Bitcoin Crashes Near $20,000 – But DeFI Hasn’t Said Its Last Word, Here’s Why! – Mag Mirror

“Transparency and real-time tracking of on-chain transactions allows everyone to see liquidations and value-at-risk at these levels,” Svanevik added.

Aave, Compound see massive transactions

Svanevik pointed out that more than $6 billion has been repaid on Aave and Compound, two lending and borrowing platforms, which equates to a 64% reduction in their outstanding debt.

“That’s almost twice the reduction in TVL (total value locked) compared to the May crash of last year (-36%), and we’ve seen some very large investors redeem massive positions, including a single wallet redeeming 140K ETH on Aave after some initial on-chain liquidations last week,” he said.

These moves did not cause any unforeseen contagion damage in the crypto ecosystem, which speaks to the resilience of deFi applications that rely on smart contracts to perform financial transactions instead of centralized third parties.

Meanwhile, Svanevik said the centralized way of operations in some crypto businesses has caused the slowdowns in recent weeks: “What we are seeing is that the shadow credit system through centralized lenders has allowed a excessive leverage and risk in the system with little to no visibility for users until the hard sell began and pullback stops hit last week, reminiscent of Archegos’ margin calls last year Robinhood’s last or breakdown in 2020.”

Svanevik noted that the percentage of stablecoin holdings for wallets labeled as smart money by Nansen reached all-time highs last week – suggesting a sign of “aggressive de-risking” as well as repayment of loans on the chain.

“We are already seeing signs of a decline in this ratio, indicating that smart money is rolling out again,” concludes Svanevik.

The DeFi sector, however, saw some governance drama last week within the Solana-based Solend lending protocol, as noted, with a potential issue subverted on Tuesday.

Market capitalization fell below the $1 trillion mark at the start of the month as recession and inflation fears led to a slowdown in broader markets. Bitcoin experienced a nearly 12-week decline that pushed prices as low as $18,000 last week – marking the first time the asset has fallen below previous cycle highs.

A drop in cryptocurrency prices in early May caused contagion risks within the crypto ecosystem, starting with the implosion of Terra’s stablecoin UST in mid-May. The dollar-denominated coin fell to pennies while protocol flagship LUNA tokens plunged nearly 100%.

This knocked $28 billion off the value locked on Terra apps and led to Three Arrows Capital posting hundreds of millions of dollars in losses.

In June, cryptocurrency lender Celsius Network ran into trouble disabling user withdrawals, citing “extreme market conditions. This led to insolvency rumors in crypto circles. Its counterparts have apparently been affected too: Lender BlockFi said this week that it had secured a $250 million credit facility from the stock Exchange of FTX cryptocurrencies in order to strengthen its “balance sheet and the strength of its platform”.

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