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1. What is Universe Finance?

Universe Finance is an active liquidity management platform of Uniswap V3 based on risk ranking and quantitative strategies.
Official website : https://www.universe.finance/

2. Universe VS Yearn

Yearn Finance (YFI) is a benchmark of liquidity management. There are some key differences between Universe and Yearn. ‌
Universe = Yearn + Uniswap V3 ‌
Universe is built for Uniswap V3 while Yearn focuses on Curve Finance.
Universe = Yearn + Risk Grading ‌
The products of Universe can meet different demands of users who have different risk appetites. ‌
Universe = Yearn + Quantitative Strategy
Universe maximizes the return of LP through quantitative strategies. ‌
Universe = Yearn + Leverage Trading
Users can open long/short LP positions earning both trading profit and LP profit.

3. Products

With a series of products, Universe Finance can meet the needs of LPs who have different risk appetites.
  • Uniswap V3 Backtesting Platform
  • Uniswap V3 Active LP Quantitative Management Strategy
  • Uniswap V3 Smart Vault
  • Uniswap V3 Private Vault
  • Uniswap V3 Hedging Vault (Developing)
  • Uniswap V3 Leveraged Vault (Designing)

4. The Challenges on Uniswap V3

The most significant improvement of Uniswap V3 is its ability to gather liquidity in a specified range, and in this way, it can generate earnings several times more than V2. Although it produces high yields, it also causes many challenges to LPs:
Challenge 1:High risk
While centralized liquidity can enlarge the income by increasing the capital efficiency, it also amplifies the impact of impermanent loss, especially when the price is out of range. Once it happens, the impermanent loss may continue to increase while the income goes to zero.
Challenge 2: High cost
To ensure the sustainability and stability of income, rebalancing and reinvesting are necessary, but they both require users to pay high Gas fees. For ordinary users, the gas fee will blow away all the fee income carelessly.
Challenge 3: Rebalancing
How to dynamically set the optimal price range to earn the optimal fee income? When the price deviates, it may face the risk of abnormality if it is not balanced, and it may also face the risk of loss of net value after the price returns. The timing and parameters of rebalancing are two complex quantitative matters.
Challenge 4: Reinvestment
Compared with automatic reinvestment on V2, V3 requires manual reinvestment of the fee income. How to resume investment continuously and stably? How much influence does the gas fee of reinvestment have on the returns? These problems are extremely challenging for most LPs.
Challenge 5: Hedging
Uniswap LP needs to provide dual currency investment (e.g., ETH-USDC). How do U-based users with low-risk preferences offset the price fluctuation of risky assets (such as ETH)? Furthermore, how to hedge the risk of LPs' impermanence loss?

5. Who do we serve?

Universe serves different types of users in the Uniswap ecosystem.

Risk-averse users

Example 1: U-based users or arbitrageurs with the lower risk appetite

Need: cutting-edge hedging strategies and tools that allow users to earn low-risk arbitrage returns.
Challenge: lack of efficient LP hedging strategies and useful LP hedging tools.

Example 2: High-net-worth users and institutions

Need: fund security+secured smart contracts.
Challenge: smart contracts are between Scylla and Charybdis at the moment.

Risk-neutral user

Example: currency-based users or ordinary liquidity miners.

Need: looking for higher and more stable LP income
Challenge: currently, the income of mining is comparatively low and unstable.

Risk-seeking user

Example: transactional users with higher risk preference.

Need: looking for high-risk and high-yield trading opportunities and earn stable mining income
Challenge: lack of appropriate products in the market that can earn mining and trading income at the same time

6. Our approaches to the Challenges

Universe solves these problems and meets the needs through a series of combinable products.

6.1 Universe backtesting Platform

Universe Backtesting is the first LP revenue backtesting system on Uniswap V3 with accurate on-chain data, granularity of block-level backtesting, flexible self-defined parameters, and robust strategy analysis indicators. It can help users understand the benefits and the risks of Uniswap V3 LP easier and customize the LP strategies.

6.2 Universe Active LP Management Quantitative Strategy

The active LP management quantitative strategies solve many problems on Uniswap V3 LP: high risk, high cost, rebalancing problem, extreme market situations, high loss value, etc.
Based on the underlying principle of Uniswap V3, we established a multifactor quantitative financial model. We finally created a strategy model with stable income through a large amount of data backtesting and optimizing. According to the backtesting data in the previous two months, the annualized earning of fee APY of the smart vault reaches 150%+. The net annualized income is up to 50%~70%. These two items are outperforming all revenue products on the market.

6.3 Universe Smart Vault

Target users: currency-based users or ordinary LP users (risk-neutral users)
Product Description: A specific intelligent quantitative strategy supports each smart vault. Under the instruction of the strategy signal, the strategy contract dynamically rebalances the liquidity position of LPs, and helps users earn fee income.

6.4 Universe Private Vault

Target users: high-net-worth individuals and institutions (risk-averse users).
Product Description: the Universe private vaults is the intelligent vault with high-level security for high-net-worth individuals and institutions. Comparatively, the private vaults have improved their security through multiple technical solutions. And from a service perspective, the private vaults adopt a flexible deployment scheme to meet the user’s security needs fully.

6.5 Universe Hedge vault

Target users: USDT-based users or arbitrage users (risk avoidance type).
Product Description: With the hedging vault, users can borrow money to create market-neutral hedging LP positions, generating more fee income and offsetting the price risk of risky assets in the positions.

6.6 Universe Leveraged Vault

Target users: transactional users (risk-seeking users).
Product Description: by depositing in the leveraged vault, users can create long or short trading LP positions to earn trading income based on market evaluation and earn high mining income. However, trading LP positions would face higher liquidation risks.

7. Why Choose Universe Finance?

High return: the true return rate of ETH-USD LP in Universe Finance is the highest in the past few months.
Stable income: after extreme market tests, our users can still enjoy low retracement and high Sharpe ratio and continuously earn fee income.
Low cost: users do not need to pay the expensive gas fees for rebalancing and reinvesting.
Risk grading: risk is the foundation of finance. The risk grading management systems can meet the needs of different LPs.
Simple: automatic balancing, automatic reinvesting, automatic income tracking, etc.

8. Universe product roadmap

2021 Q2
  • Backtesting system: Completed
  • Active LP quantitative management strategy: Completed
  • Smart Vault: Completed
2021 Q3
  • Private Vault: Completed
  • Hedge Vault: Developing
  • L2 Support : Developing
2021 Q4
  • Leveraged Vault: Designing
  • Token economic model (staking dividends, burning, etc.): To be determined
  • Liquidity mining: To be determined

9.Why Uniswap?

  • Uniswap V3 is currently the best DEX with the most excellent depth and the lowest slippage.
  • Uniswap V3 is currently the DEX with the most significant transaction volume. The market share continues to increase.
  • We believe professional and active LP management will be a hot trend to develop in DEX with a promising future and tremendous market potential.
  • We can migrate some of our products and technologies to other public chains and DEX (Sushiswap, PancakeSwap, Mdex, etc.). However, we will focus on Ethereum and Uniswap in the short and medium-term.

10.Universe Finance's vision

Maximize the liquidity income on Uniswap; build a one-stop yield platform with the highest and most stable real rate of return across the whole Defi market.
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