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CryptoPunks, BAYC, and Art Blocks are the most common collateral for NFT lending, according to NFTfi.

16 Apr 2022 By : COIN GABBAR
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CryptoPunks, BAYC, and Art Blocks are the most common collateral for NFT lending, according to NFTfi.

NFTfi, a firm in the non-fungible token (NFT) lending market, predicts huge development in the sector, where crypto holders may earn returns on their investments or perhaps get a digital art piece from prominent collections like CryptoPunks at a discount. According to Stephen Young, the founder and CEO of NFTfi, the NFT lending sector is still in its infancy, but there is plenty of space for expansion. He claims that the company's technology has already handled thousands of loans, allowing NFT investors to access funds held in the form of digital art. "An NFT holder seeking liquidity for their asset visits NFTfi links their wallet to the platform, and publishes an NFT to be utilised as collateral," Young said to the source. He went on to say that once a borrower accepts a lender's offer, the NFT is locked into a smart contract escrow. The NFT cannot be accessed while in escrow until the loan and interest are fully repaid or the borrower fails. In the event of a default, the lender assumes possession of the NFT and may be able to get it for a reduced price. Young described the present situation of the NFT loan business by saying that it only accounts for roughly 0.5 per cent of the whole NFT market. When compared to traditional lending markets, which Young estimates are worth between 10% and 20% of the asset class itself, "additional substantial growth" in NFT lending is likely as more individuals learn they may use their NFTs as collateral instead of selling them, according to Young. According to Young, numerous big loans have recently been enabled using the peer-to-peer platform, which was modified early this month. An NFT owner put up 104 NFTs from the CryptoPunks collection as collateral for a USD 8.32 million loan, which was one of the largest loans recorded on the site. According to the company's Twitter account, another example is a USD 1.4 million loan on a piece from the Autograph collection. Other significant projects have been achieved through the platform, including a person who received an interest-free loan on their NFT from the famous Doodle collection in March to support a humanitarian assistance effort for Ukrainian refugees. "A lender stepped in swiftly with a 0% interest loan, and the user was able to drive the truck from Finland to the Poland/Ukraine border," Young explained. CryptoPunks, Bored Apes Yacht Club, and Art Blocks are the most popular NFT collections used as collateral, according to NFTfi's CEO, with each receiving loans worth tens of millions of dollars. He said that because this is a marketplace for loans, borrowers and lenders are allowed to define their own terms. To make transactions, the parties employ both Wrapped ETH and the stablecoin DAI. "While NFT sales may fluctuate, it's apparent that the loan business is here to stay," stated NFTfi's CEO.