Welcome to another edition of Hubble's series on Crypto Basics! In this article, we'll talk about how to find the best crypto lending rewards on Solana.
If you're getting started lending in decentralized finance (DeFi), we highly recommend reading previous articles in the series:
These articles for absolute beginners should give users a better understanding of crypto lending before they take part. Please note the mention of tools and yield aggregators in this article are not endorsements, and this is not financial advice.
Tools for Finding the Best Crypto Lending Rewards Simplify the Hunt
You can check every DeFi lender on Solana for the best lending rewards, or you can use a tool that makes all this information searchable in one place. Nanoly (formerly Coindix) helps you search by blockchain, assets, and protocols for ways to lend tokens and at what current rewards.
DeFi Llama also provides a similar dashboard for hunting lending yield. However, DeFiLlama reports many more statistics in DeFi than Nanoly, which focuses mainly on current yields, so you may have to play with the toggles on DeFi Llama to search every Solana lending platform.
Currently, if you choose only to see yields from lending on Solana, you will only find results from Solend. However, several other DeFi lending platforms on Solana, like the Tulip lending protocol, which specializes in multiple services, will be represented if you add more categories than lending to your search.
Lending Aggregators and Yield Aggregators Do Everything for You
You can chase yields by yourself, or you can rely on a yield aggregator to do most of the work for you. A lending aggregator uses strategies to find and acquire the highest yields from lending on Solana, whether they are currently located on Solend or Tulip Finance.
Everlend Finance optimizes yields earned from lending by splitting deposits between protocols to maximize utilization and the possibility of earning yield. As shown in the screenshot below, deposited SRM is split between the Tulip protocol and Solend for lending at optimized rates.
Everlend's whitepaper suggests the protocol will also move beyond the lend token side of operations to the borrowing side. According to Everlend Finance, "Everlend offers you the best yields on your deposits and the lowest rates on your borrows," and this offering will be made possible through a refinancing system.
Everlend Finance has been audited by Kudelski Security.
Mercurial Finance, the decentralized exchange (DEX) specializing in swapping stable assets and correlated pairs, has begun offering a yield aggregator. According to Mercurial, it provides "DeFi's first dynamically optimized stable pools, powered by Mercurial vaults."
While working with Mercurial Pools, Mercurial's Dynamic Vaults allocate funds to Solana lending platforms with the highest yield every few minutes. Currently, the assets accepted by Dynamic Vaults are stablecoins and SOL.
Goblin Gold currently offers optimized lending aggregator services. In the future, it will offer customized risk strategies to optimize yields from lending a wide range of Solana assets.
Goblin Gold currently accepts 13 assets for deposit. Strategies use Solend, Port Finance, Tulip Garden, Mango Markets, and Francium.
Goblin Gold has not been audited by a third-party security firm.
Optimizing Yields from Lending on Solana Gets Easier
Finding the best crypto lending rewards on Solana is becoming less difficult. As more protocols launch strategies to solve this pain point for users, borrowing and lending become even more optimized throughout the Solana lending ecosystem.
The Solana lending ecosystem continues to expand with more lending options as new assets enter money markets with the network's growth. Users can take full advantage of these opportunities by researching or relying on lending aggregators to optimize their positions.
The growth of yield aggregators and lending aggregators on Solana is a testament to the development of Solana DeFi. With Solana's incredible speeds and cost-effective transactions, expect to see even greater growth shortly.
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