Level is a decentralized perpetual exchange built on BNB Chain that innovates with a unique risk tranching system.
Level operates as a mix of a perpetual and spot exchange for traders, as well as a crypto index fund for liquidity providers. Perp traders can long or short assets from the protocol's liquidity pool with up to 30x leverage. Spot traders can swap tokens from the same pool with nearly zero price impact as Level uses Chainlink price oracles an aggregate of prices from leading volume exchanges. This is in contrast to the traditional automated market maker (AMM) formula so users don't incur slippage. Level innovated upon the perpetual liquidity provider token via risk tranching. Each tranche has different exposures to a basket of assets such as BTC, ETH, BNB, CAKE and BUSD. For example, the Senior LP tranche has 0% exposure to CAKE. As such, LPs are exposed to the price volatility of the underlying assets, adjusted by the positions of traders (LPs automatically take other side of each trade so profits when traders lose, and vice versa). LPs add liquidity to mint the LP token by adding any one of the basket assets to a multi-asset pool.
Level makes money through various fees charged on its trading and swapping platform. For perpetual trading, a position fee of 0.1% of the position size is charged for opening and closing positions, and a liquidation fee of $5 is charged. Traders using leveraged or perpetual trading pay a dynamic borrowing fee, calculated based on the asset utilization rate, with a maximum fee of 0.01% per hour. The platform also charges a swap fee ranging from 0% to 0.6%, with a base fee of 0.2% for non-stablecoin swaps and 0.01% for stablecoin swaps. These fees can be adjusted through proposals passed by the DAO after the initial period. Currently, 50% of fees are distributed to the DAO treasury (controlled by LGO holders) and 50% to LPs.
You can make money by placing directionally levered bets on the crypto market. If you have a more long-term view, you can earn a portion of all protocol generated revenues from either providing liquidity in one of the LP tranches or staking the native LVL utility token to farm the LGO governance token.