There are several ways to get involved in the Goldfinch protocol. The best ways to get involved in the protocol are:
You can sign up for weekly Goldfinch Updates on the Goldfinch Substack, or follow along live on Twitter and Medium. You can connect with the community to stay connected with what's going on in the Goldfinch Discord server and Telegram. To receive live updates when new Borrower Pools are launching, sign up for Backer Updates.
The app is still in English. However, there are different language channels set up in Discord - Russian, Ukrainian, Korean, Turkish, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Spanish, among others. These channels are great for asking any questions, and whenever an announcement goes out in English, these channels share a translated version. Community members have volunteered to translate the content into different languages, and any member should feel empowered to request to have one, and the community moderators will set it up if there is a high need.
No, it is not. Goldfinch is built on top of the Ethereum blockchain.
Yes. All code, including the front-ends can be found at https://github.com/goldfinch-eng/mono. Just the smart contracts and associated audits can be found here: https://github.com/goldfinch-eng/goldfinch-contracts.
Goldfinch does not ask Borrowers to deposit any on-chain collateral to take out a loan. Instead, when structuring a loan, Borrowers pledge real-world assets as collateral.
Flight Academy was a program that empowered the Backer community with tools and basic vocabulary needed to evaluate Debt Capital Markets deals. The program aimed to establish community values and set community norms. The academy ran from September 20, 2021, to October 25, 2021. The academy tutorials are available for free. Participants were rewarded with GFI (Goldfinch's token) based on a specific criteria, as explained in the final announcements here, and here.
Currently, the community has not proposed hosting another Flight Academy. However, community members should feel empowered to propose one through governance.
There have been a lot of questions about the fact that retroactive distributions happened on launch day (Jan 11th) for LPs and not for Backers. Per the white paper, and because of this community-approved governance proposal, Backers will now receive distributions for participating in Borrower Pools. The smart contracts for Backer distributions have already been audited and deployed, and are already on the community Github repo here. Read more about Backer Incentives here.
In practice, there are security agents with each Borrower that are instructed to liquidate the pledged collateral, convert into USDC, and make payments on chain into the relevant Borrower pool. The Senior Pool and Backers are then able to claim their portion of the funds from the Borrower pool.
Almost any kind of credit-related investment, into a real-world venture providing some sort of productive service. The Goldfinch protocol is a marketplace, where capital is aggregated for various use cases as it relates to lending. The transaction sponsor (e.g. borrower, or lead backer) owns presenting an opportunity to the community (e.g. principal investment into a corporate, credit fund co-investment, credit fund sub-participation etc...), with the community, ultimately deciding whether or not to fund the opportunity.
The protocol provides a uni-tranche facility, whereby a single credit line is made available, at a single coupon. There is no ability to only raise junior, or senior capital through the Goldfinch protocol.
The smart contract code is freely accessible and can be found in Github. The Goldfinch smart contract has additionally been audited by 3rd party providers for security flaws by teams like Trail of Bits. You can learn more about the smart contract and Goldfinch's code in the Developer Documentation.
In times of very low excess liquidity in the Senior Pool, LP holders are unable to withdraw USDC from the Pool directly until new repayments are made. Instead, they can turn to secondary markets (like Curve) to sell their position. This can mean FIDU sells at a discount on those markets until more liquidity comes into the pool.
This discount creates an opportunity for arbitrage bots to pull out the new deposits and repayments as soon as they come in (by buying discounted FIDU on the secondary market, and selling it to the Pool at the higher, native price). If you're an LP who isn't running a bot, and you want to exit, this can be frustrating, and so some people have asked that the community to stop the bots in some way, thinking that this may stop the issue of low liquidity.
While developing certain new mechanics could help, it's important to remember 1) the bots are an effect, not a cause, of low liquidity, as low liquidity drives the discount, and 2) no one can really stop someone from running a bot. So, stopping them wouldn't really change the situation.
The secondary markets give LPs with the most need for liquidity the ability to exit now (at the expense of slippage), even when "native" liquidity isn't available in the Senior Pool. The secondary markets do not fundamentally change the withdraw pressure. They just create a market pricing mechanism for whoever is willing to "pay the most" for the ability to exit now.
While eventually Borrower repayments will cover everyone in the Senior Pool, the best overall solution is to continue to drive new liquidity to the Pool. Once the arb opportunity closes, then any new liquidity will stay there and arb bots will not continue.
- Developer Documentation: A documentation site for developers and those auditing Goldfinch's code, for a deeper technical dive into Goldfinch’s code, smart contract configuration, security, and other technical features.