LP Tokens and Crypto Liquidity Providers
Automated market maker (AMM) platforms like Uniswap, Curve, and Balancer are a central aspect of the fast-growing decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem, and present a novel approach to trading in general. A key function of automated market maker platforms is the liquidity provider (LP) token. LP tokens allow AMMs to be non-custodial, meaning they do not hold on to your tokens, but instead operate via automated functions that promote decentralization and fairness. Liquidity provider tokens also unlock new layers of token trade and access across the entire DeFi ecosystem, which has facilitated growth in the form of significant network effects.
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