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New ETH withdrawal processing milestone for Lido means…

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As of 23 May, Lido Finance protocol managed to process 98% withdrawal requests in a week. This was achieved thanks to Lido’s protocol buffer that enables faster withdrawals for stakers on the network.

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  • The withdrawals on Lido were processed using the ETH buffer, which still had a 37.4k supply available.
  • Lido’s TVL managed to climb by 10% in the last month.

Lido Finance [LDO], the largest liquid staking protocol, processed nearly 98% of the withdrawal requests in a week’s time since the launch of its version 2. The launch enabled users to withdraw their Staked ETH [stETH] to Ethereum [ETH] at a 1:1 ratio.

As noted by research analyst Tom Wan, the withdrawals were processed using Lido’s ETH buffer. This means a supply of 37.4k was still available. This also meant that the remaining withdrawal amount was about 6.6k.

It could also be furnished without Lido having to exit any of the validators from the network.

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Expediting withdrawals on Lido

Lido makes use of a protocol buffer to enable faster withdrawals for stakers on the network. The execution layer rewards, partial withdrawals, and daily ETH deposits made by new stakers via Lido are what fund the buffer. If there is a large Beacon chain exit queue, the Lido protocol buffer can result in significant time savings. This could be the case for relatively large withdrawals as well.

For comparison, it takes two days for withdrawal requests fulfillment. This is if withdrawals are in the range of 1000 to 5000 ETH. In contrast, the standard Ethereum withdrawal process will consume anywhere between two and six days. This would be notwithstanding incidents with an exiting validator.

Moreover, since users receive tokens directly from the protocol buffer, they do not need to wait for 36 days associated with a slashing delay.

As per analyst Wan, Lido topped up the buffer with daily ETH deposits instead of staking them in Ethereum’s smart contracts, from the period of 13-17 May. This ramped up the capacity of the buffer to process withdrawal requests.

Current state of Lido withdrawals

According to analytics firm Nansen, total deposits on Lido would have easily outpaced total withdrawals, if not for the Celsius Network. Celsius Network, the bankrupt crypto lender, accounted for over 94% of the total stETH requested, according to Dune. At the time of writing, a total of 405k ETH has been locked on Lido while 455k was withdrawn.

Realistic or not, here’s LDO market cap in BTC’s terms

Lido pumps and how!

Lido remained the numero uno decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol at the time of publication, holding assets worth $12.5 billion. This stands to be nearly double the second-ranked MakerDAO [MKR], per data from DeFiLlama. Lido’s total value locked (TVL) has more than doubled on a year-to-date (YTD) basis, pumped by the hype and subsequent launch of the Shapella Upgrade.

Lido’s TVL has climbed by 10% in the last month, cementing it as one of the best performers among protocols with a minimum TVL of $1 billion. The native token LDO was valued at $2.07 at the time of writing, down by 0.52% in the last 24 hours, data from CoinMarketCap showed.

Source: DeFiLlama


Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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