Start Investing in DeFi, with Zerion

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Welcome to the second guide in a series of three that have been written and produced in partnership with Zerion. These guides will lay out the things you should consider as you enter the world of decentralized finance – including investment strategies you might want to follow, and how to take action today.

This guide will focus on how to begin your DeFi journey using Zerion. If you missed the first part of this series, check it out below.

Part 1️⃣: Introduction To Decentralized Finance (DeFi)

Part 3️⃣: 4 DeFi Investment Strategies To Help Grow Your Crypto Portfolio


1. DeFi Investing on Zerion

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Decentralized finance (DeFi) has paved its way as the future of a global and open financial system. For every traditional or centralized financial service you use today, there is bound to be a decentralized alternative that’s accessible to anyone in the world with an internet connection.

Investing in DeFi used to be a complicated, multi-step process requiring different apps for different financial services. Now, apps like Zerion bring the world of DeFi to you, making it easy to create an Ethereum wallet, discover new assets, place trades, and manage your crypto portfolio from one place.

Zerion is a non-custodial asset management platform that aggregates DeFi activities in one place.

For you as an investor, that means two things:

First, you get access to all of DeFi at the cheapest rates. Since Zerion unifies, rather than competes with, the growing DeFi market on a single platform, it’s able to offer the most competitive rates out there.

Second, Zerion being “non-custodial” means you’re in full control of your funds. Unlike centralized financial apps like Robinhood or Coinbase, Zerion can’t touch your accounts or limit your trading activity. What’s more, Zerion doesn’t store your private crypto, collect your personal data, or require a sign-up to get started – making it easy for you to start down the path to financial autonomy.

2. How to Set Up an Ethereum Wallet and Connect to Zerion

Less than 1 min read

Your Ethereum wallet is your gateway to the world of DeFi. Think of it like a bank account that can be plugged into any financial app – except you’re the bank.

To get started, download the Zerion app on web, Android or iOS. Zerion lets you create an Ethereum wallet from scratch or connect an existing wallet via providers such as MetaMask, Ledger, Fortmatic, and Coinbase Wallet.

Once you’ve connected your wallet, you’ll get instant access to thousands of investing opportunities.

3. Explore the DeFi Market With Zerion

1:29 min read

zZerion aggregates over 60 DeFi investment protocols and liquidity providers. This gives you access to every asset on the market at the cheapest rates. Below are the investment opportunities available on Zerion.

  1. DeFi indexes
    DeFi indexes are one of the most popular ways for crypto investors to diversify their portfolios by buying several cryptocurrencies at once. For example, the DeFi Pulse Index represents tokens from the top-performing DeFi projects by size.
  2. DeFi blue chips
    Just like traditional finance has “blue chip” stocks like Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, and Alphabet, crypto has its own ol’ reliable stalwarts. These tokens include some of the oldest, best-performing projects in DeFi like Chainlink, Dai, Aave, and UNI – the governance token behind Uniswap, which itself is the largest decentralized exchange (by trade volumes and number of traders).|
  3. Lending and borrowing
    Putting your money to work is easy with DeFi money markets that let you earn interest on your deposited funds. Use Zerion’s “Save” feature to earn up to a 5% return, annually.
  4. Passive income with staking
    Staking is a DeFi investment strategy a lot like saving, except you lock your assets up (meaning you can’t access them to sell or trade) for an agreed-upon period of time so they can be used to perform a useful activity like increasing the asset’s liquidity. In exchange, you’re rewarded with tokens as compensation.
  5. NFT protocols
    Whether you’re a gamer or an art enthusiast, you can use Zerion to explore and invest in all sorts of non-fungible tokens.
  6. Layer-2 scaling tokens
    You can also support the development of the second layer networks to scale Ethereum by investing or staking the protocol tokens.
  7. Social tokens
    Social tokens are backed by the reputation of an individual, brand or community whose work you may want to support.

4. Smart portfolio management with Zerion

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Smart investments is one piece of the DeFi puzzle and Zerion helps give you the picture across your whole portfolio. Its portfolio management tools include profit and loss metrics, cost averaging, aggregated wallet views, and push notifications on your activity.

Zerion’s a good fit whether you’re interested in leveraging DeFi to earn passive income, finding a more efficient way to transfer money, or want to be an early adopter of radically different financial markets.

Connect your Ethereum wallet on Zerion today and explore what decentralized finance can do for you.

Now, go on to Part 3️⃣: 4 DeFi Investment Strategies To Help Grow Your Crypto Portfolio

or back to Part 1️⃣: Introduction To Decentralized Finance (DeFi)


This guide was produced in partnership with Zerion.

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