A researcher from the crypto-asset investment firm, Paradigm, has co-authored a whitepaper for new decentralized finance, or DeFi, lending protocol boasting fixed-interest rates. The whitepaper for Yield protocol was written by Paradigm’s Dan Robinson and Allan Niemberg — who announced the project on May 8. Niemberg also announced that Yield Protocol has received seed investment from Paradigm, which will be designated toward building the initial version of the product.
The Ethereum (ETH)-based protocol purports to introduce “fixed-term, fixed-rate lending and interest-rate markets to decentralized finance.” Yield’s whitepaper describes “a standard for a token that settles based on the value of a target asset on a specified future date, and which is backed by some quantity of a collateral asset.” While DeFi protocols like MakerDAO (MKR) have garnered significant popularity within the crypto community over the past years, the floating nature interest rates associated with these vehicles have proven to be subject to significant volatility — with Maker loan fees fluctuating between 0.5% and 20% during 2019.
Yield Protocol’s first utility will facilitate the creation and issuance of ERC-20-based zero-coupon bonds — a tradable debt instrument that pays its holder at a fixed price on maturity. The whitepaper states:
“yTokens are like zero-coupon bonds: on-chain obligations that settle on a specific future date based on the price of some target asset, and are secured by collateral in another asset.”
The first of Yield’s bonds, dubbed yTokens, will be yDAI — allowing users to borrow and lend MakerDAO’s stablecoin Dai at fixed rates using ETH as collateral. $900 million is currently locked up in DeFi protocols in total, of which MakerDAO represents 53.4%.
3 Big Blockchain Firms Working Together On A DeFi Product That Pays Passive Income
In a special announcement made at the Unitize conference on July 6, Cosmos, Polkadot, and Terra revealed a new DeFi savings product called Anchor that aims to offer dependable interest rates on stablecoins deposits. The companies involved in the creation of Anchor plan to launch it across their respective blockchains at the end of Q3 this year and scale across to other PoS blockchains in the future. Do Kwon, founder and CEO of Terra, explained in a prepared statement:
“While DeFi staples such as Maker and Compound have been revolutionary in creating fully decentralized crypto money markets, the volatility of their interest rates makes them unsuitable to be used as a household savings product. DeFi mass adoption needs the creation of a fully decentralized savings account that offers dependable APR.”
Anchor’s smart contracts receive stablecoin deposits and use a portion of them to acquire staking positions on compatible Proof of Stake blockchains. Users will receive their passive income from these staking rewards. The initial governance for this platform will come from the Interchain Asset Association (IAA), a newly formed organization that sees Zaki Manian of Cosmos, Jack Platts of the Web3 Foundation, and Do Kwon of Terraform Labs collectively steering the ship.
Telegram Is Set To Shut Down The TON Testnet By August 2020
Although Telegram has terminated its blockchain project, Telegram Open Network (TON), in May 2020, the TON test net has been apparently running for almost one year. In a July 6 update, the official TON development group on Telegram announced that it would be discontinuing its support of the test network for TON. Remaining TON validators will be turned off by August 1. In the post, the TON official recommended network participants save all their relevant data and stop their testing processes. Despite the testnet being set to shut down less than a month from now, network participants will still be able to continue their experimentation after the testnet is terminated. In order to do that, users can install their own testnet validators, described in greater detail in three different how-to documents containing guidelines for the Full Node, the Validator, and Test Grams.
Telegram launched the TON testnet for explorer and node software on Sept. 6, 2019. In anticipation of its scheduled Oct. 31 launch last year, the company released an alpha version of an iOS wallet to work with its native token, the Gram. But Telegram’s TON plans were never fully realized, as the United States Securities and Exchange Commission suddenly deemed Telegram’s $1.7 billion ICO illegal in mid-October. After a long-running legal battle with U.S. regulators, Telegram agreed to shut down its TON project, as well as return $1.2 billion to investors in line with a court-approved final settlement. As officially announced by Telegram CEO Pavel Durov, the firm had already reimbursed more than $1.2 billion by June 25.
Brock Pierce Enters The 2020 US Presidential Race
Brock Pierce, entrepreneur, crypto venture capitalist, and child star, has announced his USA Presidential run on Twitter July 5. His tweet stated: “
“I, Brock Pierce, am running for President of the United States of America.”
Pierce’s campaign site states that he is a pioneer digital currency and has raised more than $5 billion for the companies he has founded. Pierce is the Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation and co-founder of EOS Alliance, Block.one, Blockchain Capital, Tether, and Mastercoin (first ICO). His website, sparse on details, does not say if he is seeking a nomination in a political party or if he is running as an Independent.