The smart contract token economy rose 5.6% against the U.S. dollar on Thursday, reaching $332 billion. Additionally, the value locked in decentralized finance (defi) increased to nearly $50 billion, a record high not seen since the collapse of FTX.
Smart Contract Economy and Defi TVL Bounces Back
On Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, the top smart contract platform coin economy increased to $332.86 billion, a rise of 5.6% in the last 24 hours. Currently, roughly $20.44 billion in global trading volume is paired with smart contract tokens. Of the top ten smart contract crypto assets by market capitalization, polygon (MATIC) led in 24-hour gains, rising 12% in the last day. Aptos (APT) followed with the second-largest increase, jumping 10.4% higher on Thursday.
Polkadot (DOT), chainlink (LINK), and solana (SOL) all experienced notable gains in the last day, jumping 6% to 7.1% higher. Smart contract coins outside the top ten that saw significant increases include near protocol (NEAR), which rose 11.4%, and fantom (FTM), which jumped 17.5% on Thursday. Parsiq (PRQ) was the largest gainer with a 27.7% increase, while counterparty (XCP) was the biggest smart contract token loser, shedding 9.9% on Thursday.
The value locked in decentralized finance (defi) has also risen and is near the $50 billion range, at approximately $49.48 billion. Lido Protocol leads the defi pack, as its total value locked (TVL) today represents 17.32% of the $49 billion on Thursday.
Lido’s TVL increased by 5.79%, and the second-largest defi protocol, Makerdao, jumped 2.97% in 24 hours. Rocket Pool experienced one of the biggest defi protocol increases in the last day with a 7.38% rise. According to defillama.com statistics, the top 20 defi protocol TVLs have all seen double-digit increases in the last 30 days.
Ethereum remains the top chain in decentralized finance today, as its defi protocols dominate the total value locked (TVL) by 59.4%. Ethereum is followed by Tron, Binance Smart Chain (BSC), Arbitrum, and Polygon, respectively, in terms of TVL size on Feb. 2, 2023.
Changes over the past month show that the top ten blockchains in terms of defi TVL have also seen double-digit increases in TVL. The largest increase in the last month was Optimism’s TVL, which increased by 47.41% over the 30-day span. The last time the TVL in defi was this high was in Nov. 2022, just before the crypto exchange FTX collapsed.