Reserve Rights (RSR)

Reserve Rights (RSR) is an ERC20 token common across all Reserve tokens (RTokens). RSR can be staked on a particular RToken, where it has two roles:

  1. Staked RSR receives a portion of the RToken collateral’s revenue in exchange for being the first capital-at-risk in the case of collateral default.
  2. Staked RSR proposes and votes on changes to the RToken’s configuration.

All the relevant information regarding RSR’s supply, release schedule, audits, etc. can be found through the links below:

Reserve Rights staking

Reserve Rights (RSR) exists as an overcollateralization mechanism to protect RToken holders in the unlikely event of a collateral token default. In order for RSR holders to provide this overcollateralization, they can decide to stake on any one RToken, or divide their RSR tokens by staking on multiple RTokens. RSR holders can also decide not to stake their RSR at all.

In return for providing this overcollateralization, RSR stakers can expect to receive a portion of the revenue from the specific RToken that they stake on. As a general rule, RSR stakers can expect higher returns (APYs) as the market cap of the RToken they stake on increases.

When RSR is staked on an RToken, it's deposited into a staking contract specific to that RToken, and the staker receives a corresponding ERC-20 token, representing their staked RSR position on that particular RToken. This token is transferrable and fungible with other staked RSR balances for that RToken, so you can send any portion of the staked position to someone else or trade it, and the new holder can un-stake it if they choose to.

Staked RSR can earn rewards, based on three factors:

  1. The amount of revenue the RToken generates
  2. The portion of revenue that governance has directed to RSR stakers
  3. Your portion of the total RSR staked on that RToken

As a simple example, suppose (these numbers are just made up for simplicity, to make the arithmetic clear):

In this simple example, you would get $100 * 20% * (100/1000) = $2 for that period.

The protocol stores revenue in RTokens, but when staking rewards are distributed, it market-buys RSR via auctions with those RTokens in order to distribute the rewards to stakers in RSR. Thus, as rewards are earned, staked RSR balances increase.

When RSR is staked, it is actually at stake. Staked RSR can be seized by the protocol in the event of a collateral token default, in order to cover losses for RToken holders. It's seized pro-rata if this happens.

Un-staking RSR comes with a delay, which is configurable by governance, and predicted to usually be between about 7 and 30 days. This delay is necessary so that in the event of a default, the staked RSR will remain in the staking contract for long enough to allow the RToken to seize any RSR it needs to cover losses.

During the unstaking delay period, the staker does not earn any rewards. This is necessary to prevent stakers from withdrawing and re-depositing over and over in order to subvert the withdrawal delay mechanism.

Reserve Rights governance

While each RToken can have its own customized governance system, we expect most RTokens to use our default configuration where the amount of RSR tokens a participant holds serves as the voting weight.

If an RToken’s overcollateralization & governance is both done by RSR token holders, there is the incentive for the RSR governance participants to keep the RToken as safe as possible, rather than taking unnecessary risk with the collateral, as it’s their funds that would be seized first if any of the RToken’s collateral were to default.

Reserve Governor Alexios

The Reserve team has deployed a recommended governance system for RTokens (Reserve Governor Alexios) that will be suggested to RToken deployers by default. This governance system is a slightly modified version of the OpenZeppelin Governor.

The end-to-end process for approving & executing proposals is by default 7 days:

Within RSR Governor, each RToken can have two protecting roles assigned to it—the Pauser and the Guardian—which can be given to any Ethereum addresses by the RToken deployer/owner. Each have the ability to put their RToken’s system into certain states in the case of an attack, exploit, or bug. These states are:

Action Paused Frozen
Issue RToken Disabled Disabled
Cancel RToken issuance Disabled Disabled
Finish RToken issuance Disabled Disabled
Redeeming RToken Enabled Disabled
Staking RSR Enabled Enabled
Un-staking RSR Disabled Disabled
Withdraw RSR Disabled Disabled
RSR rewards payout Enabled Enabled
Trading Disabled Disabled
RToken melting Disabled Disabled

More specifically, the Pauser can PAUSE and SHORT_FREEZE, while the Guardian can PAUSE and LONG_FREEZE an RToken’s system. For more information on pausing, short freezing and long freezing, please refer to the System States + roles section.

Reserve Rights supply

Current circulating supply: 45,611,899,305 RSR
(last updated 2023-01-28)

Reserve Rights (RSR) has a fixed total supply of 100 billion tokens, out of which there are currently 45.6b in circulation. The remaining 54.4b RSR tokens are locked. Out of these, 49.4b tokens belong to the Slow Wallet and 5b to seed investors, strategic partners, team members & advisors.

The Slow Wallet is a locked wallet controlled by the Reserve project, used to fund RToken adoption initiatives like listings, partnerships, marketing, etc. It's under the discretionary control of the Reserve team. However, it has a hard-coded 4-week delay after initiating each withdrawal transaction on the blockchain. Upon initiating a withdrawal transaction, the team announces the purpose of the withdrawal either through a public on-chain message or on social media. If RSR holders do not agree with the purpose of the withdrawal, they are able to sell their RSR in the 4-week period before the project is able to sell what they have withdrawn. The team can only access these withdrawn tokens after those 4 weeks.

The locked tokens that are not part of the Slow Wallet (owned by seed investors, strategic partners, team members & advisors) are currently progressively being unlocked through the Option 2 unlocking (the tokens that were part of Option 1 have been fully unlocked since July 2022). More information about these unlocking options can be found below.

Reserve Rights release schedule

As announced in our 2021 year-end update, all locked RSR holders received two options for unlocking their RSR. Initially there was only one option, but after the Reserve community expressed concerns about the particular unlocking schedule, we started thinking about ways for how we could improve it - which led to the new option.

Since the original schedule was contractually agreed on, we couldn't simply change it. Instead, we designed a new unlocking option and gave each locked RSR holder the choice between that new option or the original unlocking schedule.

There’s a lot of relevant background info that we’d love for you to know about, so we recommend watching the video below where Reserve CEO Nevin Freeman goes into all the details:

The summary below shows the details of each unlocking schedule, as well as an estimation of what % of locked RSR holders chose each option.

Option 1

This is the new option that was proposed to all locked RSR holders in Dec 2021. Here is a short summary of what this new option entails (please see the video above for all the details):

Here's a breakdown of the amount of RSR held by locked RSR holders that have chosen to unlock their tokens via option 1:

Option 2

This is the original unlocking schedule. Here is a summary of what this unlocking option entails:

Here's a breakdown of the amount of RSR held by locked RSR holders that have chosen to unlock their tokens via option 2:


Here's a breakdown of how much RSR held by locked RSR holders will be unlocked for each option:

The following chart displays an estimated timeline of when RSR will be unlocked via option 1 ("restricted unlocking") and option 2 ("unrestricted unlocking"):