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The impending transition to Ethereum 2.0 has put staking in the spotlight, with both exchanges and standalone staking platforms offering institutional players and retail investors alike the opportunity to enjoy the rewards of staking, without actually having to run a node.

In total, over $10 billion of the total $19 billion proof-of-stake coin market cap now locked in staking contracts. Much of this popularity stems from the appeal of staking as a way to earn additional passive income-akin to earning interest on fiat in a bank account by depositing funds and then receiving a small percentage back each year.

But the investment case for staking extends beyond just regular returns, and those willing to dive deeper into this new crypto economic model will discover a multitude of different reasons for investing. …


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Staking Rewards is the leading independent data provider and research platform for Staking and yield-generating digital assets.

We have always been cautious to keep our interface clean and do not plaster the site with annoying ads. But since we are an independent platform without any big funding, we are looking for profit mechanisms to continue delivering the highest quality in research and tools.

After our paid API Release we are now super excited to announce another profit mechanism for Staking Rewards:

Staking Rewards Tokens to control decentralized advertising slots on the StakingRewards.com frontpage.

Initially we are launching two advertising slots, which can be claimed from Monday to Friday.

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The first use of the Staking Rewards Tokens (SRT) is to control these advertising slots. …


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Part 1. DeFi Introduction. Why Blockchain?

Decentralized Finance (DeFi) ecosystem is one of the fastest growing ecosystems within the blockchain space and rightfully so, as we are not just talking potentially taking a piece of the financial industry pie, but also expanding the pie altogether. This is made possible due to the novel services programmable money enables, something we never had before.

In this new dedicated DeFi series of our Journal articles, we will take a closer look at DeFi space, its components, DeFi stack, composability, incentive assumptions and of course the leading projects from various corners of this no doubt exciting space.

Why DeFi?

DeFi might well be the killer application of Ethereum. We have seen the narrative and usage of Ethereum shift from fundraising (hello 2017 ICO mania) towards it being a base layer for DeFi applications (see chart). …


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This is no secret to anyone that the Proof of Stake space is growing rapidly, largely due to the fact that almost all new blockchain networks are launching with some kind of Proof of Stake Consensus. Layer 2 protocols are of no exception either.

Proof of Work is great, but inevitably due to many reasons we are facing a multi-chain future of Proof of Stake Protocols. PoS-based assets also play into a larger macro trend of yield-bearing assets and growing interest to passive income.

There are over 70 live PoS Networks today and their number is growing.

So let’s have a look at the Top 10 emerging Proof of Stake Networks according to our…


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Introduction

Recruiting high-quality infrastructure providers and thus bootstrapping the network decentralization and performance is considered by many protocol team and project in the space as one of the most challenging tasks.

In this Blockchain Infrastructure Thesis we will look at the blockchain use-case adoption today, look what is needed for its further advancement as well as into its technological, social and economic drivers. We will figure out why building infrastructure and its provision matters for the long-term success of the blockchain space and how these are connected.

We will argue why at the current stage of blockchain maturity we believe that building and providing the blockchain infrastructure is the most important and arguably most strategically sound way for traditional enterprise players to participate in the ecosystem growth and in the blockchain space overall. …


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A short summary of our comprehensive Staking Ecosystem Case Study.

We have interviewed 16 Key Opinion Leaders and surveyed 224 Users in the space to determine the current status of the staking ecosystem and to figure out the next necessary steps to support the long-term vision and success of PoS protocols, enabling investors to earn passive income.

Make sure to read the full version of the Staking Ecosystem Case Study, or read individual interviews which are published separately.

Large and medium Holders choose Providers that align with their vision for the industry and provide the most value to the networks and ecosystem. …


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Intro

“Crypto assets as a class is moving from unproductive asset to a productive asset. — Tim Ogilvie, Staked

DeFi (Decentralized Finance) or Open Finance, enabled by the programmable nature of crypto assets, captured the crypto world by storm in 2018 and continues to do so in 2019. The core difference of DeFi to fintech and traditional financial systems is that in DeFi there is no bureaucratic or technological gatekeeper between the builder and their idea.

DeFi and associated technology enables token holders to capture the economic value from its changing productive nature. As of today, crypto-assets like Bitcoin are losing certain value as ~4% BTC is paid out to miners, effectively diluting the circulating supply and existing token holdings while not generating passive income. …


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Breaking down the differences between PoW and PoS

This Research Report is powered by Stakingrewards.com, the independent platform providing access to trusted staking data and knowledge.

Introduction

In order to get a deep understanding of Staking and Proof of Stake in general, it makes sense to compare it to the closest and currently most popular consensus algorithm, namely Proof of Work.

It currently powers most of the public blockchains, however with Proof of Stake (PoS) gaining traction, its share is expected to grow with a flippening expected at some point in time.

Almost every newly launched public blockchain is PoS-based and even the second-largest blockchain Ethereum is shifting to Proof of Stake in the next major upgrade. …


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A practical guide for the innovative investor

Staking Coins is a magical experience. It literally prints money directly into your wallet.

Besides it helps to validate transactions, secure the network and keeps it decentralized.

We believe Proof of Stake and similar consensus models will become a standard for most public blockchain infrastructures.

To evaluate the passive income opportunities, it is substantial to understand the unique principles of each staking asset.

This week we are talking about Pivx. We will go through the basics, core principles, explain how to stake Pivx, how much to earn with it and give you some insider tips in the end.

Pivx Basics

PIVX stands for Private Instant Verified Transaction. The currencies main focus lies on privacy through the Zerocoin Protocol, instant verified transactions through masternodes and on community governance with 16.66% of the block rewards going towards budget proposals. …


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A practical guide for the innovative investor

Staking coins is a magical experience. It literally prints money directly into your wallet.

Besides it helps to validate transactions, secure the network and keeps it decentralized.

We believe Proof of Stake and similar consensus models will become a standard for most public blockchain infrastructures.

To evaluate the passive income opportunities, it is substantial to understand the unique principles of each staking asset.

This week we are talking about Ark. We will go through the basics, core principles, explain how to stake Ark and much to earn with it.

Ark Basics

Ark provides users, developers and start-ups with innovative blockchain technologies. The aim is to create an entire ecosystem of linked chains with sandbox tools where businesses and others can create their own blockchain from a clone of Ark in just a few clicks. …

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