Cardano (ADA) has implemented a significant upgrade to its staking ecosystem. The minPoolCost parameter, which determines the value that can be deducted from pool rewards before distribution, has been reduced by 50% from 340 to 170 ADA per epoch. This adjustment is expected to benefit small ADA staking pool operators and attract new participants to the platform. The decision to lower the parameter was made after a SPO-Poll and evaluation by the Cardano Foundation’s Parameters Committee. The minPoolCost parameter was introduced with the mainnet activation of the Shelley hard fork in 2020 to protect the network and ensure pool operators have a reasonable budget. The current staking ratio of Cardano is over 63%, indicating strong participation in staking within the network.

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