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This section is used for science popularization before the actual use of the SynAssets Assets (sAssets) functions. We will take sMatic, one of the functions, as an example in the following. MAT is the synthetic assets of sMatic.

What is bonding?

Bonding is the secondary value accrual strategy of sMatic. It allows sMatic to acquire its own liquidity and other reserve assets such as LUSD by selling MAT at a discount in exchange for these assets. The protocol quotes the bonder with terms such as the bond price, the amount of MAT tokens entitled to the bonder, and the vesting term. The bonder can claim some of the rewards (MAT tokens) as they vest, and at the end of the vesting term, the full amount will be claimable.
Bonding is an active, short-term strategy. The price discovery mechanism of the secondary bond market renders bond discounts more or less unpredictable. Therefore bonding is considered a more active investment strategy that has to be monitored constantly in order to be more profitable as compared to staking.
Bonding allows sMatic to accumulate its own liquidity. We call our own liquidity POL. More POL ensures there is always locked exit liquidity in our trading pools to facilitate market operations and protect token holders. Since sMatic becomes its own market, on top of additional certainty for MAT investors, the protocol accrues more and more revenue from LP rewards bolstering our treasury.