The massive outflow of liquidity from the Uniswap decentralized exchange has continued unabated and the beneficiaries appear to be rival protocols SushiSwap and Bancor.
Over $1.5 billion in cryptocurrency collateral has been shifted over the past few days as Uniswap’s farming incentives came to an end on Nov 17. The DeFi protocol did very little to prevent the largely anticipated exodus of liquidity and now its rivals are benefiting.
From a record $3 billion in liquidity last week, Uniswap has been hemorrhaging so much that it has slumped by 53% to around $1.4 billion today.
From Uniswap to SushiSwap
It appears that Uniswap fork and rival protocol SushiSwap is getting the lion’s share of this billion-dollar river of crypto collateral.
According to DeFi Pulse, SushiSwap total value locked has surged by 300% over the past couple of days to top out at over $1 billion. This has propelled the protocol up to sixth place on the total value locked (TVL) charts, flipping Curve Finance, Synthetix, and Yearn Finance.
The other DeFi protocol getting a good share of that liquidity is Balancer which has seen a 27% increase in TVL over the past day or so. Commenting in the latest Defiant Newsletter, industry insider Cooper Turley stated;
“Other projects are now looking to siphon off yield-hungry traders by offering incentives of their own, best highlighted by SushiSwap boosting SUSHI rewards and Bancor’s BNT liquidity mining released yesterday.”
Bancor TVL has surged 50% over the past 24 hours but it is still a small fry compared to its billion-dollar brethren. The total across the industry is just off its all-time high at $13.7 billion according to DeFi Pulse.
Uniswap Community Vote Update
Uniswap community members expressed their concerns about the premise of a mass exodus in a recent community call but core team members remained tight-lipped. Governance came too little too late and an ongoing ‘temperature check’ vote and proposal has not mitigated the migration of money.
UNI prices meanwhile have been holding steady over the past 24 hours with little change, trading at just below $3.70.