Preserving Your Wealth with SALT Stabilization

man staring at two paths: one leads to liquidation and one leads to stabilization

Ever wonder why we developed SALT Stabilization? Because we wanted our lending product to better align with our mission: to build products that increase access to financial opportunities and give people more control over their ability to generate long-term wealth.

Here’s the back story. 

It all stemmed from the fact that Justin English — SALT’s chief executive officer– was a borrower with a SALT loan long before he became SALT’s CEO. Justin loved our loan product because it offered a way for people like him to get value out of his crypto assets without having to sell them. The only problem? Liquidation. After a single market crash Justin lost nearly 100% of his crypto portfolio. Having a deep understanding of the stress and pain that comes with constantly watching the market, Justin was well equipped and knowledgable when he stepped into the CEO role. He was able to take your feedback, combine it with his own experience and use it to improve our lending product.

While our existing loan product was offering ways for our customers to escape some of the constraints of traditional finance, it wasn’t meeting the second part of our mission (helping people like you build long-term wealth) to the degree we wanted it to. While we know liquidation is a necessary part of crypto-backed lending, we also knew there had to be a better way to manage our clients’ loans during market crashes. We considered all the stress that comes with market volatility, and while we had (and still have) many tools in place to help you track the health of your loan (our Loan-to-Value Ratio monitor, real-time call, text and email notifications, etc.), we also realize that no matter how diligent you are about managing your loan, sometimes the market crashes faster than any of us can handle. Being a diligent borrower himself, Justin understood this pain point on a personal level and wanted to build a better product that could address and help alleviate some of the nail-biting stress that stems from constantly watching the market.

Quote: "Nothing would give me greater peace of mind than going on vacation and waking up the morning after a market crash to know my crypto wealth has been preserved." -- Justin English, SALT CEO

Introducing SALT Stabilization

Enter SALT Stabilization, the product designed to preserve wealth and reduce stress. 

Instead of selling a portion of your crypto assets and using them to pay down your loan to restore it to a 70% LTV, with SALT Stabilization we convert your portfolio into stablecoin (USDC) once your loan-to-value ratio (LTV) hits our stabilization threshold of 90.91%. By doing so, we can offer you more control over how and when you want to restore the health of your loan. Once you cure your LTV back to a healthy level (below 83.33%), you are eligible to convert your portfolio back to the collateral mix of your choice when you’re ready.  

Depending on how you time your conversion, you may even end up with more crypto assets than you had before you were stabilized. With SALT Stabilization, you can preserve the value of your crypto portfolio, and if you time it right, you can even grow it.

SALT Stabilization in Action

Since releasing SALT Stabilization in late 2020, we’ve had some time to see the product in action and learn more about how it preserves wealth for our clients during market volatility. 

One of our customers experienced stabilization twice within a single week and converted the assets back both times. This particular customer converted his assets back fairly immediately following the first stabilization. However, following the second stabilization, he decided to wait, watch the market, and convert his assets back 80 days later. By offering him the option to leave his portfolio in stablecoin until he was ready to convert his assets back on his own terms, SALT Stabilization allowed the customer to preserve 87% of his portfolio. Had this same customer been liquidated twice under our previous model (the current model of other crypto lenders) he would only have 16% of his portfolio remaining following two liquidation events. This is a prime example of SALT Stabilization doing exactly what it was designed to do.

Old Method: Liquidation

Liquidation Method

New Method: SALT Stabilization

SALT Stabilization

By having your portfolio converted to USDC during a market crash, you’re able to preserve the value of your portfolio to a degree that traditional liquidation would not allow. 

Stabilization vs Liquidation

If you’re on the fence about choosing a crypto-backed lender ask yourself: 

“When the market crashes would I rather lose 84% of my portfolio or 13%? 

We’re pretty sure we know the answer. 

SALT Stabilization: How it Works

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I’ve Been Stabilized. What’s Next?

When your Loan-to-Value ratio (LTV) exceeds 90.91%, we stabilize your loan by converting all of your volatile assets into stablecoin (USDC).

At this point, you will notice that your USDC wallet reflects the total US Dollar value of your combined portfolio. Each collateral wallet balance will show $0. Don’t panic!

How Do I Convert Back to My Original Assets?

To get your original assets back, you will need to manage your LTV and restore the health of your loan to a safe state (83.33% LTV or lower). To do this, follow these steps.

  1. Navigate to the Loan Status page or click “Manage LTV” in the notification module on the dashboard.
Image for post 2. Manage your LTV by either depositing more crypto or making a one-time payment in the Manage LTV Module. Image for post

3. We recommend curing your LTV to a healthy state (<70%), but as long as you have managed it to 83.3% or below, you will be eligible to convert.

4. Navigate back to the Loan Status Page. You will see that your LTV has dropped, but you are still being held in Stabilization Mode.

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5. In the Manage LTV module, you will notice that you are now eligible to convert. Click “Convert Now” to convert back to your original assets or to a mix of any assets we accept as collateral.

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6. The convert tool will default to the percentages of your original collateral mix. You may edit this and convert back to a different collateral mix if you’d like.

7. Click “Next” to review the details of your conversion and then click “Convert Now” to confirm. Once confirmed, you will have successfully reverted back to your asset mix of choice.

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Still have questions about stabilization?

Please call our support team at +1 (720) 575–2272.

STABILIZE IT

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Today we’re proud to announce a partnership with CENTRE Consortium to accept USD Coin (USDC) as collateral.

A product of a collaborative effort between, Coinbase, Circle, and the CENTRE Consortium, USDC is a new stablecoin backed by the US dollar. According to Coinbase, “One USDC is a 1:1 representation of a US dollar on the Ethereum blockchain” and “each USDC is 100% collateralized by a corresponding USD held in accounts subject to regular public reporting of reserves.” From a credibility standpoint, Circle has partnered with accounting firm Grant Thornton LLP to conduct monthly audits of US dollar reserves backing the number of USDC tokens in circulation.

Why add USDC?

We’re constantly evaluating and analyzing new collateral options to determine how a given collateral will benefit our customers. Typically, we base our decision to add a new collateral type on a number of factors including the voting feature on our borrower portal. In this case however, we deliberately chose to add USDC in direct response to the market volatility we’ve recently experienced.

When there’s volatility in the market, it directly impacts your LTV, which can result in an undesired loss of collateral. We’ve heard your feedback regarding the need for transfer options that can be implemented on nights, weekends, and holidays. We’re adding USDC to the mix because we want you to keep your crypto, markets don’t.

By adding USDC we’re providing a quick, easy way for you to stabilize your LTV when there’s a rapid drop in the market. Given it’s backed by the US dollar but isn’t wholly tied to the U.S. banking system, you can transfer USDC as collateral at any point in time to bring your LTV back down. Now, rather than waiting for the bank to open to lower your LTV with a wire transfer, you can take immediate action when you notice your collateral is declining in value due to market volatility.

With the addition of USDC, SALT now offers loans backed by Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, DOGE, and USDC — you can secure a loan backed 100 percent by a single collateral type or combine them in a way that works for you.

Interested in applying for a loan? Sign up here. Or visit saltlending.com to learn more about SALT’s offerings.

Read more about the USDC Ecosystem.

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