Maker Relay Ep 69

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:tea: Current Events

:ballot_box: This Week in Governance

:diving_mask: Community Deep Dai-ve

:clipboard: Team Updates

:calendar: Mark your Calendar

:anchor: Useful Links

:studio_microphone: Have Feedback?

:tea: Current Events

US government continues to weigh in on stablecoin regulations

The President’s Working Group on Financial Markets (PWG), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) have issued a Report on Stablecoins detailing concerns about the expansion and use of stablecoins.

The report encourages legislators to draft laws:

  1. “To address risks to stablecoin users and guard against stablecoin runs.”
  2. “To address concerns about payment system risk.”
  3. “To address additional concerns about systemic risk and concentration of economic power.”

Goodbye, hello Discord

Now that the October 31st deadline has passed, MakerDAO has officially shut down its Announced by the Maker Foundation on August 31st, the community has launched an official Discord server.

To join the new Discord, please visit

Tim Schuppener becoming a Recognised Delegate

Longtime community member Tim Schuppener (@ultraschuppi) has thrown his hat in the ring to become a Recognised Delegate.

To learn more about Tim’s platform, check out his Delegate Platform and keep an eye out for Meet Your Delegate #5, happening Wednesday, November 03rd at 17:00 UTC. If you cannot make the call, we will post the recording on MakerDAO’s Youtube channel.

State of DAI

  • DAI’s spooky season concluded with peg fluctuations outside the normal range. Crab market === crab peg.

  • Min and max hit 1.13 at highest and .94 at lowest. Yet, the average was still 1.000355. Outside of big whale splashes, the peg remains solid.

  • Diving into the past 24 hours, this trend of focused arbitrage and 1:1 pricing is more obvious. Curve takes the lion’s share of on par swaps with 26 million in the past day.

  • Dai supply at 8 billion with 17.3 billion TVL. ETH, WBTC, and USDP are eating away at USDCs dominance.

  • Daily vaults creation nets 85 new vaults over the week.

  • 26th and 27th were the most active days, with more DAI burnt overall.

  • A difference of 510 million borrowed.

  • ETH-A 2.6 billion
    • PSM USDC 2.5 billion
    • WBTC 934 million
    • ETH-C 494 million
    • USDP 451 million
    • ETH-B 168 million
    • LINK 68 million
    • UniV2DaiUSDC 59 million
    • GUNIDAI/USDC 49 million
    • YFI 32 million
    • UniV2DaiEth 31 million
    • UniV2WBTCEth 17 million
    • UNI 15 million
    • NSDROP 10 Million
    • UniV2UsdcEth 10 million
    • UniV2UniEth 9 million
    • MATIC 8.9 million
    • MANA 4.9 million
    • GUSD 4.9 million
    • stETH 4.4 million
    • renBTC 4.4 million
    • AAVE 1.065 million
    • UniV2WbtcDai 768K
  • Other vaults below 500K (BAL, COMP, new DROP tokens) at 333K.

ETH-B buckets

  • ETH-B vaults’ largest collateralization bucket is 170%.

  • As you can see, ETH-B has the highest risk premium on the table.

  • Of total debt outstanding on more volatile collateral, only 4.05% of total debt is high risk.
  • Check out @primoz s tweet thread on these new blockanalytica pages.

  • In a simulated 5% drop, you can see the vaults at risk are dominated by one large WBTC vault. | |

:ballot_box: This Week in Governance


Weekly MIPs Update #60

  • The November Formal Submission Window is now open for proposals into the November Governance Cycle.

Active Executive Votes

  • This week has no active executive vote; The October 29th Executive passed on October 31st, 2021 at 09:31 GMT-4, and is available for execution on November 02nd, 2021 at 10:00 GMT-4.

Active Governance Polls

Poll Name Vote Discussion
Parameter Changes Proposal - MakerDAO Open Market Committee Vote Discussion
Lower PSM Vault Fees Vote Discussion

Community Greenlight Polls

Collateral MIP9 Poll MIP6 Application
MDI (MD Irradiance LLC) Ends 11/14 4PM UTC Application
OHM (Olympus DAO) Ends 11/14 4PM UTC Application

Check out an ‘at-a-glance’ view of the current Vault types and their parameters on MakerBurn

Active Signal Requests

[Signal Request] Set both USDC-PSM and USDP-PSM “tin” to 10 bps - Signal Closes November 07th - The USDC PSM has seen accelerating outflows as growth in demand for Maker vaults has begun to outstrip growth in demand for DAI. The goal for raising the tin to 20 bps has been met, and there is no reason to favor inflows to a PSM that is nearly at capacity. And due to this lack of capacity in the USDP PSM, it is time to equalize PSMs tin fee. In response, @PaperImperium signals to the community whether both USDC-PSM and USDP-PSM tin should be set to 10 bps.

[Signal Request][P1-DROP] Change of covenants for P1-DROP (farmlands) - Signal Closes November 10th - @SebVentures from RWF presents an update for P1-DROP and requests to increase their acquisition price to $2.85M which would provide MakerDAO exposure of 2M per farm. The expected Debt Ceiling is 20M, and the TIN+equity tranche would be 8.5M. In addition, the signal requests to add Arkansas as a possible state.

[Signal Request] Should we increase Maximum Delegate Compensation as described in MIP61 to 144k DAI for the initial three-month delegate compensation trial? - Signal Closes November 04th - In response to previous signals and discussion, @LongForWisdom proposes a higher compensation for Delegates and asks the community whether we should increase the Maximum Delegate Compensation as described in MIP61 to 144,000 DAI for the initial three-month Delegate compensation trial?

MIP 55 Signal Request - RealDAO SPF (to make Moloch-based SPV’s) - Signal Closes November 11th - @jameskmccall from RWF presents a detailed MIP55 signal request to the community for support in their RealDAO Special Purpose Fund. The RealDAO SPF is a unique approach to express a willingness to experiment with other ways to handle Real-World Assets. The RWF Core Unit asks whether MakerDAO would signal a 50,000 DAI SPF (with conditions) to build a decentralized SPV infrastructure.

[Signal Request] Offboarding MATIC, COMP, AAVE, and BAL - Signal Closes November 08th - MATIC, COMP, BAL, and AAVE vaults have shown poor performance and difficulty covering Oracle gas-costs (with addition to other issues presented in the post,) @NikKunkel from Oracles Core Unit signals to offboard these vaults.

[Signal Request] Increase The MakerDAO NS-DROP maximum to 85% when AO TIN participation is at least 50% - Signal Closes November 04th - The New Silver AO pool on Tinlake has been live for ten months and approved as the first RWA with MakerDAO for six months. Therefore, given the seniority of the MakerDAO debt and many other protections, including borrowers’ equity on every loan, we hope the community would consider adjusting the maximum share of DROP tokens that the DAO is holding. @prankstr25 is asking the community whether we MakerDAO should increase its’ maximum share of NS-DROP to 85% when AO TIN participation is at least 50%

Last Week

Aave D3M Onboarding and Core Unit Budget Transfers

  • The executive on October 29th passed on October 31st, 2021 09:31 GMT-4 and is available for execution on November 2nd, 2021, 10:00 GMT-4.

The following changes will occur within the Maker Protocol:

  • The Aave DAI Direct Deposit Module will be onboarded to the Maker Protocol.
  • The Data Insights Core Unit will receive 107,500 DAI upon execution and 357,000 DAI streamed over six months:
  • The Growth Core Unit will receive 791,138 DAI upon execution and 942,663 DAI streamed over eight months:
Core Unit DAI Amount Period
Data Insights Core Unit 107,500 DAI Upon Execution
Data Insights Core Unit 357,000 DAI Six-month period starting 2021-11-01
Growth Core Unit 791,138 DAI Upon Execution
Growth Core Unit 942,663 DAI Eight-month period starting 2021-11-01

:diving_mask: Community Deep Dai-ve

Tweet of the Week

Forum Insight

X-Ray Benchmarking report on the best practices in tech talent awareness, onboarding & retention for MakerDAO - The SES Team share their first major report on benchmarking done by their research project, X-Ray. This is a result of research work including expert interviews, team surveys, desk research & data benchmarks with valuable contributions from across the industry.

GovAlpha Budget Return - GovAlpha is ready to return our unused DAI budget. They published a post to document the return of 218,059.10 DAI to the Pause Proxy. These funds have accumulated through over-budgeting, and the GovAlpha team has contacted @Makerburn to aid with the UI accounting of these actions.
GovAlpha intends to continue the process of reviewing and returning unused funds at the end of our budget period.

[WBTC-B] and [WBTC-BProt-A]: Review and Plan of Action - Recent forum discussions imply a bullish market outlook and a consequent increased demand for DAI minting, suggesting that several parameter changes and vault upgrades may be necessary. The Risk Core Unit believes that the time is right to introduce a WBTC-B vault with a lower liquidation ratio, which will help absorb the increased demand for WBTC capital and generate more DAI. In addition, the Risk Core Unit believes that we should also onboard the WBTC-BProt-A vault supported by the community. These vaults can be worked on in tandem. Check out the post for more information and links to this POA.

A Framework for Valuing MKR - 10.27.2021 - @Aes published a discounted cash flow model six months ago. He follows up on that post with a new thread containing updates, revisions, and an MKR valuation model as of October 27th, 2021.

Check out the latest Forum at a Glance


:clipboard: Team Updates

Collateral Engineering Services

CES Core Unit Update | #2

Content Production

Multi-chain DAI-lights
Video Producing Concerns Addressed
[AMA] Risk Management with MakerDAO’s Risk Core Unit


GovAlpha Weekly Update - 2021-10-29
GovAlpha Budget Return
Delegate Round-up - October 2021
About the Data Insights category
Meet Your Delegate #5

Governance Communications

GovComms Bi-Weekly Update: Oct 15 - 29
Forum at a Glance: October 21st - October 28th


Growth CU weekly update: October 15th - October 28th

Protocol Engineering

Technical Tasks Included in the October 29th Executive

Real-World Finance

MIP 55 Signal Request - RealDAO SPF (to make Moloch based SPV’s)
Monthly Strategy Review - Process Review & Discussion (Public Call on 10/26/21 1:30 PM UTC)
A Framework for Valuing MKR - 10.27.2021


[CurveLP-stETH-ETH] Collateral Onboarding Risk Evaluation
[WBTC-B] and [WBTC-BProt-A]: Review and Plan of Action

Sustainable Ecosystem Scaling

SES Updates - 28.10.2021
X-Ray Benchmarking report on the best practices in tech talent awareness, onboarding & retention for MakerDAO

Starknet Engineering

Starknet Engineering Core Unit, October 2021 Update

:calendar: Meetings and Events

Last Week’s Call Recordings

This Week’s Calls

Governance & Risk

Core Unit Office Hours

  • Join Link | GovAlpha - Mondays 17:00 UTC
  • Join Link | Protocol Engineering - Tuesdays 15:00 UTC
  • Join Link | Content Production - Wednesdays 15:30 UTC
  • Join Link | Growth - Wednesdays 17:00 UTC
  • Join Link | Sustainable Ecosystem Scaling - Tuesdays 15:30 UTC
  • Join Link | Governance Communications - Fridays 18:00 UTC

Ask Maker Anything

  • Join Link | Risk Management with MakerDAO’s Risk Core Unit - Thursday, November 04th, 14:00 UTC

Meet Your Delegate

  • Join Link | #5 with UltraShuppi - Wed Nov 3, 17:00 UTC

:anchor: Useful Links

Forum and Maker Chat
Discuss and debate MakerDAO.

Public Calander
Subscribe for all public calls, votes, and other reminders.

Participation Tools
Library of useful links for Stakeholders; Protocol analytics, Dai analytics, collateral & liquidation metrics, governance history, and auctions data.

Governance Portal
Voting dashboard for MKR voters.

MIPs Portal
MIPs Dashboard for everyone.

Learning Portal and Technical Documentation Portal
Learn more about the Maker protocol.

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