With the maximum number of 3,200 nodes, the delegator receives a return of approximately 19.65% per annum. Depending on the fees of the staking provider and the amount of EGLD in the top-up of the staking pool, the return decreases. At first glance, the top-up function (expanding staking capacity) does not appear to be yield-driven, but maximizing the scarcity of EGLD leads to less supply in the market in the long run and thus to higher prices. For the first ten years of the Elrond network, rewards are covered by inflation and transaction fees incurred in the system. Inflation is greatest at the beginning and continually weakens. After ten years, rewards will depend solely on transaction fees incurred, i.e., network utilization. For network participants, this means that returns are particularly high in the first few years.