Weekly Roundup – 5.12
By Exponential Team
Published May 12, 2023

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

A Weekly Roundup a day keeps the gains at play. So check out our new pools, ratings, and protocol reports – doctor’s orders. 🧑‍⚕️
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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.
  • APR ~95%
  • Exponential Risk Rating: B
  • APR ~57%
  • Exponential Risk Rating: B
  • APR ~12%
  • Exponential Risk Rating: B
  • APR ~29%
  • Exponential Risk Rating: B

Check out the MVPs.

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New kid on the blockchain. We review thousands of DeFi investments to find the most attractive pools for you.
  • APR ~19%
  • Exponential Risk Rating: D
  • APR ~27%
  • Exponential Risk Rating: C
  • APR ~5%
  • Exponential Risk Rating: C
  • APR ~21%
  • Exponential Risk Rating: C

Get to know the new pools.

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These pools are coming in hot 🔥. Our new DEX Dash looks at the top 500 cross-chain DEX pools by volume (weekly/monthly/yearly) to analyze if it is trending positively, negatively, or neutral so you can stay ahead of the curve.
Top Trending Pairs (by L7D volume)
  1. PEPE-WETH 0.3% (Uniswap V3-Ethereum) 👑
  1. PEPE-WETH (Uniswap V2-Ethereum)
  1. USDT-WETH 0.05% (Uniswap V3-Ethereum)
  1. USDT-WETH 0.05% (Uniswap V3-Arbitrum)
Top DEXs by Weekly Volume (Weekly Change)
  1. Equalizer (+208%) 👑
  1. Spartacus (+201%)
  1. OnePunchSwap (+152%)
  1. Bancor (+121%)
Top Chains by Weekly Volume (Weekly Change)
  1. Fantom (+91%) 👑
  1. Gnosis (+69%)
  1. Ethereum (+53%)
  1. Optimism (+25%)
Source: Dune
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Black Swans on the blockchain – a 365-day review
The past 365 days have been wild for crypto. I know many of us are still catching our breath. We had LUNA’s death spiral and the implosion of major CeFi players like BlockFi, Celsius, and of course, FTX. The US banking system even gave us a jump scare with the sudden bank run on Silicon Valley Bank.
These are supposed to be once-in-a-generation Black Swan events, so why does it seem like there’s a new crisis every week? In our latest blog post, we analyzed 365 days of Black Swan events to see how we got here. Check it out and tell us what you think @ExponentialDeFi.
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New protocol reports
Keeping up with Protocols is tough – let us help. Our team finds the most interesting protocols that should be on your radar and breaks down what you need to know.
Dolomite -  a margin lending protocol and DEX on Arbitrum that's built around capital efficiency
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MakerDAO launches native lending protocol. Spark Protocol is a new lending platform launched by MakerDAO to bolster utility for its DAI stablecoin and is part of the protocol’s Endgame Plan. Spark Lend, a soft fork of Aave V3, enables users to borrow or lend ETH, stETH, DAI, and sDAI (savings DAI).
Bitcoin transactions hit record high on new token standard. The latest development on the Bitcoin blockchain has seen the introduction of BRC-20 tokens (a la ERC-20 tokens on Ethereum), which are fungible assets created through the Ordinals protocol. For now, most of the listed tokens are driven by a spillover effect from the memecoin hype on Ethereum.
ETH staking continues to trend positively post Shapella. Recent on-chain trends bode well for ETH over the long term. The amount of users staking ETH has outpaced withdrawals for the first time since the Shapella upgrade in April. The network is also seeing significant burn rates (partly due to the memecoin activity driving up gas fees), with nearly 70K burned over the last week! Check out the current burn rate for yourself.
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Coming soon – investing on Exponential
A few users were invited to give Invest a test drive. Soon, accredited investors in certain US states will be able to invest in DeFi pools across major chains directly on our platform.

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