- Maple Finance releases its much-awaited protocol upgrade — Maple 2.0.
- Maple 2.0 introduces a modular smart contract architecture, making for better integration with other DeFi protocols.
- The upgrade also brings changes to the withdrawal and default recovery process, making the entire process much quicker.
Undercollateralized lending platform Maple Finance released its much-awaited protocol upgrade to drive the platform’s growth. The upgrade is built to improve the risk profile of the platform by diversifying lending opportunities and onboarding new delegates.
Introducing Maple 2.0.— Maple (@maplefinance) December 14, 2022
Maple 2.0 is a fundamental overhaul of the smart contract architecture. The new contracts are modular and robust and will facilitate Maple bringing capital markets on-chain. pic.twitter.com/5GGsMXaXhv
Unlike other lending platforms like Aave and Compound which rely on overcollateralization, Maple offers undercollateralized (or uncollateralized) loans to reputable firms that pass the credit risk assessments. The protocol does not bear any risk but offers the necessary infrastructure for Maple delegates to run their books.
Maple’s lending practices to date have been limited to crypto-native firms, which has exposed its protocol’s users to sector concentration risk. The collapse of FTX has led to defaults of over $36 million on the platform, with its lenders bearing the loss. With Maple 2.0, the protocol introduces features that look to rectify the problems with the existing model.
Maple 2.0 has overhauled the protocol’s smart contract architecture, allowing for more iterative and flexible development of products. As per the announcement, the new version allows for withdrawals to be scheduled, and lenders can request a withdrawal at any time, whereas in v1 they had to wait for a minimum of 30 days from the day of their deposit.
The protocol will also have a quicker default process now, with Delegates able to declare an early default should the borrower meet a specific condition. This makes the loan payable immediately, with lenders realizing a loss immediately while the recovery of loans is pursued.
Furthermore, Maple delegates will now be the only party to provide “First Loss Capital” denominated in the native pool asset, ensuring better alignment of incentives between the lenders and underwriters. Maple’s native token MPL is removed from First Loss Capital which will help stabilize the token’s price in default situations.
The latest release also introduces automatic compound interest, as lenders will reinvest their interest into the pool without depositing it manually. The protocol is also adopting the ERC-4626 standard, which will make Maple’s integration with other DeFi protocols much simpler.
On the Flipside
- The price of the MPL token has dropped by over 50% in the last two weeks after the platform saw two major defaults.
- Protocols are built on reputation, and the recent defaults on the platform have exposed the risks involved in the undercollateralized space.
Why You Should Care
For DeFi to keep growing, it needs to expand its services to real-world companies, and undercollateralized lending is one way to do that. Maple holds more than 50% of the market share in this space, so it is encouraging to see the protocol emphasizing better risk management practices and growth.