Crypto occasions of 2021 in retrospection

The year 2021 is ending, and if there’s one method to explain how the cryptocurrency market fared in the previous 12 months, it would be memorable development. 

Major cryptocurrencies shattered previous records, adoption grew, brand-new sectors grew and unique blockchain usage cases made considerable developments.

The Market Insight’s most current edition remembers the occasions covered in previous concerns along with deep-dive subjects in Cointelegraph Research’s market reports.

DeFi and Altcoins

Two of the leading gainers of 2021 were Solana (SOL) and Terra (LUNA). SOL acquired 9,500%, while LUNA acquired 13,000%. Significant financial investments and community development catalyzed the enormous gains for the 2 tokens. One might likewise argue that the 2 being billed as possible “Ethereum killers” influenced adding to their enormous rallies.

In the decentralized financing (DeFi) scene, the 2 tokens sit amongst the leading 5 in overall worth locked (TVL). Solana is at No. 5 with $11.45 billion, and LUNA has actually just recently exceeded Binance Coin (BNB) for the No. 2 area with $18.9 billion, according to Defi Llama. Moreover, the emerging environments of Solana and Terra should have a much deeper appearance, which is why they are the topic of Cointelegraph Research’s upcoming reports.

DeFi followed a comparable development trajectory as the more comprehensive crypto market in 2021. 

Competition has actually unquestionably increased for Ethereum. Its TVL share was 97% in January however is presently down to 62.54%, per Defi Llama. The next stage of advancement for the sector enters concern in 2022, specifically given that the development of DeFi this year has actually been so significant that authorities have actually changed from rejecting the market to coming to grips with methods to handle it. 

The DeFi market capitalization stays a little portion of the total cryptocurrency market cap, however it went through the exact same development trajectory. Some think that combination with tradition banking might be among the primary focuses for DeFi in 2022.


Nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, discovered their breakout year in 2021 regardless of existing given that 2014. The bulk of sales was available in the previous 12 months, going beyond $14 billion in December. Digital art collections and digital antiques control 91% of these sales volumes, which is among the crucial information revealed in this report.

The sales in the very first half of the year were driven mainly by specific artists signing up with the area with their particular collections and some prominent sales, while the 2nd half generated more traditional brand names.

For circumstances, Coca-Cola auctioned a wearable bubble coat skin in Decentraland, and Visa acquired its very first NFT. Such involvement from these brand names allowed the NFT market to come into maturity. The report likewise exposed that the most rewarding NFT collection in 2021 was “CryptoPunks.” A “CryptoPunk” NFT provides a much better all-time average roi compared to NFTs on other popular collections, such as “CryptoKitties” and “Bored Ape Yacht Club.”