FAQ

Basics

What is Flashstake?

Flashstake is a permissionless protocol that allows anyone to earn instant upfront yield through various underlying Flash Strategies.

How does Flashstake work?

In a nutshell, each time a user stakes, they receive fTokens. These fTokens can be burned to proportionally redeem yield in a given Flashstake strategy.

Example:

  • Strategy A currently has 1,000,000 staked DAI tokens that are increasing the size of the “yield pool” every block

thanks to the underlying protocol (eg AAVE, Yearn, etc)

  • Strategy A’s corresponding fToken total supply is currently 100,000

  • Strategy A’s yield pool currently has 45,000 DAI tokens

Note

fTokens are a representation of yield within the Flash Protocol.

Alice stakes 100,000 DAI tokens for 365 days and receives 100,000 fTokens. The total supply of fTokens is now 200,000 which means Alice owns 50% of the entire fToken supply for Strategy A.

This allows Alice to redeem (and burn) 100,000 fTokens which will result in receiving 50% of the “yield pool” (or 22,500 DAI).

This means Alice staked 100,000 DAI tokens for 365 days, received 100,000 fTokens, redeemed these fTokens immediately to get back 22,500 DAI tokens. At the end of Alice’s stake, Alice will be able to unstake the original 100,000 DAI tokens.

This means Alice staked and earned instant upfront yield at a rate of 22.5%.

What is the “yield pool” and how does it increase?

The “Yield Pool” is a concept within each Flash Strategy and it refers to the total yield available in a given strategy.

The Flash strategies developed on launch will take the Staked tokens from users and deposit these into an underlying protocol such as AAVE which results in yield (or interest) being earned over time (block by block). The total amount of yield available is referred to as the “yield pool”.

Note

Each Flash strategy has its own “yield pool”.

Important

Staked funds always belong to the Staker and are never used to pay new users. This means there is zero chance of a bank run making the Flashstake Protocol default.

Are there benefits to not burning the fToken?

The fTokens represent yield within a given Flash strategy which means if the underlying protocol such as AAVE experiences increases in interest rates, this means the rate at which the “yield pool” grows would also increase. This would therefore mean when you burn your fTokens, you may receive a higher rate of yield.

For example, if the upfront yield rate of a Flash Strategy increases from 5% to 10% (+100% yield), fTokens of that strategy increase in redeemable value by 100%.

Note

This is not financial advice but rather an explanation on how fTokens work in the Flashstake Protocol.

How is the APY/APR determined?

The APY/APR is not determined by the Flashstake Protocol but instead based on the size of the “yield pool” within a given strategy. This means the APY/APR is entirely dependent on the “yield pool” for a given strategy.

How does the protocol handle staking time?

The Flashstake Protocol relies on using block timestamps rather than locking for a number of blocks.

This means when you select a duration to stake for, the funds will become available exactly at the end of that duration.

Miscellaneous

Does using Flash Protocol generate taxable events?

We cannot provide tax or accounting advice. Tax regulations are specific to jurisdiction where you or your company reside. For any legal or tax matters we recommend consulting your own attorney.

What are the risks of using the Flashstake Protocol?

The Flashstake Protocol has been audited by multiple third-party firms as explained within the Security page. however this does not guarantee that there are no bugs. The code has been open-sourced and can be reviewed before use.

It is important to note the Flashstake Protocol has been designed as a marketplace which allows any third-party developers to create their own Flash Strategies. We advise caution when using such strategies since it is possible for a given strategy to have arbitrary logic on how funds are directed.

Note

You can read more about Flash Strategies here.

The Flashstake Protocol will initially be launched with a handful of Flash Strategies. Since these strategies use underlying protocols such as AAVE, Yearn, Curve, etc there is the risk of these underlying protocols having bugs. We have picked underlying protocols we believe are tried, tested and well known within the decentralised finance industry.

There is no risk of the Flashstake Protocol defaulting upon a bank run but it is possible for the underlying protocol (eg AAVE) to be subjected to a bank run. We cannot comment on whether the underlying protocol is susceptible to this scenario.