Cardano staking & rewards process
Stake your ADA to earn ADA rewards, safely and conveniently and to help keep the Cardano network healthy, reliable and secure.
The staking & rewards process unfolds in 5-day “Epochs” in five very structured steps.
This 5-stage process starts in every Epoch and runs in parallel, so after you get through your first staking & rewards cycle, you could potentially be earning ADA rewards in every 5-day Epoch that follows.
The Cardano Staking and Rewards process is part of the Cardano Ouroboros Proof of Stake consensus protocol that guides block creation on the Cardano blockchain network.
This staking & rewards cycle drives the unique behaviour and incentives built into the fabric of the Cardano network, which helps to keep the Cardano network decentralized, secure and reliable.
The Cardano rewards cycle happens in “Epochs”, or 5-day periods.
Over the long term, staking your ADA should earn 4.5% – 5.9% ADA in rewards each year, depending upon the performance of the Stake Pool you choose.
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