This Week in DeFi – April 30

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To the DeFi community,

This week, Polygon (formerly Matic) has broken away from the pack of competing Layer 2 solution providers for the Ethereum Network, with DEX like Quickswap that live on Polygon surging to hundreds of millions in transaction volume each day.

Faced with such success in a sector of the industry that has been seen as critical to the continued success of DeFi on Ethereum, Polygon also announced an allocation of $150 million in MATIC tokens as the #DeFiForAll Fund, designed to bring the benefits of DeFi to a far larger audience.

Details on exactly how fund recipients are selected are scarce for now, but big players like Curve and Aave have already become some of the most notable success stories using Polygon, with Aave already locking more than $12 billion in the Polygon L2.

Speaking of Aave, decentralized governance for one of DeFi’s most popular protocols also approved liquidity mining rewards for the first time this week, for users who make the jump to Polygon’s L2.

Rewards are paid in MATIC tokens, and close to a million dollars are slated to be paid out by the end of July 2021. Given the size of the war chest now associated with the DeFiForAll Fund, more Polygon-based liquidity mining programs could be soon to follow.

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Balancer and Gnosis announced the Balancer-Gnosis Protocol, a hybrid non-custodial DEX with professional market makers, batched auctions, and off-chain order placement with access to on-chain liquidity.

BGP is to lower gas fees for DEX transactions by simplifying smart contract architecture and taking advantage of professional market makers, while also providing protection against MEV extraction, where miners are able to front run or otherwise use blockchain data to extract maximum value from everyday participants and traders. The BGP train is getting started via Cowswap, a proof-of-concept alpha build where gas prices are 90% subsidized for the time being.

The Opyn on-chain options protocol is teaming up with DeFiDollar to introduce Opeth, a synthetic asset combining yield farming with put options to maximize capital efficiency.

Using Opeth, put option contract writers can put their collateral to work farming yield across various DeFi platforms, then either exercise the option for a profit or let it expire if out of the money, while only paying the option premium. From the bottom to the top, DeFi protocols of every size are generating creative new ways to improve earnings on user capital.

Gas prices on Ethereum have been at their lowest level in recent memory this past week after hiking the gas limit to 15 million per block. It’s a huge relief, but the gas limit has been increased several times over the past year, only to be quickly filled to capacity again within just days. This time is different because much of the DeFi demand has found its way into other parts of the ecosystem, from BSC and Optimism to the now seemingly dominant Polygon solution.

DeFi is moving through challenges and attracting capital and top-tier talent more quickly than any other industry in human history. It’s exciting and at times hard to believe, and not without pitfalls, but do your best to stay grounded, and we all might just make it after all…

Interest Rates

(Note: Going forward, interest rate graphics will use 30 day average rates)

DAI

Highest Yields: Nexo Lend at 10% APY, Fulcrum at 9.78% APY

Cheapest Loans: Compound at 7.23% APY, Aave at 7.99% APY

MakerDAO Updates

DAI Savings Rate: 0.00%

Base Fee: 0.00%

ETH Stability Fee: 5.50%

USDC Stability Fee: 0.00%

WBTC Stability Fee: 4.50%

USDC

Highest YieldsFulcrum at 11.63% APY, Celsius at 10.39% APY

Cheapest Loans: Celsius at 9.35% APY, Compound at 9.67% APY

Top Stories

pNetwork and Algorand Partner for new Cross-Chain Connections

pNetwork and Algorand link up to deliver more cross-chain capabilities.

Hashflow Nets $3.2M Seed Round To Bring Professional Market Makers to DeFi

Hashflow raises $3.2 million from investors including Dragonfly Capital and Alameda.

BadgerDAO Integrates RenVM

RenVM helps Badger make better Bitcoin bridges.

mStable is now live on Polygon!

mStable joins the Polygon party.

Leveraging Your AMM LP Tokens with Impermax

Impermax brings yield to your yield so you can farm while you farm.

Stat Box

Total Value Locked$76.91B (up 33% since last week)

DeFi Market Cap$124.23B (up 11.27%)

DEX Weekly Volume$16.08B (down -16.25%)

DAI Supply3.66B (up 6.09%)

Total DeFi Users: 2,058,200 (up 8.16%)

Bonus Reads

[Kerman Kohli – DeFi Weekly] – Crypto is now unstoppable

[Anthony Sassano – The Daily Gwei] – Cheap Gas – The Daily Gwei #233

[Ryan Adams – Bankless] – How DAOs should approach treasury management

[Dan Kahan – The Defiant] – DeFi Users Explode as ETH Makes New Highs

[Owen Fernau – The Defiant] – Yearn Finance Q1 Report Reveals Rising Profits Thanks to Vaults and Yield Farming

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