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How to stack STX to earn BTC on OKEx

2021.04.16 OKEx

Learn how you can stack STX tokens on OKEx Earn to receive BTC rewards

Stacks — originally Blockstack — is the name of a Layer 1 blockchain network that enables the development of smart contracts and decentralized applications on Bitcoin. The network's native cryptocurrency is STX, and it is used for processing transactions and executing smart contracts on the Stacks blockchain.

To facilitate participation in the Stacks ecosystem, OKEx offers its users the ability to "stack" their STX and earn BTC rewards. Stacking refers to the process of staking STX in order to secure the network, and it is available to OKEx users via the OKEx Earn platform.

Below is a step-by-step tutorial for users who want to stack their STX to earn BTC on OKEx.

Step 1: Go to OKEx Earn

Navigate to "Finance" from the top menu on the OKEx homepage and click on Earn.

Step 2: Subscribe to stack STX

On the OKEx Earn page, select Stacks from the dropdown list "All products." Read the estimated APY and term of stacking STX and click on Subscribe to proceed.

Step 3: Commit your STX to earn passive income

In the next section, enter the amount of STX you would like to commit. The minimum amount required for staking is 50 STX. You can also click on Max to subscribe with your entire STX balance.

Next, you need to select between 1 or 12 stacking cycles, and your STX will be locked for the corresponding duration. The interface will inform you that 1 cycle lasts approximately 14 days, and you will also be able to see your estimated unlock date and rewards.

Note that after the unlock date, you cannot deposit your STX again until the beginning of the next cycle.

If ready, you can click on Continue to proceed, or review the FAQs on this page for further information.

Review the transaction details once again on the next screen and click Subscribe to proceed.

Step 4: Review the transaction

Review the completed transaction under "My earnings" of the OKEx Earn section. You can click Detail to review the order status.

STX stacking on OKEx: FAQs

Below are the most frequently asked questions about how to stack STX on OKEx:

When can I deposit STX to earn BTC on OKEx?

STX stacking has been available on OKEx Earn since April 12, and users have until April 23 to commit their STX. After this date, the first cycle will begin on April 25, and it will last approximately until May 10. 

How long can I stack STX for?

You can choose to stack STX for 1 or 12 cycles. The duration of one cycle is approximately 14 days and 12 cycles last approximately six months.

This cycle length is determined by block confirmations, and each cycle spans 2,000 Bitcoin blocks. Given that the Bitcoin blockchain has an average block confirmation time of ~10 minutes, it takes approximately two weeks for 2,000 Bitcoin blocks to be added to the blockchain. 

You can check exactly how many blocks are left before the next stacking cycle here.

When do I get my BTC rewards?

OKEx aggregates all BTC rewards from stacking STX and pays them out to users proportionally around 3:00 am UTC daily. The BTC rewards are credited to users' funding accounts and are immediately available for trading and withdrawing.

If the first block of a new cycle starts before 3:00 am UTC, customers who stack their STX will receive the first rewards of that cycle on the same day. Otherwise, they will start receiving rewards on the following day.

As determined by the Stacks protocol, the reward distribution is front-loaded toward the beginning of each cycle. This means that there may be a few days toward the end of each cycle when users won’t see any new BTC rewards in their accounts.

For more information on how the reward distribution works on Stacks, refer to the team’s analysis of the protocol’s first BTC rewards cycle.

When can I withdraw my STX?

Once you have deposited your STX via OKEx Earn, they will remain locked for either 1 or 12 stacking cycles, depending on your initial choice. Your STX will be returned to your funding account once the stacking period ends and will then be available for withdrawal.

Note, that the redemption of STX tokens takes place after the deposit window for the next cycle is closed. This means that the stacking rewards received at the end of the first cycle cannot be deposited in the very next cycle.


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Disclaimer: This material should not be taken as the basis for making investment decisions, nor be construed as a recommendation to engage in investment transactions. Trading digital assets involve significant risk and can result in the loss of your invested capital. You should ensure that you fully understand the risk involved and take into consideration your level of experience, investment objectives and seek independent financial advice if necessary.

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