Liquidity, which is a decentralized stablecoin protocol, has introduced the utilization of staked ether in the form of collateral, along with being a fresh reserve system. This is some time after its ether-supported LUSD. Now, will be able to leverage ether in the form of collateral for minting LUSD sans interest. All that is required is a single-time borrowing fee amounting to 0.5%. This was disclosed by the team at EthCC in Paris.
With the growing popularity of liquid-staked ether, the Liquidity community attached to the project’s Discord has discussed a new type for gaining from staking yields. LUSD, as a stablecoin, is less popular and at one time was valued at $1.5 billion. Currently, the worth is less than $300 million. The design is attributed to the downfall.
Though LUSD is decentralized, its smart contracts are unchangeable but stable. It is, however, not upgradeable as it depends on the over-collateralization of ether, which presently stands at 260% of LUSD. As per the Co-Founder and Chief Economist of Bluechip.org, Garett Jones, these attributes make it totally safe. Ether, on its part, is a positive asset, having a great requirement for staking. In the case of LUSD, it does not make economic sense to block 200% for borrowing a stablecoin.
It is not possible to upgrade Liquidity’s smart contracts, and it is without its own website. Therefore, in the case of a new version, which has basically been kept under wraps, there is the issue of risks of multiple types of liquid staking tokens (LSTs) that could be put to use. The introduction of a scalable version of Liquidity will be against the ethics of decentralization.
During the period of Ethereum’s Shapella scaling, wherein it was possible to carry out withdrawals and lessened the risk of utilizing LSTs, the team knew that various projects were operating on a Liquidity type product, utilizing Lido’s stETH and various LSts. Raft Finance, Gravita, and Lybra joined the queue. The startups were able to mint roughly $243 million in the form of stablecoins.
In the opinion of the Founder of Liquidity, Robert Lauko, one obstacle to stablecoin balance is ensuring the required Liquidity on decentralized as well as centralized exchanges. Under ordinary circumstances, one would be required to disburse massive incentives for gaining liquid secondary markets. This is the reason why Liquidity needs to try out a fresh way of backing collateral. In his viewpoint, the requirement is to bring together a delta-neutral hedging system and a viable product, lowering the risk factor. The protocol will play the role of market maker, as well as the insurance fund. As per their plans, the new protocol will be positioned live in 2024.