At the end of the second quarter of 2021, 64 hedge funds in the Insider Monkey database held US$10.6 billion worth of shares in Taiwan Semiconductor Mcardano price in usdanufacturing Co., Ltd. (NYSE: TSM), down from 76 in the previous quarter, valued at 10.8 billion Dollar. Asset management company Bonsai Partners highlighted several stocks in its investor letter for the first quarter of 2021. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (NYSE: TSM) is one of them.
Overall, Optimistic Rollup is the easiest solution to implement under the current technical backindex of bitcoin keyground, but its essence still does not fundamentally solve the security problem of assets. The ZK Rollup solution may become the final Layer 2 solution, but how to catch up The first-mover advantage of Optimistic Rollup ecological development is also a problem in the ZK Rollup solution.Looking at all the different Layer 2 general solutions, we found that the current Layer 2 does not have a perfect solution. Different solutions have made a trade-off between safety and efficiency, either the former or the latter, but the most The bottom layer and the core effective solution can only be implemented on layer1, which is also the importance of Eth2 sharding.
In the trading market, there is a faintly visible grass snake gray line behind every rise and fall. The cryptocurrency market is no exception.According to data from Coingecko, on September 18, 2021, the price of MX on the Matcha Exchange (MEXC) platform rose 28% from yesterday, reaching a maximum of 1.93 USDT. This is the second time that MX has recorded an intraday increase of more than 20% since the 15th.This is all related to a rumor circulating in the community.Matcha was acquired by Bybit?On September 15, there was a rumor that "Matcha was acquired by Bybit" from the community, and the price of MX quickly rose from 1.3 SUDT to 1.6 USDT.
On September 16th, in response to the rumors of matcha being acquired, the relevant person in charge of MEXC responded that "the rumors are untrue" and said, "At present, MEXC is increasing its global layout and making positive progress in overseas business. In the future, it will continue to adhere to the user-centered approach. Principle layout of the global market".After MEXC rejected the rumors, the price of MX retreated below 1.5 USDT on September 17.In addition to the differentiation of the deployment of public chains, the business types of lending projects have also evolved from basic lending and stable currency lending to new businesses such as leveraged mining lending with targeted scenarios. In addition, credit lending mainly to institutional-level customers, risk grading agreements derived from existing lending agreements, and interest rate derivatives are also gradually growing.
Although many lending projects already have relatively mature business models and abundant cash flow income, there is still huge room for innovation in this industry, and it is still possible to give birth to new giants such as Aave. It is precisely because of this that lending projects are still one of the key directions of the DeFi entrepreneurial team.After scanning the newly born projects in the past 2 months, we selected 4 more representative lending projects for key analysis. They either exploded rapidly in business or have unique mechanism innovations. Through this research Report, we try to answer the following questions:What is the actual business situation of these projects?What are their product positioning, mechanism or token design innovations?
For those fast-growing projects, what are the sources of growth and how sustainable are they?Like the trading platform, the lending project is also the basic liquidity layer of the crypto world. It plays the role of a bank in the crypto world. Its essence is to coordinate the supply and demand of funds from multiple parties and match liquidity across periods. The business ceiling of this track will expand simultaneously with the expansion of the scale of the encryption business.
On the other hand, the demand for matching funds is long-term, and there is no doubt about the sustainability of this track. Although the current funding needs for encrypted lending mainly come from investment leverage, arbitrage, and short-term capital turnover, with the progress of compliance, the channel between the traditional world and encrypted finance will eventually be opened, and the real-world collateral ( The introduction of lending platforms such as real estate and corporate credits, and issuing loans to non-crypto players through stablecoins are all things that are gradually happening, which will bring more room for development to the industry.Whether as entrepreneurs, investors or ordinary users in this industry, the track of crypto lending is far from the final form. There are still a large number of new products and rich investment opportunities worth looking forward to.As of September 16, 2021, Defi's total TVL has hit a new high since May, reaching 180 billion US dollars. Although the proportion of borrowed TVL has declined, it still occupies the bulk, with a TVL of approximately US$50 billion.The top 15 lending agreements of TVL (not including Makerdao, Liquity), data source: DefiLlama
In terms of outstanding borrowings, the current outstanding borrowing amount of all loan agreements is about 30 billion U.S. dollars.The total amount of loans in the loan agreement, data source: DebankIn terms of business volume, the established projects Aave, Compound and MakerDAO still firmly occupy the top three positions, and their TVL accounts for more than 70% of the entire lending market.However, the rise of emerging lending projects is also amazing. The top ten projects in TVL include Anchor on Terra (US$3.12 billion), Benqi on the avalanche agreement (US$1.23 billion), and Qubit (US$400 million) on BSC. Unlike the big three lending giants that originated in Ethereum, these fast-growing lending forces all come from Ethereum’s competitors, which is the hottest narrative at the moment-the new public chain.
What's more surprising is that in addition to the earlier launch time of Anchor (in March this year), the official launch time of the other two projects is only less than one month.In terms of the type of lending business, whether it is the number of projects or the amount of funds, basic lending projects account for a higher proportion, followed by leveraged mining lending projects, and other relatively new ones such as risk-graded interest rate products. The business volume is currently relatively small.
This research report will focus on newly born lending projects in the past 1-2 months with rapid business growth (TVL has entered the top 15 lending category), and Euler, a project with many innovative combinations in mechanism.The following is a detailed analysis and analysis of each item.
In the combing and analysis part, the author will present and analyze the product positioning, project characteristics, business conditions, token model and risk control of the four projects, in order to analyze these four emerging lending projects as a whole as possible.Basic lending platformProject StatusProduct launch time: August 24, 2021Qubit is a decentralized currency market that uses a mainstream borrowing capital pool model. Qubit's development and operation team is the team behind Pancakebunny-Mound, which was first deployed on BSC, and there are plans for multi-chain expansion in the future.Project Features
The main features of Qubit compared to other basic lending projects are:Its token QBT can increase the rate of return of deposit users after lock-up, which is called "Boost" function
Qubit is part of Mound’s product matrix, and Mound’s products are highly combinableQubit does not support lightning loan function
Business conditionsBusiness data
Qubit's core business data are as follows:We can find that although Qubit's project has been online for less than a month, it currently has a considerable amount of deposits and the utilization rate of funds is relatively high. This is related to Bunny's previous accumulation of a large number of BSC users and the relatively high amount of token subsidies for the project. Currently, QBT's single-day subsidy amount is around US$190,000.Product UIUXQubit's product UI style is simple and clear, the interaction is smooth, the display of key data is reasonable and detailed, and the overall user experience is better.
Qubit product main interface, https://qbt.fi/appMoreover, the current business data and risk parameters of Qubit's specific assets are very detailed, and graphically processed, and there are some historical data available for checking, which is worthy of recognition.
Token modelTotal and supply
The total amount of QBT is 1 billion, of which 57% is used for liquid mining rewards, and the remaining 43% is controlled by the team. The specific distribution ratio is as follows:QBT distribution ratio, source: Qubit project document
The total amount of 1 billion QBT will be distributed within one year, so QBT will face very high inflationary pressure in the next 12 months. The specific token unlocking rhythm is as follows:In my opinion, there are two core problems in the supply and release mechanism of Qubit tokens:The proportion of team control is relatively high, and most of them have not set strict token unlocking conditions, and the long-term binding of team interests and projects is insufficientThe tokens of the liquid mining part are released too fast, which may cause the project to lack sufficient subsidy budget after one year, which is not conducive to the long-term development of the project
Token value captureCore function: revenue acceleration
Up to now, the main function of QBT is to obtain qScore after lock-up. Through qScore, deposit users can accelerate their deposit income (from the increase in QBT deposit subsidies).This mechanism is similar to Curve's Locker mechanism. Curve's Locker function and economic model consolidate its original competitive advantage and increase the switching cost of liquidity providers and investors. It is a very eye-catching design. However, when the mechanism is applied to a loan agreement, will it still have a good effect? The author remains skeptical about this.
First of all, the reason why some people are willing to lock up the position of Curve's token CRV for a long time after buying it is caused by Curve's strong position in the stable asset business chain and the competition for the governance power of Curve by multiple participants. Because governance power on the Curve platform means two core resources: the baton of liquidity and the accelerator of revenue.Since the issuer of stable consideration assets (stable currency, stETH and other pledge certificates and BTC cross-chain assets such as renBTC are all stable consideration assets), they have great requirements on the stability and transaction depth of their operating assets, so they choose Curve to list. Assets and attracting market-making liquidity are very rigid requirements, which creates a strong position of Curve relative to asset operators, which is determined by the business positioning of its Top1 stable asset exchange platform.