CeDeFi (Centralized Decentralized Finance)

CeDeFi (Centralized Decentralized Finance) is a combination of and . CeDeFi offers the same features as DeFi protocols while being centralized, allowing people to access DeFi products like  (DEXs), liquidity aggregators,  tools and lending protocols — yet still leveraging the advantages of CeFi systems. [1][9]


CeDeFi is a hybrid of the centralized and decentralized financial model that aims to improve the traditional model to allow for faster transactions, improved security, a larger transaction volume and comparatively lower fees. In CeDeFi, certain aspects of financial services are centralized, while others remain decentralized. This approach aims to strike a balance between the efficiency and accessibility of centralized financial systems and the trustlessness and decentralization of and technologies.[6][8]

CeDeFi is a type of decentralized finance protocol that enables the creation and trade of synthetic assets. It does not rely on lending or borrowing platforms. Instead, it uses a system of to new tokens that track the price of underlying assets. This allows users to trade derivatives without having to trust a centralized party.[2]

The Role of Binance in CeDeFi

The CeDeFi term was initially coined by the CEO of, , when Binance launched its Binance Smart Chain in September 2020. Their BSC chain set out to bridge the gap between centralized and decentralized finance, kicking off a $100 million USD seed fund designed to foster collaboration between and . [3]

Binance Smart Chain was engineered to provide high transaction and low transaction fees, making it a viable alternative to, which had been the dominant platform for DeFi. This scalability has attracted numerous users and projects looking for cost-effective and efficient solutions. While the DeFi ecosystem emphasizes decentralization, Binance Smart Chain includes certain centralized elements. The network has a limited number of validators, which can lead to a more centralized structure. Binance aims to strike a balance between security and efficiency. [4]

Users can stake Binance’s native token, , and earn farmed tokens of other upcoming projects promoted by Binance. This allows users to earn some of the benefits of being exposed to DeFi, without the burden of interacting directly with DeFi protocols. Since then, other chains have been exploring ways to architect their networks to retain the best of DeFi while ensuring accessibility for centralized parties. [5][7]

Use Cases

Decentralized Exchanges (DEXs)

are a vital element in Centralized Decentralized Finance (CeDeFi), providing users with efficient and secure trading of digital assets. They offer the convenience of centralized exchanges combined with decentralized custody, giving users control of their funds and enhancing security. DEXs facilitate global accessibility, foster liquidity through pools, and prioritize user privacy. They are integral to the CeDeFi ecosystem, promoting a balanced financial environment that merges the strengths of both centralized and decentralized systems.[1]

Lending and Borrowing

Lending and borrowing in CeDeFi combine the efficiency of centralized systems with the security of decentralized platforms. CeDeFi lending allows users to earn interest on assets while retaining control, adhering to regulatory standards, and ensuring global accessibility. Borrowing provides quick access to capital without traditional credit checks, with diverse use cases and privacy features. Both activities leverage smart contracts, enhancing transparency and automation, making them integral to the flexible and inclusive CeDeFi ecosystem.[1][3]


CeDeFi stablecoins provide stability and regulatory compliance while still being used for trading, remittances, and other financial services in the blockchain space. Stablecoins are fundamental to CeDeFi offering stability, liquidity, and efficiency. They combine the best of centralized and decentralized systems, making them a reliable medium of exchange, store of value, and essential for trading and lending in the CeDeFi ecosystem.

Cross-Chain Integration

Cross-chain integration in CeDeFi allows different networks to interact seamlessly by promoting interoperability, enabling assets and data to move efficiently between various platforms. This integration combines the efficiency of centralized systems with the decentralization of technology, offering users diverse financial services and assets while retaining control over their holdings. Cross-chain solutions enhance liquidity, diversify assets, and bridge the gap between CeDeFi and Decentralized Finance (DeFi) ecosystems.[1]

Decentralized Identity

CeDeFi systems can support decentralized identity solutions, providing secure and verifiable digital identities for users. Decentralized Identity (DID) is a vital component in CeDeFi. It empowers users with control over their identity data, promoting self-sovereignty and privacy. DIDs are interoperable, facilitating global access and reducing identity fraud while still adhering to privacy and data protection regulations.

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