This Week: Dissecting Proof-of-Reserves in DeFi
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Vesper on Proof-of-Reserves
In the aftermath of the FTX meltdown, centralized exchanges have been racing to prove to users that they do in fact have the tokens in their reserves that their users have deposited (otherwise known as Proof of Reserves).
While it is an important and noteworthy step, proof of reserves alone doesn’t give a clear indication that an exchange is a solvent, as it only reflects the custody of the exchanges’ assets and doesn’t reflect their potential outstanding liabilities (debt).
When Satoshi Nakamoto offered bitcoin to the world, it was under the premise that this technology would allow users to self-custody of their digital assets without the need for an intermediary, yet, in the years that followed a huge percentage of transactions, trading, and yield generation of crypto has occurred through centralized entities. DeFi fixes this.
The pain of FTX was felt by many, and perhaps there is more pain to come. With all wounds however come lessons, and the race for self-custody hasn’t been this pronounced across the crypto ecosystem since Mt. Gox imploded in 2013. Over time this will likely be a large net positive for DeFi at large. It is encouraging to see large exchanges showing their PoR, but there is still more work to be done.
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