SushiSwap launches V1 of long-awaited Kashi release

Decentralized trade SushiSwap has introduced the “rolling launch” of Kashi, a specialised lending platform particularly designed for margin buying and selling on the trade, and BentoBox, a dual-purpose yield vault.

Kashi goals to let merchants borrow belongings for creating leveraged lengthy and brief positions, equally to different lending platforms like Compound or Aave, and BentoBox will allow customers to earn curiosity from farming liquidity swimming pools whereas concurrently utilizing the identical tokens to contribute to lending swimming pools. 

In response to SushiSwap CTO Joseph Delong, SushiSwap’s Kashi goals to be extra specialised than different lending protocols, permitting a wider choice of belongings accessible for borrowing. It does so by isolating threat between particular person lending pairs, which means {that a} collapse in worth of 1 explicit asset is not going to have an effect on all of the positions on the platform. Whereas on different lending platforms, customers depositing an asset can use it as collateral to borrow any asset listed, Kashi makes use of particular lending pairs. A consumer depositing Ether (ETH) right into a vault with Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC) will solely have the ability to borrow WBTC, not different belongings.

“Kashi is an remoted lending pair market. The explanation most lending protocols are naturally conservative with the addition of collateral and borrow tokens is that the danger is pooled throughout your complete pool,” stated Delong. “[…] With remoted lending pairs the collateral and borrow tokens are pool particular. So within the occasion of a failed liquidation solely that particular person pool dangers insolvency.”

Delong anticipates that this will probably be an “AMM second for lending” the place customers can “individually outline markets that they discover essential” and due to this fact considerably enhance capital effectivity throughout the lending market.

The remoted threat profile signifies that Kashi can add many extra belongings with a lot greater threat than different platforms, enabling shorting on a wide array of crypto belongings. The power to brief can enhance market effectivity to a big extent, letting merchants absolutely categorical their opinion on the worth of the asset, in addition to facilitate derivatives reminiscent of futures and choices. Kashi additionally options flash loans, prompt and limitless loans that don’t exist except they’re repaid in the identical block. Kashi V1 features a pre-built checklist of lending swimming pools, although the V2 launch in just a few weeks ought to permit anybody to create their very own pairs.

For non-traders, the Kashi lending platform permits acquiring yield on their belongings via BentoBox, which acts because the pockets for Kashi. The platform permits customers to mix yield sources, acquiring each the charges from SushiSwap merchants, the Onsen liquidity mining rewards, and the rates of interest paid by Kashi customers.

BentoBox and Kashi have been in growth for a big period of time, first being announced in September 2020, shortly after the creation of SushiSwap. In response to its GitHub page, Kashi was initially audited by PeckShield and partially by Quantstamp, although the “thoroughness wasn’t overwhelming.” The SushiSwap workforce then centered on creating an inside guidelines and reaching 100% check protection. Certora has additionally carried out a proper verification of the contracts, which permits to mathematically show that this system behaves as anticipated.

SushiSwap core workforce member 0xMaki expressed pleasure for the rolling launch, saying that customers can anticipate new options quickly.

“The group has been awaiting this second since October we’re immediately simply releasing the primary model of a product that may evolve on a rolling foundation you may anticipate rather a lot coming subsequent from Sushi,” he stated. “I strongly imagine we have been capable of assemble one of the vital passionate groups in DeFi. Our product pipeline is so crammed we needed to put Certora on a 3mo retainer for all our SC wants.”

Kashi is likely one of the first main implementations of SushiSwap’s 2021 roadmap, which goals to diversify the trade past a pure automated market maker platform. This marks an extra level of divergence from the challenge it forked from, Uniswap, whose V3 launch focused on changing the liquidity provision mechanics of its AMM.

*Andrew Thurman contributed reporting to this story