Last Updated on December 17, 2023 by newseditor
JPMorgan has issued a report highlighting the positive growth in the decentralized finance (DeFi) and non-fungible token (NFT) sectors. This resurgence is linked to growing optimism in crypto markets. This optimism comes from the expectations surrounding a potential US Bitcoin ETF.
The Resurgence Signals
JPMorgan’s research report notes a resurgence in decentralized finance (DeFi) and non-fungible token (NFT) activities in recent months. This resurgence comes from the improved sentiment in crypto markets, spurred by the anticipation of the approval of a US-listed spot bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF).
Even though the report acknowledged the revival in DeFi and NFT markets, the report characterizes these indicators as ‘tentative,’ and are initial signs of a potential resurgence. This increase comes after nearly two years of decline.
JPMorgan analysts, led by Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou, expressed caution about the recent resurgence in DeFi/NFT activity by stating that while it’s a positive signal, it’s premature to be overly optimistic.
The analysts suggested that this recovery has sparked some optimism that the worst might be behind us in terms of the medium-term trajectory for DeFi/NFT activity. However, they caution against premature optimism regarding these developments.
The analysts point out that while there has been a natural recovery in DeFi due to heightened crypto trading activity, notably through decentralized exchanges, it’s essential to consider other contributing factors. They highlight liquid staking, particularly led by Lido since early 2023, as a significant factor in DeFi’s improvement, preceding the excitement around the potential approval of a spot bitcoin ETF.
Meanwhile, the price of ether has trailed behind other cryptocurrencies, resulting in a situation where measuring the total value locked in ether terms “would mechanically show some revival given the price of several smaller cryptocurrencies has risen by more than ether in recent months” as per the analysts’ observations.
The Fall in Ethereum
The JPMorgan analysts noted that Ethereum doesn’t seem to have reaped substantial benefits from the recent revival in DeFi/NFT activity.
The analysts noted that Ethereum was facing challenges related to “network scalability, slower transaction speeds, higher fees,” and increased competition from other layer-1 chains,
Ether (ETH) has shown weaker performance compared to other cryptocurrencies. This has led to a scenario where measuring the total value locked (TVL) in ETH terms would mechanically display some improvement, given the higher gains of these alternative digital assets in recent months.
Also, the analysts see new blockchains, DeFi protocols, and NFT platforms like Aptos, Sui, Sei, Celestia, and Blur as “promising” by analysts. They noted that forthcoming upgrades to Ethereum might address the blockchain’s scalability challenges, potentially supporting its dominant position. However, uncertainties surround both the timing and the effectiveness of these upgrades.
Despite challenges, the emergence of new NFT innovations is in a positive light. This progression signifies a dynamic and evolving digital finance landscape, offering renewed prospects for the NFT sector to sustain its expansion.
Undoubtedly, the NFT sector has encountered its share of fluctuations. However, looking forward, it stands poised for further evolution. The current challenges are transient; the ability to adapt and ongoing innovation will pave the way for a resurgence.
Anyone following up on the crypto market knows that the market has been on a bearish run. However, it has peaked for a while. Also, NFTs and DeFi’s activities have been on a decline. For a short while, NFTs and DeFi activities had begun to show signs of a peak. According to JPMorgan analysts, these signs were only tentative.