Improving capital efficiency for the protocol, partners, and users
ApeSwap is excited to announce that as of April 4th, the latest industry standard approach to liquidity positions, known as concentrated liquidity, will be available on the ApeSwap decentralized exchange in the form of ApeSwap V3.
What is Concentrated Liquidity?
Since liquidity is spread thinly across all price ranges, liquidity providers (LPs) only earn fees on a small portion of their assets, and traders are subject to higher degrees of slippage when swapping tokens.
Unlike V2 liquidity positions, V3 liquidity positions are tied to a set price range, making them much more efficient in terms of earning trading fees. LPs set up concentrated positions, and users can trade against the combined liquidity of all of those individual concentrated positions with. Trading fees collected at a given price range are split pro-rata by LPs proportional to the amount of liquidity they contributed to the selected price range and fee option.
The difference in pricing curves for V2 and V3 liquidity.
Why is ApeSwap Upgrading to V3?
Concentrated liquidity allows both ApeSwap as a protocol and its users to have a much higher degree of capital efficiency.
Other decentralized exchange platforms have implemented this approach and ApeSwap prides itself on offering the most innovative solutions in DeFi to its users. With ApeSwap V3, the protocol can provide more capability to existing users, as well as attract new users as part of its efforts to establish itself as an industry leader in sustainable DeFi.
Benefits of Concentrated Liquidity
Upgrading to V3 allows the ApeSwap protocol to offer more benefits to a variety of stakeholders.
Liquidity providers, partners, and swappers can all use concentrated liquidity to maximize their opportunities and make for a more complete and valuable experience on the ApeSwap DEX.
ApeSwap’s V3 Implementation, By Chain
Now that ApeSwap has expanded to five chains in total (BNB Chain, Polygon, Ethereum, Telos, and Arbitrum), the approach to concentrated liquidity will be slightly different across each chain. Please consult the chart below for ApeSwap’s implementation plan for each chain.
How to Create a V3 Position
As of April 4th, ApeSwap users will be able to create a concentrated liquidity position on the ApeSwap DEX. Follow the steps below to create a V3 liquidity position:
1) Select the two tokens you’d like to include in the liquidity position and enter an amount of one token. The other token amount will pre-fill automatically.
2) Select a fee option from the available fee options (currently, 0.01%, 0.05%, 0.3%, or 1%).
Selecting a fee tier is where users apply a strategy, seeing the percentage of liquidity for each fee tier. Lower fee pools get used more, so sometimes the amount of volume can make up for the lower fees!
3) Select a price range by dragging the boundaries in the graphic or entering a min and max price manually. The token amounts will update automatically.
4) Select Preview to review your liquidity position.
5) Select Add to finalize your position.
Once the transaction is complete, you will receive an NFT of the position (more on V3 NFTs below). The position will earn trading fees from trades of that pair that are facilitated with V3 liquidity, as long as those trades are within the price range and fee tier selected for that position. Liquidity providers will earn the respective fees which are calculated based on the available pair liquidity and price ranges.
Earned trading fees need to be CLAIMED in the V3 Positions tab.
Note that there will not be any incentives to “stake” V3 positions initially (i.e., there will not be any V3 farms).
About V3 NFTs
When a user opens a concentrated liquidity position, they receive an NFT that includes key information about the position. The guide below explains where this information can be found on each NFT.
How is the V3 fee calculated for each trade?
It’s based on the liquidity pools you route through. Our router does all the logic to get the cheapest fee overall accounting for all factors.
What does the router Aggregation Model mean?
This means instead of just using the Ape Router or Smart Router on any single trade — the V3 router will potentially use multiple pools and across DEXes (e.g., could be ApeSwap V2 & V3 all at once).
Does this impact the swaps in any way?
Swappers won’t notice a difference in our DEX, aside from getting better rates.
Does this impact the Pro Trading platform?
No, ApeSwap Pro is not affected by this update.
Why would anyone select a lower fee when creating a V3 position?
It comes down to a farmer’s strategy. Lower fee pools get used more, so sometimes the amount of volume can make up for the lower fees!
Do I need to migrate my existing liquidity into ApeSwap V3?
Absolutely not. V3 is a new product which will coexist with the current DEX liquidity. You should only create V3 Concentrated Liquidity positions if you feel confident in knowing what you’re doing.