Before we begin
We’ve been closely following the events involving SushiSwap and its founder “Chef Nomi”. This article will not be making any comments or conclusions on Chef Nomi’s actions or how SushiSwap is or should be run. This article is simply an explainer on what SushiSwap is and how to use the platform. As with all yield farming projects, SushiSwap involves a huge amount of risk. Anyone intending to participate in yield farming should do full research and consider carefully the risks involved beforehand.
What is SushiSwap ($SUSHI)?
SushiSwap is the newest decentralised finance (DeFi) liquidity pool platform. With SushiSwap, people can add their tokens into the liquidity pools and earn. In this article, we’ll have a look at the Sushi Swap platform and how to participate in the liquidity pool. Anyone can participate.
Sounds interesting? Let’s dive into it.
- SushiSwap is a platform that allows anyone to provide liquidity. In return, the person gets rewarded with token(s) and SUSHI tokens.
- As of September 4, 2020, there are 1 billion dollars of locked liquidity.
- Possibility of very high APY (up to 1,000%) on some liquidity pools. You can check the current yields on SushiBoard.
Why is SushiSwap so popular?
Sushi Swap markets itself as an “improved and community-friendly” Uniswap. Unlike a traditional exchange like Binance where they employ market makers, SushiSwap is a community-oriented platform where users provide liquidity. In return, they get rewarded. Indeed, the users are the market makers.
SUSHI tokens are given as rewards for liquidity mining. The token allows its holders to participate in the governance of the platform and entitles them to a portion of the fees paid to the protocol by traders. For the governance of the platform, SUSHI holders can submit a SushiSwap Improvement Proposal (SIP) which token holders can vote on with their tokens.
Advantages of SushiSwap
There is no KYC (Know Your Customer) policy. This means anyone can trade and contribute to the liquidity pools. The platform is permissionless, meaning anyone can contribute millions of dollars without asking for permission.
Earn tokens from Sushi Swap. SUSHI is Sushi Swap’s native token. When you contribute to the liquidity pool, you earn sushi tokens. You can exchange SUSHI for ETH.
Sushi Swap model: 0.25% go directly to the active liquidity providers and 0.05% get converted back to SUSHI and is rewarded to sushi holders.
Sounds interesting? Let’s visit Sushi Swap’s home page.
SushiSwap beginners guide
When you first arrive on Sushi Swap’s home page, you’ll see this:
Click on “Unlock Wallet” or “See The Menu”, either way you will need to connect your ETH wallet in order to this platform.
Sushi Swap has the option to use MetaMask or WalletConnect. Pick the wallet of your choice.
Give permission for Meta Mask or Wallet Connect to connect to Sushi Swap. Once you’re connected, you’re ready to add your tokens into the liquidity pools.
You’re presented with various liquidity pools (LPs). Each liquidity pool has a different annual percentage yield (APY).
In this example, I’ll contribute to the Tether Turtle pool. I add my USDT into the liquidity pool. In return, I’ll get a percentage of USDT and SUSHI tokens. Think of Sushi Swap as a “community revenue share” model.
To contribute to the liquidity pool, click “Approve USDT-ETH UNI-V2 LP” and give your Meta Mask permission to move your tokens into the liquidity pool.
Now what? You wait. The “SUSHI earned” box should populate with your earned SUSHI. You can withdraw your SUSHI token anytime by clicking on “Harvest”.
The pool could get hacked if the code isn’t audited. There have been cases of hackers draining funds from smart contracts. It helps if the code is audited by a reputable firm. In the case of SushiSwap, it has been given a “security review” (not an audit) by Quantstamp. 10 issues were identified but they do not appear to be fatal. Subsequently, Peckshield had completed an audit on SushiSwap. They found no critical or high severity issues relating to business logistics but 2 high severity opsec issues that need to be fixed through extra care with deployment.
0.25% go directly to the active liquidity providers and 0.05% gets converted back to sushi and is distributed to active SUSHI holders.
Decentralised Finance (DeFi) series: tutorials, guides and more
With content for both beginners and more advanced users, check out our YouTube DeFi series containing tutorials on the ESSENTIAL TOOLS you need for trading in the DeFi space e.g. MetaMask and Uniswap. We also take a deep dive into popular DeFi topics such as Yearn.finance ($YFI), Balancer ($BAL) and ($COMP).
The DeFi series on this website also covers topics not explored in YouTube. For an introduction on what is DeFi, check out Decentralized Finance (DeFi) Overview: A guide to the HOTTEST trend in cryptocurrency
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- Yearn.finance ($YFI) farming with yEarn Pool
- Yearn.Finance merging the DeFi Ecosystem
- Cover Protocol ($COVER): peer-to-peer insurance coverage market for DeFi
For in-depth information other specific DeFi projects, check out our DeFi token guides:
- AAVE ($LEND)
- Ampleforth ($AMPL) review: The essential guide to this DeFi protocol
- Balancer Finance Guide and Review ($BAL)
- ChainLink ($LINK) guide: A key link in the DeFi space
- Compound Finance ($COMP)? A guide to hacks and tips on the latest DeFi platform
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- Curve Finance ($CRV) guide
- DeFi Money Market and DMM Governance ($DMG) guide
- Fuse Network ($FUSE): What is it?
- Hedget ($HGET): Does it live up to the hype?
- Kusama ($KSM): How is it Polkadot’s wild cousin?
- Linear Finance ($LINA): The future of synthetic exchange platforms?
- Mantra DAO ($OM): The DeFi project that’s all about community
- OIN Finance ($OIN): DeFi’s first foray into Ontology
- Orion Protocol ($ORN) explained
- Polkadot ($DOT): Everything you need to know about the DeFi darling of China
- RAMP DeFi: How does it unlock the value of staked assets?
- Serum ($SRM): First look at FTX’s new DEX for the DeFi wave
- Solana ($SOL) explained
- Synthetix ($SNX): Everything you need to know about this top DeFi project
- The Graph ($GRT)- The next level of decentralized apps
- THORChain ($RUNE) information and guide
- Trustswap ($SWAP) explained- Next generation of DeFi transactions
- YF Link ($YFL): Combining the best of ChainLink ($LINK) and Yearn Finance ($YFI)?
- YFV Finance Yield Farming
Tutorials and guides for the ESSENTIAL DEFI TOOLS:
- MetaMask Guide: How to set up an account? PLUS tips and hacks for advanced users
- Uniswap review and tutorial: Beginners guide and advanced tips and tricks
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