Tranches are fairly popular in the financial space, but it’s not yet implemented in crypto. Saffron Finance is one of the first to successfully solve this problem, so I will be covering how IDLE & Saffron Finance can work well with each other.
OR IDLE can create their own tranche mechanism, with IDLE token being the core of it, which would add an extra utility to IDLE token. For example, in order to participate in the high yield pool, users need have 1 SFI per 1000 DAI they invest. Maybe IDLE can create a similar mechanism where users who want to partake in extremely high yield pools, need to stake 1 IDLE for every x amount of DAI.
Now I will be covering saffron in more detail, so team and users can get a better understanding of the project and why its useful. And to maybe help team with future ideas, if IDLE team decides to work on something like this on their own.
For those not aware, tranches are basically different categories of risk and return. There are usually an A, AA tranche, and S tranche, for both types of users (Risk & No risk).
Think of it like decentralized insurance. S and AA tranche users mitigate their downside risk by buying coverage from A tranche users, who get paid in S/AA tranche users’ yield.
For example, S and A tranche, S gets 95% of its rewards in SFI and A gets 10X yield from DAI/Compound. The A tranche interest is paid-out by the S tranche LPs. If an underlying platform like Compound or DAI fails then A tranche LPs will lose the SFI they’ve staked in the pool to pay out AA/S tranche LPs.
Currently, the S tranche is getting between .80-10% APY and A tranche 117% APY.
So to put Saffron’s innovation into perspective:
Existing decentralized earning platforms expose liquidity providers to an array of catastrophic scenarios where the volatility of crypto and platform bugs could lead to a significant impermanent loss or the liquidation of their crypto holdings.
Saffron is fairly new, but already have 30mil TVL, and are doing a sort of bootstrapping phase with epochs every 2 weeks. The team is Anon and they’re not audited yet, but they are starting to get a lot of attention. They’ve partnered with alphafinance (yield farming protocol) as well as Rari Capital (which is similar to what IDLE does, but doesnt come close to innovation ).
They’re also almost done closing a 1 million seed round
I talked to the Dev and he said to feel free to DM him on telegram if you have any question. He also said they will be adding USDC soon. His handle is @psykeeper_SFI
In conclusion, I really think saffron will be a big player in the DeFi space due to their innovative tranche system. With IDLE’s unique rebalancing system, ease of use, and being the face of DeFi, both platforms can work well together. With partnership/integration, IDLE will be able to offer the highest yield in the market and will attract a lot more attention.
Also, depending on IDLEs future staking & collateral mechanisms, we can create several ways to amplify the IDLE buyback/token burn and revenue share to stakers.
Also, their code is open source in case anyone is interested: