Bitcoin was made to be mined until roughly 2140. I like that it was made for decades to come while many projects are built for 4 years or whatever.

Personally I do not believe inflation in and of itself is bad, as economies are not static and expand. What is bad is inflation manipulation that is unprovable and not tamper-proof, or when it is too high.

Coin Gecko currently shows circ supply to TS as:

32,056,062,599 / 45,000,000,000

71% in circulation on the 3rd year already seems a bit high.

Does Cardano have to have a fixed supply? A perpetual, provable, tamper-proof small stock-to-flow seems best to me.

Can someone make the decisions behind Cardano's inflation make sense to me?


The uncirculated (reserve) coins are distributed over time at a specific percentage rate. As the reserve decreases in size, the amount distributed each epoch (5 days) will decrease. At the current percentage rate the reserve will halve approximately every 4-5 years.

  • Ada has a fixed supply of 45 billion coins
  • 30 Billion coins were issued/sold during the ICO rounds
  • The other 15 Billion coins were placed into a reserve for operation of the network
  • Every 5 days (each epoch) the transaction fees and a fixed percentage of the reserve are added to a pot
  • A fixed percentage of the epoch's pot is added to the treasury and the rest are distributed as staking rewards

Cardano monetary policy has a more precise explanation.


Eventually we will stop measuring Cardano in Ada and start measuring it in “Lovelace.”

  • I do not agree with that. Even with a 10 trillion market cap, one ADA will be worth something around 320$, which is still affordable. Apr 30 at 12:49
  • Request add rationale for your statements. Short answers without adequate explanations get flagged as low-quality posts.
    – raghu
    May 5 at 15:37

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