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Uniswap v4: The Next Big Thing or Just More of the Same?

Every new version of the next big thing in DeFi promises to revolutionize the industry, but how often does that really happen?

June 14, 2023

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Just when you thought the DeFi world was settling into a comfortable rhythm, Uniswap Labs decides to stir the pot with the announcement of Uniswap v4. As always, I'm here to cut through the hype and give you the unvarnished truth.

Uniswap v4 is being touted as the next big thing in DeFi, with its new features like on-chain limit orders, automated compounding of liquidity provider rewards, and dynamic fees. But let's not forget that we've seen this song and dance before.

The introduction of "hooks" and "flash accounting" could significantly reduce transaction costs, which is a big deal, don't get me wrong. But will it be enough to cement Uniswap's lead in the decentralized exchange space? Only time will tell. Uniswap v3 was a game-changer, introducing concentrated liquidity and massively improving the DEX's capital efficiency. But let's not forget that Uniswap is still the big fish in a relatively small pond. Yes, it currently has a 57.4% share of on-chain trading volumes, but that's still a drop in the bucket compared to the volumes handled by centralized exchanges.

Uniswap v4 promises to be more customizable and gas efficient, which could help it capture more order flow from DEX aggregators and longer-tail exotic trading pairs. But will it be enough to challenge the dominance of centralized exchanges? I'm not holding my breath.

Uniswap v4 should make Uniswap a more composable protocol, making it easier to build on and utilize its liquidity. This could usher in a wave of new applications and spur a wave of creativity in DeFi. But let's not forget that we've heard these promises before. Uniswap v4 does introduce some interesting new features, I'm not convinced it's the game-changer that some people are making it out to be.

But hey, I've been wrong before. Maybe this time will be different.


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