Decentralized finance and the numerous platforms offering investment services have been the talk of the cryptocurrency sector for several months and this has resulted in investors capturing spectacular gains for some of the top DeFi tokens like Uniswap (UNI) and AAVE. 

The fast-moving prices and 1,000% APY on staked tokens elicited cheers from investors when the market was going up, but the recent selling pressure seen as Bitcoin price dropped below $45,000 shows that the highest fliers are often the quickest to fall as traders rush to exit their positions and lock in their gains.

Daily cryptocurrency market performance. Source: Coin360

On Feb. 22 Bitcoin (BTC) price entered a sharp corrective phase which saw the top digital asset pullback by more than 20% from its all-time high of $58,274. As this occurred, the majority altcoins also saw double-digit corrections and DeFi tokens like PancakeSwap (CAKE) fell as much as 55%. 

Total value locked in DeFi shows resilience

The total value locked in DeFi platforms also took a hit as Bitcoin and altcoins corrected. Data from DeFi Llama shows the combined TVL of all DeFi platforms fell from $64.89 billion to $54.22 billion on Feb. 24. Cointelegraph also reported that this week’s correction led to the second-largest day of DeFi loan liquidations in history. 

Total value locked in DeFi. Source: Defi Llama

The decline in TVL is a result of decreasing token values rather than protocol outflows, indicating that token holders remain committed to the continued expansion of decentralized finance and that the current yields are still incentivizing investors to rem engaged.

Market analysis indicates that despite the recent $5.8 billion Bitcoin and altcoin liquidation, bulls remain optimistic and see this price pullback as a sign of a healthy market.

The same goes for the DeFi sector, which has been in a strong uptrend since the start of the year. Increasing DEX volume as well as a rising TVL show that DeFi is still in the early stages of growth, and while pullbacks are to be expected, the overall trend is positive as institutional and retail investors increasingly gain exposure to this emerging asset class.