Been thinking about investing into defi and I came up with a simple strategy to fit my goals.
I want to invest in Aave (LEND), Maker Dao (MKR) and Kyber Networks (KNC) but my funds are limited AND I also want to go long ETH.
So I came up with this:
1- Stake ETH to get DAI from Oasis.
2- Swap DAI for LEND, MKR and KNC on Aave.
3- Could even lend out the LEND, MKR and KNC tokens on Aave for a small return but I think that would be pushing it. The risk/reward does not seem to be worth it.
So with steps 1 and 2, I would be long ETH and I get to be long LEND, MKR and KNC without any additional capital needed. Of course the risk is not the same but I think it is an acceptable risk compared to the reward. Defi is booming and its only the very beginning.
I identified the following risks to the strategy:
- ETH is currently highly correlated to the US financial market. When the major indices crashed in march, the price of ETH crashed with it. I expect the us market to crash again therefore I will need to either wait it out or over collateralize the ETH->DAI loan in order to avoid liquidation in case of a crash in ETH price. Unfortunately this means reducing my DAI considerably therefore my returns on the strategy will be lower.
- In the case where LEND,MKR and KNC price drops and I want to get my ETH back, I would be unable to repay my ETH->DAI loan and would have to buy DAI to compensate for the loss.
- Theres the always present risk of a hack on one of the platforms I will be using and losing a part or all of my tokens so im using money I can afford to lose and not rent money. The coins will be held in my hardware wallet, the only place where coins (ETH) will be left with a counterparty is with Oasis. Im not confident enough yet to take step 3 and lend the LEND, MKR and KNC for a small yield as it more than doubles the risk for very little added return.
Has any of you implemented a similar strategy? Did I miss something that I should be aware of?