Even if the Ethereum merging is complete, there are already numerous complaints regarding the PoS algorithm and how it negatively affects the network as a whole. When mining was eliminated entirely, the condition faced by millions of people was not quite “ruinous,” but it was far from ideal. Ethereum as it is right now is a different beast altogether, one that rewards financial backers at the expense of everyone else.
To begin staking, how much do you need?
Despite the asset’s decline in value, staking 32 ETH will still yield you the thrilling incentives that were featured prominently in the “marketing” campaign leading up to the merging. For the great majority of ETH holders, investing 32ETH at today’s prices (after three days of straight adverse price movement) still represents a large outlay of capital.
You’ll need to maintain a node at the same time. If you have 32ETH and a permanently online computer, the validation process will earn you roughly 12.1% each year. Unfortunately, this is just a practical option for a tiny subset of users.
You can also stake 16ETH that will remain locked for the remainder of the staking period to become a part of the growing Rocket Pool. No node maintenance is required, but a tiny fee is deducted from your staked funds.
Work along with others
You can also use an alternative pool that acts as a custodial service by adding your ETH to their existing supply. Depending on the pool you select, fees can range from 8% to 12% and even higher. You’ll need to put a hold on your ETH once more, for a predetermined time.
For those who have exhausted all other options, staking on an Exchange like Binance is a viable choice. When you do this, you risk a lot less money and pay costs of up to 30%, depending on the exchange and the amount you bet. Your transaction fees will decrease proportionally to your stake size.