi space.
Total Value Locked Fueled by Price Gains
The total value locked in the DeFi projects against the expected increment in the number of assets locked is actually characterized by a significant drop in the total number of Ethereum and the other tokens in the DeFi space. The total number of Ethereum locked up in DeFi according to DeFi Pulse plunged from 9.4 million ETH in mid-late October to the current 6.8 million ETH locked up at the time of writing.
The same applies to the total number of Bitcoin locked in DeFi which plunged from 65,000 BTC in October to 30,900 BTC at the time of writing. The surge in the TVL in USD terms is thus attributed to the recent bullish rally of ETH, BTC, and the corresponding tokens of the top DeFi protocols. Ethereum for instance has rallied by about 57% in the past week and by more than 88% in the past month, a boost that has sent its price above $1,100 per coin.
The dip in the total number of ETH however has been noted to be locked in Ethereum 2.0 as the decline point corresponds to the time when the new Proof-of-Stake protocol saw an increment in its ETH deposits according to Dune Analytics.
SushiSwap and Synthetix Network Token Effect
While the topmost DeFi protocols did not record a significant shift in the number of their assets locked, Ethereum based Decentralized Exchange SushiSwap and the Synthetix Network Token are defying the norm. SushiSwap according to a report by Cointelegraph saw a remarkable jump in its TVL between January 4 and 5th respectively. Per the report, the exchange attracted about 2,000 BTC ($62 million), 40 million Dai, and 60,000 ETH ($60 million) in one day.
The Synthetix Network Token alongside the other DeFi coins has also seen impressive growths in recent times and with the SNX token recording a massive growth of over 30%, its contribution to the total value locked in the DeFi platforms cannot also be discountenanced.