$PENDLE, the protocol’s ERC-20 native token, will soon be launching!
$PENDLE will be a pure utility token at launch, with governance functions to come after the protocol has matured sufficiently. It will eventually be key to the value accrual mechanics and management of the protocol.
Taking reference from Synthetix, Pendle will adopt a hybrid inflation model.
We will begin with stable incentives of 1.2M PENDLE per week for the first 26 weeks, following which, liquidity incentives will decay by 1% a week until week 260. At this point, there will be a terminal inflation rate of 2% per annum based on the circulating token supply.
The maximum number of tokens in circulation by the end of year 2 is 251,061,124. Any subsequent increments will come from liquidity incentives. The following chart shows the breakdown of our token allocation at the end of year 2:
We have allocated the highest percentage to liquidity incentives as the team places a high priority on creating deep and liquid yield markets. The Pendle team will decide on the incentive distribution at the beginning and this will evolve into community governance or a veCRV-esque mechanism as the protocol matures.
The token distribution was also planned such that everyone can have a reasonable chance of participating and owning a percentage of the $PENDLE ecosystem. We have distributed the investor allocations in a way that the majority of backers hold under 0.4% of the token supply. This will allow anyone to build an ownership position on Pendle.
Perpetual inflation will also help ensure that constant contribution to the protocol is required to maintain an ownership position.
All investors and team members are under a vesting schedule to align incentives. The table below shows the schedule for the various components:
The focus for the Pendle team over the coming weeks will be completing our security audits, optimizing the current testnet and preparing for the launch of $PENDLE. You can stay up to date with our progress by following us on Twitter and Telegram, and joining our Discord!