The Difference Between DE-FI Earnings

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Hey JessI-FI

The decentralised finance genie is out of the bottle, and it's only going to get bigger, better, scammyier, crazier and wonderful all in one. The creation of the crypto yield curve is something the market needs for it to mature into a real asset class. Bitcoin gave us the chance to own our money without 3rd party risk, counterparty backing and no rules or regulations.

We've cut out the need for a bank account for storing your capital, and you are now able to become your own safety deposit box.

It was truly one of the greatest discoveries of the last decade; now, with decentralised finance, you can become your own bank. You no longer need to have fancy bankers take your unsecured deposit and abuse that money, make massive profits and pay you a pittance.

You can now do it all yourself, cut out the middle man, make far better profits and always maintain control over your money. Granted the current DE-FI space is buggy, full of pitfalls, and clunky to use, but you can see where the overall direction is going.


Earning in the DE-FI space

While many are focused on the percentage return you can get in DE-FI, it's only one element of the process of putting your capital to work. DE-FI returns come in three main forms, that I have seen and each with their own pros and cons.

I've managed to spread my DE-FI/CE-FI across all three return types as I may be taking a lower yield somewhere else but what I get paid in good offset that lower return as you have more purchasing power should be the asset you are farming and earning moves up in price along with your nominal stake increase.

For example, you may be staking a coin like AWC and earning 17% APR, but the coin doesn't move in price much, but the percentage of stake payment is high. Alternatively, you could earn a 4% return on BTC, but its price movement makes the 4% return worth far more.

As a DE-FI user, you need to weigh up these ebbs and flows in profits and try to work out what the real yield is you're getting and rebalance your portfolio or monthly allocations accordingly.


If you're collateralizing loans with your crypto, you're paid back in interest for allocating that capital to someone else, similar to the way a bank makes money. The persons on the other end pay back their loan with interest and you are rewarded as the person who backed the group of loans.

Here you are paid back in the asset you provided, and this could be anything from Bitcoin, Stable coins to altcoins all with their various rates.

For me, I prefer Bitcoin as I would like to be paid in the worlds most artificially scarce asset even if the price doesn't move much, this is the primary coin I want to accumulate since it is so finite.


This one has been getting most of the attention in DE-FI with the high return rate you can get with these staking coins. The thing is with staking coins you are paid in brand new inflation. You are rewarded for locking up liquidity and providing a floor on the price of the coin, but you're getting newly minted coins increasing the supply.

Depending on the staking coin's tokenomics it may be best to consistently sell into the demand that new investors bring as you don't know where the top will be and how long an all-time high will last.

New inflation yields can also quickly be arbitrated down as more people jump into stake and compete for the daily inflation pool, whereas with loans you have an agreed on a rate of return.

The fluctuating returns can work in your favour or against you and should be monitored constantly to get the best return.


Fees are a new form of DE-FI and what has kicked off this frenzy as this was normally reserved fro exchanges to profit from the various trading users do on and off-chain. However, the growing popularity of DEX (Decentralised Exchanges) have given ordinary crypto holders like you and me the ability to become market makers and earn a profit.

Users provide liquidity on both sides of a market lets say BTC and ETH, and as trades are made between this pair, anyone who provides capital for the liquidity pool gets a portion of the fees.

The returns here can vary dramatically you will be paid in fees based on both assets. Since you compete with other investors for the daily fee allocation, as people move in and out of the liquidity pool or daily trade volume changes, you make more or less depending on those factors.

This one is rather complex, and with fees for on-chain transactions could also affect your yield.

Earning a mixed bag

Mixing up your DE-FI/CE-FI between these 3 earning avenues may add to the complexity but helps you spread risk, leverage various return rates, get paid in assets that hold different values in the market and do your head in most days.

I would recommend breaking out a good old excel sheet or using something like a blockfolio to try and keep track of your returns. This will help you see in which avenues to cut and which avenues to push harder to get the best returns each month.

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