Fans of decentralized finance (DeFi) who are familiar with a particular children’s book series following the adventures of a young wizard may be pleased to hear that Alpha Homora is aiming to bring the magic back to DeFi. Launched by Alpha Finance Lab on Ethereum mainnet and powered by the ERC-20 ALPHA token, Alpha Homora is a leveraged liquidity and yield farming protocol. Coincidently, “Alohomora” is a spell in the Harry Potter universe for unlocking doors and windows. This begs the question, could Alpha Homora “siriusly” be unlocking the power of DeFi? Also, how many Harry Potter puns can we “Slytherin” to this article?
Those looking into the DeFi field will likely come across the term "yield farming". Yield Farming is the process of putting crypto tokens to productive use in a decentralized finance (DeFi) market to earn interest. Yield Farming takes place on the Ethereum blockchain, and yes, it is a way to earn passive income on Ethereum. But “hodling” ETH tokens is not the same thing as Yield Farming.
The decentralized finance (DeFi) sector continues to both evolve and amaze and yet another platform worth looking into is that of TokenSets. TokenSets is an asset management platform that automates crypto trading strategies. It provides an interface to create and buy Strategy Enabled Tokens (Set tokens). And each Set token holds a basket of cryptocurrencies whilst also representing a trading strategy.
Yearn Vaults (stylized as yEarn Vaults) are one of the more exciting things happening in the decentralized finance (DeFi) space right now. Yearn Vaults are the brainchild of Yearn Finance, and comes as a response to the recent yield farming and liquidity mining trends. Specifically, Yearn Vaults are pools of funds following certain strategies, which attempt to provide passive income streams through competitive yield farming strategies.
Uniswap is arguably the most popular decentralized exchange (DEX) on the Ethereum network, boasting over $2.7 billion in total value locked (TVL) at the time of this writing. To be more specific, Uniswap is an automated market maker (AMM). It allows anyone to swap ERC-20 tokens without having to find a buyer or seller on the other side of the trade.
Harvest Finance is an automated yield farming protocol created for users looking to put their assets to work in high producing farming opportunities. Harvest will best appeal to those who can’t manage their decentralized finance (DeFi) positions 24/7 - which is most of us.