Congratulations, you’re a smooth operator in the cryptospace. Your portfolio is well balanced, you have a strategy and a long term plan, and you’ve nailed crypto security with your keys safely stored on a hardware wallet.
In other words, you’ve thought about crypto risk management. Now, if only you could time the market just right to maximise your holdings when volatility strikes.
For most crypto enthusiasts, setting stop losses whilst the market is pumping is the key to crypto risk management.
What else do you need to know… it’s dead easy, right?
Watch your asset pump to somewhere near the top, then set a stop loss a bit lower, and boom, Bob’s your uncle - if (when) the next flash crash happens, you’re out and back into stablecoins, ready to buy more at the very next dip.
Except it’s really not that easy is it?
You don’t know where the top is, nor do you know when the next sell-off will occur. Crypto is notoriously volatile, and trying to time a market that never closes isn’t easy when you have annoyances like sleep getting in the way of you and your charts.
If only there was a way in which you could have a kind of dynamic stop loss - a form of crypto risk management which gets you out when the market goes down, but makes sure you’re still in when it pumps upwards.
Fortunately, there is such a method of crypto risk management - it’s called Bumper, and its mission is to eliminate downside volatility from your portfolio. The Bumper protocol launches on the Ethereum blockchain in Q4 of 2022, and will be followed with multi-chain support for a range of top crypto’s in future releases.
Well, not quite in the market as a whole. Bumper is essentially a crypto risk management alternative that lets you set a floor below which the value of your crypto is protected from further losses.
As an example, if you’re protecting ETH with a current value of $1000, and you set a 95% floor, your ETH is protected from dropping below $950 in value.
The magic of how this is possible comes from the Bumper architecture, and the very clever technical design means that if the market bombs, it doesn’t actually sell your tokens into the market (thus incurring fees and slippage each time it happens), nor does it then rebuy after a rebound.
With Bumper, when you close your position, if the price is underneath the floor, you take Stablecoins worth the value of the floor, basically pretty similar to a stop loss.
But if it’s above this floor (even if it fell below it at some point during the term) then you simply close with your ETH back. If that ETH has rocketed to $2000, well and good. You rode the rip and were simultaneously protected from the dip.
What’s even better is that Bumper isn’t a centralised exchange. It’s a DeFi protocol with a simple front-end dApp which locks your tokens into a smart contract. Everything is managed by the smart contract, meaning you don’t have to rely on an exchange, and you don’t ultimately give up your keys (and thus control of your crypto).
Bumper’s cool architecture utilises a quadrature of pools which rebalance when required. On the one side, the “Takers”, or those buying volatility protection, and on the other, “Makers”, who deposit stablecoins to provide liquidity, and in return, earn a steady yield from premiums paid by Takers.
Individual Takers and Makers aren’t in competition with one another. Instead they deposit to separate pools which are managed by the smart contracts to ensure constant solvency on all sides. And there is a whole load of super-brained thinking which has gone into Bumper’s design.
The protocol has been developed by an all star team which includes CTO Sam Brooks, the former blockchain lead at Havven (Synthetix) and Jonathan DeCarteret, former CEO of Launchpad PLC, and index-linked crypto fund INDX.
For sure, these are the basics, and we strongly recommend reading some more about Bumper to fully understand this novel crypto risk management protocol.
And for when you get how profound the Bumper protocol really is, it’s likely you’ll have questions, so we encourage you to come and join our community on Discord to get a clearer understanding of how it works, and benefit from being one of the Bumper early adopters.
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