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SEBA Bank launches Ethereum staking for institutional investors

on Sep 7, 2022
  • SEBA Bank unveils Ethereum staking targeting institutional clients.
  • The Swiss-based crypto bank says demand for staking across institutions has increased amid greater interest in
  • Ethereum’s ‘merge’ upgrade is one update away after the Bellatrix upgrade went live on 6 September.

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In the latest Ethereum news, SEBA Bank, a global crypto lender based in Switzerland, will support Ethereum staking for institutional clients after the Ethereum merge, the bank said in a press release on Wednesday.

The service will enable institutional grade clients to access and earn from staking rewards on the Ethereum proof-of-stake chain.

Apart from Ethereum, other PoS protocols in the SEBA staking product suite are Polkadot and Tezos.

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To help its clients, the bank will tap into its staking management platform to offer a fully integrated solution, with customers earning rewards on a monthly basis. The solution will also provide for adjustable lock up periods post-merge.

Mathias Schütz, SEBA Bank’s Head Technology and Client Solutions said in a statement that supporting staking for ETH ahead of the highly anticipated merge allows institutional investors the opportunity to help secure the Ethereum network via collaboration with a trusted counterparty.”

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According to SEBA Bank, its ETH staking service comes amid increased demand from institutions around digital assets staking and decentralised finance (DeFi).

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As our analyst Dan Ashmore recently noted in this article, the upcoming merge could see Ethereum offer DeFi sector’s first “risk-free” rate reference.

Ethereum’s merge expected next week

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As reported earlier, Ethereum continues to inch closer to its mainnet PoS launch – with Tuesday’s successful Bellatrix upgrade pushing the leading smart contracts platform nearer to the event.

After its latest upgrade, the Ethereum consensus layer is “merge-ready” and will complete with the next upgrade – Paris – which will see the Beacon Chain merge with the proof-of-work mainnet to officially transition Ethereum to a PoS chain.

The merge is expected around 15 September.


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