Sygnum Bank’s Head of Blockchain Engineering, Gavin Pacini, shares his views on Ethereum 2.0 and the yield generation opportunities it will bring.
Ethereum 1.0 – the Original Smart Contract Platform
Ethereum is the second-largest protocol by market capitalization, and it is a key player in the blockchain world, having brought about the invention of smart contracts. Smart contracts automatically execute the terms of a contractual agreement, and as they run on the Ethereum blockchain they are highly available and cannot be tampered with.
A smart contract platform such as Ethereum enables other kinds of blockchain applications such as tokenization and decentralized finance (DeFi).
Ethereum 2.0 – Increasing Scalability and Providing Yield
Ethereum has been very successful, and it currently powers more than 90 percent of DeFi products and services. To support further growth it is currently upgrading to Ethereum 2.0. The team is making fundamental changes to the underlying technology, which will increase throughput and reduce the costs of transactions, allowing greater transaction flow in the future.
The first phase of Ethereum 2.0’s upgrades was rolled out in December 2020, and as part of these changes, Ethereum holders are now able to earn a yield by «staking» their Ethereum to keep the network healthy. This is the process of locking up tokens to participate in the validation of transactions on the blockchain, with a financial «reward» provided in exchange. Ethereum is different but complementary to Bitcoin, and with yields from staking, investors can structure their digital asset portfolios in more creative ways.
Staking Ethereum as a Component of a Well-Diversified Digital Asset Portfolio
Yield generation is an important component of any investment portfolio, and staking is an interesting opportunity to add yield to a digital asset portfolio. It enables investors to generate other forms of return from their cryptocurrency holdings in addition to capital appreciation, and also provides a digital asset alternative in today’s low-interest-rate environment.
Staking of Ethereum should be a core element to any investor building a well-diversified digital asset portfolio. Ethereum 2.0 will take 1 to 2 more years to complete, and while staking at such an early phase could impose certain risks, long-term investors in the Ethereum ecosystem can also benefit from potentially higher yields that come with early participation. Sygnum Bank will soon offer staking services for Ethereum.
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