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MakerDAO raises DAI savings rate: Enough to help it flip Lido Finance?

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While the move could result in higher collateral rates, it could also stimulate an increase in DAI’s circulation

MakerDAO MakerDAO raises DAI savings rate: Enough to help it flip Lido Finance?

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  • The project increased DAI’s savings rate since the community voted in support.
  • Maker’s TVL in the last 30 days decreased but transactions using its stablecoin increased.

MakerDAO [MKR], the Decentralized Finance (DeFi) project behind the stablecoin DAI, has announced an increase in the DAI Savings Rate (DSR). The move comes after a voting procedure that ended on 15 June. 

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For the unfamiliar, the DSR is funded out of Maker stability fees and helps to balance the supply and demand of DAI.

Higher DSR but a second-fiddle TVL

According to Maker, the implementation of the decision would begin on 19 June.  And by raising the rate, holders of the stablecoin would be able to earn higher yields.

However, Maker was quick to mention that the saving rate is subject to changes. And it also depends on the project’s governance decision. The DAI builders pointed out,

“We want to emphasize that the DSR’s annual yield is determined through Maker Governance participants via an Executive Vote and may undergo future adjustments.”

However, the question remains whether this adjustment will be sufficient to revitalize MakerDAO’s TVL. Also, would it be enough to attract a significant influx of users in an increasingly competitive DeFi landscape?

At press time, MakerDAO’s TVL was $5.66 billion, a 17.59% decrease in the last 30 days. As it stands, it looks unrealistic to overthrow the liquid staking platform Lido Finance [LDO] off the top of the standings.

MakerDAO TVL, liquidity and fees

Source: DefiLlama

Although the protocol registered a hike in fees, liquidity also fell like the TVL. This suggests that less capital has been locked in the Collateralized Debt Position (CDP) protocol. 

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However, in the last 24 hours, the TVL increased by a slight 2.41%. Still, it might be too early to assume that the DSR increase had an impact despite the potential access to higher yields.

Meanwhile, DAI recently surpassed Binance USD [BUSD] to become the 15th-ranked asset in market capitalization. At the time of writing, the decentralized stablecoin market cap has grown to $4.6 billion. 

The milestone infers an increasing interest in the stablecoins at the expense of BUSD which was in a phasing-out process.

Additionally, on-chain data from Santiment showed that DAI active addresses increased. As of this writing, the seven-day active addresses were up to 15,800.

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Active addresses show the number of distinct addresses participating in the transfer of an asset. Therefore, an increase in the metric means a hike in transactions on the Maker network.

DAI market cap and active addresses

Source: Santiment

Typically, this is a bullish signal. But since DAI operates on a 1:1 USD peg, the hike might only impact the market cap and circulation. 


Victor Olanrewaju is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. Settled in Lagos, his fascination with blockchain technology and the cryptocurrency market arose out of his love of freedom and everything free. As a Nigerian, Victor understands the impact unfounded financial restrictions have on a population. He sees Bitcoin and cryptos as a way to circumvent these obstacles, as a tool for value creation despite all the setbacks. A graduate in Physics, Victor previously worked as a Senior Marketer at Melange Technologies. Before that, he dealt with crypto-marketers on a regular basis in his capacity as Copywriter at Ventrix Media. At AMBCrypto, Victor’s focus is on assessing the real effectiveness of both on-chain and off-chain developments on a project and its community sentiment.
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