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Uniswap TVL Tops $3 Billion But Farms Closing Soon, What Will Happen to UNI Prices?

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The milestone comes as TVL across all DeFi protocols hits a record high of $13 billion according to Defi Pulse. So far this month, over $2 billion has been added to DeFi protocols in terms of dollar value crypto collateral, but some of that may be attributed to the increase in Ethereum prices.

In terms of ETH, there is now 8.5 million, or 7.5% of the total supply, locked in DeFi and 3.3 million ETH on Uniswap alone.

Uniswap, The King of DeFi

Uniswap remains at the top of the pile in terms of TVL with a market share of 23%. According to Uniswap.info, liquidity has reached a record $3.3 billion while volumes are at $260 million per day. Almost half of that liquidity is in Ethereum.

Uniswap liquidity
Charts – uniswap.info

Messari researcher Ryan Watkins has looked into volumes on Uniswap stating that although they have declined a little since September, its fundamentals are still very strong.

Over the past 24 hours, that collateral has increased by 2.5% as liquidity in its four UNI farms also increases. Around $2.35 billion is spread across these four farms with the largest share sitting in the ETH/wBTC pool holding over $810 million.

There is a mounting concern, however, that there could be a liquidity exodus from Uniswap when UNI distribution to these pools ends on November 17. This could have a huge impact on UNI prices, which are currently up 15% on the day to reach $3.20.

UNI Price Discovery … or Another Gas Spike?

There is a possibility that Uniswap will launch new farms for ETH/UNI or stablecoins and UNI, offering greater incentives than just the trading fee share in order to retain the collateral on the platform. Nothing has been announced yet on any official channels as the clock counts down with just six days to go.

Industry observers have suggested that the end of farming will create a pivotal price discovery moment for UNI.

The highly anticipated launch of Uniswap v3 is likely to usher in further incentives for UNI holders which could also boost prices.

Another side effect of the potential movement of over $2 billion in crypto collateral is a surge in gas prices again. Average Ethereum transaction fees have settled down to around $1.60 according to Bitinfocharts.com, though the last time they surged into double digits was almost two months ago when Uniswap launched the four farms.

Either way, there will be some volatility for Uniswap and DeFi farmers next week so buckle up.

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