Maple is a permissioned money market that enables undercollateralized borrowing to select institutions. Only pre-qualified investors can participate as lenders.
Maple is an institutional lending protocol built on Ethereum and Solana. The platform provides infrastructure for credit risk experts to efficiently manage unsecured loans to institutional borrowers. Maple offers borrowers transparent financing that is entirely on-chain. Lenders on Maple can access high-yield sources through lending to diversified pools of whitelisted institutions. Each pool is managed by credit professionals called Delegates that perform due diligence and set loan terms with borrowers. The protocol is governed by the MPL token, which enables token holders to participate in governance, earn a share of fee revenues, and provide pool cover to lending pools. Pool cover providers stake MPL tokens to provide first loss capital, which is the first line of defense against borrower's default. Cover providers receive a percentage of borrower interest and MPL staking rewards. Borrowers must connect with a pool delegate and be whitelisted before they can take loans. Lenders who deposit funds into a pool receive a Maple Pool Token (MPT) that represents their share of the pool. Earned interest can be claimed at any time and is reinvested into the pool to compound returns. However, the lender's principal amount is not withdrawable until the withdrawal period of 90 days has ended. Borrowers have a five-day grace period to make repayment if they miss an interest payment. All borrowers also enter a Master Loan Agreement during onboarding that enables legal enforcement if necessary.
Maple earns a portion of all fees generated by the platform and sends it to the protocol treasury. The establishment fee is paid by borrowers when their loans are funded. It is shared between pool delegates and the treasury.
You earn lending fees on Maple by depositing your ETH and stablecoins to be used by institutional borrowers looking for leverage. Maple further enhances its yield by offering its native MPL token as an additional incentive. MPL stakers (xMPL) also accrue distributed protocol revenues over time.