Value Locked in Crypto DeFi Markets Hits $1 Billion Milestone


With Ether (ETH) breaking through the $200 mark yesterday, $1 billion in value is now locked in the DeFi markets. 

Total value locked in DeFi markets, Feb. 7

Total value locked in DeFi markets, Feb. 7. Source:

As of Feb. 7, ETH is trading close to $220 — up 4.5% on the day and almost 22% on the week.

Broadly speaking, DeFi is shorthand for decentralized finance, referring to the use of blockchain, digital assets and smart contracts in financial services such as credit and lending.

According to analytics site, the $1 billion locked in the markets — i.e. across the spectrum of smart contracts, protocols and decentralized applications (DApps) built on Ethereum — is almost 60% denominated in MakerDAO’s DAI stablecoin.

Defipulse stats reveal that one year ago today, the value locked in DeFi was roughly a quarter of what it is now, at $276 million.

As it celebrates the milestone, some in the Ethereum community have pointed to the role played by the Bitcoin (BTC) lightning network, which accounts for 1.7% of the value ($8.5 million) — making it into the top ten digital assets used for DeFi contracts and applications:

DeFi total value, breakdown in top ten digital assets, Feb. 7

DeFi total value, breakdown in top ten digital assets, Feb. 7. Source:

As the site notes, the total value figure is calculated hourly by pulling the total balance of Ether (ETH) and ERC-20 tokens held in DeFi smart contracts and multiplying these balances by their spot prices in USD.

ETH price correlation

As Cointelegraph reported last fall, while the dollar value chart of digital assets locked in DeFi shows some correlation to Ether’s price, it is not entirely dependent on it. 

After falling with Ether’s price in July 2019, the value of assets locked in DeFi apps resumed its growth even as the altcoin’s price continued largely to fall. In a short time period, the correlation is tighter.

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