Minting is the secondary value accrual strategy of Kronos DAO. When users mint KRNO tokens, they are actually selling their assets in order to buy a bond from the protocol. Minting Actions are a cross between a fixed income product, a futures contract, and an option. The protocol quotes the minter with terms for a trade at a future date. These terms include a predefined amount of KRNO the minter will mint and the time when vesting is complete. The bond becomes redeemable as it vests. i.e. in a 5-day term, after 2 days into the term 40% of the rewards can be claimed.
Minting is an active, short-term strategy. The price discovery mechanism of the secondary bond market renders mints discounts more or less unpredictable. Therefore minting is considered a more active investment strategy that has to be monitored constantly in order to be more profitable as compared to staking.
Allowing users to purchase bonds through Minting allows Kronos 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 Kronos becomes its own market, on top of additional certainty for KRNO investors, the protocol accrues more and more revenue from LP rewards bolstering our treasury.
Here at Kronos we believe that minting better describes the action that users are taking, when purchasing KRNO with different assets. If you go to the "Mint" page of the website, you will be able to mint KRNO tokens, effectively selling your assets for discounted KRNO tokens. Regardless of the name difference, a Minting Action is exactly the same as a Bond Purchase on Olympus DAO!