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Minting USDe

The genesis of USDe
"Minting" USDe refers to the creation of new synthetic dollars. "Redeeming" USDe is the reversal process, of exchanging synthetic dollars for the assets that collateralize them.
The methods of minting vary depending on the type of stablecoin/synthetic dollar. Here we will explore the novel Ethena synthetic dollar minting process.
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The Ethena stablecoin minting system encompasses the following design principles:

How does it work?

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    Users request a price from the Ethena Pricing API.
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    Users can generate a signed EIP712 order and optionally submit it to Ethena's minting server.
    • Note: at this stage, users have complete control over their funds - they have the freedom to create, hold, and sign the price at their discretion. The approval to transfer funds only happens when the user willingly signs the order.
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    Once the signed order is received, Ethena's server checks that the user has the required balance and approvals and that the dynamic hedging server can currently handle the order. Part of this involves speaking to the OES solution to prepare for the incoming mint or redemption request.
    • Note: Ethena does have the ability to reject an order based on these conditions. However, even in this centralized part of the process, the protocol could never alter the contents of the signed order due to the immutability of blockchain cryptographic signatures. This design ensures that the user's order - the collateral asset, its size, any included slippage, and the synthetic dollars to be minted - remains exactly as the user intended.
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    The order is sent to the blockchain with the atomic mint function called when these checks are passed. As above both the transfer of the user's assets and the minted synthetic dollars happen in a single transaction.
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    Upon success the hedging system actions the mint events to ensure the delta neutrality of the protocol's portfolio. Read more about these concepts in the Hedging SystemandCollateral Custodysections.
By blending centralized and decentralized elements in this way, Ethena achieves a high level of trustlessness. Users always retain control over their funds and can trust that their orders will be processed exactly as specified. And while Ethena has some control over order acceptance, the blockchain's transparency and cryptographic guarantees mean users can confidently engage with the protocol, knowing their transactions are secure and unalterable.

Slippage

Slippage occurs when the price at which a trade is executed differs from the expected price, usually due to market volatility or trade size.
Ethena has designed its minting process to minimize slippage for its users. Before submitting a minting transaction, users receive a "price" from the Ethena Pricing API that includes a predefined slippage range. The user then signs this price, confirming their acceptance of the potential variation within the specified range.
When the transaction is executed, the smart contract logic ensures that the final minting settlement price falls within the signed slippage range. This approach provides users with a level of certainty about the price they will receive and makes the transaction predictable.
Slippage management is a key part of Ethena's minting design strategy, aiming to provide users with a more stable and transparent transaction experience. It's one more way that we are working to make the world of decentralized finance more accessible and user-friendly.

Audit

The Ethena Minting Contracts are regularly audited. See the section for up-to-date information.
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Quick Answers

Q: Am I only able to get USDe via minting USDe with Ethena?
No, you can acquire USDe initially via decentralized protocols such as Curve. Shortly, you will be able to buy & sell USDe on Centralized Exchanges such as Binance, OKX and Bybit.
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