Will 2020 Be The Year of Staking? Leading Crypt-Assets & Wild Predictions of Staking Space

  • Staking is an incentive mechanism by projects to encourage users to participate
  • 2020 would see users from POW world exploring staking for the first time
  • With Ethereum slated to switch to PoS crypto space will be forced to reckon with staking sooner – Binance
  • Experts predict, staking fees to be close to zero by end 2020 & emergence of staking derivatives

Staking gained momentum in 2019 with Tezos (XTZ) having its more than 70% circulating supply being baked that has its prices soaring. Cardano has been the latest one to launch Shelley incentivized testnet that saw 5 billion ADA tokens staked.

This has Binance Research’s latest report covering “The Rise of Staking” and if “staking’s maturing ecosystem is compelling enough for widespread adoption”?

Staking is basically locking the cryptocurrencies to support the operations of a blockchain network and receiving rewards. It is used as an incentive mechanism by projects to encourage users to participate.

2020 would see users from POW world exploring Staking

Staking was first introduced as a concept in Peercoin (PPC) that started as a hybrid of Proof-of-Work/Proof of Stake chain only to transition to fully PoS.

In its research, Binance segmented stake-able coins into five core categories, Proof of Stake (PoS) like Algorand, Delegated Proof of Stake (DPoS) with assets like ICON and EOS, Distribution model with assets like Stellar, Dual-coin systems with assets like NEO/GAS, and Masternode with assets like Dash, TomoChain, and ZCoin. Caleb Kow, CEO of Tezos Southeast Asia predicts,

“Many who never came from the POW world would also start to explore staking for the first time and enjoy the seamless process.”

Staking Amount beats DeFi by 548%

When it comes to the largest 10 crypto-assets that support staking represents a cumulative market cap of $25.8 billion. Excluding Ethereum, the cumulative staking market cap is worth $11.2 billion with $6.4 billion being staked.

“With Ethereum slated to switch to Proof-of-Stake in the not-too-distant future, the blockchain space may be forced to reckon with staking sooner, rather than later.”

The highest yields are offered on Synthetix at 61.9% and Liverpeer at 102.7%, as per StakingRewards.

Staking rewards unlike block rewards in PoW blockchains are distributed to PoS participants often proportionately to users who stake coins on the network.

In comparison to the growing DeFi sector where $982 million is licked in volume, a whopping $6,368 has been staked.

But according to Xin Xu, CEO of Sparkpool, it will be very interesting to look into how to combine DeFi and Staking together.

When it comes to staking ratio, it is the amount staked at a single point in time divided by the circulating supply to the crypto.

With 81.7% ratio, Synesthetic is at the top. Meanwhile, among the assets listed on Binance, Tezos, Algorand, and Cosmos have the highest staking ratios at more than 70%. Coins like Tron and Qtum, on the other hand, have a staking ratio of under 25%.

Staking Derivatives & Zero Staking Fees Coming Up?

When staking coins, users have to consider the risks of unlocking restrictions, frequency of reward payouts, custodianship risk, opportunity costs, staking reward rate in comparison to holding other coins, security risks, interest rate uncertainty because “what you see may not always be what you get,” and price uncertainty.

Also, you can either go for staking pools which are much like mining pools where on-chain addresses delegated candidates to accept pledge support or delegation services. Dedicated custodian solutions are another option that can help to stake on the user’s behalf in exchange for a cut, similar to delegation services.

However next year, according to Kelvin Koh, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Spartan Group’s prediction,

“Staking fees will be close to zero by end 2020 and half of the independent stakers will be out of business.”

It would, however, just be the starting as Colleen Sullivan, CMT Digital emergence of staking derivatives just like Tiantian Kullander, Founding Partner of Amber Group. Kullander sees this happening after the cryptos like XTZ, ATOM, DOT, ALGO prices sees decoupling from the rest of the space.

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Justin Sun Announces Upcoming Staking Plan for Tron Partners

Tron is now introducing a new staking incentive plan, announced Tron CEO, Justin Sun on Sept. 21.

This upcoming staking plan, Sun says would involve a fair, decentralized distribution of staking revenues.

For each block, Sun explains, the most voted 127 nodes that is Tron partners will receive TRX rewards in proportion to the votes they receive.

The maximum reward for one block is 160 TRX.

What does this Mean for Tron Network

The idea behind this is to encourage greater user participation and smoother engagement with staking from more exchanges, wallet, and partners.

Furthermore, greater turnout and higher stake ratio across the network, Sun says will bring about a more active community and a more robust network economic system.

This will also increase the lock-up amount from users within the TRON ecosystem, he said.

The long list of benefits of this staking just doesn’t end here.

Sun further states how this TRX incentive plan means fewer unnecessary dividend distribution transactions that will lead to less bandwidth consumption and greater network robustness.

The staking plan for Tron partners would also result in more Tron nodes and partners including increased global and community participants which mean greater decentralization of Tron network.

“A foundation for more complex consensus and incentive plans, signaling more possibilities for future development,”

Sun said.

With Great Rewards, comes Great Responsibility

With cryptocurrencies today trading 70 to 90 percent below their all-time high, staking is becoming a popular way to make easy money, in some cases coin holders score up to 30% rewards.

Coins like PundiX — leading with 18.46% yield, IOStoken, Cosmos, Waves, Qtum, VeChain, NEO, NEM, and EOS are coins that offers staking rewards.

However, staking is not just about making easy money, it has become a powerful incentive for participating in governance.

So, it is vital that coin holders understand the responsibility that comes with locking up their digital currencies.

In other news, MakeDao’s Dai stablecoin will be implemented on the Tron through Loom Network, a layer second scaling solution for the Ethereum blockchain.

Loom believes moving dai — the largest DeFi token with more than $337 million locked away in contracts — to other chains will help it grow.

Price wise, TRX is up 2 percent in the last 24 hours while trading at $0.017 as per Coincodex.

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