Decentralized Finance and Its Most Important Protocols

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Decentralized Finance and Its Most Important Protocols
Decentralized Finance (DeFi), the rapidly growing movement within the cryptocurrency industry, is at its core, a set of financial applications built on blockchain technology that aims to conduct financial businesses utilizing peer to peer networks. DeFi has always been looking for ways to create a more inclusive and accessible financial ecosystem by eliminating intermediaries and the scrutiny of traditional financial institutions.
As mentioned in previous articles, DeFi protocols allow individuals to access financial services such as lending, borrowing, trading, and investing without the need for third parties facilitating every step of the movement of money from one person to another.
Decentralized finance is a necessary solution that allows for greater autonomy, freedom, accessibility, and most importantly, transparency.
Now let’s talk about some of the most important DeFi protocols and what they aim to do.
1. Uniswap:
Uniswap is a decentralized exchange (DEX) that is widely regarded as one of the most successful DeFi protocols due to its ease of use and high liquidity. It allows users to swap quite a large number of cryptocurrencies in a permissionlessly using an automated market-making (AMM) mechanism that automatically sets the price of assets based on supply and demand.
2. Curve:
Curve is one of the most popular DeFi platforms for trading stablecoins. It is a decentralized exchange protocol that offers a variety of stablecoins uses a unique AMM mechanism that minimizes slippage when trading them.
3. Aave:
Aave is one of the most comprehensive DeFi lending protocols. It offers a wide range of cryptocurrencies and enables users to borrow and lend cryptocurrencies without third parties.
4. Compound:
Compound is another decentralized lending protocol that operates similarly to Aave, but offers stablecoins and tokenized versions of gold and silver in addition to the wide variety of cryptocurrencies it presents. It also uses a unique governance mechanism that allows users to vote on changes to the protocol.
5. MakerDAO:
MakerDAO is a decentralized stablecoin protocol that due to its role in creating the first ever decentralized stablecoin, is widely considered as one of the most important DeFi protocols. It lets users lock up collateral in exchange for DAI (its native stablecoin) which is pegged to the US dollar.
The protocols mentioned above are just a few examples of the wide range of DeFi applications available today that are revolutionizing the financial industry by granting everyone equal access to a variety of financial services.
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