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BadgerDAO partners with Lido to launch Bitcoin-pegged stablecoin

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BadgerDAO partners with Lido to launch Bitcoin-pegged stablecoin

BadgerDAO, a prominent player in the Bitcoin (BTC) decentralized finance (defi) sector, has announced a partnership with Lido, a premier provider of liquid staking solutions on the Ethereum network.

According to a press release shared with crypto.news, a new eBTC system has launched offering users the ability to secure loans without encountering any interest, repayment, or initiation fees. Instead, the protocol utilizes the Ethereum collateral by staking it with Lido to generate staking rewards, which potentially offers a more cost-effective borrowing option.

The protocol aims to enhance existing wrapped Bitcoin assets by leveraging staked ETH (stETH) from Lido and simultaneously introduce an approach to collateralization that gets rid of the necessity of cross-chain bridges.

In addition to addressing risks linked with bridges, eBTC provides customizable collateralization ratios and implements mechanisms to liquidate positions should the collateral value dip below the required threshold, set at a minimum of 110%.

The partnership also includes an incentive program offered by Lido’s Liquidity Observation Lab (LOL), granting additional stETH rewards to early adopters of eBTC, per the press release. These rewards are designed to be distributed without fees, further motivating early engagement.

Lido dominates the staking scene on Ethereum as the largest liquid staking protocol, boasting a TVL of $35.12 billion, per DeFi Llama data. Meanwhile, BadgerDAO, with $3.5 billion in BTC deposits, leads the Bitcoin defi sector. 

Despite the innovative approach, users still contend with inherent challenges and risks within synthetic stablecoins and the broader defi ecosystem. Regulatory ambiguity, counterparty risk, and volatility remain critical considerations. 

The defi market has encountered vulnerabilities such as smart contract exploits and market manipulations, jeopardizing the stability and security of protocols. For instance, SushiSwap suffered a $3.3 million loss due to a smart contract incident last April. In 2022, the defi sector experienced a total of $2.7 billion in losses from smart contract hacks.