DeFI 101

What Is Leveraged Yield Farming and How Can It Bring Higher Returns?

In DeFi, while it’s not necessarily true that bigger is always better, the beauty of a high APY never fails to turn heads. And regardless of how much higher DeFi yields are compared to traditional finance, there’s no shortage of DeFi users eager to maximize their profits, chasing higher yields from platform to platform and …

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Crypto Day Trading: Leveraged Yield Farming Strategies

Does leveraged yield farming sound intimidating? It’s understandable that some would feel that way. After all, leverage and yield strategies are tools that professional investors have been known to utilize, their inner workings esoteric to the every-day investor. Yet, with the growth of decentralized finance, that’s no longer the case. Easy-to-use platforms now exist to …

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DeFi 101: A Visual Guide to Definitions and Data Sources

Insane 1000% returns, tokens named after foods, rugs? We get it, the decentralized finance, or DeFi for short, ecosystem is a whole new world and a complex, and many times anxiety-inducing, one at that. Our very own goofy face of The Defiant YouTube, Robin Schmidt, created a DeFi 101 presentation explaining what this new blockchain-based …

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Algorithmic Stablecoins Breakdown: Attempting to Fulfill Satoshi’s Dream

When Satoshi first published the Bitcoin whitepaper to the world, he titled it “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Cash System” and although Bitcoin would evolve to adopt the digital gold narrative instead, the dream of creating a fully functional digital cash system has remained. Stablecoins, defined as a subset of cryptocurrencies that are pegged to a specific …

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Not All DEXs are Created Equal: Here’s the Math

Upshot: Uniswap and PancakeSwap have become household names in decentralized exchanges but a new crop of platforms are coming online with the promise of lower fees and more pricing transparency. With gas prices making headlines throughout the first half of 2021, it’s worth taking a deeper dive into what your options are when trading across …

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Ethereum’s Value Extracting Bots: Explainer and Project Map

The ability to write flexible smart contracts in Ethereum and to create composable money lego’s out of it is one of the main reasons why decentralized finance has seen such explosive innovation and growth. But the complexity that is brought by stacking these blocks creates an opportunity for blockchain miners to extract value by excluding, …

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Solana DeFi Ecosystem Overview

Solana has emerged as one of the handful of smart contracts platforms competing to become a base layer for DeFi applications, with some of its projects gaining traction as its SOL token climbs to the top 15 by market capitalization.  Solana, created in 2017, incorporates a so-called Proof-of-History timing mechanism that facilitates its Proof-of-Stake protocol …

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Governance Tokens: Investing in the Building Blocks of a New Economy

One of the most important building blocks in DeFi is the governance token. When blockchains have on-chain governance, there is no built-in central entity that controls how any given upgrade is managed. Seeing the opportunity, developers all over the world are creating programmatic systems for on-chain governance, and issuing governance tokens, which give holders the …

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What is a DAO? Mapping Out the Ecosystem

This article offers a 10,000ft view on the ‘Decentralized {Autonomous} Organization’, or DAO tooling and project landscape. It’s intended to be complementary to introductory posts like Linda Xie’s ‘A beginner’s guide to DAOs’. The goal is to help contributors and participants better acclimate themselves with the distinct project categories and relevant infrastructure leading the growing …

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The Future of DeFi

The biggest question in DeFi is always: What’s next? And that’s what’s so magnificent about this new world of DeFi: nobody knows, but whatever it is, it’s coming fast and furious. Back up a moment to appreciate DeFi in 2020–the landmark year of Ethereum to date. You can ponder regrets having not bought ETH for …

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Top 10 DeFi Resources

There are countless resources that can provide crucial information and education to help you along in your DeFi journey. These (in no particular order or ranking) are our Top 10 DeFi Resources: The Defiant. No surprise here. Subscribe to The Defiant YouTube channel, newsletter and podcast, covering the most interesting, most extraordinary, and sometimes, most …

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Risks of DeFi

You can lose 100% of your money in any DeFi app or protocol. So above all else, apply a simple rule of thumb to help mitigate this risk: don’t deposit more than you’re willing to lose. Here’s a rundown of the 7 most common risks (or 7 most deadly DeFi sins) that everyone should consider …

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DeFi Insurance and how Nexus Mutual Works

As more apps and protocols launch, and more money pours into DeFi, it’s important that DeFi investors can mitigate the risk of losing their funds. With great power, comes great responsibility. Insurance protects us from the unexpected, and in DeFi, there’s nothing more expected than the unexpected. While DeFi is exploding in growth, it also …

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DeFi On-Chain Options

Options are yet another money lego growing like crazy on Ethereum, with growing liquidity on Hegic and Opyn. Options, like the name implies, give traders the option to buy or sell an asset at a pre-determined price on a future date. They are used to protect against price volatility and speculate on market moves. Options …

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Algorithmic Stablecoins

Stablecoins on Ethereum boast an estimated $20B in liquidity (according to usdonethereum.com) and they show no signs of slowing down in growth.  Stablecoins, examples of which include DAI, sUSD, USDC or USDT, come in all sorts of varieties: decentralized vs centralized, backed 1:1 by dollars vs overcollateralized vs reportedly undercollateralized (in the case of USDT). …

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What’s Layer 1 vs Layer 2?

If you have tried DeFi recently, you have probably experienced the frustrations of high transaction fees. As the demand for DeFi services on Ethereum have increased, it has become “normal” to pay higher fees such as $20 per transaction or even several hundred dollars on occasion. If this blockchain scalability problem isn’t resolved, these transaction …

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DEXs vs CEXs

CeFi vs DeFi. Centralized exchanges (CEXs) versus decentralized exchanges (DEXs). Trading on CEXs involves trusting a centralized company with your private keys and information. It also often means a faster trading experience. Trading on DEXs means not having to ask for permission and maintaining control of your assets and information. The differences between trading on …

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What is yearn.finance

Yearn.finance automates yield earning. It started out as a “yield bouncer” called iearn.finance, automatically moving stablecoins like DAI from one lending protocol to the next across Compound, dYdX, Aave, and more to maximize lending yield. Then the idea evolved when founder Andre Cronje combined this yield bouncing strategy with a stablecoin pool in Curve. Anyone …

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What is Yield Farming and Liquidity Providing

Yield farming is one of the many memes that was created by the DeFi community. While it’s a term that gets tossed around loosely, there’s a narrower criteria to define what is yield farming: It often requires providing liquidity or lending liquidity in a permissionless DeFi protocol to earn passive income. It results in traders …

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DEX Aggregators; The Search Engines of DeFi Trading

One of the most important new tools to master in DeFi is trading on decentralized exchanges (DEXs) on Ethereum. For those trading tokens powered by Ethereum (ERC20 tokens), it’s important we can find the best trading rates across a growing list of liquidity sources in DeFi. It’s very similar to searching for the best flight …

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What are Automated Market Makers Like Uniswap

Automated Market Makers (AMM) are one of the most popular DeFi applications today. An AMM is a decentralized asset trading pool that enables market participants to buy or sell cryptocurrencies. AMMs are non-custodial, meaning you never give up control of your funds like on a centralized exchange, and they’re permissionless in nature, meaning all you …

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Decentralized Perpetuals Trading with dYdX and MCDEX

Perpetuals are a swap product for traders to hold exposure indefinitely, versus having to roll their futures positions. It was BitMEX who solved this problem with what’s now popularly known as “the perpetual swap”–a Bitcoin derivative contract that never expires. In 2020, these perpetuals markets on Bitmex and the likes of Binance can generate billions …

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Top Teams Building DeFi

DeFi is constantly changing, with new projects popping up seemingly every single day. This is by no means an exhaustive list. It’s just the tip of the iceberg. We went with the more tried and tested projects, the ones that have been live the longest and have the most value locked in their smart contracts. …

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