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Ethereum: How will ‘higher and hidden risks’ impact ETH and you

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Is Ethereum’s future uncertain amidst restaking challenges, or is EigenLayer creating optimism?

Will Ethereum restaking's 'higher and hidden risks' impact ETH?

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  • Amidst the uncertainty around Ethereum ETFs, ETH declined by 7.98% over the week.
  • Despite optimism about EigenLayer’s protocol, challenges with Ethereum restaking were noted.

As anticipation mounted for the potential approval of Ethereum [ETH] Exchange-traded Funds [ETFs], market sentiment toward Ethereum appeared to be uncertain.

According to CoinMarketCap, ETH was priced at $3,315.89, declining by 7.98% over the past week. 

Amidst this, Ethereum was also facing ongoing challenges with restaking, primarily stemming from technical complexities, security concerns, and economic uncertainties embedded within the process. 

Shedding light on the issue, Coinbase analysts David Han and David Duong, in a research report dated the 2nd of April, noted that Ethereum restaking could underpin new dApps on the blockchain. 

The analysts pointed out, 

“We think that restaking and LRTs (liquid restaking tokens) may pose additional risks compared to existing staking products, both from a security and financial perspective.” 

Risks associated with Ethereum restaking 

While seemingly simple, restaking tokens to other services can amplify earnings and risks.

Furthermore, the introduction of liquid restaking tokens may concentrate users on high-yield providers, increasing exposure to risks. 

Elaborating on the same, the analysts added,  

“As such, LRTs may be incentivized to maximize their yields in order to gain market share, but these could come at the cost of a higher (albeit hidden) risk profile.”

Echoing similar sentiments, Ethereum’s co-founder Vitalik Buterin, while acknowledging the current state of Ethereum, emphasized the network’s imperative need to efficiently handle a large volume of transactions.

He noted, 

“It has been well-understood for years that the future of Ethereum scaling depends on rollups backed by data space secured with data availability sampling. EIP-4844 is a key change that lays the groundwork for this future.”

Optimism amid risks

However, despite acknowledging the risks involved, the analysts were optimistic about EigenLayer’s restaking protocol. They remarked, 

“EigenLayer’s restaking protocol is poised to become the bedrock for a wide range of new services and middleware on Ethereum, which, in turn, could generate a meaningful source of ETH rewards for validators in the future.” 

Moreover, Han and Duong predicted a short-term decline in Eigenlayer’s TVL when rewards for actively validated services (AVS) fall short.

All in all, despite the controversy, restaking proponents highlight its additional rewards for ETH stakers.

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Ishika is a graduate of Political Science from the University of Delhi. From writing content as a hobby to now pursuing it as a professional career, she has been living and breathing content all her life. Her interests lie in making sure articles are very digestible to a common reader, despite all its technicalities and jargons.
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