arNXM: Yield Vault

Easily stake NXM/wNXM into Nexus Mutual

The arNXM Vault accepts wNXM/NXM and puts it to work to produce yield. This is done by unwrapping and staking the wNXM (or NXM) tokens in the Nexus Mutual ecosystem. Upon deposit of wNXM/NXM, users receive arNXM in return, which is the yield bearing token for the vault. arNXM can be traded freely, just like wNXM, but it also accrues staking rewards.

The wNXM yield vault also maintains a liquidity reserve to enable withdrawal of wNXM. This reserve is set to 10K wNXM, and refills every 7 days. For the governance grace period, the size of the reserve and the refill period is being fine tuned to optimize the model and maximize returns. Fine tuning is required to calibrate the model until the model is stabilized. The size of the reservoir and refill period can also be adjusted by the DAO after the governance grace period.

The use of this reserve is anticipated to be minimal as Armor has set up incentivized Liquidity Pools for holders of arNXM to exit their positions directly into ETH. Liquidity in arNXM:ETH pools is sufficiently large (larger than wNXM pools) that users can exit their arNXM positions directly into ETH through the arNXM:ETH markets on Uniswap, Sushiswap, 1inch and Balancer without ever having to reconvert to wNXM.

Note: The reserve liquidity depends on deposits for the first month, as the minimum stake lockup period on Nexus Mutual is 30 days. Deposited wNXM is continually staked and won't be unlocked until at least 30 days after launch. It is anticipated that deposits will be sufficient to provide liquidity for any withdrawals during this period.


Users who deposit wNXM tokens into the vault are returned arNXM tokens at the current conversion rate. This conversion rate is determined by the ratio of total assets under management to the total supply of arNXM.

  • v = Value of 1 arNXM.

  • b = wNXM balance currently held in the reserve contract (this includes any accrued staking rewards as they flow into the reserve from Nexus)

  • s = wNXM balance currently being staked in Nexus Mutual.

  • t = Total supply of arNXM.

v=(b+s)/tNXMpricev = (b + s) / t * NXMprice

where, b + s = total Assets Under Management (AUM)

arNXM is only minted when users deposit wNXM into the vault. When a user returns arNXM, it is burnt and an appropriate amount of wNXM is returned to the user. The balance being staked in Nexus Mutual (s) generates staking rewards, however, equivalent arNXM are not minted for these rewards. Therefore, as more staking rewards are accrued, there will be additional wNXM compared to arNXM, causing the exchange price of arNXM to rise.

For example, consider a total of 100 wNXM is deposited into the vault. The user will be returned 100 arNXM. The vault will keep 10 wNXM, and stake 90 wNXM into Nexus Mutual. Assuming there are no deposits or withdrawals, and the 90 staked wNXM produce 5 wNXM as rewards which flow into the reserve. Now, b = (10 + 5), and s = 90, then:

totalAUM=b+s=(10+5)+90=105total AUM = b + s = (10 + 5) + 90 = 105
and,v=(105/100)NXMprice=1.05NXMpriceand, v = (105/100) * NXM price = 1.05*NXMprice

This means that the price of arNXM will be 5% more than wNXM. The yield of the arNXM yield vault is captured in the increasing value of arNXM compared to wNXM.

In the real world, there will be constant deposits and withdrawals and the system will not operate as simply as described in the example. Additionally, in case of a hack, the stake on a contract may get burnt resulting in a reduction of the total AUM, causing the price of arNXM to drop in a similar manner as described in the example above.

Staking in Nexus Mutual

The wNXM yield vault produces yield by unwrapping and staking the wNXM into the Nexus Mutual ecosystem.

The remaining wNXM is staked on various contracts through Nexus Mutual. The contracts to stake on can be changed through governance. This allows governance to optimize the risk/rewards.

Contracts arNXM yield vault will stake on are:

Bucket 1 - Low Risk, High Demand

  • Uniswap V2

  • Sushiswap

  • Badger

  • Aave V2

  • Compound V2

  • MakerDAO

  • Curve

  • Yearn

  • Balancer

  • RenVM

Bucket 2 - Medium Risk, ? Demand

  • Synthetix

  • UMA

  • Bancor

  • 1inch

  • Argent

  • Gnosis safe

  • Dy/Dx

  • 0X V3

  • Opyn

  • Flexa

Bucket 3 - High Risk, ? Demand

  • mStable

  • Totle

  • Pool Together V3

  • Perpetual Protocol

  • Hegic

  • Alpha Homora

  • Keeper DAO

  • Cream

  • Nexo

  • Origin Dollar

Bucket 4 - High Risk, ? Demand

  • Tornado Cash

  • Hodlnaught

  • Ledn

  • Opyn V2

  • DODO

  • BlockFi

  • dForce Yield Market

  • Deverifi

  • Mooniswap

  • TrueFi

More buckets will be added as more deposits are received.

The amount of NXM to stake per bucket is based on the risk rating and demand for cover. Currently, there are 3 buckets based on risk (low, medium, high), as demand metrics are unavailable. As more data becomes available, a function based on risk and demand will be defined to determine the amount of NXM to stake in each bucket to automate/simplify the staking function for the DAO. The buckets will be cycled in sequence for each staking/unstaking cycle. Each period, Armor will stake from the reserve NXM = (holdings - reserveAmount) into the appropriate bucket; as well as unstake a set % of NXM from that same bucket, which will start the 30 day unlock period before this unstaked amount is fully unlocked and flows into the reserve.

The vault is flexible:

  • The order of the buckets in the cycle, and what’s in each bucket can be changed;

  • Buckets can be blocked from automatic rotation;

  • Unstake percents can be set individually for each protocol to enable optimization.

Anyone can call the ‘restake’ function at the end of a period, which distributes rewards to stakers. Function to get nexus rewards and shield mining rewards can also be called by anyone and at any time.

Note: Nexus releases all rewards at 0900 UTC on Mondays.


Rewards from staking your wNXM for arNXM are reflected in the contract's token conversion rate for arNXM. As more rewards from staking on Nexus Mutual are gained, a user will receive a higher amount of wNXM for each arNXM input.

Rewards are generated from the wNXM (unwrapped to NXM) that are staked on the above contracts through Nexus Mutual.

Shield mining rewards go to the treasury.

Compound Returns

Rewards are earned on a continuous basis and restaked into Nexus mutual, compounding returns.


Users can sell their arNXM for ETH through the arNXM:ETH LPs available on Uniswap, Sushiswap, 1Inch and Balancer.

To return wNXM

The arNXM vault will maintain a reservoir to provide liquidity (for arNXM/wNXM), which refreshes the wNXM balance every week on Mondays (to coincide with Nexus staking rewards distribution). In addition to the wNXM added through rebalancing, all deposits from users during the week will also be kept in the reserve and serve to provide additional liquidity until the next Monday when retaking occurs. Funds may be withdrawn at any time given sufficient liquidity is available.

The amount of wNXM to keep in the reserve is calculated as a percentage of the total Assets Under Management (AUM). The default value at start will be set at 10% AUM. Adjustments can be made through governance as required.

  • f = Amount of funds to keep in the contract in reserve

  • AUM = Total amount of funds under the vault's control

  • r = The percentage, in a decimal format, of AUM to keep in reserve each week

f=rAUMf = r * AUM

If this reserve completely runs out of funds, users may not withdraw until next week when the newly unstaked wNXM will refill the reserve.

Claims Process

In the case of a successful claim and payout on a contract that arNXM was staking on, the vault will lose its stake (proportionally based on the share of the staking pool and the size of the claim) resulting in a lower conversion rate of arNXM:wNXM.

In the case where a claim is made and is anticipated to succeed, informed users may withdraw their arNXM in return for wNXM from the reserve. The maximum drain is limited by reservoir size and market forces will equalize the price of arNXM over time.

Armor also provides coverage for cover providers (stakers of arNXM vault), as described here. With the growth of the Armor platform, stakers' investments will become safer.

Withdrawal limit on arNXM:wNXM swaps from the arNXM Vault

The maximum withdrawals of wNXM per refill cycle is limited to the size of the reservoir plus any deposits made through the cycle, which are not staked until the end of that cycle. The reserve size can be optimized to ensure users have sufficient liquidity throughout the cycle, leave enough for staking to maximize rewards, and limit large drawdowns from the vault; this balance will be adjusted through governance as needed.

Users can also sell their arNXM directly for ETH or other tokens through the various LPs.