Despite many leading Ethereum-powered DeFi protocols posting a weekly loss, the success of Binance Smart Chain is pushing the TVL of decentralized finance into new highs.
As such, DeFi’s TVL is currently equal to roughly twice the capitalization of third-ranked crypto asset Binance Coin, nearly one-third of Ethereum’s market cap, and on-par with the capitalization of top 200-ranked global company Snap Inc — the company behind Snapchat.
The majority of TVL growth for the past week appears to have been driven by a handful of platforms, with only three of the sector’s 10-largest protocols posting growth.
Binance Smart Chain-native DApps continue to lead the sector’s growth, with fourth-ranked PancakeSwap adding roughly 29% or $1.3 billion to its TVL last week. Newcomer stablecoin DEX, Ellipsis Finance, has also attracted significant capital — representing $1.9 billion and ranking 13th by TVL less than one week after launching.
Significant gains were also posted by a few Ethereum-based projects, with 11th-ranked Instadapp doubling its TVL to add $1.05 billion, 14th-ranked Yearn Finance also doubling i TVL with a roughly $850 million increase, and 18th-ranked Vesper Finance increasing by 84% to surpass $1 billion within six weeks of launching.
While the combined TVL of DeFi protocols is up roughly 10% over the past seven days, data from crypto analytics provider Messari suggests the average performance of DeFi assets for the past week has been a loss of roughly 1%.
The total value locked in DeFi protocols continues to push into new record highs, despite most leading Ethereum-powered decentralized finance platforms experiencing drawdowns this past week.