Many have come to recognize that one of the core drivers of DeFi is that of liquidity. Whether it be in the form of DEX growth from projects like Kyber or Uniswap to incentives from projects like Synthetix, we’ve seen tons of different initiatives which have driven the depth of liquidity pools in DeFi at large.

Today, Balancer Labs expand on that conversation by announcing a $3M seed round backed notable funds including Accomplice, Placeholder, CoinList and Inflection.

What is Balancer?

“Balancer allows any token holder to provide liquidity with 100% of their assets by turning their portfolio into a Balancer pool or adding it to existing pools. Balancer allows pools with up to 8 tokens, with any custom %-distribution of value for each of them. Anyone can now create their own self-balancing index fund, or invest in someone else’s.”

In essence, Balance provides tools for dApps, funds and even DAOs to diversify their portfolio with the assurance that the weights of that portfolio will always be the same. However, instead of paying fund managers to do this, it all happens algorithmically.

“Thanks to carefully designed mathematical properties and the alignment of incentives with arbitrageurs, Balancer pools will always hold the same ratio of value in each token — even if their relative prices change. This is why we consider Balancer to be a self-balancing portfolio management tool.”

Why Does This Matter?

Across the board, we’re starting to see more and more opportunities for traders to democratize access to liquidity. We’ve previously covered projects like Curve and iEarn – both of which provide income opportunities using the Yield Protocol.

More recently, we touch on PieDAO – effectively allowing users to allocate cryptocurrencies like ETH across different asset classes.

With Balancer, we can envision even more complex use-cases to emerge. The basic premise is that of asset management, namely mitigating impermanent loss and aiding in capital optimization thanks to automatic rebalances, similar to those offered by Set Protocol.

“By exploring multidimensional invariant surfaces, we came up with a powerful mathematical framework that enables any portfolio to continuously self-rebalance while also generating fees.”

Perhaps more important is the ability for users to contribute capital directly to a pool without having to split it 50/50 as we see on Unsiwap today. What this allows for is deeper liquidity which is no longer restricted to DEXs, but that entire ecosystem at large.

Chris Burninske, a participant in the round on behalf of his fund Placeholder said it best when stating:

As more investors are drawn to Balancer’s promise to pay people for their assets, these pools will grow, and we expect them to become some of DeFi’s most liquid venues. Since pools are not restricted to 50/50 weighting, the field of programmability with Balancer is vast, and already we’re seeing top tier DeFi teams experiment with the protocol as a way to solve as-of-yet unmet needs.”

If one thing is for sure, Balancer goes to show that capital is still largely being directed towards the DeFi ecosystem.

In the coming months, we’ll be on the lookout for a consumer-facing version of the product for users here at DeFi Rate.

In the meantime, be sure to stay up with Balancer via their official Twitter.