To the DeFi community,

This week, Curve and Synthetix are joining forces on new smart contracts that enable low slippage using synthetic asset.

One difficulty of making high value trades is slippage, or getting a progressively worse realized price as the trade eats up more and more sell orders. That drives up the average price of the target asset, which can sometimes result in big losses compared to a trade with no slippage.


Using the new collaboration, Curve swaps between native and synthetic assets, Synthetix facilitates the trade from one synth to another for a flat fee, and Curve makes the final swap back from virtual to the target native asset. Viola, swap millions between USDC and WBTC in a single transaction, largely slippage-free.


The advent of this type of super-low slippage trading is a prime example of the financial innovation DeFi makes possible by moving all the pieces of traditional banking systems into a digital, open-source ecosystem.


Slippage is not a new problem or unique to DeFi, so new tools like this will be a catalyst for bringing institutional investment to the industry, seeking an edge in traditional markets.

Yearn Finance launched the first new v2 yVaults for USDC, DAI, and HEGIC (with free transfers from v1 vaults!) alongside a new UI design this week, the first big step on a long road to much deeper integration with protocols across the DeFi landscape.


Sushiswap is teaming up with Furucombo to build automation cubes that use Sushi liquidity pools, opening the door for more complex no-code strategies on the automation platform. It’s also the first set of cubes to be designed outside the Furucombo team, another nice collaboration between two rising projects.

The new protocols also kept rolling this week, with Saddle Finance bringing a new market for pegged tokens and stablecoins and Charm Finance launched their mainnet for decentralized options trading.

Lots of top DeFi builders have spent the last few months hyping up the type of products in store for 2021 that would blow minds and change the entire game, in crypto markets and beyond. We’re getting the first tastes of that now less than a month into the new year, and the best part is each DeFi innovation is likely to build on the last.

Every day it looks more like the only limit to our financial success will be our own imaginations.

Stay tuned!

Interest Rates


Highest YieldsFulcrum at 12.82% APY, dYdXNexo Lend at 10% APY

Cheapest LoansCoinList at 3.00% APY, Compound at 7.24% APY

MakerDAO Updates

DAI Savings Rate: 0.00%

Base Fee: 0.00%

ETH Stability Fee: 2.50%

USDC Stability Fee: 0.00%

WBTC Stability Fee: 4.50%


Highest Yields: dYdX at 14.13% APY, Fulcrum at 12.6% APY

Cheapest LoansCoinList at 1% APY, Aave at 7.09% APY

Top Stories

Charm Finance Mainnet Launch

Charm Finance launches options trading mainnet, but warns smart contract audits are still in the works.

Perpetual Protocol One Month Recap

Perpetual Protocol clocks hundreds of traders, half a million in fees in the first month of mainnet.

Saddle Finance Launches Specialized AMM

Saddle Finance launches a Curve-style AMM with more than $4 million in VC backing.

$1INCH, $TBTC and $OMG Listed on C.R.E.A.M. Ethereum

C.R.E.A.M is keeps up with the times by adding new tokens to the platform.


CREAM Showcases Iron Bank

CREAM debuts its plan for zero collateral loans in the yearn ecosystem.


Stat Box

Total Value Locked$23.9B (up 11.6% since last week)

DeFi Market Cap$40.35B (up 30.3%)

DEX Weekly Volume$11.96B (down -2.5%)

DAI Supply1.44B (up 2.1%)

Total DeFi Users1,291,000 (up 3.7%)

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