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We take a deeper look into Decentralized Finance – DeFi and how to access it?

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How to get into Decentralized Finance - DeFi?


Step 1: Install MetaMask

Open your web browser and go to MetaMask. Download the MetaMask extension and set up a wallet. Metamask has also app for iPhone or Android.

Follow the step-by-step guide on Metamask here.

Step 2: Buy Ethereum with a trusted Exchange or Broker

In order to trade on DeFi, you need to Ethereum. There is (currently) no other way to get your hands on Ethereum besides going through a centralized exchange.

Visit our exchanges pages for more info. We recommend the following trusted exchange.

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Step 3: Send Ethereum – ETH to MetaMask

Transfer Ethereum – ETH to your new MetaMask wallet from your existing wallet on the exchange. You need this to purchase/swap your preferred tokens on a decentalized exchange – DEX.

Step 4: Connect To Uniswap

The safest decentralized exchange to buy your preferred tokens on, is Uniswap. Visit Uniswap and click “connect wallet”. MetaMask will ask for your signature, this is completely safe.

Step 5: Swap Ethereum – ETH For your preferred token 

Find your token in the Uniswap search bar and enter in the amount of ETH you would like to swap for your preferred token.

To make sure you are trading the right ERC-20 token be sure to check the official address that can be found on Coingecko.

What is Decentralized Finance - DeFi?

Decentralized Finance, abbreviated DeFi, is a set of new financial instruments based on the decentralized systems. The main goal of DeFi is to create a new financial system that is self-contained and independent of centralized institutions.

DeFi platforms enable savings, loans, insurance and a host of other financial transactions to be carried out anywhere, anytime. All that is required is an Internet connection that provides access to the decentralized applications.

These decentralized applications make use of the so-called smart contracts. Through these it is possible to take care of all the above mentioned matters without using an intermediary. DeFi gives people without a bank access to financial services through blockchain technology.

Beware of the inherent risks of DeFi before entering the space! Learn more here! 

In summary, the following elements are characteristic of DeFi protocols.

Decentralized: No central party owns the project, it’s powered by the community.

Open-source and transparent: Anyone can verify and control the smart contract(s).

Permissionless: Location doesn’t matter, anyone can access the platform by connecting their wallet. The platform does not hold custody over your funds, web3 is used for this.

Anonymous: No know-your-customer (KYC) or anti-money laundering (AML) verification required.

Composable: Developers can build on existing protocols and connect them together (lego blocks).

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