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All You Need to Know About the Hegic, yEarn Finance Collaboration

As DeFi bounces back with renewed vigor, developers of Hegic and yEarn are ushering in new earning techniques using decentralized options. 

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Key Takeaways

  • Lead developers of yEarn and Hegic have hinted at the development of options contracts for token pairs on DEXes like Uniswap and Curve. 
  • A test contract for a so-called “yHegic vault” on yEarn Finance began deposits last week. 
  • HEGIC token is showing bullish strength following the developments on yEarn.

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Developers of prominent DeFi projects yEarn Finance and Hegic are joining forces to implement options contracts and reduce the risk for DeFi pools and liquidity providers (LPs). 

yEarn Meets Hegic 

Hegic is a decentralized options platform developed by a pseudonymous developer who goes by the alias, Molly Wintermute. Hegic’s LPs act as sellers of options contracts, while option contract buyers are the customers on the DeFi platform. 

The beta version of Hegic dubbed v888 was launched on Oct. 10. The developer is currently working on a new version of the protocol with more features and upgrades. 

Andre Cronje, who designed yEarn Finance and has contributed towards various other projects like Eminence, Cover Protocol, and others, is among the top DeFi architects in the space. 

Cronje recently tweeted about the two developers collaborating to introduce options contracts for Uniswap token pairs on yEarn vaults via Hegic. 

During the DeFi bull run, every project that Cronje touched turned to gold. 

The same phenomenon played out again, with HEGIC  surging 30% after Andre’s tweet went live about the possible integration of the two platforms. The increase in trading volume was also significant. 

HEGIC Price Chart
HEGIC Price Chart. Source: CoinGecko

While Cronje’s plans are not yet final, later in the day, he published an explainer of binary options for paired pools (e.g., ETH/DAI).

The explainer again pointed to developing a risk management strategy for token pairs on decentralized exchanges (DEXes) like Uniswap and Curve.

LPs on Uniswap must deposit equal amounts of tokens for both tokens of a pair. 

While one is usually denominated in a stablecoin, the other token, such as ETH, YFI, and others, entails price volatility risk. An options contract to hedge this risk would thus enhance the earnings for LPs. 

As Andre and Molly are working on these binary options, another community-led development called yHegic vault is being built in parallel

How V2 Vaults Work

A vault on yEarn enables automated earning for the vaults’ LPs. The tokens in the vault are routed to other DeFi protocols to earn returns for the LPs. 

The strategy for each vault often involves various token swaps, deposits in DeFi pools, or recursive lending and borrowing on multiple platforms. 

The new edition of vaults on yEarn, Vault V2, will allow the implementation of multiple strategies for LP earnings and include other upgrades like security tests. 

The yHegic V2 vault on yEarn is currently in the test production phase. The community proposal for the yHegic vault proposal went live on Sept. 20. Presently, out of 232 votes, 83% have voted for yHegic. 

The vault will be denominated in HEGIC tokens and earn 1% fees of options sale on Hegic. 

Apart from LPs that provide liquidity in the form of Ethereum or Wrapped Bitcoin on Hegic, there are HEGIC lots built by staking a minimum of 888,000 HEGIC. These lots earn 1% fees from the settlement of the options contracts. 

yHegic Vault Strategy
The basic strategy of yHegic Vault on yEarn. 

The yHegic vault will allow users to stake any amount of Hegic tokens (even less than 888,000 HEGIC) and deposit it into the vaults. When the Hegic token deposits reach a threshold of 888,000, the smart contract would add a new Hegic lot to the vault. 

Since the V2 upgrade allows multiple strategies, HEGIC deposits can also earn from other DeFi pools. 

Last week, yHegic vault added its first lot of 888,000 tokens and began earning for its LPs. However, the developers of yEarn have warned that the vault design is currently unaudited and is very risky. 

Disclosure: One or more members of Crypto Briefing’s management team owns HEGIC. The company (Decentral Media Inc.) owns HEGIC. 

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