Dharma is live in the iOS App Store
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Published on February 14, 2020
Dharma is a cryptobank, we do everything your bank does, but we’re not a bank. We don’t even take possession of your money!
Instead, we harness the power of blockchain technology to deliver a superior money management experience. Deposit to Dharma directly from your debit card, and you’ll start earning a super high interest rate instantly! There are no lockups on Dharma funds, so you earn interest from the second your money hits your account until the second you withdraw.
Under the Hood
Under the hood, Dharma is powered by three novel blockchain technologies.
First, the Dharma Smart Wallet, a non-custodial wallet that gives you unprecedented control over your savings. Non-custodial means that only you have the power to move your funds. No one else, not even Dharma, can move your money without your consent.
Second, stablecoins, cryptocurrencies that keep their value pegged 1:1 to the US Dollar. Stablecoins are blockchain-native dollars, protecting you from the extreme volatility of other cryptocurrencies like Ether and Bitcoin. But because stablecoins live on the blockchain, you can use them to earn a great interest rate using innovative blockchain-based financial services.
Third, liquidity pools, which generate interest for users via over-collateralized lending. All deposits to Dharma are immediately deposited into Compound, an open liquidity pool on the Ethereum blockchain. On Compound, your funds earn interest in real time, and your entire balance, including all of your accrued interest, is withdrawable at any time.
Super High Interest Rates
You may be wondering how it’s possible that Dharma’s interest rates are so high.
It’s actually quite simple: there are millions of cryptocurrency holders who don’t want to sell their crypto but want dollars in order to pay daily expenses or increase their exposure to cryptocurrencies. These borrowers are willing to pay a high interest rate in order to borrow from Compound, which enables them to borrow against their crypto without having to sell (it’s like a securities backed loan or a mortgage for cryptocurrency).
To keep lenders safe, all Compound borrowers have to over-collateralize their loans, meaning they have to post more value as collateral than they are allowed to borrow (for every 100 USD borrowed, at least 150 USD worth of collateral). This over-collateralization means that even if a borrower runs away with the money they borrowed, their collateral can always be sold for dollars to prevent savers from losing money.
Getting Started on Dharma
You can get yourself set up on Dharma in minutes.
What are you waiting for? Try Dharma today.