Introduction to Aave

What is Aave?

Aave is a decentralized non-custodial money market protocol where users can participate as depositors or borrowers. Depositors provide liquidity to the market to earn a passive income, while borrowers are able to borrow in an overcollateralized (perpetually) or undercollateralized (one-block liquidity) fashion.

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Why Aave?

Our protocol has been audited and secured. The protocol is completely open source, which allows anyone to interact with our user interface client, API or directly with the smart contracts on the Ethereum network. Being open source means that you are able to build any third-party service or application to interact with our protocol and enrich your product.

How do I use the service?

In order to use the service, you simply deposit your preferred asset and amount. After depositing, you will earn passive income based on the market borrowing demand. Additionally, depositing assets allows you to borrow by using your deposited assets as a collateral. Any interest you earn by depositing funds helps offset the interest rate you accumulate by borrowing.

What is the cost of the service?

The platform has 2 type of fees. From borrowers, a 0.00001% of the loan amount is collected on loan origination, from which 20% is used for referral integrators and 80% is allocated in the protocol fund. From Flash Loans, a 0.09% is collected from the loan amount, from which 70% is redirected as extra income for depositors of the protocol and 30% is split using the same 20%/80% model of the origination fee. There are also transaction fees for Ethereum Blockchain usage, these fees depend on the network status and transaction complexity.

Where are my deposited funds stored?

Your funds are allocated in a smart contract. The code of the smart contract is public, open source, formally verified and audited by third party auditors. You can withdraw your funds from the pool on-demand or export a tokenized (aTokens) version of your lender position. aTokens can be moved and traded as any other cryptographic asset on Ethereum.

Is there any risk?

No platform can be considered entirely risk free. The risks related to our platform are the smart contract risk (risk of a bug within the protocol code) and liquidation risk (risk on the collateral liquidation process). We take every possible step required to minimize the risk as much as possible-- the protocol code is public and open source and it has been audited. Additionally, we have an ongoing bug bounty campaign live and running. You can find additional risk and security related information in our risk framework and security and audits sections.

Aave (AAVE) token

AAVE is used as the center of gravity of Aave protocol governance AAVE is used to vote and decide on outcome of Aave Improvement Proposals (AIPs). Apart from this AAVE can be staked within the protocol Safety Module to provide security/insurance to the protocol/depositors and that way earn staking rewards and fees from the protocol. We have released our documentation with specific details about tokenomics and governance for more details please check our flash paper our full documentation and join the discussion in our governance forum.


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Additional information and resources about Aave

Feel free to refer to the White Paper for a deeper dive into Aave Protocol mechanisms. Developers can access our Documentation for a technical description of the Aave decentralized lending pool protocol. For a detailed risk analysis, please visit our risk framework.

If you still have any questions or issues, feel free to reach us over the live chat within the app or in our discord or telegram channel