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DeFi Tokens Take a Beating Amid Cryptocurrency Market Hemorrhaging

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22 September 2020, 10:07 GMT+0000
Updated by Kyle Baird
22 September 2020, 10:07 GMT+0000
In Brief
  • Crypto markets shed $20 billion in 24 hours
  • DeFi tokens are among the hardest hit
  • Pullback is macro driven and fundamentals are still good
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A marketwide selloff has accelerated and it appears that DeFi tokens are taking the biggest hits at the moment as many of them retreat further from their all-time highs.
Cryptocurrency markets have dumped around $20 billion over the past 24 hours in a fall back to around $315 billion according to TradingView, but it has not been the largest daily slump of the year. Bitcoin’s 5% slide back to $10,400 has been the catalyst as usual, and the asset could fall even further when a platter of futures expire later this week. The closure of the CME gap could easily send prices back into the mid-$9,000 zone. BTC Bitcoin Recession

DeFi Tokens Tanking

Historically, when Bitcoin falls, the rest of the market hemorrhages and this has certainly been the case for a large number of DeFi tokens this week. Many of the top DeFi tokens including LEND, CRV, UNI, SUSHI, BAL, UMA, KAVA, REN, SNX, SWRV, and YFI have lost double digits over the past 24 hours: This appears to have been to the delight of a number of Bitcoin maximalists including BTC community member, Zack Voell (@zackvoell), who posted a screenshot of the bleed out; DeFi market capitalization has been hit harder due to the rapid gains that most of these tokens have made over the past couple of months. Analytics websites CoinMarketCap and CoinGecko currently report the market cap for the top DeFi tokens as being around $12 billion, or around 4% of the total for all digital assets.

DeFi TVL Falls From Record High

The total value locked across all DeFi platforms hit a record high of $13.2 billion last week according to analytics provider DeFi Pulse. However, the platform has stated that there have been some problems with accurate reporting of the measure which has skewed the leaderboards: At the time of press, TVL is being reported as $9.4 billion with Uniswap leading the pack commanding a market share of just over 20%. The chart does look a bit choppy and analysts have pointed out that TVL is not the best measure of a project’s performance since there are opportunities for double-counting with various liquidity pools.
DeFi TVL – DeFi Pulse
DTC Capital head Spencer Noon [@spencernoon], pointed out that the move appears to be macro-driven and fundamentals for Bitcoin, Ethereum, and DeFi are all still solid; It’s important to keep in mind that market corrections are perfectly natural and should be expected after long periods of gains.


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