Ethereum 2.0: Staking ETH on Eth2

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The Eth2 mainnet is preparing to launch on Dec 1, 2020. This upgrade will enable ETH staking rewards, but not asset transfers.

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If you have any questions about Ethereum staking, we have likely answered your questions below.

Ethereum vs Eth2

What is Ethereum?

Ethereum is an open source, distributed blockchain platform secured by the cryptocurrency ETH. People and entities globally use Ethereum for open access to digital money and data-friendly services. On Ethereum, you can write code that controls digital value, runs exactly as programmed, and is accessible anywhere in the world.

What is Eth2?

Ethereum 2.0 (aka Eth2 or Serenity) refers to the next phase of Ethereum's development.

Instead of using miners to create new blocks via Proof of Work, Ethereum will have a set of validators that create new blocks via Proof of Stake. That means that ETH holders will be able to stake their ETH to secure the network and earn newly-issued ETH. At first there will be no ETH transfers or smart contracts. Over the next couple years, this set of upgrades will be built by multiple teams from across the Ethereum ecosystem.

Are Ethereum & Eth2 different?

Initially they will be different. Ultimately they will merge to be the same network.

During this upgrade, Ethereum will continue to function as-is, and Eth2 will begin purely as a staking network. That means that there will be no transfers or smart contracts on Eth2 until both networks merge. During this time, people can choose to stake their ETH on Eth2. While the naming may be confusing, ultimately there will be one network: Ethereum.

ETH holders are currently moving their ETH over a one-way bridge to the Eth2 network in preparation for staking on Eth2. While there are number of derivative solutions and lending options being offered to provide liquidity, assets on Eth2 will not be liquid until Ethereum and Eth2 merge. Once merged, Ethereum will be a more scalable, more secure, and more sustainable network.

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ETH staking is in denominations of 32 ETH. If you’re ready to stake, the easiest way is to contact us:

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You will need a Ledger Nano X device (not Nano S).

  1. Connect your Ledger Nano X to Ledger Live and open the Ledger Manager.
  2. Ensure your firmware is updated:
    a) Locate the blue banner at the top of the Ledger Manager page and use the link to download the latest Nano X firmware
    b) Ledger Live will then automatically download the latest Ethereum app (v1.6.0). Ignore the Eth2 Ledger app.
  3. Figment's dashboard will now retrieve your Eth2 withdrawal key from your Ledger Nano X during the deposit process.

If you have more questions before staking, we have likely answered your questions below.

Questions? Critical information about staking ETH and the Ethereum 2.0 network

Where can I explore the Ethereum 2.0 network and create an Eth2 wallet?

Wallet: Ledger Wallet

Explorer: (by Etherscan)

When are staking rewards enabled? When are transfers enabled?

Staking rewards are expected to be enabled when the network launches on or after December 1, 2020. However, the network will not launch until 524,288 ETH are deposited to stake.

Transfers are not expected to be enabled until Phase 1.5, which could begin anytime between June 2021 and June 2022 (or possibly even later). Read more here.

What is the name of the asset being staked?

The Ethereum 2.0 network’s native token, ETH, is used to stake and to pay for fees associated with different kinds of transactions.

ETH from Ethereum can be deposited in a one-way bridge contract to mint and stake ETH on Ethereum 2.0. This process cannot be reversed, and ultimately both networks will be merged.

Which type(s) and what rate of rewards can I expect? Can I stake locked/vesting tokens?

All ETH will be locked until Phase 1.5, during which time it can be staked, but not withdrawn or transferred. During Phase 0 you must initiate staking using the Ethereum deposit contract (a one-way bridge from Eth1 to Eth2)—your staking provider or liquidity provider can do this on your behalf. Figment has partnered with liquidity provider LiquidStake.

You will need to stake in fixed denominations of 32 ETH or join a staking pool like Rocket Pool.

Depending on the number of ETH that are staked, you should expect to earn between 2% and 20% newly-issued ETH tokens. Once transfers are enabled, stakers can expect to earn fees associated with network transactions.

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Staking rewards will be paid out every epoch, which is approximately every six and a half minutes. Rewards will not be transferable until Phase 1.5.

You can stop staking, but once you have stopped, there’s no way for you to activate your stake again, and you won’t be able to transfer or withdraw your funds until at least Phase 1.5. In this case your funds will remain inaccessible and unstakeable until Phase 1.5.

Do I maintain custody of my ETH tokens? Who or what controls my staked ETH token?

While you may self-custody the withdrawal key for your staked ETH (ideally using a Ledger X hardware wallet), or you may choose a third-party liquidity provider to control the withdrawal of your staked ETH. If you choose to self-custody the withdrawal key, note that your validator must first sign a transaction to enable you to withdraw. Also note that initially only the Ledger Nano X will support Eth2 (not Nano S).

Figment has partnerships with a number of top-in-class custodians, including liquidity provider LiquidStake who will provide USDC loans backed by staked ETH:

The Ethereum 2.0 protocol takes control of your ETH tokens while you are staking. You will not be able to withdraw or transfer ETH before Phase 1.5, which could begin anywhere from June 2021 to June 2022 (or even later). Read more here.

Note that you will also not be able to withdraw until your validator has exited. You can have your validator stop staking, but once your validator has exited, there's no way for you to activate your stake again, and you won't be able to transfer or withdraw your funds until at least Phase 1.5. In this case your funds will remain inaccessible and unstakeable until Phase 1.5.

After Phase 1.5, the unbonding process could take between 1 day and 3 weeks before the protocol returns your tokens to you.

How long does it take to unstake?

Your stake will not be able to be unlocked until Phase 1.5, which we estimate to be between 6 and 18 months. Afterwards, the unbonding time could range from 1 day to 3 weeks.

Can my staked ETH be slashed (seized or destroyed)?

Yes, a portion of your staked ETH can be destroyed, and your validator may be removed from the active set. You can lose ETH for malicious actions, going offline, and for failing to validate.

  1. If your validator goes offline or fails to validate, the most likely outcome is that you will lose an amount of ETH roughly equivalent to the amount of ETH you would have gained in rewards during that period.
    eg. if you stood to earn ~0.01 ETH, you would instead lose 0.01 ETH from your stake.
    However, if 1/3 or more of all validators go offline simultaneously along with your validator, you will lose up to 50% of your stake over 21 days before being ejected from the active set of validators.
  2. If your validator commits a malicious action such as attesting to invalid or contradicting blocks, your stake will be slashed by a minimum of 1 ETH. This penalty amount will increase in proportion to the number of other validators that also behave this way simultaneously.

Can I lose potential staking rewards?

Yes. If your validator’s stake falls below 16 ETH, it will be removed from the active set

What is the rate of new issuance (aka "annual inflation") for ETH? How does the token supply change?

Ethereum 2.0 will issue new ETH at a dynamic rate that is determined algorithmically, based upon the number of ETH staked. If the 524,288 ETH minimum are staked, ~113k new ETH will be minted in one year. If 10M ETH are staked, ~490k new ETH will be minted in one year.

EIP-1559 proposes to burn a portion of gas fees, and if implemented, is expected to gradually reduce the supply of ETH.

Where can I learn more about Eth2?

Ethereum Foundation’s Eth2 landing page

Eth2 launchpad dashboard by Ethereum Foundation

Ben Edgington’s blog “What’s New in Eth2”

Ethereum Foundation’s Validator FAQs

Eth2 staking economics calculator

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