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- How to stake Cardano (ADA)?
Delegating your stake will be done within your wallet. It will be as easy as selecting a drop-down. You don’t need to trust a pool, the rewards are distributed by the protocol, not by the pool. You can stake your ADA with hardware wallets and even with paper wallets.
Wallets will help you to select your staking pool, sorting the pools by a new metric called “desirability”. Desirability is composed of reliability (online when needed?), the pledge (pool’s stake), saturation (is it full?), pool costs, and margin.
Confirm the delegation with your spending password, a very small fee has to be paid – Again, no ADA will leave your wallet for staking.
- How much can i earn staking Cardano ADA?
Your earnings are subjects to a few network-wide parameters such as the number of tokens participating in staking and the individual configurations of your Staking Provider (ADA Stake Pool).
With the launch of Staking in July 2020, there are ~13.8 billion ADA reserved as stake incentives for participants. Each epoch (5 days) the protocol distributes 0.3% of this total reserve pool between all active stakers. Therefore rewards are being distributed every 5 days and compound automatically.
Use the Cardano Staking Calculator to play with these metrics and predict your earnings under certain network conditions.
- What is a Cardano ADA Stake Pool?
A stake pool is a reliable server node that focuses on the maintenance and holds the combined stake of various stakeholders in a single entity. Stake pools are responsible for processing transactions and producing new blocks and are at the core of Ouroboros, the Cardano proof-of-stake protocol.
To be secure, Ouroboros requires a good number of ADA holders to be online and maintaining sufficiently good network connectivity at any given time. This is why Ouroboros relies on stake pools, entities committed to run the protocol 24/7, on behalf of the contributing ADA holders.
While Ouroboros is cheaper to run than a proof of work protocol, running Ouroboros still incurs some costs. Therefore, stake pool operators are rewarded for running the protocol in the form of incentives that come from the transaction fees and from inflation of the circulating supply of ADA.
- Is there any risk or lock-up for staking ADA?
When delegating your funds to a Stake Pool, you keep full control of the coins and they are never locked. When spending your staked coins, they are automatically withdrawn from the Stake Pool.
There is no risk of losing your funds while delegating (no slashing).