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What is LTV (loan-to-value ratio) and how it works
What is LTV (loan-to-value ratio) and how it works

LTV is a ratio between the amount of your loan and the market value of the collateral you choose when getting a loan.

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It’s a common thing in asset-backed lending to secure your loan with higher-value collateral (overcollateralization). Overcollateralization is often used to secure loans and reduce credit risks.

What is LTV?

A ratio between the amount of your loan and the market value of your collateral is a Loan-to-Value ratio (LTV).

On CoinLoan, a borrower can set up an LTV ratio in the range from 20% to 70%. Lower LTV means you have a safety bag. In case of a market fall, your crypto will not likely be liquidated to secure an unpaid loan. Higher LTV means that you will have to act fast in case of an extraordinary market situation.

How is LTV calculated?

The LTV formula is:

LTV = Loan Amount / Collateral Value

If you want to count the amount of crypto you can borrow against your crypto, you should reverse the formula:

(Loan Amount) = LTV * (Collateral Value)

What does LTV mean for a user?

We offer LTV from 20 to 70%, meaning you can only get a loan that equals 20 to 70% of the collateral. Whatever LTV you choose, that’s the percentage of your collateral you’re allowed to borrow.

Check our Loan calculator to see how much you can borrow.


For instance, you have 2 BTC and want to make it collateral for your loan in USDT. If 1 BTC = $50,000, and you have $100,000 in total, you can only borrow 70% of that amount, meaning you will get 70,000 USDT at max. If you choose a 70% LTV, your loan amount is 70,000. If your LTV is 20%, then it’s 20,000.

How does LTV work on CoinLoan?

On our platform, there are three LTV statuses:

  • LTV under 70%: lower LTV means you have a safety bag..

  • 70–90%: liquidation risk. We will send you notifications about your LTV via email and mobile app, encouraging you to take some action.

  • LTV higher than 90%: your collateral is in the liquidation process. To prevent this, please pay attention to your LTV status and the platform notifications about its changes.

Check our articles about the liquidation process and collateral liquidation time to learn more.

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