What Is Anchor Protocol (ANC)?
Anchor Protocol (ANC) is a lending and borrowing protocol offering up to 19.5% yield on stablecoin deposits. Lenders can deposit their UST and earn attractive rates on their investments while benefiting from low volatility. Borrowers can turn their LUNA collateral into productive assets without giving up control.
Anchor Protocol can thus attract risk-averse investors looking for high-yield, low-volatility investments and increase demand for UST. This advances the adoption of UST as a stablecoin and subsequently the adoption of the Terra project in DeFi. With the increasing adoption of Terra, whose founders are behind the launch of Anchor Protocol, the price of LUNA will increase.
Who Are the Founders of Anchor Protocol?
Anchor Protocol was founded in March 2021 by Terraform Labs, a South Korean fintech company founded by Daniel Shin and Do Kwon. Terraform Labs is also behind the Terra layer-one blockchain that has taken the DeFi space by storm, rising by 17,000% in 2021.
Before launching Terraform Labs, Mr. Kwon was CEO of Anyfi, a startup providing decentralized wireless mesh networking solutions. Moreover, he previously worked as a software engineer for Microsoft and Apple. Mr. Shin co-founded and headed Ticket Monster, a major South Korean e-commerce platform. He co-founded Fast Track Asia, a startup incubator that helps entrepreneurs build fully functional companies.
Terraform Labs is one of the biggest and most in-demand companies in the cryptocurrency space and has raised $150m from major crypto investors like Arrington XRP Capital, Pantera Capital, Galaxy Digital, and BlockTower Capital.
What Makes Anchor Protocol Unique?
Anchor stands out from countless other money market protocols like Aave and Compound thanks to its elegant user interface and simple-to-use functionality. The protocol’s core value proposition is connecting borrowers and lenders by offering the former a way to borrow in stablecoin without forfeiting their investments and the latter an attractive interest rate on stable assets.
- Lenders connect their Terra Station wallet and deposit UST by paying a 1.60 UST transaction fee and earn the protocol’s 19.5% annual interest rate on a pro-rata basis for every block transaction (every eight seconds).
- Borrowers bond their LUNA tokens and receive bLUNA (bonded LUNA). They can borrow up to 60% of their deposited collateral in UST and pay a slightly higher interest rate than that paid to lenders. Bonded LUNA can be unbonded after 21 days. However, they also receive ANC tokens distributed by the protocol to incentivize its adoption.
The protocol uses revenue from the spread between borrowers’ and lenders’ interest rates to earn staking rewards on Terra, between 5% and 7% annually. The Anchor Yield Reserve is the protocol’s treasury covering expenses when rates have not reached a stable equilibrium. For instance, during the summer 2021 crypto market correction, Terraform Labs injected 70 million UST into Anchor’s Yield Reserve to ensure protocol stability.
How Many Anchor Protocol (ANC) Coins Are There in Circulation?
ANC is the protocol’s native governance token that can be staked to receive voting rights and influence Anchor’s future. Its total supply is 1 billion, with a current circulating supply of 222 million. The ANC token is distributed as follows:
- Borrower incentives (40%)
- Investors (20%)
- Team (10%)
- Luna staking rewards (10%)
- Community fund (10%)
- ANC liquidity (5%)
- Airdrops (5%)
Anchor does not offer any information about vesting schedules. The ANC token reached an all-time high of over $8 shortly after its launch but significantly lost value. However, if UST supply continues to expand, ANC could potentially revisit its trading range between $3 and $4.
How Is the Anchor Protocol Network Secured?
Anchor is built on the Terra blockchain, a layer-1 blockchain using a delegated proof-of-stake consensus mechanism based on Tendermint. LUNA token holders can stake tokens themselves to secure the network or delegate their tokens to other validators.
Anchor has also been audited three times by Cryptonics and Solidified and found to be secure. The protocol offers a Bug Bounty Program with rewards between $500 and $150,000.
Where Can You Buy Anchor Protocol (ANC)?
ANC is available on Binance, OKX, Mandala Exchange, KuCoin, and Gate.io.