As we continue to watch the growth of exciting new financial primitives, we’re beginning to witness an ever-growing trend of users being able to share in the upside of a protocol’s growth. Whether it’s something as simple as lending cryptocurrencies on Compound to something more complex like participating in liquidation auctions on Maker, it’s evident that DeFi is unlocking a suite of new and exciting passive income opportunities.

This page will keep track of the various tutorials we’ve created here at DeFi Rate – all of which provide users such as yourself with the ability to earn passive returns on your Ethereum-based assets.

Please note that as with any investment opportunity, there are inherent risks. When necessary, we recommend exploring products like Nexus Mutual for different ways to ensure your positions in the case of a black swan.

DeFi Tutorials to Earn Passive Income in 2020

Synthetix sETH & sUSD Liquidity Incentives

Platforms Used: Uniswap, iEarn & Mintr (Synthetix)

Earn rewards in the form of weekly SNX inflation for providing liquidity to the sETH Uniswap pool and/or the sUSD Curvepool through iEarn.

Read our full sETH & sUSD Liquidty tutorial.

Synthetix SNX Staking Tutorial

Platforms Used: Mintr (Synthetix)

Earn weekly SNX inflation by staking SNX via Mintr to mint sUSD. Please note that Synthetix requires 800% over-collateralization, so it’s recommended to start with a minimum amount of roughly 500 SNX to see any meaningful rewards.

Read our full SNX staking tutorial.

Uniswap Liquidity Provider Tutorial

Platforms Used: Uniswap, DeFiZap

Earn a portion of Uniswap’s 0.3% trading fees on any ERC20 token pair by providing liquidity split 50% between ETH and 50% between the target ERC20 token.

Read our full Uniswap LP Tutorial

Opyn Options Trading

Platforms Used: Opyn, Uniswap

Learn how to supply, trade and redeem Opyn protective ETH puts for passive USDC lending returns or secondary price appreciation on Uniswap.

Read our full Opyn tutorial


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How much capital do I need to get started?

There are no minimum capital requirements to partake in any of these opportunities. With that being said, meaningful returns are largely earned with capital contributions starting from ~$500 in value.

Are these passive income opportunities safe?

All of this opportunities are using highly reputable DeFi products. All smart contracts have been audited which largely mitigates risk. However, with any DeFi product, there is always a very small chance of loss meaning no user should add more capital than they would be willing to use.

Is this all the passive income opportunities in DeFi?

Absolutely not. We’ve chosen to cover a suite of tutorials which we find easy enough to grasp as a non-technical user with low barriers to entry. This list will be updated over time to include more income opportunities which you should know about.