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Polygon Loses More Than $2 Billion in Total Value Locked

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Updated by Geraint Price
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In Brief

  • Polygon has seen a sinking total value locked.
  • Polygon (MATIC) reached a 52-week low this month.
  • The Layer 2 scaling solution has a TVL of approximately $2.55 billion.
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Polygon TVL reached new lows in the last days of May due to decreased patronage of decentralized applications (dApps) and cryptocurrencies as a whole.

Polygon has played a great role in solving the scalability problems associated with the use of blockchain technology. According to Be[In]Crypto Research, the Layer 2 scaling solution has lost 53% in total value locked since the start of the year. On Jan 1, Polygon had a TVL of around $5.44 billion, and this declined to around $2.55 billion on May 29.

PolygonSource: Polygon TVL Chart by DeFiLlama

Polygon is a decentralized Ethereum scaling platform that facilitates the building of user-friendly protocols or applications with low transaction fees in a highly secure environment. 

It has found a solution to the blockchain trilemma (scalability, security, and decentralization) and uses its scaling solutions (Pos, Hermez, Avail, Edge, Nightfall, Miden, and Zero) to improve the performance of several Ethereum dApps. 

In addition to being a major player in decentralized finance, it is among the biggest NFT blockchains by sales volume. 

What contributed to waning TVL? 

TVL has plunged in the last days of May due to dApps in its ecosystem falling to new lows. 

Open source liquidity protocol, Aave has fallen by more than 41% in the last month. Stablecoin exchange Curve shed more than 30% of its TVL within the same time frame. Decentralized exchanges Quickswap and SushiSwap have lost more than 41% and 44% of their respective total values locked. 

Others dApps that have made significant contributions to the crash of TVL include Uniswap, Meshswap, Stargate, QiDao, Beefy Finance, Balancer, Klima DAO, and Arrakis Finance.

Source: Polygon dApp Rankings by DeFiLlama

After sinking by more than $2 billion in TVL, Polygon still leads Cronos, Fantom, Near, Waves, Bitcoin, EOS, Cardano, Algorand, and Terra.

Source: All Chains TVL Ranking by DeFiLlama

On May 27, Tether announced that its USDT stablecoin is now available on the blockchain. With more than 19,000 dApps running on Polygon, users will be able to utilize USDT to move funds in and out of its ecosystem as well as generate yield. Aside from Polygon, USDT is popular on TRON and Ethereum.

Polygon (MATIC) price reaction 

Polygon (MATIC) opened the year with a trading price of $2.53, reached a 52-week low of $0.5084 on May 12, and was changing hands for $0.6285 at the time of writing. 

Overall, this equates to a 75% loss in the value since the start of the year. 

Polygon (MATIC)
Source: MATIC/USD Chart by TradingView
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Raphael Minter
As a writer, researcher, and analyst of centralized and decentralized financial instruments (stocks, commodities, metals, and cryptocurrencies), he started experimenting with financial asset trading in 2011. He ventured into full-time long term investing of cryptocurrencies in 2016.