Footprint Analytics: Stellar aims for rebound in 2022 Footprint Analytics: Stellar aims for rebound in 2022

Footprint Analytics: Stellar aims for rebound in 2022

Last month, the Stellar Development Foundation (SDF) participated in a cryptocurrency hearing hosted by the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services.

Footprint Analytics: Stellar aims for rebound in 2022

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Last month, the Stellar Development Foundation (SDF) participated in a cryptocurrency hearing hosted by the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services.

CEO Denelle Dixon presented the technology of the Stellar decentralized payment system and its applications. With the recent news that Ukraine and Mexico will be using Stellar to run their digital currencies, Stellar is once again in the spotlight.

What is Stellar

Launched in 2014, Stellar is a platform that supports cross-border transactions between currency pairs and aims to solve global payments problems through blockchain technology.

The global payments and settlement system are complicated with various fiat currencies and each countryโ€™s financial and regulatory systems.

Stellar aims to solve this problem by making transfers between different currencies efficient (within 5 seconds) and low cost (under 1 cent USD) through decentralized transaction validation.

The current status of Stellar

In its seven years of development, Stellar used to have an illustrious history.

It was once a top 10 blockchain project in terms of Market Cap. And even set a record for a 100x increase in token price before DeFi Summer.

Unlike projects in the crypto world, Stellar has built many partnerships with the traditional financial community, including IBM and national financial institutions.

Footprint Analytics - XLM Price
Footprint Analytics – XLM Price

However, according to Footprint Analytics, Stellar is currently growing slowly.

After years of growth, it has a TVL of around US$1.5 billion to date, ranking it 40th among public chains, and this rate is far less than that of the up-and-coming public chains that are just starting.

Footprint Analytics - Stellar TVLย 
Footprint Analytics – Stellar TVLย 

There are more than 100 projects and partners building within Stellar’s ecosystem.

Footprint Analytics -Protocols TVL in Stellar
Footprint Analytics -Protocols TVL in Stellar

Reasons for Stellar’s Slow Growth

Poor Ecosystem Incentives

At the time of Stellar’s creation, an inflation mechanism was set up to prevent a reduction in the circulation of XLM.

Each year the inflation scheme generates tokens equal to 1% of Stellar’s total supply and accounts for more than 0.05% of Stellar’s total share receiving additional XLM coins.

The purpose of the inflatable mechanism is to incentivize. However, analysis by Coinmetrics shows that 98% of the XLM incremental coins went to the SDF (Stellar Development Foundation) and did not benefit the Stellar project.

One reason for this is that the foundation has been involved since the early days and therefore can participate in the annual distribution of newly generated tokens.

The second reason is that most Stellar participants joined during the 2017 burst and are speculative users with little involvement in the ecosystem.

XLM inflation CoinMetrics
XLM inflation CoinMetrics

The Omission of SDF

The foundation holds a large number of tokens due to inflationary mechanisms. However, the foundation has failed to use these tokens to help the project function better. Crypto Slate analysts stated in 2019 that the foundation has only consumed $40,000 for community projects. Having a large amount of money but not using it well maps out the inaction of the foundation.

In 2019, the Stellar Development Foundation initially mitigated the token mismatch by ending its inflation plan and destroying more than 50% of its tokens. However, XLM still needs to expand its usage scenario.

The Road Ahead for Stellar

Although Stellar ended up lagging since its launch, it is set to make a comeback from 2021.

With the explosion of DeFi projects, multi-currency, cross-chain transfers are a current blockchain pain point, and Stellar offers one of the solutions that define a new standard for global payments.

Stellar has gained market recognition through expanded payment companies, national banks, financial institutions, and more, gaining recognition from multiple parties and several strong partners as a global solution for cross-border payments.

EVM Compatibility

The incompatibility of Stellar contracts with EVM means that developers cannot quickly deploy projects on Ethereum to Stellar in February 2021.

FlareNetworks has announced the integration of Stellar Lumens (XLM) with its smart contract platform, thus enabling compatibility with the Ethereum blockchain. If successfully landed, Stellar will be even more scalable.


Stellar’s recent moves show that it continues to interface with the financial community and bridge the gap between traditional and on-chain payments.

We can keep an eye on Stellar and look forward to its continued development in solving global payments challenges.

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