CRV is the governance and revenue-sharing token for the Curve protocol.
CRV is a low-cap asset that represents the protocol's native governance or utility token. This asset is exposed to the underlying risks of Curve, a protocol rated as Best in Class. CRV is highly coveted asset as holders can decide which pools in Curve receive incentives and thus direct liquidity for specific pools. The asset has a fixed supply.
CRV is highly correlated to the overall market.
The CRV token is used to govern the protocol and give holders the ability to submit proposals and potential changes to the allocation of pool rewards. The amount of voting power a user has is determined by how many CRV tokens are staked and for how long. The longer CRV is staked (max of four years), the more voting rights are granted.
The total supply of CRV is capped at 3.03B tokens. The initial supply consists of 1.3B tokens (
43% of total supply) with 5% distributed pre-CRV liquidity providers (with daily vesting over one year), 30% to the Curve team and investors, 3% to employees (with two year vesting), and 5% to the community reserve. The supply schedule initially distributes around 2M new CRV tokens (0.067% of the total supply) each day. After the initial 1.3B is distributed, the remaining supply will be issued at a decreasing weight until the total supply of 3.03B is fully distributed.
CRV has value accrual mechanisms through its power to promote certain pools on the platform and locking mechanism to accrue rewards for long-term liquidity providers (LPs). Voters determine the different allocations of CRV tokens to each pool. Users are also incentivized to lock their CRV tokens within the protocol in return for veCRV tokens. CRV lockers are entitled to fees generated by the protocol's liquidity pool, as well as is used to boost LP rewards.