Participation in the DeFi and staking ecosystems has seen explosive growth over the last year, with the combined sectors currently accounting for over $50 billion in value.
DeFi growth was predominantly fueled by the breakthrough success of Ethereum-based projects such as Aave, Compound, and Uniswap, utilizing ERC20 stablecoins like USDC and Dai to generate yield. Digital assets staked on other networks were left behind, unable to participate in the emerging DeFi ecosystem.
If those stakers wanted to access DeFi without introducing new capital, they needed to unstake and sell their investments to enter the market. That meant giving up on potential capital gains and staking rewards from those assets.
Singapore startup RAMP DeFi is now pioneering an alternative solution, opening up participation in the Ethereum-based DeFi ecosystem – without giving up the future benefits of other staked digital assets. It has attracted investment from Alameda Research, IOST, and Blockwater Capital, among others.
A Cross-Chain Liquidity On/Off Ramp
RAMP DeFi’s innovative decentralized protocol solution proposes that capital staked on non-Ethereum blockchains can be collateralized into a new stablecoin “rUSD” issued on Ethereum, acting as a bridge between non-ERC20 tokens and the Ethereum chain.
By lending/borrowing, bootstrapping stablecoin liquidity, and integrating with other DeFi solutions, rUSD holders can either deploy rUSD into higher yield generating opportunities or swap into USDT/USDC. This creates a seamless on/off ramp for users with staked capital on other chains to access DeFi without giving up future potential gains or rewards from the collateralized digital assets.
How Does It Work?
For each blockchain “X” integrated, a RAMP staking node and smart contract on blockchain X are set up to manage the assets. Token X is staked in the RAMP ecosystem to continue to receive blockchain X staking rewards.
A Wrapped Token X is then issued and used to collateralize and mint a blockchain X native stablecoin, xUSD. xUSD is based on a collateralization ratio similar to MakerDAO.
xUSD can then be swapped into the ERC20 rUSD stablecoin, using the on/off ramp cross-chain bridge. From there, rUSD can be deployed into yield farming opportunities or swapped directly for other stablecoins using decentralized liquidity pools.
A Broadening Ecosystem That’s Gaining Traction
RAMP DeFi’s liquid staking solution opens up an ecosystem of services, assets, and opportunities that is already beginning to gain traction:
rStake is the part of the ecosystem where non-ERC20 tokens are staked and wrapped tokens are issued to represent the ownership of the underlying assets. It is an aggregator of staking nodes on the participating blockchains, returning 70% of the staking rewards to the user, incentivizing participation through additional RAMP governance token rewards. The remaining staking rewards generate fees for the RAMP ecosystem to help with stability.
rMint uses the wrapped tokens issued by rStake as collateral to mint a stablecoin for the respective X blockchain (xUSD). xUSD is then swapped into ERC20 rUSD to use in the Ethereum DeFi ecosystem, earning RAMP rewards in the process.
The Vaults utility platform for RAMP and rUSD allows holders to stake, farm, and participate in yield stacking opportunities.
rUSD can also be swapped for USDT/USDC directly, and Vaults can connect to existing solutions such as YFI, Uniswap, or Sushi.
rKeeper manages the conversion of liquidated assets into stablecoins for rUSD where necessary for value support or redemptions. rKeeper converts the value of liquidated assets into USDT/USDC at the equivalent rUSD originally minted.
The repurchase of rUSD by rKeeper only takes place when rUSD is less than 1:1 with USDT/USDC, creating stability for rUSD utility.
The fees generated by rStake are used to buy back and burn RAMP, removing tokens from circulation. rBurn is designed as a “smart burn” mechanism that again helps provide stability for rUSD as an alternative stable » Read more
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Opening Up Defi To Non-ERC20 Tokens
RAMP DeFi introduces a solution with the potential to unlock over $30 billion in a previously illiquid staked digital asset sector, set to expand fourfold with the transition to Ethereum 2.0 alone.
The RAMP ecosystem represents exciting growth potential for DeFi, harnessing existing success while opening up further possibilities for ERC20 and non-ERC20 tokens to gain access to additional yield generating services. It frictionlessly connects a range of digital assets to the decentralized finance marketplace, across an increasingly interoperable space, boosting DeFi adoption as a result.
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Ethereum Co-Founder Anthony Di Iorio Bets Big on the Future of Cardano and Polkadot
Anthony Di Iorio, a Canadian entrepreneur and the co-founder of leading smart contract platform Ethereum, said that he believes in the potential of Cardano (ADA) and Polkadot (DOT).
In an interview with crypto proponent Anthony Pompliano, Di Iorio, who is also the CEO and founder of Canadian blockchain startup Decentral and crypto wallet Jaxx, revealed that he has a diversified investment portfolio featuring several top projects, including Cardano and Polkadot.
A Big Fan of Cardano and Polkadot
“Now I’ve kind of fallen back to just simplicity. I’m in a number of different projects, but the majority of my stuff is in the top projects. I’m a big fan of Polkadot, I’m a big fan of Cardano.”
Di Iorio went on to narrate why he was so sure of the future of these two projects. He had joined the Ethereum development team earlier in 2012 when he met Vitalik Buterin at a Bitcoin conference.
He has formed strong relationships with other co-founders of Ethereum, including Vitalik Buterin, Cardano’s founder Charles Hoskinson, and Polkadot’s current CEO Gavin Wood.
Di Iorio admitted that while he worked with these men, he knew that they were goal-oriented and would help push these projects further.
“Big fan of Charles, let’s say that. You know, taking some different approaches in the way that they’re doing things, much more on the academic side of what he’s done and bringing stuff forward. Real big fan of Gavin Wood… Knowing those guys from the days back at Ethereum – and knowing their drive and knowing their competitiveness and their smarts – I was able to see those projects for the last few years and know that they were gonna get to where they’ve gotten up to.”
Not Getting Lost in DeFi
Despite all the recent hype about DeFi, Di lorio pointed out that he is keeping his investments simple and investing in larger projects.
“Most of my stuff is in the top few things, Ether, Bitcoin, Cardano, Polkadot. I like Cosmos as well. And there’s a few others, but I’m not getting lost in all the DeFi stuff. I just think there’s not enough time, not enough energy. It’s a full-time gig to be running a lot of that stuff and keeping on top of stuff, so I’ve simplified my life quite a bit over the past few years.”
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What you should know if your bank is exposed to Bitcoin
On one hand, El Salvador recently became the first nation to officially declare Bitcoin as its legal tender, and on the other, several nations have recently opined that their indigenous banks face a ‘threat’ from the world’s largest crypto-asset. Nevertheless, the rise in the adoption of cryptocurrencies has been accompanied by regulators taking the fast-growing market seriously.
Banks will now face “the toughest” capital requirements for their holdings in Bitcoin and other crypto-assets under global regulators’ plans to brush off the insecurity offered by the “volatile” crypto-market.
Using money laundering, reputational challenges, and massive price swings as the base of their proposal, the Basel Committee on Banking and Supervision is in the news after it explicitly stated that the banking industry faced “increased risks” and “financial stability concerns” from crypto-assets.
Accordingly, they have now placed Bitcoin in the “highest risk” category. The aforementioned committee comprises a host of nations and global institutions as its members.
The Basel Committee isn’t alone, however, with a Bank of International Settlements exec recently commenting that El Salvador’s Bitcoin policy is an “interesting experiment.”
*BITCOIN PUT IN HIGHEST RISK CATEGORY IN BANK CAPITAL PROPOSAL
— *Walter Bloomberg (@DeItaone) June 10, 2021
What’s more, the panel proposed a 1250% risk weight be applied to a bank’s exposure to Bitcoin and certain other cryptocurrencies. Bloomberg’s estimates highlighted,
“In practice that means a bank may need to hold a dollar in capital for each dollar worth of Bitcoin, based on an 8% minimum capital requirement.”
However, stablecoins and other tokens tied to real-world assets are set for lower capital requirements. The report further highlighted,
“The capital will be sufficient to absorb a full write-off of the crypto asset exposures without exposing depositors and other senior creditors of the banks to a loss.”
The proposal did not specify any specific timeline, and hence, the implementation of these rules can take a couple of years. The proposal is, however, open to public comment before it comes into effect. It should also be noted that the committee said that the initial policies were “likely to change” several times as the market “evolves.”
Even though banks like HSBC have been cautious about stepping into crypto-trading, a few big names, like Standard Chartered Plc have announced their entry into the space.
As for Bitcoin, it fell by over 3.7% in the last 24 hours to trade at $35,418 at press time.
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Why Amp is the Best Altcoin You’ve Never Heard Of
Crypto Summer Pt. 2
I work with a crypto wizard.
Yesterday the wizard gave me a piece of advice: “Hey man, your fly is down.” After that, he told me to look into Amp, otherwise known as Crypto-Square.
Through this ERC-20 token, retailers can accept Bitcoin, Litecoin or Ethereum without having to wait 10 minutes or more for the network. Today Nordstrom, Lowes, Baskin Robbins, GameStop, Ulta Beauty, Office Depot, AMC Theaters, and Petco are just some of the stores that support Amp.
That’s right, you can go to these retailers and use Flexa’s SPEDN app (pronounced spend) to easily buy things with Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies.
And if that wasn’t enough, Coinbase just listed Amp yesterday. Coinbase-approved altcoins often skyrocket in price as 56 million users are nothing to scoff at.
Here’s everything else you should know about this project.
There’s only one thing that Flexa and ConsenSys created Amp to do: Act as collateral. Amp guarantees that real-world transactions go through instantaneously due to collateralization.
Flexa, the company that created Amp, is the puppet master attempting to make cryptocurrency the new global financial system. They initially launched a Flexa token years ago, but ditched it for Amp and a close partnership with ConsenSys.
“The new Amp token demonstrates Flexa’s unrelenting commitment to DeFi and to building new technologies that will democratize access to payments for people all over the world,” Tyler Spalding, CEO of Flexa wrote in a blogpost.
Flexa eventually wants to use Amp to guarantee home purchases, loan distributions, and fiat exchanges.
Can you guess it? Go ahead — on three…
Oh, sorry I got excited.
Staking on Amp is just like providing to a liquidity pool on Uniswap or any other DeFi protocol. I just imagine a giant Uncle Sam poster pointing at you saying “we need your tokens.”
This is another reason why Amp works. It follows the old Army adage “K.I.S.S.” or Keep it Simple Stupid. In the past few months, Amp is one of the only altcoins I feel like I can explain to my mother. That’s a good thing.
Three words should make you very bullish about an altcoin: ‘Real-World Use’
Many altcoins over-engineer their projects to death and bog their white papers down with technical mumbo jumbo to make you think their team is smarter than you. Amp is not one of these projects. It keeps it simple, stupid.
Moreover, Amp is the leading technology making it possible for retailers to exchange cryptocurrencies. It’s so ahead of the pack that dozens of businesses are already using it.
It’s a no-brainer 10x, in my opinion.
Amp is trading at $0.06 at the time of publishing with a market cap of $2.59B (for reference the market cap of Ethereum is $276 B)
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