Weekly DeFi Index
This week’s market cap, volume, and volatility indices were positive at +3.29%, +13.50%, and +73.12%, respectively.
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- Uniswap, a decentralised exchange protocol operating on Ethereum, will soon be deployed on privacy-focused Layer-2 tool zkSync. The proposal was put forth by Matter Labs, the developer behind zkSync, and was passed following a 100% community vote in favour of the move. According to Matter Labs, deploying to zkSync will allow Uniswap to offer lower transaction costs compared to the Ethereum blockchain without compromising security. This also follows Uniswap Labs’s latest announcement that it raised US$165 million in Series B funding led by Polychain Capital.
- Aptos finally hit the mainnet after years of development, but the rollout so far has been met with criticism. Months prior to launch, Aptos claimed that it can handle 130,000 transactions per second (TPS) — significantly more than other layer-1 solutions like Ethereum and Solana — but it was observed to only have reached a speed of 4 TPS at launch. A pseudonymous user tweeted: “majority of these transactions are not actual transactions, they are merely validators communicating and setting block checkpoints and writing metadata to the blockchain”. There were also concerns around the lack of publicity of its tokenomics, despite the fact that most centralised exchanges already announced listing Aptos’s native token on their platforms.
- On Friday, The Ethereum Foundation announced the launch of ‘Shandong’, an early pre-Shanghai testnet that will serve as a testing ground for numerous Ethereum Improvement Proposals (EIPs). Shanghai is Ethereum’s next major upgrade post-Merge, and will introduce code that will allow network validators to withdraw their staked Ether.
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Charts on Layer-2 Projects
- The overall L2 market saw positive growth last week, as its TVL rose by +0.78%. Optimistic rollup projects jumped by +3.29%, while zero-knowledge rollup projects fell by -5.63%. Ethereum’s TVL change was positive at +0.61%.
- The TVL changes for all optimistic rollup projects were all positive except for Layer 2.Finance (-0.45%). Metis Andromeda surged the most at +12.90%.
- ZK rollup projects’ TVL movement was a mixed bag: StarkNet saw the highest growth at +8.24%, while Loopring plummeted the most at -9.09%.
- Flashbots reveals new version of its key Ethereum software
- BlockTower launches $150M fund to Invest in blockchain infrastructure and DeFi
- Tether ditches commercial paper reserves for T-Bills
- Crypto market maker Wintermute pays off $96M TrueFi debt weeks after being hacked
- Mango Market’s DAO forum set to approve $47M settlement with hacker
- Moola Market exploited for $8.4 million
- Moran Hard Fork: BNB Smart Chain set to execute a hard fork as temporary patch fix for its $100 million exploit
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