What is Compound (COMP)
Compound (COMP) is a version of software running on Ethereum and connected to a distributed network of computers within a traditional money market. It is one of the latest decentralised finance (DeFi) protocols and uses multiple crypto assets to enable a process of borrowing and lending without using a financial intermediary such as a bank.
Compound users can deposit cryptocurrency into lending pools that borrowers can access. Those lenders will then earn interest on the currency that they deposited.
As soon as they make a deposit, Compound will create a cToken to represent the deposit in the eyes of the lender. Each of these tokens can be traded or transferred without issue, but it can only be redeemed for the particular cryptocurrency within the initial protocol. All this takes place in the background automatically and is regulated by the Compound code, so lenders are able to access the deposit at any time.