To the DeFi community,
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.
Step 2 is that Synthetix is awesome for creating "synthetic assets" (aka synths) which are assets that trade like other assets, that are backed by another, entirely different asset. Basically, a plastic banana that I can buy and sell like a real banana.
— I'm just a doggie boi (@fubuloubu) January 16, 2021
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.
This is disruptive!
No more slippage 😍
Thanks to @synthetix_io, you swap between diverse assets with no slippage
Thanks to @CurveFinance between same representatives (e.g. DAI/USDC)
The only downside, it's async
I am expecting A LOT of volumes
And looking for L2 👀😎 https://t.co/fammCg7R9S
— Emiliano Bonassi | emiliano.eth (@emilianobonassi) January 17, 2021
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.
The amount of things that start clicking together when you stop thinking about separate system, and instead systems as a whole integrating, is honestly amazing. Lending is such a powerful and underutilized tool. The things we can do with it in defi are about to get scary
— Andre Cronje (@AndreCronjeTech) January 16, 2021
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.
DAI Vault from @iearnfinance
👻Flashloans @AaveAave, @dydxprotocol
— vasa (@vasa_develop) January 18, 2021
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.
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.
DAI Savings Rate: 0.00%
Base Fee: 0.00%
ETH Stability Fee: 2.50%
USDC Stability Fee: 0.00%
WBTC Stability Fee: 4.50%
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Perpetual Protocol clocks hundreds of traders, half a million in fees in the first month of mainnet.
Saddle Finance launches a Curve-style AMM with more than $4 million in VC backing.
C.R.E.A.M is keeps up with the times by adding new tokens to the platform.
CREAM debuts its plan for zero collateral loans in the yearn ecosystem.
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%)
Total DeFi Users: 1,291,000 (up 3.7%)
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Alex is an analyst and writer with experience at tech startups and Fortune 500 corporations. He’s focused on cutting-edge technologies in blockchain, energy, supply chains, transportation, urban living, and more and has been in the crypto community since 2014.