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DEXs on Cardano see growth, but how does that benefit ADA in the long run?

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  • DEXes on Cardano performed well
  • However, the network’s TVL continued to decline along with daily activity

MELD DeFi, a popular Decentralized Exchange (DeX) on the Cardano [ADA] network, stated that it would be expanding its reach and growth in a 2 January tweet. It would do so by becoming a multi-chain protocol and would launch on Avalanche in the coming months.

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The Cardano – DEX angle

The DEX also recently received its Electronic Money Institute (EMI) license, which would allow the DEX to onboard American customers and be operational in over 100 countries. However, MELD Defi wasn’t the only DEX that showed improvements on the network.

Miniswap, a successful DEX on the Cardano network, also showed growth over the recent past. According to data provided by Dapp Radar, the number of unique active wallets on the DEX increased by 11.85% in the last seven days. Subsequently, the number of transactions on the DEX grew by 10.51% during the same period.

Source: Dapp Radar

Despite the growth shown by DEXes on the network, Cardano’s state in terms of the DeFi space still hadn’t improved.

Based on the information provided by DeFiLlama, Cardano’s TVL continued to decline over the past month, falling from $59 million to $50 million in the last 30 days. This impacted the revenue collected by the network as well, which also fell by 21.05% in the same time frame, according to Token Terminal.

Source: DeFi Llama

Even though Cardano’s TVL continued to decline, stakers on the Cardano network continued to support the blockchain.

According to data provided by Staking Rewards, the number of stakers on the Cardano network increased by 60.29% in the last week. At the time of writing, there were 1.08 million stakers on the Cardano network. The number of stakers grew, although the revenue being generated by them decreased by 23.17% over the last month.

Source: Staking Rewards

Even though the number of stakers on the Cardano network grew, the activity on the Cardano network declined.

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Looking at the on-chain data

According to Santiment, the daily active addresses on the Cardano network fell significantly over the past few days. Coupled with that, the velocity around the Cardano token also declined. This suggested that the addresses transferring ADA had declined.

However, even though the activity on the Cardano network was waning, the funding rate observed growth. This suggested that traders who went long on Cardano were making profits. This could be seen as a bullish sign and could suggest the possibility of a price reversal in the coming future.

Source: Santiment

At the time of writing, ADA was trading at $0.253. Its price fell by 0.66% in the last 24 hours, according to CoinMarketCap.


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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