Uniswap’s DEX volume declines: What’s next?
- DeFi DEX volumes plummeted, with September 2023 on track for the lowest monthly volume since early 2021.
- Uniswap, one of the largest DEX’s in the sector, also observed a decline in activity.
In recent times, the DeFi (Decentralized Finance) sector has been subjected to intense market pressures due to the broader bear market.
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Within the DeFi space, various segments, including decentralized exchanges (DEXes), have experienced significant challenges, notably the shrinking trading volumes.
Volumes begin to fall
Data revealed that the monthly trading volumes on DEXes in September 2023 were poised to hit their lowest levels since early 2021. This ominous trend raises legitimate concerns regarding its potential ramifications for prominent DEX platforms, most notably Uniswap [UNI].
Monthly DEX volume in September 2023 on pace to be the lowest volume month since early 2021. Onchain summer cooling straight into winter pic.twitter.com/TcAGV5Yx3i
— Sisyphus (@0xSisyphus) September 20, 2023
Uniswap, a heavyweight within the DEX sector, hasn’t escaped the repercussions of this downturn. According to statistics sourced from Token Terminal, Uniswap encountered a substantial decline of 21.3% in its daily active user base over the preceding month.
Naturally, this contraction in user engagement correlated with a reduction in the fees generated by the Uniswap protocol.
Steps to hinder MEV attacks
Compounding these challenges were the recurring instances of Miner Extractable Value (MEV) transactions and sandwich attacks targeting the Uniswap network.
MEV transactions and sandwich attacks represent forms of front-running and market manipulation techniques capable of exploiting vulnerabilities within automated market makers like Uniswap.
To counteract the adverse impact of MEV-related activities, Uniswap introduced strategic measures, with UniswapX being a prominent example. UniswapX is engineered to capture MEV and redistribute it to traders through enhanced prices.
This approach safeguards traders’ interests by ensuring that the benefits they derive are not siphoned off by arbitrageurs.
Furthermore, UniswapX encourages users to employ private transaction relays when routing orders to on-chain liquidity venues. This prudent strategy obstructs specific forms of MEV extraction, contributing to a more secure and equitable trading environment on the Uniswap platform.
1/ Front running and sandwich attacks lead to thousands of dollars in losses for everyday swappers ?
With UniswapX, MEV that’s captured is instead returned to swappers through improved prices ✨ pic.twitter.com/goEBC69FvC
— Uniswap Labs ? (@Uniswap) September 12, 2023
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Turning the spotlight to Uniswap’s native cryptocurrency, UNI, it too faced its unique set of challenges. At the time of reporting, UNI was trading at $4.26, a substantial decrease in price over the preceding month.
Alongside this price depreciation, trading volume also experienced a noticeable decline.