Degenerative.Finance + UMA farming of uGasFeb, uGasMar
Yam is about to launch Degenerative.Finance dApp based on the UMA platform, our first few synthetics are going to be uGas tokens. For more information visit our discord chat and links below.
This proposal would use the up to the currently non-utilized ETH in the treasury (~$220,000) to mint uGasFeb / uGasMar tokens on degenerative.finance. Then provide liquidity in order to mine UMA tokens via their developer mining program: UMA Announces Developer Mining. An Evolution of Liquidity Mining: Give… | by Clayton Roche | UMA Project | Nov, 2020 | Medium
Degenerative.finance beta will launch on Dec 21st and part of the treasury’s goal is to support the Yam ecosystem which degenerative.finance is a part of. Assets in the treasury should be utilized to gain yield with risk according to our investment strategy. Using the ETH in the treasury for degenerative.finance has two benefits:
- Minting uGas tokens and providing liquidity will support the ecosystem for degenerative.finance. The higher the liquidity the more the potential volume and usage for uGas.
- By providing liquidity, the treasury will receive UMA rewards.
Degenerative.finance’s uGas token is the first of a series of synthetics that Degenerative plans on rolling out to the public. I’ve included a guide on what uGas is below. Adding liquidity to the uGas tokens is important to support the infrastructure and it also gets UMA rewards.
What is uGAS?
- uGAS is a Synthetic Gas Futures Token.
- Each uGAS token is named after the month that it’ll expire at the end of (for example, the uGAS-JAN21 token will expire at 0:00 UTC, Feb 1st 2021.)
- Once the uGAS token expires, it will settle at the median gas price of all Ethereum transactions for the past 30 days.
- Each uGAS token represents 1,000,000 GAS, so if the median gas price over the 30 days before expiry was 70 Gwei, the uGAS token would be worth 0.07 ETH.
Wait, what’s a Synthetic?
- Synthetic tokens are collateral-backed tokens whose value changes depending on the tokens’ reference index.
- In the example above, our uGAS’s reference index is the 30 day median gas price.
- Synthetics are created by depositing collateral into a smart contract and minting tokens backed by that collateral.
If you have any questions about Synthetics, feel free to drop by Yam’s discord.
There is a chance of liquidation which we will mitigate by only minting enough tokens to have a collateral ratio of 3.5 or Global Collateral Ratio, whichever is higher.
A primer on how liquidations, collateral ratios and pricing of uGas token.
There are two collateralization ratios (CR):
- Global CR - This is the average collateralization ratio across all token sponsors of a synthetic token. When minting uGas, you must stay above this CR.
- Minimum CR – This is the ratio that if you drop below, your collateral could be liquidated to cover your minted assets. For uGas tokens this ratio is set at 1.25.
To mint uGas tokens, you deposit ETH as collateral and it allows you to mint tokens up to the Global CR. For example if you deposit $10,000 worth of ETH and the GCR is 4, that means you can mint up to $10,000/4 = $2,500 worth of uGas tokens. In this example, if you minted 10 uGas tokens, if you return 10 uGas tokens, it will unlock all of your collateral no matter the price of the token at the time of return.
Pricing of uGas tokens is derived from the 2hr Time Weighted Average Price (TWAP) of the highest liquidity AMM pool. TWAP makes it resistant against flash attacks as they only effect a single or a few blocks, then natural arbitrage should return the price back to normal.
What’s the risk of liquidation? If we mint with a ratio of 3.5 and the minimum CR is 1.25. uGas 2-hour TWAP would have to increase by 156% or ETH decrease by 64% to be close to minimum CR, both of which are unlikely.
To implement this proposal:
- Create smart contract to use ETH currently in the treasury to deposit as collateral. Allocation as follows:
- ETH split 50/50 for uGasFeb adn uGasMar.
- Take 75% of the ETH to use a collateral and 25% to pair with uGas token to LP
- Mint uGas tokens.
- Deposit uGas and ETH as a liquidity provider on Uniswap to mine UMA.
Poll to Measure Sentiment
- Use Treasury ETH to Mine uGAS on Degenerative.Finance
- Do Not Mine - Lets discuss