Crypto Trends for 2024 — Part 3

This is Part — 3 of our 4 part series on Crypto Trends for 2024. We look into trends that should headline this year. The articles are loosely based on this Messari Report.

We dive straight into this new Crypto Trends chapter for 2024.

Layer 1 Networks

For layer 1 networks, there are two words for 2024, interoperability and privacy. Another feature that may change the L1 landscape is modular chains. We showed our support for interoperability throughout 2023. It’s what the crypto industry needs to go forward. Privacy is another feature that we support.  So, let’s take a look at some Layer 1 chains for 2024.

  • Ethereum

Ethereum still holds the #1 position. The first-mover advantage is still working. However, developers will look for faster and cheaper options to build on. Close to home, this will be L2s. Other chains took over many key features. Tron has the stablecoin market cornered. Stellar did the same for RWA, and DePin calls Solana its home. Furthermore, DYDX moved to Cosmos. That’s the biggest Perp DEX in DeFi.

However, L2s on Ethereum will become almost free to use with the Cancun-Deneb upgrade. It will reduce gas fees by 90-99%. Furthermore, Ethereum’s market cap is 10x as high as the next contender. There will not be one single Ethereum killer. However, over time, too many protocols will chip away at Ethereum’s position.

  • Solana 

Solana is last year’s comeback kid. From a price below $10 in December 2022, it momentarily peaked at $121 almost to the date, a year later. Where will this end for Solana? Going above its ATH of $260 in November 2021 will be difficult. There are many more tokens in circulation now, compared to 2 years ago. There’s also the situation of subsidizing the transaction fees. See the X post below.

  • Celestia

Celestia came onto the scene with a great airdrop. If you held on to their drop, you’re eating well in 2024. Their modular chain design is going to make waves. A monolithic chain, like Ethereum, completes all tasks itself. However, a modular chain concentrates on one task. It delegates other tasks to a different chain. As a result, modular chains offer superior scalability and cheaper transactions. Celestia seems to have only started its 2024 run.

Other Chains to Keep an Eye Out For
  • Lukso — Developed by Fabian Vogelstetter and his wife, Marjorie Hernandez. Vogelstetter developed the ERC-20 token. In 2023, the chain launched its mainnet and its native LYX token. It’s interoperable and scalable. Furthermore, it offers a new onboarding feature with its Universal Profiles. Use Web2 features for Web3 log-ins. Lukso offers an interesting mix of lifestyle, NFTs, gaming, and the metaverse. As a result, they are well on their way to a top 20 position by market cap.

  • Aleph Zero — There’s much going on in the privacy space. Aleph Zero is the chain to keep an eye out for in 2024. Their privacy DEX Common is in the testnet phase. Liminal, their core privacy product, should see the day of light later this year. See the video below. It’s a fast, secure, scalable, and low-cost chain. In Europe, the chain complies with local laws.

DeFi in 2024

Global financial assets represent $150 trillion worldwide. However, DeFi only takes 0.01% out of this pie. In other words, there’s plenty of room to increase the size of that piece of pie. DeFi has weathered quite a few storms by now. For example, it kept working during the Luna collapse. It also came through the FTX disaster. This actually may have helped DeFi to win some more users.

  • DEXes (Decentralized Exchanges)

Overall, we see that Uniswap is still the leading DEX in DeFi. It also keeps cementing that place with the right moves. For instance, it launched a wallet and there are plans for V4. On Avalanche we see Trader Joe taking first spot. Osmosis has this role in Cosmos and Orca in Solana. On the BNB chain, PancakeSwap still seems to be the only player in town.

The RocketX aggregator is also a player to keep in your sights for 2024. Of interest may be Common on Aleph Zero. This may give an entirely new feel to a DEX by offering a privacy option. See the picture below.

Crypto trends

Source: Common 

One thing DeFi is most likely not looking forward to is regulation. However, KYC and AML may be in the cards for DeFi. Also, dYdX still leads the perp DEXes with a 70% market share. However, their combined trading volume in DeFi barely goes above 2%. 

On the other hand, Liquid staking is the field to watch in DeFi. This offers the biggest growth opportunity. It is a multi-billion dollar industry, bound to even grow bigger. This, in contrast to bridges, they remain vulnerable. Some of DeFi’s biggest hacks happened with bridges. However, they remain necessary for a multichain future. Wanchain sets examples in this field, being hack-free since it launched, 7 years ago.

Other areas to look at in DeFi are oracles. Chainlink got hefty competition from Pyth. That’s going to be an interesting playing field. RWA, as we mentioned already, will explode. Another fascinating area is Bitcoin. However, more on Ordinals in Part 4.


This is Part 3 of our 4-part series on crypto trends in 2024. We covered Layer 1 networks and DeFi in this article. Here’s a link to Part — 2. Keep an eye out for our last article in this crypto trends series.


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