Cardano’s decentralized exchange has announced a new feature to draw in liquidity.
Called “organic APR,” the feature increases token emissions as more liquidity is put into the pool, according to a Twitter thread from the team. It will be introduced into a single pool on Dec. 8 and may be offered in other pools later. The new feature has elicited praise from some Cardano users, but others have expressed dissatisfaction with it.
The team argued that organic APR is necessary because, without it, users would not be incentivized to proselytize for the exchange. The MuesliSwap team explained:
“Users [of an exchange without organic APR] want to provide liquidity to earn rewards. But more liquidity providers means earning a smaller part of the emission. Consequently, there is no incentive to spread the word and onboard more users. They will only reduce the APR for early adopters.”
Some Cardano users have praised the new feature. For example, one user called it “a cool innovation” and another called it “ingenious.”
But others have criticized the new feature, claiming that it provides unsustainable yields and will cause inflation.
A critic tweeted that the team’s explanation is unclear, asking, “Will you make it transparent how many tokens are left and for how long it will last?” And another user stated his dissatisfaction bluntly: “Printing fake value thru inflationary emissions is everything that’s wrong with defi. This isn’t the way forward.”
In its thread, the team defended itself against charges of inflationary money-printing. It said that token emissions will stop once a cap is reached, stating:
“More participation = faster drain. But emission is capped. The maximum emission will never be exceeded and can give a minimum (!) duration for the yield farming.”
The team also claimed that APR will not fall dramatically once the cap is reached, since trading volume will have increased by that time, bringing in more transaction fees.
Cardano developers have been trying to make upgrades to attract new users over the past few months. In September, the network implemented a hard fork to increase transaction speeds and stability. And on Nov. 21, developer Djed announced that it will release an algorithmic stablecoin on Cardano in early 2023. The stablecoin will be pegged to the United States dollar and backed by the network’s native token, ADA.