Liquidity Mining Comes to Lending Protocol Aave V2

This latest feature in Aave, which currently accounts for 17% of the crypto lending sector with Compound in the lead with 53% share followed by MakerDAO at 30%, could be expected to “kickstart DeFi Summer 2.0.”


Liquidity mining is officially coming to lending protocol AAVE as Aave Improvement Proposal 16 gets passed with 62% support.

Introduced last week, the AIP introduces liquidity mining rewards for Aave V2. As per this proposal, 2,200 Staked AAVE (stkAAVE) will be distributed per day, representing around $1 million in rewards distributed daily to lenders and borrowers.

stkAAVE are rewarded instead of AAVE in order to align long-term incentives, disincentivize speculative farmers, and allow users to earn an underlying yield on top of the AAVE they earn.

According to the proposal, this will give LPs more governance weight up front and secure the protocol by increasing the amount of AAVE staked in the Safety Module.

These rewards will be allocated on a pro-rata basis across the markets based on the dollar value of the borrowing activity in the underlying market.

Estimated APR is, for DAI 12.67% – 37.6% on supply and borrowing respectively, on USDT 14.25% – 41.7%, on USDC 15.87% – 43.2%, on ETH 5.65% – 1.65%, and on BTC 6.25% – 1.85% ETH 7.65% Ethereum / USD ETHUSD $ 4,179.72
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Volume 29.44 b Change $319.75 Open $4,179.72 Circulating 118.02 m Market Cap 493.28 b
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The motivation behind introducing liquidity mining rewards is to grow lending and borrowing activity in targeted markets, now that almost every major DeFi protocol is launching a liquidity mining program.

Rewarding AAVE to users also leads to broader distribution and protocol decentralization, ti said.

In response to this, the price of AAVE surged more than 20% to $387. The $4.86 billion market cap coin is currently up 330% YTD.

According to some, this AIP could turn out to be “monumental” for DeFi and very well be the “catalyst to kickstart DeFi Summer 2.0,” just like Compound Finance’s liquidity did the original DeFi summer.

“This comes together to form a reasonable narrative for why ETH-based DeFi apps are due a re-rating,” said Wangarian, Capital allocator at DeFiance Capital.

Aave currently accounts for 17% of the lending sector in the crypto market, with Compound in the lead, having captured 53% of the market share, followed by 30% by MakerDAO. COMP 10.80% Compound Coin / USD COMPUSD $ 0.00
$0.0010.80%
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MKR 3.30% Maker / USD MKRUSD $ 2,615.10
$86.303.30%
Volume 138.57 m Change $86.30 Open $2,615.10 Circulating 991.33 K Market Cap 2.59 b
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The number of outstanding loans has reached ATH of ~ $10b across Aave, Compound, and MakerDAO.

The lending sector went parabolic during Q1 2021, with DeFi’s most popular lending platforms reaching the highest ever $25 billion.

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