Cosmos Hub rejects proposal aimed at reducing ATOM’s minimum inflation to zero


Cosmos community members voted against proposal 868, which sought to implement a major change in the network’s economic policy by reducing the minimum inflation parameter from 7% to 0% if over two-thirds of the ATOM -6.44% supply was bonded on the network. However, this suggestion did not gain support.

Proposal 868 — introduced by Cosmos contributor Stakelab — intended to mitigate inflationary pressures on the ATOM token, especially in scenarios where a substantial portion of the coins are bonded.

Despite the potential benefits highlighted by the proposer, such as cutting down the inflation rate if total bonded tokens rise, concerns were raised about the implications of reducing the inflation rate to zero — particularly regarding the impact on the Hub's security.

The Hub acts as the central hub for the Cosmos ecosystem, facilitating communication and interoperability between different blockchains built on Cosmos. ATOM is the native token of the Hub used for transaction fees, security and governance.

Voting outcome

48.6% of validators voted against the proposal, whereas 25% were in support and 25.9% abstained.

Notable validators that voted against the proposal, wielding substantial voting power, included Everstake, Cosmostation, Chorus One, Allnodes,, Swish Staking, Forbole, Provalidator, Keplr and many others. Validators that supported the proposal included Game, Informal, Stakecito, P2P, Polkachu, Pryzm, IrisNet, Leap and more.

This latest proposal followed the accepted Proposal 848, which set a cap on the maximum inflation rate at 10%, down from the previous 20%, to regulate token emissions.

On Cosmos, validators vote in addition to building blocks, and voters can delegate their stake to them.

The inflation rate on Cosmos Hub has been a subject of significant discussion for the last year. Some Cosmos contributors want it to be as minimal as possible, which they believe optimizes fresh emissions.

Source : The Block by Vishal Chawla / Jan 23, 2024 logo


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