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Cosmos (ATOM) Community Contemplates Zero Inflation for ATOM Token

Cosmos's StakeLab proposes reducing ATOM's minimum inflation to 0%, aiming to align with other blockchain models and address issues like token overproduction and selling pressure. Nearly 95% of the community supports this significant change.


  • Jan 10, 2024 12:03
Cosmos (ATOM) Community Contemplates Zero Inflation for ATOM Token

A proposal has been initiated by StakeLab, a key staking and relaying hub, to potentially adjust the minimum inflation rate of ATOM , the Cosmos network's native cryptocurrency, to 0%. This proposal, which was presented on January 9, 2024, aims to revolutionize the tokenomics of ATOM, potentially altering its inflation rate from the current range of 7% to 20% to a new range of 0% to 20%.

The driving force behind this proposal is the recognition that the existing minimum inflation rate of 7% is inconsistent with the models of other operational blockchain systems. StakeLab highlights that, under the current system, the network would continue to generate an additional 7% of tokens annually, even if 100% of the token supply were staked. This situation has raised concerns among community members and experts alike, prompting a reevaluation of the token's inflation dynamics.

To pass this groundbreaking proposal, it requires a quorum of 40% of ATOM's outstanding supply and a majority of affirmative votes. The voting period spans from January 9 to January 23, 2024. As of now, a significant portion of the community, nearly 95%, has shown support for the proposal, with only 4.4% opposing and a negligible 0.1% exercising their veto.

This move towards zero inflation aims to address several critical issues within the Cosmos ecosystem. Firstly, it seeks to mitigate the selling pressure on the ATOM token, which has been a source of consistent price depreciation. Secondly, it endeavors to correct the overpayments for security, bringing the network's costs in line with those of other blockchains. This initiative follows a previous decision in November 2023, where the Cosmos network voted to cap the maximum inflation for ATOM at 10% annually, a strategic maneuver designed to preserve the token's value.

The implications of this proposal are manifold. It underscores a commitment to token value preservation and economic sustainability, aligning Cosmos with emerging blockchain models. However, it also introduces new dynamics in token staking and rewards. For instance, two chains based on the Cosmos SDK, DYDX and Kava, which have already implemented 0% inflation, show varied staking participation rates, indicating the complex relationship between inflation rates and staking incentives.

The outcome of this proposal, if passed, could set a precedent in the blockchain space, especially for networks grappling with the balance between token inflation, staking rewards, and overall ecosystem health. It reflects the evolving nature of blockchain economics and the continued pursuit of sustainable and efficient economic models within decentralized networks.

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