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BadgerDAO and Lido Collaborate to Introduce Bitcoin-Pegged Stablecoin

BadgerDAO, a significant player in the decentralized finance (defi) sector focused on Bitcoin (BTC), has revealed a partnership with Lido, a leading provider of liquid staking solutions on the Ethereum network.

The collaboration aims to launch a new system called eBTC, offering users the ability to secure loans without encountering interest, repayment, or initiation fees. Instead, the protocol utilizes Ethereum collateral staked with Lido to generate staking rewards, providing a potentially more cost-effective borrowing option.

By leveraging staked ETH (stETH) from Lido, eBTC aims to enhance existing wrapped Bitcoin assets while eliminating the need for cross-chain bridges. The protocol also introduces customizable collateralization ratios and implements mechanisms to liquidate positions if the collateral value falls below the required threshold, set at a minimum of 110%.

As part of the partnership, Lido’s Liquidity Observation Lab (LOL) will offer an incentive program, granting additional stETH rewards to early adopters of eBTC. These rewards are distributed without fees, encouraging early engagement with the protocol.

Lido is a dominant force in Ethereum staking, with a TVL of $35.12 billion, while BadgerDAO leads the Bitcoin defi sector with $3.5 billion in BTC deposits.

Despite the innovative approach, users must contend with inherent challenges and risks within synthetic stablecoins and the broader defi ecosystem. Regulatory ambiguity, counterparty risk, and volatility remain critical considerations.

The defi market has faced vulnerabilities such as smart contract exploits and market manipulations, jeopardizing the stability and security of protocols. For instance, SushiSwap suffered a $3.3 million loss due to a smart contract incident last April, while the defi sector experienced $2.7 billion in losses from smart contract hacks in 2022.

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