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There was the time before, and then there was Bitcoin…
Our story begins when Zeus led us to Olympus.
Olympus DAO is a complicated protocol with very complicated history, so we’ll save the story.
For now… Olympus is built around the concept of Protocol Controlled Value (PCV); assets in the protocol are (permanently) owned by Olympus.
In order to capture PCV, Olympus DAO uses a system called Bonding.
Tl;dr bonding is an economic primitive that offers a fixed amount of future OHM at a discount in exchange for assets.
Olympus DAO offers a bond for $1,000 worth ETH. The starting offer is $900 of OHM paid in 5 days. This is a bad offer.
If no one takes the offer, Olympus increases the bid, let’s say to $925… $950… $975. No takers.
Then Olympus offers >$1000.
When the offer is more than $1000 of OHM for $1000 of ETH, people become interested. Each will decide how much extra OHM they need to compensate for the 5 day lock. When the premium is right, they bond.
When the bond is filled, the process starts over.
Bonding key takeaways:
- Core tool of Olympus DAO, used to permanently acquire assets
- OHM is “sold” at a discount, but bonders must wait to access proceeds
- Bonding provides a pricing mechanism independent of 3rd parties like DEXs or Oracles
Alright so you get how bonding works… let’s talk about how it’s used.
Olympus DAO deploys bonds to grow its treasury, always.
But by strategically choosing the parameters of the bonds, Olympus controls the flow of assets between LPs and the treasury.
Aside… For this thread, we’re going to hand wave away dilution (which, considering the history of Olympus, might be consider reckless).
(For examples, I’m using only FRAX and pretending there’s only 1 LP. In the real world it’s much more complex.)
Consider a simple bond:
Olympus DAO wants sells a FRAX bond, minting new OHM.
We’ll call this a Reserve Bond (RB).
Now Olympus DAO could add to the LP by pairing treasury with newly minted OHM and deposit it into the pool…
But we are on Ethereum, where money is programmable! Bonding acquires asset like FRAX, which is just a ERC-20 token…
Well so is a FRAX / OHM LP token!
Let’s try it out:
Olympus DAO sets a bond for the LP token
A bonder takes half his FRAX and swaps it for OHM. Then he deposits the OHM & the rest of the FRAX, creating an LP token. Finally LP is bonded, minting new OHM
We’ll call this a Liquidity Pool Bond (LPB)
1) FRAX deposited, OHM removed
2) OHM and FRAX deposited back into the LP
A LPB bond has the net effect of increasing the FRAX in the pool and keeping the OHM constant.
Other ways of saying this:
- it is harder to access the pool’s OHM
- OHM price go up
Think like this:
(an OTC transaction does not effect the DEX price of an asset)
A Reserve Bond is like minting and OTC selling OHM. A Liquidity Pool Bond forces a market buy of OHM before minting and OTC selling OHM.
Olympus DAO directs the flow of assets between the LP and the treasury by allocating between RB and LPB. RB sends assets to treasury; LPB sends assets to the LP, but in doing so applies positive pressure on OHM price.
If RB and LPB both acquire value for the protocol and have roughly the same effects on dilution, but LPB provides price support, why wouldn’t Olympus DAO always deploy LPB?
Well there’s no free lunch. Let’s talk about Recycling.
So far we’ve only discussed a bonder that is aligned with Olympus DAO. Sometimes a bonder is short term profit seeking; he still might be interested in bonding for OHM if the discount is high enough, however he intend to sell ASAP.
Maybe over and over.
Effects of a Recycled Reserve Bond (rRB):
The recycling drives the price down, but the rRB is a transaction that doesn’t affect price (like an OTC transaction).
Effects of a Recycled Liquidity Pool Bond (rLPB):
The recycling drives the price down AND rLPB makes the FRAX harder to access (OHM price go down).
As Olympus DAO rises, it is learning how to deploy bonding in all sorts of market conditions.
Over time, frameworks like these (and much more complicated) are developing the financial system of tomorrow.
It’s happening so fast that a lot of this article is outdated.
For example, Inverse Bonds are a new innovation that reverses the bond, allowing Olympus DAO to consolidate value when the market presents the opportunity.
In fact, LPB might be so “outdated” they might not be seen again. An (previously) obscure DEX function called “sync” allows Olympus DAO to achieve the effects of LPB by directly minting OHM into the pool (no bonding discount needed).
So that’s your intro to bonding. Olympus DAO deploys this primitive to influence the market in complex and subtle ways.
And we aren’t even at the interesting part yet.
When Olympus begins issuing bonds on with different durations; we’ll have a OHM interest rate curve!
Some people are in crypto for the profits, some the tech, the community, the promise, the memes… I’m here to watch history be written.
My Opinion? Olympus is the tip of the spear of economic innovation.
The future of central banking is being created on The Mount.
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