How Open Dollar Makes Every Token Count

Investing in web3 can sometimes feel like a sea of opportunity … until the storm hits, leaving many users wishing they had a safe harbor for storing value without sacrificing opportunity.

Those users have spurred the growing popularity of Liquid Staking Tokens (LSTs), which have become the most important yield bearing assets in DeFi by providing predictable long-term rewards, growing into a $20 billion market as of August 2023.

Long term LST holders wish to access the value of their tokens without selling their assets or missing out on yield — to still be able to set sail into the wider world of DeFi, without worrying about if a rogue wave could sink them.

That creates a significant opportunity for an LST-backed stablecoin to capture a greater percentage of the more than $120 billion stablecoin market.

Unlocking the full potential of your tokens with Open Dollar.

Open Dollar ($OD) is a floating $1.00 pegged stablecoin backed by Liquid Staking Tokens with NFT-controlled vaults.

Open Dollar gives $OD holders access to the value of their tokens without forcing them to sell their assets or miss out on yield, presenting a more flexible and powerful stablecoin that seeks to unify liquidity between tokens and dampen LST volatility.

It is built with the GEB framework — used by RAI and HAI and others — on the rapidly-growing Arbitrum network, allowing it to tap into what has become the largest Layer 2 scaling solution for Ethereum, with $5 billion in Total Value Locked (TVL) as of August 2023.

How it works

Users can deposit their staked Ether (stETH or rETH) — and in the future will be able to deposit other trusted collateral, as determined by the $OD DAO —  earning 100% of the yield on their LSTs while having the ability to borrow back a significant portion in the form of $OD.

The value of their staked tokens is more easily accessible, making it easier for them to borrow with low interest loans, to create leveraged positions, and to amalgamate liquidity between LSTs, among other potential use cases.

In short, they can earn a significant, safe, return on their deposit, while still having the ability to borrow against it and earn even more.

Your deposits are more accessible, manageable, composable, and visible with Non-Fungible Vaults, the value of which can easily be seen in your cryptowallet at any time. (Image: Open Dollar)
Your deposits are more accessible, manageable, composable, and visible with Non-Fungible Vaults, the value of which can easily be seen in your cryptowallet at any time. (Image: Open Dollar)

A new tradable Non-Fungible Vaults primitive

LSTs and other assets can be locked into Collateralized Debt Positions (CDP) via Non-Fungible Vaults (NFV) on Open Dollar.

This novel model unlocks new markets and use cases by being:

  1. More accessible: The protocol is more capital efficient for users, who can now easily sell their vaults instead of paying fees to be liquidated or pay back their debt.

  2. More manageable: The infrastructure for transferring and owning NFTs as a DAO is already well-established for other use cases.

  3. More composable: It is easier to batch transfer NFTs, and individual users can more easily transfer ownerships of their assets directly from their wallet. This is particularly valuable if a protocol’s front-end fails, as it allows users to trade their vaults easily without having to interact with a protocol’s smart contracts on the back-end.

  4. More visible: Wallet aggregators and portfolio trackers will be able to easily display user’s NFVs along with their assets directly, instead of trying to calculate their position.

“As the first CDP protocol with NFVs, novel use cases can be built on Open Dollar,” says Joseph Shiarizzi, co-founder and CEO of Open Dollar. “Vaults can be sold through existing NFT marketplaces, automations can sell user vaults to arbitrageurs without having to pay liquidation penalties, and existing NFT infrastructure can be used in new ways.”

Less risk, with Over-Collateralization & Governance Minimization.

Without sufficient collateralization, an LST-backed stablecoin risks losing its stability if the value of the derivatives depeg from the original staked tokens. That’s why Open Dollar is over-collateralized, with every $1 stablecoin backed by 135% in crypto assets.

Governance structure also matters. Broad, decentralized governance has its place in some web3 protocols. But a certain amount of governance minimization — in which a protocol intentionally reduces reliance on human voting mechanisms where possible  — is valuable in DeFi use cases, as users won’t store their valuable assets unless they can depend on the networking acting in consistent and predictable ways.

“Governance minimization is important because it supports the primary value proposition of protocols: credible neutrality.” as Fred Ehrsam, a co-founder of Coinbase and the crypto investment firm Paradigm, wrote in 2020.

While there are some core protocol functions that may require a level of governance from human users, governance minimization seeks to create a balance — prioritizing the predictability of minimized governance over core protocol functions so that liquidity providers can have faith that a set of human actors cannot seize outsize control over the protocol.

“Governance minimized protocols will see the most use. It is the core attribute which kicks off the positive feedback loop between trust and adoption as a standard. It also puts powerful, basic tools in the hands of all creators, generating more opportunity and faster progress for the entire crypto ecosystem.” — Fred Ehrsam, Coinbase and Paradigm co-founder

Governance minimization is also a core principle of Open Dollar's design, serving as a safeguard against any long-term centralization of protocol control.

New collateral types can only be added by a DAO governed by Open Dollar Governance ($ODG) token holders. However, the DAO’s power is extremely limited as it can not set new stability rates for existing vaults, mint new $OD tokens, change the distribution of fees, or update many of the preset or market determined parameters of the protocol.

This approach aims to establish robust security guarantees for platform users and prevent undue influence over the system's operation.

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