Weekly Roundup – 12.16
By Exponential Team
Published Dec 16, 2022

Welcome to Weekly Roundup, where our team of experts selects buzzworthy pools, news, and announcements for you to have on your radar.

The crypto winter weather is frightful, but Weekly Roundup is here to keep you and your wallet warm. 🔥
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The best of the best. These pools have no major red flags, offer a competitive yield, and are at the top of the class – earning an A or B risk rating. Uniswap continues to be at the top of the leaderboard. 💪
  1. Yearn CRV Staking
  • APR ~58%
  • Exponential Risk Rating: B
  • Yield source: Curve fee sharing and re-invested CRV rewards
  1. Uniswap ETH-USD Market Making
  • APR ~51%
  • Exponential Risk Rating: B
  • Yield source: ETH trading volume on Arbitrum
  1. Notional ETH Market Making
  • APR ~9%
  • Exponential Risk Rating: B
  • Yield source: ETH borrowing demand, trading fees from nETH-ETH volume, and protocol incentives
  1. Sturdy USD Lending
  • APR ~6%
  • Exponential Risk Rating: B
  • Yield source: Staking underlying USDC collateral in third-party DeFi strategies

See the full list here.

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Check out the latest and greatest innovations. These pools are on the cutting edge of DeFi with unique and novel designs for earning yield. 🤖
  1. Chicken Bonds USD Bonding
      • APR ~70%
      • Exponential Risk Rating: C
  1. Origin Dollar USD Yield
      • APR ~7%
      • Exponential Risk Rating: B
  1. Trader Joe V2 BTC Market Making
      • APR ~14%
      • Exponential Risk Rating: C
  1. Morpho-Aave ETH Lending
      • APR ~2%
      • Exponential Risk Rating: B

Discover cutting-edge pools here.

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Don’t degen too close to the sun. These pools have major red flags at either the chain, protocol, or asset level, with a high likelihood of being exploited or failing. 🛑
  1. Vires USD Lending
      • Exponential Risk Rating: F
  1. UwU USD Lending
      • Exponential Risk Rating: F
  1. DeFiChain USD Market Making
      • Exponential Risk Rating: F
  1. Idle USD Tranched Lending (Junior)
      • Exponential Risk Rating: D

Still want to live dangerously?

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New protocol reports
Protocols can be a pain to keep up with – let us help. Our team finds the most interesting protocols and breaks down what you need to know and why they need to be on your radar.
  1. iZiSwap - a novel concentrated liquidity AMM that enables limit orders
  1. iZUMi LiquidBox - enables yield farming on concentrated liquidity positions
  1. Frax Ether - Frax’s liquid staked ETH platform
  1. Helio - a borrowing protocol on BNB Chain that issues the HAY stablecoin
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Should investors shelter in place during downturns?
In Vol II of our bear market series, we discuss intermediate passive and active DeFi investment strategies. Here’s how you can keep calm and #DegenResponsibly during the bear market 🐻📈📉. Read our newest blog post.
Missed Vol I? Catch up here.
Don’t miss our next #DegenResponsibly next Monday, 12/19, at 11AM ET.
We'll chat about what makes 0vix unique and how they manage risk for lenders. As usual, attendees can claim a cool POAP 😎
Set your reminder ⏰.
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Paranoia is at an all-time high amid a surge of withdrawals from the largest crypto exchange, Binance. On-chain data analytics firm, CryptoQuant, believes Binance is not the next FTX. The firm points to on-chain data to support recent claims made in an audit that the exchange is over-collateralized. CryptoQuant noted Binance is not experiencing the same volume of outflows that FTX had in the days leading up to its collapse. Overall, withdrawals have increased as fear continues to spread, though still relatively small compared to the exchange’s total reserves. CEO Changpeng Zhao tweeted he “welcomes the stress test.”
What a wild turn of events — SBF was arrested and faces U.S. charges. Just one month after the second largest crypto exchange, FTX, collapsed, co-founder and former CEO Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) was arrested in the Bahamas at the request of U.S. prosecutors. The Bahamas is pursuing its own regulatory and criminal investigations in addition to processing SBF’s extradition to the U.S.
Ethereum devs choose to prioritize staked ETH withdrawals for the network’s next major upgrade. Ethereum developers have chosen to prioritize Beacon Chain withdrawals for the network’s Shanghai upgrade. This will delay the implementation of “The Surge,” which is dubbed the sequel to “The Merge” and is expected to help Ethereum process transactions faster by changing the way the blockchain manages its workload. This change in the roadmap comes after community criticism that ETH stakers are still not yet able to withdraw their staked ETH.
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Coming soon – investing on Exponential
Accredited investors will soon be able to invest in DeFi liquidity pools across major chains directly on our custodial platform.