19 Jun

Forget traditional banks, DeFi lending platforms leverage blockchain technology to create a peer-to-peer (P2P) lending system for cryptocurrency. Here's how it works:

Cutting Out the Middleman: Unlike banks, DeFi uses smart contracts, self-executing code on the blockchain, to automate loan agreements. This removes the need for credit checks and central institutions, making DeFi lending faster and more accessible.

Supply and Demand:  Users deposit their crypto into lending pools, essentially becoming lenders. Borrowers can then tap into these pools to access funds, typically by putting up other crypto as collateral (a deposit to secure the loan). Interest rates are determined by supply and demand within the pool. The more crypto available, the lower the interest rate for borrowers and vice versa.

Earning Interest on Your Crypto:  DeFi lending allows you to earn interest on your crypto holdings. By depositing your crypto into a lending pool, you become a lender and passively earn interest based on the pool's activity.

Overcollateralization: To minimize risk, DeFi lending platforms often require overcollateralization, meaning borrowers need to deposit more crypto as collateral than the value of the loan they're taking out. This protects lenders in case the value of the borrowed crypto falls.

New Financial Opportunities:  DeFi lending opens doors to new financial opportunities. Borrowers can access funds without traditional bank loans, and lenders can earn potentially higher interest rates than with traditional savings accounts.

June 2024, Cryptoniteuae

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