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DeFi Alpha is a weekly newsletter published for our premium subscribers every Friday, contributed by Defiant Advisor and DeFi investor at 4RC, DeFi Dad, and our Degen in Chief yyctrader.
It aims to educate traders, investors, and newcomers about investment opportunities in decentralized finance, as well as provide primers and guides about its emerging platforms. It is meant to be highly actionable and shareable.
Any information covered in DeFi Alpha should not form the basis for making investment decisions nor be construed as a recommendation or advice to engage in investment transactions. Any mention of a token or protocol should not be considered a recommendation or endorsement.
Before we get started, here are the top headline-grabbing events from this week that every savvy DeFi investor ought to keep on their radar.
Cartesi enables developers to create an entirely new wave of DApps not previously possible on Ethereum or Layer 2s. It also allows developers to focus on what they’re building instead of where they’re building, or what inconvenient limitations they may otherwise need to contend with.
Why developers are building with Cartesi:
DApps are deployed on their own customizable application-specific rollup chains;
DApps don’t compete with each other in Cartesi’s ecosystem for scarce blockspace;
Cartesi provides Ethereum or L2’s with orders of magnitude more computational capacity;
Developers can code decentralized logic with their favorite libraries, compilers and other time-tested open source components;
DApps preserve the strong security guarantees and censorship resistance of the underlying blockchain;
Cartesi Rollups opens up the design space for more expressive and computationally intensive blockchain applications;
Cartesi Rollups can be deployed as a Layer 2 (on top of Ethereum), as a Layer 3 (on top of Optimism, Arbitrum, zkEVM chains, etc.), or as sovereign rollups;
Reusing existing tooling, having full programmability is a great way to innovate faster without reinventing the wheel!
Please be aware we do not always report the highest yield rates because some high yields may be less sustainable due to high inflation token rewards or fewer LPs participating.
Track Your DeFi Portfolio Using A Customizable Dashboard by Octav
It’s no secret I had the opportunity to work on the Zapper core team years ago. Since then, I’ve remained a super-user of both Zapper and the DeFi OG tracker Zerion.
However, I remain incredibly bullish on competition driving us forward in DeFi, including popular alternatives for DeFi portfolio tracking like DeBank and Nansen Portfolio.
One of the drawbacks to each of these portfolio trackers is you are i) limited to whatever assets and protocols the tracker supports and ii) limited to the way they interpret that on-chain data.
A prime example of challenges experienced by DeFi users is the presence of an infinite number of spam tokens being sent on Ethereum and other chains. The goal is to send users fake tokens that might prompt them to visit a website and provide infinite spending approvals to drain their wallets of legitimate tokens.
For those of us living in the US and other countries which require taxes paid on crypto gains, we are forced to export reports of our crypto portfolios and then use alternative tools to meticulously edit the on-chain transactions.
It’s extremely difficult and painful because there’s simply no option to customize the data continually on our DeFi portfolio trackers so we can avoid spending more time editing old transactions in a separate third-party crypto tax software such as TokenTax.
Until now! Launched in January, Octav is a free, anonymous and editable data analytics platform for deciphering your DeFi investment activity, including cost-basis, profit and loss (P&L) and (with a subscription paid in USDC or DAI) exportable reports.
Here’s a list of my favorite features in the Octav dashboard:
Portfolio KPIs such as total cost basis, total profit and loss (P&L), open and closed P&L, total fees, debt, and cash balance.
7 EVM networks, including Ethereum, BSC, Avalanche, Polygon, Arbitrum, Optimism and Fantom.
You can track positions across 1500 protocols + 30k tokens to get more detail.
A comprehensive transaction history of profit that you can uniquely edit if needed.
Each transaction can be edited based on your input to keep the accuracy of your portfolio up to date, which includes support for 20 different types of transactions (see below)
Today, I’ll show how I can quickly set up my DeFi portfolio in Octav and start tracking a more customizable, accurate view of my portfolio!
Before we get started, please be aware of these risks.
Smart contract risk in any future farming opportunities I might access via Octav
Front-end spoof attack on the Octav app (if I give spending permissions in the future)
Centralization – currently, Octav is a startup but there are hints a token might be in its future
Step 1: First, I can go to the Octav app here and watch the very helpful 2-min overview video.
Step 2: Next, I go to Connect Wallet and opt to connect my Ethereum wallet (or any other supported chain). Under Dashboard, I can start to view all my assets + DeFi positions by protocol in Octav. I might choose to connect multiple wallets, search them, bundle them for joint portfolio views, or even label my wallets under Addresses.
What really stood out for me is some of the newer KPIs, such as Open P&L, Closed P&L, and Total Cost Basis–which are rather difficult data points to calculate on-chain.
Step 3: Under Transactions, I can begin the process of reviewing my transactions. Similar to other trackers, I can filter and search easily, but what’s unique to Octav is the ability to label transactions as Spam, Deposits, Withdrawals, and other Transaction Types in case Octav has misinterpreted my on-chain data. This is very powerful and sure to be a hit with institutions and other full-time crypto investors like me.
Another great example of customizability is being able to correct or enter which protocol a transaction is associated with. Below I interacted with Concentrator vaults and was able to fill in the Unknown with the appropriate protocol info.
In each DeFi Alpha guide, we update a list of DeFi protocols that have yet to announce and/or launch a token.
If you hold Parallel cards, you can claim your PRIME tokens here.
Volmex – Volmex is a tokenized volatility protocol, similar to the VIX but ETHV
Wormhole – a cross-chain messaging protocol known for bridging between Solana, Terra, Polygon, BSC, Avalanche, Fantom, and Oasis
Yield Protocol – a newer protocol for fixed-term, fixed-rate lending in DeFi, backed by Paradigm, one might earn a future airdrop by lending DAI or USDC
Zapper – participate in Zapper trading, lending, providing liquidity, or yield farming; given the Zapper Quests and NFT Rewards program, it can be surmised that if Zapper ever releases a token, this is one way they might do a retro airdrop
Zerion – The same can be said about Zerion; if they ever release a token, they’re likely to reward those who interacted with their smart contracts swapping, lending, providing liquidity, or borrowing.
ZigZag – a DEX on zkSync. The airdrop has been distributed. Check your zkSync wallet.
zkSync is a Layer 2 scaling solution for Ethereum that uses zero-knowledge proofs to enable scalable low-cost payments. Bridge some assets and do some swaps for a potential airdrop. Guide here.
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