• With DeFi forecasted to gross US$231.2B in revenue by 2030, decentralized derivatives are poised to become a significant and fundamentally important part of DeFi's future, playing a crucial role in its growth and development.

  • Crypto-native perpetual futures overwhelmingly dominate the market, contributing over 90% to DeFi derivatives TVL. Meanwhile, despite being relatively nascent, the options sector possesses substantial growth potential, as highlighted by the recent emergence of innovative protocols.

  • dYdX and GMX remain household names in the perpetual futures landscape, collectively capturing an impressive 64.9% of the trading volume. The forthcoming releases of dYdX V4 and GMX V2 signify key milestones for both protocols this year.

  • This year also marked a notable shift in the perpetuals market, with emerging protocols such as Kwenta, MUX, and Level Finance gaining traction. Each showcases remarkable growth, especially Kwenta, which captured 11.6% of market share.

  • In the options market, Lyra stands out with over US$580M in YTD trading activity, while Dopex and Opyn maintain a notable presence. Ribbon Finance's Aevo has gained traction, representing an interesting development in the space.

  • A key distinction among competing protocols lies in their underlying models, such as CLOB- or AMM-based. The emergence of concentrated liquidity pools is paving the way for a new generation of protocols in the options market.

  • Layer-2s have emerged as the networks of choice for DeFi derivatives. Arbitrum has grown to top the charts by hosting 42 derivatives protocols, while Optimism and zkSync also demonstrate promising growth.

  • To compete effectively, decentralized derivatives must prioritize continuous innovation in infrastructure and UI/UX design for more familiar trading experiences.


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