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May 26, 2022

Income Streams for The Rebus Products

Rebus Income Streams: Who makes income and how?

Uniting two disparate and, in some cases, opposing financial worlds is a tall order. But we believe that anything worthwhile is challenging. Fortunately, this challenge aligns with our vision, both philosophically and monetarily. While we have a fixed distribution to charities and research, the Rebus Platform is ultimately about making money by bringing DeFi products into mainstream finance. So, how exactly do income streams work for Rebus, its Investors, Partners, and End-Customers? The overall strategy and challenge is to be familiar, fair, secure, and lucrative.

Who's who?

First, our tokenomics section has much greater detail about roles and the initial distributions, which show our commitment to making this platform a long-term structure in the expanding DeFi space. But the short of it is that we have a number of groups looking to benefit, and here’s who they are:

Rebus Founders, early Investors and Board Members  - These groups have taken the most risk and naturally have the highest potential earnings. However, we have taken steps to ensure that the distribution and 'vesting time' prevents a minority ownership from what we see as rather criminal "pump-n-dump" schemes clogging much of the Twitterverse.

Partners - Rebus Partners carry and sell DeFi products to their customers using the Rebus Platform. Partners can be Asset Managers or various roles or services across supporting Financial Houses. Naturally, they will benefit by being able to provide such products before their competitors and stand to lose customers if they wait too long.

Charities - Call it a humanitarian or civic duty, our ethos compels us to allocate a portion of proceeds to select research projects and charitable works. After all, what good is money if not put to good use?

Partners’ customers - These are the customers that will buy Rebus financial products through the Partners (e.g., Asset Managers) and benefit by buying/investing in products  where the underlying DeFi protocol will generate income through various fees.

Staying Familiar - Scalable Transaction Fee Structures

The goal is to stay familiar with traditional financial models while remaining financially viable, competitive, and acceptable to our investors, partners, and end customers. Each underlying DeFi protocol will generate income through fees, following their protocol logic, that are collected by the Rebus Vault. The Vault distributes the fees to the Asset Managers’ customers and to the Rebus Platform. Such fees fall under two categories, as outlined below:

The Rebus Platform has two fixed, Mandatory Platform fees:

  1. Ethical Fee: Rebus uses these funds to finance various ethical projects (E.g., Research, Charity, Education).
  2. Ecosystem Fee: These fees  will be shared among the Partners and the Rebus Investment Platform (benefitting Investors and Founders).

Additional structures are called Discretionary Platform Fees:

  1. Introduction Fee: A small setup fee, earned by the partner, when a product is first sold to a customer.
  2. Liquidity Fee: These are earned by the Asset Managers’ customers that are investing in a Vault where the underlying protocol is a DeFi liquidity pool.

Each product class (staking, liquidity pools, etc) will have a set of fees consistent with the four listed above. Keeping our fee structure simple, secure, and effective will enable our platform to grow and attract investors, partners, and end customers.

For more information, please review our whitepaper.

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