To the DeFi Community,

Ethereum continues to act as a gravity well for global financial assets. And Bitcoin and US Dollars are the first victims.

There’s now over $1B in tokenized BTC circulating the Ethereum economy. At the beginning of June, Ethereum featured over 5,000 BTC on the network. Fast forward to today and there’s over 107,000 BTC, an increase of over 2,000% in a few short months. It’s undeniable that Ethereum creates a gravitational pull for these assets to integrate themselves into the growing DeFi ecosystem. While OG protocols like Compound and Aave offered an enticing incentive to lend out your BTC to earn interest or leverage its value as collateral to borrow other assets, the introduction of yield farming drove this incentive to new heights. And it shows in the data.

Today, we saw Three Arrows Capital execute the biggest mint in WBTC history, tokenizing over 2,300 BTC on Ethereum in a single transaction. The second and third highest were done by Alameda Research who minted 1,999 BTC and 1,799 BTC in two separate transactions just earlier this month. Both firms are well-known to be active DeFi participants, so we can only expect that this newly-minted Bitcoin will be put to work somewhere within the ecosystem over the coming days, weeks, and months.

And while DeFi still largely relies on the consortium-model BTC, we’re beginning to diversify our offerings. Ren Protocol‘s renBTC continues to see adoption as the protocol has now facilitated over $230M in tokenized Bitcoin since its launch in early June. Moreover, we finally saw the launch of Keep Network’s highly anticipated tBTC this week. In essence, tBTC is a trust-minimized version of Bitcoin collateralized by ETH. Since launching a few days ago, the community has tokenized nearly $2M in tBTC, likely a glimpse of what’s to come.

With a mere 0.5% of all BTC in existence currently living on Ethereum, this is only the beginning of BTC on Ethereum.

There’s still plenty of road ahead.

– Lucas

P.S. DeFi crossed $10B in value locked. Another amazing milestone for the community. We’re on to $100B.


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  • Total Value Locked: $10.7B (up +17% from last week)
  • DeFi Market Cap: $16,14B (up +8%)
  • DEX 7 Day volume: $4.76B (down -12%)
  • DAI supply: 897.7M (up 37%) 
  • Total DeFi users: 486K (up +6%)

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