The ongoing rush for “yield farming” in the crypto market has reportedly led to Chinese investors withdrawing funds from exchanges in the country to lock them up on obscure protocols that promise high yields, said local outlet WuBlockchain earlier today.
Ethereum withdrawals surge in China
Colin Wu, a reporter focused on the local blockchain and cryptocurrency sector in China, said that on September 6, “many exchanges in China experienced difficulties in withdrawing coins and shutdowns.”
Breaking: On Sep 6th, many exchanges in China experienced difficulties in withdrawing coins and shutdowns. Chinese community is launching a “coin withdrawal campaign”, calling to withdraw all USDT and crypto in the exchange and delete their accounts. pic.twitter.com/JwUzRFbqXx
He claimed it was caused by the Chinese crypto community withdrawing liquidity en masse and transferring millions of dollars worth of Tether and other altcoins to yield farming projects like Yearn Finance and SushiSwap.
Wu supported the claim using data from CryptoQuant, an on-chain analytics firm. He said the recent price drop over this weekend caused investors to buy the dip and then transfer to decentralized exchanges, like Uniswap, to exchange to other tokens.
The data shows that due to the popularity of yield farming, especially the recent sharp drop in the price of ETH, many users buy bottoms on exchanges and then transfer to DEX for farming. The stock of ETH and other farm crypto on the exchange is falling frantically. pic.twitter.com/I6982HMVTL
The data showed exchange “reserves” — or the number of cryptocurrencies present on any exchange at a given time for trading — saw a significant dip. Bitfinex and Kucoin, two popular crypto exchanges, were the most affected.
Wu added in a follow-up tweet:
“The “withdrawal movement” is widely spread, but the actual impact is uncertain. Exchanges are also starting to defend, such as a crazy listing of DeFi coins to make users gamble in the secondary market, and helping users with yield farming.”
DeFi’s “crazy” rush
Wu’s comment came as crypto exchange Binance launched its “Launch Pool” service on Sunday to provide yields using its BNB token. In an announcement, Binance said BNB holders opting for Launch Pool will automatically receive interest on projects that issue their tokens on the Binance chain, starting with Bella Protocol yesterday.