Proof of Stake Cryptocurrencies – How To Earn Staking Rewards

Beginner’s Guide / 16.12.2018
Usually, people think that the only way to make a nice amount of money in crypto is to buy them in the lower price and sell them when the price rises. However, there are hundreds of other smart ways to earn money in the crypto space. Dividend paying cryptocurrencies are becoming a dominant, emerging trend because they offer a hint of sustainability and real value.
Let’s see first how this works.

What Are Crypto Dividends?

Dividends provide an income without investors having to touch the underlying capital or asset, which makes them an extremely attractive income option for investors. Dividends can be issued in various forms, such as cash payment, shares of stock or any other form. And when the similar concept of profit sharing is done by various cryptocurrency companies, it is termed crypto dividends, which seems to be increasingly common among altcoins.
It’s important to note that this is different from airdrops. Cryptocurrency airdrops are free giveaways of pre-mined coins to the blockchain community and they usually occur after the blockchain startup has finished its ICO/IEO/STO and the token is available for trade in the open market.

Mining and Masternode Rewards are not Dividends

Mining and Masternodes are services essential to the token they service, and these functions are just servicing and are not in themselves a profit. Crypto tokens that need only program the issuance of new tokens from Mining or Masternodes are not creating dividends.
Dividends are the result of profit and in essence, they are the difference between the cost of a business and its revenues. Revenues are payments received from other localities for shared capital project costs. The token creation system of a token is not a form of profit. It serves the important function of securing the network and fulfilling the specification of the coin, and the important difference between crypto dividends and minting new tokens, is that crypto dividends are actually a sign of long-term sustainability of an ecosystem creating value.
To generate revenue a service that has results has to be offered, to generate a profit the cost of its inputs must be less than the revenue received for the output. The value created needs to be competitive and sustainable in order to have sustainable long term crypto-dividends.

Different Ways of Earning Passive Income in the Crypto Space

There are different ways to earn passive income from crypto coins or tokens, but these differ from currency to currency because each has its own way of operating and has its own rules and regulations.
A number of cryptocurrency projects offer some form of a dividend. Usually, you hold a certain amount of the tokens in a compatible wallet, and then each designated dividend period (between every day, to every quarter), a deposit is made to your account that holds the coins. It’s extremely important to make sure you use the right type of wallet because if you keep your coins on a crypto exchange, the exchange will probably get the rewards instead of you.
The most popular ways that actually pay you dividends are:
  • Staking – Holding a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) coin in a special wallet (usually the official wallet of the currency) and getting payouts for the length of time you hold.
  • HOLDingPurchasing and holding a cryptocurrency in any crypto wallet.

Best Dividend Paying Cryptos to Earn Passive Income

NEO provides and alternative of of earning passive income with crypto
NEO is a popular cryptocurrency that supports smart-contracts and has been referred to as the “Chinese Ethereum” as it provides similar functionality, including support for DAPPS and ICOs. This platform is being developed by Onchain, a Shanghai-based company, which started out life as “Antshares” and just recently went through a rebrand to become known as NEO.
Alongside the coin “NEO” there is another one called “GAS,” which can be staked in an NEO wallet for a nice return.
To receive the GAS you must hold your NEO in a wallet and not on an exchange (except Binance and Kucoin that let you stake them), but only a few wallets let you claim the GAS. That’s why it’s very important to pick the right wallet to get the GAS as dividends from the official website here.
One more thing worth noting is that it doesn’t require you to keep your staking wallets open at all times like in other Proof-of-Stake cryptocurrencies.
The return one earns is in the form of NeoGAS, which is a unique reward paid by NEO to investors that are holding NEO coins. For a more accurate earnings estimate, see the NEO staking calculator.

VeChain (VET)

VeChain provides and alternative of of earning passive income with crypto
VeChain Thor has already moved the company beyond the supply chain into Enterprise DApp solutions, similar to Ethereum, which is in trying to push the company a notch higher to compete with the likes of Ethereum in terms of solving business solutions. The VeChain Thor platform is using two different tokens: VeChain Tokens (VET) & VEThor Token (VTHO).
The VeChain Token (VET) is designed for companies as the smart payment currency to run business activities on the blockchain. During the transition period, the companies that hold more VET will be given higher priority and more rights on the new VeChain Thor blockchain.
On the other hand, the VEThor Token (VTHO) will be given to VET holders. They can use it to perform smart contracts and run applications on the blockchain. This is similar to the way NEO produces the GAS token for its holders.

NAV Coin

NAV Coin provides and alternative of of earning passive income with crypto

NavCoin is a PoS fork of Bitcoin, created back in 2014. You only need to keep your coins in a Core Wallet that is very lightweight and can be done via Raspberry Pi. The rewards are around 10% annually which is a nice boost for your budget with almost no effort.

For a more precise estimate, see the NAV staking calculator.

LISK (LSK)

LSK (lisk) Coin provides and alternative of of earning passive income with crypto
Lisk is a decentralized network with its own blockchain, like BitcoinBitShares or Nxt. However, Lisk doesn’t use Proof of Work (PoW) like Bitcoin, or Proof of Stake (PoS) like Nxt, rather they use a consensus algorithm called Delegated Proof of Stake (Dpos), which is a simplified implementation of BitShares’ original consensus algorithm.
Every LSK holder can vote for mainchain delegates that are securing the network, and only the top 101 users with the heaviest votes (i.e. highest number of Lisks individually owned) have a say in problem solving resolutions and are able to cast votes to carry forward motions. Only these top users can earn block generation rewards, which means there is a financial incentive to become an active delegate. Every other delegate is on standby awaiting to become elected.

ARK

ARK Coin provides and alternative of of earning passive income with crypto
ARK pays up to 10% dividends on coins when you stake them and vote for one of the 51 delegates. These dividends are paid out every few days (or sometimes daily) so you’re getting instant growth in your tokens.
There will be a total of 138,563,366 Ark Coins. Currently, 107,313,366 ARK of these are in circulation, with Ark using the delegated Proof of Stake.
At the time of writing ARK price is $0.366324 USD per token. It has been recently added to Coinbase, one of the largest crypto brokers in the world.

ReddCoin (RDD)

ReddCoin - RDD provides and alternative of of earning passive income with crypto
Staking RDD is a very user-friendly process – download the Reddcoin Core wallet and load your private keys into the wallet. After the 8 hours waiting time, you will start staking and earning your RDD. Approximate rewards float around 5% per annum.

KuCoin Shares

KuCoin Shares (KCS) provides and alternative of of earning passive income with crypto
Based in Hong-Kong, KuCoin is a world-class blockchain asset exchange that pays out 90% of daily exchange fees to their token-holders. The exchange was launched in mid-2017 and is a relatively recent arrival in the world of cryptocurrency exchanges. However, the founding members explored and researched various possibilities as early as 2011.
At the time of writing, the daily volume is 3,590 BTC (equivalent to $13,219,143 USD). KuCoin offers its own token KCS (KuCoin Shares), which has a total volume at issuance of 200 million, and uses it in a similar way to Binance. However, their mechanism of rewarding its holders is different from Binance.
By holding Kucoin Shares on the exchange, you are entitled and bestowed upon a DAILY bonus called KuCoin Bonus. KCS holders receive 50% of the overall trading fees generated currently, proportional to the number of tokens owned, which means that if the volume and amount of coins traded increases on KuCoin exchange, the bonus of holding the KuCoin Shares will increase as well.

DigixDAO

DigixDAO provides and alternative of of earning passive income with crypto
DigixDAO is a gold vault services firm and was the first Ethereum-based token that started paying dividends. The Digix Gold Tokens (DGX) are asset-backed Ethereum tokens and each token represents a share of the gold stored. The dividends will come from fees of storage of the gold, and this fee, in the form of earnings of the DigixDAO, is distributed to the DIGIX token holders. It’s important to note that DigixDAO has a full backing of gold in its vault, which requires costs to maintain, audits, insurance, etc.
In January and February 2018, on a day when Bitcoin saw market reductions of -15% and Ethereum saw -20% reductions, DigixDAO has managed to actually grow more than 50% and  is the only cryptocurrency in the top 100 (by market cap) not in the red.

PIVX

PIVX provides and alternative of of earning passive income with crypto
PIVX (Private Instant Verified Transaction) is an open-source, decentralized cryptocurrency that is trying to be anonymous by applying Zerocoin protocol. PIVX is forked from DASH and is attempting to build a usable digital means of exchange that is easy to spend privately and securely in everyday life.
And just like almost all PoS crypto, it also has its staking model, which means that you can earn stakes while you sleep by holding your PIVX in a wallet. This model is super simple and pays decently for staking. It’s important to note that any amount of PIVX can be staked in the wallet. Also, a proposal was recently passed to give some voting rights to all stakers, which means that you don’t need to hold a full 10,000 PIVX to earn rewards and vote.
Each block (every 60 seconds) a reward is released at random in chances proportional to the amount of coins being staked, but in this case, the wallets need to be open and online for a certain amount of time to claim the staking rewards.

Iconomi

Iconomi (ICN) provides and alternative of of earning passive income with crypto
ICONOMI (ICN) is a crypto fund-management platform that offers investors a golden opportunity to get into the crypto world by index investing that is managed by experts. This platform will create and trade an index-fund like token and a hedge-fund like token. ICONOMI is a very ambitious project backed by a visionary team and it’s calling all the investors who dare to be part of this amazing ride. ICONOMI plans to purchase ICONOMI tokens on the open market and then burn them with the profits. In this way they will increase the value of the remaining tokens.
The future plans also include a fund management system where experienced fund managers or seasoned traders will be given an ability to create a unique fund based on their preference.

Conclusion

The list of staking coins keeps growing: Neblio, Nulls, PayFair, Ontology, Tezos, NavCoin, Particl, Decred etc. As you can see, mining is not the only way to earn earn a cryptocurrency reward. Holding, staking and running masternodes it became pretty popular in 2018; it’s possible now to hold various cryptocurrencies and earn a relatively regular return by doing so.
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Born in Bucharest, Marius is the founder of Crypto Adventure. Since his first contact with Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, he never stopped believing that they are one of the most important innovations of our time, which will forever change the way business is done.