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Minting and Burning Pool Tokens Guide

A step-by-step on minting and burning tokens using the Perpetual Pools V2 interface. Testnet Trading Competition edition.

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EDITS: The following guide has been updated to reflect the changes live on the Perpetual Pools V2 interface.


Hello and welcome to our step-by-step on Tracer's Perpetual Pools interface! We're going to walk you through the process of minting and burning pool tokens with this guide.

Gaining access to non-liquidatable, tokenised leverage is no longer a pain point for DeFi users thanks to Tracer's Perpetual Pools: a product that allows you to trade fully-fungible positions, which means you can seamlessly interact with and sustain your leveraged exposure within the DeFi economy. It's simple, straightforward and we'll support you with every step.

Now let's get you started with minting your first token.

Minting Pool Tokens

Step 1: Browse

Head to Perpetual Pools Perpetual Pools and browse the tokens available. You'll be able to see long and short tokens for the BTC, ETH and LINK with leverages of 3, 5 and 7. Take note of the effective leverage as this will influence your returns.

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*The Price and Effective Leverage displayed are indicative only. The values displayed are estimated values for the next rebalance period, based on existing information including queued mints and burns and the estimated value transfer. The actual Price and Effective Leverage will be calculated at the time of the next rebalance.

Step 2: Commit

Select 'Commit' to get started minting your pool tokens. The following window will appear:


Step 3: Select Token to Mint

The window will default to the Mint action, and the default displayed token will be reflective of which Commit button you selected. You can adjust which token you are going to mint using the drop down box. You will see a variety of options including a 5L-ETH/USD token.

This token ticker is used to represent a 5x Long Position on the ETH price denominated in USD.

The meaning behind each element of the token ticker is explained below:


The number at the beginning of the token ticker represents the leverage ratio of that token. The leverage options available are 3, 5 and 7. For a price move of 2% in the underlying the 7 leverage market will experience a move of approximately 14%.

Long or Short

The ‘L’ or ‘S’ in the token ticker represents whether the token has Long or Short side exposure respectively. Long (L) tokens increase in value when the underlying price feed increases; short (S) tokens increase in value when the underlying price feed decreases. Pick wisely.

Price Feed

The final part of the token ticker refers to the underlying price feed which the token tracks. We have three different price feeds which a market may be based upon - ETH, BTC or LINK. All prices are in terms of USD. The price feed is the asset you will be taking long or short side exposure to.

Step 4: Collateral Amount

It's time to provide your PPUSD as collateral. There's no longer a minimum commit size when interacting with Perpetual Pools V2 contracts.

For the “From” selection - simply pick Wallet initially. Escrowed collateral will only be an option if you have PPUSD from burning other positions which you have not yet claimed back to your wallet.

Step 5: Unlock PPUSD

Unlock your PPUSD to start investing with Tracer by selecting the 'Unlock PPUSD' button. This is a one-time transaction for each pool. You will have to verify the transaction when your wallet prompts you.

Step 6: Mint!

Mint your tokens! Select, 'Commit Mint' and follow the MetaMask prompts. Once accepted, your order will be put into the queue and you'll receive your tokens at the end of the front-running interval which is approximately 8 hours.

Please note: Your tokens will be minted ~8 hours after you commit to mint. The price at which you will receive these tokens is calculated based on the average price of the asset over the following 8 hours.

Step 7: Check Pending Mints and Wait

Navigate to the ‘Portfolio’ window and under the Pending Mints tab you will see your order is queued.

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Once the front-running interval has elapsed. The tokens will appear in your Escrow holdings. This means the positions are yours, you are exposed to the market you selected but the tokens are still sitting in the V2 contracts - not in your wallet. You can use the “Claim” function to move the tokens into your wallet - or monitor your position using the Tracer Portfolio interface.

Step 8: Add Token Address to MetaMask

To add the token address to your MetaMask, view the tokens in the 'Pools' tab. Find the token you wish to add to your MetaMask and click the 3 dots next to 'Commit'. Select 'Add token to wallet' and follow the MetaMask prompts.

Congratulations, you've just successfully minted your very first pool tokens! These tokens a fully-fungible ERC20s to be used throughout the DeFi economy. Now let's look at some next steps.

Burning and Flipping Pool Tokens

Navigate to the "Pools" tab. Like you did when minting, use the drop-downs to choose a Pool to redeem tokens in. To burn your leveraged tokens, you need to commit to exit the Pool. Click the commit button at the right of the Pool module for the side of the Pool you're in:

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Next, change the action at the top of the new commit modal to Burn or Flip. Now you'll be able to see where your tokens are held. You can choose to burn from your wallet or in escrow. If you want to do both, you'll have to make separate commits. Click the location you want to burn from:

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Now you enter the amount of tokens you want to burn manually or click max. Before you sign off on the transaction, have a look at the count down timer. That's the time until your commit is entered. After that, you are committed to exiting the Pool and will have to wait 8 hours before you can claim the settlement funds. You'll then get a notification to tell you that your commit was successful. Don't wait around, it's going to take 8 hours before you can claim your funds. We'll hold them in escrow so you can get them any time after that.

To ‘Flip’ your position, you’re going from Long to Short, or Short to Long, instead of entering in and out of USDC. This allows you to bypass an additional 8 hour minting or burning period. You’ll follow the same steps as minting and burning to execute this trade.

Tracer's Perpetual Pools interface was designed with ease of use and access in mind. It only takes a mere handful of steps to mint and burn tokens. If you have any questions, comments or would otherwise like to reach out to the team, join our conversation over on Discord and follow us on Twitter.


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