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Uniswap web usage soars as crypto traders transition to self-custody

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Uniswap web usage soars as crypto traders transition to self-custody

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  • Demand for self-custody pushes triggers for more Uniswap utility.
  • UNI’s long-term outlook has improved after last week’s events.

Uniswap just announced that the number of users on its web app recently soared to a new 2022 high. This outcome is unsurprising considering that recent events revealed that many centralized exchanges may not have adequate reserves.

Read about Uniswap (UNI) price prediction 2023-2024

Crypto users have thus been moving their cryptocurrencies from exchanges. As a result, decentralized exchanges (DEXes) like Uniswap have seen an increase in activity.

Uniswap’s latest post acknowledges that demand for self-custody solutions and transparency has increased. As a result, decentralized exchanges have seen more user adoption.

The key reason why traders have shifted to DeFi is that FTX sowed the seeds of distrust against centralized exchanges. It has become clear to traders that holding cryptocurrencies on exchanges may not be ideal. If more traders transition to DEXes, we might witness an explosion of utility for DEXes during the next bull run.

Uniswap’s short-term outcome already confirms that the number of addresses using the DEX has increased. The number of addresses with non-zero balance transacting on UNI has been growing steadily this month. They were at the highest level in the last three months, at the time of writing.

Uniswap trading activity

Source: Glassnode

New addresses and active addresses registered healthy growth since mid-October. They recently peaked near mid-November, after which they pivoted. The upside is due to a resurgence of demand at recent lows. The fact that both active addresses and new addresses have pivoted is confirmation that short-term demand has tapered off.

Uniswap’s reported increase in usage may have been short-lived based on the above observations. The DEX’s volume and transactions metric confirm that there was, indeed, a sharp increase in transactions and volume this week. However, the same metrics have pivoted just as quickly.

Uniswap transactions and volume

Source: Glassnode

It is worth noting that both the volume and transactions managed to achieve new 3-month highs during this week. This suggests that more activity has taken place this week and this might be due to the investors’ migration to DEFI.

Impact on UNI price action

We will likely see a repeat of the same in the long run if investors’ demand continues to favor DEXes.

Such an outcome will favor Uniswap’s network growth in the long-run while also favoring UNI demand. UNI’s price pulled off a 36% upside from last week’s lows to its Tuesday’s (15 November) highs.

Uniswap (UNI) price action

Source: TradingView

UNI’s 50-day moving average recently formed a golden cross with the 200-day MA. This is traditionally a bullish sign. We might see more upside if the price manages to cross above the two moving averages.


Michael is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. He has 5 years of experience in finance and forex and more than two years as a writer in the crypto and blockchain segments. Michael's writing at AMBCrypto is primarily focused on cryptocurrency market news and technical analysis. His interests include motorcycles and exotic cars.
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