[Resource Topic] 2023/1899: Allowing Blockchain Loans with Low Collateral

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Allowing Blockchain Loans with Low Collateral

Authors: Tom Azoulay, Uri Carl, Ori Rottenstreich


Collateral is an item of value serving as security for the repayment of a loan. In blockchain-based loans, cryptocurrencies serve as the collateral. The high volatility of cryptocurrencies implies a serious barrier of entry with a common practice that collateral values equal multiple times the value of the loan. As assets serving as collateral are locked, this requirement prevents many candidates from obtaining loans. In this paper, we aim to make loans more accessible by offering loans with lower collateral, while keeping the risk for lenders bound. We propose a credit score based on data recovered from the blockchain to predict how likely a potential borrower is to repay a loan. Our protocol does not risk the initial amount granted by liquidity providers, but only risks part of the interest yield gained from the borrower by the protocol in the past.

ePrint: https://eprint.iacr.org/2023/1899

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