DeFi's Curve Finance Is Branching Out to Polkadot

It costs a lot to swap assets on Ethereum. That's why Equilibrium is building a cross-chain version of Curve Finance on Polkadot.

Feb 9, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 12:09 p.m. UTC

Curve Finance's AMM is making its way to another blockchain – Polkadot.

Money market Equilibrium is building a cross-chain implementation of Curve Finance on its Polkadot parachain. Once finished, the automated market maker (AMM) will exist on both Ethereum and Polkadot.

Curve Finance is one of the largest automated market makers (AMM) on Ethereum. The protocol enables low-slippage swaps of stablecoins such as tether, dai and USDC. For example, Curve processed $400 million in volume in one day last month, according to CoinGecko.

“We’re excited to see the demand for stablecoin liquidity driving the technology to other chains,” Curve Finance CEO Michael Egorov said in a statement. “Deep liquidity is vital for adoption of new applications like Equilibrium, as well as for the adoption of new blockchains themselves.”

Fees, fees, fees

The cross-chain project comes as transaction fees continue to soar on Ethereum, the preeminent blockchain for DeFi. As CoinDesk reported, the average transaction fee broke north of $20 last week.

DeFi projects are now scrambling to address heightened fees, a factor that pushes out small investors from the young market. One such answer is rollups, a throughput solution that bundles transactions off-chain and then settles them on-chain in one lump. Curve Finance has been working on a rollup solution using zero-knowledge proofs and even has a live version

Yet, many DeFi apps are placing bets on many horses – including other blockchains. For example, DeFi lending market Compound announced its new Compound Chain currently under development across a few networks.

“With Curve Finance running on our Polkadot parachain, we have a powerful tool for exchanging homogenous assets on Polkadot, whether they are DOT-based or not,” Equilibrium CEO Alex Melikhov said in a statement. “We stand to unlock some true cross-chain functionality.”

Correction (Feb. 9, 23:55 UTC): A previous version of this article implied Curve Finance would be building the AMM on Polkadot in conjunction with Equilibrium. However, Equilibrium will be building the product alone.

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