- An Intro Into The Power of a Crypto Index
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- I may own some of the spoken about products/coins/ tokens below
*None of this is financial advice *
This insight is meant to be for newbies just as much for incumbents in the space, so you'll notice I am a little elementary on explaining common phrases often defining some commonly used crypto terms or contrasting concepts between Trad-FI & DeFI
This was used to further my own understanding
What is an Index?
Structure of DeFi Index Tokens
6 DeFi Index Providers
Some CeFI Index Options: FTX
Firstly — ‘Few.’ — And by this, I mean F E W UN D E R S T A N D. By Definition & by use case.
So here is an insight,
Are you on the hunt for Exposure? Exposure to individual Blue-chip Cryptos, Defi Cryptos, even a basket of illiquid sh*t coins — All with the hope for mouth-watering upside?
What if I was to tell, there are other options… For a Fraction of the effort? Fraction of the time? AND still, with a reasonable possibility of exposure to the upside?
If this is something which interests you then, today could be your lucky day. Respect the pamp, and your heart's desire might truly come to pass.
A tale of Decentralised Finance ( DeFi ) & Centralised Finance (CeFi)
With the waves of Decentralised Finance ( DeFI) crashing onto the rocks of Traditional Finance’s shore. It's amongst those people in the know, that there are tools & methods popping up all over the place that allows us to seek all kinds of edge in this market.
Current CeFi Leaders in the space you might be familiar with such as Binance, Coinbase, and FTX + many more are making efforts to capture new products, tokens, and audiences. Between them, they do this by offering Spot, Derivatives, Futures, Indicies & ETF Style products — AND even Tokenised Stocks — all as the market matures.
This is all in an effort to grow and offer the end-user the products they want in order to compete amongst those emerging providers in the DeFI arena. The competition is growing daily — especially from an innovation perspective.
We should begin to ask ourselves — is it wise to also be utilising these products as people do in Traditional Finance?
Adopt similar methods perhaps — But now with a model that is well suited, crafted, and designed for Crypto?
If Hitherto you’ve explored Indices / Index’s / ETF’s then let me open the door for you now — in the writing below.
So, an Index is a method to track the performance of a group of assets ( in our case Crypto Assets in a standardised way. This means that Indexes typically measure & track the performance of a basket of securities (A.K.A Equities/ Stocks/commodities), Cryptos, NFT’s and intends to take the average of the performance of these — they represent a subset of their given market.
When looking from an investment perspective it can be easily understood as Passive investing. i.e. an investing strategy of buy-and-hold for long-term investment horizons + minimal trading in the market.
You might be thinking that this sounds similar to an ETF — And to some extent, you might be right, if you don’t know the distinction is or what an ETF is check here.
If you don’t want to read the link for sake of understanding, the Biggest distinction between ETFs and Index funds is that in the Traditional sense ETFs can be traded throughout the day like Stocks/Equities - Whereas Indices or Index funds can be bought and sold only for the price set, at the end of the trading day.
Both products utilise this concept of Indexing.
With Crypto — we know that Indices or Index funds with their restrictive time of buy and sell is a product that wouldn’t work due to— ‘muuuhhh 24-hour markets’.
It is noticeable that there are strong similarities between these two products. However, if anything, these Index products are more like ETF’s.
For the sake of this article let's say they are synonymous: I’ll chop and change between Index, Indices & ETF’s — just thought I’d mention now to avoid confusion.
In their DeFi form for Crypto, they take on the format of ‘Index tokens’, representing ‘pools’ or ‘baskets’ or ‘pies’ typically represented as an ERC20
Some Index Style products in Traditional Finance:
*In Trad-Fi this is the comparison below*
Traditional Markets & Passive Investing:
Index-tracking funds accounted for around 1/5 of of the European investment market in 2020, doubling over the past decade.
Passive mutual and exchange traded funds constituted exactly 20 per cent of the assets in Europe’s €9.4tn ($11.4tn) long-term fund industry
U.S.-based mutual funds and ETFs the help contribute to 42.9% of assets / $10 trillion. In the market funds that are passively managed funds are up from 31.6%, or $4.1 trillion, at the end of 2015. + Passive’s share of U.S. fund assets has grown about 2.3 percentage points a year
in 2020 Global assets held by exchange traded funds have reached $7tn for the first time,
Of the 3 Index Style porducts mentioned above, they make up a considerable chunck of the Trad-Fi market — but in Crypto these same products its comparable to a drop in the ocean currently
To fully understand why these might be useful to you Savy investors, I refer to Charlie Munger ( Warren Buffett’s longtime business partner) — He thinks that in the traditional markets “Teaching young people to actively trade stocks is like starting them on heroin”. Heroin Charlie? — that's cute, actively trading Crypto is like the evil twin your parents/ relatives never told you about. If Actively Trading Stocks is like Heroin then Actively trading Crypto is like the combination of Crack, LCD, and MDMA all in one dose. — - You either look at the market once a day or are glued to it for 75 per cent of the day. This market lives for volatility & extreme directional moves.
It's interesting because in markets of systematic rug pulls to the God-like 1000% daily percentage increases — You can go long a lucrative Meme Food/Dog coin that can just as easily go to zero as it can increase 10 fold — the level of emotional durability, discipline, and overall level of cojones necessary when the markets get rough is that to be respected but maybe also, sometimes laughed at.
So… Do You Have Time For It?
The vast majority simply cannot cover every blade of grass. Owning an Index token might help in the reduction of exposure to Idiosyncratic risk — this is RISK that is unique to the individual project/token. So, Something like Smart Contract exploits, or perhaps the founder has come out and said the protocol is a failure.
This is opposed to something like Systematic risk — The risk associated with the vulnerability to event outcomes that affect the broader market/trend; Such as, Crypto Regulation.
When we consider risk we are aware that in Crypto strong correlations between crypto-assets and still exist quite strongly, even with the bigger ‘Blue Chip’ Cryptos ( Look at the Cross-correlations between BTC, ETH, AAEV below in the matrix)
There is an argument to suggest, however, that this is perhaps less important when compared to Equities as the correlations there tend to be less dependent on one major asset, like for cryptos case its BTC and some could argue ETH now.
The Beta (a measure of change in the price of one stock or crypto to another ) is pretty strong between them, all Cryptos actually ( Well other than stable coins * see below for Tethers examples of a strong-weak correlation*)
Using CoinGecko Public API, i was able to extrat the below Betas for some of the largest Cryptos like $BTC, $ETH, $AAEV but also comapartively for a handful of the indices from PieDao and also their Govenance token, Defi Pulse + Index-Coop’s Govenance Token. The reason these were selcted was that these where the Coins that had data dating back to 07/10/2020 or 7-8 months ago. I only wanted to briefly compare some of the assets below, whilst using a decent amount of historical data from the API.
A Coefficient closer to 1 means there is a very strong positive correlation between the two variables. Here, the Darker blue shows strong correlations. The diagonal line is the correlation of the variables to themselves — so they’ll be 1.
Pie daugh V2 (PieDao’s gov token) & Tether have weakest correlation in other crypto assets. Where as to be expected Bitcoin & Eth for example have a strong correaltion between them of 0.8.
The Case for Passive over the Active
Charlie’s thoughts are that (Arguably one of the best investors of all time) Active Portfolio Management is not beneficial to the inexperienced investor so an investor should focus more on a Passive style of investing… Well, is it wrong to think that these sound like the ingredients that go into making the HODL? — Similar to that of a buy and hold strategy?
By applying this concept to a product/ protocol/ token you can invest in — An Index seems like a nice play right?
Diversification is good for some, but like picking stocks — picking the right DeFi projects or NFT’s is not so simple.
— Finance 101
Theres is a little item called Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT) and it suggests that investors should have a diversified portfolio and this because its a good way to manage risk, particularly idiosyncratic risk in the long run.
But, what if you can’t or even struggle to Diversify efficiently?
What if, you do not have the time..?
“Diversification is a protection against ignorance. It makes very little sense for those who know what they’re doing” — Munger
Do you really know what you’re buying when it comes to obscure Crypto investments? Be honest.
“Its more important to invest where you have extra knowledge” — Munger
AND iF your extra knowledge is NOT in speculative NFTs or DeFI — why not try out an Index/ETF?
It really boils down to a distinction between being more an Active investor Vs. a Passive one. The former in these 24-hour markets is a challenge, but it's something we all learn to live with, although some of us can’t due to other commitments in our lives. — Wait what?! Crypto isn’t your life? Anyway…
So there are options to HODL a basket of Crypto assets, Sh*t coins, exchange tokens, jpeg Animals & Pixelated human cartoon NFTS — All WITHOUT the need to hold the underlying / individuals assets themselves… IF that is what your heart desires.
Having come across recently, a couple of threads from Twitter from a couple of team at Messari they propose this model which compares DeFi Indicies to CeFi Indicies:
- In CeFi its a A 1-dimensional model, using the model below, offering only Asset Returns.
In DeFi Crypto Indices offer a 3 dimensional — Asset Returns, Governance, Fund Management Strategies See below:
This model is clever & intuitive, it aids in understanding the structure of how the token associated with these projects or even the projects themselves operate, structure, and provide utility for you and me — the end-user.
The fact is, that these Index tokens now represent a form of structured financial product, with sophisticated strategies — as they’re now 3 dimensional.
For Instance, these structural changes are something that I touch on later with Index Coop’s flexible leverage Indexes act as a prime example that it’s possible tokenizing a collateralised debt position in a single ERC-20 — a token that enables the investors to have leveraged exposure.
It's not just asset income streams & fund management strategies but ALSO meta-governance in these models.
Meta-governance can empower the user and reflects how tokens on the index can be used to vote in their native protocols. Influencing Governance means a vote in rules/strategy/ resource allocation changes on the system + many more elements.
DeFi Indicies / ETFs Are Growing
In the graph Below it displays the Asset Under Management for different Indices in DeFI. The largest one being $DPI with the others behind by quite a distance.
Source: 0xboxer @ Dune Analytics
In the chart below are 4 out of the 5 DeFi projects that provide some of the Indices / ETFs above — here it shows their Assets Under management where IndexCoop leads the pack with around $150m AUM.
Source: 0xboxer @ Dune Analytics
There is an abundance of investable Indicies / Crypto ETF’s that exist today. So for simplicity, I’ve classified them into 2 categories:
- Centralised Exchange or CeFI
Decentralised format as DeFi Asset Management tools.
So for the sake of specifics, we distinguish between DeFi & CeFi Index Tools.
Now, before reading this article it's worth noting it has been in my drafts for several weeks — months, so the first screenshot is actually from then, but I thought it also interesting to see the most recent screenshot to show the comparison.
Interesting to know since then Set Protocol was added and took the top spot.
Some of the Largest DeFi Options by Total Value locked (TVL). TVL essentially the amount of value committed/ locked in USD that is currently deployed in smart contracts. E.g Locked, deposited, stored, sent, lent, provided.
Key to notice that for all these Crypto Native Indices that they are built on $ETH, but who’s next..?
I smell…Opportunity’ in the months to come for Alternative Layer 1s
DeFi Portfolio Index provider that enables ‘create your own index’. Set, incorporates a social trading dynamic, and also passive strategies for Asset management. Similarities to that of what Etoro & Stacked offer in copying/mirroring portfolios & trades.
*Recently has raised $14 million in a Series A funding round.*
- Also Switched from V1 to V2 ( Version 1 to Version 2)
- Is an Ethereum-native DeFi protocol
No Governance Token
The largest DeFi Index provider in regards to Total Value Locked
- Enables grouping of crypto-assets into collateralised baskets, which then are represented as ERC20 tokens.
These tokens are called, ‘Set Tokens’ act as structured products this means they mirror the Managers ( Creator of the Baskets) strategy
These will be managed either in a Robo Style through a smart contract or by a human
Mangers make and maintain their given Baskets. There is currently NO FEE for utilising the Set Protocol for your business products outside of standard Ethereum network gas fees.
An Investor encounters standard Ethereum network and a ‘streaming fee’ on Sets, which is paid to the Managers
Investors can copy these strategies by holding the ‘Set token which is native to the basket.
The Smart contract enables management of the Set’s meaning external integrations with exchanges, lending platforms, automated market makers, and asset protocols meaning more advanced strategies for DEX trades, yield farming, and margin trading.
Above is the DeFi Pulse Index ($DPI) , ETH 2x Flexible Leverage Index ($ETH2X-FLI), and Metaverse Index ($MVI) by Index Coop these are mentioned again below and are all built using Set Protocol.
Differs to the Protocols listed below as here, YOU as an individual or an Organisation get to pick your basket of Cryptos, or if you like & want to buy a token that other users have made you can. In theory unlimited combinations of products within your baskets to make your Set.
Yield Farming Incentives
Set are taking leaps towards being one of the leading Aggregators in the DeFi space for Indicies in particular for these passive asset management strategies. Much like Index Coop & Power Pool. By incorporating different Assessment Management strategies — that include the utilisation of Yield farming.
Some stand out points come with their shift from V1 to V2 ( Version 1 to Verison 2)
- Saving on Gas fees — Users will not need to spend multiple amounts on digital gas fees via multiple transactions as you can enter the yield farming portfolio in just one transaction. Done through Net Asset Value issuance.
Zero slippage when it comes to synthetic trading when managers in V2 can trade between positions
These two important aspects are some common barriers to entry for new entrants participating in DeFi on ETH.
This project focuses on the development of Passive portfolio management strategies on the $ETH network. It has a variety of options to choose from and they’re constantly updating them to complement the diversity of coins on the market.
- Have a Native $NDX token: used for governance, proposals, protocol updates, and high-level index management strategies.
You can own this token by buying it on Uniswap and then use it to participate, or just hold.
On a weekly-monthly basis, tokens are vetted to be considered into their index can be seen here
Indices / Index funds are called Index Pools here
Utilising Balancer Pools
Traditional Finance index funds, hold assets until they rebalance quarterly. These index funds do not need to do this.
Through using Productive Index Pools — which are making use of multi-asset Automatic Market Makers, they track particular market sectors.
Utilising AMMs means they can generate revenue beyond the growth of their underlying assets, and they can rebalance through the swaps on the AMM that generate fees rather than orders on external markets.
- For the data, they query for off-chain data they source using oracles.
They also have pools for liquidity mining, meaning you can stake your $NDX and or another offered asset and actually earn a yield in the process, if you are an LP, that is.
*See below for staking / LP example*
If we look a little deeper we can see that the NFT Platform Index (NFTP) contains:10 Market Place NFT platforms
*Indexed. Finances’ largest Indicies displayed with Assets Under Management; this is the total money or value now that its committed to each of these Indices since January. We can see that it peaked between Feb & March with around $65m AUM currently sitting in the $20m USD range of $65m
It is an NFT Exclusive index, It enables you to own a token (NFTX) for part ownership of the rewards that the Non-Fungible tokens bring.
How does it work?
- Users deposit their NFT into an NFTX vault and mint a fungible ERC20 token ( Token native to ETH ) that represents a claim on a random asset from within the vault.
- Use minted vTokens to earn yield ( Tokens gained from adding NFT as liquidity)
Better distribution and price discovery for NFT projects
Can sell any NFT by minting it as an ERC20 and swapping via a DEX
Increases liquidity for NFT investors & speculators
- NFTs are typically highly illiquid and difficult to price as the pricing or even the value is not really driven by markets of supply/demand like other assets.
NFTX attempts to make illiquid markets more liquid by enabling speculating and investing in the NFT market far more simple and accessible
*If you are a Crypto Native user and active on Twitter you might have come across CryptoPunks where the minimum for the pixelated avatar is now around 50k*
- Enable tracking of the price of particular categories of NFT
Depositors / Collectors of NFTS in the near future
Also worth noting that PieDao which I have spoken about later & NFTX work together on PLAY, the Metaverse NFT Index
A Decentralised & Autonomous Asset Manager.
- Governed & upgraded by its $INDEX token holders.
Creates & maintains an array of Crypto and DeFi index products.
Product methodologies are sourced from industry experts like Coinshares, DeFi Pulse, and TokenTerminal
Visualisation of active trading volume for 4 of IndexCoops’ Indicies
Source: jdcook @ dune analytics
Trading volumes for these indices peaked around February but on average have increased over time.
Source: jdcook @ dune analytics
On a cumulative basis, revenues have been growing exponentially over the last few months
Indicie / ETF products:
Index Coop Token ($INDEX)
An ERC-20 Governance token deployed on the $ETH. Used to vote in changes to the Index Coop including; smart contract upgrades, allocation of the Index Coop treasury, Adding new Index products
DeFI Pulse’s Index ($DPI)
Perhaps the most known product, it's used and references across most other indices. Could be said as the S&P 500 Index in DeFi
With this Index are top 14 DeFi tokens: $UNI, $AAVE, $MKR,$COMP, $SNX, $SUSHI,$YFI, $REN, $LRC, $KNC, $BAL, $CREAM, $FARM, $MTA
This digital asset index designed to track these tokens’ performance. It's weighted based on the value of each token’s circulating supply.
Source: jdcook @ dune analytics
Above are the Addresses Holding $DPI has been on the rise ever since its inception around 13400 addresses currently
Source: jdcook @ dune analytics
Above is the DPI Trading volume which has also largely increased over the same period currently at roughly $12 million USD.
Metaverse Index ($MVI)
- What is the Metaverse?
Well, the Metaverse is a sort of the digital world, where anything we create- can exist — virtually. Its often a place for digital worlds, items that copy that of the physical world, these can be in immersive 3D environments, games, avatars — a push towards VR
So this index is made up of projects which align with this basis.
This index is made up of 14 coins : $ENJ, $MANA, $SAND, $AXS, $WAXE, $AUDIO, $WHALE, $RFOX, $RARI, $DG, $REVV, $TVK, $NFTX,$MEME, $MUSE
Coinshares Crypto Gold Index
This index has been designed to provide risk-managed exposure to crypto assets without extreme volatility and downside risk.
Aims for the index :
- — Low correlation with traditional asset classes; enhancing risk-adjusted returns in a wider portfolio.
— Risk and return profile that has been superior to holding gold or crypto assets alone.
— Serve as an effective portfolio diversifier
ETH 2x flexible leverage index (ETH2x-FLI)
What is this Index?
So, it targets 2x exposure to the ETH price. Meaning that its price is expected to fluctuate double that of ETH on average.
So, if ETH rises 5% in price, ETH2x-FLI index is designed to go up by 10%.
It can be viewed similar to a leverage token, it provides you with 2x the exposure to the price in $ETH.
Can see that the volume peaked around ETH’s all-time high date range, early to mid may
Source: @jdcook Dune Analytics
TVL dipped also, but had seen signs of a recovery below
Source: @jdcook Dune Analytics
- BTC 2x flexible leverage index (BTC2x-FLI)
Due to the success of ETH2x-FLI, BTC2x-FLI was introduced. How it works is the same as the former. Tracking WBTC (or BTC on $ETH)
This index provider is a community-run Decentralised Autonomous Organisation ( DAO ) focused on tokenizing automated wealth creation strategies.
- Their token $DOUGH is for Governance
As an investor, you supply assets to a Pie and this will mint the Pie to your $ETH wallet. Pies are represented by an ERC-20 token balance, which entitles the owner to a proportional share to an increasing quantity of the underlying asset.
It's Possible to use DOUGH for Yield farming in various pools on DeX’s like Sushi Swap
Indices / ETF’s = Pies + Pie Vaults *
Offering Intrinsic Productivity Indices / ETF’S
$DOUGH token structure:
Ingredients for the PieDao:
Pies utilize Balancer Smart Pools, they provide constantly weighted index funds and help their formation.
In Layman’s Terms:
They operate on and using Balancer AMM’s with a twist — the ‘Pie Smart Pools’ element which are non-custodial smart contracts, the first implementation of a DAO-governed AMM pool. They add extra functionality on top of AMMs pools
The PieDAO governs the readjustment of the pool weights and the removal/adding of tokens.
Pies grant you tokenised exposure to the underlying assets and additionally generate a yield from the Balancer ecosystem utilising the liquidity in these pools to perform token swaps.
Are yield-generating Tokenized portfolio allocations with productive assets (Indicies)
In Layman’s Terms:
An upgrade in functionality to the original Pies. They unlock features not seen in the standard Pies. As PieVaults are able to interact with smart contracts directly and other DeFi protocols. A plus is they offer all 3: meta-governance, yield-bearing assets, and asset lending.
PieVaults offer ‘Yield-Bouncing’ which shifts between lending protocols to guarantee the best return. Lending is supported on Cream, Yearn, Compound, Aave.
They do not use the AMM model utilised before in the Pies. This means they can benefit from a more secure architecture, avoid AMM draining risk.
This Risk is when Balancer pools that are AMM native, rebalance continually and could affect the underlying token by losing all its value. This can lead to a draining event, where the AMM would continue to buy up the collapsing asset.
With PieVaults however, the DAO has the ability to act fast & pause trading in this event. PieVaults essentially employ a different method going through regular rebalancing periods, avoiding this security risk entirely.
Pies vs Pie Vaults
Allows users to save gas on expensive transactions, batching them together.
In Layman's Terms:
As operating on the ETH network is currently expensive relative to other platforms, gas prices can be high but even higher for minting / acquiring pies (the process of creating new tokens) So to combat this they created the Oven.
Through pooling resources together. Multiple users can mint their Pies within the same transaction, sharing the costs between each participant and saving as much as 97% of the cost. So, quite innovative & quite a saving
The drawback being a time issue, you’ll have to wait for the 10 ETH require to activate the smart contract to withdraw your pie, which could be an opportunity cost here.
Visualising on how the oven works*
If you want to learn a little bit more & dive into the dynamics of how PieDAO works then i recommend you read this from the guys over at Crypto Testers
The main product is $BDPI and it stands for — BasketDao Defi Pulse Index
Its a further development on the DeFi Pulse Index ( DPI) the advantages of $BDPI is that no fees are charged, with provision of the opportunity to stake for 40%+ APY through earning $BASK, (whilst also utilising the underlying assets of the index to generate yield)
Essentially it acts like a DeFi portfolio / Asset management tool and is similar to Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) / index.
- The only Exchange its currently on is Sushi Swap
Possible Benefit to you
The aim of BasketDao is to only hold assets that are one of the following:
- Capital efficient — Yield farming initiatives
Community Run & Controlled ( Can be positive & negative depending on your view)
This means in a way, you get Paid, instead of paying for asset exposure. All whilst the BasketDAO team charging you 0 management fees.
- Native $BASK Token for Governance. The total supply of the $BASK token will be limited to 200k tokens. Currently around 53,008 minted.
The below source is the $BASK Price performance over the last month
Source: mushroomsundays @ Dune Analytics
Their $BDPI product in an Evolution of the DPI ( DeFi Pulse Index ) with the following upgrades:
- Support from Big DeFi players like AAVE & Compound. Where they hold interest-bearing tokens from these trusted protocols.
Exposure to DeFi tokens — while also generating a yield and then holding a diversified, rebalancing portfolio.
Community Governed for Re-balances
The below source is the $BDPI Price performance over the last month
Source: mushroomsundays @ Dune Analytics
Token: PowerPool Concentrated Voting Power (CVP)
Decentralised protocol for DeFI specialising in automatically managed token portfolios, and Smart Indices.
What is a Smart Indicie?
Through using the capital stored in its indices it generates additional yield from staking, vaults, and meta-governance.
This is then governed by $CVP token holders for voting on protocol upgrades, new indices, portfolio strategies, and usage of meta-governance power.
How do these work?
They are built on top Balancer AMM and use the capital for meta-governance and staking.
Protocol architecture allows a variety of products including:
- Indices/portfolios with complex rebalancing strategies
Dynamic weights changing, productive usage of assets
Meta-governance, including indices composed of derivative tokens.
Power Agent (or Power Poke) named by the project is another feature they will be adding it automatically executes on-chain maintenance operations such as TWAP (Time-weighted Average Prices), rebalancing AMM ( Automated market maker) weights, processing batched transactions and executing asset swaps for xCVP (for their new token). More on how this works here
Example of 4 Smart Indicies offered:
Don’t just take my word for it, The founder of Winterminute, Evgeny Gaevoy ( One of biggest Market Makers in Crypto) has to say — he has a wealth of experience in Traditional Finance and has helped build the European ETFs Market Making desk at Optiver, trading thousands of ETFs over 10 different exchanges, on screen and OTC. This is what he summarised below:
- Of course, Downside Risk
Smart Contract Risk
No ownership of the underlying assets
FTX offers Indicies in the form of Perpetual Futures, giving you exposure to different kinds of baskets for both crypto and stocks, enabling you to go Long and Short.
Some of the Perpetual Future Indices:
- WSB ( Wall Street Bets)
$AMC $BB $GME $OK $SLV $DOGE $FTT
$BCH, $BNB, $EOS, $ETH, $LTC, $XRP, $TRX, $DOT, $LINK, and$ ADA
What holds $BNB, $HT, $OKB, $LEO, and $FTT.
Solana Ecosystem Indices
Comes in Spot & Perp Form
- SECO PERP
SECO is the Serum Ecosystem Token and HOLY is a basket of $SRM/ $SOL/ $FTT
- HOLY PERP
The HOLY token represents the Holy Trinity Pool. The pool is made up of Holy Trinity Tokens: SRM, SOL and FTT.
Advantages of CeFi Indices
- Greater Liquidity
No ETH gas/Gwei costs
No direct smart contract risk — only from underlying
Disadvantages OF CeFi Indicies
Not as many Defi yield generating strategies.
- Understand the Types of Risk
Crypto can be an overwhelming place — new emerging areas and coins so often, it can difficult to keep track; So Indice / ETF products/tokens have the potential to be very useful long term.
DeFi indices excel when incorporated by big DeFI borrowing and lending providers
Innovation in this area has meant a new 3 structure Index model
There are solutions in DeFi for the high gas fees: Ovens
It is possible to add functionality to current standing AMM’s
Metaverse Indices help provide liquidity to a new emerging Web 3 asset class.
Mungers idea on investment, diversification is applicable to how you could approach investing — Are you Active vs. Passive?
There are strong incentives to commit to these DeFi Index providers early as more rewards gained for more trading activity and swaps that occur through trading fees
CeFi VS DeFi Indicies both have qualities that — But the latter is more innovative.
Incentive dynamics are changing due to these new models in DeFi = Asset trying to be even more productive
Ownership & DAO’s shaking up Governance in the form of meta-governance
In summation, these are all still relatively new so performance might not look amazing so far but it's something to keep tabs on. It's worth mentioning that these should also really act as a complement to your investment strategy…
Munger did say it’s still alright for investors to maintain a small number of Stocks (Or in our case crypto ) positions to outperform the markets — he drives on this idea that select stocks or ( Cryptos in our case ) where you have extra knowledge — So in context, the Coins you understand abd have done your due diligence on is where you might have an early edge/spot an undervalued gem.
Sources that helped me get here
- Date of publication:
- Thu, 06/10/2021 - 09:04
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