What Is Crypto Staking & How Does It Work?
If you are interested in cryptocurrency trading, there are many terms you will need to wrap your head around, including crypto staking. But what is crypto staking, and how can it help me on my investment journey?

Read on to discover more about crypto staking.
What is crypto staking?
To understand what crypto staking is, we first need to understand what staking is itself.

Staking means you have a commitment or a vested interest in something. Just like a stakeholder in a company is directly impacted by the company’s performance, or a player in a card game wants a hand to go their way, staking is all about creating a financial interest.
Crypto staking — a new way of validating transactions
Cryptocurrency staking is a new way of validating transactions. Rather than having an unlimited number of nodes all using computing power to compete for the same goal, nodes instead put forward a crypto stake. This stake means they ‘promise’ to be online and available if called upon to validate a transaction. The stake is lost if the node is not online and unavailable.

Crypto staking is similar to interest paid by a bank to a savings account. With crypto staking, cryptocurrency networks reward users who leave money in their wallets with a staking reward. This gives investors a chance to profit without engaging in market analysis and direct trading.
How does crypto staking work?
For most traders and investors, the process of staking crypto is a very easy one. Here’s how it works:
The initial stake
To begin with, you will stake your crypto. This simply means leaving the crypto accessible to the network during the transaction validation phase.
Selecting the node
When a new transaction needs to be validated, the network will use the staked amount as a factor while selecting the node that will validate the transaction. Generally, the selection process is weighted towards the node and user that has staked the most.

This stake is essentially a 'pledge of availability' — the node must be online when it is called upon. If it isn't, you could lose the amount you have staked.
Validating the transaction
A new transaction is validated, and a new block is added to the blockchain. This is now part of the immutable record that forms the DNA of the cryptocurrency network. A copy of this chain is shared across all active network nodes to ensure full consensus and decentralisation.
A crypto reward
In exchange for putting up their crypto holdings as a stake and validating the transaction, the node receives a crypto reward. Any holdings used in the validation process are returned, along with a further award, which means the node and its owner — the crypto user — have turned a profit.
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Frequently asked question

In the crypto sphere, bonding and staking are fairly similar, but there are inherent differences when we consider bonding long-term vs staking crypto.

With crypto staking, you are putting forward a certain portion of your assets in the hope that the network will reward you. With bonding, you are doing the same thing, but there is a time parameter — meaning you are putting some of your own capital reserves at risk for a specified time.

If you are using a reliable wallet and platform, staking is just as safe an activity as anything related to crypto. But like any digital investment, there is some level of risk involved. For instance, you could lose the capital you put in if there is a problem with your computer system or another network component.

The staking process involves putting forward some of your own capital, with the potential to be rewarded if your network node is used to validate a transaction. So, if your system is unavailable to validate the transaction when called upon, you will lose the stake you have put in. This is also the case if there is a fault in the system. Staking is designed to be a decentralised process, so no individual or team oversees the network and ensures that staking rewards are delivered fairly.

Aside from technical malfunctions, it’s important to remember the crypto market is highly volatile. When you receive a reward after you have validated a transaction, the reward will be delivered in cryptocurrency too. If there is a sudden fall in the value of the crypto you receive, you might find that you lose money.
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