Tellor Introduction Tellor is a decentralized Oracle for bringing high-value off-chain data onto the ETH chain. The platform operates using a network of staked miners that compete to solve a PoW challenge to submit official values of the requested data. The goal of Tellor is to provide a secure price feed for DeFi applications. Tributes, TRB, are the native token of Tellor, and is minted with every successful Tellor data point. These tokens are used to pay for data requests and miners on the platform compete to satisfy the submissions.  The Oracle prioritizes the best-funded query every ten minutes, collects the required specific data, and makes it available on-chain. Source: In addition to the security of the PoW protocol, Tellor will also require miners to stake a deposit of Tributes before they are allowed to mine. Miners risk losing their stake if their submitted values are successfully challenged. This design ensures the integrity of operating miners on the platform. Fundamentals Tellor’s token, TRB, is currently valued at $32.73, withContinue reading »

Synthetix Introduction Synthetix is an Ethereum-based decentralized synthetic asset issuance protocol. The platform allows for the creation of synthetic assets that track the value of its real-world equivalent within its chain. These synthetic assets, or Synths, can be minted through the use of the Synthetix Network Token (SNX) and cover a large range of derivatives including fiat currencies, commodities, and cryptocurrencies such as BTC, MKR, and LINK. The most popular being the platform’s native stable-coin, sUSD, which acts as an onramp to trade for other Synth assets. Stocks, indices, and other derivative support are planned for the future. Source: Synths are minted relative to the value of locked SNX at a collateralization ratio. Once minted, it is a tradeable ERC20 token that can be used for long-term investing, trading, or remittances. Stakers of SNX also earn a percentage of fees generated on Synthetix’s non-custodial DEX. The Synths copy the price of an asset but don’t misunderstand that it is the same as holding the asset itself. For example, aContinue reading »

Compound Introduction The compound is a decentralized finance protocol, the second-largest in the current DeFi industry. Similar to MakerDAO, Compound is also a decentralized finance protocol. However, it is more flexible than Maker. The platform supports BAT, DAI, SAI, ETH, REP, USDC, WBTC, and ZRX, compared to Maker supporting only ETH, BAT, and USDC. Depending on the quality of assets, users can apply for loans up to 50-75% of their collateral. With the rise of Maker’s stability fees, Compound has been proving to be a very viable alternative to its competitors. During June 15, the platform’s governance token, COMP, began distribution and garnered additional interests for the project. Users could earn COMP for all cryptocurrencies lent, and borrowed on the app. Demands for the token was high due to limited liquid supply in the market, resulting in a large growth in project capital. Compound even briefly overtook Maker as the protocol with the most value locked during this period. Fundamentals Compound’s token, COMP, is currently valued at $132.66, with aContinue reading »

MakerDAO Introduction MakerDAO is a credit platform supported by Dai, a stable coin cryptocurrency whose value is pegged to USD. As a credit market, Maker allows users to collateralize cryptocurrencies and apply for Dai loans. Holders of the MKR token can participate in Maker’s governance system by votes. The platform itself was a major component for the growth of the DeFi industry in 2019, providing systemically important protocols that supported a majority of the DeFi ecosystem. As a result, MakerDAO has become the sector’s largest protocol, recently surpassing $1 billion in collateral value. However, it is noted that this increase in value is driven by ETH’s rising value, not by additional supply being deposited into the protocol. A majority of activities on the platform consists of users taking leveraged long positions on ETH. This is accomplished by borrowing Dai against ETH and using that Dai to acquire more ETH. Users can borrow Dai up to 66% of their collateral value, with a 150% collateralization ratio. Vaults of users that fallContinue reading »