What iss DeFi?

DeFi is a collective term for financial products and services that are accessible to anyone who can use Ethereum, which is anyone with an internet connection. With DeFi, the markets are always open and there are no centralized authorities who can block payments or deny you access to anything. Services that were previously slow and at risk of human error are automatic and safer now that they’re handled by code that anyone can inspect and scrutinize.

There’s a booming crypto-economy out there, where you can lend, borrow, long/short, earn interest, and more. Some crypto-savvy DeFi users have used DeFi to escape crippling inflation. Companies have started streaming their employees their wages in real-time.
Some users have even taken out and paid off loans worth millions of dollars without the need for any personal identification.

DeFi vs Traditional Finance

One of the best ways to see the potential of DeFi is to understand the problems that exist today.

  • Some people aren't granted access to set up a bank account or use financial services.
  • Lack of access to financial services can prevent people from being employable.
  • Financial services can block you from getting paid.
  • A hidden charge of financial services is your personal data.
  • Governments and centralized institutions can close down markets at will.
  • Trading hours are often limited to business hours of a specific time zone.
  • Money transfers can take days due to internal human processes.
  • There's a premium to financial services because intermediary institutions need their cut.