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Aave - Open Source Liquidity Protocol

  • Aave is a decentralized lending protocol that lets users lend or borrow cryptocurrency without going to a centralized intermediary.
  • Users deposit digital assets into “liquidity pools,” which become funds that the protocol can lend out.
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How lending works on Aave

Traditionally, to get a loan, you'd need to go to a bank or other financial institution with lots of liquid cash. The bank will ask for collateral—in the case of a car loan, that would be the car title itself—in exchange for the loan. You then pay the principal to the bank every month, plus interest. DeFi is different. There is no bank. Instead, smart contracts (which are computer codes that automate transactions, such as selling if a token price reaches a certain threshold) do the heavy lifting. DeFi removes the middlemen from asset-trading, futures contracts, and savings accounts. In practice, that means that you can get a loan—in cryptocurrency—from people instead of financial institutions. However, you still have to put up collateral. In a DeFi system that tries to be fiat-free, that means other cryptocurrency tokens.