The Future of DeFi: 9 Revolutionary Cryptocurrencies You Don’t Want to Miss!

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As it couldn’t be any other way, within the cryptocurrency industry, a growing number of people and community members are interested in finances and how to increase their wealth outside the traditional centralized system governed by banks and financial institutions.

In this article, we dive into eight cryptocurrencies that have the potential to disrupt the traditional financial industry and build the DeFi landscape.

Every lodge (ELDG), democratizing vacation rental properties

Who hasn’t seen those social media videos of influencers staying over dreamy destinations in luxurious properties? You may not be able to afford to stay there now, but you could invest in those properties. That is the proposal of Everlodge, a new DeFi project that aims to disrupt the profitable vacation rental market by making it more accessible to everybody, no matter how wealthy that person is. 

By minting NFTs for the value of those properties and fractionalizing them in equally valued fractions of $100, anyone with some spare funds can invest in these properties and earn interest from it, putting their money to work instead of sitting in the bank account. In stage seven of the presale, ELDG tokens can be acquired at only $0.025

Lido (DAO), investing without selling your digital assets

Lido is a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) and liquid stakes protocol that node operator partners use to validate the infrastructure on the Ethereum, Solana, and Polygon blockchains. 

Lido is a solution that enables users to earn a yield on staked assets without investing their capital for long periods. Furthermore, Lido is the most extensive DeFi protocol by total value locked (TVL), with more than $8 billion in assets in the platform. 

Essentially, Lido enables users to leverage their staked coins without selling them by wrapping the asset and providing a derivative used as collateral by the underlying asset. As a result, investors can access the funds when they need it and earn yield while they wait. 

Aave, borrowing with over-collateralized loans

Aave is a decentralized finance protocol that works similarly to traditional finance markets regarding borrowing and lending. By using Aave, users can borrow crypto assets through over-collateralized loans, meaning that they will need to deposit more crypto worth than they need to borrow. This way, lenders are protected against losing all the money due to loan default and allow Aave to liquidate the collateral if it drops too much.

Additionally, Aave has launched Flash Loans, a tool that allows users to obtain quick loans without using a collateralized asset. Flash Loans is a feature that allows one to borrow any available amount of support without using collateral, as long as the liquidity is returned to the blockchain protocol within one block transaction. 

UniSwap, a peer-to-peer  cryptocurrency exchange

UniSwap is one of the top decentralized cryptocurrency exchanges in terms of transaction volume and a pioneer in decentralized finance. UniSwap allows peer-to-peer market making, meaning that the platform enables users to trade cryptocurrencies without a third party as an intermediary. 

The UniSwap blockchain is hosted on the Ethereum platform and governed by UNI holders. Besides, the Uniswap blockchain uses an open-source protocol, meaning anyone can view and contribute to the blockchain’s code. 

Therefore, Uniswap is an entirely different type of exchange because it is not owned and operated by a single entity – like Binance – and uses a new trading model called Aumated Liquidity Procotol. So, the difference is that centralized exchanges charge higher fees for trading and are more profit-driven. Furthermore, because it does not belong to one entity, users keep control of their funds at all times, and they do not need to give up their private keys. By retaining control of their legends, investors are prevented from losing their assets if the exchange is hacked. 

According to the latest data, Uniswap is the fourth-largest DeFi platform, with over $3 billion worth of crypto assets locked away on its protocol.

Avalanche, Ethereum’s main competitor

Avalanche (AVAX) is a blockchain platform and cryptocurrency that aims to compete with Ethereum. The main difference between Ethereum and Avalanche is that the last one was built and developed to provide instant transactions. Avalanche is used to pay transaction processing fees and secure the Avalanche network. 

Like Ethereum, Avalanche uses smart contracts to support various blockchain projects and enables the development of decentralized applications (dApps). The network can process up to 4,500 transactions per second, allowing it to scale more effectively than Ethereum. Furthermore, Avalanche is creating a bridge to the Ethereum network, enabling users to transfer assets between the chains without delay. 

Launched in 2020, it aims to be fast, versatile, secure, affordable, and accessible. Like UniSwap, Avalanche is an open-source project, so everyone can view and contribute to the platform’s development.  

MakerDAO uses its stablecoin to lend money

MakerDao, or the Maker Protocol, is an open-source, Ethereum-based platform whose crypto coin is the Dai stablecoin, which, aside from ETH, is the most used crypto asset in the DeFi ecosystem. The project offers crypto lending and borrowing using its collateralized stablecoin, Dai. 

MakerDAO is different from the other projects we have seen until now. MakerDAO has adapted the traditional central banking model to the blockchain and opened its blockchain’s governance only to a network of token holders. 

It allows users to lend themselves digital money through its stablecoin DAI. By locking up some ETH in MakerDAO’s smart contracts, investors can create a certain number of DAI. When users are ready to unlock their ETH – which serves as collateral for the DAI loan – they pay back the loan and the fees. 

Pancake Swap, based on BNB Chain

PancakeSwap is a decentralized exchange native to Binance Smart Chain or BNB Chain. It is similar to other platforms like UniSwap, in which users can swap their crypto coins for other coins without intermediaries. PancakeSwap focuses on the BEP20 token, a specific token developed by the exchange platform Binance. 

The BEP20 standard is a checklist of functions new tokens must be able to perform to be compatible with the Binance ecosystem of apps and other services. 

Stargate Finance, a cross-chain bridge for the crypto space

Stargate Finance ($STG) is the largest cross-chain bridge in crypto. It allows users to transfer assets between several Layer 1 and Layer 2 networks, such as Ethereum, BNB Chain, Fantom, Arbitrum, and Optimism. The platform is expected to grow in usage as the demand for interoperability increases for more L1 and L2 chains.

The token itself has a lot of use cases within the protocol, granting voting rights, revenue rights, and more to holders. The pass gives users access to yield farming, staking pools, and liquidity mining opportunities. STG is an excellent investment for long-term value growth on a small market cap DeFi token.

GMX, a multi-chain derivates platform

GMX is a multi-chain derivatives platform on Avalanche, Arbitrum, and BNB Chain that enables users to trade futures, perpetual contracts, and options with up to 25x leverage. The platform has over $400 million in TVL and offers over 20 trading pairs for cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Solana, Cosmos (ATOM), Uniswap, and Chainlink (LINK).

The GMX platform is one of the most popular investments in 2023 because its protocol is the 3rd highest fee-earning cryptocurrency or blockchain available in the space (including Layer 1’s like Bitcoin). The high fees come from the increased trading volume on the platform, which results in staking rewards for GMX stakes above 30% APY paid out daily.