Decentralized exchanges (DEX) have grown so uniform that it’s difficult to identify them differently. Can you recognize the difference between Quickswap and Sushiswap, or Osmosis for example? The fact is that most DEXs are just clones of the Uniswap automated market maker (AMM) protocol, with modest variations on the identical liquidity formula. Liquidity providers on Ethereum have a lot of options for which DEX to stake their cryptos, but not so many for how their cryptos are used once they’re in a liquidity pool.
Osmosis is a decentralized exchange that aims to address this by allowing the formation of iterative self-governing liquidity pools in situations where there is no one-size-fits-all answer to liquidity. Osmosis is a separate blockchain that hosts a system for generating liquidity pools with unique AMM settings. Osmosis is a competitive crypto exchange due to its customizable liquidity pools, cheap costs, and interoperability. Here’s how everything works.
What is Osmosis?
Osmosis is a DEX blockchain that is part of the Cosmos Hub ecosystem, making it interoperable with networks that use the Inter-Blockchain Communication (IBC) protocol, such as Terra. Osmosis’ customized AMM differs from others such as Uniswap and Curve in that it allows customers to deploy sovereign liquidity pools. This implies that each Osmosis liquidity pool functions similarly to a separate decentralized autonomous organization (DAO), with liquidity providers voting to adjust the settings of their pool’s AMM algorithm.
The governance aims of Osmosis are to allow stakeholders a vote in how their liquidity is used and to deploy liquidity pools with unique specifications that can vary according to market conditions and compete with one another. While OSMO token holders can vote on ideas for the Osmosis protocol as a whole, the regulations of each self-governing liquidity pool are decided collectively by the liquidity providers. This allows liquidity pools to experiment with different methods of balancing liquidity and exchanging costs.
The OSMO token is the Osmosis Protocol’s primary governance token as well as the native currency of the Osmosis network. Because Osmosis is a proof of stake blockchain, validator nodes must stake a particular amount of OSMO in order to confirm transaction blocks. Being a validator entails accepting responsibility for the network’s security, therefore people who lack the necessary resources can outsource their OSMO to another validator and receive a portion of their benefits.
How to use Osmosis
Because it is both a standalone blockchain and the largest DEX in the Cosmos Hub ecosystem, Osmosis is the largest IBC blockchain by transfer volume. To use Osmosis, you must first install a Cosmos-compatible Web3 wallet—the Keplr browser wallet for Chrome is strongly recommended. Because OSMO is not presently accessible for purchase on centralized exchanges such as Kraken, you’ll need to deposit some ATOM cryptocurrency into your Keplr Cosmos wallet.
You can move assets from Cosmos to other zones in the ecosystem via the IBC protocol. However, for certain users, establishing your IBC transfer via locating a suitable channel might be difficult. As a result, the ‘Assets’ part of the Osmosis interface includes ‘IBC deposit’ and ‘IBC withdrawal’ tools to facilitate IBC transfers to and from the Osmosis blockchain. This greatly simplifies the transfer of ATOM from the Cosmos blockchain to the Osmosis blockchain.
After transferring your assets to the Osmosis blockchain, you can now utilize the Osmosis DEX to exchange your cryptocurrency for OSMO. To do so, go to the ‘trade’ area of the Osmosis interface and choose the token you want to swap for OSMO. It is suggested to trade with ATOM since it is simple to get and has the highest liquidity share with OSMO. When you enter the amount to trade, you will see the exchange rate, charge %, and slippage estimate.
Then, after clicking swap, you’ll be sent to the Keplr wallet, where you must pay the transaction charge and sign the transaction. After you sign the transaction and the swap is completed, return to the assets area to view your new OSMO amount as well as the new balance of whatever asset you exchanged it for. Always save a modest quantity of ATOM in your Cosmos wallet and OSMO in your Osmosis wallet to cover IBC transfer costs in the future.
You can stake or “bond” OSMO after it is in your Osmosis wallet to help safeguard the Osmosis protocol. You’ll need to go to Keplr to do this, but don’t worry, the Osmosis interface has you covered. Simply click’stake,’ and you’ll be sent to the Osmosis staking page on the Keplr app. There is a list of active validators to whom you may delegate your OSMO, as well as their ‘vote power’ (the amount of OSMO staked with them) and commission rate (the percentage they charge from your staking rewards).
Bonding and unbonding
Staking on Osmosis is an excellent method to earn rewards on your OSMO that would otherwise be idle, but make sure you delegate to a validator with a high ‘uptime’ because validators who aren’t constantly active get lower rewards. It’s also a good idea to do your homework before deciding on a validator because bonding and unbonding are both irreversible operations that take 14 days. This implies that delegating and undelegating OSMO necessitates locking your OSMO for at least 28 days, with no benefits accruing while unbonding.
Bonding is another word for putting crypto into liquidity pools, which is done under Osmosis’ ‘pool’ area. To earn the fees traders pay for using that liquidity, liquidity providers must stake two crypto assets into a liquidity pool. While most pools need an equal dollar amount of each cryptocurrency, the value ratio might vary depending on the pool’s specifications.
Once you’ve decided on a pair of cryptos to bond, all you have to do is choose a suitable pool and stake that amount of those cryptos from your wallet. Staking is valued in gamma, which is the term for Osmosis’ liquidity pool (LP) tokens. LP tokens represent a person’s proportionate part of the liquidity pool, as well as voting power over proposed modifications to the pool’s specifications. The rewards from the liquidity pool’s fees are computed based on how much of the pool’s gamma is in one’s wallet.
Liquidity unbonding periods
After you’ve decided how much to put into your preferred liquidity pool, you’ll be prompted to choose an unbonding time. Longer unbonding times give a larger reward rate than shorter unbonding periods, but longer unbonding periods require you to wait longer to withdraw your liquidity. A longer unbonding period yields a higher APY rate since it demonstrates a larger commitment to the pool, whereas a shorter unbonding period provides a handy quick unlocking period in return for a lower reward rate.
Superfluid staking was recently added to certain of Osmosis’ liquidity pools. Instead than having to choose between bonding OSMO with a validator or into a liquidity pool, Superfluid staking lets you do both at the same time. This can be done automatically on some ATOM/OSMO liquidity pools, as well as a few other assets. Superfluid staking works by taking the gamma LP tokens of liquidity providers that want to Superfluid stake and allocating an equivalent amount of OSMO to validators.
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Trade in Osmosis
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Step 1: Connect Osmosis
Go to the Osmosis website at https://app.osmosis.zone/ and click the “Connect Wallet” button in the lower left corner.
Select “Keplr Wallet” from the Connect Wallet menu.
Your wallet name and OSMO balance are displayed in the lower left corner. You can also log out at any time by clicking “Sign Out.”
Step 2: Deposit LikeCoin to Osmosis
Osmosis is also a blockchain with the name Osmosis blockchain. To trade LikeCoin in Osmosis, you must first deposit it on the Osmosis blockchain.
To execute an IBC deposit, go to the menu on the left and choose Assets, then pick LikeCoin – LIKE and click “Deposit >.”
On Deposit IBC Asset, enter the amount of LikeCoin to deposit in the “Amount To Deposit” field, then click “Deposit.” Please keep in mind that you must save some LikeCoin in Keplr for transaction fees, otherwise, the LikeCoin will not be able to be deposited.
Click “Approve” on IBC Transfer.
IBC Transfer Successful! displayed after numerous pop-up displays.
Step 3: Make a trade.
Click Trade from the menu on the left. On “From,” choose LIKE, and on “To,” choose the cryptocurrency you want to exchange. You may look at the Rate, Swap Fee, and Estimate Slippage. To complete the deal, confirm the details and click “Swap.”
To proceed, click “Approve” on the Keplr pop-up screen.
Check Assets after the trade to see if the funds you exchanged are still there.
Step 4: Withdraw Your Money
Go to Assets and click “Withdraw >,” then IBC Withdraw your cash to Keplr for transfer to a cryptocurrency exchange or another wallet.
Osmosis has established itself as one of the first Cosmos DApps, drawing many newcomers as the most popular DEX in the Cosmos ecosystem. However, it appears that the OSMO mission is considerably broader than simply becoming a pillar of Cosmos.
Osmosis’ future is bright, with the capacity to incorporate other token blockchains (like ERC-20s) into a network that enables quick and low-cost transfer.