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Crypto Lending & Borrowing: Best Places to Earn Interest on Your Bitcoin

Earn as much as 8% interest on your Bitcoin, or borrow against your cryptocurrency for quick access to cash.

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Lend your crypto and earn as much as 12% interest, or borrow against your crypto for quick cash. Here are the top five crypto lending and borrowing services.

By borrowing money through a crypto loan service, you can get quick access to cash or additional crypto. You won’t need to sell off your long-term crypto holdings, either, helping avoid short-term capital gains taxes.

The opportunity goes both ways: by lending out your cryptocurrency to a loan service, you can earn competitive interest on your holdings. Some services offer as much as 8% interest on Bitcoin and 12% interest on stablecoins annually.

Each crypto loan service offers different interest rates, terms and conditions, and loan-to-value rates, meaning that you should examine the options carefully before making a decision on which service to use.

Crypto.com

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Crypto.com is a leading blockchain payment company, best known for its payment card and mobile app. The company originated in 2016 as Monaco and rebranded under its current name in 2018. You can borrow crypto through Crypto.com’s Credit feature or earn interest through its Earn feature.

Borrowing Lending
LTV ratio* 50% N/A
Interest rate** 8-12% p.a. 4-12% p.a.
Minimum amount $100 $250
Contract length 12 months Flexible, 1-month, or 3-months
Currency accepted BTC, ETH, XRP, LTC, MCO/CRO BTC, ETH, XRP, LTC, and 20 others
Currency paid out Stablecoins (PAX, TUSD, USDC, USDT) Same as deposited crypto
Availability Borrowing available in most of Europe. Lending available in the United States, Europe, and Singapore.
Special token Yes, MCO token needed for the best rates
Interface Mobile app, with payment features

Celsius Network

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Celsius Network was founded in 2017 to provide “financial freedom, economic opportunity, and income equality.” It intends to serve as an alternative to big banks and financial institutions.

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You can borrow cash and stablecoins through Celsius’ Cash Loans page or earn interest through its Earn Crypto page.

Borrowing Lending
LTV ratio* 25%; 33%, 50% N/A
Interest rate** 3.46%-8.95% APR 1.5%-11% APY
Minimum amount $1,000 No minimum
Contract length 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, 3 years None
Currency accepted BTC, ETH, BCH, XRP, LTC, DASH, EOS BTC, ETH, BCH, XRP, LTC, CEL +20 others
Currency paid out Dollars (cash) or stablecoins Same as deposit or CEL token
Other claims No withdrawal fees, termination fees, or default fees; gives 80% of revenue back to community
Availability Worldwide, excluding Cuba, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, Iran, Lebanon, and some U.S. states
Special token Yes, CEL token needed for the best rates
Interface Mobile app, with payment features

Cred Earn

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Cred is a San Francisco-based company that aims to provide open financial services. It has partnered with major crypto companies including Uphold, Bitcoin.com, and TrueUSD.

You can borrow from Cred via its Borrow page or “pledge” your crypto via its Earn page; both require you to call a representative.

Borrowing Lending
LTV ratio* Calculated monthly N/A
Interest rate** Less than 10% APR 5%-10% APY
Minimum amount No minimum No minimum
Contract length Up to 3 years 6 months, with auto-renew for 3 month periods
Currency accepted By arrangement BTC, XRP, 27+ others
Currency paid out USD, EUR, other fiat currency USD or stablecoin
Other claims Assets secured by BitGo; funds are only lent to reputable retail traders and managers
Availability 183 countries and 30 U.S. states
Special token Yes, LBA token needed for the best rates
Interface Through customer representative

BlockFi

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BlockFi aims to “redefine banking” by bridging traditional finance with the blockchain industry. In addition to serving as a lending service, BlockFi also offers special services to financial institutions.

You can borrow crypto through BlockFi’s Crypto Loans feature and lend money through the BlockFi Interest Account (BIA).

Borrowing Lending
LTV ratio* Up to 50% N/A
Interest rate** 4.5%-9.75% APR 3.2%-8.6% APY
Minimum amount $5,000 No minimum
Contract length 12 months 1 month (without withdrawal penalty)
Currency accepted BTC, ETH, LTC BTC, ETH, LTC, USDC, GUSD, PAX, and wired funds
Currency paid out USD (cash) Chosen currency (“Payment Flex”)
Other claims Some fees; relies on Gemini as custodian; institutional backing from Coinbase, Galaxy Digital
Availability Most countries and U.S. states, excluding New York, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria
Special token No special token
Interface Web interface, with general trading features

Nexo

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Nexo is a crypto lending platform created by Credissimo, a long-standing consumer loan company. Though Nexo did not go live until 2018, Credissimo has existed since 2007.

You can borrow from Nexo by using its Instant Crypto Credit Line, or you can lend crypto through its Earn Interest page.

Borrowing Lending
LTV ratio* 52% for BTC; 15%-90% for other assets N/A
Interest rate** 5.9%-11.9% APR 8% interest per year
Minimum amount $500 No minimum
Contract length Unknown No minimum
Currency accepted BTC, ETH, XRP, 20 other coins USD, EUR, GBP, stablecoins
Currency paid out USD and other fiat currency Same as deposit
Other claims Instant credit and spending, no minimum repayments, no hidden fees, assets secured by BitGo
Availability Most countries and U.S. states; 16 countries specifically excluded
Special token NEXO token optional, pays out dividends
Interface Web interface and mobile app

Other Considerations

Crypto lending services are thriving, and every company listed above offers competitive rates and terms of service.

However, there are a few risks to consider. Since cryptocurrency prices fluctuate, lenders may not actually earn the promised amount in terms of dollar value. On the other hand, borrowers may have their deposits liquidated if prices fluctuate too much. A smaller but still quite real risk is that one of these crypto companies fail, causing depositors to lose everything.

It can also be challenging to get the rates advertised. Generally, by making large, long-term deposits in common coins like Bitcoin, you will get above-average rates. Meanwhile, stablecoins, like USD Coin and TrueUSD, tend to offer the highest rates. That said, many of the services above require depositors to use their particular cryptocurrency to get the best deal.

Finally, crypto borrowing services typically promise interest rates that are better than what a bank might offer. Banks, however, can offer even lower rates to borrowers with good credit scores, especially when property like a house or car are used as collateral, meaning that crypto loans are not always the least expensive option.

Ultimately, crypto lending and borrowing is an excellent service for those who already have a substantial investment in cryptocurrency or want to earn even higher returns on their investments.

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*LTV ratio: Loan-to-value ratio represents the amount of cryptocurrency that you will receive for your deposit. For example, if you deposit $100 worth of BTC at a 50% LTV rate, you may receive $50 worth of ETH or LTC.
**Interest rates: Interest rates, p.a., APR, and APY reflect different methods of calculating costs and returns. They are not directly comparable and compound over different periods; this article uses each company’s chosen measure.
Disclosure: Crypto.com and Cred are sponsors of Crypto Briefing.

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