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Why Ethereum’s growth of ERC-20 tokens matters

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As an altcoin, Ethereum has been the leader in terms of its growth observed this year. The evolution of ERC-20 tokens along with the decentralized platform established on Ethereum were vital contributors to Ethereum’s performance. Although the beginning of the final quarter of 2020 did portray as though ‘DeFi was dead’, but that seems to have been just a hiccup.

ERC-20 and ETH

Ethereum ecosystem has expanded with novel use cases and products that have been garnering the attention of the users. The list of ERC-20 tokens on the network has also expanded and currently, there were 313,006 ERC-20 tokens and the prominent ones being Tether [USDT] on Ethereum, Binance coin [BNB], Chainlink [LINK], [CRO], and USD coin [USDC].

OKEx’s OKB token was in the sixth position, however, given the OKEx stopping withdrawals for all crypto, the coin has been witnessing a drawback.

Source: Etherscan

With growing numbers of ERC-20 tokens, the market cap of the tokens reached parity with Ethereum’s market for the first time, noted Messari’s Ryan Watkins a couple of months back. This trend continued and now the market cap of the ERC-20 token surpassed the market cap of ETH by a significant margin.

Source: Messari

Data from Watkin’s research suggested that 56% of the value stores on Ethereum now incentivized economic activity beyond the maintenance and execution of the ETH blockchain.

Source: Messari

This growth has been mainly driven by stable coins and DeFi projects which resulted in the total value of all Ethereum assets to surpass $100 billion for the first time since 2018. The 2018 peak was the result of the 2017 ICO boom and to see such a momentum caused by stablecoins and the DeFi project, does invite questions on Ethereum’s independent growth.

However, as the work continues on ETH 2.0, the community expected solutions for various problems like congestion and scalability ailing the Ethereum blockchain. Its effectiveness will be tested upon release, until then ETH’s growth may be associated with mainly DeFi.


Namrata is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto covering the US and Indian market. A graduate in Mass communication, while majoring in Journalism, she writes mainly about regulations and its impact with a focus on technological advancements in the crypto space.
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