Crypto Lending Business Booms Amidst Bear Market

The bear market has been a bane for many crypto investors and related businesses that have struggled to remain profitable during continued price decline.
However, the niche market of crypto lending is currently booming despite the rest of the market and industry suffering.
Crypto Creditors Creating Opportunity Out of Market Despair
While some of the most prominent names in the cryptocurrency space – from Bitmain to Huobi, to crypto start-up incubator Consensys – are seeing revenue declines, closing down operations in some locations, and are laying off employees, crypto lenders such as Genesis Capital are raking in profits, growing, and even adding more employees during the current year-long bear market.
In fact, Michael Moro, chief executive officer of Genesis Capital told Bloomberg in a phone interview that the bear market itself “has fueled the growth,” of his business.
“We’ve been profitable from day one… We’ve certainly proven that there is market demand, that there’s product fit and that it’s time to invest even more in this side of the business,” Moro elaborated.
Genesis is seeking to double its current staff and expanding into other regions including Asian territories, during a time when others are downsizing. “The bear market has certainly helped,” Moro said.
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Genesis Capital lends crypto to institutional investors at varying rates, with Bitcoin’s rate between 10 and 12 percent annually. Genesis launched in March of 2018 and in just nine short months has already issued $700 million in loans, with $140 million currently outstanding.
It’s not just Genesis that’s struck digital gold with the current bear market. ETHLend parent company Aave chief executive officer Stani Kulechov called crypto-backed lending “true magic,” because the business model continues to perform well during a bear market.
Crypto-Lending for Cash and Short Selling
There are two primary reasons for investors to consider crypto-related lending, with the latter having a great impact in the current market climate.
In one instance, and one that was more prominent during the 2017 bull run, investors put up their cryptocurrency holdings as collateral to take out a cash loans to do things like pay bills, or complete home renovations. Investors can obtain cash this way without having to fully cash out their holdings.
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The other reason for collateralizing crypto assets is for short selling. Short sellers collateralize their cryptocurrencies to essentially place a bet that the price of a crypto asset will decline. When the open short is closed, the investor who placed the bet will receive either cash or an additional sum of cryptocurrency depending on how the contract is settled. Should the price increase while a short is open, a portion of the collateral will be lost.
Many investors who trade on margin are taking advantage of falling cryptocurrency prices in this way, bringing select profit to select few during a time when most others are watching their portfolio value’s bleed. It’s also helping the businesses that provide these options stay afloat and even thrive during the bear market.
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Crypto Lending Services Coming to Australian Markets

Despite the ongoing bear market of 2018 crypto startups are still entering the market with new and innovative products. Australians are about to get their first taste of crypto lending services as a new company launched into the markets this week.
Crypto Collateral Without Liquidation
Helio Lending is the first independent crypto lending company to launch on Australian shores according to reports. Founder and Managing Director, John O’Shea, said he was excited to be entering such an untapped market with a huge growth potential;
“Currently there are only two or three providers globally, and we are excited to offer such an exciting service acting as a direct lender, with a quick seamless process and exceptional customer service.”
The company claims to be in the position to offer 50% more spending power to clients than they would have by holding on to their crypto assets. O’Shea added “These assets may be held overseas or Australia, and we allow the funds to come back to AUS, USD, EUR and HKD to be used by our clients. We anticipate our clients will reinvest, buy goods and services and even start their own business through unlocking these assets.”
The principle of crypto lending allows holders of cryptocurrencies to access fiat funds without selling any of their digital assets. By using the blockchain to record transaction and settlement data removes counter party risk and provides immutability for clients that wish to use cryptocurrencies as collateral without liquidating them.
Helio will be working with approved digital currencies including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin and XRP. Crypto wallet management and liquidity clearing will be provided by ETHlend which has become the Asia Pacific partner for the venture.
“We are excited by the opportunity to partner with Helio Lending and already have enquires streaming in from the regional Helio opportunity, it will be great to now have a local presence to service our clients,” added Stani Kulechov, chief executive and founder of ETHlend
Australia is still very open to crypto and reports indicate that cryptocurrency holdings within the country have tripled during 2018. The survey also revealed that 80% of respondents said they would be open to using crypto for daily purchases on the condition that it was as easy to use as AUD.
The good news for Helio is that crypto is gathering pace in Australia quicker than elsewhere. RealRenta is a good example with their cryptocurrency token, House Coin, due for launch in 2019. It aims to give everyday Australians a better and more affordable way to invest in property by tokenizing it.
 
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