This proposal is expected to appear on Snapshot for voting on 2021-08-15T12:00:00Z. Make sure to stake your vBNT for voting before this date and time to participate in the DAO decision.
- Proposal to activate liquidity mining rewards for LQTY.
- EDIT: Based on feedback, the proposed allocation/duration is 500 BNT/week for 12 weeks.
- The LQTY/BNT Pool was recently whitelisted on 6/25/2021. The previous proposal and additional information can be found here.
- The benefits to Bancor are clear.
LQTY token address: 0x6dea81c8171d0ba574754ef6f8b412f2ed88c54d
Project Website: https://www.liquity.org/
Liquity is a decentralized borrowing protocol that allows users to draw interest-free loans against ETH as collateral (akin to MakerDAO). Loans are paid out in LUSD (USD-pegged stablecoin) and need to maintain a minimum collateral ratio of 110%. Loans are secured by the Stability Pool, where users can deposit LUSD and provide up-front capital to offset uncollateralized debt. In return, they receive ETH collateral when liquidations occur and continuous LQTY rewards (our secondary token).
In addition to Liquity’s focus on capital-efficiency, the protocol is fully decentralized. Liquity contracts have no admin keys and are accessible via multiple interfaces hosted by different Frontend Operators, making it censorship resistant. The protocol is also governance-free, as all operations are algorithmic and fully automated, and protocol parameters to maintain system health were set at time of contract deployment.
Liquity’s native token, LQTY (ERC20), is used as a reward mechanism within the Liquity ecosystem as stated previously. Furthermore, LQTY can be staked to capture 100% of protocol fees (paid in LUSD & ETH) with no additional risks added (such as token slashing) to backstop the system. Since launch on April 5th, stakers have been paid ~$13.7M in protocol revenue.
The LQTY/BNT Pool was recently whitelisted on 6/25/2021 (the previous proposal and additional information can be found here) and has already attracted ~$350k in liquidity — slowly catching up to the LQTY/ETH pool on Uniswap V3.
With borrowing activity and protocol revenue (i.e. APR) being inconsistent due to market conditions (ranging from about 4%-36% at time of writing), LQTY stakers may want to diversify how they use their LQTY tokens — the Bancor pool with LM rewards could be the perfect place. This would be the first and only incentivized LQTY pool, making Bancor the clear choice of migration for some of the ~6M LQTY staked and the 74k LQTY currently sitting in the Uniswap pool. Users in our community have been looking for more things to do with their LQTY and providing liquidity to Bancor with single sided protection and LM rewards could scratch that itch while providing value for the Bancor ecosystem.
Due to LQTY’s fragmented liquidity, volume is heavily skewed towards the DEX with the most liquidity. On August 1st (and surrounding days), trading volume of LQTY increased significantly across Uniswap and Bancor. Here’s how the overall volume was split:
Note: Daily volume of the LQTY/BNT pool can be found here.
Uniswap attracted over $2M in trading volume while Bancor attracted $277K because Uniswap had more liquidity available. This dynamic could be flipped if Bancor were to capture a majority of the liquidity instead.
It’s also the case that users cannot make decently sized trades for LQTY since liquidity is split between Uniswap and Bancor, and driving most of the liquidity to one DEX would significantly mitigate this issue — leading to more volume as a result.
LQTY is relatively young and is clearly still developing its liquidity. We believe now is the optimal time to capture it, which only benefits Bancor as LQTY continues to mature.
To provide flexibility, the Bancor DAO should decide the duration and BNT allocation if possible (Re: this post). This allows an option for the DAO to not overcommit with rewards, while still being able to bootstrap the pool to their liking and leaving the door open to make a near future decision based on how successful this campaign is if passed. Preferably, the duration should be on the longer side and rewards should be competitive enough to compete with Uniswap and the LQTY staking pool to ensure:
- Bancor becomes the long-term home for LQTY
- Liquidity doesn’t dry up in the short-term
- Existing Uniswap LPs and some of the LQTY stakers migrate to Bancor
EDIT: Based on the discussion below and data from @tenzent, the proposed duration and allocation is 500 BNT/week for 12 weeks.