Deep Dive into Puffer pt. 1: Exploring Liquid Staking Basics

Illy’s Web3 blog
2 min readFeb 17, 2024

Welcome to my series of articles dedicated to a deep dive into Puffer Finance. Starting with this article, we embark on an exciting journey from the very basics, unraveling the mechanisms of Puffer Finance, its fundamental principles, and key innovations. We will explore not only the technological side of the project but also delve into the mathematical aspects underlying its operation.

Definition and Fundamental Principles of Liquid Staking

Liquid staking is a process that allows blockchain network participants to lock their cryptocurrencies as a stake to support the network’s operation while maintaining the liquidity of these assets. Unlike traditional staking, where assets are locked in the blockchain and become inaccessible for use until the end of a certain period, liquid staking allows participants to receive special tokens representing their locked assets, which can be freely traded or used in other financial operations.

This model offers a solution to one of the key problems of PoS networks — the lack of liquidity of locked funds, thereby increasing overall economic activity and participation in the network. Liquid staking not only enhances network security by increasing the number of stakers but also promotes decentralization, giving each participant the opportunity to contribute to network support without significant restrictions on their liquidity.

Historical Context and Development of Liquid Staking

The concept of liquid staking began to gain popularity with the development of the decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem and the emergence of blockchains with a PoS consensus mechanism. Initially, in PoS networks, participants could earn income in the form of block rewards by locking their assets, but these funds remained inaccessible for other purposes throughout the staking period. With the development of DeFi and the desire to increase the liquidity and availability of assets for users, liquid staking emerged as a natural evolution of these aspirations.

The creation of tokens representing staked assets became a key innovation, allowing participants to continue participating in the economic life of the network, using these tokens as collateral, a medium of exchange, or an investment instrument in various DeFi projects. Thus, liquid staking became a bridge between traditional staking and the dynamically developing world of DeFi.

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