Liquidation happens when a loan is automatically repaid because the collateral is in danger of becoming too low to repay it.
When you take a leveraged position, you choose a price range estimate for the price ratio of the tokens pair you are leveraging. Higher leverage means you will have a smaller safe price range. Liquidation happens when the price moves outside this range. Therefore a smaller range means more risk. Impermax uses Time Weighted Average Price (TWAP) for liquidations.
The example above shows a 10x leveraged position on USDC/USDT. Note the New Liquidation Prices range. It shows that if the price ratio of USDC/USDT moves below 0.5985 or above 1.667 the leveraged position will automatically be liquidated.
If The Price Drops Too Low
If the price ratio drops below this range, the collateral is about to become worth less than it would take to repay the loan. To protect the lenders the loan is liquidated. In case of liquidation borrowers lose up to 4% of borrowed amount.
If The Price Rises Too High
Similarly, if the LP token price moves above this range, the value of the loan will be too high to be repaid by the collateral. In the same way, to protect the lenders the loan is liquidated. In case of liquidation borrowers lose up to 4% of borrowed amount.
Liquidation Does Not Mean Losing All Your Funds
As mentioned above, when your position is liquidated you will lose 4% of the borrowed amount, which is deducted from your starting collateral.
For example, if you start with 1,000 tokens and borrow 2,000 tokens, this gives you a x3 leveraged position. In the event of liquidation you would lose 4% of 2,000 which is 80. So after liquidation your account balance would be 1,000–80 = 920.
Here are some ways to protect yourself from liquidation.
Choose LP tokens with more stable value. More volatile token pairs have a higher chance to go outside the liquidation price range.
Choose a wider liquidation price range when you take your leveraged position.
When prices are volatile, you may want to check back on your leveraged position often to see whether you want to deleverage.
If you see the price getting too high or too low, you can reduce leverage or fully exit your leverage with the app’s deleverage button. Note that this relies on confirming a network transaction, so it may require higher transaction fees or wait times if the network is congested.
Lend funds instead of leveraging. Supplied funds have no risk of liquidation. This will always be a safer option than leveraging and may also provide very good returns. You can supply funds in the Lending tab of the app.