[DRC] Add ASTR-USD to the dYdX Chain

A proposal was recently listed on Mintscan for an ASTR-USD market. Chaos Labs supports the addition of ASTR-USD to the dYdX Chain and recommends listing under liquidity tier 2. In line with the criteria for introducing a new market, as detailed in the v4 documentation, we present our analysis and the rationale behind our recommendation for ASTR’s listing.


ASTR is currently listed for spot trading on exchanges, including Binance, MEXC, Bybit, KuCoin, OKX, and Gate, with its launch on January 16, 2022 (CoinGecko). Recent 24-hour Perpetual volumes for ASTR have also recently been north of $42m, showing interest in trading it. With aggregate liquidity of $837k within a ±2% range, ASTR’s price stability is deemed robust enough against potential manipulation, qualifying it for listing on the dYdX Chain.

Liquidity Tier Recommendation

ASTR fulfills the requirements for a Long-Tail asset as defined in the dYdX v4 documentation, and, therefore, we suggest categorizing it under liquidity tier 2.

As outlined in the v4 documentation, liquidity tiers specify the margin requirements needed for each market. They should be determined based on the relative market’s spot book depth and the token’s market capitalization.

ASTR aligns the Oracle liquidity requirement at 6 out of 6 Oracle sources. All 6 of these are both robust and queryable sources according to the dYdX listing criteria. ASTR’s recent 24-hour spot trading volumes are $27m, qualifying it as a Long-Tail asset on the dYdX Chain.

Below are the volume and liquidity depth metrics for the proposed ASTR oracle sources:

Given that it meets the Long-Tail criteria with 6 qualifying oracle sources, we suggest listing ASTR at a liquidity tier 2.

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This token does not passes our basic due diligence, we will not oppose the listing and cast an abstain vote as it still seems to present sufficient market-depth for a tier-2 listing. Beyond that, we still recommend traders to avoid dealing with asset if they don’t have sufficient experience to handle the associated volatility.