When it comes to your money, the only thing more important than spending it wisely, is investing it wisely. With international interest rates for savers slashed, and inflation about to fly through the penthouse roof, nurturing our nest eggs to maturation through traditional financial vehicles is a long and slow road nowadays.
What features does NavCoin possess then, which make it an ideal safe haven for steering our savings through these unprecedented waters?
Let’s get right to the point, staking with NavCoin needs to be easy and affordable to be attractive. That’s why there is no minimum amount of NAV required to begin staking. The rate of rewards you will receive is dependent on two things; the size of your stake and the number of other’s coins staking on the network. This is because rewards are generated by the process of validating blocks (verifying user’s transactions on the blockchain).
As NavCoin has a quite predictable and fixed count of blocks per day, staking turns into a competition for being their creator. For those who begin staking sooner, when less competitors “fight” for those blocks, there are more chances of finding a valid one, hence more rewards to receive! This way of working gives incentive to early adopters who provide stability to the network. Your chances of building a block will increase with the amount of coins you hold. Therefore, the more you stake, the more blocks you are able to validate, and the more rewards you can receive. For each block that your wallet finds, you will receive 2 NAV as a reward.
Combining these factors, staking with NavCoin can offer an ROI upward of 9% per year (https://static-rewards.nav.community/) at the time of writing (June 2020). This is, without a doubt, substantially better than a high-street savings account, and one of the best rates available in crypto!
Easy in, easy out, easy shake-it-all-about
Many other crypto investments offering POS returns require the user to lock their coins for a period of time, similar to stocks or bonds, for example. When it comes to accessing your NAV though, there are no lock-ins or penalties for making a withdrawal. Your funds remain liquid (NAV is listed on many major crypto exchanges) and accessible to you at all times, whatever is your staking method!
This makes staking a very flexible operation and removes the risks of other similar investments.
Your first choice
Getting set up with staking on NavCoin is a hassle-free experience. The first choice one must do is between staking with your own node or choosing a pool. A pool is a server operated by a third party, who lends you his technical resources in exchange of a fee taken from the rewards you would receive. The most known pool is NavPool.
You can, of course, negate the fee and receive the whole reward by running a node of your own with only the bare minimum of technical-know-how. All you need is a home PC (2CPU 4GB ram) — or a VPS — and you’re away! If ever you run into issues, the helpful NavCoin community is always available to lend a hand. And by running your own node, you help to keep the network decentralised!
Now, we mentioned that running your own node comes with the added benefit of keeping Navcoin decentralised, but what does this mean? First of all, the more nodes the network has, the more resiliant it will be against external attacks, hence increasing the security! And anyone staking NAV (with or without running a node) has the opportunity to participate in the governance of the project. By holding NAV, you become a part of the project and a say in its future direction.
Through this system of shared power, this year has already seen the realisation of the Navcoin DAO, and the imminent addition of the powerful new BLSCT privacy protocol.
Taking back control
We have put a lot of effort into making the process of running your own node as simple as possible. We will teach you how to do it with a rented VPS, which will not require you to have your computer turned on 24 hours. If you are going to stake using a pool because you don’t want to run your own server (whether NavCash, NavPool or other), you can skip this section.
The first step would be to get a VPS. We recommend you to make this step in Hetzner, a German provider which is famous for its low prices and high quality service. Simply create an account there and log in. Choose ‘Add Server’, select Ubuntu 20.04 and CX21 (2vCPU and 4GB RAM). The costs are as low as 5,83€ per month!
Once the server is created, you will see the details to access it over SSH. Connect to it and one command will be enough to set it up.
curl -s https://index.nav.community/setup.sh|sudo -E bash
It will take about 30 minutes to complete.
You will be prompted with two important values when it’s finished: your staking address and the address of your Electrum node. Take note of them, because we will need them for the next step. Now you can close the connection with the server, there’s nothing more to do with it! So easy!
The easiest way to stake your coins
Now we will have to download NavCash. You can find versions for Windows, Linux or MacOS. When you launch it for the first time, you will be asked about which server you want to connect. If you did set up your own and have an Electrum node address you can introduce it manually here, otherwise just check “Select server automatically” and click next.
The next window will ask you for a name for your new wallet. We will create two different wallets. The first will be a wallet which you will use for voting in the NavCoin DAO. We will call this wallet “voting”. Although creating a voting wallet is optional, we highly recommend you to do it! Isn’t it cool to have your voice on the governance of a project like NavCoin? ;)
We need to select the right wallet type. Which in this case is “Voting wallet for cold staking”.
You would have to create a new seed if it’s the first time you are going through this process. If you already created a voting wallet before and you would like to recover it, you’ll see the option to enter the seed words to reconstruct your wallet. There’s no easier way to manage the custody of your coins! It’s very important that you keep your seed words in a safe place. They are the key to access your coins, whoever gets access to them would get access to your coins!
You will see the voting interface when the process completes:
Now, after correctly creating and backing up the seed words from the voting wallet, you need to create a second wallet which will be used for storing the NAV you want to stake. This is called the spending wallet. You will only access this wallet when you want to spend the coins.
In the menu File, select “New/Restore”. It will open a new window with the same wizard we’ve seen before. As a name, you can write “spending”. In the next step choose “Standard wallet”.
You will be asked if you want to enable staking.
If you don’t want to set up your own node, and want to use the pool from NavCash, you should choose the first option. This is the easier option for those who don’t want to over complicate the process.
If you otherwise have an address from another pool that you’d wish to delegate your coins to, or you did set up your own node, you should choose “Yes, but I want to specify the staking address”.
Make your own decision and click next. When asked for the staking address, you should input the staking address you got from your rented VPS. If you decided to use NavPool (or other staking pool), you can use a staking address from them. If you chose NavCash’ pool, you won’t be asked about the staking address, it will be filled automatically!
After this, you will be asked for your voting address. You can get this from the tab “Voting address” in the voting wallet we created earlier. You should also deposit some coins in this address, in order to fund your future votes.
Complete the rest of the steps, and you will be set! In this case, for the spending wallet, you can also use a hardware wallet like the Ledger Nano S to secure your keys and this is something we strongly recommend you to do! You can add the app to your Ledger using the custom installer we’ve recently released for Windows, MacOS or Linux.
Aw, yes! There’s something missing. You will need to send your precious NAV to the spending wallet to start staking. You have to click “Create Address” in the receive tab, and you will see the address where you can receive the coins.
Now you can sit and relax. Even when your wallet is closed, or your computer turned off, you will still earn rewards and your balance will grow!
Checking all the boxes
When all is said and done, securing your financial future is the greatest gift you can give yourself. Passive income opportunities come in many shapes and sizes, and more often than not come with a catch. NavCoin does not. There are no hidden surprises. You can stake when you like, for as long as you like, earning one of the best ROI rates available, on a reliable, promising asset with a lot of room for growth.
So, if you’re looking for a high-yield, low-maintenance vessel to smoothly sail your rainy-day fund to clearer waters, NavCoin could be the ship for you.
Find out more: navcoin.org