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Decentralized forex will reduce cost by as much as 80%: Report

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If the foreign exchange market starts using DeFi protocols instead of the current centralized systems, the cost of remittances could be reduced by “as much as 80%,” according to a Jan.

19 paper jointly published by researchers at Circle and Uniswap.On-chain foreign exchange (FX) is a new model of global value exchange that offers a faster, cheaper, and more efficient alternative for cross-border payments.Our recent research paper with @circle has it all paper, titled “On-chain Foreign Exchange and Cross-border Payments,” was written by Uniswap Data Scientist Austin Adams, Circle Chief Economist Gordon Liao, Mary Catherine Lader, David Puth, and Xin Wan.The authors studied trading activity of Circle’s US Dollar Coin (USDC) and Euro Coin (EUROC) on Uniswap from July, 2022 to January, 2023.

They found that the pair did $128m in volume total, with some days having volume as high as $8 million.During this time, the stablecoins USDC and EUROC traded within a few basis points of exchange rates found in the wholesale forex market for their backing currencies, USD and EUR.

In the authors’ view, this showed that the DeFi forex market was providing a reasonable alternative to traditional forex, with good price efficiency, despite its smaller trading volume.Related: DeFi auditor nets $40,000 for identifying Uniswap vulnerabilityHowever, the researchers wanted to know if using DeFi protocols like Uniswap could provide savings to participants in the forex market.

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