Glossary > Decentralized finance (DeFi)
Decentralized finance (DeFi) refers to decentralized financial applications aimed at making traditional financial products accessible to everyone.
DeFi is a system that makes traditional financial products accessible to everyone. DeFi applications run on blockchains, typically on Ethereum, and also rely on smart contracts. With DeFi, same as with cryptocurrencies, there is no middleman or trusted third parties intervention, allowing users to directly interact together.
DeFi platforms include decentralized exchange (DEX) and also lending or borrowing platforms for example.