Welcome back to another podcast episode! Today’s discussion will be about Mango Markets, so let’s jump into it!
What Is Mango Markets?
Mango Markets is the decentralized, cross-margin trading industry standard. The Mango Markets service rivals head-on with centralized exchanges without compromising, with lightning-fast trade execution, up to 5x leverage, near-zero costs, and excellent interest rates for lenders.
Mango uses Solana, a high-performance blockchain, and Serum DEX, a decentralized, permissionless, full limit order book. Mango Markets is in public beta right now.
How Does It Work?
Mango Markets has a few basic mechanics and advantages.
To begin, the Mango protocol allows users to trade on Serum DEX as a maker or taker with up to 5x leverage, long or short, using limit orders. For added profit, Mango users can receive interest on both deposits and positions, so you could be making net interest on your margin position.
Secondly, users of Mango save a lot of money on Serum DEX trading fees. The tier structure of Serum establishes price rates based on the amount of SRM in an account; the more SRM in an account, the fewer fees you pay and the more money you receive as a manufacturer.
The highest tier is 1 MegaSerum(MSRM), which is worth 1 million SRM and is out of reach for most individuals. Fortunately, Mango margin accounts are set up so that SRM deposits are pooled across all users, allowing them to reach a higher tier and advantage from the platform as a whole. SRM deposits are not liquidated and are not used as margin collateral.
Risks Of Mango Markets
When a margin account’s collateral ratio falls below 100%, the ecosystem faces an even greater danger. The value of the account’s obligations exceeds the value of its assets at this time.
Although the Mango protocol has no fees, it does not have an insurance fund as a result. When a margin account has negative equity, the losses are split among the lenders. When a user’s margin account falls below the required maintenance collateral ratio (MCR) of 110 percent, the account is at risk of being liquidated.
When the collateral ratio of a margin account falls below 100%, the ecosystem is put in even more danger. At this moment, the worth of the account’s liabilities surpasses the value of its assets.
In this case, the liquidator is given a 1% incentive to liquidate, and the lenders jointly take the account’s negative equity. In exceptional cases, this could result in a liquidation cascade, in which the socialized losses cause more accounts to drop below the required collateral ratio of 100 percent.
Bugs in smart contracts are another important concern. They’re collaborating with the Solana team to have other experienced developers review the smart contract before it’s released as open source. There will be bug bounties for devs to confidentially report any bugs in the code once it is open source.