MKR Holder DAI-gest: Week 17, 2020: Action Required: The State of the Peg

Adrian Hacker
8 min readApr 25, 2020

Governance Recap April 23, 2020

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Big 3 Take-Aways for the Week:

  • Understanding the MIPS framework that is being proposed right now is essential. It is a lot of information to sort through, so take it in small pieces if that will help you to focus and retain the information. Here is a link to an indexed list of all the MIPS (outside the forum). It is the entire framework of an introductory governance framework and collateral on-boarding procedures. You will find the MIP number, title, and sentence summary with a link to the forum discussion. See below for two additional sub-proposals added to MIPS 0 through 12.
  • The state of the peg has caused concern within and without the MakerDAO community. Some of the larger Maker holders stepped forward and posted their concerns around the state of the peg directly in the Maker forum. This spurred a lot of momentum in the platform, discussed further in this issue.
  • Intention to implementation. The DAO is getting very busy, and thought needs to be given to determining the feasibility of proposals, getting buy-in, and recruiting the appropriate skill sets in the community. Timing is key. The DAO is in need of a project management framework that is effortless and easily integrated into the current systems.

Dispositioned Governance Agenda


  • LongForWisdom is proposed, second governance facilitator. He said “Yes!”.
  • Wrapped BTC has been proposed for collateral on-boarding.
  • USDC Risk parameter adjustment and on-boarding additional stable coins such as PAX and TUSD.
  • On-boarding LINK as a new collateral type.
  • Self-sustaining DAO: MIPS 0–12 — Ratification timeline and two additional sub-proposals have been shared in the forum.
  • System Reserves — Deciding a prudent reserve amount of DAI for emergency events. A forum poll is now open.


  • Urgent — State of the Peg — Getting DAI back on soft-peg to a Dollar after it has been trading high following black Thursday.
  • SCD shutdown going to Executive Vote on April 24, 2020, three-week delay to follow for a final shutdown date of May 12, 2020.
  • Zero bid auction post mortem data evaluation — Maker Man currently completing the data analytics from black Thursday. This part is moving behind the scenes. A report is forthcoming in the next several weeks.
  • Public relations consortium — Communication team to create consistent and representative communications on behalf of the DAO and to report meaningful ecosystem sentiment back to the governance community. The team has been having weekly meetings, a first report is due by the end of the month.


  • Governance vote cadence — the timing for which executive voting happened for certain parameters. This may be overridden by the MIPS governance cycle.
  • Compensating Zero Bid Vault Owners. The poll was affirmative to compensate vault holders. Currently waiting on data analytics from Maker Man before restarting in another thread.
  • DeFi Emergency shutdown consortium
  • Dark fix — “
  • Flip / Flop auction usability
  • Maker token authority
  • Precedent for on-chain polling. Signaling started to determine the governance community’s feelings about having foundation member proposals require on-chain polling. The forum thread seems to have died.


  • GSM delay — raise the delay from 4 hours to 12 hours for enacting Executive Votes, as a safety precaution.- Ratified
  • Ranked-choice polling
  • MKR Debt Auctions — Completed successfully
  • USDC On-boarding
  • Deep dive into collateral on-boarding — Presentation to community completed, see forum for the movement
  • Governance cycle: MIPS 3 Presented in G and R Call — Presentation completed, see forum for the movement

DAI Digits

Governance Polls and Executive Votes

Passed on April 20, 2020: Executive Vote Adjust the USDC, Sai and Dai Stability Fees

  • Lower the USDC Stability Fee from 12% to 8%
  • Raise the Sai Stability Fee from 8% to 8.5%
  • Lower the Dai Stability Fee from 0.5% to 0%
  • Note: This will set the DSR to 0%

Passed on April 25, 2020: Executive Vote Lower USDC SF, Lower USDC LR, Whitelist Oracles, Raise Dai DC, Raise GSM Delay, Deactivate MKR Oracle in SCD

  • Lower the USDC Stability Fee from 8% to 6%
  • Lower the USDC Liquidation Ratio from 125% to 120%
  • Whitelist Set Protocol on ETH/USD Oracle
  • Create BTC/USD Oracle + Whitelist Set Protocol and dYdX
  • Create ETH/BTC Oracle + Whitelist tBTC
  • Deactivate the MKR Oracle in SCD
  • Raise the Governance Security Module delay from 4 hours to 12 hours
  • Raise the DAI Debt Ceiling from 90 Million to 100 Million

All recent polls are closed and represented in the most recent Executive Vote. Further information can be found here.

Governance Hot Topics

State of the Peg

Since the Black Thursday event of March 12, 2020, DAI has consistently been trading above the one Dollar price soft-peg it is supposed to maintain. Sometimes grossly over peg by over ten cents. In recent weeks it has been slowly trending back to a Dollar but has not quite gotten there.

Confidence has not yet fully returned regarding the recent market volatility. Also, people are holding on to stable coins due to market fears. This has caused a serious lack of DAI liquidity, creating high demand, and affecting the peg.

Prices this last week ranged from one to two cents above peg. Paraficapital, a larger corporate Maker holder in the governance community posted their concerns in the forum and related the sentiment of worry in the ecosystem regarding DAI being off the peg. This brought about immediate discussion and action regarding monetary policy and collateral on-boarding. The most recent passed Executive Vote contains monetary policy to make minting DAI more lucrative from USDC. Also, some exciting new collateral types are being considered for use in the MakerDAO platform. More on that next…

WBTC as a new collateral type?

WBTC also is known as wrapped Bitcoin is currently being evaluated by the Maker governance community to be on-boarded as approved vault collateral. Wrapped Bitcoin is Bitcoin that is held by the WBTC DAO and then tokenized 1:1 on the Ethereum (ERC-20) blockchain. Bitcoin on the Ethereum blockchain you ask!? It’s already here, you can trade it on the .

Many players in the DeFi ecosystem are excited about this step. Bitcoin is the most popular and most valuable cryptocurrency. While there is a small amount of WBTC use on current DeFi platforms, it was stated that people have been waiting for Maker to adopt WBTC as a collateral type. It was also said that using WBTC as ERC-20 collateral is the primary use case for ERC-20 Bitcoin. Forum links are listed below for this subject.

Other Collateral Considerations

In addition to WBTC, LINK is being considered for on-boarding as approved vault collateral as well as additional stable coins such as PAX and TUSD. All of these collateral options are hoped to help bring back sufficient DAI liquidity and help return the DAI price peg to exactly one Dollar. Again, see below for the forum links regarding these new collateral types.

MIPS 0–12 Due for Initial Polling; if Passed Moving on to Executive Vote

MIPS 0 through 12 has been a high focus subject in the governance community for the last few weeks. These are the first documents that spell out a governance and collateral on-boarding framework for a self-sufficient DAO. This is the beginning of the two to three-year process of handing full control of MakerDAO to the governance community and dissolving the foundation. The very nice flow chart below shows the two possible scenarios for approval or rejection of these MIPS in the Timing Governance Poll. Forum links can be found below for further information.

SCD Shutdown

Single Collateral DAI shutdown is very close. An Executive Vote for shutting down SCD is supposed to be posted on or shortly after April 24, 2020. There will then be a 3-week delay for shutting down. This will give time for people to close out their vaults, and hopefully drain the migration contract.

Stability fees are going to be set to zero to incentivize the closing of vaults. If you are still holding SAI as of the time it shuts down, you should be able to redeem your SAI for ETH via the migration portal at

Forum Activity and Signaling

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Adrian Hacker

Cryptocurrency enthusiast and student of life, in Portland, OR