Blockchain-driven innovation is heating up. However, Bitcoin is still the elephant in the room when it comes to discussing crypto with the average person. In terms of sheer brand recognition, it always wins hands down. However, there are more interesting things going on right now in the crypto space, and one of them is Decentralized Finance or DeFi.
What is DeFi (Decentralized Finance)?
Decentralized Finance, more popularly known as DeFi, is an umbrella term for the next-generation financial applications ecosystem currently emerging. What sets the DeFi field apart from traditional finance applications is that it employs public blockchain technology. This is the same technology underpinning cryptocurrencies, and has become hotter than ever in past years.
DeFi, which is sometimes known as “open finance”, encompasses a broad variety of various subjects. To name a few, these include decentralized exchanges, decentralized stablecoins, decentralized money markets, decentralized synthetics and decentralized insurance.
This can all be a lot to take in. No matter what, it is clear that the most important takeaway is that the various applications in the DeFi field are decentralized. You might have heard about decentralization in relation to blockchain technology or cryptocurrencies - but what does it mean?
Decentralized Finance (DeFi) is all about creating an open-source, permissionless, transparent, financial ecosystem available to anyone with an internet connection.
Compound Finance rocketed to preeminence recently as the new DeFi darling with its COMP governance token seeing massive gains. This spate of wild speculation has been accompanied not only by more traders piling on but also by funny memes and videos featuring Yield Farmers harvesting their lucrative crops.
One of the many fields of the economy that is ripe for disruption by the blockchain is the finance field. Virtually every part of the finance industry that traditional finance companies operate in is under threat from the blockchain. Over the last few months, the DeFi space market cap has risen dramatically, and this trend is set to continue over the coming years.