Waves Launches “DeFo” Decentralized Forex Trading

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After several hints, Waves is releasing its Decentralized Foreign Exchange system.

This system seeks to profit off the popularity of decentralized exchanges (DEX) with a crossover appeal to Forex traders. Will it catch on?

DeFi to DeFo

Waves has launched digital Foreign Exchange currency trading on its “hybrid” platform, Beincrypto has learned. The new system will be driven by stablecoins built on Waves Tech’s Neutrino protocol. Each asset is pegged to its fiat equivalent, and all are backed by the USDN stablecoin, Waves says.

The first assets set for trading are: EURN (Euro), JPYN (Japanese Yen), CNYN (Chinese Yuan), RUBN (Russian Ruble), UAHN (Ukrainian Hryvnia), and NGNN (Nigerian Naira).

On Sept. 25, users voted to to create all five of these virtual currencies, aside from the Nigerian naira. The African nation’s currency was added because of “great potential,” according to Neutrino’s Twitter.

Some Time Coming

While the launch comes without direct prior announcement, DeFo has been in development for some time. Waves launched the USDN token, a US dollar-pegged token, on the neutrino protocol on January 28, 2020.

Later, it added the NSBT (Neutrino System Base Token), which has utility on its system. NSBT’s value represents the backing ratio of assets in the system, that is, the amount of USDN in circulation versus the amount in reserves.

At the same time, NSBT is a governance token. Indeed, Waves users made use of its tokens when voting for which currencies would kickstart DeFo.

Other hints were floating around the internet. For a couple of weeks now, Sasha Ivanov, founder of Waves, has been tweeting that, “#DeFo is coming.” In fact on Sept. 27, 2020, he said DeFo would launch the following week.

Economics or Tokenomics?

In order to make the experience similar to trading Forex, Waves had to guarantee liquidity and fair market prices. Waves claims it has an algorithm to maintain enough currency tokens. It also says it has a secure system of oracles to keep prices honest.

Waves will charge a 0.2% commission for Forex trades. Some of that money will go to token stakers, who, Waves says, can see returns of up to 20% annual percentage yield (APY). Since its inception, USDN staking has brought in about 10% – 20% APY already.

Users will also have the option to trade Forex on the Waves.Exchange for a standard 0.003 Waves fee ($0.00726), as they would with any other crypto asset.

The Waves exchange allows users to trade assets from different blockchains over the Waves network. Not only does it support the likes of BTC, LTC, ETH, and XMR, but it also allows users to create their own tokens for the price of one Waves.

Waves launched the USDN stablecoin and staking in early 2020 | Waves.Exchange

Old Markets, New World

Attempts have been made to break into traditional markets before. On Sept. 10, 2020, fintech firm Reinno launched a tokenized real estate market. Tokenized equities have been tried, but no clear winner has emerged in the struggle to buy tokenized stocks.

Throwing fiat currencies into the mix could be a bit of a disruption. The Forex market is estimated to exchange over $5 trillion in daily volume.

The protocol has had other uses of late. Waves also recently helped pilot a program for blockchain-secured remote voting in Russia.

While this is an exciting step for crypto, regulation may be an issue. Forex taxes were already tricky to calculate. Adding crypto, cross-chain transfers, and decentralization could be a nightmare.


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Harry Leeds is a writer, editor, and journalist who spent much time in the former USSR covering food, cryptocurrencies, and healthcare. He also translates poetry and edits the literary magazine mumbermag.me.

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