There is a section in the "What is THORChain (RUNE)? - THORChain Guide" titled "Should I buy THORChain (RUNE) in 2021?"; with this post I hope to contribute an item or two we don't usually hear about from both legacy media and even cryptocurrency-oriented media. For @crypto-guides -- Feel free to adjust as needed for Guide purposes.
RUNE, the native token used by THORChain, serves multiple purposes:
In April 2021 he interviewed the development team for THORChain. One item to put investors in the cryptocurrency and network at ease is how well funded the THORChain project is:
Additionally, the Thorchain team is sitting on +$100 Million in treasury, which give them enough liquidity to fund anything they like.
Just as Thor used the Bifröst to travel between Asgard and Midgard (i.e., Earth), THORChain uses the Bifröst Protocol to allow communications and operations between THORChain and other blockchains.
...is not the first cross-chain solution, it could be the most evolved. In fact, THORChain’s protocol improves upon the weakness of preceding cross-chain architectures like Rootstock 2WP, Liquid Sidechain, POA Network Bridge and COSMOS Peg Zone.
Just as it is easy for ForEx traders to trade dollars, euros, yen, pesos, rands, and riyals, it should be just as easy for us to trade BTC, ETH, HIVE, DOGE, BNB, SAFEMOON, MATIC and RUNE. THORChain is the best solution yet to make this possible.
Cryptocurrency projects of all kinds have a core team of developers. However, a good number of cryptocurrency projects are driven by members of the community. Dogecoin is famous for (among other reasons) being driven by its community, and that community is kicking it up a notch with the development of decentralized applications. The social blockchain Hive has such a fiercely independent community that its very existence came about as a result of the hard fork from Steem blockchain after ownership of Steemit succeeding in centralizing its control over Steem.
THORChain is also driven by its community. This includes marketing efforts, which include heavy use of memes as well as social media for providing content and merchandise.
Just as Hive has an ecosystem of dApps for various purposes (blogging, wallet, blockchain explorer, gaming, video sharring, video streaming, etc.) THORChain.com shows these dApps as part of its growing ecosystem:
Speaking of community, it even launched a program called LP University. LP University provides support to people who provide liquidity to THORChain, and LP University shows them how to optimize their returns.
Although there are more popular blockchain networks, many have their flaws. THORChain hopes to solve a number of them.
There are tens of thousands of cryptocurrencies on the market today, and each day more are being launched or brought online. Thankfully, the number of blockchains powering them is a more manageable number; Ethereum and Binance Smart Chain alone provide platforms for thousands of altcoins. Unfortunately, the networks using those blockchains and othrs operate in isolation from each other, as if they are small islands spread across a vast ocean. Communicating value or data between each other is dificult if not impossible.
This independent blockchain has capabilities to bridge external networks with the ultimate purpose of making it easier to transfer assets across blockchains. This capability eliminates the need for using a centralized exchange such Coinbase, Binance, or Gemini. As a side benefit, costs for traders are reduced and efficiency is improved.
According to OTCPM24, New users of DEXs (Decentralized Exchanges)-- especially those coming from CEXs (Centralized Exchanges)-- can be confused by them. DEXs have fewer features than CEXs, and it takes more steps to execute trades on DEXs.
One requirement of many DEXs is ownership of the native token just to conduct basic transactions on them. Combined with fewer features than what they are used to, new users of DEXs reconsider and click away from the DEX.
THORChain simplifies the process for new users of its DEX, ThorSwap:
One benefit of the simplicity of trading one cryptocurrency with another by using THORChain is the removal of speed bumps or friction involved when using wrapped coins or wrapped tokens. And THORChain does this while bringing trustless trading to many of th largest blockchain networks.
THORChain allows users of ThorSwap to instantly swap cryptocurrencies between blockchains in a transparent manner. THORChain has a channel on Medium.com where on a weekly basis it publishes developments and noes on updates.
Many DEXs use off-chain sensors called oracles to monitor communication and the flow of various forms of data (stocks, payment balances, even weather events which can affect commodities). Oracles tend to be centralized, and that's a weakness for anything aiming to be decentralized (especially a DEX).
Instead of using oracles, THORChain uses arbitrage traders to keep pricing information accurate. If the price of RUNE is too low in value, the arbitrage traders will buy it to resell it on other DEXs. If the price of RUNE is too high, the arbitrage traders will buy RUNE from other DEXs to bring it to ThorSwap. The back-and-forth arbitrage trading helps to bring balance to the market while allowing ThorSwap to maintain its decentralization.
ThorSwap, according to OTCPM24.com, completes anaverage swap inabout 5 seconds. This speed allows investors to stay ahead of trends in cryptocurrencies. Addittonally, that responsiveness provides developers with more options.
Also, ThorSwap offers interfaces to some third-party DEXs which add functionality to THORChain.
If you've ever used a system where you get notified of a reward that needs to be claimed, then you know how much time it can take. Not that you (or we) don't want rewards, but time becomes a big factor when you consider any Layer 2 tokens earned.
On THORChain, liquidity positions are auto-compounding, so you never need to "claim rewards".
THORChain is designed to make intercrypto work much like ForEx trading between fiat currncies. While it's not that simple, within the world of cryptocurrency THORChain is a breakthrough.
Both the core developer team for THORChain as well as the THORChain community have worked to make the UX (User Experience) for people new to DEXs as easy as possible, from the ThorSwap DEX itself to the wallets.
Due to funding the THORChain project had accumulated for years prior to its launch in 2021, the THORChain project can fund any project it wants. One such project is LP University, whhich teaches liquidity providers how to maximize their returns.
The Bifröst Protocol is what allows THORChain to communicate with other blockchain networks in order to perform intercrypto trades. The RUNE token is used to facilitate trades from one cryptocurrency to another.
Like the more famous Dogecoin community, the THORChain community makes heavy use of memes and social media for providing content and merchandise. Unlike the Dogecoin community, the THORChain community had developed an ecosystem of dApps to make THORChain even more useful.
Intercrypto trading has been a problem due to how isolated blockchain networks are. THORChain is the best effort yet to make intercrypto trading as painless as possible, especially for people migrating from a CEX (centralized exchange) like Coinbase or Gemini to a DEX (decentralized exchange) such as UniSwap.
With the upside potntial of THORChain, it makes sense to invest in it. We hope this Guide to THORChain (RUNE) helped clarify any concerns on whether it's a buy or not.
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