Wrapped stETH

wstETH

wstETH is a DeFi-compatible version of stETH that does not rebase and instead accrues yield through an increasing exchange rate of wstETH to ETH.

Risk Rating
Best
$3,582.94
-0.37%
Summary
What we like
wstETH is a solid instrument to gain exposure to ETH staking rewards with widespread adoption across the DeFi ecosystem.
What we like less
Greater technical risk around exposure to Lido smart contract risk. wstETH is also less liquid than ETH and users must go through an exit queue to redeem back their underlying ETH.
What it means for you
wstETH is a solid instrument to gain exposure to ETH staking rewards with widespread adoption across the DeFi ecosystem.
Information
Blockchain
  • Ethereum
Key Metrics
  • Fully Diluted Valluation: $10.7B
  • Total Supply: 3,003,657
  • Volume (24H): $155.6M
  • ATH: $7,256.02 (05/13/2022)
  • ATL: $558.54 (05/13/2022)
Risk Assessment
Best
Asset Strength

wstETH is a mid-cap, fully collateralized asset. This asset is exposed to the underlying risks of Lido, a protocol rated as Average.

Asset Tokenomics

wstETH has an uncapped supply but has inflation control or burn mechanisms in place. wstETH is backed 1:1 by ETH staked on the Ethereum chain. wstETH will be redeemable for ETH in late-2023. The asset accrues staking rewards automatically. wstETH can trade at a discount to 1 ETH as it is less liquid, has less utility (cannot be used to pay for gas fees), and has more technical risk (Lido smart contract bugs).

Asset Volatility

wstETH is highly correlated to the overall market. wstETH can trade at a discount to 1 ETH as it is less liquid, has less utility (cannot be used to pay for gas fees), and has more technical risk (delay to ETH merge, Lido smart contract bugs).

Dependencies

Lido

Things to know about wstETH

What is Lido?

Lido is a liquid staking platform for Proof-of-Stake blockchain assets that allows users to stake their asset without needing to lock assets or maintain the required infrastructure. This enables users to continue participating in DeFi activities related to lending and market making. Lido helps address some of the core problems associated with initial ETH staking around illiquidity, immovability and accessibility. See our risk assessment of Lido for more details.

How does stETH work?

Users receive stETH tokens on a 1:1 basis when depositing their ETH into the Lido staking contract. The ETH is split between node operators and then sent to their respective validators. The stETH token balance is updated on a daily basis (rebase token) to reflect the accrued staking rewards, minus any penalties. There are no lock-up or minimum deposit requirements when staking through Lido.

How to redeem back for ETH?

ETH deposited into the Lido staking contract are subsequently locked into the Ethereum PoS deposit contract. This contract is collectively managed by a set of industry leaders chosen by the Lido DAO. The staked ETH is now withdrawable following the Shanghai upgrade and the launch of Lido V2. Users must go through an exit queue in order to withdraw their underlying ETH. Users can also always exchange their stETH for ETH through exchanges that offer liquidity like Curve’s stETH/ETH pool.

wstETH Pools
Aave ETH Lending
0%
Yield
$4B
TVL
Risk
B
Protocol
Aave V3
Chain
Ethereum
Aura ETH Market Making
4.9%
Yield
$10M
TVL
Risk
B
Protocol
Aura
Chain
Ethereum
Aura ETH Market Making
2.2%
Yield
$10M
TVL
Risk
C
Protocol
Aura
Chain
Ethereum
Curve TricryptoLLAMA Market Making
13.7%
Yield
$9M
TVL
Risk
C
Protocol
Curve
Chain
Ethereum
Curve TryLSD Market Making
5.9%
Yield
$5M
TVL
Risk
C
Protocol
Curve
Chain
Ethereum
Convex ETH Market Making
3.5%
Yield
$5M
TVL
Risk
B
Protocol
Convex
Chain
Ethereum
Aura ETH Market Making
6%
Yield
$4M
TVL
Risk
C
Protocol
Aura
Chain
Ethereum
Balancer ETH Market Making
0.3%
Yield
$4M
TVL
Risk
A
Protocol
Balancer
Chain
Ethereum
Yearn TricryptoLLAMA Market Making
17.2%
Yield
$206K
TVL
Risk
C
Protocol
Yearn V2
Chain
Ethereum
Aura LDO-ETH Market Making
62.6%
Yield
$13K
TVL
Risk
B
Protocol
Aura
Chain
Ethereum