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Why Compound Finance is Crypto’s Hot DeFi Lending Protocol

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This is an awesome one. It’s all about Compound Finance. So why is Compound Finance Cryptos hot DeFi lending protocol and that’s what we’re gonna dive into. So put your seat belt on because here we go. The Compound protocol is a decentralized financial protocol that seeks to create an ecosystem of financing and loans through credits to its users by applying interest on the assets that they have within the system. So let’s unpack the benefits and technology. Compound is an open source protocol that allows working on the creation of new decentralized financial applications using cryptocurrencies by making available a financing model through credits to its users and interest on the assets that they have within the system. 


This system sort of works like a cryptocurrency bank where people can deposit their their tokens or their cash via tokens in the crypto assets that the platform makes available for trading within the platform such as ETH and CRK. In addition, it works on the Ethereum blockchain, making use of its smart contracts, which means that when implementing blockchain technology, it is not necessary to have central authorities acting as intermediaries, which is why this is a tool that is closely framed under the concept of DeFi technologies or decentralized finance. So basically, in my previous episodes, in my very first episodes, I broke down and mentioned decentralized and the beautiful thing about crypto and the fact that there’s no intermediaries, there’s no payment processors, you’re just dealing direct in crypto. 


So Compound allows developers to obtain funding for the creation and development of various cryptocurrency applications that will accelerate the processes of the total decentralization and this this is sort of changing traditional banking methods, if you will. And things are rapidly changing with this new thing called digital money or crypto when I say new I mean in relatively in the last decade, because this entire industry is basically implementing and expanding on a large scale current through all types of different exchanges worldwide, including centralized and many, many dexes which are decentralized exchanges. Compounds main function is based on creating money markets based on crypto assets by making available a real time and changing exchange according to the supply and demand that the market has and it’s updated every 10 seconds. Whenever there’s a fluctuation in interest rate according to the amount of funds that are available for loans or vice versa. 


All positions in Compound are tracked in tokens called ctokens. Compounds native tokens. See tokens are ERC20 tokens that represent claims to a portion of an asset pool in Compound, if users deposit ETH into Compound it’s converted to c if users deposit the stable coin DAI it’s converted to cDAI if users deposit multiple coins. they’ll earn each interest based on their individual interest rates or return. In other words, cDAI will earn the cDAI rate and cETH will earn the cETH ROI. ctokens can be redeemed for the portion of the pool they represent which makes the supplied assets available in the connected wallet as the money market earns interest ctokens earn interest and become convertible to more of the underlying asset. Lending and Compound is really simple, and a user just has to unlock the asset that they wish to supply liquidity for sign the transaction and then start supplying cap. The assets are instantly added to the pool and borrowing is a little more complicated but not too bad. Users deposit funds to cover their loan in return, they earn borrowing power, which is required to borrow on Compound, every asset that is available for supply will add a different amount of borrowing power, users can then borrow according to how much borrowing power they have. 


With the emergence and implementation of Compound there are multiple benefits that have been attained in terms of the advancement of decentralized finance as the new model of the economic ecosystem. So who’s the founders of Compound? Well, Robert leshner is the founder of the project and he’s a chartered financial analyst and former economist and founder of two previous software startups. So let’s break down the token for Compound which is C-O-M-P, COMP is a governance token of the Compound protocol and is predetermined amount is distributed to all lenders and borrowers on the Compound protocol every day. COMP distributions happen every time an Ethereum 


block is mined, which is approximately every 15 seconds give or take. So COMP distributions happen every time an Ethereum block is mined in an amount proportional to the interest accrued by each asset. Token holders propose and vote on changes to the protocol. Compound governance proposals are executable code, which is subject to a three day voting period. If a governance change to the protocol is passed by the community it will take effect two days later, giving anyone a chance to close any open positions before the changes go into effect. In this way Compound is entirely self governed ecosystem. Each day approximately 2312 COMP will be distributed to users of the protocol the distribution is allocated to each mark for example ETH USDC, DAI etc. and is set through the governance process by COMP token holders. Within each market. Half of the distribution is earned by suppliers and the other half by borrower.


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Table of Contents

What Is Compound? 

Entrepreneurs Robert Leshner and Geoffrey Hayes established Compound, whose previous company, Britches, gathered items from local retailers to sell on PostMates.

Compound is a piece of Ethereum software that encourages a distributed computer network to run a traditional financial market.

Compound, one of a growing number of decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols, provides this service by utilizing several crypto assets to enable lending and borrowing without the necessity of financial intermediation such as a bank.

Essentially stated, Compound enables users to deposit cryptocurrencies into lending pools that borrowers may access. Lenders then are paid interest on the assets they put up as collateral.

What Makes Compound Unique? 

When a deposit is made, Compound gives the lender a new cryptocurrency called a cToken.

Each cToken can be freely moved or exchanged, but it can only be redeemed for the initially locked cryptocurrency in the system. 

Because the entire procedure is automated and controlled by the Compound code, lenders can withdraw funds at any time.

Compound employs COMP, a native coin to its service, to incentivize this behavior. 

Users are awarded extra COMP tokens each time they interact with a Compound market – by way of borrowing, withdrawing, or returning the asset.

Compound is set up to give rewards to its users with COMP tokens to distribute its operations.

Everyone using COMP tokens can vote on proposals for rules that govern the platform’s use, allowing them to participate in choices that affect the program.

A COMP holder can also delegate their voting rights to another person to vote for them. This means that when a specific issue occurs, someone who is not a COMP holder could be requested to vote in place of COMP holders, such as a law professional.

This system sort of works like a cryptocurrency bank where people can deposit their tokens or their cash via tokens in the crypto assets that the platform makes available for trading within the platform.

Here's What We Discussed in Detail in This Interview

[00:01 – 01:50] Opening Segment

  • Welcome to another incredible episode 
    • “How to…” Guides coming soon to
    • Crypto apparel and NFT collection in the works
      • Stay tuned for the drops!
  • An intro to Compound Finance
    • Financing loans through credits to its users
    • Applies interest on assets owned within the system


[01:51 – 05:54] Why Compound Finance is Crypto’s Hot DeFi Lending Protocol

  • The system of Compound Protocol
    • Allows development of new DeFi apps using crypto
    • Uses a financing model of using credits
    • Almost like a cryptocurrency bank
    • Works on the Ethereum blockchain using Smart Contracts  
    • Learn more about of DeFi
  • How Compound interacts with developers
    • Obtain funding for the creation of apps
    • Creating money markets based on crypto assets
    • Updated every 10 seconds 
  • How C token works
    • All positions are tracked with the tokens
    • ERC20 tokens that represent claims to a portion of an asset pool
    • ETH or DIE deposited becomes CETH or CDIE
    • Deposits earn interest based on the specific coins rate
  • How the interest and borrowing systems work 
  • The Founders of Compound
    • Robert Leshner
    • Chartered financial analyst


[05:55 – 19:10] COMP Token and Compound’s Native Token

  • Governance is done through COMP
    • Distributions happen every time an Ethereum block is mined
  • The rights of token holders
    • Propose and vote on changes
    • Compound Governance proposals are executable code
    • Subject to three day voting periods
    • Effects happen two days after voting closers
  • Current COMP stats
    • 2,312 to be distributed daily to users of the protocol
    • Half of the distribution is earned by suppliers and the other half by borrowers
  • Final words

Killer Resources


Final Thoughts

COMP may be of importance to marketers looking to acquire exposure to developing DeFi coins that provide access to the protocol’s cash flow.

Furthermore, users have an incentive to hold the token because everyone who holds COMP can vote on future system choices.

This includes the chance to vote on Compound’s interest rates and other key decisions that could affect their earnings or success.

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