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Polkadot’s Initial Parachain Offering has the potential to replace traditional financial tools

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The DeFi sector has been in the limelight ever since Interesting projects have graced the platform. Not just newer additions but even existing projects have incessantly worked towards improving its offerings. 

Polkadot is the next-generation blockchain protocol that has come with an interesting proposition – a secure way of funding projects through a new concept called Initial Parachain Offering (IPO). With this Polkadot will be leveraging its already existing parachain architecture using its native DOT tokens.

A new idea on the block

The blockchain technology through its new move is all set to replace traditional financial instruments with Polkadot leading the front. The Polkadot Initial parachain offering will introduce a completely new model to launch blockchain and other decentralized projects. The idea is to create a process so transparent and scalable that it rules out even hints of uncertainties. Crypto markets have taken cues from the conventional IPO (Initial public offering) markets and came up with Initial Coin Offering or ICOs for raising funds for new crypto projects.

The initial parachain offering aims to revitalize the concept of the crowdfunding mechanism. The IPO is stationed on Polkadot’s core architecture of parachains which is nothing but manifold parallel blockchain shards that contribute to improving the scalability of the network. Polkadot through its relay chain offers layer-zero security as well as interoperability. In this case, all the parachains are attached to the network and serve as sovereign layer-one blockchains. 

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This will let the parachains share Polkadot features like scalability, governance functionality, interoperability and security. 

How Initial Parachain Offering works

As claimed by Polkadot, the goal at the moment is to support 100 parachains connected to its blockchain. But, as the slots are limited, they will be automatically auctioned through a permissionless auction process. In order to participate in the auction, the parachain projects have to undergo the entire gamut of the Initial Parachain offering process. This will set the string for projects to accept DOT loans through DOT token holders. Funds raised via the crowdfunding module will directly get processed into the Polkadot Relay Chain. 

If the project manages to get sufficient contributions to win the auction, then the DOT loans will be returned to the contributor at the end of the parachain lease period. If the project fails to secure enough contributions and the auction gets out of hand, then the DOT will be returned to the contributors immediately. 

To make things more understandable, the Polkadot Relay Chain will work as an escrow fund safety for the DOT holders. This will be totally unlike ERC20 tokens ICO funding where investors send their ETH to an unknown address. On top of that, they might never withdraw later when the project fails. But in the case of Polkadot’s Initial Parachain Offering, investors also get their DOT tokens back by the end of the Parachain lease period and this is what sets it apart. It eventually helps a great deal in creating a safe and secure ecosystem not just for the investors but even for projects. 

This concept looks extremely promising as of now because it has gone in-depth, studying about present flaws in the crypto ecosystem created a value proposition to better fundraising in the crypto market. 

About Polkadot

Polkadot was launched in 2016 and run by the Web3 Foundation. It has been created with a motive to build a free decentralized web. But, the foundation as of now is in a contract with Parity technologies to build its protocol. Polkadot has some of the biggest names in its team. Gavin Wood, Peter Czaban, and Robert Habermeier are the co-founders of this much-celebrated platform. Gavin Wood in particular is also one of the co-founders of Ethereum that brings in a sense of confidence and legitimacy in the eyes of crypto enthusiasts. 

The team at Polkadot network has wide experience with distributed ledger systems, cryptography, and wallet technology. Polkadot has been the outcome of multiple independent teams that have contributed to its development. The team believes that Polkadot is a project by developers for developers and looks at connecting public and private chains, DApps, and oracles. Polkadot has seen great success with its recent native DOT token which already is featured in the top 10. 

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Deriswap: What you Need to Know

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Deriswap launched defi legend Andre Cronje – the founder of Yearn Finance

The founder of the revolutionary DeFi protocol Yearn. Finance, Andre Cronje has been an avid crypto promoter. In his attempt to bring products that will redefine the industry, Andre Cronje has introduced a new project.

Dubbed Deriswap, the new protocol will meld the different segments of DeFi including swaps, options, and loans all in one platform. His latest project ‘Deriswap’ is a move towards bringing capital efficiency, something which has not been envisioned in the industry. 

In a post published Cronje said:

“Deriswap allows for a consolidated, capital-efficient market for trading, Options, Futures, and Loans, allowing LPs [liquidity providers] to keep their exposure and enjoy additional fees and rewards,” 

Deriswap information has been restricted to a point because it is still under audit. He has explained that this new protocol would immensely benefit liquidity providers(LPs) in addition to maintaining exposure and extending additional rewards. There are many popular protocols that enable swaps and loans, however, Deriswap varies in its ability to offer multiple functions within one contract. 

Cronje has been around for some time and has already participated in a lot of projects. His other recent projects include Eminence and Keep3r. Eminence garnered the ire of critics as the gaming platform was hacked for $7 million in users’ funds.

But Andre Cronje’s popularity and his intellect with respect to the industry have been always high which is why despite all the earlier troubles people have been funding the contract even before the project has been audited and announced. 

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Basis Cash launches a new-age stablecoin in DeFi space

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Basis Cash : What is it?

Basis Cash, originally known as Basecoin, has launched its stable coin into the new DeFi era. Basis Cash is was based (pun-intedned) on a stablecoin basis which had $133 million in funding after which the US regulators intervened.

The smart contracts opened early Monday, but what also has to be remembered is that this is not the first time when any base-inspired stablecoin is released. At the end of August Empty set was released and now has $100million in market cap.

One of two anonymous leaders off the project who goes by ‘Rick Sanchez’ said: 

“In the long term, we look forward to seeing Basis Cash be used widely as a base layer primitive such that there is organic demand for the asset in many DeFi and commercial settings.”

As is the case of most stablecoins. Basis Cash (BAC) stands pegged to the US dollar implying that one BAC should be equal to the crypto equivalent of one USD. The price of one BAC should be equal to the crypto equivalent of one USD.

Two crypto assets Basis Bonds and Basis shares will be managing the Basis Cash’s price.  Beginning at the end of November 50,000 BAC will be given in a 5-year period implying that 10,000 per day to people who would put any of the 5 stablecoins  DAI, YCRV, USDT, SUSD, and USDC in their smart contract. 

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In this case the depositors would not lose more than 20,000 stablecoins from any single account. In addition to this, an incentive on a daily basis will be paid on a pro-rata basis. The users also will get their coins back at any point in time. 

Basis Cash will have nothing locked away to guarantee its worth. The only thing that backs it will be an algorithmic method which will help in finding the real market demand for BAC.If the BAC drops below a dollar, the system will automatically issue Basis Bonds. The bonds issued can be bought for one BAC and can be redeemed for one new BAC when the price is much more than $1.

Nader Ali-Naji who originally launched Basis said: 

“A lot of people have reached out to me about Basis Cash. It seems to be gaining traction among the people who backed me with Basis given how many people have asked me about it, but I don’t know anyone who’s definitively decided to back the project.”

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Saffron Finance: SFI a new DeFi bluechip? This hidden crypto gem seems primed for massive growth.

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November 10, 2020

Saffron Finance or SFI, is currently one of the hottest defi projects right now that is still very much under the radar. 

Just as we have reported on YFI, CORE, and Curve long before most DeFi news organizations, this is one we’re definitely adding to our watchlist. 

Just like the aforementioned tokens, SFI seems to be in the same league of technical expertise mixed with an extremely creative application, all with code that is completely original. Here’s what you need to know about Saffron Finance.

What is Saffron Finance?

Saffron. Finance is bent towards innovative offerings in the crypto world. It is a protocol meant for the tokenization of on-chain assets. There is an advantage of the format of the tokenization of on-chain assets as it allows the liquidity providers great flexibility and unhindered access to the base collateral leveraging the benefits of staking.

Typically due to the overcrowding of different scenarios, Liquidity providers have to undergo insurmountable impermanent losses as a result of extreme volatility.

Yet, Saffron is one such protocol that narrows down such outcomes and provides liquidity providers with the necessary dynamic exposure. 

Customize your risk

Liquidity providers can now select and customize their risk and return profile with the use of Saffron Pool Tranches. Pools are segregated into different tranches each having their own set of properties. The different tranches here are:

AA Tranche: In this case, the LPs add liquidity to the AA tranche earn less interest but are protected and covered in case of loss from platform risk. The covered capital comes from the principal and interest earnings of A tranche LPs. They have a great share in the SFI token generation grabbing 80% from it all. 

A Tranche: Under this category, LPs add liquidity to the A tranche and earn far better interest compared to the previous, yet vulnerable enough to lose their interest in case they are exposed to platform risks. The liquidity providers under this tranche earn 10% of the SFI tokens generated per epoch. Their earnings will not be included in covering the first loss of AA tranches. 

S Tranche: The S tranche like the A tranche earns 10% of SFI generated per epoch. The S epoch has an underhand mechanism to maintain the exact value of the tranche interest multiplier. It maintains the position of equilibrium between A and AA tranches with its functionality. 

Saffron individually tokenizes the future earning stream and the NPV of the used-up capital in every tranche. The earnings-based on tokenized holdings are distributed across all tranches through payback waterfalls. 

Epochs

The Epochs are discussed in tranches are of 14-days in length. In the epoch period, the liquidity providers can earn interest on the platforms and mine SFI tokens – the native token of Saffron Finance. 

When liquidity gets locked in the pool, they can trade their Saffron LP tokens defining their ownership of the pool. But when the 14-day epoch period ends, the Liquidity providers can remove their liquidity with SFI mined and interest earned. The first epoch was already kicked off on 1 Nov and all the liquidity was added to the S tranche. The other two tranches will be available in the second epoch. 

Liquidity mining

Saffron has been launched with DAI liquidity mining. With this, all DAI will be added to the Saffron pool and is used for compounding and earning interest. The best part about it all is that in the future versions of the protocol additional currencies and platforms will be added dynamically.

SFI is generated at the end of the epoch and is redeemable in proportion to the total outstanding dsec tokens generated during that epoch. They are redeemable in proportion to the total outstanding dsec tokens generated in that epoch. 

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Smart Contracts

Saffron smart contracts have already been deployed and their code has been verified on etherscan and already been added to a GitHub repository. The team is still working on code audits but the team’s ongoing development timeline has allowed for it and the entire set of Saffron smart contracts. The Saffron Pool, adapter, strategy, and token contracts have been tested with 10,000 DAI in the best test epoch on the Ethereum mainnet. 

SFI Pools and Adapters

The platform has pools of liquidity that collect deposited base assets from LPs and deploy them on platforms in order to earn interest. Adapters connect this pooled capital to platforms.

The already launched first adapter is DAI/Compound adapter which connects the DAI pool to the Compound platform giving the DAI pool LPs the chance to pool together and earn interest on Compound. This strategy connects all pools and adapters together, selects the best adapter for capital deployment. It also generates and distributes SFI tokens to LPs at the end of every epoch. 

By offering asset collateralization on its platform, liquidity providers have access to dynamic exposure and have a great advantage of selecting customized risk and return profiles. 

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Saffron Finance Telegram: https://t.me/saffronfinance
Website: https://saffron.finance
Twitter: twitter.com/saffronfinance_
Saffron Medium: medium.com/saffron-finance


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