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Decentralized finance has taken a back seat to nonfungible tokens in recent months, but it hasn’t stopped the top DeFi ventures from designing and strategizing how to expand their economies and market share.
PancakeSwap (CAKE), a Binance Smart Chain-based automated market maker (AMM) that allows users to trade tokens and receive a portion of fees by yield farming, has recently outperformed the industry.
According to a recent report from Delphi Digital, several factors have played a significant role in helping the PancakeSwap ecosystem grow in recent months and analysts predict that the protocol will continue to be a serious competitor to Uniswap.
Users flee high Ethereum fees
Anyone who has tried to transact on the Ethereum (ETH) network in 2021 will have noticed the astronomical rise in gas fees which has been compounded by the rising price of Ether.
If you compare this chart of the average gas fees on Etherum with the chart above detailing the monthly trading volume on PancakeSwap, a correlation can be seen between higher fees and more activity on the DeFi platform.
While Ethereum fees were ballooning, Binance Smart Chain (BSC) emerged as a viable option thanks to numerous cross-chain bridges and low transaction costs. PancakeSwap is the largest, most established DEX on the BSC thus it benefits from the influx of users and Binance’s large user base.
Delphi Digital analysts identified Binance’s immense ecosystem as another major factor providing a boost for CAKE as its “vast network effect” comes from being the “biggest crypto exchange that’s typically the first choice for retail traders.”
Prospective users can gain access to the BSC by simply withdrawing their tokens from Binance to a BSC-supported wallet.
PancakeSwap could be a ‘perpetual vampire’
Delphi Digital also highlighted CAKE’s token economics as a significant factor for its future growth.
Unlike UNI and SushiSwap (SUSHI), there is not a hard cap on the supply of CAKE tokens which gives the platform the “ability to perpetually conduct targeted vampire attacks in order to attract liquidity and incentivize projects to launch on PancakeSwap’s AMM.”
The current weekly inflation rate for CAKE is 3.78%, which is significantly higher than UNI’s 2% yearly inflation rate.
Even with various deflationary measures implemented by CAKE developers, the “net emission is approximately 1,000,000 CAKE per week – which translates to 37% real inflation annually (or 0.7% weekly).”
According to Delphi Digital, PancakeSwap is aware of how the current inflation numbers look and the team announced a governance vote to change the emission schedule with the options to leave it the same, decrease it to 23.5 or 22 CAKE per block.
The option to reduce emissions to 22 CAKE, a 20% decrease, is currently favored to win and this would reduce CAKE emissions by 1,050,000. This would help to neutralize inflation while also allowing the project to keep its vampire attack capabilities in the long-run.
CAKE attempts to break above resistance
Data from TradingView shows that since reaching a low of $8.30 on Feb. 28, the price of CAKE has made several attempts to break out to a new all-time high and at the time of writing the altcoin trades for $15.63.
PancakeSwap is in an enviable spot to draw increased liquidity from the Ethereum-based DeFi protocols as a realistic alternative to high gas fees remains elusive, thanks to Binance’s strong funding and low fees on BSC. Despite worries about inflation, experts recommend holding an eye on this Uniswap rival as the fight for DeFi supremacy continues.