To the DeFi community,
This week Terra founder Do Kwon has declared war against prominent Dai stablecoin (DAI), via the launch of “4pool” – a stablecoin liquidity pool on Curve with an emphasis on UST and FRAX. The pool is attempting to attract liquidity from “3pool”, a similar pool containing DAI, by using large quantities of CVX to drive incentives.
Curve wars are over, all emissions are going to the 4pool https://t.co/LNJs7CAfcV
— Do Kwon 🌕 (@stablekwon) April 1, 2022
Grayscale has shaken up its DeFi fund with the first quarterly rebalance of 2022, removing Synthetix (SNX) and Sushi (SUSHI) from its basket of assets. Both tokens failed to meet the minimum market cap threshold to remain in the fund. Taking their place are Avalanche (AVAX) and Polkadot (DOT).
NEW: As part of our quarterly rebalancing, $DOT and $AVAX have been added to Grayscale Digital Large Cap Fund, and $ATOM has been added to Grayscale Smart Contract Platform ex-Ethereum Fund.$GDLC #GSCPXE@Blockworks_ has the exclusive with details: https://t.co/uVjYreOhRA
— Grayscale (@Grayscale) April 6, 2022
A new Ethereum-based token standard is on the horizon, with proclaimed support from multiple high-profile protocols. The ERC-4626 token standard is designed for interest-bearing yield tokens, intended to be more secure and solve composability issues.
Omg I want this now so bad. Single biggest pain point for Alchemix v2 is the fact that every different yield token integration has a bespoke solution requiring audit. If they were standardized, it'd be one and done. @iearnfinance @AaveAave and @compoundfinance should all help too https://t.co/8lAUaA3vV2
— scoopy trooples (@scupytrooples) January 5, 2022
NEAR Protocol has raised a massive $350 million in funding from Tiger Global, FTX Ventures and others. The protocol has plans to blaze its own trail as a decentralized application (DApp) platform, already bridging to the Ethereum main chain.
wow $500m this year https://t.co/0OhEbVChew
— Wong Joon Ian (@joonian) April 6, 2022
Stablecoins have become a very hot topic over the recent weeks, both directly in DeFi and broader cryptocurrency headlines. As we all know, stablecoins play an integral part across most DeFi protocols and will continue to do so for a long time – especially until major decentralized currencies reach a saturation point for adoption.
Governments and regulators are slowly closing in with their own influences, as highlighted by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen in yesterday’s speech; the US government is more closely inspecting stablecoins, along with the risks they may pose to the traditional financial system. This influence will likely most strongly impact centralized stablecoins, which may eventually find themselves in direct competition with central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). As a result, this is placing increasing importance on decentralized alternatives. Newer examples such as Frax and TerraUSD have climbed the ranks quickly as of late, giving the well-established Dai a run for its money.
In other news, stablecoin use has even crept as far as Bitcoin’s Lightning Network, as the “Taro” protocol receives tens of millions in fresh funding.
There’s a lot to be watching in the stablecoin space, with massive implications for the wider DeFi space – time will tell us how it all plays out.
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Cheapest Loans: Celsius at 1%, Aave at 2.99% APY
DAI Savings Rate: 0.01%
Base Fee: 0.00%
ETH Stability Fee: 0.50%
USDC Stability Fee: 0.00%
WBTC Stability Fee: 0.75%
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Total Value Locked: $79.78B (down 0.75% since last week)
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Alejandro is a blockchain writer and consultant who has been involved in the space since early 2016. Being extremely passionate about this emerging technology, he has written content for a myriad of projects and news outlets.