This section is used for science popularization before the actual use of the SynAssets Assets (sAssets) functions. We will take sMatic, one of the functions, as an example in the following. MAT is the synthetic assets of sMatic.

What is Staking

Staking is the primary value accrual strategy of sMatic. Stakers stake their MAT on the sMatic to earn rebase rewards. The rebase rewards come from the proceed from bond sales, and can vary based on the number of MAT staked in the protocol and the reward rate set by monetary policy.
Staking is a passive, long-term strategy. The increase in your stake of MAT translates into a constantly falling cost basis converging on zero. This means even if the market price of MAT drops below your initial purchase price, given a long enough staking period, the increase in your staked MAT balance should eventually outpace the fall in price.
When you stake, you lock MAT and receive an equal amount of sMAT. Your sMAT balance rebases up automatically at the end of every epoch. sMAT is transferable and therefore composable with other DeFi protocols.
When you unstake, you burn sMAT and receive an equal amount of MAT. Unstaking means the user will forfeit the upcoming rebase reward. Note that the forfeited reward is only applicable to the unstaked amount; the remaining staked MAT (if any) will continue to receive rebase rewards.