Choosing Pools

Users should be careful when choosing a pool to use — below are some things for the users to pay attention to:
  • Check if the pool supports the asset they want to lend, borrow, or collateralize.
    • Assets supported for lending and borrowing will have a liability factor above 0 and show an interest rate above 0.
    • Assets supported as collateral will have a collateral factor above 0.
  • Ensure the pool has a well-capitalized backstop module.
    • The backstop module is a fund of assets insuring the pool against bad debt. Well-capitalized backstop modules denote a pool being relatively safe, as backstop module depositors will not want to insure unsafe pools.
    • If a large percentage of the backstop module is queued for withdrawal, the pool is probably in an unstable state — and the user should avoid it for the time being.
  • Ensure the assets supported as collateral in the pool are safe collateral assets.
    • Generally, low volatility and high liquidity assets make good collateral.
  • Ensure the pool's risk parameters are set appropriately.
    • The pool should have reasonable collateral and liability factors for supported assets.
  • Ensure the pool's oracle contract is reliable.
    • Lending pools rely on oracles to fetch asset prices — users should always be sure the oracle for their lending pool is reliable, or their assets may be lost.