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A Comprehensive Guide to Custodial vs Non-Custodial Crypto Staking

In the cryptocurrency market, there are two common ways to generate passive income: custodial crypto staking and non-custodial staking. Both strategies include staking tokens to help a blockchain network function, but they differ in terms of who manages the assets and how they are protected. While non-custodial staking enables you to maintain complete control over your tokens, custodial staking entails giving your assets to a third-party service. To choose the best staking strategy for you, you must be aware of the distinctions between the two approaches, since each has its own set of benefits and drawbacks.

In this blog post, we’ll examine the fundamental distinctions between custodial and non-custodial staking as well as the benefits and drawbacks of each to give you a thorough understanding of Crypto Staking.


So… What actually is Staking?

Staking is the process of holding and securing a network by participating in the validation of transactions. It is used in proof-of-stake systems and involves holding a certain amount of cryptocurrency. By staking, individuals can help secure the network, earn rewards, and potentially participate in the governance of the network.


Understanding the Differences Between Custodial and Non-Custodial Options

Non-custodial staking is a process in which you retain control over your cryptocurrency assets by keeping the private keys in your own wallet. Non custodial staking, Like Yamgo’s Lite-Staking on Hedera, enables you to participate in the governance of the network by validating transactions and earning rewards without having to sacrifice control over your assets. Non-custodial staking can be good way for individuals to earn rewards from their cryptocurrency holdings while retaining full control over their assets.


Custodial staking involves giving a third party control over your assets, usually by sending your assets to a designated wallet or smart contract or by exchanging them for a proxy token. It means that you are entrusting your assets to someone else and giving up control over them. However, it can be more convenient for some people as third party takes over all the maintenance. You don’t have to worry about the technical aspects and you can simply sit back and earn rewards.


What Are there any risks involved with Crypto Staking?

Custodial staking carries several risks. You are entrusting your assets to a third party, which means you are relying on their trust and security measures to keep your assets safe. If the third party is hacked or experiences a security breach, your assets could be gone within matter of minutes. Additionally, you are giving up control over your assets and may not be able to move or sell them at any given moment.


Although Non-custodial staking allows you to keep control of your assets there are still risks involved. The primary risk is that you are responsible for the security of your own assets, which means you need to take the necessary precautions to keep your private keys safe. If you lose your access to your assets they are very unlikely to be recovered. Additionally, on some chains you might need help to set up and maintain your own staking node (This is not the case when Staking HBAR with Yamgo). This can be challenging for some people, especially if you do not have technical knowledge and expertise.


Both non-custodial and custodial staking have their own benefits and risks. Non-custodial staking allows you to retain ownership and control over your assets, but may require a small level of technical expertise.  On the other hand, custodial staking can be simpler and more convenient, but requires you to gives up control of your assets to a Third-party who may or may not be trustworthy.

Ultimately, the main decision between non-custodial and custodial staking will depend on your personal preferences, security and trust. 

So my end question would be… You Have $1 Million Dollars in HBAR, what staking option do you prefer? Is security or ease of use more important? Do you care about the reputation of the company you are working with or will you trust them? Let me know in the comments.



Hi, My Name is Pat! The crypto ninja who works for Yamgo, the wallet that's so secure, even their passwords have passwords! Earn crypto rewards like a boss, staking and watching videos like it's nobody's business. When I am not crushing it in the crypto world, I am crushing waves like a pro surfer and soaring through the air like a kiteboarding superstar. All fueled by coffee that's so strong, it could power a rocket ship to the moon. Move over Superman, there's a new hero in town and he is packing some serious crypto-power!