This Week in DeFi – September 24



This week, 1inch Exchange adds Arbitrum to its growing list of L2 solutions integrations and brings much needed DEX aggregation to the most recent scaling standout. 1inch will combine liquidity from Arbitrum-based exchanges including Balancer, Uniswap, Sushiswap, and others to increase efficiency and reduce slippage in decentralized swaps.


Shapeshift announced another distribution of FOX tokens to DeFi community members, this time targeting those who may have been left out the last time on account of having staked or otherwise contributed their tokens to DAOs and other governance schemes. Contributors to more than a dozen DAOs left out of the original airdrop will be eligible for the 6.6 million FOX tokens being ‘fairdopped’.


Harvest Finance is making moves this week, integrating with Coin98 wallet to ease access to yield farming for 400,000 users, mostly concentrated in the Indo-Pacific region. Harvest has also begun collaborating with Stakewise for the Fertilizer program, giving additional rewards to randomly selected liquidity providers to the Stakewise pool.


And Polygon has initiated a bug bounty program, with maximum rewards of up to $2 million for critical security issues uncovered. Even low-level threats uncovered are worth a $1,000 payment, and a robust bounty program should help reduce losses to hacks as more users and liquidity join the Polygon ecosystem.

With the proliferation of competing scaling solutions and huge demand for greater transaction speeds, the attack surface for malicious actors is as large as it has ever been, with only a limited amount of developer resources available to build and provide quality assurance for DeFi applications going out the door. And while mostly similar to Ethereum coding, most L2s also present unique differences and challenges that can make hacks even more difficult to prevent. The lag in removing assets from L2s offers some protection, but many hackers are not opposed to waiting months or years to finally make off with their ill gotten gains.

But the DeFi community is a resilient and resourceful bunch, and while much treasure has been allocated to juicing growth on these platforms to capture market share, it seems likely we’ll soon see a turn towards reputation management and security. As with the overall L2 race, Polygon is leading the way here too with a serious commitment to providing counter-incentives to taking advantage of uncovered exploits and having vulnerabilities reported to be patched instead.

As the hype fades away from simply getting scaling solutions out the door and gathering their initial liquidity, branding, collaboration and integration will become increasingly important alongside security concerns, and we may see protocols and L2 communities looking more and more like corporations, focused on managing their brand and public perceptions as moving fast and breaking things. Here’s hoping these budding giants, with all their decentralized governance built in, will ultimately be more responsive to the desires of their stakeholders than their centralized counterparts are today.


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Cheapest Loans: Compound at 4.37% APY, Aave at 5.33% APY

MakerDAO Updates

DAI Savings Rate: 0.00%

Base Fee: 0.00%

ETH Stability Fee: 5.50%

USDC Stability Fee: 0.00%

WBTC Stability Fee: 4.50%

Highest Yields: Celsius at 8.88% APY, Nexo Lend at 8.00% APY

Cheapest Loans: Compound at 4.99% APY, Aave at 6.3% APY

Total Value Locked: $67,97B (down -25.2% since last week)

DeFi Market Cap: $111.924B (down -13.57%)

DEX Weekly Volume: $15.53B (up 5.43%)

DAI Supply: 6.12B (down -3.32%)

Total DeFi Users: 3,367,000 (up 2.09%)

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