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The decentralized finance market cap reached $45 billion as the total value locked in DeFi continues to rise to new highs.

The decentralized finance sector continues to charge full steam ahead as multiple tokens notch new all-time highs and the total value locked in DeFi protocols grows with the passing of each week.

Data from Messario shows projects like AAVE, Uniswap (UNI), SushiSwap (SUSHI) and Synthetix (SNX) have all rallied by double-digits, creating a positive feedback loop as more users engage with the protocols to yield farm and capitalize on flash loans.

DeFi asset performance. Source: Messari

As the price of Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) reached new highs in recent months, the total value locked (TVL) in DeFi has risen as well, increasing optimism and engagement on the various DEXs and lending platforms. Data from CoinGecko shows that in the past 6 months the DeFi total market capitalization has grown to $45 billion.

Total market cap of all DeFi tokens. Source: CoinGecko

From Jan. 1 to Jan. 25, DeFi platforms have collectively seen the TVL rise from $15.6 billion to a record-high $26.1 billion.

In fact, according to DeFi Pulse, the total value locked across DeFi protocols increased from $21.49 billion to $26.173 billion in the past 4 days alone.

This sharp increase in TVL was helped by a $400 surge in the price of Ether from $1,053 on Jan. 21 to a new all-time high of $1,459 on Jan. 25, but Ether canā€™t account for all the gains as shown by the increasing number of DeFi tokens which are also securing new all-time highs.

Total value locked in DeFi. Source: Defi Pulse

Despite these impressive developments, the DeFi sector only accounts for just 4.6% of the total cryptocurrency market capitalization which currently stands at $976.6 billion.

Despite representing just a small sliver of the total crypto market, DeFiā€™s rapid growth suggests the sector is primed for explosive growth as cryptocurrency becomes more mainstream.

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