September 29, 2022
DeFi contagion? Analysts warn of 'Staked Ether' de-pegging from Ethereum by 50%

The next big crypto crash could be around the corner due to Lido Staked Ether (stETH), a liquid token from the Lido protocol that is supposed to be 100% pegged by Ethereum’s native token, Ether (ETH).

Notably, the stETH peg could drop against ETH by 50% in the coming weeks, raising the risk of a “DeFi contagion” as Ethereum moves toward proof-of-stake (PoS), argues popular Bitcoin investor and independent analyst Brad Mills.

In detail, investors deposit ETH in Lido’s smart contracts to participate in The Merge, a network upgrade aiming to make Ethereum a proof-of-stake blockchain, also called the Beacon Chain. As a result, they receive stETH representing their staked ETH balance with Lido.

Users will be able to redeem stETH for unstaked ETH when Beacon Chain goes live. In addition, they can use stETH as collateral to borrow or provide liquidity using various decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms to earn yield.

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