Coinbase Introduces DeFi Yield, But Not For Americans

Coinbase, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the United States, is extending its services with new decentralised finance (DeFi) products, although they will be accessible to consumers in North America.

Coinbase said on Dec 9 that it will be offering a new DeFi service for “qualified users” in over 70 countries. At the time, the DeFi yield product will be offered only on MakerDAO’s DAI stablecoin. The business announced that qualifying users would be able to receive yields on DAI straight from the Coinbase app and website.

The Securities and Exchange Commission put a halt to Coinbase’s plans for DeFi in the United States in early September, when it threatened legal action over the firm’s intended Lend service. Lend would have let investors to earn interest on USDC stablecoins, but the regulator said no.

Coinbase Chief Financial Officer Alesia Haas said during this week’s congressional hearing that “we still do not have clarification on why our product was not permitted to continue.”

Compound DeFi produces

Coinbase will earn DAI returns using the DeFi lending protocol Compound Finance. Annual percentage yields will vary depending on the compound’s rate of return. According to Coinbase, the annual percentage yield (APY) on DAI supply ranged between 2.83 percent and 5.39 percent in October. Compound was giving 3.33 percent on DAI deposits at the time of writing.

Coinbase made no indication of the fees or commissions it would deduct from these rewards, although it did state that it would cover gas costs. The business did warn that there may be losses, although this is very improbable given the high level of collateralization.

Users in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, and a number of other countries may access DeFi yields. Coinbase intends to extend its DeFi solutions in locations that have not yet enacted legislation restricting or regulating these operations, the company said.

Today’s launch is only the beginning – we’re continuing to investigate methods to enable our clients to use a broader range of assets and a bigger choice of DeFi protocols.

DAI production rises

According to CoinGecko, DAI is presently the fourth-largest stablecoin in terms of market capitalization, valued at $8.91 billion.

DAI supply has increased 2,300 percent since the start of 2021, reaching an all-time high of well under $9 billion earlier this week.

DAI is distinguished from other stablecoins such as Tether, USDC, and BUSD by its decentralised nature and reliance on crypto collateral through the MakerDAO protocol.

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