How Does Liquidity Rule Everything On-Chain?
It is important to understand the power of not just liquidity, but also the unique positions markets are placed in when there is a concentration of it. Without liquidity, there is no market. This doesn’t just apply in the world of cryptocurrencies, but rather all markets around the world. In this article, we explore the role of liquidity in the grand scheme of the cryptocurrencies and how a certain company plans to make a positive impact.
What exactly is liquidity?
In general, liquidity refers to how easily an asset can be converted into cash or other assets without affecting the market price. In terms of cryptocurrencies, liquidity refers to the ability of a coin to be easily converted into fiat or other coins. For example, if you hold a giant, fancy house on a remote and deserted island by yourself, you might have a hard time getting your house exchanged for cash or even fishes — making it illiquid. But if you want to buy or sell a reasonable amount of BTC on a BTC/USDT pair, you can easily do that now, meaning that BTC is more liquid than a lonely house on a remote island.
But why is liquidity important?
It is easier to trade assets in a liquid market since buy or sell orders will be filled more quickly due to the larger number of market participants. For a nascent industry like cryptocurrency, this matters greatly as illiquid assets often cause crashes — terminating a set of domino effects that the initial seller often did not intend on. Essentially, liquidity determines whether it is possible to enter or exit a trade at any moment, especially in the case of cryptocurrencies, given the fast-paced nature of the cryptocurrency markets. In a liquid market, the high trading activities tend to create an equilibrium market price that is acceptable to all or most — often helped through our trusted Automatic Market Makers (AMMs). Furthermore, the market price tends to have less fluctuations as there are large amounts of participants and orders, meaning that liquidity is of utmost importance and highly desired in any market.
Take liquidity pools as an example. LPs are one of the foundational technologies behind the DeFi ecosystem since they are the source of life which DeFi draws liquidity from. Decentralized Exchange implies, well, decentralization — meaning many people need to provide the liquidity in order for it to be decentralized. Liquidity providers deposit a collection of funds into a smart contract, allowing the funds deposited to be used for facilitating decentralized trading, lending, and more. If you try to execute a large order in an illiquid market, you might see a difference between your intended price and your trade price, this is called slippage. Without liquidity, traders won’t be able to trade, which eventually leads to trader exits, this in the end will drain the liquidity pool. When a liquidity pool is drained, the corresponding DeFi projects essentially collapse. It is not hard to imagine that if enough DeFi projects collapse, the current DeFi ecosystem will collapse as well.
Having said that, there are multiple unique new solutions being presented to address an ever-increasing liquidity problem in DeFi.
This is where OpenSwap comes in.
OpenSwap is the product innovated by IJS Technologies to revolutionize on-chain liquidity. OpenSwap is a decentralized Defi hub built on the Binance Smart Chain network (BSC), which allows users to execute swaps from major DEXs such as PancakeSwap and BakerySwap. Essentially, OpenSwap is introducing the concept of “liquidity queues” with oracles providing the spot market prices to allow users to always swap at market with no slippage and liquidity providers earning complete fees (without sharing) when their liquidity is used.
Traders looking to exit positions now have a new and more cost-effective option with OpenSwap Liquidity Queues. Traders can now join Liquidity Queues to sell their positions at the spot-market price decided by Oracles, which are further safeguarded by OpenSwap’s Secure Adaptor technology, which guarantees that critical circuit breaker safeguards are met before carrying out their trades. In addition to being able to sell at the spot market price without slippage, traders can also collect a percentage of the transaction fees generated by the sale. The OpenSwap Secure Adaptor Protocol leverages oracle pricing in a controlled manner providing traders with the security of layered circuit breakers that guard against sudden price fluctuations, front-running and compromised smart contracts. All in all, this means that traders are now able to have a valuable investment tool to hedge risks.
What OpenSwap offers is the chance to make informed trading or swapping decisions based on real-time and accurate data, on an intuitive platform. More importantly, it answers the question about liquidity in DeFi and finding the best way to profit from trading. OpenSwap’s aggregator will highlight Liquidity Queue options for Swap users looking for a good price to do their swap. Compared to other AMM-based pools, the OpenSwap Liquidity Queue for carrying out a swap listed is highly likely to be optimal for traders since it indicates that it will offer lower fees and prices according to the real-time data about price, slippage, and transaction fees. According to MarketWatch, the still young OpenSwap community has shown positive reception towards the efforts from the team thus far and it has boosted the confidence of the IJS Technologies team in bringing forth their vision of the next generation in DeFi liquidity.
Having received a grant from the OAX Foundation, OpenSwap is dedicated to offering solutions to DeFi and providing an answer to the dilemma surrounding liquidity in the DeFi landscape. In the future, the platform will bring further updates, including the addition of popular tokens to allow for a more comprehensive swapping experience.