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Select NFTs Shine, RAI Proves Stable, DAO Updates

Sep 30, 2021 · 4 min read

By Ashwath Balakrishnan

Market Update

Crypto has been in the green for two consecutive days now. Unlike yesterday, today’s bounce on majors actually looks somewhat convincing. Axie Infinity announced AXS staking today, and Terra successfully upgraded to Colombus-5 (Cosmos interoperability) a few hours ago. Macro concerns continue to loom as the S&P 500 opened the day in the red.

Asymmetric Risk-Reward?
  • The NFT market is a tough nut to crack. But when you win, you typically win big. Some of the best returns in the sector have been via newer projects, such as Bored Apes and Cool Cats. Older collections like ArtBlocks’ Squiggles, however, have also performed very well, with a 100x return YTD, as measured by the average price of secondary market sales.
  • Finding the NFT project that’s going to catch collectors’ eyes is a task and a half. But considering base prices tend to be low at inception, the ability to roughly identify what makes a winning collectible, coupled with the “spray and pray” approach, can prove fruitful for the skilled and / or lucky. With that said, it’s prudent that you proceed with caution. Many NFTs may not have staying power and they can suffer from a lack of liquidity given their non-fungible nature.

Reflexer’s Path to Adoption
  • RAI, a pegless stablecoin, has proved to have an effective design, as evidenced by its diminishing volatility and convergence to the redemption price. The amplitude of price has reduced dramatically since it launched a little over six months ago, making RAI an ideal medium of exchange — and potentially a low-risk store of value.

  • However, despite price moving as intended by the protocol’s design, RAI’s usage remains limited. A very small number of Reflexer Safes — akin to Maker’s vaults — have been created daily since the initial launch hype wore off.
  • Perhaps with regulators turning their attention to dollar-pegged stablecoins, the utility and vision of RAI will start to resonate more with the DeFi community. We should note that it does have a highly resilient, decentralized design relative to comps in that sector. For now, dollar-pegged stablecoins reign supreme, and we don’t expect this to change any time in the near future.

BONUS: Voter’s Guide to DeFi
  • Badger is currently voting on its Q4 BADGER and DIGG emissions across three separate votes. This effects the amount of BADGER and DIGG tokens emitted through their various Setts.
  • The Balancer community is voting on deprecating Balancer’s tiered liquidity mining structure on Polygon, and replacing it with their “Flexible BAL” program. This will be administered through their liquidity mining committee and would allow the committee to adjust the BAL rewards of pools to better manage incentives.
  • dYdX is voting to drop the market maker threshold from 5% of dYdX volume to either 2.5%, 1% or 0.5%. Currently, if an address accounts for 5% of dYdX volume they receive market maker incentives. If this passes the threshold will drop, allowing smaller market makers to benefit from incentives.
  • Index Coop is asking their community to vote on researching a potential product, the Polygon Diversified Index [PDI]. If passed, this would signal community commitment to researching and developing an index based on a basket of Polygon assets.
  • Yam Finance is taking the first steps to create a profit sharing model with their token holders. This proposal presents a model where protocol profits are used to buy YAM on the open market. This YAM would then be used to pay contributors to the protocol.

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