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THORchain hits a significant trading volume milestone

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Decentralized liquidity protocol THORChain has achieved a significant feat by netting over $10 billion in its monthly trading volume. Notably, this is the first time that the protocol will be registering such an impressive feat. The protocol, which facilitates swaps across blockchains has grown significantly in the decentralized finance sector. However, its new feat has been the subject of debates among Bitcoin analysts due to suspected issues surrounding safety.

THORChain registers over $10 billion in trading volume

THORChain announced the significant milestone via its social media handle, using the data from Runscan to show that its total trading volume for the month stands at $10.26 billion for the month. The announcement has been a subject of discussion around the crypto community especially among Bitcoin maxis, who expressed concerns about the security and risks associated with the platform for Bitcoin holders.

Bitcoin investor Fred Krueger also waded into the discussion, noting that he believes that the platform is real and that the services on the platform are a great option for Bitcoin holders. However, this comment didn’t go down well with the majority in the community and analyst Dylan Le Clair noted his skepticism about the platform and their ability to ensure the safety of loans on THORChain.

Le Clair argued that relying on an altcoin’s exchange rate for a loan without quantifying the associated risks amounted to transmuting the risk rather than mitigating it. THORChain’s decentralized liquidity protocol enables users to swap major crypto assets like Bitcoin and Ethereum without the need for centralized exchanges.

Bitcoin maxis debate the safety of the protocol

One of the platform’s key features is its provision of interest-free loans against these assets, with no liquidation requirements or fixed expiry dates. In a recent upgrade on January 30, THORChain reduced collateral requirements for Bitcoin and Ether from 400% to 200%, allowing users to borrow up to half the total value of their provided assets.

Despite the appeal of THORChain’s no-liquidation lending model, analysts like Chris Blec have pointed out potential risks associated with the platform. Blec highlighted two significant concerns: the risk of lending assets to a protocol that could face collapse or exploitation, as seen in THORChain’s experience in 2021 (though funds were returned), and reliance on a centralized provider not altering terms and conditions, exposing loans to risk.

THORChain faced disruptions in 2023 when it halted its mainnet twice due to reported security vulnerabilities, further emphasizing the importance of risk assessment for users. THORChain’s achievement of surpassing $10 billion in monthly trading volume underscores its growing significance in the DeFi landscape.

However, debates among Bitcoin maximalists regarding the platform’s safety for borrowers highlight the importance of assessing risks associated with decentralized protocols, particularly those offering lending services against crypto assets. As DeFi continues to evolve, platforms like THORChain will face ongoing scrutiny and evaluation from industry participants seeking both liquidity and security.

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