Bonding is the secondary value accrual strategy of Whale Loans. It allows Whale Loans to acquire its own liquidity and other reserve assets such as BUSD by selling HUMP at a discount in exchange for these assets. The protocol quotes the bonder with terms such as the bond price, the amount of HUMP tokens entitled to the bonder, and the vesting term. The bonder can claim some of the rewards (HUMP 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 Whale Loans to accumulate its own liquidity. We refer to this as Protocol Owned Liquidity or POL. More POL ensures there is always locked exit liquidity in our trading pools to facilitate market operations and protect token holders. Since Whale Loans becomes its own market, on top of additional certainty for HUMP investors, the protocol accrues more and more revenue from LP rewards bolstering our treasury.