LeoGlossary: Synthetic Assets

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Traditionally, financial instruments that are designed to simulate other assets while altering some key characteristics, such as duration or cash flow.

These typically allow a trader to take a position without laying out the capital for the position. Synthetics tend to be focused upon large traders since they are tailored to specific needs.

Cryptocurrency is starting to incorporate these as part of the expansion of Decentralized Finance (DeFi).

Crypto Synthetic Assets closely resemble derivatives in the traditional markets. They represent another asset yet use the DeFi blockchain networks to establish the relationship with each other. This is done using tokens.

Since the synthetics mirror the traditional stocks or commodities, traders or can now buy digital assets which track the moves of the underlying assets.

Advantages to Crypto Synthetic Assets:

  • can be purchased using cryptocurrency, increasing liquidity.
  • Tokenization makes assets tradeable.
  • Zero barriers to entry since anyone can get involved in DeFi with a wallet and some coins or tokens.

With the tokenizing of the assets, all transactions are recorded on the blockchain ledger.

The Difference Between Derivatives And Synthetic Assets

A derivative gains its value based upon an underlying asset. Often this is predicated upon the move of said asset.

For example, a put increases in value as the underlying asset, stock, declines. Here the trader is making a wager on the direction of the move.

With synthetic assets, especially in the cryptocurrency world, we can view it as derivatives that derive value from other assets and derivatives. It is the mix that puts it on a different level.

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