Chainlink and CF Benchmarks Launch First Market-Wide Interest Rate Product for Web3
The "CF Bitcoin Interest Rate Curve—in association with Chainlink" delivers a reliable and transparent base rate that helps Web3 market participants better understand digital asset valuations and manage risk
NEW YORK, Sept. 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Chainlink, the industry-standard Web3 services platform, today announced the launch of the first market-wide interest rate product for the Web3 economy — the "CF Bitcoin Interest Rate Curve—in association with Chainlink" (CF BIRC). Launched at SmartCon 2022 in partnership with the leading cryptocurrency index provider, CF Benchmarks, CF BIRC is a replicable, market-representative, and manipulation-resistant base rate that will help remove uncertainty around crypto asset valuations while enabling increased capital efficiency and more predictable lending and borrowing across digital markets.
As adoption of DeFi increases and the Web3 economy continues to grow, with the combined market capitalization of digital assets reaching $1T, the infrastructure supporting the smart contract economy needs to keep pace with rising demand. Meeting this demand, the CF Bitcoin Interest Rate Curve serves as a north star to help guide Web3 capital and provides a standard market gauge of current and forecasted Bitcoin interest rates. Delivered on-chain as a Chainlink Data Feed, it helps financial institutions participate in digital asset markets and establishes a more robust foundation upon which digital asset derivatives markets can grow./p>
Much like the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR), which is a measure of the cost of borrowing cash overnight, CF BIRC is foundational financial infrastructure designed to help propel Web3 toward its next wave of product innovation and adoption. As a market-wide base rate for Bitcoin debt markets, CF BIRC allows participants, from OTC desk managers and derivatives traders to DeFi-native users and Web3 builders, to gauge the interest rates they are receiving and hedge against interest rate risk. Some of the specific benefits include:
"'The CF Bitcoin Interest Rate Curve—in Association with Chainlink' is a first-of-its-kind offering and a major milestone for the crypto industry as a whole. We are thrilled to collaborate with Chainlink, the industry standard for securely delivering data on-chain, to provide a reliable and open-source data feed backed by a transparent methodology and on-chain inputs that anyone can verify," said Sui Chung, CEO of CF Benchmarks. "This base rate will help unlock innovation across lending and borrowing platforms, asset valuation models, swap markets, and other financial primitives."
To ensure the curve is reflective of the Bitcoin lending market as a whole, The CF BIRC incorporates a wide range of data sources, including OTC lending desks, DeFi lending pools, and perpetual futures markets. Underpinned by the combination of Chainlink's industry-standard infrastructure for delivering high-quality data on-chain and CF Benchmark's years of experience producing reliable benchmarking data, CF BIRC is a public good for Bitcoin and DeFi markets upon which entirely new financial products and services can be built.
The CF Bitcoin Interest Rate Curve is built according to the same security and tamper-resistance standards as other Chainlink Data Feeds, which are currently helping to secure tens of billions of dollars of value across the smart contract economy. To learn more and to see how all market participants can use the CF BIRC, please visit https://blog.chain.link/cf-bitcoin-interest-rate-curve-cf-birc/.
Chainlink is the industry-standard Web3 services platform that has enabled trillions of dollars in transaction volume across DeFi, insurance, gaming, NFTs, and other major industries. As the leading decentralized oracle network, Chainlink enables developers to build feature-rich Web3 applications with seamless access to real-world data and off-chain computation across any blockchain and provides global enterprises with a universal gateway to all blockchains.
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