FAQ

For all your pressing questions!

Please note that none of this is financial advice. You should do your due diligence to become an informed investor by doing your own research, coming to your own conclusions, and taking note of the risks and responsibilities associated with participating in Tomb.Finance.

Again: this is an experimental, high-risk project with potential for enormous rewards, but jumping in without taking the time to become informed is a sure way to end up with lasting regrets.

The team is available in the Discord to answer questions, so please reach out if they're not answered here!

Why Tomb.Finance?

Ok, so what the hell is the point of having a token that’s pegged to the price of $FTM when you could just use $FTM itself instead?

Good question. But before we dive into what $TOMB could mean for you as an investor, let’s break down the potential impact of $TOMB’s long-term success on the Fantom ecosystem as a whole.

For Fantom to continue running as the fast, secure, and cost-effective blockchain we all know and love, its validator nodes will continue to rely on its $FTM token remaining staked and locked up. $FTM is distributed as a reward to validator nodes, which will continue to increase in number to sustain the network's growth, whereas the $FTM token itself has a fixed maximum supply. At the time of writing this, the staking requirement for a validator node requires 3,175,000 $FTM, and "if the rewards stay at the current levels (depending on governance decisions), it will take more than two years to distribute all the rewards and to reach a full circulation of the total supply... and All the tokens taken together will never exceed the total cap of 3.175 billion FTM."

So if $FTM is intended to be "ideal for sending and receiving payments" as a decentralized alternative to stablecoins, what will happen when there just isn’t enough Opera-native $FTM to go around?

If $TOMB succeeds in holding the peg, this will create a mirrored, liquid asset that can be moved around and traded without restrictions, all while benefiting from the price appreciation of the native $FTM token. Reaching the peg and holding the peg is crucial, and this will ultimately be what drives the value of $TOMB for investors. In the short term, this would mean attractive APRs for liquidity providers on what would essentially be a stable pair.

So, once a liquid market is the norm, what happens next? What are some other reasons you’d want to hold $TOMB?

$TOMB aims to become the primary utility token of the Fantom ecosystem, and the first step is its role in FTMpad, Fantom’s first incubator & launchpad. The selection, development, and deployment of the next generation of Fantom DeFi projects will be decided by those who hold $TSHARE, $TOMB’s governance token (affectionately referred to as “the money printer” by gravediggers). Oh, and we’re just getting started.

1.“ELI5: I keep seeing that Tomb will solve Fantom Opera's liquidity issues, but I don't fully understand what that means or its implications.”

You may have read that by pegging to $FTM, $TOMB hopes to become a highly liquid, mirrored asset. What does this actually mean though?

As an example, say the dollar is the world's main medium of exchange. Everything is measured in terms of dollars, whether that's your weekly salary, or whether it's the price of bread or a computer. And you need dollars to buy literal gas to get to the bakery, or to the computer store.

But imagine if nobody wanted to use their dollars, and preferred to keep them under their mattresses instead. Since the value of everything gravitates in relation to the dollar, there would need to be something out there that is 1:1 "interchangeable" with the dollar, so that even if all the dollars in the world were tucked under mattresses, people could continue to transact freely.

Knowing that whatever they received would be able to be traded in for a dollar at whatever point in time they so desired. That's what $TOMB hopes to become for $FTM.

Getting Started

1.“Generally speaking, what's the easiest flow to follow for compounding rewards?”

The following is NOT FINANCIAL ADVICE. It is for education and entertainment purposes only.

There are countless strategies, and which one you choose depends on your risk tolerance and short, medium, and long-term goals. That being said, the "plug-and-play" method is detailed below. Also, take some profits along the way. Don't get too greedy.

If $TOMB is OVER the peg:

-Buy $TOMB and pair it with $FTM to provide liquidity, and stake your TOMB-FTM LP in the cemetery to earn $TSHARE rewards. -Take your $TSHARE rewards and stake them in the Masonry to earn inflationary $TOMB rewards. -Sell half of your earned $TOMB for $FTM, and compound it back into the TOMB-FTM LP. -Profit!

If $TOMB is UNDER the peg:

1.Buy TOMB and exchange it for TBOND. If you are LP'ing, you can break the LP to exchange $TOMB for $TBOND, and use the remaining $FTM to buy $TOMB to also exchange for $TBOND. Now you have a big fat bag of $TBOND, and you've also helped bring $TOMB back above peg so that the Masonry can resume printing.

2.Sell $TBOND for a redemption bonus once $TOMB is back over peg (above 1.1 TWAP).

3.Profit.

2. "What is 60/40?"

60/40 is the profit-taking method best suited to provide stability for both the platform and for your underlying investment. By boosting liquidity, the 60/40 strategy reduces price volatility, and helps $TOMB stay above the peg for longer to keep the Masonry printing. This, in turn, attracts new investors and keeps the ecosystem growing. If adhered to, the 60/40 approach will enable Tomb to eventually disable the Gatekeeper and remove all service fees on $TOMB sells. This is how it works: 1)When you claim your $TOMB rewards in the Masonry, sell 60% of them for $FTM. 2)When you go to provide TOMB-FTM LP, stake the entirety of your remaining TOMB with the $FTM you've just purchased.

3)After you've provided LP, you will have ~10% of your Masonry rewards left over as profit (in the form of $FTM) to do with as you see fit. Consistently taking this 10% profit and moving it into other protocols or allocations helps everyone keep calm through price volatility.

3.“There's so many auto-compounding vaults, what should I do?”

If you are in a $TOMB-FTM LP auto-compounding vault like MLNL, you are creating buy pressure on $TOMB. If you are in a $TSHARE-FTM LP auto-compounding vault and you also hold $TSHARE elsewhere, the auto-compounding vault will be suppressing its price since it is continuously selling $TSHARE.

4. "How do I provide liquidity and what incurs a service fee?"

Thanks to the awesome work from the devs at TOMB and SPOOKY, you can now provide liquidity fee-free! (You will only pay a service fee on the original sell of $TOMB if selling half for FTM.) *Please note that the "Zap" feature is still in BETA and will incur the LP tax fee. The fee will be applied when zapping in, regardless of what token you are zapping in with. The only way to provide liquidity without the tax is either through the Spooky UI, or through the Tomb.Finance "liquidity" tab.

5. "I have limited time and Tomb is too complicated. I'm looking for an 'ape strategy' that doesn't require reading the docs. What's the bare minimum I need to know?"

You only need to know four things:

1) Selling $TOMB always incurs a service fee , and it can sometimes be upwards of 20%. That's how the system is able to function. The closer the price of $TOMB is to the price of $FTM, the higher the service fee will be. Refer to the gatekeeper chart to see what the current service fee is. 2) On some days you will get $TOMB when you've staked $TSHARE in the masonry, and other days you won't. Sometimes it will print more, sometimes it will print less. The Masonry APR will fluctuate significantly day-over-day. That is normal and expected behavior. 3) When $TOMB goes under peg, $TBOND will be emitted. Sometimes you might be expecting to find $TBOND, and it won't be there. That is expected behavior. 4)If you sell $TOMB under peg, you are shooting yourself in the foot. You can just swap it for $TBOND and redeem at a profit later instead. Tomb requires more time, effort, and learning than most other projects out there. We're transparent about that. We understand not everybody can stay up-to-date with what's happening, and may still want to find a place to park their funds. Here's the trade-off with this strategy— if you choose to follow it without reading and learning about how everything works under the hood, then you have to take it at face value. You can't then start asking questions like "why did the masonry APR drop" or "why are there no TBONDs available."

5. "APR is much higher in the Masonry than in the cemetery for TOMB-FTM LP. Why would I not just invest everything there?"

The cemetery APR is linear and prints 24/7, regardless of Tomb's relation to the peg. Masonry, on the other hand, prints only when Tomb's TWAP is above 1.01. Therefore, it may not always be that an investor gets a higher return from the Masonry than from the TOMB-FTM pool. Because $TOMB follows the price of $FTM, the TOMB-FTM LP is akin to holding $FTM in your wallet, except with the bonus of a high farming APR on top of it. In other words, if you're bullish on $FTM's price action, the TOMB-FTM LP is a way of holding exposure to that single asset while also reaping high APRs.

Tomb Seignorage Fundamentals

1.“What is SEIGNIORAGE and how does it work?”

Seigniorage, as it relates to this project, is a method of using inflation and deflation to peg a currency — in this case $TOMB — to another asset. While the word seigniorage is unfamiliar to many people, there are actually many crypto projects that employ this mechanism. The first, and probably most well-known, is Ampleforth. Their “rebase” function automatically mints and distributes more $AMPL tokens to holders during times that $AMPL’s price is above peg, and automatically burns tokens when the price dips below peg.

$TOMB is similar in this regard. When the value of $TOMB is above its peg of 1 $FTM, new tokens are minted and distributed to everyone who has $TSHARES staked in the Masonry. This minting of new tokens is inflationary, and over time, as more tokens are created, the value of the tokens is driven down closer to the 1 $FTM peg.

When the price of $TOMB dips below the peg, the Masonry stops printing new $TOMB tokens, and the deflationary mechanism kicks in. While $TOMB is under peg, $TOMB holders are given the option to exchange $TOMB for $TBOND in the Pit. Doing so burns the exchanged $TOMB, reducing the total supply, and, over time, helps drive the price back up. The main difference between $TOMB and rebasing tokens like Ampleforth is that while rebases create inflation and deflation automatically via a set algorithm, $TOMB’s inflation and deflation is created in response to the choices of individual market participants. There are incentives built into the protocol that help to guide macro behaviors, but individual participants may employ different strategies at different times as they seek to optimize their yield. How you choose to manage your farms is up to you — there are opportunities to earn money in every scenario — and finding the best allocation among the various pools for your $TOMB, $TSHARE, and $TBOND holdings is critical to maximizing your profits.

2. "What is an expansionary epoch?"

An expansionary epoch is the amount of $TOMB that is printed by $TSHARE in order to increase the total circulating supply.

To simplify the explanation with a hypothetical example, let’s say an epoch is 3 days long and there are $100 dollars in the circulating supply.

If the money printer grows the supply by 10% of the existing circulating supply each day, at the end of the 3 days you'd have 100*1.1*1.1*1.1 = $133.

Then, let’s say the emissions decrease to 5% per day.

You’d then have have $133 *1.05 *1.05 *1.05 = $153 at the end of this second epoch.

3. “What is compounding in the context of Tomb.Finance?”

Earning a return on gains you've already made from previous periods is what is commonly referred to as compounding.

For example, consider a 3% daily APR on an initial investment of $100.

After 24 hours it would grow to $103.

After 365 days without compounding: $1195.

After 365 days, compounding once daily: $4,848,272.

Service Fees and The Gatekeeper

1. “Is there a gatekeeper service for swapping $TOMB for $TBOND when it is under peg?”

There is no tax when swapping $TOMB for $TBOND.

2.“If close to the peg, will I pay a service fee for LP creation?”

Yes, for the time being. This is due to a technical limitation around taxed tokens, and it's being worked on. This tax is applicable to both sides of the process: the sell (selling half of your TOMB for FTM) and also the actual providing of LP.

Thanks to the awesome work from the devs at TOMB and SPOOKY, you can now provide LP fee-free! (You will only pay a service fee on the original sell of $TOMB if selling half for FTM). *Please note that the "zap" feature is still in BETA and will incur the LP tax fee. The only way to provide liquidity without the tax is either through the Spooky UI, or through the Tomb.Finance "liquidity" tab.

3. "What is the current service fee for selling $TOMB?"

Governance Proposal #3 has been passed, and the new gatekeeper service fees can be found here:

4. "I hate taxes, so why do I have to pay this stupid fee when selling $TOMB?"

Let's clear up some terminology: when selling above peg, the Tomb community refers to this "tax" as a "service fee," because it has been built in with the explicit purpose of protecting investors and their underlying investment in the long run. It makes sense to think of the "service fee" as a "punitive tax" only when one is selling $TOMB below peg, as doing so negatively impacts the individual investor, the protocol, and the rest of the community. (Pro tip: instead of selling below peg, you can just swap your $TOMB for $TBOND tax-free, help the protocol, and profit from it once it goes back above peg.) One of two things happen with the service fee you pay:

  • Action 1: When the price is too far away from peg (+10% above), half of the collected $TOMB will be sold for $FTM, paired with the remaining $TOMB, and added as liquidity.

  • Action 2: When the price is within our peg range (between 10-0%) or below peg, the collected $TOMB will be burned.

Masonry

1.“Once Tbonds are emitted, does the Masonry stop printing $TOMB until we are above peg again?”

Staking $TSHAREs will give you $TOMB rewards when the price of $TOMB is above the peg (FTM), but not when it is under the peg.

2. “What happens if I interact with the Masonry in any way?”

Any interaction with the masonry will reset both timers. That's 3 epochs (18 hours) to withdraw your TOMB rewards, and 6 epochs to unstake your Tshare (36 hours).

3. “Are the masonry rewards pro-rated by time? I.e if I stake three hours before the end of an epoch vs five hours before the end of an epoch, do I get different rewards?”

No, it's determined by how much you have staked at the time of printing (i.e. end of one epoch and start of the other). It doesn't matter if you stake 3 hours before or 30 seconds before the emissions occur.

4. "If I remove my $TSHARE from Masonry without first collecting my $TOMB, will it be lost forever?"

No, it will still be there to collect whenever you need.

5. "The Masonry APR dropped because we're in a 'debt phase.' What does this mean?"

A debt phase takes place on the expansion epochs that start after a contraction period where there are still $TBOND to be redeemed.

65% of Expansion during Debt Phase is allocated to the Treasury Fund to prepare for the TBOND Redemption. This amount is still reserved whether or not TBOND holders are redeeming bonds or not.

Once TOMB in treasury is sufficiently full to meet all circulating bond redemption, expansion rates will resume to normal.

6. "If we're in a debt phase, how long will it last until Masonry continues printing as normal?"

The debt phase will last as long as is necessary to adequately pay back outstanding $TBOND debt. Please keep in mind that the DAO will also need to collect a little extra, as there needs to be a cushion to cover the bonuses when people redeem $TBOND over peg. There's no exact way of calculating how many epochs it takes, since we don't know exactly when people will redeem their $TBOND. If the debt phase is ended too early, and then the treasury doesn't have enough $TOMB to repay the $TBOND bonus, then the APR restriction would need to be turned back on.

7. "At the end of the epoch, the Masonry did not print $TOMB, and then no $TBOND(s) were issued in the pit. Why?"

There is a balanced state "at peg" when $TOMB's TWAP is between 1.00 and 1.01, and this means there is neither contraction nor inflation.

Cemetery

1.“What will happen when circulating supply = Total supply? Will emissions stop?”

Yes. Once the max supply of $TSHARE (70K) is reached, emissions stop. This is going to be in a little less than a year from the time of writing this. $TSHARE will always print $TOMB in the Masonry, though, as long as $TOMB is above peg.

2.“Why is ‘at-peg’ (TWAP between 1.00 and 1.01) the best time to provide liquidity?”

When $TOMB is pegged or close to being pegged to $FTM, it is more akin to having exposure to a single asset (single staking) than to your traditional LP'ing experience, where you would run the risk of impermanent loss if one of the tokens went up in value and the other did not.

3. "Wait, you mean that if $FTM pumps, $TOMB pumps with it?"

Yes! Let's take an example: If $FTM pumps in price, it won't 'outrun' $TOMB. The APR will vary in terms of its $USD value, but emissions won’t. This is something that wouldn't be possible with another 1:1 pegged asset like a stable coin LP position, where the $USD value is directly tied to the emissions. If $FTM rises in $USD value, $TOMB goes with it. Same if $FTM falls in $USD value, $TOMB will be worth less in $USD, but it won’t affect the peg. The only thing that can change the price of $TOMB in terms of its $FTM value is buying and selling it.

Ecosystem Partners

1.“How do auto-compounding vaults like MLNL work?”

Staking either $TOMB/$FTM or $TSHARE/$FTM LPs in these vaults rewards you with more of the same LP (liquidity pool) tokens that you have deposited. They deposit your LP tokens in the same yield farms that are available to everyone on $TOMB.finance, and then, every set amount of minutes, they harvest the $TSHARE that you’ve earned, sell a portion of if, and use the proceeds to mint more LP tokens on SpookySwap, before finally depositing those LP tokens back into the $TOMB.finance pools, growing your allocation.

You can actually do this yourself if you prefer not to have to pay fees; it’s simply a service offered as a time-saver for those that don’t want the hassle of going through the whole process themselves all day every day.

Note on the tokenomics of auto-compounding: Both the $TSHARE/FTM LP and the $TOMB/$FTM LP pools pay rewards in $TSHARE: If you’re in the $TSHARE/$FTM pool, 50% of your $TSHARE rewards are sold for $FTM each time the protocol auto-compounds. If you’re in the $TOMB/$FTM pool, 100% of your reward is sold and used to purchase half $TOMB and half $FTM each time. Unlike the TOMB/FTM vault, the TSHARE/FTM vault does not put any buy pressure on $TOMB.

Calculating Rewards

1. “How can I figure out what my future $TOMB rewards will be from the Masonry?”

Simplified example for a non-debt phase: say you have 1 $TSHARE staked out of 10 total $TSHAREs staked in Masonry, so you will get 10% of the total $TOMB emissions.

So, for this example we are assuming that there is a total circulating supply of 10,000 $TOMB, the current expansion rate is at 4%, and therefore 400 $TOMB will be emitted. You would get ((0.04 * 10000) * 0.8) * (1/10) = 32 $TOMB. With current regulations, this is the distribution breakdown: -80% of printed $TOMB goes to $TSHARE stakers. -18% goes to DAO-fund. - 2% goes to the devs.

Formula to calculate your rewards: ((ExpansionRate * CirculatingTOMBSupply) * 0.8) * (YourTShareStake/TotalTShareStaked)

2. “How long will it take for Tshare to pay itself off from $TOMB rewards, based on current prices?”

This will vary constantly as the APR in the masonry fluctuates, along with other variables such as the price of $TOMB.

For a quick estimation, however, you can do the following:



1) Take the total APR shown in the masonry, and divide that by 365 to get the daily APR. (In this example, we will say the daily APR is 5%.)


2) Multiply that daily APR by the current market price of the total Tshare you have staked to see what your daily rewards are.(In this example, we have 5 Tshares, each worth $500, for a total amount staked of $2500. Your daily return is $2500 * .05, which comes out to $125/day.)


 3)Take your initial buy-in price for Tshares, and divide it by your daily rewards. If you bought these 5 Tshares at a higher price of $700, for example, in the current market conditions you will recover your initial investment ($3500) in 3500/125 = 28 days.

3. “Does a higher TVL mean a higher APR?”

The more TVL in the pool, the less APR (there's more people getting the same piece of the pie), but the higher the price of the reward (the pie) the higher the APR (better quality of pie). In other words, although the same rewards are diluted across more investors, if those rewards have a higher dollar value because of the increase in TVL, then it can actually lead to a higher APR as well.

Core Values

1. “I'm invested in the project for the long term, and I feel guilty taking profits. Am I still a team player if I move profits somewhere outside of the project?”

Never put all your funds in one basket, even if it's $TOMB. Always take gains along the way. The Tomb team views it as a success if, over time, everyone gets their initial investment back into their wallets and continues investing with the profits that come after that.

Contractions and $TBOND

1. "When can I swap $TOMB for $TBOND?"

$TBOND will only become available in the Pit following epochs in which the Time Weighted Average Price (TWAP) of $TOMB is under peg. This means that $TOMB's price will have had to have been under 1 $FTM for the majority of the previous epoch in order to trigger the Pit to "open".

For example: If, during the previous epoch, the ratio of $TOMB to $FTM had been 1.2 for 5 hours, but dipped to 0.9 in the final hour, the Pit will not open, as the TWAP would be higher than 1. Conversely, if $TOMB's price is at 0.9 that of $FTM for 5 hours, but spikes to 1.25 in the final hour, the Pit will remain open during the following epoch, since the TWAP is less than 1.

The Pit will always open at the very beginning of a new epoch, and remain open for the entire epoch — the Pit can not and will never open mid-epoch — and during epochs in which the Pit is open, $TOMB will not be printed in the Masonry.

2. "What is the formula to calculate the redemption bonus for $TBOND?"

To encourage redemption of $TBOND for $TOMB when $TOMB's TWAP > 1.1, and in order to incentivize users to redeem at a higher price, $TBOND redemption will be more profitable with a higher $TOMB TWAP value. The $TBOND to $TOMB ratio will be 1:R, where R can be calculated in the formula as shown below:

R=1+[(TOMBtwapprice)1)coeff)]R=1+[(TOMBtwapprice)-1)*coeff)]
coeff=0.7coeff = 0.7

To further illustrate why the longer you hold $TBOND the more profitable it is, let's take an initial $1000 investment into consideration. In this example, say this $1000 is used to buy $TOMB when $TOMB TWAP is 0.95 and then swapped for $TBOND. If these $TBOND are redeemed when: - $TOMB TWAP is 1.5, your investment would now be worth $1421. -$TOMB TWAP is 2, your investment would now be worth $1789. -$TOMB TWAP is 3, your investment would now be worth $2526. -$TOMB TWAP is 5, your investment would now be worth $4000.

3. "I expected $TBOND to be issued in the pit, but there is none. Why?"

There is a balanced state "at peg" when $TOMB's TWAP is between 1.00 and 1.01, and this means there is neither contraction nor inflation.

4. "When can I swap $TBOND back to $TOMB?"

You can swap it back again when the following two criteria are met:

1: $TOMB TWAP is above peg and

2. There is enough in the treasury to cover it the redemption.

5. "Is $TBOND right for me?"

Like anything else in crypto, obtaining $TBOND is not risk-free. Just like in the real world, you are purchasing debt from the protocol with the expectation that you will be redeemed at a premium in the future. To date, this has occurred after all contractions, but past performance does not guarantee the same future outcomes. $TBOND is ideal for those with a medium to long-term time preference, as it incentivizes hodling in exchange for potentially extremely lucrative rewards. If you are looking for a quick flip or have short-term time preference, $TBOND may not be the right investment option for you.

6. "What's the benefit of the most recently passed governance proposal where you can now swap $TBOND directly for $TSHARE?"

This was rolled out to further incentivize holding $TBOND. $TBOND holders will be able to exchange $TBOND directly for $TSHARE any time it's available, and the $TSHARE will be dropped in random increments in order to prevent any one individual from acquiring the bulk of it.

Those who are already staked in Masonry and are accumulating more $TSHARE with their $TOMB rewards are paying a service fee (tax) on each $TOMB sell. The opportunity to swap $TBOND directly for $TSHARE should incentivize investors to have $TBOND on hand at all times, as they'll be able to buy more $TSHARE than they would directly with $TOMB.

For example, if you print 100 $TOMB and want to buy $TSHARE, the sell tax (at the time of writing) means you'd get ~85 $TOMB worth of $TSHARE. If, instead, you print that $TOMB and swap it for $TBOND which is tax-free and then swap that for $TSHARE (also tax-free), you would now get 100 $TOMB worth of $TSHARE instead of 85 $TOMB.

7. "Please, ELI5. Why do people keep saying $TBOND is a longer-term investment?"

Say, for example, that you buy 5,000 $TBOND at the time of writing this. That's about $1,000.

Then, say the market flips super bullish and $FTM goes back to $0.60 and $TOMB pushes up to $0.90.

You could redeem your $TBOND at that point for 11,250 $TOMB, which would be worth $10,125.

That's over $9K in profit if you hold your $TBOND.

Governance and DAO

1."What is quadratic voting and how does it work?"

In order to establish the amount of votes, the $TSHAREs from the following places are taken in consideration:

  • TSHARE in wallet

  • LP in wallet

  • Masonry

  • TSHARE-FTM LP pool in Cemetery

  • MLNL TSHARE-FTM LP auto-compounding vault

The voting strategy is "quadratic voting", so:

1 TSHARE =1 full vote

4 TSHARES = 2 full votes

9 TSHARES = 3 full votes, etc.

2. "What is the DAO doing with its funds right now?"

The strategy we’re applying now is different from any other Algo project so far. Whereas any other Algo project does buybacks and burns, we believe we can use the capital from the DAO more effectively.

 Let's assume the DAO is farming with 100LP on mlnl.finance. 
In this example, rewards are auto-compounded until we get to 105 LP. We take out the 5 LP of rewards. 50% of those rewards are TOMB and 50% of those rewards are FTM.
The 50% TOMB will be instantly burned. Out of the 50% gained FTM, 50% of that will be used to buy back TOMB, LP’ed with FTM and put back into the mlnl.finance vault. 

So, instead of doing a one-time buyback and burn, we’re putting the capital to use and achieving a stable burn, a stable buyback, and an increase in the total LP staked. TLDR: the 
DAO LP increases daily -> TOMB burn increases daily + TOMB buyback increases daily.

 The DAO is currently farming with $1,000,000 value in LP, and this will only increase over time. The TSHARE-FTM LP stack of the DAO is running with a somewhat similar strategy. 50% of the rewards are put back into LP and 50% is swapped to USDC, so we can keep a very healthy stable coin stack in case we need a little extra push to get us back above peg.

3. "The DAO just sold a large amount of its native token to $USDC or another token. What's the explanation?"

By diversifying the DAO treasury outside of its own assets (TOMB/TSHARE), it is not as susceptible to the kind of price volatility that could prevent an effective buyback, for example. Maintaining full exposure to its own assets has been a fatal flaw in many past algo protocols. By constantly holding a non-correlated asset, the DAO is able to increase the certainty of being able to bring $TOMB back to peg if an intervention is necessary. DAO money is also used for: -buybacks -funding new use cases (farms/pools etc) -marketing -paying freelancers and non-core team collaborators

Governance Proposals

Status: PASSED on 07/24/2021 with a 73.19% vote for YES.

Outcome: Introduce the TBOND-TSHARE swap function and allocate 100 $TSHARE from DAO to fund it.

Status: PASSED on 07/30/2021 with a 67.47% vote for Option 2.

Outcome: The expansion rate will be reduced to 1.25%. (Rewards will be cut by 17-20% on the masonry APR.)

Status: PASSED on 07/31/2021 with a 97.23% vote for YES.

Outcome: Reduce range to 20% price variation (between 1.2-0.8) at 15m+ $TOMB supply.

FTMpad

1.“What is FTMPad and how will it benefit $TOMB investors?”

FTMPad is a launchpad/incubator for the hottest new projects on the Fantom network! As a $TOMB investor, you will have the first seat at the table.

$TOMB will buy you a seat to buy a certain % of the pre-sale rights, and this $TOMB is then burned and removed from circulation.

Then, you use FTM to buy the tokens based on the total allocation you’ve reserved with $TOMB. This effectively means that if you are in masonry printing $TOMB, you’re printing yourself a seat to all the newest projects on FTM. Others will have to buy $TOMB to get involved with the launchpad.

TLDR; Until now, staking in the Masonry gave you two choices for what to do with your rewards: sell, or compound. 

With FTMpad, you can now put your $TOMB to a third and unique use: buy a seat at the table by burning your $TOMB. $TSHAREs print you the tickets, so non-masonry participants will have to buy $TOMB to participate.

2.“I'm a dev interested in launching my project on FTMpad. What should I know?”

FTMpad serves as an incubator. You submit your project proposal, and, once governance is active, $TSHARE holders will vote on whether it will make it to the launchpad. Once your project has been voted in, the team will assist with tokenomics and other technical questions you may have. All projects using FTMpad will be adding their liquidity into Spookyswap— that's a prerequisite.

3. “What’s the advantage of participating in FTMpad as an investor? Does launching on Tomb's FTMpad mean the project has been thoroughly vetted, and therefore that I as an investor can rely on Tomb's assurance, compared to if I were to buy it from somewhere else?"

Tomb does not represent nor guarantee the particular outcomes of any investment. That being said, the Tomb team will perform thorough vetting of each project in accordance with best practices. Investors should still always do their own research.

As an early-stage investor, participating in FTMpad will give you access to an immediate discount, intimate knowledge about the project’s development before it reaches the broader public, and a relationship with the community built around it during its incipient stages.

Advanced Strategies

"The Gab Strats"

Concerns and Panic

1.“Can something like what happened to Iron.finance happen to $TOMB?”

No. What happened to Iron.finance, as far as we can tell, was something called an “oracle exploit”. Since Iron was partially collateralized, it employed an oracle to monitor the value of its collateral and mint/burn $TITAN and $STEEL tokens in the proper ratio to maintain its peg.

The oracle exploit created a scenario where prices were being reported incorrectly, allowing $TITAN and $STEEL tokens to be minted for much less than it should have cost. Once people became aware that they were able to mint tokens for less than they could sell them for, many people raced to mint as many tokens as they could as quickly as they could and dump them on the open market for profit (a process known as arbitrage).

This created a sort of “digital bank run”, as people sought to profit off this data discrepancy. Since $TOMB is not collateralized, it does not employ an oracle, thereby making it completely impossible for this type of exploit to occur within the protocol.

2.“I bought $TOMB/$TSHARE 3 minutes ago/yesterday/last week and now its market price is less than what I bought it for. How could this be!?”

“What things cost under earlier conditions is history; what the supply and demand are today is economics." -Thomas Sowell, Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy

3. “Are there liquidity issues? I'm trying to sell $TOMB and the transaction isn't going through.”

If TOMB is near the peg, check the gatekeeper tax/fee and make sure to adjust the slippage accordingly.

4. "I was taxed for providing LP, even though I set a low slippage!"

Please refer to "Taxes and The Gatekeeper": Q&A 2. Until the new functionality rolls out, LPing will be taxed as it has always been. Tomb does not control the UI or the slippage settings outside of its own smart contracts, or anytime you are interacting with a third party like a DEX.

Thanks to the awesome work from the devs at TOMB and SPOOKY, you can now provide LP fee-free! (You will only pay a service fee on the original sell of $TOMB if selling half for FTM.)

5. "Why can't I swap $TOMB for another token on Spooky?"

It's likely you have not set the correct slippage. Refer to the gatekeeper chart for the current taxes and recommended slippage. If you've done this and it still does not work, try the following troubleshooting steps in order: -Make sure you're swapping $TOMB -> $FTM directly. -If that doesn't work, try $TOMB -> $TSHARE -> $FTM -Remove decimals so that you're trading a round number of $TOMB. -Refresh your page and try again. -Restart your browser and try again. -Switch to a different RPC URL and try again.

6. "Help! I used the "zap" feature to provide LP, and I paid the service fee."

The zap is a newer functionality that has still not been updated to work around the LP tax. For the time being, only providing liquidity through Spooky's UI or through the Tomb.finance website's "liquidity" tab is tax-free.

7. "Won't the gatekeeper service fee prevent $TOMB from being listed on a centralized exchange?"

First and foremost, Tomb does not currently have plans nor intentions to list on an CEX. At the moment, the goal is working towards increased decentralization. The Gatekeeper fee is a temporary safeguard, and may be removed altogether once $TOMB is liquid enough. Therefore, if a future governance proposal on a CEX listing was voted in, the service fee would not be a technical issue.

Links and Further Reading

1."How long has Tomb.Finance been around?"

The project went live on 2021-06-02 12:30:00 UTC.

2.“Where can I see the charts?”

$TOMB-FTM $TSHARE-FTM

Contents
Why Tomb.Finance?
1.“ELI5: I keep seeing that Tomb will solve Fantom Opera's liquidity issues, but I don't fully understand what that means or its implications.”
Getting Started
1.“Generally speaking, what's the easiest flow to follow for compounding rewards?”
2. "What is 60/40?"
3.“There's so many auto-compounding vaults, what should I do?”
4. "How do I provide liquidity and what incurs a service fee?"
5. "I have limited time and Tomb is too complicated. I'm looking for an 'ape strategy' that doesn't require reading the docs. What's the bare minimum I need to know?"
5. "APR is much higher in the Masonry than in the cemetery for TOMB-FTM LP. Why would I not just invest everything there?"
Tomb Seignorage Fundamentals
1.“What is SEIGNIORAGE and how does it work?”
2. "What is an expansionary epoch?"
3. “What is compounding in the context of Tomb.Finance?”
Service Fees and The Gatekeeper
1. “Is there a gatekeeper service for swapping $TOMB for $TBOND when it is under peg?”
2.“If close to the peg, will I pay a service fee for LP creation?”
3. "What is the current service fee for selling $TOMB?"
4. "I hate taxes, so why do I have to pay this stupid fee when selling $TOMB?"
Masonry
1.“Once Tbonds are emitted, does the Masonry stop printing $TOMB until we are above peg again?”
2. “What happens if I interact with the Masonry in any way?”
3. “Are the masonry rewards pro-rated by time? I.e if I stake three hours before the end of an epoch vs five hours before the end of an epoch, do I get different rewards?”
4. "If I remove my $TSHARE from Masonry without first collecting my $TOMB, will it be lost forever?"
5. "The Masonry APR dropped because we're in a 'debt phase.' What does this mean?"
6. "If we're in a debt phase, how long will it last until Masonry continues printing as normal?"
7. "At the end of the epoch, the Masonry did not print $TOMB, and then no $TBOND(s) were issued in the pit. Why?"
Cemetery
1.“What will happen when circulating supply = Total supply? Will emissions stop?”
2.“Why is ‘at-peg’ (TWAP between 1.00 and 1.01) the best time to provide liquidity?”
3. "Wait, you mean that if $FTM pumps, $TOMB pumps with it?"
Ecosystem Partners
1.“How do auto-compounding vaults like MLNL work?”
Calculating Rewards
1. “How can I figure out what my future $TOMB rewards will be from the Masonry?”
2. “How long will it take for Tshare to pay itself off from $TOMB rewards, based on current prices?”
3. “Does a higher TVL mean a higher APR?”
Core Values
1. “I'm invested in the project for the long term, and I feel guilty taking profits. Am I still a team player if I move profits somewhere outside of the project?”
Contractions and $TBOND
1. "When can I swap $TOMB for $TBOND?"
2. "What is the formula to calculate the redemption bonus for $TBOND?"
3. "I expected $TBOND to be issued in the pit, but there is none. Why?"
4. "When can I swap $TBOND back to $TOMB?"
5. "Is $TBOND right for me?"
6. "What's the benefit of the most recently passed governance proposal where you can now swap $TBOND directly for $TSHARE?"
7. "Please, ELI5. Why do people keep saying $TBOND is a longer-term investment?"
Governance and DAO
1."What is quadratic voting and how does it work?"
2. "What is the DAO doing with its funds right now?"
3. "The DAO just sold a large amount of its native token to $USDC or another token. What's the explanation?"
Governance Proposals
Proposal #1: Add a TSHARE-TBOND swap function
Proposal #2: Change the current expansion rate.
Proposal #3: Reduce Tax range of action
FTMpad
1.“What is FTMPad and how will it benefit $TOMB investors?”
2.“I'm a dev interested in launching my project on FTMpad. What should I know?”
3. “What’s the advantage of participating in FTMpad as an investor? Does launching on Tomb's FTMpad mean the project has been thoroughly vetted, and therefore that I as an investor can rely on Tomb's assurance, compared to if I were to buy it from somewhere else?"
Advanced Strategies
"The Gab Strats"
Concerns and Panic
1.“Can something like what happened to Iron.finance happen to $TOMB?”
2.“I bought $TOMB/$TSHARE 3 minutes ago/yesterday/last week and now its market price is less than what I bought it for. How could this be!?”
3. “Are there liquidity issues? I'm trying to sell $TOMB and the transaction isn't going through.”
4. "I was taxed for providing LP, even though I set a low slippage!"
5. "Why can't I swap $TOMB for another token on Spooky?"
6. "Help! I used the "zap" feature to provide LP, and I paid the service fee."
7. "Won't the gatekeeper service fee prevent $TOMB from being listed on a centralized exchange?"
Links and Further Reading
1."How long has Tomb.Finance been around?"
2.“Where can I see the charts?”