Weekly Roundup – 5.25
By Exponential Team
Published May 25, 2023

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

Why was the DeFi investor so calm during market volatility? They mastered the art of staking it easy! 🧘‍♂️📈
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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 ~47%
  • Exponential Risk Rating: B
  • APR ~42%
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  • APR ~8%
  • Exponential Risk Rating: B
  • APR ~7%
  • Exponential Risk Rating: B

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New kid on the blockchain. We review thousands of DeFi investments to find the most attractive pools for you.
  • APR ~17%
  • Exponential Risk Rating: C
  • APR ~4%
  • Exponential Risk Rating: B
  • APR ~9%
  • Exponential Risk Rating: C
  • APR ~45%
  • 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. RFD-WETH 1% (Uniswap V3-Ethereum) 👑
  1. PSYOP-WETH 0.3% (Uniswap V3-Ethereum)
  1. cbETH-WETH 0.05% (Uniswap V3-Ethereum)
  1. GEN-WETH (Uniswap V2-Ethereum)
Top DEXs by Weekly Volume (Weekly Change)
  1. Swapr (+376%) 👑
  1. mStable (+174%)
  1. Arbswap (+72%)
  1. Beethoven X (+15%)
Top Chains by Weekly Volume (Weekly Change)
  1. Fantom (+11%) 👑
  1. Avalanche (-6%)
  1. Gnosis (-17%)
  1. BNB Chain (-21%)
Source: Dune
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Degen Responsibly is back with another banger!
We’re chatting with Pendle on 6/1 @ 10 am ET. We’ll discuss how Pendle enables you to trade future yield on DeFi assets.
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.
Origin Ether - a DeFi platform that has developed a fully collateralized, ETH liquid staking derivative that passively earns yield while held in personal wallets
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Ethereum creator sounds alarm on re-staking trend. Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin cautions against blockchain projects that use Ethereum’s social consensus to settle their own issues. He says this could compromise Ethereum’s security and independence, and advises developers to steer clear of such methods. His warning is relevant as new projects like Eigenlayer and ether.fi aim to create a market for reusing staked ETH to secure other projects. His previous warning on cross-chain bridges has proven to be accurate. His prior warning on cross-chain bridges has proven to be accurate.
Real-world assets gain new value through tokenization. The market capitalization of tokenized bonds has surpassed $200M, according to a Dune Analytics dashboard. Most of the growth came this year, as projects like Ondo and Matrixdock launched tokenized versions of U.S. treasury bonds. These tokens offer higher yields than stablecoins in DeFi, as well as exposure to low-risk assets. Ondo’s OUSG, which tracks Blackrock’s short-term treasury bond ETF (SHV), is the most popular tokenized bond with over 60% market share.
Protocols are still susceptible to malicious governance attacks. A hacker stole $1M from Tornado Cash, a protocol that enables private transactions on Ethereum, by hiding malicious code in a governance proposal. The hacker then proposed to fix the attack and return the funds, but the community is skeptical. The incident exposes the risks of token-based governance and the need for more scrutiny of proposals.

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