Intro to Collateral Risk Modeling, Polling Precedence, Sai Security: Week 10

Maker Holder DAI-gest: Week 10, 2020

Governance Recap March 5, 2020

Three-Point Governance Summary:

1) Precedent for on-chain polling: No formal signaling process exists for foundation members. How should this be addressed? How should urgent governance issues be addressed which may require immediate action? Are there situations where the signaling process could and should be abbreviated or appended? Community input needed; follow the link to the forum thread.

2) Collateral Risk Model: SOMETHING EVERY GOVERNANCE COMMUNITY MEMBER SHOULD WATCH In the call this week, a presentation is given about the collateral risk model and credit risk modeling for considering new types of collateral. Approving new types of collateral is essential to the growth of the system and is a governance issue. This presentation provides an orientation and road map for handing this off to the community. The presentation can be found at 45:00min into the call. #mustseetv

3) Important debates are coming up weekly but discussion thread in the weekly call lacks continuity. Food for thought / how to handle?

DAI-hard Digits

Easy to DAI-gest definitions of DSR / Stability Fee / Debt Ceiling for Voters

Executive Votes and Polls

Look for an executive vote to open this week that includes some of the Governance Hot Topics and Poll Proposals.

Open: Executive Vote Activate the Debt Ceiling Adjustments and Set the Dai Savings Rate Spread Link

  • Lower the Sai Debt Ceiling by 5 million to 25 million Sai
  • Lower the Dai ETH Debt Ceiling by 20 million to 130 million Dai
  • Set the Dai Savings Rate Spread to 1%
  • Note: This will set the DSR to 7%

Poll: March 2-5, 2020

Dai Stability Fee Adjustment Winning proposal: 8%

Voters can choose the Dai stability fee to be set anywhere between 4% and 12%.

About the Dai Stability Fee: The MakerDAO system is designed to cover excess outstanding loan amounts that may not be covered by the liquidation of collateral. Although this is highly unlikely, it would most likely result from a situation that is unforeseeable. This fee covers the amount of inflation during the time the loan is made, administrative costs of the Foundation, and a credit guarantee fee for Maker Holders who are acting as guarantors of the loan. This fee covers the risk and the risk of risk being risky.

Poll: March 2-5, 2020

Dai Savings Rate Spread Winning Proposal: 1%

Voters can choose the Dai Savings Rate spread to be set anywhere between 0% and 4%.

About the Dai Savings Rate: When the value of Dai goes too far off track from the $1 set-point, adjusting the savings rate is one mechanism for price correction:

  • If the market price of Dai is above 1 USD, MKR holders can choose to gradually decrease the DSR, which will reduce demand and should reduce the market price of Dai toward the 1 USD Target Price.
  • If the market price of Dai is below 1 USD, MKR holders can choose to gradually increase the DSR, which will stimulate demand and should increase the market price of Dai toward the 1 USD Target Price.

For the voter to decide: A prudent spread for the DSR to be adjusted to be able to respond quickly to the value of Dai going above or below $1.

Poll: March 2-5, 2020

Sai Stability Fee Winning Proposal: 9.5%

Voters can choose the Sai stability fee within a range of 5.5% to 13.5%

About the Sai Stability Fee: The MakerDAO system is designed to cover excess outstanding loan amounts that may not be covered by the liquidation of collateral. Although this is highly unlikely, it would most likely result from a situation that is unforeseeable. This fee covers the amount of inflation during the time the loan is made, administrative costs of the Foundation, and a credit guarantee fee for Maker Holders who are acting as guarantors of the loan. This fee covers the risk and the risk of risk being risky.

Poll: March 2-5, 2020

Adjust DSR Spread Polling Cadence Winning Proposal: YES

Change the polling for DSR from weekly to every other week.

About the DSR Polling Cadence: The MakerDAO platform is intended to be able to take quick action to conditions that increase the risk of loss. DSR is a mechanism to get the value of Dai back on peg to $1 US. There is debate that one week between adjustments does not give enough time for the effect of DSR adjustments to be realized due to the high frequency. The goal is to get a better understanding of how DSR adjustments affect Dai peg by giving more time to watch data trends.

Governance Hot Topics

  • Sai Governance Security Module: Implementation of a 24-hour delay on single collateral Dai governance smart contracts. This discussion revolved around implementing a similar GSM fix for Sai which has already been approved by voters for Dai.
  • Spell expiration: Setting a one-month expiration for proposals that lack ratification. This prevents the activation of outdated proposals as an attack vector.
  • Signal Request: Add Ranked Choice Voting as an Option for Governance Polls: Both a forum discussion (follow the link) and discussion topic in the weekly call, providing ranked choice voting so that a proposal which may have multiple values is needed to better represent community choices.
  • State of the peg: On average is remaining on target with 1 US dollar, or slightly higher. Trading volumes are strong and consistent with Dy/Dx as the top volume trading exchange. ETH price has been observed as a direct corollary to the Dai peg. Other monetary policy mechanisms have been more difficult to relate to Dai peg.
  • A better understanding of the technical details of voting proposals is a trending topic in the forum. Community feedback on this issue would be helpful to steer towards a solid identification of issues around information needs that exist.
  • Collateral Risk Modeling: Not enough emphasis can be placed on how important it is for voters to get an orientation to the components of collateral risk modeling. No summary can adequately convey the information presented in this week’s governance call. This covers an important topic relevant to all of the governance community at 45:00min into the call. Assessing the risks and benefits of a collateral type will be one of the key tasks of the governance community. #themoreyouknow

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