DeFi & L1L2 Weekly (07/02/2024)

EigenLayer’s TVL surges after staking cap is temporarily removed. Solana network resumes operations after a 5-hour outage. dYdX unveils 2024 roadmap with software enhancements and Permissionless Markets.

Feb 07, 2024

Weekly DeFi Index

This week’s market cap, volume, and volatility indices were positive at +4.75%, +45.82%, and +10.74%, respectively. Weekly Market Index
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EigenLayer, an Ethereum-based liquid restaking protocol, saw a significant surge in its total value locked (TVL) hours after temporarily removing its staking cap. On 5 February, the protocol announced that it would lift the per-protocol staking cap of 200,000 ETH until 9 February to “invite organic demand” to the network. 

EigenLayer is pioneering restaking, allowing users to simultaneously earn Ethereum staking rewards while securing Actively Validated Services (AVSs) to generate additional yield. It introduced the caps last year to ensure security and decentralisation, mainly as a way to prevent any single token from dominating the network.

The protocol’s TVL saw a US$1.9 billion (92%) increase from last week following the announcement, jumping from just over $2 billion on 31 January to nearly $4 billion as of 7 February. EigenLayer TVL

DeFi Index Token Performance
  • Chainlink unlocked 19 million LINK tokens, valued at approximately $341 million, which can be traced back to three of its non-circulating supply contracts. Of the 19 million LINK unlocked, 15.95 million LINK was deposited into a cryptocurrency exchange, while the remaining 3.05 million LINK was moved to a multi-sig wallet. TVL of Top Chains Tok DEX by Chain

News Highlights

  • The Solana network experienced a five-hour outage on 6 February, during which block production and transactions were halted. Following a successful upgrade to v1.17.20 and a restart of the cluster by validator operators, block production on the Solana mainnet beta resumed, with engineers continuing to monitor performance. The last reported outage on the network was in February 2023 that lasted nearly 19 hours, and this latest incident has reignited criticisms over the network’s reliability.
  • Decentralised perpetuals exchange dYdX revealed its 2024 roadmap, which includes the launch of Permissionless Markets to enable traders to list and trade any asset without going through the current governance process. The project also focuses on enhancing core trade execution, improving user experience and onboarding, and democratise access to financial opportunities within the DeFi space. 
  • Optimism-based decentralised social protocol Farcaster reached record highs when daily active users on the network jumped from 5,000 on 28 January to over 29,000 on 5 February. This growth was attributed to a surge of interest in an innovation called Frames on its Warpcast app, which allows users to mint nonfungible tokens (NFTs), make transactions, claim tokens, read external blog posts, and create polls without having to sign a transaction or leave the app.
  • Delegate, in collaboration with LayerZero, is set to launch ‘Clusters’, a cross-chain naming protocol designed to provide a unified identity layer across multiple blockchains, including Ethereum, Solana, and other EVM-based chains.
  • Stride, a liquid staking protocol in the Cosmos ecosystem, launched support for Celestia (TIA) and allocated 5 million STRD tokens (worth $18.5 million) to an airdrop for early adopters of its stTIA liquid staking token.
  • The Astar Network is set to launch its zkEVM mainnet this month, which will be powered by Polygon Network’s Chain Development Kit (CDK) and allow seamless interoperability with the Ethereum network.

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