A trader on Aave, a decentralized liquidity protocol operating on multiple platforms, has recently started selling wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC) to repay outstanding debt. This move comes as the trader faces the risk of collateral liquidation due to a decreasing health factor. In this article, we will delve into the details of the trader’s situation and the potential consequences.
According to Lookonchain data, the unidentified trader borrowed approximately $8 million worth of stablecoins, including USDC, USDT, and DAI, after depositing various assets, including WBTC, Maker (MKR), and Ethereum (ETH) worth approximately $11 million. The health factor, which indicates the safety of collateral and borrowed loans, currently stands at 1.09, dangerously close to liquidation.
Aave is a popular decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol that enables token holders to supply liquidity and earn passive income. Users can also deposit collateral and borrow overcollateralized loans, which can be repaid at any time, as long as the health factor remains stable. However, if the health factor falls below $1, the deposited collateral will be liquidated to cover the outstanding loans.
To mitigate the risk of collateral liquidation, the trader has started selling WBTC, with a substantial holding of 366.56 WBTC, worth approximately $9.1 million. By selling 3 WBTC for around $80,000, the trader intends to reduce the outstanding debt and stabilize the health factor. However, the trader still owes Aave V2 approximately $8.08 million, primarily in USDT.
It remains uncertain whether the trader will seek further borrowing, especially if Bitcoin prices increase. The trader’s remaining holdings include MKR, the governance token of MakerDAO protocol, Uniswap’s UNI, Chainlink’s LINK, and Ethereum. Interestingly, MKR has been performing exceptionally well, with a significant rally of over 160% in the second half of 2023 alone. Despite this, the trader’s smallest holding is MKR.
The trader’s decision to sell WBTC to repay outstanding debt highlights the precarious position they are in. With a health factor teetering close to liquidation, it is crucial for the trader to manage their collateral effectively. The fluctuating market prices and potential future borrowing decisions will ultimately determine the trader’s ability to stabilize their financial situation within the Aave protocol.