Data from 10/01/2022 (according to CoinMarketCap):

Metaverse Market Capitalization: €27,386,077,715.00 / $30,930,219,576.41

DeFi Market Capitalization: €132,913,702,804.00/ $150,114,596,738.68


Axie Infinity, Decentraland, Sandbox, Enjin Coin and Render Token are all tokens you may have heard a lot about over the last year. According to Bloomberg Intelligence Metaverse may be $800 billion market opportunity. 

Axie Infinity is one of the top-performing cryptocurrencies of 2021. It’s already seen eye-watering gains of over 24,000%. Axie is a play-to-earn game, which means that players earn crypto rewards that have value outside the game.

Decentraland is a 3D virtual reality platform that you can visit today. You don’t need a headset to explore, just an internet browser. You don’t even need to own any cryptocurrency — you can enter as a guest and visit this virtual world.

Sandbox is very similar to Decentraland in that player can buy land on which they create and share games and experiences. The biggest difference is that it has not yet fully launched its virtual world to the public. However, there’s more customization in Sandbox, and a bigger focus on NFT creation.

Enjin is a platform that lets people create and manage their NFTs. It integrates with several gaming platforms and allows players to use an item across multiple games or sell it on the marketplace.

Another aspect of the metaverse are the companies that enable the creation of those 3D and augmented reality visuals. Here’s where Render comes in. Its decentralized infrastructure utilizes otherwise unused computer processing power to render digital content.

Metaverse in 2022

Besides the Crypto games and protocols that are building the metaverse. There are several big global companies that are building up their own Metaverses. Such as Meta (previously known as Facebook), Microsoft, Epic Games and Tencent. 2022 will bring a lot of development on our current understanding and interpretation of the Metaverse, As crypto projects and global companies race to build their own utopian metaverse.

Insula Scheria

If you are interested in investing in the Metaverse, Insula Investment Management has a Metaverse Fund: Insula Scheria, with average monthly returns of 34.56%. The fund consists of Metaverse tokens such as The Sandbox (SAND), Decentraland (MANA), Enjin Coin (ENJ) and more. Follow this link to find out more.


Decentralized finance (DeFi) is an emerging financial technology based on secure distributed ledgers like those used by cryptocurrencies. The system removes the control banks and institutions have on money, financial products, and financial services. DeFi Token and protocols such as Terra (LUNA), Avalanche (AVAX), Chainlink (LINK), Uniswap (UNI) and Fantom (FTM) have gained tremendous growth and transactions over the year 2021.

Terra Over the last year, its price has soared over 14,000%, and it’s become the second-most-popular decentralized finance (DeFi) platform behind Ethereum. The Terra blockchain features an array of stablecoins, cryptocurrencies designed to track the price of fiat currencies. For instance, TerraUSD tokens are tied to the price of the U.S. dollar, and TerraEUR tokens are tied to the price of the Euro. There are several other examples, but in all cases, those stablecoins can maintain their value because of LUNA, a token on the Terra blockchain that is specifically designed to absorb volatility.

Avalanche is an open, programmable smart contracts platform for decentralized applications. Launch Ethereum dApps that confirm transactions instantly and process thousands of transactions per second, far beyond any decentralized blockchain platform today. Deploy blockchains that fit your own application needs. Build your own virtual machine and dictate exactly how the blockchain should operate. Stake, or lock up, your AVAX to help process transactions and further secure the platform–providing security guarantees well-above the 51% standard. You probably have the hardware required to join the platform.

Chainlink is a blockchain abstraction layer that enables universally connected smart contracts. Through a decentralized oracle network, Chainlink allows blockchains to securely interact with external data feeds, events, and payment methods, providing the critical off-chain information needed by complex smart contracts to become the dominant form of digital agreement.

Uniswap is a popular decentralized trading protocol, known for its role in facilitating automated trading of decentralized finance (DeFi) tokens. Uniswap aims to keep token trading automated and completely open to anyone who holds tokens, while improving the efficiency of trading versus that on traditional exchanges.

Fantom is a directed acyclic graph (DAG) smart contract platform providing decentralized finance (DeFi) services to developers using its own bespoke consensus algorithm. Together with its in-house token FTM, Fantom aims to solve problems associated with smart-contract platforms, specifically transaction speed, which developers say they have reduced to under two seconds.

The graph below shows the TVL (Total Value Locked) in DeFi from the beginning of 2020 till 2022. Total Value Locked represents the number of assets that are currently being staked in a specific protocol

DeFi in 2022

2021 for DeFi has been a tremendous boom, and what will happen to DeFi in 2022 will still to be seen. However what we do know is that DeFi has been a disruption to the traditional (centralized) financial sector and will most likely remain this way for the near future. According to a Forbes article here are some speculations on what will happen within DeFi in 2022.

“DeFi will still be a thing in 2022. We have only seen the tip of the iceberg in terms of DeFi,”

“There are many new products to come that we can’t even imagine today.”

“DeFi will continue to lead in terms of total value in the ecosystem, but blockchain gaming will introduce more people to crypto because the learning and adoption curves in gaming are notably smaller than that of DeFi,”

Insula Pala

If you are interested in investing in DeFi, Insula Investment Managements has a DeFi Fund: Insula Pala, with an average monthly return of 2.55%. The fund consists of DeFi tokens such as Uniswap (UNI), DefiPulse Index (DPI), Synthetix Network Token (SNX), Aragon Network Token (ANT) and many more. Follow this link to find out more

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