March 2, 2021, 5:28AM EST
• 13 min read

An Overview of Perpetual Swaps in DeFi

Quick Take

  • Since their initial launch in 2016, perpetual swaps have exploded in popularity. 
  • Protocols enabling perpetual swaps in DeFi have the potential to increase capital efficiency, improve market transparency, and enable permissionless market access.
  • Providing adequate market depth and performance without compromising decentralization can be achieved through a variety of trade-offs which will be explored in this report.

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