The Bitfinex exchange now allows its users to take out personal loans in cryptocurrency through a new dedicated service, Bitfinex Borrow. Verified users can get loans in Bitcoin Legacy, Ether (ETH), and many other cryptocurrencies.
Cryptocurrency loans land on Bitfinex
The Bitfinex platform now offers the possibility for its users to take out loans in cryptocurrency. This service is offered through Bitfinex Borrow , a P2P platform that allows users to borrow funds from others using their cryptocurrencies or fiat currencies as collateral.
Access to Bitfinex Borrow is restricted to users whose identity has been verified . The higher the verification level, the greater the borrowing options.
There are many available cryptocurrencies, here is the list:
For the main cryptocurrency, namely BTC, borrowers can deposit US dollars, euros, Japanese yen and even Tether (USDT) as collateral. For an ETH loan, only the US dollar is currently accepted as collateral.
Regarding loan-to-value ratios, borrowers will be able to obtain loans in BTC corresponding to a maximum of 80% of the value of their holdings in dollars , euros or USDT. For the yen, the loan-to-value ratio will not exceed 70%. As for Ethers loans, the percentage may reach up to 80% of the funds deposited as collateral .
The annual percentage rate of charge (APR) for loans is particularly attractive and more advantageous than on other platforms. Bitfinex charges an annual interest rate of around 3.75% for BTC loans and around 1.22% for ETH loans .
The most advantageous rates are charged on DOT and EOS loans, these being only 0.1% and 0.01% at the time of writing, respectively.
How does the Bitfinex Borrow interface look?
For its new service, Bitfinex has made things as easy as possible. For example, let’s simulate borrowing 0.25 BTC on the platform .
On the screenshot below, Bitfinex tells me that I must first deposit 5,488 euros to borrow 0.25 BTC . A loan can be taken out over a period of 2 to 120 days .
For a loan with a period of 50 days, the daily interest rate here is 0.010270% . So I would have to repay the equivalent of 0.25128 BTC to the futures platform.
With Bitfinex Borrow, you can choose between a variable rate or a fixed rate loan. The interest charged for a variable rate loan changes throughout the life of the loan. This fluctuates according to supply and demand. The interest charged for a fixed rate loan is fixed for the entire term of the loan, and is not subject to any variation.
If you are interested in Bitfinex lending service, carefully read its terms of service first. Also note that this does not fit in the box of decentralized finance (DeFi), Bitfinex being a fully centralized platform.