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What is Pyth Network (PYTH)?

What is Pyth Network (PYTH)?

Decentralised finance (DeFi) is emerging as a game-changer in a rapidly evolving landscape. Empowering individuals to take control of their financial destinies, DeFi hinges on one crucial element—real-time financial data. Enter the Pyth Network, the largest first-party oracle network transforming the DeFi arena.

In a dynamic DeFi landscape, the Pyth Network is a beacon of innovation, unlocking the power of real-time financial data. With its recent integration into the SwissBorg app,  users can now seamlessly access $PYTH, the governance token of the Pyth Network, and enjoy the convenience of buying, selling, and exchanging cryptocurrencies with 16 different fiat currencies, including EUR, CHF, and GBP. Pyth holders can find unique pairs not found anywhere else with the SwissBorg Smart Engine that connects to leading exchanges Binance, Kraken, LMAX, HitBTC and Bitfinex, finding the best route to execute your orders in seconds. This integration significantly enhances the accessibility and usability of Pyth, fostering wider participation and simplifying the investment process for users.

The Pyth Network, standing as the largest and most rapidly expanding first-party oracle network, has a remarkable reach spanning over 40 blockchains. Pyth provides access to an impressive arsenal of 380+ low-latency price feeds, encompassing cryptocurrencies, equities, ETFs, FX pairs, and commodities. What sets Pyth apart is its distinguished network members, counting some of the world's largest exchanges, market makers, and financial services giants, including names like Binance, OKX, Jane Street, Bybit, and Cboe Global Markets, and now SwissBorg, among others. These prominent entities contribute their proprietary price data, which the Pyth oracle program meticulously aggregates on-chain to safeguard against inaccuracies and potential manipulation. A standout feature of Pyth is its user-friendly "pull" mechanism, allowing blockchain users to access the latest prices precisely when needed. Impressively, within just a year since the introduction of the cross-chain pull oracle, the Pyth Network has managed to secure a total value exceeding $1 billion. Moreover, Pyth has found itself instrumental in empowering over 250 applications, facilitating a staggering $100 billion in trading volume. It's worth noting that integration with Pyth Price Feeds is seamless and permissionless, highlighting its commitment to accessibility within the DeFi landscape.

Pyth Network: Pioneering DeFi Transformation

Pyth Network offers secure, real-time financial market data from over 90 first-party data providers, including major exchanges and market makers. Pyth delivers real-time price feeds across various assets, from cryptocurrencies to equities and commodities, to smart contract developers on over 40 blockchains.

The Imperative for a Fresh Oracle Approach

Before Pyth, existing oracles were grappling with several limitations:

  • Lack of Speed: Slow updates left DeFi services vulnerable to inaccuracies and attacks.
  • Coverage Gaps: Developers faced difficulty accessing necessary price feeds, causing delays in protocol development.
  • Data Sourcing Challenges: Opaque data from third-party sources made data quality and source trustworthiness problematic.

Demystifying Pyth's Operation

Pyth tackles these issues head-on with an innovative data-sourcing approach. Unlike traditional oracles that scrape data from public sources, Pyth encourages original data owners to contribute directly to the blockchain. These data providers, known as "first-party" sources, both create and own the data they provide.

Think of Pyth as a decentralised marketplace connecting data creators (suppliers) with DeFi applications (consumers). This empowers data owners to share their proprietary data on the blockchain, expanding the availability of high-quality data for DeFi applications.

The Future: First-Party Data Dominance

Pyth Network's first-party data model positions it at the forefront of DeFi's future. It's ready to accommodate new asset classes and support DeFi's growth to serve millions or even billions of users.

Comparing Pyth to legacy oracles is like transitioning from Napster to Spotify in music streaming. While legacy oracles operate as reporter oracle networks, Pyth functions as a publisher oracle network. This shift ensures data accuracy and transparency while eliminating middlemen costs.

Pyth Network Components

The Pyth Network comprises 3 key elements:

  • Data Providers: These include global exchanges, trading firms, market makers, and institutional participants who create and own the price data.
  • Pyth Protocol: This protocol aggregates data from providers to produce a single aggregate price and confidence interval, ensuring accuracy and robustness.
  • Data Users: These applications and smart contracts utilise the price data for various DeFi purposes.

Pyth Network Products

Pyth Network offers two flagship products for DeFi applications:

  • Pyth Price Feeds: Over 350 low-latency price feeds across cryptocurrencies, FX rates, equities, ETFs, and commodities. These feeds offer high-frequency updates, providing accurate and timely data.
  • Pyth Benchmarks: This feature allows users to access historical price data and offers standardisation in calculations and presentation for various DeFi applications.

Solving Legacy Oracle Dilemmas

Pyth Network's innovative Pull Oracle architecture overcomes legacy Oracle limitations:

  • Low-Latency, High-Frequency Updates: Frequent off-chain updates provide fresh and accurate data.
  • Price Feed Coverage and Multi-Chain Availability: Pyth scales to thousands of price feeds, making data available on all supported blockchains.
  • High Resolution, High-Fidelity, Transparent Data: Focus on first-party data ensures data accuracy and transparency.

Ecosystem and Governance

On-chain governance is vital for Pyth Network's sustainability and decentralisation. It involves setting update fees, reward distribution for data providers, and product listings, aligning with DeFi's ethos.

SwissBorg app Users and Pyth Holders: A Dynamic Synergy

Integrating Pyth Network into the SwissBorg app offers exciting prospects for both communities. It underscores SwissBorg's commitment to harnessing its technological expertise for the greater crypto community's advantage. As SwissBorg delves into fresh approaches to incorporating and applying Pyth's oracle system, we enthusiastically look forward to the inventive solutions and prospects emerging from this joint effort. This alliance transcends mere business endeavours; it signifies a courageous stride towards a more interconnected and streamlined financial future.

As SwissBorg and Pyth Network continue to redefine DeFi, users can anticipate comprehensive, secure, and user-friendly solutions. This partnership embodies the positive impact of collaboration within the crypto and DeFi ecosystems, offering dynamic opportunities for all participants.

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