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Ethereum [ETH] declines on this front; the reason will not surprise you

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The share of DEX volume on Ethereum dipped below 70% in April, down from its multi-year peak of nearly 80%, as USDC’s depegging shook the DeFi market.

Ethereum [ETH] declines on this front; the reason will not surprise you

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  • About $4.23 billion worth of trades were settled on Arbitrum last week, as compared to $8.4 billion on Ethereum.
  • The average number of transactions on all L2s has outpaced Ethereum mainnet transactions.

Ethereum’s [ETH] decentralized exchange (DEX) volume dominance on the 90-day moving average fell in April for the first time since the end of 2021, according to a tweet by blockchain analytics firm Messari. This marked a noticeable shift to layer-2 solutions (L2) and other layer-1 chains.


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The share of DEX volume on Ethereum dipped below 70% in April, down from its multi-year peak of nearly 80%, as USD Coin’s [USDC] depegging caused the shake-up of the broader DeFi market.

 

L2s gain prominence

As per data from DeFiLlama, Ethereum remained the most preferred chain for DEXs with a cumulative trading volume of more than $1 trillion as of this writing. However, the first quarter of 2023 saw growing popularity for scaling solutions like Arbitrum [ARB].

The weekly volume on Arbitrum has been on a steady uptrend since the start of 2023 and reached its zenith at $5.33 billion in March, just before the AirDrop of ARB tokens. About $4.23 billion worth of trades were settled on Arbitrum last week as compared to $8.4 billion on Ethereum, indicating the giant strides the L2 solution was taking.


Source: DeFiLlama

Some of the other L2s, like Optimism [OP], also saw considerable growth. As of this writing, it was the sixth-largest chain in terms of DEX volume over the last 24 hours. In line with observations made earlier, the volume reached an all-time high of $245.77 million during the depegging of USDC.

Source: DeFiLlama

Ethereum’s dominance to diminish further?

With the launch of more rollups like zkSync Era and Polygon [MATIC] zkEVM, interest in scaling solutions has never been higher. Messari research analyst Chase Devens opined that DeFi activities moving to L2s may signal the start of a long-term trend as customers enjoy cheaper costs and faster transactions without sacrificing security.


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The idea was backed up by data from L2Beat, which showed that after remaining neck-and-neck for the most part of 2023, the average number of transactions on all L2s has outpaced Ethereum mainnet transactions. At press time, L2s processed 31 transactions per second on average, compared to Ethereum’s 10 per second.

Source: L2Beat

There was relief in terms of transaction fees as well. As per L2 Fees, investors required just $0.10 to send ETH on Arbitrum One, $0.27 on Optimism and $0.21 on Polygon zkEVM. On the other hand, users would have to pay $1.19 to send ETH on mainnet and nearly $6 to swap tokens.


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Saman is a News Editor at AMBCrypto. Her background in History and English expanded on her knack for editing and presenting all sides of a story without bias. With a strong will to learn, Saman is always up for exploring unknown territory, and crypto, with its ever-changing landscape, offers just that.
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