Intro

If you’re like me, maybe you came across the word in passing and didn’t give it a whole lot of thought. It turns out it’s worth a whole lot of thought. For anyone that has been following what we do here at CryptoFizz, you know that we are hodlers of SYS and they will be launching masternodes in the very near future. After seeing it mentioned many times and not having done much research prior, I decided to give it a look. Below is what I’ve found and believe me, I’m planning on setting up a few of these.

What Is A Masternode?

Before I get into what a masternode is, let’s just touch on what a node is. According to Hackernoon, “…the simplest way to define a node would be to say it is a point of intersection or connection with the network. It can act as both a redistribution point or a communication endpoint”.

Since I’m no network specialist, and others have already written about masternodes in a much more succinct way, I’ll let them explain what it is. Blockonomi says “…a masternode is a server on a decentralized network. It is utilized to complete unique functions in ways ordinary nodes can’t. It can be used for features like direct send/instant transactions or private transactions.”

The idea of a masternode was conceived by Dash in an attempt to add a governance layer to the Bitcoin protocol. In Dash’s own words: “Masternodes power the second tier, which provide the added features that make Dash different from other cryptocurrencies. Masternodes do not mine, and mining computers cannot serve as masternodes. Additionally, each masternode is “secured” by 1000 DASH. Those DASH remain under the sole control of their owner at all times, and can still be freely spent. The funds are not locked in any way. However, if the funds are moved or spent, the associated masternode will go offline and stop receiving rewards.”

Where Can I Find Masternode Listings?

The following is not an exhaustive list but many sites had incomplete data:

How Much Can I Make?

Below are a few different masternodes that caught my eye on each website from above:

MasterNodes.Pro

Best Annual ROI: IGNITION (IC) 271.58%

Cheapest Masternode: ARC $77.44

Best ROI for Cost: POLIS (POLIS)

Masternodes.online

Best Annual ROI: OLYMPIC COIN (OLMP) 4067.56%

Cheapest Masternode: ARC $89

Best ROI for Cost: CROPCOIN (CROP)

The Best ROI for Cost choices are subjective and based on whether they actually had volume, and a market cap bigger than a few thousand bucks. There are many listings with very exciting ROI numbers but they had almost zero volume and a tiny market cap. These would be HIGHLY speculative and I do not advise touching them.

I’m not a financial advisor, so do your own due diligence.

Conclusion

At the end of the day finding a good masternode for investment is very similar to other investing principles. We’re looking for volume so we can enter/exit if we need to, an actual working product, and a strong team behind it.

In the next day or so I will publish a step-by-step guide on how to actually set one of these up!

Thanks for reading!