Total return, average cost, network fees — we’ll do the math for you.

A few months ago, we discussed just how difficult it is to accurately track your DeFi returns. The same portfolio can be evaluated entirely differently depending on the base currency, network fees, and how the cost basis is calculated.

Let’s face it, tracking DeFi returns is messy. Here’s how to do it properly.
Learn how to apply cost basis to DeFi assets and why Zerion looks at both Investment Return and Return vs HODLing.

Hundreds of users have requested an easier way to evaluate the outcome of their investment decisions, as no dapp currently supports this. We’re excited to announce that our new performance feature solves this problem.

Say goodbye to your spreadsheets, because Zerion now displays profit and loss on every asset page — including how much you’ve spent on network fees.

We’ll calculate the returns for each asset you own relative to its purchase price, denominated in stablecoins or ETH. Calculations are automatically adjusted every time to you buy or sell the asset, so you’ll see:

  • Profit/Loss: The difference between the initial investment amount and its current market value
  • Average Cost: The total cost for all transactions made for an asset (excluding network fees) divided by the number of units bought
  • Daily Return: The 24-hour return on the asset, displayed in the currency of your choice
  • Fees Paid: The total amount paid for Ethereum network fees when purchasing an asset
DeFi ROI on Zerion
Check out the DeFi Max Portfolio on Zerion

Why it matters

DeFi is the wild west of crypto. It’s no secret that if you actively invest in this volatile market, you need to have a pretty good understanding of where your money’s going, how it’s being put to work, and the real returns on your investment after accounting for network fees, impermanent loss, and the counterfactual of simply HODLing.

Unless you’re dedicated to using spreadsheets and an array of other tools, keeping track of all of the above is virtually impossible. For example, before we launched our History page, etherscan was still the go-to site for reviewing wallet transactions. It was up to users to crunch the numbers.

But we’ve changed that.

Every time we stack one more step of the investment journey onto our product, we inch closer to making decentralized finance more accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

Basic knowledge of your gains and losses shouldn’t be complicated. That’s why we’ll do the math for you (just like for liquidity pools).

Check out the new feature for yourself, and as always, let us know what you think!