• In Largest-ever NFT-backed Loan, 101 CryptoPunks Put Up as Collateral

  • In what has been billed as the largest-ever NFT-backed loan, an anonymous borrower just took out an $8 million loan collateralized by their collection of 101 CryptoPunks.

    The loan has an APR of 20% and a 30-day duration. It was facilitated by liquidity scaling solution MetaStreet on peer-to-peer lending platform NFTfi.

    The financing is seen by industry participants as a bellwether of the future of lending secured by digital collectibles — a market expected to grow as institutional interest in the sector continues to build.

    Conor Moore, co-founder and chief operating officer of MetaStreet, told us the loan is “orders of magnitude larger” than previous NFT (non-fungible token) financing. MetaStreet helped to complete the previous record-breaking loan last year, including an Autoglyph for $1.42 million.

    Moore did not disclose the identity of the borrower, who he referred to as “whale,” or someone who holds large amounts of cryptocurrency.

    MetaStreet, which has eight full-time employees, secured $3 million in seed financing and $11 million in initial protocol liquidity earlier this year. The firm provides a layer of financial infrastructure to NFTs, specifically lending protocols such as NFTfi and Arcade.

    “It’s sort of like how Fannie Mae works in the US housing market. You’ve got a big aggregation vehicle through which originators can sell loans that then get matched up and split into different tranches,” Moore said. “Those different tranches allow for more optimal capital efficiency.”

    NFT collectors, co-founder and CEO of MetaStreet David Choi said, want to free up capital more efficiently and don’t want their cryptoassets to accumulate “virtual dust.”

    “I think [NFT] borrowing markets will just grow bigger and bigger, which means its purchasing power will increase,” Choi said. “It’s like instead of putting all of your money into buying a house, you get a mortgage, which means you don’t have to pay that 90% until later. [With MetaStreet], I think we’re extending the purchasing power of the entire industry.”

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