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# What is APY?

**APY**stands for Annual Percentage Yield. This measures the real rate of return on your principal tokens amount by taking into account the effect of compounding interest. In the case of Star Finance, your $STAR tokens represent your principal, and the compound interest is added periodically on every Rebase event (Every 15 minutes).

Your new principal amount is your then current Star Finance token amount, plus your new rebase token amount. This total amount is what gets calculated for your next rebase rewards.

One interesting fact about APY is that your balance will grow not linearly but exponentially over time! Taking a compound interest of

**0.023355%/15minutes****,**if you start with a balance of 1 $STAR on day 1, after a year, your balance will grow to about**4119 $STAR**. That is the power of compound interest!Last modified 8mo ago