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Elastic Finance makes its case in the DeFi discussion

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The DeFi frenzy has been making the headlines in the last few months, as crypto exchanges rush to list popular tokens within the decentralized finance sphere. However, another concept called “Elastic Finance” has emerged, which could be the next generation of financial platforms that can use unique supply elastic assets, said an expert.

During an interview with Cointelegraph, digital asset protocol firm Ampleforth Foundation CEO Evan Kuo said that Elastic Finance began with its own token, AMPL, a rules-based elastic digital currency that automatically translates price volatility into supply volatility.

He said elastic finance represents the category of assets featuring AMPL’s rebasing function, and the ecosystem of platforms that support elastic tokens. Kuo pointed out which problems elastic finance and AMPL address to solve within the current DeFi environment:

“This operationalizes, in a way, the long-standing thesis by Nobel laureate James M. Buchanan that rule-bound “predictability”—–as opposed to human discretion—–might allow for more effective financial institutions. Further analysis had led us to hypothesize that these rule-bound supply changes might lower the correlation of the AMPL market capitalization with those of BTC and ETH.”

Kuo believes that nowadays, assets based on the concept of elastic finance could “reduce risk of auto liquidation in systems that utilize baskets of collateral assets,” and can be used for debt contract denomination.

Features that could be highlighted from elastic finance assets include being non-collateralized, having a non-fixed supply, a price target, and an automatic supply rebasing.

Recently, Ampleforth Foundation released a roadmap that gives a sneak peek on the future of Elastic Finance assets, which include offering price-stability by varying unit of account, a more-fair distribution of any asset, and unlocking new tooling opportunities throughout the entire ecosystem for use and integration with any elastic asset.

As per the near-term plans after releasing its paper that highlights the elastic assets’ characteristics and having launched an AMPL-LEND pool on Mooniswap on Sept. 1, Kuo told Cointelegraph:

“We will be developing special-purpose AMM’s that natively support and take advantage of supply elasticity, special-purpose lending platforms that natively support and take advantage of supply elastic assets. Also, we’ll actively support other platform developers that natively support elastic assets and doing this cross-chain.”



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Perlin (PERL) price gains 100% as the focus on green energy solutions intensifies

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Generating momentum and attracting investor attention can be a challenge during the best of times in the cryptocurrency market and it is an even bigger challenge when the markets are choppy like the entire crypto ecosystem has been the past couple of months. 

Despite the recent downturn, Perlin (PERL), which has managed to rally 140% from a low of $0.052 on June 8 to a high of $0.134 on June 18 as its average 24-hour trading volume surged from $3 million to $122 million.

PERL/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

Three reasons for the increase in price and demand for PERL include the release of the PERL.eco registration ledger, the launch of PerlinX on the Binance Smart Chain and attractive staking options allowing token holders to earn a yield on various cryptocurrencies.

Tokenizing real-world biological assets

PERL’s rally on June 6 and June 14 came in response to the release of PERL.eco, the “Planetary Ecosystem Registration Ledger” which enables the tokenization of real-world bioecological assets.

According to the project’s blog page, PERL.eco is an “attempt to democratize the biosphere economy through liquidity pools and tokenization of biodiversity and carbon credits to decentralized finance.”

As an added incentive to hold PERL, airdrops of tokenized carbon credits will be distributed to wallets holding PERL which can be used by token holders to “offset their carbon footprint or trade on the liquidity pool when the token is released.”

PERL will also be used as the governance token of the DAO, enabling holders to vote on the distribution and fee model as well as participate in other important decisions that affect the ecosystem.

Binance Smart Chain integration leads to lower fees

A second driver of increased momentum for PERL was the mid-April launch of the protocols DeFi interface platform PerlinX on the Binance Smart Chain (BSC), a move that was done in an effort to help lower transaction fees.

Operating on BSC also allowed PerlinX’s liquidity pools to be listed on PancakeSwap and helped to increase the number of farming opportunities available to the PerlinX community.

As a further bonus for PERL liquidity providers, yields earned on PancakeSwap are paid out in the protocol’s native CAKE token which can then be redeposited in the Perlin pool to earn PERL as a form of compound interest.

For PERL holders who wish to remain on the Ethereum (ETH) network, the PerlinX platform offers several options to earn a yield including simple staking as well as liquidity pools between PERL and Wrapped Ether (WETH), Binance USD (BUSD), Balancer (BAL), Dai (DAI) and USD Coin (USDC).

According to data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro, market conditions for PERL have been favorable for some time.

The VORTECS™ Score, exclusive to Cointelegraph, is an algorithmic comparison of historic and current market conditions derived from a combination of data points including market sentiment, trading volume, recent price movements and Twitter activity.

VORTECS™ Score (green) vs. PERL price. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

As seen in the chart above, the VORTECS™ Score for PERL has been in the green for the majority of the past 7 days and registered a score of 67 on June 14, roughly ten hours before the price increased 100% over the next two days.

With the green energy movement and concerns related to the increasing amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere at the forefront of global discussions, blockchain projects that offer working solutions like Perlin and its PERL.eco platform could possibly receive increased attention.

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.