The growth of the stablecoin sector within crypto has been one of the most impactful developments of 2021. In particular, stablecoins became integral to the expanding decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem as their total value eclipsed $162 billion, according to CoinMarketCap.
One project that has seen its token price surge thanks to its focus on stablecoins and the Curve Finance (CRV) ecosystem is Convex Finance (CVX), a protocol that aims to help users boost CRV staking to maximize yields.
Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that since hitting a low of $18.79 on Dec. 4, the price of CVX surged 215% to establish a new record high at $60.22 on Dec. 27. Over the same period, its 24-hour trading volume spiked from an average of $20 million to more than $163 million.
Three reasons for the new all-time high for CVX include the launch of new assets on the protocol, the listing of the CVX token on several prominent exchanges and the continued growth in total value locked (TVL) on the Convex protocol.
The launch of new assets and LP pools
One reason for the building strength of Convex Finance in December has been the addition of new assets, including new opportunities to provide liquidity in support of the Convex platform. Most recently, Convex announced that it would be expanding beyond its focus on Curve Finance by adding support for the up-and-coming Frax Finance stablecoin ecosystem.
— Convex Finance (@ConvexFinance) December 22, 2021
On top of the addition of a new stablecoin protocol to its ecosystem, Convex also launched an Ether/CVX pool on the Curve v2 protocol as well as a new CRV/Ether pool on Convex that offers a projected yield of 178.49%.
New exchange listings
A second factor that helped boost the price and trading volume of CVX was the listing of the token on several prominent exchanges, including Binance on Dec. 22 and Huobi Global on Dec. 23.
CVX now on Binance! https://t.co/EBaescRNf1
— Convex Finance (@ConvexFinance) December 23, 2021
Following these two exchange listings, the price of CVX spiked from $34.83 to $45.76, a gain of 42% in less than 36 hours.
CVX also received a boost to its value on Nov. 26 when the token was listed on the cryptocurrency exchange OKEx.
Rising total value locked
A third element that points to the growing strength of Convex Finance is the total value locked on the protocol, which hit a new record-high of $19.49 billion on Dec. 29, according to data from Defi Llama.
The steady climb in assets locked on the protocol has elevated Convex Finance to the third-ranked protocol in terms of TVL in all of DeFi behind Aave, which reports total liquidity of $26.56 billion across all supported networks, and Curve Finance which has a current TVL of $23.14 billion.
As the Convex ecosystem expands and continues to add support for projects like Frax and potentially TerrraUSD (UST) in the future, the protocol’s TVL is likely to continue to rise and could potentially surpass that of Curve Finance as it incorporates other stablecoin protocols.
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Ray Schuetz received a Masters Degree in computer science from The University of Texas (Austin). Ray has been working as a full-time blockchain consultant for the past 3 years. In his spare time, Ray enjoys writing for EthereumCryptocurrency.com and other crypto news publications.