What I have said is that node operators are not all happy and that you don't speak for them. I have never argued that the protocol is bad and don't agree with the OP that it is in a "death spiral". It's just an obvious, and pointless tactic to broaden the argument and then say ah look you cannot counter x,y,z, haha I win. The "voting with their feet" argument just doesn't wash when to support it the only evidence offered is that a number which literally cannot possibly go down, is going up. It's actually quite poor that the rocketpool medium post uses this metric. Also, you know what, I will continue to complain about RPL, in fact I will flap my wings more if anything, because if you are below the collateral limit you cannot vote. Another complete bullshit decision. Do you think because someone didn't notice that in the small print you can say hard luck you should have done due diligence and they will shut up? That;s not how it works
Sent a previous version of Rocketpool to Coinbase where they only accept version 2 of rocketpool. I see the RPL in my address they provided. What does Coinbase need to do in order to send them back to me. I know it's possible and takes time and resources for them to retrieve and send them back but i'm happy to pay $ for this.
This.. entire market is so down and bone dry, the machines have no lube. Doesn’t mean it’s a death spiral or flaw… it was a choice and I think a better one given the alternative of fees, or VCs Look at XMR.. to mine and secure the network literally cost more elec/compute than what will be mined. People still do it. You buy the bottom now (I don’t think we’re fully there yet) and the inverse will be true when the price rises. You’d have spent less on more RPL value I don’t even have enough ETH for a mini-node but will be buying both RPL and rETH when we do see the bottom bottom. And fck Lido/Kraken
No, that's not a fact! Node operator count is no longer rising. The metric is still rising because it counts exited nodes with no ETH deposited. Don't make me repeat myself. At the same time, many people are posting they don't want more exposure to RPL so it is reasonable to surmise that is part of the reason there aren't enough NOs. I do actually want the protocol to succeed, it's just irritating to read this stuff about yeah we're all happy, when every time I look at the dashboard and see the full deposit pool and falling RPL/ETH, I know that it isn't fine. Whether what is in the pipeline helps or not is speculation. I won't be able to convert any more pools myself
You present an arbitrary assumption on your part as fact and dont see the Problem with that? 6 months ago we had a huge node operator overhang. Why Was that? By your logic because node operators were excited about RPL exposure? You are trying to present opinion as fact. Fact is, node operator count is rising fact is rETH demand is huge fact is there are Updates in the Pipeline that will exponentially increase capacity for ether for New and existing operators. You might not like it but thats a you Problem.
Really something to be claiming I've been saying anything that's "false" when it is just incontrovertible fact and meanwhile you are backtracking from saying node operators are happy with RPL exposure to admitting that no actually there is a lack of node operators.
The real reason RPL was created and then required as collateral from node operators, is to create artificial demand for RPL to peg, prop and inflate its value so that the team and insiders get paid -- there is fundamentally zero need for the RPL token. From the outset, that artificial demand was bound to plateau and then to drop: node operators can't increase ad infinitum, and competition alone would curb it far sooner anyway ... and you see it happening now, the market is punishing that decision. If you were to make RPL a governance only token then they'd have a new problem as there is no healthy and sustainable mechanism to inflate it in order for them to be paid from it. The model is flawed. The honest move should have been to employ a fee model, but it's too late for that. They will likely now start messing with the tokenomics of RPL (supply, inflation, peg source, etc), which fundamentally is a bad idea as it means that it's not really decentralized (DAOs are incredibly centralized as it is, with a handful of token holders holding enough to swing any vote), nor does it offer stability and reassurance for the future.
You shouldnt confuse yourself with others. Node operators like myself that are allready comfortable with RPL exposure to access higher ETH yields. The bond reductions will have huge impact. A 8 eth Pool today with 24 protocol eth generating 14% commission can become 2 x 4 eth minipools with 56 protocol eth generating commission or 4 x 2 eth minipools with 120 protocol eth earning commission just for some extra RPL collateral. Huge earning Potential, i wont think twice about it and many others wont aswell which exponentially increases the protocol capacity. 8 eth minipools allready proved a huge success to think this will change with future bond reductions is nothing but your opinion. Dont get me wrong, its fine not to want token exposure and you are free to watch from the sideline.
Disagree, I think a lot of people will be very turned off by the RPL exposure. An 8 eth node requires 2.4 eth of RPL. A 4 eth node would 2.8 eth worth of RPL and represent over 40% of investment while 2 eth nodes would need 3 eth and make up the majority of your investment in which case you’re mostly RPL exposure which with current tokenomics would be tremendously stupid to launch. I don’t think either would significantly impact demand because of the aforementioned reasons. They’re going to have to design some new utility for RPL:ETH ratio to improve imo and I’m skeptical they’ll figure out a solution.
> The supplemental RPL collateral acts as supplemental insurance against particularly egregious slashing incidents That bit? Yeah, I don't like it and think it should be fixed. It's right ("supplemental"), but it _is_ difficult to interpret correctly. There are a bunch of other places in the docs that have it this misleading or worse -- 100% needs improvement. RPL is only used _after_ the ETH bond for large slashing, and ETH bond is designed to be sufficient security to align Node Operators. I've done some analysis into what ETH bond sizes are enough based on some market assumptions here https://github.com/Valdorff/rp-thoughts/tree/main/leb_safety. Stader did an analysis that was more optimistic than mine. Lido did an analysis that I mostly agree with for their upcoming permissionless module -- they used a get out of jail card of that was roughly "well, only like 5% will be permissionless, so the impact will be decreased by 20x".
Valid criticism: RPL is a governance AND collateralized token all in one. Proposed response: Separate governance from collateral. Use ETH as collateral for ETH nodes. Keep governance and the business of collaterializing nodes separate.
>?? If you have a way to make a strong project without a dev team, that's impressive :P By avoided I meant at the time, as in being delayed until the project generates revenue. >This is possible, but I doubt it comes to pass. There's room for plenty of positive projects. Sure, like there's plenty of search engines. Most of which have almost no market share and act more like augments/pet projects to the company's actual business, this is the path FRAX took. A strong ideological product could maybe fight Lido for market share, but RP is already trending down. Peaked at 7.3% but mere months later is down to 6%. Maybe there's something in the pipeline that will reverse the trend once again, if not then a lot of very ideological people are going to be losing bunch of money for "doing the right thing" all thanks to RPL. Oh well...
The DAO's funding essentially comes from RPL inflation. Since it's RPL-denominated, that means its buying power depends on the price of RPL. Requiring it for the protocol creates a demand driver and thus supports the price of RPL (I think of it as "you stake X RPL to get a boost of Y to ETH yield"). By comparison, a pure governance token may or may not be valued.
> Dev team funding is by far the biggest expense and could've been avoided with a different approach to the project. ?? If you have a way to make a strong project without a dev team, that's impressive :P > What actually irks me about RocketPool is all the preachers lambasting users for not "choosing the right LST" and the idiots saying that using RPL is fine since it will outperform ETH. If they are so sure about RPL's price trajectory then they should be investing in it, not in ETH or rETH. Heard. Nobody should be pressured or made to feel bad. I _do_ think there's a strong argument for rETH based on lower tail risks and/or preferred ideology. But that doesn't make it best for everyone. In maturity, RPL will not outperform ETH -- it's inflating and at maturity there's no significant growth driver. Speculating that it will outperform ETH on its path to maturity is perfectly reasonable, and many folks _do_ invest in it as a result. Ofc, it's also perfectly fine to believe it's already fairly valued or overvalued and opt to avoid RPL. > obviously one has to take into account how much of the underlaying tech has been built on previous research/experimentation from projects that came before them I appreciate this point. Diva kicked off with VCs and put in some significant effort to get some tokens widely spread. I think they have some really cool stuff going on. I have some concerns too - but they and Stakewise v3 are the two competitors I'm most excited about. I'll note that RP won't stand still either. We're working on getting better over time, importantly including reducing the remaining components of trust. > when another project with similar ideology but better product comes along This is possible, but I doubt it comes to pass. There's room for plenty of positive projects.
I'm a node operator who joined near the top. I like and trust the protocol, but I'm not a fan of the tokenomics or the token. It sucks to be down on the "collateral" and be kicked while you're down (by not getting RPL rewards due to being under the threshold). With that said, it seems premature to call it a death spiral. We're in a bear market. RPL overperformed early this year and then corrected painfully.
> No, what prevents it is loss of business. It's really not. There is no way for Lido to exit the NO's validators (and even if there were they can also threaten a mass slash in such a case to hold some ETH hostage btw). Lido have been forthright that they don't plan to give any NO more than 1% of total stake. In other words, total stake needs to grow about 6x for revenue to reach what they could achieve via theft. > And yet, Lido staking and security are not exposed to LDO like RP staking and security are exposed to RPL Third time I'm responding this to you -- staking security (aka rETH security) does not rely on RPL value. It would be fine with $0 RPL. > Insisting on your disdain for VC funding doesn't change that, but it does make the irony more visible since both LDO and RPL holders are laughably concentrated. I don't have disdain for VC funding. I do believe it comes with a set of influences, and think other alternatives are viable. Let's consider what it would take to get 20% of vote. For Lido, 5 LDO-holding wallets would get there. For RP, we lie on the orange curve in https://dao.rocketpool.net/t/proposal-switch-to-linear-voting-power-to-resist-attackers/1213/10?u=valdorf and can see it takes over 100 nodes. Looking at votes with delegation instead, it's about 18 voters (assuming that nobody overrides their delegate) -- not great, but much more than 5. > First, there is quorum. Second, Lido is implementing dual-governance Quorum is 5%. The holder list shows single wallets holding 5%. If 2 large wallets voted, it would be the most total vote Lido's aragon instance has seen in a long time. FYI, RP's quorum is 15%. Dual governance is really cool. But it's not a panacea. It's particularly subject to "boil the frog" style stuff. Ie, yes people might revolt if you say "we're gonna triple the commission", but they may not if you multiply it by 1.1x 12 times with multimonth gaps. > how are rETH holders valued at RP governance to protect them against malicious governance (dictated by RPL holders)? They do not have a direct protection, you're right. Their value is enshrined in the pDAO charter https://rpips.rocketpool.net/RPIPs/RPIP-23, but that's about what should be, not what can be (ie, trust based). > Delegation is yet another concentration instrument, it's funny you're proud of it. So... until ossification, there needs to be _some_ way to make changes. I'm somewhat proud of our voting power spread. Delegation (working well) helps empower small holders that can't justify spending the time to research every choice. Importantly, they can vote directly for specific votes if they wish to. Essentially we can think of the good version of delegation as creating new "large" voters out of lots of tiny ones. The bad version of delegation is making "controlling" delegates out of "large" ones -- we haven't seen that yet, but it's certainly a risk. > p.s. I don't even like Lido. It's the misrepresentation of truth that made me reply on this cesspool of a sub (way more than I ever envisaged). If I really had to choose a LST platform for my ETH, it would probably be Coinbase for a host of reasons I'm not going to get into, with all risks of losing the stake etc. I would say I mostly like Lido, fwiw. If they didn't have the "winner take all" mentality, I'd probably have no issues with them at all. Heard in terms of ending up replying muuuch more than desired - me too fren. cbETH is a perfectly reasonable choice -- since they strengthened their ToS earlier this year, I think they're pretty solid (though ofc wholly centralized).
Dev team funding is by far the biggest expense and could've been avoided with a different approach to the project. I don't judge the devs for taking the approach they did, it's a free market after all though it's not hard to argue that the market is telling them it was the wrong choice. What actually irks me about RocketPool is all the preachers lambasting users for not "choosing the right LST" and the idiots saying that using RPL is fine since it will outperform ETH. If they are so sure about RPL's price trajectory then they should be investing in it, not in ETH or rETH. In a different comment you mentioned Diva and since I wasn't familiar with the project I went to look at their docs. From that very limited research they seem a lot more like what RP should've/could've been, though obviously one has to take into account how much of the underlaying tech has been built on previous research/experimentation from projects that came before them, making such system more feasible today than when RP was first conceived. If I were to make a prediction about future I'd say that RP will more or less fade into obscurity when another project with similar ideology but better product comes along.
> Yes, says right there on lido.fi/scorecard Actually... this risk isn't there. The closest is "Node operators are disincentivized from acting maliciously" but the focus is on obeying withdrawals. EL/MEV theft is not discussed. That said - I absolutely adore their scorecard. Beats the everliving pants off anything RP have for one-stop risk clarity. > Of course you did, but it's easier to suggest malice on your competitors' part instead I'm not saying Lido NOs are malicious. In fact, since they _haven't_ taken the 6x larger paycheck since the merge, there's some damn strong evidence that they're trustworthy. I _am_ saying that the system relies on trust. If one of their NOs kept all of the MEV, it would affect the APR of stETH by about 1/3 (the EL share) of 1/29th (the amount held by one NO). This is a bit over 1% of APR. It would also demonstrate that the NO coming out most ahead is the one doing the inappropriate thing and would make it more challenging to continue the social contract. > base the entire security and tokenomics on its market value As I've previously noted to you, rETH security does not depend on RPL market value.
I looked at RPL when I was researching staking options. Wasn't aware of the tokenomics at the time so was puzzled when I saw RPL eth listed on coin gecko. Seems a strange way of doing it so I'm naturally suspicious and steer clear. I went for simplicity in the end and staked with kraken and am aware that not only doesn't help the ecosystem but they're taking some of my profits. You said you run several mini nodes, do you mind me asking how you run them? Would you recommend me to set up my own node?
>I’m an NO who sold a lot of ETH for RPL to get collateralized right before Atlas aka the top. Yeah that sucks, worst timing. >I’m down so much on the RPL, it would take years and years of staking to break even. Or it could go very quickly when it bounces up again... There is no reason to assume that it's "down only" from here, don't get discouraged from regular shitposts like OP's.
>the RPL:Eth ratio will only get worse due to the design That's likely true, but it's hard to pin this down accurately. Let's say we assume RPL rewards won't cancel out inflation and your RPL stake slowly but surely loses value just because of that, not even taking into account ETH deflation. Well then you shouldn't maintain 10% stake and just view the 10% as the cost of entry to be recouped by commission. However, the more people do this, the more RPL is effectively "unstaked" and your rewards will actually be higher than inflation if you do maintain your stake. Ideally some sort of equilibrium should form making the RPL:Eth ratio somewhat stable (after accounting for inflation). At least that's how I think of it.
It's not true that not a lot of thought was put into this. The root of the problem is the financing of development. "Just use ETH as collateral and collect a fee". Yes, but (1) what would prevent someone from just forking and collecting the fee without having done any development? And (2) how would you ever decide on changes and improvements to the protocol? Ideally we'd have a lively open source community who would develop this together, but that's not going to happen. This is not a "for humanity" project, it's a "for profit" project and those will never be founded on volunteers sacrificing their free time. I'm not saying everything is fine. It's definitely not. Oracles being paid half a million for running a server is simply ridiculous. The DAO is only fake decentralized, the community doesn't have nearly as much influence as it should, and RPL will likely count as a security. But people acting like RPL is a scam and getting rug pulled are talking out of their ass.
where is your proof for that? half the RPL supply is staked in the protocol the other half is held by people not staking it. you have to employ some next level brain acrobatics to try and paint the baked in protocol demand of RPL that comes on top of speculation as something negative when 95% of top 100 tokens are solely based on speculation with no relevant demand driving utility.
I think you might be elevating your personal opinion a little bit too much by calling it "Analysis" Unfortunately reality does bot match your narrative. The RPL/ETH ratio had been on an uptrend for the longest time even during most of the bear when everything else crashed. But of course once there is a inevitable crash in crypto it has to be some Form of systemic problem with tokenomics it couldnt just be market sentiment on a bear market and a huge amount of people in Profit. RP has been growing pretty consistently even throughout the bear market. People evaluating different staking solutions and coming to the conclusion that RP is not for them for one reason or another is fine, its hard to be one size fits all when people have different tolerances for risk and expectations. Reality is, rocket Pool has been in developement since 2017 and would likely not exist today without a token Model. RPL is not only additional slashing protection but also the governance token and the reason why rocket pool itself is able to not take a cut on staking rewards. This Model has Served pretty well over the years despite the fact that critical voices like to appear during crashes and disappear again during the growth phases. Typical crypto phenomenon. There are plenty of discussions within the community / pdao on wether and how tokenomics could be potentially improved in the future. Until then, RPL remains the ticket to access not only 42% higher ether rewards compared to vanilla staking but also to a vast collection of Tools and conveniences that makes running a validator a breeze like the smartnode stack and the smoothing pool. while i understand that some people will be turned off by token exposure, sometimes in life you just cant have your cake and eat it too.
> They could steal 6x that if they wished from Execution Layer. What prevents that? Trust. You plaster that nonsense everywhere. It's so disingenuous it's funny. No, what prevents it is loss of business. They're contractors. Get over it. I'm aware of how DAO governance works, thank you very much, and as I stated they are all anything but decentralized. And yet, Lido staking and security are not exposed to LDO nearly as much as RP staking and security are exposed to RPL. Insisting on your disdain for VC funding doesn't change that. Delegation is yet another concentration instrument, it's funny you're proud of it. AAVE has the famous Aavechan - thousands of delegates, sometimes enough for passing proposals outright. The reality? One guy yields most power and manipulates everyone's votes and opinions who follow like sheep more blindly than Trump supporters: see https://app.aave.com/governance/proposal/289/ and https://governance.aave.com/t/arfc-acquire-crv-with-treasury-usdt/14251
I have some ETH staked with rocketpool (ie I have some rETH), and quite like the user experience from that perspective - as well as liking the decentralisation contribution as vs Lido. I shied away from anything more with Rocketpool in part because of the RPL token aspects / I'm slightly wary on that side of things.
The Node Operators for Lido, which is the one I'm most familiar with, explicitly do not have signed contracts. They get a 5% commission. They could steal 6x that if they wished from Execution Layer. What prevents that? Trust. VC funding is a massive threat to Lido. If they wished, a couple/few VCs could have governance do literally anything they wanted. Settings like RPL inflation and future commissions, or commissions to Lido NOs and Lido treasury are controlled by the respective governance tokens. In Lido, it's pure holding; for RP, they also need to be effectively staked. Many fewer entities could determine these settings for Lido than for RP. > having its entire security and tokenomics rely on the market value of a native token This isn't the case. By design, RPL is secondary collateral. There is enough ETH bond for security with RPL valued at $0. > all existing DAOs whose members aren't required to be active users of the product Fwiw, the RP pDAO is defined as holders of effectively staked RPL -- ie, node operators. > It's ironic seeing you call out LDO (given the RPL initial allocation and distribution) The ICO was indeed pretty concentrated <https://rocketscan.io/rpl/ico>, but it got dramatically more spread out over time <https://rocketscan.io/rpl/holders>. And governance power is even more spread out than that because the RPL needs to be effectively staked and we scale with square root <https://rocketscan.io/snapshot/votingpower>. For example, I have the third highest voting power due to 30 delegators; I have 4 minipools and I delegate that voting power to someone else cuz I think I have more than one person should at just under 2%. I should note, everyone that delegates to me has the ability to override my vote too, if they don't like it :)
That's incorrect. Node operators for lido, coinbase, kraken act as contractors, they get payment from the fees raised by the staking platforms. Also, nothing wrong with VC funding - in fact it's preferred as they bear the risk temporarily while the platform can grow organically and safely using a fee model, rather than having its entire security and tokenomics rely on the market value of a native token and its inflation controlled by a select few. Lido's staking security isn't reliant on the value of the LDO token, whatever its centralization extent, so your point there is moot. Node operators in Lido don't have any less incentive to behave honestly if LDO sinks, whereas in Rocketpool incentive for good behavior is completely reliant on RPL value. Otherwise, all existing DAOs whose members aren't required to be active users of the product are practically scams in my book, including AAVE and RPL. It's ironic seeing you call out LDO (given the RPL initial allocation and distribution), but I didn't expect otherwise. Rocketpool defenders had started giving sad echoes a good while back.
Ooh, this is a fun one. Lido's got about 6k ETH of slashing insurance (their insurance fund is `0x8B3f33234ABD88493c0Cd28De33D583B70beDe35`). RP has ~265k ETH of slashing insurance from just the ETH bonds. The secondary RPL bonds add a little on top of that, but let's count it as 0 for now. Next, remember that there's about 15x as much (w)stETH value as rETH value. In a large slashing event of 8 ETH per validator, stETH holders would lose 1/4 of their value; rETH holders would lose nothing. In a massive slashing event of 32 ETH per validator, stETH holders would lose 100% of their value; rETH holders would lose about 67%.
Lido, Coinbase, and Kraken are all entirely based on trusted Node Operators. This trust allows the Node Operators to operate at infinite leverage (ie, they get any amount of ETH and put none in themselves). It's quite easy to get good ROI when I equals zero. Fwiw, even with that advantage, Lido _still_ needed VC funding as can be seen in some of their large holders https://etherscan.io/token/0x5a98fcbea516cf06857215779fd812ca3bef1b32#balances. Some of these holders have more LDO individually than votes in total for most governance actions. I'm unconvinced that having a VC-dominated token and trusted NOs is better than having a token that serves to bring future value into the present for the DAOs use (this is essentially the point of RPL).
This gets suggested regularly and always fails for the same reason. It's stable at size, but it's unclear how you'd get to size. Right now if 100% of all rewards were collected (ie, Node Operators straight up didn't get paid), it would only be like 75% of the oDAO/pDAO budgets (note: this number is one I had handy from about a month ago -- should be closeish). Obviously, when we were smaller, it was even less than that (and I mean this quite recently -- like in the spring it would've been less than half of that). RP has been in existence a while. Any competitor needs a way to fund their budgets until they get large enough that a reasonable cut could pay the bills. For us, it's been the RPL inflation (and the RPL ICO share that went to devs). A fork without the RPL would need an alternative way to pay their devs, pay for liquidity, etc. What comes to mind is a ton of VC funding while getting large enough (though ofc VCs aren't doing it for charity, so they'll want to get paid somehow). The other option is a huge amount of public goods funding. Using some kind of instrument that grows with a product isn't innovative at all btw -- consider equity in a startup or shares in a company -- they give the product value up front in some way and the holder gets some claim to future value in some way.
>There's only 1 reason for RPL's existence and that's to fund the project development/team No. There's 0 reasons for RPL. Because it's not in fact required. If you're honest, you take a fee to cover expenses (salaries are expenses) and generate profit. Lido, Coinbase, Kraken and others work well using a fee model -- they are content living an honest life. A native token isn't required here.
IMO the biggest reason for RocketPool's lackluster adoption is RPL, well apart from their early difficulties with getting new Node Operators. There's only 1 reason for RPL's existence and that's fund the project development/team. In every other way it's existence is a net negative to everyone in the system, and could've easily been replaced by using ETH as collateral. RPL is the reason why rETH is an inferior product compared to (w)stETH.
20% of all eth is already staked. The incentive to stake drops as more competition enters staking. I think you’re kidding yourself if you think RPL:ETH ratio will have another surge comparable to the merge and Atlas upgrade spikes
If you look at the Rocketpool subreddit. The eth/rpl ratio bouncing back is the answer to all their problem. So yes the problem is irrelevant if the ratio goes back up. Which is the whole reason why there is a problem, that there is RPL:ETH ratio to begin with.
The minute they decided to create RPL the project was doomed. This was not part of the plan at first. Ofc they saw the opportunity for a cash grab and took it. There is no reason for the creation of RPL, except to line pockets.
I’m an NO who sold a lot of ETH for RPL to get collateralized right before Atlas aka the top. I’m down so much on the RPL, it would take years and years of staking to break even. Takes some of the fun out of it; would be better if I was making money from rocketpool.
Really interesting analysis! I've always preferred Rocket Pool over Lido because it is more decentralized, but the one you described can be a significant issue. I believe that the team had seen this possibility when they designed RPL, so maybe they already have a solution for extreme cases.
As did I. The reality is my nodes will have to run for 2+ years just to make up the Eth lost in the tanking RPL price. People will point out in the past the price was low and then boomed but without the context that it boomed at the merge and Atlas upgrades and now there’s quite literally no reason for a spike in buy pressure.
A legitimate concern, but nothing new or surprising. As a node operator, the exposure to RPL and associated risk is very real. It must be evaluated when deciding whether running RP minipools is right for you. I found the risk acceptable, as have many others. But it shouldn't be downplayed.
> I was curious about the process and if anybody knew how to become a validator once you get the required amount of ETH. Is it easy to become a validator? It's not much harder than running a full node, instructions can.be found at: https://launchpad.ethereum.org/en/checklist ----- Sidenote: If you only have 10.4 ether (well 8 ether and 2.4 ether worth of RPL) you can run a validator through RocketPool. You set up and maintain the hardware and your 8 ether is effectively topped up with 24 ether from the pool of rETH stakers. If you get slashed then the loss comes from your portion, but in return for taking on that risk you recieve 15% of the rewards earned by the other 24, so percentage-wise more lucrative than just running a validator with 32 ether. Their minipool is easy to set up, with a guide available at: https://docs.rocketpool.net/guides/node/responsibilities.html
Well Ladies and Gents, Truth is, I met Satoshi Nakamoto, (not his real name) on the Deschutes River in Oregon in October 2002. His first name is Douglas. He was a fly fisherman and was camping at Mecca flats near The Warm Springs Indian Reservation. He had a brand new Motor Home that he bought once he was clear of his IT job where he was training Corporate Exec.s using Microsoft and working on the TLS Protocol. We didn't get into this too deeply due to my ADD handicap but we would always find a way to segue back into Geek town while addressing the Art of the fly and the drift that worked to perfection as the Redband native 16" trout succumb to the net. Our first meeting was short. He and a couple other fisherman were watching me standing in the river, fighting this steelhead that was kicking my ass. I was trout fishing with my 10ft 4 wt sage RPL and that fish grabbed my top bug (a black stonefly size 8) and the dancing began. At one point the wind blew my hat off and while fighting this pissed off fish I was dancing on the water to retrieve my hat. Hat back on head, water dripping down face, fly rod bent and reel singing; I looked up and saw Satoshi and another guy bowing to me repeating, "We are not worthy." LOL. Long story short, that fish was heading back to the Columbia and tail flipped me the finger as the line broke. Heading back to the bank, Satoshi handed me a Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale with a Big ole Smile on his face! We talked briefly and told each other that there isn't a better place to be than on the Deschutes River in October. I have a bunch of stories about meeting the same people year after year while visiting Central Oregon in October. I haven't missed a year since 1999. I haven't seen Douglas (Satoshi) in quite awhile. I'm hoping I see him in a couple of weeks. Cheers,
tldr; Rocket Pool, Ethereum's most decentralized liquid staking protocol, has provided an update on its recent developments. The update includes information on the increase in rETH supply, pending/active minipool count, and node operator count. The team is also working on the release of v1.10.2, incorporating new design assets into the website, and developing pDAO voting and reward calculation API. Feedback is being sought on diversifying the GMC treasury into USDC, and there are two polls for feedback on adjusting RPL staking. The update also mentions various integrations of rETH with other protocols and platforms. Rocket Pool's minipools have been generating high APR, and the protocol has been featured in various content and listed on Anycoin Direct. Overall, Rocket Pool continues to make progress in the liquid staking space with its decentralized and non-custodial solution. *This summary is auto generated by a bot and not meant to replace reading the original article. As always, DYOR. Try our free crypto chatbot at https://chat.coinfeeds.io*
Totally feel you on that, OP! Chasing that quick bag can be a major trap for all the newbie investors out there. crypto is totally a long-term investment, you know? Don't even bother expecting to flex that cash real quick. I lowkey feel like it's hella crucial to have, like, a totally balanced perspective on the whole crypto scene. There's, like, so much potential for growth, but, like, there are also risks involved. it's hella crucial to stay woke about the risks and flex on managing them like a boss. Hop on the hype train with the sickest trends like AI (Ocean, FLD), LSDs (LDO, RPL), and RWAs (CFG) and don't be greedy :)
How are you doing it if you don’t mind me asking? I’ve got half of mine staked with Lido currently and am hoping to do the rest via RPL although right now it’s just sitting in a wallet. I’m hoping for some imminent gains on a particular coin to earn some more then decide what to do from there in all honesty.
My concern with RPL staking is paying gas fees every 28 days to claim rewards and there are concerns about delay in exiting a validator that impact withdrawal whenever rate isn't optimal but with exchange staking one could easily un stake and besides the shark fin seems to be a smart way to earn but to get a reasonable reward from their APY one must have decent amount even though their entry requirement is very affordable.
I’m going with 0.55. The ratio after the FTX fiasco back in Nov 22 was 0.45 after being 0.9 the month prior and it feels like the increased activity since the RPL decision and Moons TOS and listing on CDC is about the same.
Rocketpool is a very legit, well designed and open source protocol. Node operators needs to deposit RPL as collateral to pay in case they miss behave or get slashed, that’s to protect RETH holders so they don’t miss on rewards. I wouldn’t stake my whole bag, in any protocol to be fair. But the portion I’m staking is using Rocketpool. Take a look at r/RocketPool, those guys are active and provide a lot of valuable information
Altcoin investing is risky. Getting winners from them comes down to doing good research & having strong convictions. I made some gains, and there are losses too. Checking the tokenomics, team, use case, inflation, funding, etc is key. To be safe, you're better off buying into the top projects (like how MATIC performed well for you) and maybe taking a riskier bet in low caps. Trending narratives at a point in time are factors I also check before I decide if it's something I would consider buying into. There was AI where OCEAN & FET performed well, liquid staking- LDO & RPL, GambleFi- RLB, Telegram bots- UNIBOT. Dex aggregators are also gaining traction- FLuidAI & Symbiosis would likely have an epic run as well, especially now that interest has been shifting considerably to DeFi due to the news around SEC. Lastly, don't buy meme coins. Invest in utility.
Righto, so if you look at RETH/rocketpool-eth, you'll notice the price is pretty much the same as regular ETH: Check out Rocket Pool ETH https://www.coingecko.com/coins/rocket-pool-eth The rETH is generated when users deposit ETH into the rocketpool contract (along with locking up a small amount of RPL) for a specific minipool. The minipool is set up by an operator, who posts 16 ETH (I think they're going to lower it to 8 ETH soon) for half of the 32 ETH required to run a validator. When the validator exits, the minipool is closed, the holders of the rETH can withdraw the ETH in the pool (not sure here). Until then the rETH can be traded on a DEX or CEX.
BTC @ $10; my cost avg $6k ETH @ $7; my cost avg $300 ENJ @ $0.02; bought but sold at $0.05 MATIC @ $0.01; my cost avg $0.12 LUNA @ $1; never purchased SOL @ $2; never purchased AXS @ $5; never purchased RPL @ $5; never purchased My only big win XRB @ $0.80 sold at $30
>What coins are relevant to the LSD narrative? I have been trying to look into it but couldn't get much good information on it. Ethereum's most popular liquid staking mechanism, Lido, is always in my bag. Staking ETH yields stETH, which may be sold on decentralised exchanges and utilised in DeFi apps. Rocket Pool is another popular Ethereum liquid staking technology. Staking ETH earns RPL tokens. RPL tokens allow Rocket Pool network participation and rewards. LSD tokens boomed in Q1-2023, and I expect it to continue in the future months. I'm also investing in Ocean, RND, QI, and Fluid AI. AI in cryptocurrency is still new, but it could change how we use it. Innovative AI crypto projects will arise as AI technology advances.
My best buy ever was ETH around $100. I swapped all my BTC to ETH and rode the biggest wave up.. I've held onto 90% of my bag, continue to DCA, and still paid off ~20x my original lump sum. My best big buy lately was RPL around $10-20. When it hit $55 I took profit, now I'm holding confidentiality at $40. Time in the market beats timing the market 100%. These markets are cyclical, imo people should be thinking in at least 2-5 year timespans to experience a full cycle if they are investing - though I see the temptation chasing low-cap meme coins around but that's essentially gambling. It's gambling if you don't understand a coins utility either so research is always my step 1.
You have good points. But it's very risky going all in a project considering the nature & volatility of crypto. Maybe once the market matures it will get better. Most of my gains in the last bull were made from diversification in strong projects. and It could have been worse if I had gone all in SIFCHAIN for instance. I'm still sticking to the same strategy, buying into strong narratives- AI, DeFi & LSD with AGIX, CREDIT, RPL, VRA etc at the top of my list. This will mitigate loss & maximize ROI if all goes well :)
ADA is doing staking pools with larger elected validators who do have slashing risk. You can do the same thing with Rocket Pool etc. as I mentioned Just because you don't understand a process, doesn't mean the process is the way you assume it is. You can stake with RPL right now with any amount of ETH, which is the same procedure as Polygon and ADA, you're electing a validator.
tldr; Bitcoin and several major cryptocurrencies have stopped falling and are trying to start a recovery. If bulls maintain the momentum and surmount the respective overhead resistance levels, the top five cryptocurrencies that may lead the rally are ADA, QNT, RNDR, RPL, and BTC. Bitcoin has been trading close to the 20-day exponential moving average for the past three days, suggesting that the bulls are buying the dip near $26,500. Cardano has been repeatedly finding support at the uptrend line but the bulls have failed to kick the price above the 50-day simple moving average. Quant turned around and started a recovery on May 26. Render Token has started a new upward move. Rocket Pool has been trading inside an ascending channel pattern for the past several days. *This summary is auto generated by a bot and not meant to replace reading the original article. As always, DYOR.*
There are plans to rotate validators. This will allow to limit the amount of simultaneous validators while reducing the minimum amount to stake. But as far as I know this is not expected to be implemented any time soon. In the mean time you may consider running an 8 ETH minipool, but you'll need to stake some RPL too then.
To try to give the shortest possible answer without blathering, the answer is **no you do not have to have a full 32ETH to enjoy passive income on Ethereum** and a great way to get close to that APR would be to use the [Rocket Pool](https://rocketpool.net/) system of staking. ​ To give the longer answer, there are staking services available on Ethereum that can be thought of as similar to delegating your assets for proof of stake; delegating for proof of stake is a system implemented on some chains so if you're "staking" on other chains you may already be doing exactly this, where the organization you're delegating to takes some profit. ​ Delegating a stake for POS isn't the greatest system, but Rocket Pool developers on Ethereum developed smart contracts that allow people to delegate their assets for staking to a broad pool of permissionless diverse stakers, many of them small-time. In order to keep those small-time stakers honest, the smart contract system holds them accountable for their staking performance, and requires that they put up a share of their own ETH as well as some Rocket Pool collateral to act as the incentive to perform well and the backstop in case they fail. ​ If you use Rocket Pool in this way, you're handed a token called rETH that gains value against ETH over time, via the smart contract system allowing you to cash out at increasing exchange rates over time. A significant advantage to this system is that you can trade your staked assets liquidly (a liquid staking token, Rocket Pool is not the only token like this), and additionally there aren't any taxable events while the value accrues, only when you're selling assets to move into or out of rETH. ​ Further, if _you_ personally want to be on the other side of that transaction, performing staking duties for others, _you_ can be the person providing that service for others, with only 10.4 ETH worth of assets (8 ETH, 2.4 ETH worth of RPL token), and you can get an APR that actually exceeds that baseline from Ethereum. The disadvantage on this side is that you need to dutifully take care of the transaction validation process, your assets can't be tapped for rapid easy trading, and your value accruing over time does need to be factored into taxes.
When everyone was bearish ETH staking, I saw it as a massive new opportunity (to frontrun any currently risk off institutions). You need 32 ETH to stake. A problem. Or else you need 8 ETH + 2.4 ETH in RPL. A solution. If you earn on average 5% staking solo, statistically you may never find a block so that 5% may never come. You earn 7.1% (42% more) by running a Rocket Pool staking pool (the pool pays you a commission), and you can opt for reward smoothing to remove the gambling aspect of finding blocks. That sounds better! You can also convert your staking rewards to rETH to earn APY instead of APR, increasing demand for rETH even by solo stakers. I bought my first RPL for $5 in 2021 when ETH crashed to $1800. Bought a bunch more for $20 in 2022 when ETH crashed to $1000. Now each is worth about $50 and ETH is back to $1800. If ETH crashes again I will buy more RPL again, and I expect next time ETH rebounds RPL won't be $50. Not financial advice. This is just what got me through the bear market. I saw there was a ton of legitimate demand for GMX also (the dex is amazing), so bought some in 2022 for $15 and sold most for $70 earlier this year for more RPL. Anything that trends up against ETH for long periods of time is very very interesting, even BTC can't do that. Anything people are paying lots to use, or that's a novel solution to a serious problem. Also duh, L2's need tokens!! Use the networks early to earn their tokens for free. I used to be in here telling everyone to *use Arbitrum* for the airdrop they promised wouldn't happen. Zksync, Starknet, even Coinbase's new L3 will probably have a token. Without trying to farm or game anything I managed $20,000 in airdrops just between ARB and OP, using the protocols as intended (and momentarily becoming addicted to GMX) all in a so called bear. Research any L2 tokenomics prior to holding, they likely have very high inflation (eg only 10% of ARB is released right now so the price will come down) and drop em like they're hot if you wouldn't have paid that much for governance tokens on your own.. Ethereum is about to SURGE and scale L2's by 100x so the opportunities emerging in the near term will be epic! I predict the amount of new L2's with airdrops will be on the scale of the 1000 or so 'ETH killers' that emerged and fizzled out because they couldn't pay for security - only this time they may not fizzle out! Besides all that in early 2022 the world's Central Banks were signalling very clearly their intent was to crash the markets. *Each time* they rose interest rates, like clockwork BTC fell 5-10-20% within days. You can play both sides of the market by shorting - you borrow crypto and sell it, buy back at a later date to give it back but keeping any profit. There are very rarely signals in the market of what's to come - to go short or long nobody knows, so people say just HODL because it's all a wash with time on *our* side via inflation. 2021-2022 was absolutely not a wash - it was very obvious what was about to happen, it was practically a risk free time to go short. How it can sometimes be obvious BTC will go from 45-50K in a bull, it can be obvious it will go 50-45K when the Fed says they're taking all the money back. Today nobody knows what will happen next with rates being so high already. But if you're willing to bet long over falling or 0% rates, think about what you should do then in the exact opposite environment. I never ever go short on any asset I cherish but 2022 was a very unusual time, but so was 2018 when the money printer's were shooting off in a 0% rate environment.
tldr; Lido Finance (LDO) and Rocket Pool (RPL) led weekly market gains with 22.9% and 12.8% price surges, respectively, even amid a widely bearish move from the broader crypto market. Lido Finance has a dominant 36% market share compared to other staking methods like direct staking or via centralized exchanges. *This summary is auto generated by a bot and not meant to replace reading the original article. As always, DYOR.*