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Pickle Finance Wants to Bring Stability to DeFi


decrypt.co 2020-09-17 00:30
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Just when farmers thought food coins had run their course, perhaps the most absurd project yet is leveraging pickle memes to help mitigate stablecoin volatility.

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Pickle Finance, a project incentivizing liquidity on the four largest DeFi stablecoins, saw $53M in 24-hour volume this weekend as its native governance token, PICKLE, traded as high as $85, according to CoinGecko.

Touting the tagline "Off-peg bad. On-peg good," Pickle Finance offers more rewards to below-peg stablecoin pools and fewer rewards to above-peg stablecoin pools. As illustrated in the Pickle PicoPaper, the aim is to get people to sell above-peg stablecoins and buy below-peg stablecoins.

“Too many farming projects don’t actually do anything for the community,” the project’s whitepaper reads. “Pickle is an experiment that actually gives a shit.”

Pickle’s token liquidity pools are boasting what have become the typical returns for DeFi; 4,000% annualized yields for ‘Pool 2’ PICKLE/ETH LPs, for example.

Pickle Governance

As is all but required for new DeFi projects, PICKLE token holders can vote in a governance process. Pickle is innovating in this area by using quadratic voting — which takes the square root of each vote instead of counting it nominally— to prevent whales from having too much influence. The project’s governance structure prompted a response from Vitalik Buterin himself.

Nice! How do you determine individual identities to prevent individuals from splitting their funds into many accounts to avoid being square-rooted?

— vitalik.eth (@VitalikButerin) September 13, 2020

DAI Proposal

Two days after its hyped-up launch, and seeing that DAI was trading significantly above $1, Pickle governance voted to shift incentives to try to bring MakerDAO’s stablecoin closer to its peg.

🙌🎉🙌🎉🙌 DAI rewards have been 1/3'ed and redistributed to USDT & USDC pools. Hopefully this will drive DAI/ETH LPs to move over to other stablecoin pairs.

And in ~10 hours, rewards will increase (from 50%) to 75% of distribution for the PICKLE/ETH pool 🥒🥒🥒

— Pickle Finance 🥒 (@picklefinance) September 14, 2020

It’s unclear whether it was Pickle or something else, but DAI is now trading at $1.02, from as high as $1.05 yesterday, according to CoinGecko.

Stablecoin Arb

But, Pickle’s ambitions don’t stop there. In the coming weeks, Pickle Finance will seek to deploy pVaults, a way to stake PICKLE and earn profits from flash loan arbitrage opportunities on stablecoins trading off their peg.

Backed by a unique quadratic voting implementation, thousand-percent yields, and top-tier memes, it’s no wonder farmers are flocking to the latest absurdity. In a world of foodsanity, projects like Pickle are somehow finding ways to add ‘value’ to a sleepless DeFi sector.

By Cooper Turley

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