Synthetix (SNX), a derivatives liquidity protocol that facilitates the issuance and trading of synthetic assets, has announced the launch of dHedge, a decentralized asset management protocol. The team says dHedge will offer users non-custodial mimetic trading for assets on the Synthetix network.
At its core, decentralization of a protocol implies no entity or cartel can capture control and implement their will over the network at large. In addition to this, a network must be antifragile to attacks, meaning the attack should make the network stronger. In order to keep control out of the hands of the few, communities need to find a way to coordinate decision making in a robust manner, so as to keep everyone included and allow the best ideas to shine.
This is where the idea of a DAO comes in. Yes, the term ‘DAO’ has been taboo since the great hack of 2016, but this alluring concept has made a comeback by way of Moloch, MetaCartel, and others.
Synthetix aims to one day completely transition from the current state of governance towards a DAO. But before this can happen, the core team and community must be confident that the network can survive on its own.
How Synthetix Plans to Pivot to Decentralization
According to the co-founder of Synthetix, Kain Warwick, there are key aspects that need to be addressed in the context of this discussion: legal and operational structure, protocol changes, and product improvements.
Moving to a DAO solves most of the legal and operational issues. Given the sheer amount of progress in DAOs and smart contract coding since 2016, the quality and security of such organizations have drastically improved.
Protocol changes are already gradually finding their way towards a more community-driven approach. Synthetix recently changes its supply schedule as per the recommendations of a few active community members.
Finally, product improvement is supposedly being ushered through the partnership with ChainLink. As the most widely used oracle platform, the community can add new synths and request ChainLink to provide the necessary data to run said contracts.
Synthetic dHedge Live on Ropsten Testnet
As stated in its blog post, the Synthetix team has rolled out a new decentralized asset management platform dubbed dHedge, offering users non-custodial mimetic trading of synthetic assets with zero-slippage and infinite liquidity.
The team says the launch of dHedge represents a significant milestone for Synthetix as it is one of the first major projects built upon the Synthetix derivatives liquidity network and it plans to build more projects in the near future.
dHedge Trading Competition
Interestingly, as part of the launch of dHedge, the team is organizing a trading competition on the Ethereum Ropsten testnet, in a bid to test the protocol and select the best asset managers on the platform.
The trading competition begins on July 20, 2020, and runs until August 3, 2020, 8 am UTC. The Synthetix team says it has set aside a total of 5,000 SNX and 125,000 DHT, the native governance token of dHedge, to reward the best participants.
The digital assets will be given to four participants with the highest total return at the end of the competition. The prize for the best performing asset manager is 37,000 DHT + 1,500 SNX token (roughly $5k a press time) and they’ll also have their own channel on dHedge Discord.
The prize for the second runner up is 25,000 DHT + 1,000 SNX, while the third and fourth place participants will get 12,000 DHT + 500 SNX and 3,000 DHT +120 SNX respectively.
To participate in the competition, interested participants are required to visit the dHedge website, connect their Metamask wallet or any other Web 3 wallet to the Ropsten testnet, and follow the steps.
The team says the dHedge decentralized asset management platform is expected to go live on mainnet later in September 2020.
At press time, Synthetix (SNX) is the third-largest DeFi protocol in terms of the total value of dollars locked as collateral. The Synthetix network holds a total of $431.2 million, while Maker and Compound occupy the first and second positions with $653.7 million and $632.4 million, respectively.