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Proof of Stake (PoS)

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Proof of stake (PoS) is a type of consensus algorithm used by a public blockchain network to achieve distributed consensys. It is an alternative to the widely known Proof of Work (PoW) consensus algorithm used by Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. 

PoS was initially introduced in 2011 on the Bitcointalk forum to solve problems faced by the popular PoW algorithm. In 2012, a cryptocurrency named Peercoin was the first to implement the new consensus algorithm. Since then, a number of leading cryptocurrencies have adopted PoS including NEO, EOS, Cosmos, Waves, Tron, and others. Ethereum is also migrating to a PoS consensus algorithm with its upcoming Casper implementation.

The main advantages of PoS over PoW are energy efficiency, security, reduced centralization risks, new economic penalties to prevent various attacks, and the issuance of new coins can be reduced because participants are incentivised to stake coins to participate in the network rather than mine them. 

In PoS-based public blockchains, new blocks are forged or minted rather than mined like in PoW. The new blocks are minted from a set of validators who lock up their cryptocurrency into a deposit. Validators then receive a reward for staking their tokens and minting new blocks and validators with a larger stake receive more rewards. Therefore, individuals are incentivized to partake in the system. 

While PoS presents various advantages over PoW, it is not without downfalls. Some experts argue that PoS is not ideal for a distributed consensus algorithm, claiming there is a "nothing-at-stake" problem. However, there are different solutions that various projects are working on and implementing to combat issues surrounding PoS.

In this tag you can discover proof of stake (PoS) news, cryptos, opinions and analysis created by knowledgeable individuals on the matter.

Cryptocurrency Staking Explained

19 Jun 2021 1 minute read 2 comments Defiant Pathfinder

Staking is when you lockup your crypto assets for a certain period and get rewards in returns it can either be Annual Percentage Yield (APY) and you get compound interest in this or it can either be Annual Percentage Rate (APR), e.g you can stake NOW...

Staking With Cardano

18 Jun 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Loomy

  As Cardano (ADA) continues to grow there are many people who do not know about the staking functionality.   With Cardano being a fully operational Proof of Stake (PoS) there is a reward of around 5% returns for staking your coins.     To use this...

Algorand (ALGO): Decentralized & Fast Smart Contracts

16 Jun 2021 4 minute read 5 comments

When it comes to cryptocurrencies, there are a few major issues facing the technology. And the main one is that it is nearly impossible to have full decentralization along with full security and full scalability. All one has to do is look at the scal...

Traditional POS, Lending Or DeFi?

13 Jun 2021 3 minute read 4 comments Sapphire

Proof Of Stake When the previous bear market began to heat up in 2018, I began to think beyond the entry level economics of buy low, sell high. One of the methods I came up with was staking proof of stake coins. Something you need to be aware of, a l...

Beyond POW/POS Resources For Consensus

9 Jun 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Sisyphuspush

Charles Hoskinson released a video recently discussing the similarities and differences of the Proof of Work (PoW) and Proof of Stake (PoS) resource models used for consensus on various blockchain projects. In it he also looks ahead to what types of...

Proof of Stake (PoS)

9 Jun 2021 6 minute read 1 comment CryptoWingnut

In previous articles about blockchain technology, I mentioned there was other methods for maintaining the network besides having miners compete to solve cryptographic equations and win rewards, which is the traditional Proof of Work (PoW) consensus m...

Are Proof Of Stake Consensus Protocols Trying To Solve Challenges That Other Blockchain Technologies Are Facing At The Moment?

7 Jun 2021 6 minute read 0 comments ben06x

A consensus mechanism is a set of rules defining how transactions are enabled inside a blockchain network. This algorithm enables to operate in a decentralized way inside a blockchain, with total anonymity and transparency. The most known algorithms...

ETH Takes Highest Institutional AUM Share as Institutional Investors Bag More

2 Jun 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Behiver

The King of DeFi is alive and a proof of that is that ETH takes the highest institutional AUM share as Institutional Investors bag more. Who understands the DeFi space and until other challenges come along the way, they invest in Ethereum and emergin...

On The Journey To Redemption And Earnings - Harder Than I First Thought

1 Jun 2021 5 minute read 2 comments ralleeee12

The Journey For Self Forgiveness And Earnings With Low Capital   I Started This Journey 8 Month Ago   So I started my journey to a meaningful life eight month ago after my last overdose I ended up in a ventilator for 2,5 days.  This was a massive one...

Ethereum addresses holding 0.01+ ETH just hit a new ATH of 15.71 million

30 May 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Behiver

It is clear that more people understand what Ethereum offers and that they need to be in the game. With that said the Ethereum addresses holding 0.01+ ETH just hit a new ATH of 15.71 million and I am simply glad I am one of those. Are you? Number of...