Cryptocurrency loans service Nexo has confirmed it is adding support for bitcoin cash (BCH). The Switzerland-based lending platform offers crypto-fiat loans from upwards of $1,000, with no credit checks required as collateral. BCH holders will be able to stake their cryptocurrency as collateral and obtain instant funding in more than 40 fiat currencies.
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BCH Becomes Nexo’s Sixth Cryptocurrency
Cryptocurrency lending service Nexo has been expanding rapidly. It recently added Ripple’s XRP and has now confirmed support for bitcoin cash and litecoin. These coins will join BTC, ETH, BNB and NEXO, granting cryptocurrency holders the ability to borrow anywhere from $1,000 to $2 million. Rather than sell their bitcoin cash when they require access to capital, users can lock BCH into the Nexo platform, before retrieving their coins once their loans have been repaid.
Nexo’s cryptocurrency assets are secured by custodial partner Bitgo, which just closed a Series B funding round from investors including Goldman Sachs. Bitgo has attracted a number of institutional clients to its service, as well as cryptocurrency companies such as Kraken and Pantera Capital. Once cryptocurrencies have been placed as collateral with Nexo, customers can obtain instant loans, and will also be entitled to additional credit should the value of their cryptocurrencies appreciate. Nexo boasts of having issued more than $1 billion of cryptocurrency loans to date.
Crypto-Fiat Loans Are On the Rise
Cryptocurrency holders today have a plethora of lending options available. On Oct. 19, news.Bitcoin.com reported on Salt adding support for dogecoin, while platforms such as Ethlend and Celsius Network have also been gaining traction. Cryptocurrency loans have a range of applications, including the provision of short-term funding for hedge funds that have invested in cryptos and wish to obtain capital for new investment opportunities. Nexo’s crypto-fiat lending service has also attracted cryptocurrency miners seeking to cover hardware expenses, as well as investors who wish to take out loans to buy more cryptocurrencies in the belief that they will rise in value, so they can profit without selling their existing holdings.
Nexo’s decision to add bitcoin cash and litecoin appears to have been swayed, in part, by a community vote that indicated strong desire for the coins. The lending platform is currently finalizing BCH wallet integration before its bitcoin cash lending service goes live in a few weeks’ time. Borrowers can obtain credit from 8 percent APR with no minimum loan repayments. Nexo has also completed integration with Coinmarketcap, enabling visitors to the market data site to start the process by clicking the “Get Loan” button alongside cryptocurrencies such as BCH and BTC.
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