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Simply Explained: Katana

Katana is a DeFi Options Vault (DOV) protocol operating on the Solana network, having won the grand prize at the Solana Hackathon.

What is Katana?

Katana allows anyone to sell covered call or cash-secured put options, by depositing their assets into a pool, which is then used as collateral to sell options.

Previously, only market makers and experts have been able to earn from selling options, as it can be extremely complicated and very risky.

How Do The Vaults Work?

Assets deposited into Katana are used as collateral to sell options on platforms such as PsyOptions, and through the joint-venture with Katana and ZetaMarkets, named ZetaFLEX, which is platform that runs auctions, selling options in bulk to interested parties.

DOVs claim to make it possible for anyone to benefit from high, sustainable yield. Katana advertises projected Annual Percentage Yields (APYs) between 20-60%, with most falling between 20-30%.

Note, this comes with risks.

Deposits into DOVs can suffer losses. Generally, they sell far out-of-the-money options, for example, a call option at $110 when the price is $80. If the price jumps to $180 before expiry, this would result in a significant loss.

These losses could be mitigated against by hedging against price movements in underlying assets (delta hedging), however, we are yet to see this successfully implemented on any protocol.

Read our article, 80% APY!? Is it Sustainable?, for our full thesis on the current state of the DeFi Options Vault market, and more details on the risks involved.

Katana Video Tutorial

Click here for video tutorial on Katana.

Katana Token

Katana doesn’t have a token yet (careful, there is a scam token on CoinGecko named KATANA, this is NOT them!) meaning there could potentially be an airdrop in the future (no guarantee).

Cryptonary’s Opinion

DOVs are an essential part of the derivative market, and something we see absolutely exploding in the next 12-18 months.

There are some major hurdles that need to be overcome before they can be used for safe, consistent and sustainable yield (such as Delta hedging).

For more information on derivatives check out our report series: Is This Sector Going To The Moon in 2022?, Don’t Lose the Option, 80% APY!? Is it Sustainable? and Leaping Into the Future(s), for our top picks, with target valuations, technical analysis and more, check out The $1 Quadrillion Bet.**

**Note, Is This Sector Going To The Moon in 2022? is free to read and available for non-members.

Disclaimer: NOT FINANCIAL NOR INVESTMENT ADVICE. Only you are responsible for any capital-related decisions you make and only you are accountable for the results.

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After finishing university with a degree in Business & Law (with a focus on investment and financial crime), Max found his passion for crypto whilst studying for traditional investment exams. Moving fully into crypto in 2021, Max is one of the few in crypto who is qualified to give financial advice, but never does. He has spent 6 months working at a small-cap crypto start-up, which gave him a real insight into the inner workings of the space.