We’d like to acknowledge the great work of @pepperoni_joe and the many others who have been blazing a trail with Index 2.0 | Leadership, Governance, and Decision Making. We believe that their efforts will make cross-functional decisions like the one this IIP aims to address a whole lot easier in the future. This IIP should be viewed as independent but wholly compatible with the Index 2.0 vision.
Index Coop’s mission is to make crypto investing simple, safe, and accessible for everyone. Product growth is a core pillar to achieving that mission. Without sufficient liquidity, our index products are less compelling to customers and product adoption is hindered. This slows our growth as a business and the negative effects only compound over time.
There have been many discussions on how to improve liquidity for our products, as well as the INDEX token. These conversations have tended to focus on how to improve liquidity for a specific product in a specific way. Despite good intentions and lots of trying, we’ve been unable to move quickly to solve our liquidity problems, as there is no clear authority or mechanism except IIPs for each suggested strategy.
We propose that the community grant broad executive power to a group of owls to manage liquidity for all products and the INDEX token. The specific goals they set and how they go about achieving those goals should not have to go to IIP every time they want to take action.
As of Nov. 19, 2021, the approximate USD trade size on 1inch.exchange for 1% slippage on Index Coop tokens are:
|All prices paired against ETH||Mainnet||Polygon|
Note: 1% slippage includes fees to liquidity providers which is typically 0.3%. Liquidity can change significantly from day to day.
We can see from the table above that some of our products suffer from illiquid markets. Users are facing significant slippage, and anecdotally choosing not to invest rather than start their position at a loss. This is made worse by the high gas costs on mainnet. Some of our products can be found on Polygon, but there’s not enough liquidity available to make it a viable alternative.
Liquidity also comes into play when we launch new products. Having initial liquidity is important for getting early adopters. It’s a chicken and egg problem. If we don’t have liquidity on new products, no one will want to trade. And if no one is trading, then there are no fees to attract liquidity providers.
The short answer is a lot, maybe even too much!
The toolbox for managing liquidity is expanding rapidly as DeFi matures. While this should be a good thing, too many choices are leading to analysis paralysis. This is magnified when trying to reach consensus among a large group of stakeholders.
It’s clear that we need a better process for making liquidity decisions and that process should favor decisiveness and action. The clearest way to do this is through delegated responsibility to a Liquidity Pod.
- Pod will have the ability to draw funds as needed from the Operations Account Multi-Sig
- Precise funding amount will be determined as part of a broader budgeting process
- Pod will set liquidity goals for new and existing products
- Pod will decide the best way to reach those goals
- Pod will execute the transactions, deploy rewards contracts etc.
- Pod will make a liquidity performance dashboard available, and log decisions
It’s important that the pod is a cross-functional team. Making quality decisions around liquidity requires an analytical skill set and a high degree of specialized knowledge. It also requires balancing growth with financial discipline. Members of the following working groups will be included in the decision-making process:
Inside of the pod, decisions could be made using the RAPID framework. An example RAPID could consist of:
- Analytics will Recommend
- Growth will Agree
- Engineering and Operations Multi-Sig signers will Perform
- Finance and Methodologists will provide Input
- Product will Decide
We have the expertise within Index Coop to manage liquidity, but without a clear delegation and decision-making framework, spirited discussions often result in no action. We want our experts to be able to work through options, run experiments, and get results without the friction of going through the IIP process. For the success of Index Coop, it is crucial we empower the right group of people to meet our liquidity needs.
Form a Liquidity Pod with the authority to spend from the Operations Account to set and achieve liquidity goals for new products, existing products, and the INDEX token.
Do not form a Liquidity Pod.
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