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Ultimate Staking Guide 2021: Overview of Best Crypto-Projects to Stake with PoS and DPoS (Profitability, User Experience, Low-Risk) 🍳🚀

In this post, I would like to expand on the growing interest in staking by expanding on [Passive income post](https://www.reddit.com/r/CryptoCurrency/comments/lk2rtw/the_ultimate_guide_to_earning_passive_income_with/) by u/Weaver96 and [Beginner’s staking guide](https://www.reddit.com/r/CryptoCurrency/comments/lrhrz6/what_is_staking_a_guide_for_beginners/) by u/GajarCroissant . Everything in this post is relevant for the year 2021. If you would like to read this in a PDF [click here](https://www.docdroid.net/bkNrDyP/ultimate-staking-guide-2021-pdf).

Edit1: Corrected some things around based on feedback. Moved disclaimer about sources. Edit 2 will bring more projects

**If you think that this list excludes an interesting project, please comment and list some sources. I will edit the post and add them in.**

Table of contents:

Staking and methodology

1. TLDR: Summary Table of Projects (Profitability, Ease of staking)
2. Glossary
3. Why to stake in a Native wallet vs Third-party wallets vs Exchanges
4. Overview of projects and useful links
5. Sources and declaration of conflict of interest

# 0. Staking and methodology

Staking cryptocurrencies is something that may interest a lot of retail investors who do not wish to participate in active trading. Staking allows a coin holder to receive passive income through a reward or forging system.

The number of coins or tokens that you have or the amount you are willing to stake will affect the quantity of staking rewards. It’s a bit like a savings account but with much greater freedom and a decent profit.

Staking is in its essence basically a form of mining, that rewards the users of the blockchain network, because the users of the specific project chose who their Node operators and ultimately Staking providers are. These operators are called miners for coins like Bitcoin. However, staking uses fraction of electricity and computational power that bitcoin mining needs, while still keeping the network running. Poetry of blockchain engineers.

I decided to make a comprehensive guide that will cover a glossary regarding staking and other blockchain terms. The main take-away should be a closer look at a list of projects that I will compare based on how profitable, prospective and user-friendly they are.

The choice of projects featured includes popular, innovative and original projects. I have either direct experience with these projects or I have researched and tested them out. In my opinion, these projects are relatively low risk.

I studied 40+ projects and eventually limited my choice to 9 blockchain networks. This journey was actually really interesting.

Before starting it, I was staking in 2 projects and I thought the market was flooded with projects covering insane staking rewards and incredible possibilities. I went to the opposite end of what I know from my experience and researched ERC20 staking – realizing it is complex and risky.

Therefore, I focused on user experience and risk mitigation. This led to a rabbit hole of discovering new and amazing projects. I slowly started to realize one very common denominator for the best staking projects. All of them are focused on creating technology for block-chain interoperability, deploying their own blockchains and parachaining. Each has its own unique take on how to solve this crucial factor for adoption (covered in Chapter 4). This reasoning is clearer when you understand the difference between Proof-of-work and Proof-of-stake.

The foundation of the tech behind the projects should be a major point of interest when comparing these products over their profitability. One of the deciding factors was also the development activity behind these projects ([https://twitter.com/ProofofGitHub](https://twitter.com/ProofofGitHub)). That is why extreme profit projects with 0 tech are not listed here.

To make this guide a bit more interesting I had a couple of crypto beginners try out this selection of projects and noted their opinion in the evaluation part of this guide.

Important notes:

* Any project with less than 3% annual rewards is not included (eg. EOS, NEO, TRON, VET, LSK, XLM).
* As mentioned, sometimes there is a risk associated with staking (usually very high-profit types with 20% and more yearly interest). This means that any project that has a risk of losing the staked amount or significant rewards is also excluded.
* ERC20 tokens are also excluded as their staking is more complicated and riskier. DOT and KSM are exceptions because their slashing is negligible for users (not validators, however).
* Exchange staking is included briefly as it also carries a risk but that is mainly in the concept of not your keys, not your coins axiom.
* I decided not to include ETH 2.0 in this guide, because it means locking a large number of assets until it launches (so do your own research after you finish this guide).

# 1. TLDR: Summary for Staking in Native Wallets

I decided to start this post with a summary, because there would be a wall of text before the “good stuff”. I hope this summary will motivate you to read through the rest of the post and find the logic and reasoning behind it. I decided not to give any project an overall rank and listed them alphabetically (there is no best to last, that is for you to decide). Instead, I summarized key features, profitability and evaluated UIX (from crypto-beginners) and tech aspects (by studying whitepapers and roadmap completions).

Some projects have grown in a way that staking was always available only in third-party wallet and since that is their native environment, they deserve a place here.

Staking in native wallets will always be the most secure way to stake your coins. Never forget to back‑up your seed phrases.

**If some terminology in this table is not clear – head down to the glossary in the next chapter. Every single evaluation category in the table is explained in project overview of Chapter 4.**

Table 1: Native wallet – profitability

|**Project**|Coin|Native Wallet|APY %|Lock-up period|Pay-out|
|:-|:-|:-|:-|:-|:-|
|Algorand|ALGO|Yes|6.5 %|None|Transaction claim|
|ARK EcoSystem|ARK|Yes|8-9.5 %|None|Daily|
|Avalanche|AVAX|Yes|9.2 %|14-365 days|After lock|
|Cardano|ADA|Yes*|4-5 %|None|5 days|
|Cosmos|ATOM|3rd – party only|10.5 %|Variable**|Claiming with fees|
|ICon|ICX|Yes|13 %***|5-20 days|5-20 days|
|Kusama|KSM|Yes|14 %|7days|Claim (21 days expire)|
|Polkadot|DOT|Yes|9-12 %|28 days|Claim (84 days expire)|
|Tezos|XTZ|3rd – party only|5-6 %|None 20 days to confirm|3 days**** |

*ADA native wallets are developed by third-party but they are exclusive to ADA

** ATOM locking period depends on user but to switch delegation you have to wait 21 days.

** ICX interest changes a lot, can be from 6-30 %, overall is about 10–16 %

*** Tezos requires to initially confirm assets for about 14-20 days. So PoS rewards kick in after time, then rewards pay out every 3 days.

Table 2: Native wallet – features and evaluation

|Coin|Consensus|Ease of staking|Tech|User experience|
|:-|:-|:-|:-|:-|
|ALGO|PPos*|Easy|7/10|8/10|
|ARK|DPoS|Easy|10/10|10/10|
|AVAX|PoS|Moderate|8/10|8/10|
|ADA|PoS|Easy|10/10|10/10|
|ATOM|PoS|Moderate|10/10|8/10|
|ICX|DPoS|Easy|9/10|8/10|
|KSM|DPoS**|Hard|9/10|4/10|
|DOT|DPoS**|Hard|9/10|4/10|
|XTZ|PoS and DPoS|Easy|8/10|7/10|

*PPoS is a form of PoS where anyone on the network can decide what to do with blocks –achieving great decentralization level

**Dot’s and Kusama’s DPoS is called NPoS, but is just DPoS with possibility to punish bad delegates (slashing)

# 2. Glossary

Table 3: Essential blockchain terms

|**Term**|**Explanation**|
|:-|:-|
|**Blockchain**|Immutable or permanent ledger (registry) maintained in multiple locations known as **nodes**.|
|**Node**|A software instance on a Blockchain network responsible for participating in consensus, maintaining the ledger, servicing or relaying transactions, or all of the above. A node is the most basic unit and critical part of a blockchain infrastructure.|
|**Node operator**|Person or group of people responsible for maintaining a node. A network refers to all nodes in the operation of a blockchain at any given moment in time.|
|**Network**|Collection of nodes that communicate with one another to form a system.|
|**Transaction**|An exchange of data or value between Blockchain addresses or networks.|
|**Consensus**|General agreement between node operators on the state of the Blockchain and/or ledger. In decentralized systems, which are composed of a multitude of node operators the decisions are made collectively.Consensus is needed to provide the state of the network.|
|**Finality**|Property of a Blockchain network that determines how well the consensus mechanism can render new blocks immutable (permanent)|
|**Consensus mechanism**|Method by which consensus is reached, which can vary drastically based on the protocol. Examples include Proof-of-Work, Proof-of-Stake, and Delegated Proof-of-Stake.|
|**Proof-of-work**|Prime example where this mechanism is used is Bitcoin network. Where miners race to solve complex mathematical problems, adding new blocks and generating new coins to validate transactions. Miners consume large quantities of electricity to do this.|

Table 4: Staking Glossary

|**Term**|**Explanation**|
|:-|:-|
|**APY %**|Annual percentage yield|
|**Ease of staking**|A metric considering the difficulty of set up to earn rewards via staking. Either explaining how hard is it to get your assets to start staking, how much is the minimum amount of tokens for staking and how much attention you have to bring staking.|
|Easy:|Very fast setup, No fees and extremely small minimum stake, none or small lock period, fast payouts and very occasional attention to status.|
|Moderate:|More hassle when setting up staking account, minimum stake required, lock up periods, payouts take longer or require unbonding, can require claiming rewards.|
|Hard:|Abysmal user experience, high entry point, long lock-up periods, payouts after lock-up periods, payouts with long unbounding or claiming, expiration of rewards.|
|**Native wallet**|Wallet developed by the team behind the blockchain project. First functionality of it is built exclusively around the native token. Provides highest amount of security for staking. Many native wallets are expanding beyond and depending on project development allow holding new assets through interoperability, testnet tokens or even top crypto coins.|
|**Third party wallet**|Well known multi-asset wallets like Exodus or Atomic wallet that started to allow staking within their interface.|
|**Exchange staking**|Locked staking on an exchange, there is some risk but can be profitable.|
|**POS**|Consensus mechanism where all coin holders enter a lottery to add new blocks and receive new coins, weighted by the holdings within each address. Consumes far less electricity than PoW.|
|**DPOS**|Consensus mechanism where Staking providers are voted in by coin holders are reponsible for maintaining the ledger, adding blocks, and generating new coins. Since DPoS is a form of democratic governance. The Staking providers share their proposals of how they will share rewards and help the network.|
|**Staking pool**|Pooling funds together with other investors for staking is similar to the concept of pooling hashing power in mining pools.|
|**Staking provider**|Ensures consensus on the network for providing staking rewardsGeneralized name for the terms: Delegate, Delegation services, Delegator, Generator, Producer, Baker, ValidatorSome networks can utilize 2 or more of these specific examples to differentiate roles if needed.|
|**Staking hierarchy**|You are a Voter – You vote for Staking pool or Staking provider – Staking pool or provider are Node operators (validators) that confirm transactions on the blockchain network and that share the rewards with Voters|
|**UIX / UX**|User interface experience, User Experience|
|**Stake**|The number of coins or token that **participate** in staking.|
|**Vote / Voting**|Transaction type that assigns your tokens to a Staking Provider and determines your Vote Weight. Most common cases. A small fee transaction to choose Staking provider that assumes all assets on the address you vote from as voting power (Flexible) OR Requires committing assets as Stake voting (Not Flexible)|
|**Flexible Stake / Flexible Balance**|You only have to vote from your address to stake pool or a delegate and all assets on your address are assumed to participate in the voted pool. You can move your tokens anytime and proof-of-stake is calculated from minutes to hours.|
|**Stake Voting / Stake Lock / Staked Balance**|Where one token represents one vote in the network. The total number of coins that have used the voting right to indicate preference for a Staking Provider. A vote where you commit an amount of tokens through a transaction to your staking pool (Quite often requires locking, bounding)|
|**Vote Power / Vote Weight** |Quantifiable amount of influence that a voter could assign to Staking Provider. Determines your staking reward among other network-specific things based on the project you are supporting. In Flexible Stake it is usually all the assets you have on your address. In Staked Lock you usually chose how much vote power you have specifically.|
|**Slashing**|A form of punishment for delegated in DPoS that are not working properly and are trying to game the system.|

# 3. Native wallet vs 3rd-party wallet vs Exchange staking

Native wallet summary was already included above in Chapter 1 and is the safest form of staking where you own your private keys. I advise to always make good research on how native wallet staking is available for the projects you research.

Third party wallet staking is a good option if you find a reputable wallet. The choice of third party wallets are included in Chapter 4 project overview. In general: Exodus, Atomic, Huobi, Guarda

Table 5:

|**Project**|**Coin**|**3rd party wallet**|**APY %**|**Lock-up period**|**Pay-out**|
|:-|:-|:-|:-|:-|:-|
|**Cardano**|ADA|Yes*|4 %|Yes and no|5 days|
|**Algorand**|ALGO|Yes|6.2 %|Yes|After|
|**ARK EcoSystem**|ARK|No|-|-|-|
|**Cosmos**|ATOM|Yes|10 %|Yes|Claiming with fees|
|**Avalanche**|AVAX|No|-|-|-|
|**Kusama**|KSM|No|-|-|-|
|**Polkadot**|DOT|Yes|8 %|Yes|After|
|**Icon**|ICX|Yes|10 %|Yes|After|
|**Tezos**|XTZ|Yes|5.4 %|None|3 days|

*More wallets beyond Daedalus and IOHK

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Exchange staking can be useful for some, but dreadful for others. Never forget, not your keys not your coins.

Table 6:

|**Project**|**Coin**|**Exchange staking**|
|:-|:-|:-|
|**Cardano**|ADA|Yes|
|**Algorand**|ALGO|Yes|
|**ARK EcoSystem**|ARK|Yes|
|**Cosmos**|ATOM|Yes|
|**Avalanche**|AVAX|Yes|
|**Kusama**|KSM|Yes|
|**Polkadot**|DOT|Yes|
|**Icon**|ICX|Yes|
|**Tezos**|XTZ|Yes|
|Exchange specifics:|-|-|
|**APY %**|Changes quite often on every exchange. Always check the current rate.|Can be sold out and therefore not available.|
|**Lock up period**|Always happens on exchanges.|Typically: 14 days 30 days 60 days 90 days|
|**Pay-out**|After unbonding||

# 4. Project overview and useful links

## Algorand (ALGO):

Algorand is a decent staking project considering profitability and ease of stake. It is so easy that all you have to do is move your Algo to their wallet and you are staking. There is no lock-up period for receiving rewards. They are calculated to your address in a pending form just by being part of the network. To claim them however one needs to send or receive a transaction (even if it is a 0 Algo message over blockchain). Their main goal is to work with banking institutions.

Website: [https://www.algorand.com/](https://www.algorand.com/)

Reddit: [https://www.reddit.com/r/algorand/](https://www.reddit.com/r/algorand/)

How to stake:

[https://coinlist.co/stake/algorand](https://coinlist.co/stake/algorand)

[https://www.algorand.com/resources/blog/rewards-technical-overview](https://www.algorand.com/resources/blog/rewards-technical-overview)

Tech: [https://www.algorand.com/resources/white-papers](https://www.algorand.com/resources/white-papers)

Upcoming tech: [https://messari.io/asset/algorand/profile](https://messari.io/asset/algorand/profile)

## ARK Ecosystem (ARK):

Very nice profitability and extremely easy to stake in native wallet. Requires only to download their easy-to-use native ARK wallet and vote for a Staking Provider (delegate). The wallet has downloadable plugin for rewards calculation to help chose a delegate based on your voting power.

Ark staking is risk-free. Your assets are never committed or locked and rewards are calculated and paid out daily. So you can see your balance rising everyday and the daily rewards are calculated towards your new staking reward the next day.

ARK has been one of the pioneers in blockchain interoperability solutions since 2017. The team behind ARK has been delivering everything on their yearly roadmaps and has some amazing products lined up for Q1 of 2021. They are very active in development ([https://twitter.com/ProofofGitHub](https://twitter.com/ProofofGitHub))

Website: [https://Ark.io](https://ark.io/)

Reddit: [https://www.reddit.com/r/ArkEcosystem/](https://www.reddit.com/r/ArkEcosystem/)

How to stake:

[https://ark.dev/docs/desktop-wallet/user-guides/installation](https://ark.dev/docs/desktop-wallet/user-guides/installation)

[https://ark.dev/docs/desktop-wallet/user-guides/how-to-vote-unvote](https://ark.dev/docs/desktop-wallet/user-guides/how-to-vote-unvote)

[https://arkdelegates.live/delegates](https://arkdelegates.live/delegates) – for DPoS proposals

[https://ark.dev/docs/desktop-wallet/introduction-to-ark-rewards](https://ark.dev/docs/desktop-wallet/introduction-to-ark-rewards)

Tech:

[https://ark.dev/](https://ark.dev/)

[https://ark.io/Whitepaper.pdf](https://ark.io/Whitepaper.pdf)

Upcoming tech: [https://ark.io/roadmap](https://ark.io/roadmap)

## Avalanche (AVAX):

Fairly new project that had main-net launch in Q4 of 2020. As usual around main-net launches the price rocketed and is now consolidating. The staking rewards are decent for AVAX, however, setting up staking accounts is a bit more tricky for beginners. There is a variable lock-up period that the user can freely choose from and rewards are received after this period. They have yet to prove what they promised in whitepapers, but the ambitions are interesting.

Their main net is pretty interesting though: [https://www.avalabs.org/why-avalanche](https://www.avalabs.org/why-avalanche)

Website: [https://www.avalabs.org/](https://www.avalabs.org/)

Reddit: [https://www.reddit.com/r/Avax/](https://www.reddit.com/r/Avax/)

How to stake:

[https://medium.com/avalancheavax/staking-avax-by-validating-or-delegating-with-the-avalanche-wallet-f4d9adc182a6](https://medium.com/avalancheavax/staking-avax-by-validating-or-delegating-with-the-avalanche-wallet-f4d9adc182a6)

[https://docs.avax.network/learn/platform-overview/staking](https://docs.avax.network/learn/platform-overview/staking)

[https://docs.avax.network/build/tutorials/nodes-and-staking/staking-avax-by-validating-or-delegating-with-the-avalanche-wallet](https://docs.avax.network/build/tutorials/nodes-and-staking/staking-avax-by-validating-or-delegating-with-the-avalanche-wallet)

Upcoming tech:

[https://www.avalabs.org/whitepapers](https://www.avalabs.org/whitepapers)

## Cardano (ADA):

Also a project from 2017 that probably will have the biggest recognition on this list. They never failed to deliver what they promised and should be considered one of the most solid projects in this list.

Their might have one of the lesser staking profitability on this list but they make up for it with the great ease of staking. Rewards are paid out automatically every 20 days and the assets of the addresses are never locked. Calculations are done daily so it considers your transaction history during the 20 days. Therefore it is risk free. Their “native” wallets Daedalus and Yoroi are easy-to-use.

Some great news are coming from Cardano in the upcoming months so be sure to have them on your watch list. They recently hard-forked to allow more interoperability with chained tokens. They are also very active in development ([https://twitter.com/ProofofGitHub](https://twitter.com/ProofofGitHub)). They are a Top 3 crypto project for a reason.

Website: [https://cardano.org/](https://cardano.org/)

Reddit:

How to stake:

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUZKSS_cJIE&ab_channel=IOHK](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUZKSS_cJIE&ab_channel=IOHK)

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCMX1wFgrJY&ab_channel=IOHK](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCMX1wFgrJY&ab_channel=IOHK)

[https://medium.com/cardanorss/staking-for-beginners-a-step-by-step-guide-6dda110b2454](https://medium.com/cardanorss/staking-for-beginners-a-step-by-step-guide-6dda110b2454)

Tech:

[https://cardano.org/discover-cardano](https://cardano.org/discover-cardano)

[https://why.cardano.org/](https://why.cardano.org/)

Upcoming tech: [https://roadmap.cardano.org/en/](https://roadmap.cardano.org/en/)

## Cosmos (ATOM):

Cosmos has generous profitability and decent ease of staking. The coin can be staked in many wallets due to integration of their SDK in them in order to vote for Staking Pools. The only tricky part is the fact that you have to claim your rewards with a fee to the network.

Cosmos launched in Q1 of 2019 and they just recently finished their first whitepaper and launched their new road map of Stargate. This proves that they can deliver what they promise. They are also very active in development ([https://twitter.com/ProofofGitHub](https://twitter.com/ProofofGitHub))

Website: [https://cosmos.network/](https://cosmos.network/)

Reddit: [https://www.reddit.com/r/cardano/](https://www.reddit.com/r/cardano/)

How to stake (3rd-party tutorials):

[https://blog.chorus.one/top-cosmos-wallets/](https://blog.chorus.one/top-cosmos-wallets/)

[https://medium.com/everstake/how-to-stake-cosmos-atom-via-the-cosmostation-mobile-wallet-1feeff03b6b3](https://medium.com/everstake/how-to-stake-cosmos-atom-via-the-cosmostation-mobile-wallet-1feeff03b6b3)

[https://atomicwallet.io/cosmos-atom-staking](https://atomicwallet.io/cosmos-atom-staking)

[https://support.exodus.com/article/1403-cosmos-staking-faq#:~:text=First%2C%20open%20your%20Cosmos%20wallet,on%20the%20button%20Stake%20Cosmos.](https://support.exodus.com/article/1403-cosmos-staking-faq#:~:text=First%2C%20open%20your%20Cosmos%20wallet,on%20the%20button%20Stake%20Cosmos.)

Tech:

[https://cosmos.network/cosmos-whitepaper.pdf](https://cosmos.network/cosmos-whitepaper.pdf)

[https://www.coindesk.com/cosmos-upgrades-to-stargate-another-2017-ico-very-nearly-completes-its-vision](https://www.coindesk.com/cosmos-upgrades-to-stargate-another-2017-ico-very-nearly-completes-its-vision)

Upcoming Tech: [https://stargate.cosmos.network/](https://stargate.cosmos.network/)

## Icon (ICX)

This Korean based blockchain that started of as an ERC20 has very genours profitability and moderate ease of stake. They are deeply embedded in Korean strategic partnerships and seem to be delivering on their roadmap.

They separated from ERC20 base to their on blockchain during 2018. They are now one of the most profitable staking projects.

Website: [https://icon.foundation/?lang=en](https://icon.foundation/?lang=en)

Reddit:

How to stake:

[https://medium.com/everstake/detailed-guide-to-icon-icx-staking-and-voting-how-things-do-exactly-work-d650e75f5ab9](https://medium.com/everstake/detailed-guide-to-icon-icx-staking-and-voting-how-things-do-exactly-work-d650e75f5ab9)

[https://stakedtech.medium.com/icon-icx-a-complete-guide-for-staking-on-icon-network-using-ledger-nano-aa1f45257133](https://stakedtech.medium.com/icon-icx-a-complete-guide-for-staking-on-icon-network-using-ledger-nano-aa1f45257133)

Tech: [https://icon.foundation/resources/whitepaper/ICON_Whitepaper_EN.pdf](https://icon.foundation/resources/whitepaper/ICON_Whitepaper_EN.pdf)

Upcoming tech: [https://medium.com/helloiconworld/icon-development-roadmap-update-february-2021-3b5897957094](https://medium.com/helloiconworld/icon-development-roadmap-update-february-2021-3b5897957094)

## Kusama and Polkadot (KSM and DOT)

Kusama is a canary network of polkadot and works on the same principles so I put these together. Both have one of the most profitable stake value in their native wallets and exchange staking. However, the ease of staking in their native wallets is pretty hard for beginners. This coupled with lock up periods and claiming rewards and their possible expiration does not create a good user experience. One could compare that the profitability makes up for that but having it on your mind all the time is a negative experience.

However, they are backed by huge VC and have very ambitious tech lined up. They have yet to prove what they are capable of.

Website: [https://kusama.network/](https://kusama.network/)

[https://polkadot.network/](https://polkadot.network/)

Reddit:

[https://www.reddit.com/r/Kusama/](https://www.reddit.com/r/Kusama/)

[https://www.reddit.com/r/dot/](https://www.reddit.com/r/dot/)

How to stake:

[https://medium.com/stakin/how-to-stake-kusama-ksm-4529a48bb4e8](https://medium.com/stakin/how-to-stake-kusama-ksm-4529a48bb4e8)

[https://support.polkadot.network/support/solutions/articles/65000168057-how-do-i-stake-nominate-on-polkadot-](https://support.polkadot.network/support/solutions/articles/65000168057-how-do-i-stake-nominate-on-polkadot-)

Tech: [https://whitepaper.io/document/596/polkadot-whitepaper](https://whitepaper.io/document/596/polkadot-whitepaper)

## Tezos (XTZ)

Tezos has an acceptable profitability and moderate ease of staking. There are is an confirmation period of 14-20 days where you commit your adress to a baker and when your assets are confirmed by the network the pay outs roll in every 3 days. You are free to use them and get pay outs very regularly. They are a liquid network so you will have to vote for Staking providers.

You vote simply by delegating funds to a baker they agree with while bakers(validators) actually cast a vote during the on chain governance process.

Tezos uses a variation of a Proof-of-Stake system that differs slightly from established models in that block producers are not selected by token holders and anyone can participate as a baker (validator) if they hold a specified amount of tokens. Token holders that do not meet the minimum threshold can delegate their tokens to a baker without needing to relinquish control of their tokens.

Website: [https://tezos.com/](https://tezos.com/)

Reddit: [https://www.reddit.com/r/tezos/](https://www.reddit.com/r/tezos/)

How to stake (3rd party only):

[https://baking-bad.org/docs/tezos-staking-for-beginners/](https://baking-bad.org/docs/tezos-staking-for-beginners/)

[https://support.exodus.com/article/1300-tezos-staking-faq](https://support.exodus.com/article/1300-tezos-staking-faq)

[https://atomicwallet.io/tezos-staking](https://atomicwallet.io/tezos-staking)

Tech: [https://tezos.com/static/white_paper-2dc8c02267a8fb86bd67a108199441bf.pdf](https://tezos.com/static/white_paper-2dc8c02267a8fb86bd67a108199441bf.pdf)

[https://tezos.com/static/position_paper-841a0a56b573afb28da16f6650152fb4.pdf](https://tezos.com/static/position_paper-841a0a56b573afb28da16f6650152fb4.pdf)

Upcoming tech: [https://messari.io/asset/tezos/profile](https://messari.io/asset/tezos/profile)

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# 5. Sources and conflict of interest

**Sources**

[**https://coinmarketcap.com/alexandria/glossary**](https://coinmarketcap.com/alexandria/glossary)

[**https://ark.dev/docs/glossary/glossary**](https://ark.dev/docs/glossary/glossary)

[**https://www.stakingrewards.com/**](https://www.stakingrewards.com/)

[**https://cointostake.com**](https://cointostake.com/)

[**https://coinmarketexpert.com/**](https://coinmarketexpert.com/)

**Subreddits of these projects**

**Websites and whitepapers of every project**

**Conflict of interest**

I am an active member of communities in following projects: ARK, ADA, DOT, ATOM.

I stake these coins: ARK (last 2.5 years), ICX (recently)

I own some Polkadot but do not stake it.



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  1. What a fucking monster of a post. It’s mega that I won’t have to look at a hundred different sources on how to do this when I pull the trigger and decide to do something instead of procrastinating looking at prices.

  2. Been heavily into ALGO for a few months. I have to staunchly disagree with it being graded moderate in the ease factor. Within 5 minutes of deciding to jump on ALGO I had coins purchased and in the wallet being staked. Was more seamless than paying a credit card bill.

    Everything else you shared is awesome and I appreciate you taking the time. Just wanted to share my two cents in case anyone already finds staking complicated and would stray away from anything harder than easy.

  3. I bought a bunch of the ones on coinbase seeing as how thats the most popular exchange with normies and normies will see these and get super excited for them.

  4. Just heard about ARK from your post. Gonna read up the tech on that.

    As a disclaimer, I staked Algorand and Tezos currently.

    With Ledger Live supporting Algorand and Tezos staking, I think the user experience for Algorand is practically very good with very easy staking difficulty; you can claim the rewards whenever you please and it simply grows inside the Ledger wallet. Same thing with Tezos staking, but you would need more time to research about the validators on the blockchain prior to delegation; while you can start delegating and earning staking rewards on Tezos with just 1 XTZ, there are some major validators that require as much as 10 or even 100-ish (according to the Tezos explorer).

    Nice post overall. If I may add anything, are you planning to add something about soft or hard slashing for each coin? Some of the higher APY coins listed tend to use hard slashing as a mechanism to punish misbehaving validators.

  5. Thank you very much! Especially for highlighting how undervalued ICX is at the moment. I think it’s one of the most interesting projects on the market. To be clear I am also a big fan of cardano, but it is rare to see someone notice ICX for it’s accomplishments!

  6. I know exchange staking has two big downsides (not your keys not your coins, lower staking rewards), but they also have a few notable benefits: (1) ease of use (no need for a separate app/wallet), and (2) no lock-up period.

    I use Kraken to stake my ATOM and DOT. The reward %s are lower, but it gives me the peace of mind that I can unstake instantly – which is important (for me) when the markets are as volatile as they’ve been in the past couple of weeks. I’m looking at my options as I now consider these longer-term holds, but for the time being, exchange staking has suited me well.

  7. You left out Ethereum. Literally the largest, most influential, and with more assets locked in staking than any protocol you mentioned. It’s like doing a write-up on theme parks and leaving Disneyland off the list.

  8. Leaving out ERC-20 tokens is ridiculous.

    > researched ERC20 staking – realizing it is complex and risky.

    Not at all. Staking AAVE was as simple as clicking links on their website and approving the transactions. Every project is different and to exclude all ERC-20 projects from your list reveals either a personal bias(I.E, you’re personally invested in ETH ‘killers’) or a fundamental misunderstanding of the subject.

  9. Great post, very informative.

    One side note on readability: tables with long text are hard to read on mobile because we have to swipe left and right. Not sure if there is a feasible alternative but maybe you know better.

  10. Not deliberately trying to shill, but doesn’t Harmony (ONE) fit the criteria? Easy to stake, ~12% APY. I’ve had a great experience so far (once I decided to use the recommended wallet instead of my Ledger). [Binance.US](https://Binance.US) staking is an option as well, although far less profitable.

  11. The last bull run of 2017 was defined by the initial coin offering craze, which took a turn for the worse with foreseeable consequences for overvalued projects that had little more than a team and a poorly written white paper. While many useful projects were able to blossom from the ICO era, including Ethereum and others, most have come and gone with the wind, leaving thousands of unwary investors holding on to worthless bags of tokens.

    A full market cycle later, and there’s now yet another rally that seems to be expanding over multiple sectors of the crypto industry, especially in decentralized finance. A lot has changed since 2017. Regulators have cracked down, investors have gotten smarter and the space has matured.

    Although ICOs are still relevant today, having morphed into other forms of fundraising events — like security token offerings, initial exchange offerings and initial decentralized exchange offerings — DeFi and nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, are now the popular kids on the block.

    NFTs seem to be the next hot topic in crypto, and while the numbers are still relatively small, engagement and interest seem to be rising fast. It goes to show that the sector has a lot of room for growth.

    NFTs are a different class of cryptocurrency tokens. Unlike Bitcoin (BTC) or Ether (ETH), they are used to represent various types of assets that differ in value among themselves. These assets can either be digital or physical. Popular examples include artwork, land or real estate, and even people.

  12. Appreciate the work here! Tezos does not ‘lock’ funds. It’s no different than ADA in that it takes a while for the first rewards to pay out but the funds are available to you the whole time. Anything new you add to the wallet can also be delegated automatically. I hope you can correct that because it is factually incorrect and gives the entirely wrong impression about Tezos staking.

  13. Damn, this is one indepth overview! Quality work man!

    I used to think that staking was too much effort/not worth it and that I’d just simply let coins sit in my wallets, but looking back now I wish I started earlier. For anyone not staking their coins, there’s no excuse to not do it if you’re planning on holding for a longer term.

  14. Great post.

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    You should look into Luna – APY around 12-6% . Plus airdrops.

    Has an extension to create a wallet, you can sync it with the mobile app.

    Also has OS app but did not try those.

    Staking is pretty straightforward, similar to cardano.

  15. ARK – Simple, Freedom!

    The Ark Public Network uses a system of voting rather than staking. This allows ARK hodlers to have more freedom and access to their coins while still allowing them to participate in the governance of the network.

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