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Curve Finance earns approval of ETH whales: Is a rally incoming?

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  •  Curve Finance’s native token generated interest among whales
  • The total value locked in the Curve protocol was more than Uniswap

Curve Finance [CRV] became a hot commodity among large addresses as the market focus shifted to decentralized exchanges (DEXes) after the FTX debacle. According to a WhaleStats tweet on 17 January, CRV became the most traded token among top Ethereum [ETH] whales at press time, replacing the popular meme coin Shiba Inu [SHIB].

Read Curve Finance’s [CRV] Price Prediction 2023-24

Whales had collected CRV tokens worth $4,584 over the last 24 hours, which roughly translated to a movement of 5,200 tokens.

Additionally, a Twitter thread by Token Terminal pointed out that the total number of CRV token holders expanded steadily and almost hit 90k, a jump of 12% since the FTX contagion hit the market. This is an interesting development in the context of traders’ diminishing confidence in centralized exchanges (CEXes). 


It’s a smooth ‘Curve’

The growing appeal of CRV was reflected in its price trajectory as well, which broke out of the $0.58-$0.5 range on 9 January to embark on a bull run, gaining almost 63%. It was chasing the important psychological level at $1.

The indicators reaffirmed the bullish narrative, as the Relative Strength Index (RSI) went high into the overbought territory. The On Balance Volume (OBV) too indicated that buying pressure was high as there was capital inflow into the market. 

Source: Trading View CRV/USD

Curve Finance TVL shows promise

Among the DEXes, Curve Finance outperformed Uniswap [UNI], the largest exchange by trading volume in terms of total value locked (TVL) in smart contracts. At the time of writing, Curve Finance’s TVL was estimated at $4.2 billion as per Token Terminal, an increase of over 11% over the past week as compared to a $6.84% growth rate showed by Uniswap. 

An increase in TVL implied that investors had faith in the protocol, and more money was flowing through its network.

Source: Token Terminal

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Furthermore, trading volume reached its monthly peak at almost $134 million. However, this number was significantly less than that of Uniswap and SushiSwap.

Source: Token Terminal

Unlike other automatic market makers (AMM), CRV’s liquidity pools mainly consist of similarly behaving assets like stablecoins, to evade the volatility that comes with other crypto assets. Hence, the growth of the stablecoin ecosystem, like the soon-to-be-launched Cardano’s Djed, could power CRV’s growth going forward.


Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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