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Is AAVE on the way to surpassing Lido DAO’s $6.4b TVL

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The biggest lending protocol AAVE successfully survived the April to June crash. Of late, the momentum of the market has changed. And, AAVE has been climbing up the price charts.

In fact, the protocol and the token have been showing signs of a positive movement. 

AAVE climbing up the ladder

Currently, the closest competitor to the Dapp is Lido DAO, a liquid staking protocol that has over $6.43 billion locked in total value.

AAVE, on the other hand, has $6.06 billion in TVL, combining all the different versions of the protocol. However, the chances of the lending protocol taking over Lido DAO are pretty meek. This is because the growth witnessed by AAVE comes nowhere near Lido DAO.

While the former noted an 8.82% growth over the last 30 days, the latter recovered by 33.5% in the same time period.

Top 5 DeFi protocols’ growth | Source: DeFi Llama – AMBCrypto

In fact, of the top five DeFi protocols, AAVE is the only one to note such a low growth ratio. 

But AAVE, in itself, has been performing well as a lending protocol as compared to Compound and MakerDAO which also have a considerable command in the lending space.

Furthermore, AAVE has the highest amount of deposits, standing at $5.5 billion, as compared to other protocols. Compound and MakerDAO stand somewhere at a little over $3 billion each.

AAVE, MakerDAO, Compound deposits | Source: Dune – AMBCrypto

However, a factor that makes the difference is the number of outstanding loans. MakerDAO leads this front with $6.7 billion. AAVE, at one point in May, was on the verge of surpassing the former.

However, after being hit by the market crash, its total borrowed amount came down and stood at just $1.5 billion at the time of writing.

AAVE, MakerDAO, Compound borrowings | Source: Dune – AMBCrypto

Regardless, AAVE V3’s performance has not declined by a great margin- gradually recovering from the downfall and conducting over $24 million in transactions on an average in the Polygon market.

The same in the Optimism market amounts to a little over $500k on average, with USDC being the most used token in both the markets.

AAVE V3 in Polygon market | Source: Dune – AMBCrypto

This has, in a way, supported the recovery of AAVE, which in the span of a month, rose by 97.16%. Moreover, this crypto has registered a growth of 39.41% over the last seven days. 

AAVE price action | Source: TradingView – AMBCrypto


Aaryamann is a freelance crypto journalist working with AMBCrypto. He is currently investing his time in the crypto-space. He has a keen interest in DeFi, the ever-expanding possibilities of blockchain technology, as well as the political impact they would have.
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