Balancer Liquidity Mining Begins

The proposal of distributing Balancer Governance Tokens (BALs) to liquidity providers on Balancer has received very positive feedback across the board. Some interesting questions have been discussed on our discord channel, and one common desire by the community has become clear: before liquidity mining starts, a tool for the creation of custom pools was necessary. This would ensure … Read more

Proposing Balancer Liquidity Mining

TL;DR: Balancer Labs proposes community owned governance tokens (BAL): liquidity mining schedule, mechanics, and motivation. Since inception, our goal at Balancer Labs has been to decentralize and diversify governance of the Balancer Protocol. We have looked into several approaches and designs, and have landed on an approach we are proud to share: the Balancer Protocol Governance … Read more

Balancer is Live 🎉

Balancer is officially live on mainnet! After publishing the whitepaper in September, we have been heads down building the contracts, interfaces, libraries, and more the past 6 months. The contracts were officially deployed in February however we spent the last few weeks running our bug bounty program along with a closed beta to gather feedback from early … Read more

Balancer Labs Raises $3M to Supercharge Programmable Liquidity

The Balancer Labs team is a lean team with large ambitions. We’ve been building, researching, and immersed in DeFi since its earliest days and are thrilled to be launching a new primitive to the world of decentralized finance. We couldn’t be more excited to also share the closing of our seed round: Accomplice and Placeholder led the round with … Read more

80/20 Balancer Pools

One of the main motivations behind Balancer Protocol is to allow AMMs (automated market makers) to fully utilize idle capital even if it is not evenly spread across different tokens. Today anyone can provide liquidity using Uniswap pools, with the requirement that the value provided with the ERC20 token is the same as the value … Read more

Balancer Contracts are Open-Sourced

After several months of heavy development we are excited to announce Balancer core contracts are now open-sourced at: The bronze release deliberately favors clarity, security, and conservativeness over any gas optimizations. For more details on the math approximations and solidity implementation, check out the docs at: We have worked with Trail of Bits throughout the … Read more

Building Liquidity Into Token Distribution

This is a continuation of a series of articles on Balancer where we highlight the flexibility of the protocol, specifically the concept of smart pools. Smart pools are controlled / private pools that are owned by a smart contract which enables any sort of arbitrary logic to be built. Balancer Labs plans to design several templates … Read more

Interest-Bearing Stablecoin Pools Without Impermanent Loss

TLDR: You can earn higher yield by putting your stablecoins in this Balancer pool than you would by simply lending them on Compound. It’s like cDAI but with the upside of also getting trading fees accrued over time in the pool. On a more technical level, this Balancer stablecoin pool design uses rTokens and automatic … Read more

Bonding Surfaces & Balancer Protocol

After well over a year of work, Balancer Labs has released the Balancer Protocol Whitepaper. We have restricted it on purpose to the core mathematical framework and main proofs for conciseness and readability. Balancer is a non-custodial portfolio manager, liquidity provider, and price sensor. We see Balancer Protocol as a potentially powerful primitive in the Ethereum … Read more