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Will MakerDAO find savior in YFI as MKR declines

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  • MakerDAO voted in favor of a 2% extra yield income from Yearn Finance.
  • While its development activity surges, MKR’s network growth fell.

After its proposal in November to deploy $100 USD Coin [USDC] into the Yearn Finance [YFI] DeFi protocol, MakerDAO [MKR] finally approved it. Details from the poll showed that 71.56% of the MKR community voted in favor of the proposition, while 28.44% preferred to say no to the “Yearn to earn Yield” proposal.

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What’s with the TVL cause?

The proposal centered around a DeFi strategy to help Maker earn an annual 2% yield, which would also help with PSM USDC reserves and transfer. MakerDAO also noted that the approval meant that it added another means to generate income and add to its reserves.

Despite the compliance, Maker remained second in the DeFi Total Value Locked (TVL) standings. Although it lost the pole position from Lido Finance [LDO], MKR’s TVL increased a whopping 20.42%, DeFi Llama’s data showed. 

The increase in TVL meant that more investors have shown interest in the dApps under the Maker network. At press time, the MakerDAO TVL was $7.5 billion. Still, it was massively down from its 2022 All-Time High (ATH).


Source: DeFi TVL

Interestingly, Maker seemed to be in its proposal rollout period. On 23 January, the governance arm of the DAI stablecoin developers put out another offer for voting. But the condition for this points to the off-boarding of USDC-A, USDP-A and GUSD-A vaults.

If approved, Maker noted that it would set forth a 1500% liquidation ratio on the aforementioned vaults. Voting on this is billed to end on 26 January. So, Maker cleared the air on the implications, saying:

“Once the mentioned liquidation parameters are executed, all USDC-A, USDP-A, and GUSD-A positions with a collateralization ratio below 1500% will be liquidated.”

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On development activity and MKR’s network growth

Per its development activity, Santiment showed that MakerDAO excelled in that part. At the time of writing, the MKR development activity was 13.64. This was an uptick from the downturn on 23 January. An explanation of this increase points to better contribution by developers to the public repositories of the Maker network.

On the flip side, the MKR network growth declined. Moreso, it reached one of the lowest points in over six months, according to on-chain data from Santiment. This implied that Maker was losing traction and struggling with adoption since new addresses were not being created.

MakerDAO development activity and network growth

Source: Santiment

In terms of its token price, CoinMarketCap showed that MKR was exchanging hands at $708.79. This accounted for a slight 0.56% in the last 24 hours.


Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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