At the bottom line, I’m interested in staking ETH and getting a reward over time for it. I don’t have the funds or the knowhow to operate a node, so I’m just looking for something that will passively accrue and I’m fine with not touching the balance for an extended period of time. But I also very much value security and don’t want to trust my balance to an exchange platform.
From what I’ve gathered, Rocketpool (or more specifically, rETH) is the model for satisfying my beginner-friendly use case. If I understand correctly, it lets me simply stake my ETH in a pool and then trade rETH back at a later point for the value of my initial ETH investment, plus interest baked into the rETH value? Please correct me if I’m wrong. I’ve read through most of the explainer series on their website and most of it went over my head. If that alone is an indicator that I’m out of my wheelhouse, feel free to let me know or offer a better strategy.
If I go to the beta testnet here [https://beta.rocketpool.net/](https://beta.rocketpool.net/), it allows me to trade 1 ETH:0.8 rETH. From a simple investment standpoint, is this something I should do right now, as in the sooner I get in the better? Or should I wait until the mainnet release?
Will that exchange rate be something that changes over time, so that at some point in the future I could exchange my rETH back at 1:0.7 for example, and get more ETH?
Is there a way for me to store my rETH in a secure wallet with keys? Or if not, is this something that will be able to be done in the future?