Ethereum and decentralized finance (DeFi) tokens are pushing Genesis Capital’s lending business to new heights, according to the firm’s “Q2 Market Observations” report published Wednesday.
Genesis, which is owned by Digital Currency Group, the parent company of CoinDesk, reported that it is seeing bitcoin’s role changing in the bear market. From late 2020 until the end of the second quarter, Genesis saw bitcoin’s dominance in market cap decline from over 70% to under 45%, while ether and prominent DeFi tokens doubled in value during that time.
According to Genesis’ report, bitcoin accounted for 42% of the firm’s loan book in the second quarter – a drop of 12 percentage points from the end of 2020 – and bitcoin spot trading was down to 47% in the second quarter from highs of 80% in last year’s fourth quarter.
As DeFi grows and attracts the attention of institutional investors, demand for ether is also growing. Hedge funds are increasingly turning to Genesis and other lenders to borrow ETH to deploy into DeFi protocols.
That trend was evident in the second quarter, when the firm had $25 billion in new originations, its largest amount ever in a quarter. The figure was up eightfold from a year earlier. The firm’s cumulative originated value is now $66