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How DeFi is Defining the Future of Finance

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  • Disruption in the financial sector
  • Six key features of DeFi
  • Meta Pool is helping to build the future

Decentralized finance (DeFi) is shaking the foundations of traditional banking systems by providing innovative services for financial transactions such as lending, borrowing, trading, and asset management. Blockchain technology is moving us away from traditional systems with high fees, identity verification, and slow transactions.

The idea of decentralized finance may seem confounding to many. That’s normal—it’s a paradigm shift in the entire financial sector as we know it. Nevertheless, it is the future of finance and it’s here to stay. So we think it’s a good idea to take a closer look at some of the key features that make decentralized finance so powerful. 

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Six key features of DeFi

  1. Decentralized

    Decentralization refers to the distribution of power and control over a blockchain network among its users, rather than having a centralized authority or entity that governs it. In a decentralized system, there is no single entity that controls the network or the currency. Every participant has equal rights to use, validate, and contribute to the network.

    This is achieved through the use of distributed ledger technology (blockchain), which allows for secure and transparent transactions to be processed and verified by a network of nodes or computers, rather than a single centralized authority.

    Decentralization provides several benefits, including increased security, transparency, and resilience against attacks or manipulation, as well as greater user privacy and autonomy.

    Furthermore, many DeFi projects have open-source code, which means that anyone can review and contribute to the development of the project. This fosters collaboration and innovation, and it also helps to prevent malicious actors from exploiting vulnerabilities in the code.

  2. Permissionless

    The term “permissionless” refers to the open and inclusive nature of the financial system. It means that anyone can participate in the network without needing approval or permission from a central authority or intermediary.

    In a permissionless DeFi system, users can freely access and interact with financial applications and protocols, such as lending, trading, or staking, using only their digital wallets and without requiring complex identity verification procedures or approval from a third party.

    This creates a level playing field for everyone, regardless of their background or status, and enables greater financial inclusion and innovation. One of the most promising outlooks for DeFi is its potential to improve the lives of impoverished individuals in third-world countries who do not have access to a traditional bank account. Populations on the fringes of the global financial system can greatly benefit from these innovations.

  3. Immutable

    Immutability refers to the inability to modify or delete data that has been recorded on a blockchain. Transactions recorded on the blockchain cannot be modified, deleted, or reversed because the distributed ledger is maintained by a network of computers. This ensures that the transaction is transparent and secure, as it cannot be altered by any single entity or participant in the network.

    Immutability allows users to interact with each other, eliminating the need for a trusted third party to facilitate the transaction. Immutability makes DeFi trustless.

  4. Trustless

    The concept of “trustless” means that users can transact and interact with each other without the need for a trusted intermediary or central authority. In traditional finance, individuals usually have to trust banks, brokers, or other intermediaries to hold their assets and facilitate transactions on their behalf. In contrast, trustless DeFi systems rely on smart contracts and blockchain technology to automate and secure financial transactions, removing the need for intermediaries and the associated risks of fraud, theft, or censorship.

    For example, in a trustless DeFi lending platform, borrowers can receive loans directly from lenders without having to trust a central authority to manage their funds. Smart contracts automatically enforce the terms of the loan and ensure that collateral is provided and returned as agreed upon.

    The trustless nature of DeFi also means that transactions can be audited and verified by anyone on the blockchain network, creating a more transparent and open financial system.

  5. Transparent

    Transparency helps to establish trust and confidence among participants in the system. In traditional financial systems, transactions are often opaque and difficult to audit, which can create information asymmetries and opportunities for fraud, manipulation, or other forms of misconduct. In contrast, DeFi systems are designed to be transparent and auditable, allowing users to verify transactions and monitor the flow of funds in real-time.

    Transparency in DeFi is achieved through the use of blockchain technology, which records all transactions on a public ledger that is accessible to anyone. This enables anyone to verify the integrity of the system and ensures that transactions are executed as intended.

  6. Non Custodial

    Non-custodial refers to a type of financial service or platform that allows users to maintain full control over their funds and assets without the need for a trusted third party to hold or manage them on their behalf. The users are responsible for managing their own private keys, which are cryptographic codes that allow them to access and control their funds. This means that users do not need to entrust their funds to a centralized exchange or other intermediary, which reduces the risk of theft, loss, or fraud.

    Non-custodial DeFi platforms typically use smart contracts, which are self-executing code that runs on a blockchain, to facilitate transactions and other financial activities. These smart contracts ensure that all transactions on the platform are transparent, secure, and automated

Building the Future

At Meta Pool we recognized DeFi as a defining force in the world of finance as early as 2021. As the sector continues to evolve, it’s our mission to be part of the backbone of decentralized finance, offering rewards to staking participants, while at the same time contributing to secure Proof of stake (PoS) protocols. Meta Pool helps new Web3 projects launch in the ecosystem with Meta Yield, our crowdfunding platform. We continue to build new products and expand our services because this is the space we believe in. We believe in access to financial freedom for everyone and cater to the needs of a more interconnected world. 

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