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👨🔬 Governance Lab #022
Lab Report #022 - Curve Exploit, Aave DAO looks to Derisk, dYdX LP Reward Shift, and more
👋 gm. Welcome back to another edition of the Governance Lab, your source for all things StableLab, DeFi, and the wonderful world of Governance. I think weird is a great adjective to describe this past week. Curve was hacked. L2 Base was memed.
Let’s just get straight into it. *shakes head*
At a Glance 👀
Curve Finance Exploited
🤬 Aave DAO Debates CRV Risk
🔪 dYdX Updates its Liquidity Rewards
⚾ StableLab Delegate Pitch @ 1inch DAO
Let’s dive in 🏊
You Just Got CRVed
Curve Finance exploited for ~$70M
What: Curve Finance suffered an exploit on July 30th, resulting in a loss of approximately $70M.
Where: The liquidity Pools affected by the exploit include CRV/ETH alETH/ETH, msETH/ETH, and pETH/ETH.
Cause: Bug found in older versions of the Vyper compiler programming language
Curve Founder, Michael Egrove, owns approximately 50% of CRV circulating supply and borrows against these holdings across multiple DeFi protocols (Aave, Frax, Inverse, Abracadabra).
To shore up his debts, Egorov has sold over 70M CRV in OTC transactions with various large crypto players.
Fear of Contagion
The exploit has sparked various controversies and arguments including:
Arguments over live-tweeting DeFi exploits (more bad than good?)
Arguments over effective risk management from affected protocols.
Arguments over interdependence across lending protocols.
Aave DAO debates handling of CRV exposure
Aave DAO is currently debating how to handle the risk associated with a >$60M USDT loan collateralized with CRV on Aave v2, following the recent exploit of Curve.
Risk service provider Gauntlet provided the following risk recommendations and action plan:
Set CRV LTV to 0 - Voting is live on-chain
Disable CRV borrowing on v3 Ethereum and Polygon - Future AIP
Additionally, Marc Zeller submitted a proposal early Thursday to strategically acquire 5M aCRV with 2M USDT from the Aave Treasury in an OTC deal.
This is Epoch
dYdX votes to alter its liquidity rewards
dYdX governance has voted to alter the rewards paid out to market makers for providing liquidity provisioning services.
The proposal aims to lower LP rewards by 50% and increase the existing rebate from 0.5bps to 0.85bps.
Currently, dYdX pays LPs approximately $2M (1.1M DYDX) in reward incentives each epoch.
The proposal claims to save the community over $1M per month while maintaining and even increasing liquidity.
❲ Links ❳
🚀 Launches & Deployments
Announcing Lyra V2
Announcing BOLD - Permissionless Validation for Arbitrum Chains
Dullahan is Live
Unveiling Gravita x Arbitrum
📑 Insights & Reports
Cosmic Governance: Exploring dYdX Governance
Understanding Governor Bravo: A Key Tool for On-Chain Enforceability
Analysis of PoolTogether’s Incentives on Optimism
Exploring DAO Governance: A Empirical Study on Snapshot
Curve Finance: A Tale of Risk
How DEXs Are Demonstrating Their Resilience
Prisma Finance Overview
LUSD Risk Assessment
🧗 Milestones & Updates
Maker Protocol Economics Report for June 2023
Maker’s RWA Report for June 2023
Fortunafi’s RWA & Stablecoin Recap for July 2023
Analysis of Maker’s Smart Burn Engine Performance to-date
unshETH: Tokenomics and Transparency Update
Celo Passes Proposal to Transition to an L2
🔒 Security & Hacks
LeetSwap Exploited for $628K
Aave DAO Governance Dispute [DL News]
Deploy Spark Protocol on Polygon zkEVM
Lido the “Super Aggregator”
Optimism Voting Badge Distribution v3
Arbitrum Grant Program Funding Breakdown
MakerDAO GovAlpha Emergency Response Recommendations
📺 Podcasts & Listens
Getty Hill (GFX Labs) - DAO Governance, Uniswap Fee Switch, Onchain Lending on Token Terminal Fundamentals
❲ Proposal Watchlist ❳
Abracadabra - Interest Rate Adjustment for the CRV Cauldrons
Summary: This proposal looks to apply a base interest rate to the existing CRV cauldrons at Abracadabra. The proposal hopes to protect the protocol from risks associated with the recent Curve Finance exploit. A 200% base rate will be applied to the current outstanding principal of $18M.
Note: The proposal failed to pass a vote and a new updated proposal has been posted.
Balancer - Allocate Base Incentives
Summary: Here, the Balancer Maxis request 50K USDC from the DAO treasury to use towards Base launch incentives. According to the proposal, the Maxis will control the funds (via a multisig) and are responsible for finding opportunities that generate value back to the DAO.
Aura Finance - Maximizing Value of Aura LP Incentives & Bootstrapping L2s
Summary: This proposal aims to optimize the distribution of AURA rewards to LPs on the Aura protocol. The proposal suggests three main changes: (i) immediate distribution of AURA pro-rata to gauges voted on in bi-weekly snapshot votes, (ii) reducing the baseline number of Aura minted per BAL for all LPs, and (iii) favoring distributions of AURA to more aligned parties likely to participate in governance.
Paladin - Extending Liquidity Mining Program
Summary: This proposal seeks to renew the current PAL liquidity mining program for an additional four months. The total budget for this renewal is 650K PAL. Paladin DAO has historically distributed nearly 2M PAL in liquidity incentives to support the growth of the protocol. The program will conclude at the end of the year once Tokenomics v2 is finalized.
GMX - V2 Genesis Parameters
Summary: This proposal seeks approval for the initial parameters of GMX V2. Chaos Labs has conducted research and evaluation of these parameters over the past few months, considering a balance between capital efficiency and risk exposure. The recommended initial parameters include 9 asset listings on Arbitrum and 7 on Avalanche.
Optimism - Intent #2 Budget Proposal 2
Summary: Here, the Grants Council at Optimism is requesting a reallocation of the remaining 2.5M OP budget as follows: 1M OP increase for Experiments, 1M OP increase for Builders, and the remaining amount for both sub-committees as a buffer. The Grants Council claims that this reallocation of funds is necessary to ensure proper funding for the remaining grant cycles this season due to a busy Cycle 13.
From the Lab
❲ This Week’s Proposals ❳
🗳️ Active Proposals
Status: ⚡️ LIVE on Snapshot
Results: 53% YAE Quorum: 5.2M / 10M
Voting Ends: August 5th
❲ This Week’s Voting ❳
📆 July 28st → August 3rd | 🗳️ Total Votes: 26
See our full vote history and rationale here.
❲ Meme ❳
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