Wormhole Sparks Promise of Wild Returns: Too Good to Be True?

Wormhole’s W token prompts DeFi projects to offer huge yields, but how sustainable are these promises?

Wormhole in space spitting out cash.
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  • Wormhole Launch on Solana prompted DeFi projects to try to attract users.  
  • One project offers 999% returns to entice Wormhole token holders. 
  • Returns like these are not sustainable and could put users at risk. 

Decentralized finance (DeFi) has attracted much attention due to promises of significant returns. However, the recent launch of Wormhole’s W token has prompted some DeFi projects to offer huge yields for holders.

While enticing, these yields are unsustainable in the long run. Moreover, chasing these yields can also put users at higher risk of losing their funds. 

Wormhole Launches on Solana, DeFi Project Promises Wild Returns

On Wednesday, April 3, Wormhole launched its governance token, a Solana-based prominent cross-chain protocol designed to facilitate seamless transfers between diverse blockchains. With an initial market capitalization of $3 billion, W was distributed through an airdrop to users based on their previous engagement with the Wormhole bridging application.


Following the launch of the W token, Kamino, a DeFi application operating on the Solana blockchain, emerged with a striking proposition: offering weekly yields exceeding 999% for staking combinations of W tokens and JitoSOL. 

Yield farming dashboard for W-JitoSOL.
Source: Kamino

This offer aims to drive platform engagement and liquidity by rewarding participants with daily distributions of W and JitoSOL tokens. The project even advertises daily token rewards equivalent to $7000 at current rates. However, the promise of 999% weekly yields raises substantial sustainability concerns from multiple angles.

High Yields Mean High Risks on Multiple Fronts

Offering extraordinarily high yields can be an effective marketing strategy, distinguishing a DeFi platform within a crowded and competitive space. However, these rates are not economically viable long-term without substantial outside capital or high platform fees. As the initial hype wanes, maintaining these yields may become increasingly challenging. 


This is an issue, as the cryptocurrency market is known for its high volatility. Assets involved in yield farming are subject to this volatility, which can drastically affect the value of rewards. A sharp decline in token prices renders high yield rates unsustainable, as the actual value of the rewards in fiat currency diminishes significantly overnight.

Moreover, fraudulent schemes masquerading as legitimate DeFi platforms can also leverage high returns. These scams often promise unsustainable yields to entice deposits, only to execute a “rug pull” by draining the liquidity pools, leaving investors with worthless tokens. 

For these reasons, users should always be careful when interacting with any high-yield platform, especially those that require them to relinquish custody over their funds. 

On the Flipside

  • While most users look to DeFi for high yield, the space also holds promise in innovation and the future of finance, offering a potential for a more decentralized financial system. 
  • Users should always be skeptical of any platforms requiring them to relinquish custody over their funds, both in DeFi and in centralized exchanges. 

Why This Matters

Highlighting opportunities and risks helps protect investors from potential losses while informing their decisions. An informed investor is less likely to fall prey to unsustainable schemes or scams.

Read more about DeFi and how it works: 
What Is DeFi? Uncovering the Mysteries of Decentralized Finance

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This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered trading or investment advice. Nothing herein shall be construed as financial, legal, or tax advice. Trading forex, cryptocurrencies, and CFDs pose a considerable risk of loss.

David Marsanic

David Marsanic is a journalist for DailyCoin who covers the intersection of crypto, traditional finance, and government. He focuses on institutionalized crypto entities like major cryptocurrency exchanges and Solana, breaking down complex topics into easy-to-understand writing. David's prior experience as a business journalist at various crypto and traditional news sites has enabled him to maintain a critical approach to news while adhering to high journalistic integrity standards.