Morgan Stanley's head of digital asset markets says DeFi is poised to keep its momentum in 2021


Morgan Stanley's head of digital asset markets says decentralized finance (DeFi) isn't going away in the coming year.

For now, Morgan Stanley has noted the so-called explosion of DeFi, according to Andrew Peel.

"I would say an evolution of this current momentum in terms of significant interest in the topic will continue through 2021," he said during The Block's Developing a Digital Asset Strategy panel.

Perhaps it'll move so quickly, he quipped, that the space will run out of food-based names next year. Regardless, he said the evolving technology will likely be applied to more traditional settings in the next two years. 

"I think some of the technology from this DeFi phase will certainly be utilized in some more regulated way throughout 2021 towards 2022," he said.

He touted the programmable features of the technology as a way to rethink digital financial infrastructure, but did not specify which areas he sees DeFi disrupting in the coming years.

Listen to the panel discussion below:

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With more than $100 billion in market cap across all chains, it is likely that the DeFi market cap will grow to $200 billion by 2025. However, many users still face various technical barriers when using decentralised platforms to do on-chain farming, staking and trading, while off-chain solutions face liquidity issues, fiat restrictions and the lack of a central multichain to support crypto assets and institutional-grade custodians. 
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