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Feb 11, 2021

A Guide to Bitcoin Lenders

Until recently, pioneering bitcoin investors had a problem – there was no way to enjoy the fruits of liquidity in a soaring market without selling their holdings. As prices continued to skyrocket, investors were understandably reluctant to part with their reserves. Traditional banks have remained on the sidelines, but several startups have emerged offering a solution – arranging loans with bitcoins as collateral. Bitcoin’s volatility means terms can be steep, but that has not diminished significant demand from the burgeoning market. Let’s examine several of the companies and how they operate.

SALT

SALT touts itself as “the first asset-backed lending platform to give blockchain asset holders access to liquidity without them having to sell their tokens.” Borrowers use SALT tokens, which have a $25 set value, as collateral for cash loans. These tokens cover membership fees and also set borrowing limits – one SALT token establishes a $10,000 limit, while 100 SALT as collateral allows asset holders to borrow over $1,000,000. SALT doesn’t require a credit check to borrow, and loans are made available offline through vetted member lenders, rather than secured through blockchain. Interest on loans through SALT varies between 10 and 15 percent, and any coins held as collateral are returned after the loan is paid in full.

Unchained Capital

Much like SALT, Unchained Capital allows borrowers to make loans with bitcoin as collateral. Their philosophy revolves around making it easier to use bitcoin as a functioning currency, rather than a way to store value. Lenders can borrow 50 percent of what they establish as collateral capital, and interest rates range between 10 to 14 percent, all-in. Terms are between three months to two years, and have a renewal option with sufficient capital. Loans are secured via bitcoin, rather than tokens.

ETHLend

ETHLend offers “fully decentralized peer-to-peer lending on the Ethereum blockchain”. The company emphasizes transparency and free market principles, with lenders and borrowers connecting via the ETHLend platform and negotiating terms directly with each other – as a result, ETHLend does not hold assets. Any Ethereum token can be used as collateral, but user adoption and activity is encouraged via sale of LEND tokens, which offer a “25 percent discount on deployment fees” on the platform. Defaulting on a loan means forfeiting all coins held as collateral to the lender.

Bitbond

Bitbond, “the first global marketplace lending platform for small business loans”, is more experienced than most of its competitors, having successfully and profitably offered loans of up to $25,000 for several years. Prospective borrowers submit financial assessments and are matched with institutional and individual lenders for blockchain-secured loans. This peer-to-peer approach is beloved by borrowers and investors alike; lenders gain higher interest rates than usual and have no investment limit, while borrowers receive loans at affordable rates regardless of location or background once they are vetted by Bitbond’s algorithm.

BTCpop

BTCpop is a large-volume peer-to-peer lender tracking the reputation of its borrowers and lenders – this “reputation-based lending” is their guiding principle. They offer a variety of services, including lender and borrower matching, instant loans, custom loans, and user-funded IPOs. They even have a chat system, making it easier for users to discuss specifics about potential transactions. Loans start at 15 percent APR and are exchangeable between altcoins, a distinguishing feature among competitors.

What’s next?

Banks are slowly becoming more comfortable dealing with digital currencies, but mass acceptance of bitcoin as collateral is likely a couple of years away. In the interim, expect more services to attempt to fill the void and provide bitcoin holders with a path to liquidity.

Related Ticker: BTC.X

BTC.X's RSI Oscillator peaks and leaves overbought zone

The 10-day RSI Oscillator for BTC.X moved out of overbought territory on March 15, 2024. This could be a sign that the stock is shifting from an upward trend to a downward trend. Traders may want to look at selling the stock or buying put options. Tickeron's A.I.dvisor looked at 59 instances where the indicator moved out of the overbought zone. In of the 59 cases the stock moved lower in the days that followed. This puts the odds of a move down at .

Price Prediction Chart

Technical Analysis (Indicators)

Bearish Trend Analysis

The Stochastic Oscillator demonstrated that the ticker has stayed in the overbought zone for 6 days. The longer the ticker stays in the overbought zone, the sooner a price pull-back is expected.

The Moving Average Convergence Divergence Histogram (MACD) for BTC.X turned negative on March 16, 2024. This could be a sign that the stock is set to turn lower in the coming weeks. Traders may want to sell the stock or buy put options. Tickeron's A.I.dvisor looked at 58 similar instances when the indicator turned negative. In of the 58 cases the stock turned lower in the days that followed. This puts the odds of success at .

Following a 3-day decline, the stock is projected to fall further. Considering past instances where BTC.X declined for three days, the price rose further in of 62 cases within the following month. The odds of a continued downward trend are .

Bullish Trend Analysis

The Momentum Indicator moved above the 0 level on March 25, 2024. You may want to consider a long position or call options on BTC.X as a result. In of 133 past instances where the momentum indicator moved above 0, the stock continued to climb. The odds of a continued upward trend are .

Following a 3-day Advance, the price is estimated to grow further. Considering data from situations where BTC.X advanced for three days, in of 443 cases, the price rose further within the following month. The odds of a continued upward trend are .

BTC.X may jump back above the lower band and head toward the middle band. Traders may consider buying the stock or exploring call options.

The Aroon Indicator entered an Uptrend today. In of 434 cases where BTC.X Aroon's Indicator entered an Uptrend, the price rose further within the following month. The odds of a continued Uptrend are .

Fundamental Analysis (Ratings)

Fear & Greed

Market Cap

The average market capitalization across the group is 1.37T. The market cap for tickers in the group ranges from 1.37T to 1.37T. BTC.X holds the highest valuation in this group at 1.37T. The lowest valued company is BTC.X at 1.37T.

High and low price notable news

The average weekly price growth across all stocks in the group was -0%. For the same group, the average monthly price growth was 12%, and the average quarterly price growth was 151%. BTC.X experienced the highest price growth at -0%, while BTC.X experienced the biggest fall at -0%.

Volume

The average weekly volume growth across all stocks in the group was -18%. For the same stocks of the group, the average monthly volume growth was 46% and the average quarterly volume growth was 213%

Fundamental Analysis Ratings

The average fundamental analysis ratings, where 1 is best and 100 is worst, are as follows

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Price Growth Rating:
SMR Rating:
Profit Risk Rating:
Seasonality Score: (-100 ... +100)
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