Arrow Markets

Arrow decentralized financial markets (DFMs) are the financial engines of the futureArrow DFMs implement a low-level protocol for creating and settling options on publicly available asset prices. Cash-settlement operates through a network of decentralized aggregate counterparties (DACs) financed by liquidity providers in exchange for platform income.


  • Cash-settled: A single numeraire is used to settle all contingent claims. This means underliers can be on-chain or off-chain.
  • Decentralized: Code is Law replaces centralized settlement. Implemented through a network of DACs.
  • Fast and Secure: Runs on Avalanche virtual machines. Front runner resistant and blazing fast.
  • Prolific: Customize and combine options, call spreads and put spreads.

The Technology Suite

The Arrow protocol implements a decentralized aggregate counterparty (DAC) to act as both a settlement authority and a funding vehicle for each user-chosen reference asset. We call the DAC coupled with a contract factory a decentralized financial market (DFM). DFMs live on blockchains and generate economies of scale for contingent contract creation and settlement.LITEPAPER


Research drives our design choices. Click here to see a key set of papers that have helped to shape our thinking.

The Arrow Team

The Arrow Research Group was founded in 2020 by Patrick Kiefer and Edward Mehrez. Both are financial economists by training. At Cornell's Initiative for CryptoCurrencies and Contracts (IC3) workshop in July 2020, Patrick and Edward were joined by Austin Liu and Preston Rozwood to produce a nascent version of the Arrow protocol.Arrow is now a global project with partners and team members from New York, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai and London. Our backers include Framework Ventures, Alameda Ventures, QCP Soteria, DeFi Capital, RenGen, CMS Holdings, Avalanche Foundation and Delphi Digital Ventures.

Arrow is built on Avalanche

Avalanche is an advanced-generation blockchain that is optimized for financial transactions and runs the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM). Check out our talk to the Avalanche community:AVALANCHE TALK


November 21

Fuji Testnet Deployment

We will launch our protocol on Avalanche's Fuji testnet. This will give users the opportunity to interact with our prototype and get rewards for doing so!
December-February 22

Trading Competition, Community Engagement, and Audits

We will hold a trading competition with prizes for the top performers starting in December. We are also having our contracts and overall architecture professionally audited. Concurrently, based on feedback from the testnet deployment as well as the audits, we will optimize aspects of the protocol as needed. We'll also be engaging the community by demonstrating all that the platform is capable of!
February 22

Avalanche Mainnet Launch

Audits will be completed around the end of February, and we will launch on the Avalanche C-Chain mainnet before the end of Q1 2022!!
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