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What is Crypto Lending?

Cryptocurrency is a huge industry nowadays with various assets and platforms. There are different ways of earning money through it rather than the traditional trading method. Crypto lending is a service available in the crypto industry where you can lend your assets with quite low risks. Also, you can borrow some digital assets at relatively low interest rates. Crypto lending is an option worth exploring when you are dealing with cryptocurrencies as taking and giving loans using it is a straightforward and efficient method.

What Is Crypto Lending?

In simple words, it means to take crypto from one investor and provide it to another for some fee. The process of managing the loan differentiates between platforms. Both centralized and decentralized exchanges provide crypto lending services with the same core principle. 

Also, do not just be a borrower in the industry. You can stake and lock up your assets to earn some passive income from them. This is done using a liquidity pool that works on smart contracts so very little risk is involved in this process. 

How Does It Work?

There are three parties involved in the crypto lending process: 

  • The lender
  • The borrower
  • A DeFi platform or an exchange (CEX or DEX)

The borrower is supposed to put up some collateral before borrowing any crypto. But there is also the flash option that does not require any collateral. 

Now, on the other side, you may have a platform that lends a loan from another user or there can be a smart contract that mint stablecoin. 

Lenders usually put their crypto into a liquidity pool that manages the whole lending process for them and provide them with their interest cuts. 

Types Of Crypto Loans

  • Collateralized loans: Here, the borrower provides some collateral before taking out the loan. This way, they can utilize the funds for a longer period of time. 
  • Flash loans: There is no need for any collateral in this kind of loan. The name is also given because the loan is given and repaid in a single block. If the borrower fails to return the interest plus the borrowed amount, the transaction is not validated in the block. This means that no loan existed and was added to the chain. The process is controlled by smart contracts so there is no need for any intermediary. 

Benefits Of Crypto Lending

  • Loans managed by smart contracts: As the smart contracts are responsible for the whole lending and borrowing process, it becomes more efficient and fast. 
  • Easily accessible gains: Anyone can receive crypto loans if they can provide collateral or can return the funds in flash loans. Thus, it is easy to acquire a loan in such a manner rather than going through the tedious process of taking a loan from traditional banks where credit checks are necessary.
  • Passive income: HODLers are allowed to add their funds into vaults and gain passive income through APY.

Drawback Of Crypto Lending:

  • Although smart contracts are automated and make the process efficient, they are also sometimes vulnerable to attacks, especially if not constructed correctly by an authentic team.
  • There is still fear of liquidation if your loan is highly over-collateralized as the crypto industry is quite volatile and the prices can drop suddenly.
  • Your crypto portfolio can be damaged because of continuous borrowing and lending. 

Conclusion

While getting a crypto loan may seem like a viable option, you have to first consider all the risks associated with it. Always think about the market condition before handing over your crypto assets and both parties need to be aware of all the terms and conditions of the loan. If you decide to go for it, do it responsibly so that it provides value to both the borrower and lender.

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