With these new developments, more DOT holders may become stakeholders.

Polkadot has demonstrated its commitment to preserving the value of all DOTs on the network with its most recent proposal. Polkadot proposed Referendum 78, which would allow for the establishment of nomination pools on Polkadot.

With the help of this nomination pool, holders of various amounts would be able to participate in the network’s development. If this proposal is approved, the Polkadot network will gain functionality that Kusama already has. But what is currently available for stakers on Polkadot?


The current situation of DOT staking

In order to ensure that no single validator had an outsized effect on the protocol, Polkadot was constructed with built-in balancing between nominators and validators.

To avoid runtime unbounded processing, the maximum number of users was set to 22,500. This was done by employing a complex yet ingenious algorithm to settle on the collection of active validators and ensure that stake is fairly distributed among them.

While the threshold for being a nominator was merely 10 DOT, only the top 256 nominators per validator were counted toward the rewards computation (based on their stake).

Because of this, the required minimum stake to get rewards was not a fixed value (like 10 DOT as stipulated by the protocol) and could be far greater than the present minimum investment of 171 DOT.

What nomination pools could bring

By utilizing Nomination Pools, the time required to determine prizes would remain consistent regardless of the total number of nominators.

Nomination pools would be regarded as a single nominator, and the stake would be calculated separately from the stake of each individual in the pool.

In addition, the minimum stake to join a pool would be reduced to just one DOT, making staking considerably more accessible to DOT holders. Also, 200 DOTs would be the requirement to form a pool with this new proposal.

The passage of Referendum 78 would have far-reaching consequences, allowing holders of DOTs of any size to stake and collect rewards on their DOTs.

More holders would be encouraged to stake their tokens in order to help safeguard the network. Since buyers would expect to earn a better return on their DOT token investments, this might also lead to increased buying pressure on DOT.

DOT sees an uptick

Looking at the DOT chart in a 12-hour time frame, it could be observed that the price increased. The asset ended the prior trading session up by more than 8%. As of this writing, it had risen over 1% in the current trading session and was trading at roughly $6.5.

The zone between $6.0 and $5.6 was clearly identified as support, and it was also evident that this level had been tried but held. The short Moving Average (yellow line) that had been acting as resistance was now turning into support and will continue to do so if the current uptrend holds.

Source: TradingView

If the present price trend holds, the resistance level between $6.5 and $6.8 might be tested shortly. Overlooking the market movements and acting as a resistance level was the long Moving Average (blue line).

If DOT can overcome the current resistance, as the yellow line has been broken, the blue line may also flip to support around $7.

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