Earn significant passive income with STEEM without locking SP by investing in MAPR tokens.
This week's distributed profits are 0.314%, equivalent to 16.4% APR and 17.7% APY.
This is higher than most individuals can earn from vesting their own STEEM.
Remember that MAPR has a unique distribution and pricing system. If you look at the MAPR tokens you, as delegator, have received today, multiply that number by the new official BUY Price and you get the same amount in STEEM as you would have done under the old system of just paying out STEEM transfers.
Token-holders receive no token distribution, unless they are also delegators. Their profit comes in the token price increase.
The added bonus is that if you don't sell this week's tokens, then next week their value will rise to at least the new BUY Price. This is how the token allows compounding of profits, for both delegators and token-holders.
Using the language of investment trusts, delegators hold "income" stakes where the "interest" is paid out in tokens, whereas token-holders have "capital" stakes where the profit is added to the token price.
A reminder that new delegations start to earn 2 days after the day of delegation. This means that the first week's payout will be lower than for a 7-day week. Also, as payouts are done on Mondays, delegating on a Saturday or Sunday will yield no distribution till the following week. This has always been in place and is to avoid people trying to game the distribution. The positive part is that there is no unstaking period for the tokens, merely the standard waiting time for undelegating.
MAPR: The Numbers
All these numbers relate to a 7-day period (Monday to Sunday) and calculated in STEEM per SP.
Value of Steem upvotes = APR 22.1% [1a], 12.6% [1b], 12.2% [1c]
Value of Steem author rewards payouts = APR 10.5% [2a], 6.0% [2b], 5.8% [2c]
Distributed MAPR payouts = 0.314% (APR 16.4%) 
Projected Compounded APY 17.7% 
MAPR BUY Price: 1.12313 STEEM 
MAPR SELL Price: 1.13437 STEEM 
 Theoretical maximum value of Steem upvotes, assuming 10 full upvotes at 100% power for 7 days, averaged over 7 days and expressed as an APR. This calculation was performed for an SP of 1 million STEEM to be as close as possible to linearity. Your own upvote will be somewhere between 50-100% of this value.
The values are now calculated for three levels of voting power: 1 million SP (a); 10,000 SP (b); and 1,000 SP (c).
 Theoretical value of Steem upvote author rewards, assuming 50% curation rewards, 50-50 split of post payouts and SBD print rate, averaged over 7 days and expressed as an APR. Your own author rewards will be somewhere between 50-100% of this value.
 MAP Rewarder distributed payout sent to delegators this week as tokens and the MAPR price adjusted to reflect this.
 Equivalent compounded yield as an APY for this week's distribution in .
 Our BUY price is the price you may sell your MAPR tokens such that their value in STEEM is the same as if this week's distribution was done by direct STEEM transfer.
 Our SELL price is about 1% above the BUY price.
Our MAPR distribution  is much higher than the average blockchain author rewards .
Our payout  is now significantly higher than most users can achieve [2a, b & c]
higher than most users can even generate with a full vote [1b, 1c].
Profits will be paid today in the new MAPR tokens.
I have made a change to the data presented above, with  now being a calculation showing the compounded rate of return for a year. Most delegators and token-holders are keeping their tokens, hence compounding the weekly profits. This new calculation is thus a better measure of returns for most MAPR members.
It has been a highly volatile week, not just the on-going Steem-Tron saga but also in the internal and external markets. And at the end of it all, we have made more than in the previous week. This is why the fund is actively managed and not just set to run automatically.
The week started with two days of negligible earnings due to the two days down-time the blockchain suffered the previous week. As expected, one knock-on effect was that the following few days saw higher than normal earnings. This is due to the reward pool increasing due to activity missed during the down-time plus the general lack of activity that followed.
At the same time, I saw a marvellous opportunity to sell STEEM for SBD on the internal market and then convert that SBD back to STEEM. With a sell price of about 0.26 and the internal price of some 0.19 this yielded some much-needed income. Hence, once the week was over, we made a bit more than the expected shortfall.
The Justin-witnesses now appear to have functioning price feeds, so such a wide margin may be a one-off - we shall see.
One other thing to note is that there is another divergence between the maximum vote value and author rewards. This is due to our built-in assumption of rewards being paid 50-50 SP/SBD. When SBD is significantly below $1 then it is better to switch to 100% powered-up rewards.
One other thing to mention is that, in an effort to diversify, I find that so many other tokens just cannot hold up their yield or their price. So I have had to adjust some token holdings, most of them lower. The numbers are also very sensitive to changes, for example, just 5 STEEM can make a difference of 0.3% APR either way.
The new reward curve means that MAPR income is now even higher compared to the average user than it was before. Sure, it has dropped slightly in money terms due to the same reward curve changes, but compared with one's own personal SP, either delegating or buying MAPR tokens can produce very attractive income.
Indeed, by investing in MAPR, whether as a delegator or by buying tokens, you will be earning close to the same percentage as a whale. Sure, it won't be the same amount but it is the same percentage - and with a non-linear curve that's important. As most MAPR members are hodling, the APY rate of about 18.0% is closer to the true yield for most people.
Although our weekly returns are variable, here is a graph of how we have been performing since the MAPR token was launched. (Thanks to @gerber for the discord-bot.)
MAP Rewarder, without the token, has been in operation some 24 months, so you can extrapolate back from that graph to get an idea of our returns to members. We celebrate 2 years of operations at the start of February.
This graph is a record of actual transactions on the Steem Engine exchange so it can, in practise, deviate from this apparently-straight line. This can happen if there are large buyers or sellers that can use up all the tokens at a particular price-point. At the moment, we are largely seeing buy-and-hold trades and the market behaves more like a shop than an exchange. So this is just a reminder that it is a marketplace and you can leave open orders to either buy below our own current price, or sell slightly above it.
Finally, there is not very much I wish to say about the Tron acquisition of Steemit. Our one focus here at MAP FinTech is the economic model of the Steem blockchain. So the one thing we seek clarity on is the future of this economy and whether a STEEM-TRON token will still be based on the Steem blockchain as it now exists. Such assurances have certainly not been forthcoming and the future remains cloudy with scattered showers.
The Steem economy is poorly - if at all - understood by most Steemians, including those who seem closest to developing apps for it. This has always struck me as astonishing and is the source of many badly designed changes. The problem with failing to take into account consequences and feedback loops is that you can end up failing to achieve what you thought you set out to do. These are not unintended consequences, they are just the logical outcomes that were never considered - or at least never presented to the public.
My contribution to the current Steem-Tron saga is my Proposal for NEW DPOS for Steem Decentralised Governance. The aim is to change the current tense stand-off into a winless position for all side, hence we can discuss permanent solutions without threats (whether real or potential) from either side.
This idea seems to have fallen by the wayside, but I do see developments towards a new and improved Steem. I shall keep up to date with these initiatives.
See you next week!
Next rewards distribution will be on Monday 16 March.
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