🌊 DeFi 2.0 Wave of New Projects Test Liquidity Mining Alternatives
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TLDR Things aren’t getting easier for those struggling to stay current with the lightning quick DeFi space. Just when you think you’re up to speed with the latest token or protocol along comes something new. Brace yourselves because here comes DeFi 2.0. What that term actually means is still in flux.
EXPERIMENTING While DeFi 2.0’s meaning is still congealing, a core component of DeFi’s next evolution includes alternatives to a mainstay of DeFi 1.0: liquidity mining. Projects like OlympusDAO, Fei Protocol, and Alchemix, are all experimenting with new ways of capturing users with the new challenge of getting them to stay.
MINING REWARDS The new crop of DeFi projects centers around the idea called protocol controlled liquidity (PCV). This entails projects acquiring funds to support their financial applications, rather than tapping users’ funds by enticing them with liquidity mining rewards.
DISTANT MEMORY When decentralized exchanges started to take off in 2019, the designs were very simple, but simplicity in these marketplaces might soon be a distant memory.
STABLECOIN TRADES The most successful category of decentralized exchanges are the automated market makers (AMMs), such as Uniswap and Curve. The Cowri Labs team, builders of the Shell Protocol, a small AMM that has thus far focused on stablecoin trades, are the latest to bring more nuance to the AMM design with a new whitepaper released today.
MULTIPLE DEFI USES This continues down the road Uniswap began when it introduced concentrated liquidity in March, after which Uniswap added $5B to its total value locked. This kicked off a streak of innovation as other AMMs sought to keep up. Curve followed with its dynamic peg design and SushiSwap answered by announcing Trident, which would use its pools for multiple DeFi uses at once.
CONCENTRATED LIQUIDITY Now upstart Shell Protocol looks to enter the fray by giving market makers even more control, which — based on the response to concentrated liquidity — liquidity providers appreciate.
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