“#DeFi is alive and well in #crypto, as $AAVE has skyrocketed to a +33% gain in the past day. #Aave whales, which we deem addresses holding 1,000 tokens or more (~$397k+ USD), have ballooned from 266 to 327 addresses this past month, fueling this rally.”
The continuous accumulation of AAVE by whales and high-net-worth investors, especially in the U.S., is seemingly causing the price of AAVE to increase.
Will whales buy even at a high valuation?
Currently, the market capitalization of AAVE hovers above $5 billion. Apart from Chainlink, which some consider to be a DeFi token, no other DeFi protocol has achieved a $5 billion market capitalization before.
Although the market capitalization of Aave is quite high at $5 billion, investors anticipate Aave to remain the dominant DeFi lending protocol.
If it does, with the total value locked in DeFi moving towards $40 billion, the probability of Aave reaching a valuation that allows it to become a top ten cryptocurrency increases massively.
Arthur Cheong, the founder of Defiance Capital, the largest DeFi-focused fund in Asia, said it is likely that Aave becomes more valuable than any European fintech startup by 2022.
High-profile high-net-worth investors have talked about Aave in the past week as well. Billionaire investor Mark Cuban disclosed on a Reddit post that he owns the DeFi token, which many found surprising coming from a long-time cryptocurrency skeptic.
This shows that DeFi is no longer crypto native and has garnered the interest of the mainstream, as well as investors from traditional finance.
Analysts often say that traditional finance investors find DeFi more appealing than Bitcoin because they can understand the cash flow aspect of DeFi.
Over the long term, this could help buoy the overall growth of the DeFi market and the attractiveness of DeFi assets as investments.