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Starknet token holders could earn over 12% annually in proposed staking system

Starknet token holders could earn over 12% annually in proposed staking system
Starkware just put forth a proposal for the STRK token’s inflation — the number of new STRK that will be created each year. Credit: Maurice NORBERT / Shutterstock

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Here’s what caught my DeFi-eye recently:

  • Starkware proposes an inflation schedule for STRK
  • All 154,000 Wrapped TAO on Ethereum are controlled by a single person
  • Bitcoin holders will soon be able to stake their coins on Cosmos

Starknet’s STRK airdrop could be just around the corner

Starknet, an Ethereum layer 2 network created by Starkware, is preparing to launch its long-awaited STRK token airdrop.

Ahead of the airdrop, Starkware just put forth a proposal for the token’s inflation — the number of new STRK that will be created each year.

To decentralise Starknet, Starkware plans to transition transaction sequencing and proving on the network to a proof-of-stake protocol. STRK token holders will be able to stake their tokens to help secure Starknet, and receive newly-minted STRK in return.

Such a system requires balancing. Stakers need to be rewarded enough to make it worth their while, but reward them too much and token inflation could get out of control.

Starkware’s proposed reward algorithm puts the maximum STRK inflation at 4% per year. Individual stakers could earn over 12% annually, depending on what percent of STRK’s 10 billion supply is staked.

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Starknet token inflation schedule

The current figures are not set in stone, though. The proposal will undergo a community review process and then must pass a governance vote to be incorporated into Starknet.

The Wrapped TAO bridge is permissioned

Bittensor, the buzzy AI blockchain, has seen its TAO token rally some 990% in recent months.

With demand for TAO soaring, an enterprising member of the Bittensor community created a bridge allowing users to transfer TAO between the Bittensor and Ethereum networks.

So far, the bridge has minted more than 154,000 Wrapped TAO tokens on Ethereum — but there’s a catch.

CreativeBuilds, the bridge’s pseudonymous creator, has to personally sign off every time a user wants to redeem Wrapped TAO.

This set-up gives a single person complete control over more than $82 million worth of Wrapped TAO holders’ funds.

Such permissioned bridges are highly unusual in DeFi. It means one individual or entity has total control over funds deposited into the bridge.

Babylon proposes Bitcoin staking on Cosmos

Babylon, a platform developing a Bitcoin staking protocol, has partnered with Cosmos to let Bitcoin holders get involved in Cosmos staking.

It plans to integrate with Cosmos, allowing Bitcoin holders to stake their Bitcoins to secure Cosmos Hub consumer chains, such as Neutron and Stride.

The hope is the integration will attract some of Bitcoin’s $976 billion market value to help secure the Cosmos ecosystem. In return, Bitcoin holders can earn staking rewards in the form of tokens from Cosmos and its consumer chains.

Babylon says the process of staking Bitcoin on Cosmos will be completely trustless and self-custodial.

The development comes amid a staking and restaking frenzy on Cosmos competitor Ethereum.

Data of the week

Starknet TVL just hit an all-time high above $56 million after a 30% increase this week.

The majority of the network’s TVL boost comes from three protocols: lending and trading market Nostra, decentralised exchange Ekubo, and money-market protocol zkLend.

Around 4% of Starknet’s TVL comes from stablecoins, compared to 74% at rival zkSync Era.

Starknet TVL

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What we’re watching

Competition between Move-based blockchains is heating up, as Helius Labs CEO Mert Mumtaz recently highlighted.

Currently, Sui is way out in front with more than $571 million in TVL compared to Aptos’ $175 million.

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