Rise in activity and token prices show that DeFi Summer 2.0 has already started

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After a brilliant start to 2021, with token valuations and trading volume spiked to fuel the current bull market, the DeFi sector overall took a hiatus while the NFT sector stepped into the limelight.

While investor attention was elsewhere, DeFi prices had time to consolidate and developers could focus on protocol upgrades.

DeFi Index Perpetual Futures 4-Hour Chart. Source: TradingView

Data from Cointelegraph Markets and TradingView shows that several DeFi tokens, including Aave (AAVE), Synthetix (SNX), YFI, and SushiSwap (SUSHI), have been trading since the 10th all-time high.

The recent upward trend in DeFi tokens has led some analysts to point out that “DeFi Summer 2.0” actually happened, and on a much larger scale than anyone expected.

On-chain metrics show that DeFi is heating up

Evidence that the DeFi space is heating up can be found in various on-chain metrics, indicating a healthy amount of trading activity and an increasing number of new users interacting with DeFi and DEX protocols.

According to data from Dune Analytics, the number of new subscribers entering the DeFi ecosystem has increased steadily over the past year, reaching a record 3,285,643 total users as of August 31st.

Total number of DeFi users over time. Source: Dune analysis

The steady surge in new users has helped increase the activity of the DeFi credit logs and the decentralized exchanges (DEX), with data from Dune Analytics showing that weekly DEX volume in August reached levels not seen since the end of May.

Weekly DEX Volume. Source: Dune analysis

For those who fear that high transaction fees on the Ethereum (ETH) network could limit the ability for smaller investors to engage in the sector, there is the growing field of Layer Two (L2) solutions such as Loopring (LRC) and Cross-chain bridges to competing networks like the Solana ensure portfolios of all sizes can participate in DeFi investments.

One of the best examples of this is the rapid rise of the Polygon (MATIC), a Layer 2 network that has become a high-level blockchain in terms of Total Value Locked (TVL). Data from Defi Llama shows that Polygon is now the fourth tier chain in terms of TVL, with more than $ 4.93 billion on the network.

Total value of locked rankings. Source: Defi Lama

With Bitcoin still struggling to gain momentum below $ 50,000, it is possible that the market is headed for an altcoin season and if it does, the top DeFi protocols with strong long-term fundamentals are likely to benefit from the upward momentum .

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