Weekly Roundup – 5.18
By Exponential Team
Published May 18, 2023

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

Gas fees may be high, but Weekly Roundup readers know how to stay cool, even when Ether’s burning. 🔥
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Exponential Invest is here
Great news - we are now opening up our Investing platform to select US-based investors*. Exponential Invest is the new way to access DeFi, without worrying about seed phrases, cross-chain bridges or gas fees.
Simply click on the link below if you want to participate in our private beta.

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*Supported states: CA, CO, DE, IL, IN, KS, MA, MI, MT, NE, NH, NJ, ND, PA, TN, UT, VA, WI, WY
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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 ~73%
  • Exponential Risk Rating: B
  • APR ~56%
  • Exponential Risk Rating: B
  • APR ~50%
  • Exponential Risk Rating: B
  • APR ~18%
  • Exponential Risk Rating: B

Check out the MVPs.

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These pools are coming in hot 🔥. Our 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. BUSD-USDT (PancakeSwap V2-BNB Chain)
  1. LADYS-WETH (Uniswap V2-Ethereum)
  1. USDT-WBNB 0.01% (PancakeSwap V3-BNB Chain)
Top DEXs by Weekly Volume (Weekly Change)
  1. Swapr (+2060%) 👑
  1. Rubicon (+688%)
  1. BabySwap (+124%)
  1. DODO (+91%)
Top Chains by Weekly Volume (Weekly Change)
  1. Optimism (-19%) 👑
  1. BNB Chain (-22%)
  1. Polygon (-22%)
  1. Arbitrum (-25%)
Source: Dune
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Did you miss our latest chat with Dolomite? Don’t worry, we got you covered.
In the most recent episode of Degen Responsibly, we spoke with Dolomite about how users can earn more yield on their DeFi assets. Listen here, and let us know what you think at @ExponentialDeFi.
Catch up on past episodes on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.
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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.
Morpho Aave V3 -  a peer-to-peer lending protocol built on top of Aave V3
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Lido V2 brings staked ETH withdrawals to users. The leading liquid staking protocol aims to silence critics with its latest upgrade. Notably, V2 enables users to withdraw their staked ETH and join the protocol as node operators to expand its validator set. stETH holders have already requested to withdraw >430K ETH worth nearly $800M.
Ethereum network experienced its first major hiccup since The Merge. Ethereum experienced two incidents of block finalization failure last week due to an unknown cause that affected two clients. The network recovered on its own thanks to client diversity and inactivity leak mechanism, but researchers are still investigating the root cause and the implications for the protocol. Meanwhile, user transactions continue to be processed normally.
Ledger's new wallet recovery feature exposes major backdoor risk. Ledger launched a controversial feature that allows users to recover their seed phrase by verifying their identity with the company and two backup providers. The feature has been criticized for compromising users’ security and privacy, and creating a centralized system similar to a bank.

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